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Cold Front - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WesWes on 09-04-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

grimey68, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Shawnspl, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

ridgeline23, Nov 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

SlainteAlbanyNY, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of aaron72
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from a bottle into a unibroue belgian style chalice glass.

it pours a cloudy dark red, amber color with a 3/4" head. the head is tan & robust at first then fades quickly to lacing on the glass. their was a bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle that i swished to top my glass off with.

the smell is of sweet & sour fruit, smoke & very little hops. a very odd smelling brew!

the taste up front is sour fruit.... slight belgian spice... uhhh?.... i like the yeast flavor.... the alcohol is there but well hidden... ive never tasted another ale like it.... slightly smokey & the hops are not prevalent. the taste is belgian but not quite belgian. paradoxical.

the mouthfeel is slightly carbonated & smooth.

this is an original brew! the bottle says "belgian style amber ale" & i would agree. it's belgian inspired but original all on its own. as the ale warms it offers more belgian flavor notes.... i really dig this brew as it's very easy to drink. i give the ithaca brewery credit for this daring offering!!

aaron72, Nov 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

scoot64, Oct 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

kbettenh, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

DaveEcenrode, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Wortman1998, Oct 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ShemRahBoo, Oct 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2013
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1/5  rDev -72.4%

Joshuwutphilly, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Cooker_stp, Aug 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

dgherm, Jul 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Carcieri, Jul 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

spw109, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

InspectorBob, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ithaca Cold Front poured a caramel color with almost no head and no lacing. I expected frothy and creamy and when I saw it I checked and saw the freshness date was close but not past. Look is cloudy with a a thin ring and spotty lacing. Nose is bready, malty, a bit of Belgian yeast and nutty. Taste was terrible. Like stale peanuts that came out of a tin can. Stale, flat, metallic. Had a little resin and hop bitterness but the flavors were dead. Alcohol was right up front on the palate. I rated it as high as I did because of the fact that in the 6 pack 1 or 2 of the bottles were just slightly better than this. It has potential.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Swanson, Jun 03, 2013
Cold Front from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.