1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Cold Front - Ithaca Beer Company

Not Rated.
Cold FrontCold Front

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

337 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 337
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 337 | Reviews: 148 | Display Reviews Only:
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
Photo of danthehopslamman
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 17, 2012
Photo of whallgren
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
Photo of jstein89
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

jstein89, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

kelvarnsen, May 30, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
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.

TheBrewo, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
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.

ThePorterSorter, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of PaulU
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

PaulU, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of srw
4/5  rDev +10.5%

srw, Apr 10, 2012
Cold Front from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.