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Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

498 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 23
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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 Torps:
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Torps

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Decicco's..

Appearance is a golden amber with a light fluffy white head. There's not too much head but I got this growler a couple days ago before opening and perhaps a bit of the carbonation escaped.

Aroma is very subtle. Apricot, a touch of pineapple, yeast. I imagine there's a bit more if there was a decent head but I can't be certain.

Taste is very tart and bitter from the hops as this is still pretty fresh... the apricot, banana and yeast are readily apparent. Good overall flavor profile as everything is well layered.

This is a really good beer.. nothing spectacular to write home about but not disappointing in the slightest. Perfect for summer.

Serving type: growler

05-23-2010 23:26:10 | More by Torps
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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SteveB24

New York

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 heart 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

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Ohio

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

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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass. 6.2% abv.

Appearance- Golden honey yellow with a cloudy but inviting haze to it. Two finger foamy head slow to dissipate.

Smell- A floral aroma dominates but also has hints of lemon and dry yeast is also quite present in the nose.

Taste- Lemon like sweetness arrives to the palate first. Sweet esters are pronounced with this beer. Bread-like malt flavors develop into the finish, which is not the basic hop finish, but more of a spicy finish, much like black pepper. The sweetness still lasts staight through to the end as well.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly light and thin to medium in body. Carbonation is complimentary to the fine flavors. Very smooth.

Overall- A highly satisfying and complex beer. It is absolutely refreshing. The sweet flavors and spiciness of this beer make it quite interesting. Ithaca should make this a constant offering and not just a seasonal. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

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Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.