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Cold Front - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

334 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Ratings: 334 | Reviews: 148 | Display Reviews Only:
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-09-2012 02:51:58 | More by whatname
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Freggs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

11-03-2012 01:26:47 | More by Freggs
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CKav

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

09-19-2012 21:18:44 | More by CKav
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brentblack1

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

09-07-2012 00:23:38 | More by brentblack1
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 01:39:00 | More by RblWthACoz
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

08-19-2012 20:02:50 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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Gwalchgwynn67

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-17-2012 05:34:16 | More by Gwalchgwynn67
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jd1le


3/5  rDev -17.1%

08-17-2012 04:08:06 | More by jd1le
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-15-2012 04:08:06 | More by danthehopslamman
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BryanK

New York

3/5  rDev -17.1%

08-10-2012 00:39:15 | More by BryanK
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kingslotty

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-05-2012 02:31:43 | More by kingslotty
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RolandOvGilead


4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

06-17-2012 23:12:27 | More by RolandOvGilead
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-17-2012 17:34:16 | More by whallgren
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jaybags

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

06-11-2012 17:19:07 | More by jaybags
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ccozzi

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-05-2012 00:50:00 | More by ccozzi
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jstein89

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-01-2012 19:43:33 | More by jstein89
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

05-30-2012 02:45:55 | More by kelvarnsen
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into our tasting snifters, this deep reddish mahogany colored beer throws up an impressive four finger head of creamy tan bubbles. Retention is phenomenal, and the lacing is as thick as the head. Carbonation appears average, and there are bits of yeasty sediment floating about the thick haze. The nose is rich with a deep caramel malt base, and strong fruity notes of pear, red apple, and raw plantains. The malts show a brown sugar sweetness, and even a bit of a smoky quality. Metallic yeast is also abundantly clear, completing the Belgian picture. Our first impression is that this is a nice, sweet, smooth, and boozy beer, with a contrasting bittering finish. As we sip, caramel malts, brown sugar, strawberries, and a lemon freshness combine for a robust start. The grain deepens with a bit of a roasty and steely quality. The yeast adds metal and bite, becoming most noted at the peak of the swallow, at which point a good deal of the sweetness is lost to souring and bittering grain. These last two notes pull us deep to the finish, where the grain becomes even more souring and puckering, with a hint of acetylaldehyde tartness. The grain is muddy, with mineral and chalk, and that metallic yeast from the nose. Booze comes in at this point, offering that classic peppery rumble. There is the faintest balance of sweetness from dark cherry and ripened strawberries. The aftertaste breathes more with that souring grain, yeast, clovey phenols, and sweetness of toffee and caramel malts. The body is medium and the carbonation is big. Each sip gives fantastic audible froth, slurp, cream, and smack. The mouth is initially coated, but eventually dries with a souring astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the crazy look, the nose, and the creaminess to each slurp. The nose gave a rich and appropriate preview of what was to come in the nose, while the flavoring subsequently delivered on all accounts. The end actually became a bit muddled, and the sourness of grain took away from the initial balanced and sweetness of the brew. Additionally, the feel was beautiful at the outset, but the huge carbonation became overwhelming at times. This is a great beer, but some aspects could use some refinement.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 17:46:47 | More by TheBrewo
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 00:57:16 | More by ThePorterSorter
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PaulU

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-24-2012 23:22:41 | More by PaulU
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explodes out of bottle with a 5+ finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose and flavor is caramel and Belgian yeast, hops are subdued. $2.35 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 22:28:43 | More by jdhilt
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srw

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.5%

04-10-2012 21:07:40 | More by srw
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ng85

California

4/5  rDev +10.5%

04-07-2012 04:52:51 | More by ng85
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Ralphs66

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-03-2012 16:46:13 | More by Ralphs66
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Going into this I knew it was old, finding it in the dollar beer section but I never had it. With good reviews and little sediment in the bottle I picked it up.

A - For what it's worth it does produce a nice 1/4 inch of tan colored head a top of some deep ruby brown colored beer.

S - Initial smells are still rather strong of caramel malt, fruity yeasts, and mild hops.

T - Taste is pretty good with the hops giving it a bitter almost cardboard like bitterness. I am surprised how bitter this is rather than sweet but fruity yeasts do play a part in keeping it from being too bitter. Not bad.

M - Mouthfeel was nice with a medium bodied and no chalky yeasts.

Overall I am not sure how great this beer was but a year or two (maybe more) down the road it's good.

"I'd buy that for a dollar!" -Robocop

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 22:37:23 | More by DrDemento456
Cold Front from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.