Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company
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3.91/5 rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance; color is a hazy amber, some yeast particles floating at the bottom of the glass, huge, sticky head that retains very well.
smell; Smell is floral, lots of wheat character, slightly spicy, hint of citrus fruit in there too.
Taste; upfront is wheat, then comes floral notes, green peppercorns, clove and coriander, lemon peel in the finish.
mouthfeel; very carbonated but creamy as well, interesting contrast with the light body, quite dry at the end.
overall; This is a beer which is unique and complex, and not in a bad way, it is rare to say this but even though i won't buy it again for the foreseeable future i'm extremely glad i purchased it.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 21:07:54 | More by SteveB24
3.76/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
From a mix & match six pack - marked best by "April" and it's early June.
Appearance: Pours a hazy dark gold, 1/4" bright white head fades quickly. Lazy but consistent effervescence. A little lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma: From the pop of the cap I smell the hops. Resinous, and slightly skunky. Touch of green bananas, yeasty. More yeast and berry fruits as it warms.
Taste: Light, clean arrival. Belgian yeast flavor comes through across mid-palate. Hints of banana, apricot and skunk. Bitter, rye/hop finish, with a touch of alcohol. Improves dramatically as it warms.
Mouthfeel: Mid-to-light weight with a slickness that is not at all offensive, due to the strong hopping.
Overall: There is something about most rye beers that I have tried that I do not like, and this has it in spades. I have only ever had one saison (DuPont) and it was nothing like this. To be fair, this is 40+ days past its best-by date, so I will have to give this a second chance, but it seems inharmonious. Got much better around 60 degrees in terms of aroma and taste.
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2014 02:47:03 | More by SaltofOH
Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.