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Cold Front - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
82
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334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear chestnut hue. Lively bubbly white head with mild retention. I would expect some more retention for the style. Some spots of lace

Smells of dark and citrus fruits - cherries, lemon, plums, raisins, some tart apples also. Actually this smells pretty tart. Caramel malts and a faint roastiness. A definite smokiness wraps it up

Taste is very malt-forward. Roasty and smoky. Those tart fruits begin to shine through next. Lemon, tart berries, cherries. Some sweet plums and raisins. A good deal of spice - definitely picking up some pepper and coriander. Some herbal bitterness rounds out the spices. This is a pretty complex beer

Feels lively. Carbonation and spiciness play on the palate nicely. Light body for the style. Clean, even a tad watery

Overall a tasty compex Belgian style brew. Pretty well-balanced. No alcohol detected here. Not a great example of the style but better than you'd think. Worth a try for sure

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 01:40:27 | More by MistahBeah
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ellebosco

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-28-2013 04:36:36 | More by ellebosco
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

12-25-2013 02:34:33 | More by cfalovo97
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spark3148857

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

12-19-2013 03:44:12 | More by spark3148857
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RancidAggro

New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

12-18-2013 03:44:00 | More by RancidAggro
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Very dark brown, close to black, only amber at the edges when held up to light. Small white head, large bubbles, not foam.

S - Spicy, raisins, black licorice, light roast.

T - Peppery, spicy, like a Belgian should, some more of that black licorice, ends with some malt sweetness.

M - A bit thick when compared to Belgian beers, but perhaps that is the winter style coming through, low carbonation.

O - An interesting blend of the amber ale as a Belgian and a winter ale. Caught my curiosity, I usually enjoy Ithaca's offerings, but this one just didn't do it for me. Enjoyed the one, but I won't come back to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 03:43:05 | More by kjfinnerty
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

12-15-2013 00:17:12 | More by nmann08
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sneaks2210

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-14-2013 20:58:56 | More by sneaks2210
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-08-2013 19:26:40 | More by twenty5
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SonictheBeerhog

New York

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

12-08-2013 02:21:46 | More by SonictheBeerhog
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TheBeerdedCharmer

New York

1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

12-08-2013 02:20:33 | More by TheBeerdedCharmer
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-07-2013 02:33:24 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rather modest head for a Belgian style beer; a reasonable number of dots linger on the tulip's side

Smell: Caramel, powdered sugar, banana and spice cake elements

Taste: Opens malt-forward, with the caramel, but an odd assortment of spices build through the middle; there is some banana and spice cake but also a cherry medicinal aspect that lingers well through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I would characterize this as Belgian-influenced rather than Belgian-style and, while I rather enjoyed the beer, I was not fond of the medicinal taste; the mouthfeel was very American and not at all in the Belgian manner

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 01:42:51 | More by brentk56
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Act25

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-04-2013 02:26:05 | More by Act25
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mjforres

New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

12-01-2013 23:47:50 | More by mjforres
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zaparzynski

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-30-2013 19:52:21 | More by zaparzynski
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jwps214

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -24%

11-30-2013 00:57:00 | More by jwps214
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Morockm

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-29-2013 20:48:08 | More by Morockm
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma was pleasent enough and bordered on the dubbel side too.
Yeasty and malty upfront with a dry sweet sherry aroma.
The appearance is murky russet ruby brown. A medium sized head was produced and was long lasting.
Taste was pretty good. Had a sweet and sour taste but also had the sweet dark fruits one associates with a dubbel.
A good beer with som promise.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 16:49:39 | More by micromaniac129
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

11-27-2013 23:58:55 | More by Dougwillhike
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-27-2013 02:41:59 | More by jongullotti
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hattrick95

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

11-27-2013 02:22:45 | More by hattrick95
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Baab200

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-24-2013 01:32:31 | More by Baab200
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

11-22-2013 02:13:52 | More by reitzbrewing
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grimey68

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2013 01:59:12 | More by grimey68
Cold Front from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.