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Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

458 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%


Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WesWes on 02-02-2010)
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Reviews by Darkmagus82:
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a big three finger white head. The head has nice retention slowly fading to leave a very nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of lots of yeasty and spicy smells. Mixed with these aromas are strong smells of a haylike funk, green apples, sour grapes, wheat and pepper. It is a rather potent smelling saison in many of the aromas you would expect.

Taste – The taste begins with a lot of wheat, yeast and an orange citrus taste. As the taste advances flavors of spice begin coming to the tongue with clove coriander and cardamom being the strongest. Along with the spice so too comes a souring and haylike funky taste. Sweeter flavors of a light banana and tangerine also come to the tongue more toward the middle giving the brew a rather sweet taste. The flavors are soon met with a strong grass and herbal like and sour grape like taste more toward the middle to the end of the taste. In the end a moderately citrus sweet, yeasty, and funky taste are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the medium to slightly above average side. Both are quite nice with for the funky and citrus flavors of the brew and make for an easier drink.

Overall – A fairly sweeter and tasty saison. Lots of citrus, yeast and a nice sour bite that is balanced nicely by the herbal and sweeter flavors of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 02:33:57 | More by Darkmagus82
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S: Very strong hop aroma, super floral, mildly spicy, peppery, just a hint of alcohol. Very nice, but would like more Belgian character and bit less hops.
T: It is mostly all hops up front, but the beer ends with a mild fruitiness and spiciness which makes it a saison. For a beer this hoppy, I like the hops they chose to meld with this saison, they are very floral and grassy, perhaps a touch lemony. The nice fruity touch at the end is very enjoyable as well. Firm bitterness, certainly not overpowering. No malt character to speak of. It does have a very distinct finsh/aftertaste and tends to linger a bit in a strange way. However, I like this beer, tasty, very drinkable.
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Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.