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Cold Front - Ithaca Beer Company

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344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of stxp
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep brown, barely translucent in light, soft head with some dimples, small bubbles

smell: fresh bread, nutty brown, slight belgian spice

taste: very bready, thick malty, a bit of belgian, not overly hoppy, long bready linger

mouthfeel: very thick and rich, stays creamy the whole time, quite filling, low alcohol

overall: incredibly filling, rich fresh baked bread, thick but not overpoweringly alcoholic or hoppy

stxp, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Razr86
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Razr86, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is one of those beers i got wasted and sick drinking too many of years ago and have unfairly sworn off ever since. i revisited it yesterday and have to say, ive really been misssing out. this is an exceptional beer, totally different from the countless generic winter beers out there now. the pours is dark dark brown, but not thick or heavy looking, light still passes through, and there is a smallish off white head around for just a few seconds before it flattens out. the nose is really odd, smokey but not quite at that rauch level. there is also belgian yeast and candy sugar present, making this more of a dubbel than an amber in my book, but its more than that. there is that life and limb birch syrup smell and taste as well, which doesnt come across as very sweet here, but it adds a lot of depth to the aroma and flavor. its woody in taste, oaky, kind of drinks like and old ale, but this is certainly a curious mishmash of styles. complex malt profile on the medium to heavy roast side, but tempered by a very vibrant belgian yeast strain. the alcohol content is just right for these cold dark months, and the light carbonation combined with the fuller body make this is nice winter beer that sticks to your guts in all the right ways. one of ithacas best seasonals.

StonedTrippin, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

GennyCreamAle, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of mikerems
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

mikerems, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Lethargy99
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Lethargy99, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of MrCee
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoky...almost like a rauch bier. Nice caramel color but light than would expect from the taste. It seems like it should be darker. Very pleasant body. Not much to report in the way of smell. A good transition beer into winter or a winter-like beer for those that don't like winter beers.

MrCee, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

WDJersey, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

rolltide8425, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of notdriving
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

notdriving, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

whatname, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Freggs
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Freggs, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of CKav
4/5  rDev +10.5%

CKav, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of brentblack1
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice. Smells nice. A decent stab at the style. Won't go down as the greatest Belgian amber ever, but it's still coming off respectable. Could stand a bit more tweaking and smoothing around the edges, but it definitely works. Especially considering the style and how often it's mediocre at best.

RblWthACoz, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Gwalchgwynn67, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of jd1le
3/5  rDev -17.1%

jd1le, Aug 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of BryanK
3/5  rDev -17.1%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of kingslotty
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

kingslotty, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of RolandOvGilead
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

RolandOvGilead, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

whallgren, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of jaybags
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

jaybags, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of ccozzi
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ccozzi, Jun 05, 2012
Cold Front from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.