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Cold Front - Ithaca Beer Company

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340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 9
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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3/5  rDev -17.1%

beernads, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Suds
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Suds, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Fantalek
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Fantalek, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of brianmandell
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

brianmandell, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Hyhat
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Hyhat, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of CreekyJarls
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

CreekyJarls, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of MistahBeah
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

MistahBeah, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

ellebosco, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -17.1%

cfalovo97, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of spark3148857
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

spark3148857, Dec 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

RancidAggro, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of ColdOneKev
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.

ColdOneKev, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

nmann08, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

sneaks2210, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

twenty5, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of SonictheBeerhog
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

SonictheBeerhog, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

TheBeerdedCharmer, Dec 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

alienlifeforcecube, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Act25, Dec 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

mjforres, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

zaparzynski, Nov 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

jwps214, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Morockm, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
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.

micromaniac129, Nov 28, 2013
Cold Front from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.