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Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company

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87
very good

508 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 23
Gots: 27 | 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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jameswaldo

New York

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
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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.

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Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.