Cold Front - Ithaca Beer Company

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345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: WesWes on 09-04-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of cbutova
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never seen this one, love that Ithaca is back in all of MA.

A- Poured into a pint glass with a cloudy dark red-brown body. Small creamy, light tan head forms to about one-finger but doesn't retain all that well. Creamy ring leaves some legs but no significant lace sticks around.

S- Not the strongest of aromas for a Belgian-style ale but I get a good amount of raisin, dark fruit, yeast spice and brown sugar.

T- Takes on a different feel from the aroma to me. It still starts out with raisin, tart dark fruit and yeast spice (clove). It takes on a weird roast malt flavor that almost has an ash-charcoal BBQ feel. I also get grapes, plum vinous notes, brown sugar and slight medicinal notes.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with silky carbonation. Tart and bitter finish on the palate.

I dunno what in the flavor gives it this flavor but it has a slight resemblance to wood ash and I hate to say it cigarette smoke. Overall it's like raisin ash/charcoal. This might be the first time I have gotten this off flavor. This isn't strong enough to kill the beer but it brings it down a bit.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

Deep russet color with a fluffy beige head that had plenty of legs and left bits of sticky lacing.
Belgian yeast and spicy aroma, nice.
Taste is very good, fine balance of roasted malt, Euro-hops and 'farmhouse' yeast spices.
Medium bodied with a clean, crisp feel.
Very tasty, easy drinking beer.

Photo of Suds
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew, sampled on a cold and snowy winter night, is a brown, hazy liquid. The head is thick, white, and stable. The aroma is a very Belgian, bubblegum, rich dark malt, yeast, pepper and spice, and phenols. Nice. The taste follows the smell. It is a moderately sweet, very malty beer. It has a nice effervescence. Full body. Good for a cold night.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of morimech
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from Ithaca Beer Co. Thanks to jwc215. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Pours dark brown and appears black in the glass. A large tan head forms and lasts a long time. Rich aroma of sugar, dark fruit, and yeast. Smells sweet. I am not so impressed with the flavor. The yeast dominates the flavor with a dry breadiness. All the fruity flavors are lost. Just a hint of spice in the finish. The yeast hurts the body as well. Has a chalky, clingy feel. Otherwise it is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It would not take much to make this beer a lot better. Maybe I got a bottle that the yeast went crazy.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently picked up a 6'er of this at Big Z's in Huntington, NY after a "Taste of NY" beer tasting event that they hosted. I tried 2 others from Ithaca and at least 2 from each of several other breweries from NY and this was one of my favs (hence leaving with the 6'er).

Poured from 12oz bottle into an Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a deep dark ruby brown with hints of amber on the sides when held to the light. Very thin yeasty head.

S - Sweet candy followed by citrus and malty fruitpunch. Great smelling beer.

T - Cherry, grape, sugar, citrus, orange and some alcohol spices. Really complex Saison. Much darker and rich in flavor than some others I've tried. The alcohol is definitely there, but the blend is pretty even and smooth.

M - Crisp and evenly blended. LOTS of carbonation, but it goes well with this beer. One of my favorite seasonals I've tried this year.

D - At the tasting, after trying everything I found myself going back and forth between this one and the capt lawrence liquid gold. Cold Front is an extremely drinkable brew and I think this one would be accessible to a wide variety of palettes.

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of david18
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very good beer. Part of Ithaca Brewing's promotion that they're having at the amsterdam ale house in New York City. A very good beer. Dark in color, very belgian in flavor and aroma. Great carbonation. Mouthfeel is good and I enjoyed drinking it.

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pony Bar, NYC. Poured into standard pint. Raison brown amber color. Strong belgian aroma...sweet and malty.
Belgian yeast dominates, with hints of toasty fruit and vanilla. Very nice winter style from Ithaca Beer Company...and overall a nice brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pumped to find this beer on tap at Coles.

Essentially a dark saison, this beer pours a deep mahogany with a tan head that drops to a film, but leaves some nice lace spots. The aroma is sweet and spicy, not all that heavy for a saison, but nicely put together. There's some depth from the wheat and a nice peppery zing in the nose.

Like the aroma, this is sweeter than you'd usually find for the style. Lots of candy sugar, dark fruit and chocolate (perhaps chocolate malt lends more than colour to this beer). A surprising amount of roast in the middle. Some nice peppery yeast in the finish, and a good wheat zing that stops things from becoming cloying. There's also a pleasantly assertive bitterness. The body is crisp and well-clipped, and its medium mouthfeel and carbonation suit the style well.

I think this is the darkest looking saison I've ever had, and the added roast and dark fruit flavours certainly make it distinctive and stand out from the field. Its perhaps sweeter than I'd prefer, but still gets a big thumbs up from me!

Photo of jsanford
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Mad Elf Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a dark mahogany with a 2-inch creamy khaki-colored head that settles to a thick cap. Quite pretty, actually.
S - Dark and malty, with a good dose of caramel, dark candi sugar, port-soaked dates, bubblegum, and a spicy Belgian yeast.
T - More dark flavors of caramel and toffee, candi sugar, raisins, and dates with some bready malt and peppery yeast character. Yeast almost reminds me of a Saison, which is perfectly fine with me.
M - Medium bodied with fairly sharp carbonation and a moderately dry finish.
O - I really liked this one, it makes for a great Wintertime sipper!

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear light amber with a two finger head.

S-Some dark fruits and raisins, some yeast as well. Slight, slight hops.

T-Similar to the nose, with sweet dark fruits as the main attraction. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M-Creamy, rather carbonated and medium bodied.

O-Another solid beer from Ithaca, an interesting choice for a winter seasonal but good nonetheless.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ithaca Cold Front has a body that is about the color of cola, with a small tan head that as ok retention and leaves a few scraps of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is big on sweet malts complemented by a bunch of peppery and clove-like yeast scents. A little bit of saison yeast is in there also.

Most of the flavor of Ithaca cold front comes from what seems like a blend of a few different malts to me. Lots of sweetness with flavors of caramel, toffee and some bread-like notes. A hint of dark fruits gives way to a good dose of peppery yeast that comes with what seems like a bit of clove. After that some funky saison yeast rounds out Cold Front.

For a Belgian dark or amber, the mouthfeel might be a little light to moderate. For a saison, it would be way too heavy. I'll assume this is an amber that just happens to have some saison-type yeast and say the mouthfeel is ok.

I got to sample this beer quite a few times, from when it was first tapped at the brewery until months later at local bars both on-tap and in bottles. The fact that I kept trying it reveals that I liked it every time. I have to say, that the spring saison from Ithaca, Ground Break, is better, but that doesn't diminish the fact that Cold Front is a pretty good beer itself.

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this chilled beer into a goblet caused a near explosion of carbonation. I wasn't quick enough.

A slightly dull brown-amber with a dense tan head that takes minutes to fade. There's sticky lacing and no sediment. The beer's aroma is dominated by yeast and fruitiness with a slight alcohol bite and sugary sweetness. The taste paints a different picture with heavy sweetness and yeast mainly in the aftertaste. It's quite smooth and drinkable with a slightly bitter, tobacco bite following each sip.
It's really a great belgian-style beer, although something isn't quite right overall. It's like comparing a really great generic cola to coke...lot's of good belgian character, but not quite perfect.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Cold Front from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.