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Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company

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87
very good

532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 24
Gots: 29 | 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
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, May 26, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.6%

t0rin0, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thorpe429, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

nmann08, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mikesgroove, May 21, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

SocalKicks, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TMoney2591, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

emerge077, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jason, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jlindros, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Slatetank, May 20, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

oline73, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Trashcat, Sunday at 03:05 PM
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mdfb79, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

WesWes, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

jwc215, May 09, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

smcolw, Feb 27, 2011
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Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.