Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by jameswaldo:
4.7/5 rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Got a growler of this a few days ago at the brewery, after tasting all our favorites there. We liked this better than Cascazilla, which we really love, and just as much as Flower Power, which is always one of our favorite IPAs.
Looks wonderfully murky, the haze of hops and yeast making a turbid orange/amber soulful thick color promising mouthjoy. Excellent persistent slightly yellowish off-white head when poured gently from growler into pint glasses. Smells like Belgian yeast and hop blossom. What more could you want? We love IPA style always, and this takes a good amount of the hops from that and balances them with a solid hard-bodied yeast. Mouthfeel is excellent balance of fizz and unctuous foam. Aftertaste of hops persists through the funky yeast. The malt hides modestly behind hop and yeast tastes. Besides these delicious robust flavors, drinkability for this brew is helped by its excellent value: $5 per growler for an ale this good is just so wonderful, I'm proud to be an Ithacan!
Serving type: growler
06-15-2010 19:27:50 | More by jameswaldo
More User Reviews:
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
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
06-13-2014 02:50:11 | More by PA-hunter
Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.