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Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

495 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 23
Gots: 23 | 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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parris

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Before pouring I noticed the little bit of yeast that had settled to the bottom of the bottle. It got me expecting a cloudy beer, but to my suprise it poured to a pretty vibrant light orange/yellow color. Medium carbonation produced a perfect sized head, maybe 1/2 inch.

There is a good orange citrus smell to it. I've got a cold now, but I've had this before, and remember noticing pleasant burnt and floral aroma.

Great taste. Not bitter at all, but tons of hop flavor. I have no idea what their recipe is, but I bet they dry hopped the hell out of it. I suppose I also don't know what an American-style saison is supposed to taste like, hopefully this is it.

Thin mouthfeel, maybe a hair astringent, here is where I notice just a bit of bitter on the sides of my tongue.

Very drinkable. I prolly wouldn't bring this out on a bender, but it's definitely something to look forward to with dinner (Italian maybe?)

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 21:05:08 | More by parris
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.