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Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company

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514 Ratings

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 24
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Spot on the style, with fruitiness, pepper, cinammon, and significant complementary hops. Flaw is the strong carbonation, yet it is very fresh still. Orange fruit colour, creamy small head, and with lots of lace. Great fruity aromas including guave,funk, peach, citrus.
Bottle from Premiere Gourmet.

05-26-2011 02:58:01 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-15-2012 02:33:04 | More by t0rin0
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-22-2011 23:18:48 | More by djrn2
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4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Thanks to ubufan2112 for sending this bottle my way. Served in a tulip.

Pours a nice golden color with a two-finger white head off a hard pour. Good retention and some nice sticky lacing as it falls down into a nice cap. Nose is really fantastic and well-integrated with some white pepper, hay, grass, and light fruitiness. Some light grain in the background. All of this carries over to the taste. Everything is somewhat subtle, but it all blends incredibly well. This is one of the more-impressive tasting American saisons that I have ever come across. Body is dry with nice carbonation. Very drinkable. I am a huge fan and will seek this out again.

03-08-2011 19:47:16 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-07-2013 02:30:05 | More by nmann08
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -1%

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that slowly faded away and consistently left lacy patterns of bubbles floating in the center of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grapefruit, orange, lemon, black pepper and clove in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the spicy flavors are a little more pronounced and the hops lend a slight amount of bitterness and grassy flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some notes of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is quite easy to drink and the citrus flavors would make this particularly refreshing to drink on a hot summer day.

02-10-2011 00:39:01 | More by metter98
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South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

The pour was a light golden color, almost a hay colored straw, with loads of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Really rich looking for the style as a three finger high head of white foam formed on top and settled down graciously into a thin pillow that never left sight. Aroma is light fruit, pears, peaches, hints of light grassy notes, hints of bread and other light grains. Warming brings out a nice little bit of banana and almost a clove like touch to it. Each sip is clean, crisp, concise with tons of depth and light fruit notes. Light drying on the palate as you start to finish it off, but it never does lose sight of the total package.

05-21-2011 00:25:06 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured into a tulip glass a slight hazed lighter straw color with a nice fluffy two finger white head that left broken rings of lace as it settled slowly into a creamy mass.Aromas were a mix of earth and phenols,a slghit lemon rind is there as well.Flavors start out with almost a lactic-like tartness to go along with some lemon pith,phenolic spice and earthy hop rounds out the finish.A good stab at the style and refreshing,good for a hot day.

04-05-2010 22:05:18 | More by oberon
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Thanks to stevglad and the N00b BIF for this bottle!

And the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender continues a-crunchin' on. This offering to the gods pours a clear amber orange topped by a tall, thick, white frothy head. The nose comprises earth, coriander, wheat, clove, lemon zest, and banana. The taste follows closely, though with a greater amount of earth and clove. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice saison, a bit much with the earthiness, but still pretty tasty.

08-27-2010 04:23:15 | More by TMoney2591
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Hazy glowing orange, a compact finger of white foam on the surface. Surface texture is creamy, and it sticks nicely around the edges. Retention is pretty good, some delicate arcs of lace form in the glass also.

Estery yeast notes of clove and banana resemble a spicy hefeweizen. More earthy notes of coriander, cumin, and/or white peppercorns.

Dry, lightly bitter and spicy. Big notes of pepper and grassy hops. Orange peel, savory spices. Smooth feel, with the spices dominating the flavor, leaving telltale signs of pepper with a numbing tingle on the palate. Dry finish, little to no residual sweetness. Quenching and pleasant overall, something to anticipate springtime with.

Thanks to Mike for this unexpected beer!

03-12-2011 19:41:37 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-14-2011 22:45:01 | More by JAHMUR
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-15-2013 04:19:03 | More by SocalKicks
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Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

On-tap 4/9/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, bananas, light malts, spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong spicy bite up front that is followed by sweet flavors of bananas and citrus as well as a strong breadiness from flavors of Belgian yeast and wheat. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful but lighter Belgian-style beer to drink for a while.

04-16-2010 13:53:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the bottle.

Dirty cloudy yellow color, looks better than it sounds. LOL. Crowning of lace is impressive. Candied fruit, hint of ginger, nutty yeast and bready malt make for an exciting aroma. Deep smoothness, decent sized body ... not too dry. Mild tartness, grassy and lemony with a faint raw honey note in the back. Brett throws down some medicinal herb that comes off a bit bitter, good for balance here. Yeasty earthy bittersweet finish.

Super tasty, very drinkable ... sadly just a seasonal as I could see drinking this all of the time.

08-09-2010 02:34:03 | More by Jason
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

I'm loving the pour, this one went into my Hennepin glass and it forms a chunky white head that rises well above the sides of my chalice. Aroma gives off a peppery citric lemon tone to it. Almost herbal/citrus grapefruit peel in there as well I'm guessing the American Saison labeling suggested some American hops after giving this one a few sniffs. Flavor is bitingly tart with some funky tones thrown in, a very dry finish makes your lips pucker. Some rolling hop bitterness in the middle that really sticks around, the sour/acidi nature does give off grapefruit pith/rind to mind. Some tropical fruits pineapple, starfruit this is one funky summer seasonal. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied high effervescent carbonation, this one really dries the palate up with a lemon zest finish. Drinkability is really interesting one of the most intriguing Saisons I've tried by a micro in quite some time, excellent stuff.

07-05-2010 18:55:59 | More by WVbeergeek
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-20-2013 18:36:25 | More by Slatetank
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

It slowly starts erupting, and forms a huge 4 finger head as I pour, forcing me to stop pouring. The bubbly frothy head fades semi slowly with lacing over crystal clear golden orange color.

Nose has some nice Belgian malts, a light Belgian yeast, saison like. Touch of wheat, some lemon peel, citrus, slight grassy like hop aroma, touch of Belgian yeast fruit aromas.

Taste is similar, light malts, Belgian saison malts, light citrus, little orange and some lemon zest, even hint of banana, with the slightest touch of a tart funk. Slightly sweet but finishes fairly dry, with lingering lemon zest and saison malts.

Mouth is fairly light with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, with a pretty light overall beer, no real alcohol hit, and nice dry finish.

11-28-2010 00:48:51 | More by jlindros
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice earthy yeast character along with a wonderful hop nose. This is an "American" saison; meaning a hopped up version of the Belgian style. The taste is good as well. It has a damn nice flavor that's equal parts yeast and hop character. It's bitter up front with a funky farmhouse finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's a good beer to break ground on a new year. Bring on the warm weather! Big ups to the chief; another quality beer from Ithaca

02-02-2010 23:55:46 | More by WesWes
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-10-2013 04:03:53 | More by oline73
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

From 04/25/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a clear orange color with one finger of white fluffy head and moderate to high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of floral notes, pepper, spices, and cloves. Not bad, but lots of spices, especially pepper.

t - Tastes of pepper, spices, citrus hops, cloves, breay malts, and floral hops. A step up from the nose. It had more going on and less pepper.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth body.

o - Overall a good saison but the nose is heavy on pepper and the spices. Great mouthfeel, something I would try again.

04-28-2011 18:48:36 | More by mdfb79
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4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

Best before July notched on label.

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that soon becomes a wide patch. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is funky tart - lemony with some cookie dough.

The taste is sweettart - lemony with bready and grassy notes. Refreshing tart, dry finish. I liked it even more as it progressed.

Light-bodied and effervescent - leaves a bit of a tingle.

This could be from Belgium. A well-done, easy-drinking, well-balanced enjoyable saison!

05-09-2010 15:43:54 | More by jwc215
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Modest near-white head. Leaves a blanket of slippery lace. While hazy, this is far more clear than most saisons. Neutral gold color.

Interesting blend of sourness and barnyard earthiness. Once the head settles, the traditional sour yeast aroma of a saison comes through clearly.

Starts off tart, but mellows quickly. There's a sizable yeast bite toward the end of the tasting. The swallow is lightly tart. The aftertaste is grainy, but short lived . Good body for the style and the carbonation is understated.

02-27-2011 00:54:42 | More by smcolw
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-27-2013 12:49:46 | More by DrunkinYogi
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a short 1" head that lingers around a while. Spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: spices and yeast are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, spices, hints of banana, some bubblegum, and a moderate bitterness. Yeast is very noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: easy to quaff but personally didn't hit the spot since I was looking for a hearty saison. Mildly refreshing.

04-18-2010 18:45:59 | More by Gavage
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3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours a cloudy dark golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.

Earthy, slightly funky aroma with a good balance of zesty spice, bready yeast and light fruit. The saison yeast is prominent with hints of barnyard, grass and hay. The bread/yeast character is also very strong in the nose along with hints of apple, pear and banana.

Medium bodied with a very strong spice presence up front with lots of pepper and coriander that lingers over the yeast and light fruit notes into a dry finish. Earthy and dry but only slightly funky with hints of grass and straw that is balanced by the sweet malt and light fruit flavor. Hints of apple and pear with a touch of boozy heat toward the finish.

Overall this beer was decent. Full bodied with a nice aroma but it's a bit to heavy on the spice for my liking, overtaking the other flavors. Not bad, just an average American interpretation of the style.

07-10-2011 08:30:37 | More by corby112
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Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
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