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Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company

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504 Ratings

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 23
Gots: 25 | 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 tobelerone


3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a vivid orange gold with a large creamy head. Exceptional retention and lots of creamy lacing. The aroma is quite nice and stylistically accurate; lots of saison yeast; fruity hops and esters, spices and black pepper; a hint of peach that's very appealing.

The flavor follows the nose fairly closely; plenty of yeast; citrus and peach; moderate bitterness lingering a bit in the aftertaste. Some light sweetness that dries up well in the finish. Nice and spicy, although there is a faint metallic note detected in both the aroma and flavor.

Moderately light bodied with very spritzy, tongue-prickling carbonation, but still has a bit if creamy smoothness. Extremely crisp and refreshing. The only knocks for me on this beer are the vague metallic aspect and the carbonation, which could be toned down just a smudge. Otherwise it's rather outstanding!

Edit: almost two years and dozens upon dozens of saisons later this feels a bit more pedestrian. On draught the carbonation is fine but the taste profile is simply a little generic and while inoffensive fails to distinguish itself from the now flooded pack. Nothing wrong here but nothing to go running back to either.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 03:24:59 | More by tobelerone
Photo of MikeConklin

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

07-25-2012 02:22:44 | More by MikeConklin
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice golden amber with a 3 finger thick milky white head. Head was foam at the bottom, but creamy at the top. Aroma was citrus herbal with a bit of bitter acidic in the back. Flavor was peppery, a bit of spicy kick. Felt a little overcarbonated in the mouth for my taste. Coated well, but left too much tingly feeling on the insides of the cheeks. Overall not bad. No real negative traits to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 22:50:55 | More by mountdew1
Photo of Snarf103

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-23-2012 03:22:42 | More by Snarf103
Photo of rolltide8425


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-17-2012 19:10:08 | More by rolltide8425
Photo of wahoojukebox

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-11-2012 01:36:16 | More by wahoojukebox
Photo of ujsplace


4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

This brew boasts a massive, soapy head with plenty of chunk and lace to go around. The liquid is a deep orange colored, hazy brew with flecks of yeast suspended throughout. A dirty looking brew - nice.

Smells fruity, bready and spicy. Very nice.

Tastes of bright fruit, slightly tart, hoppy citrus overtones, spicy with a dry finish.

Light medium mouthfeel, well carbonated and crisp.

Wow, this is some good stuff. Nice flavors all come together very nicely. Great drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 01:19:06 | More by ujsplace
Photo of jaybags


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-10-2012 19:49:15 | More by jaybags
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark golden orange to copper in color. The beer has a three finger tall off-white head that reduces to a medium sized thick patch near the center of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus - grapefruit, orange, and lemon - along with spices (black pepper and clove).

T: Similar in taste to the smell but the spice flavors are far more intense than they smell. There is also a moderate amount of citrus flavors (more lemony). Light hints of grassy hops and Belgian yeast lend to the bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: Easy to drink but a little too strong to be sessionable (higher ABV than I usually have for a session beer). I like the citrus flavors/aromas, they make this one pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 22:54:13 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Hessian257

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

07-01-2012 00:57:12 | More by Hessian257
Photo of erlenmeyer


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-30-2012 01:43:42 | More by erlenmeyer
Photo of magine


4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a cloudy, honey orange. Massive, massive chunky lemon meringue pie like head here. Tons of tiny tight bubbles cascading to form this huge head. Big chunks of head here, tons of lace. Fantastic looks here. Lots of malty yeast making this head like this I imagine. Really one of the most impressive pours I have seen. Exceptional.

Brew smells of big lemon zest, yeast, cloves, spices and orange. Great nose here, could smell it as I poured it. Impressive nose here.

Brew is smooth and creamy up front, spiced in the middle and peppery semi dry finish. Great tastes here; complex spices and malts working in harmony here. Cloves, spice, lemon, orange rind all fill a complex palate. Stickiness to it and some semi sweet and tart flavors here. Great flavors, and great drinking brew. Awesome stuff here.

This is one of the best saisons I have tried. I love Hennepin and feel that is the best of the style, but I think this matches. I would love to try this side by side with Hennepin. Tremendous brew here.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 01:54:24 | More by magine
Photo of aranheaney

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stone Nonic Pint Glass:

A-beautiful yellow, great Saison Head, on a par with Hennepin (my gold standard for Saisons)

S-Clove, pepper, banana and oh yeah heaven

T-Clove, pepper, banana and oh yeah heaven

M-Perfect, carbonation is spot on

O-on a par with Hennepin (my gold standard for Saisons)

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 13:02:49 | More by aranheaney
Photo of superspak


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by April(yeast was heavily caked on the bottom, this could be a year or more old). Pours hazy golden orange color with a very nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, pear, herbal, floral, coriander, pepper, bread, earth, light funkiness, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of big orange, lemon, pepper, pear, lime, coriander, bread, earth, herbal, floral, grass, clove, light funk, and yeast spiciness. Very slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, citrus, pepper, clove, earth, herbal, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of sweetness and spiciness; with great flavor complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly syrupy and extremely crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small amount of warming noticed after the finish. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Overall this is an outstanding saison. Great balance and flavor complexity. Nice touch of funk rounds it out as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 03:31:43 | More by superspak
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-18-2012 23:14:43 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden/banana yellow into my DFH glass. A thick and fluffy bright white head cover this golden elixer! Thick and chewy lacing hold onto the rim of the glass for it's life. It looks like summer in a glass! PERFECT!

S- Banana's with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and sprinkled with black and green peppercorn flakes. Hints of citrus peel, Big League Chew gum, compost, fresh cut hay and wheat with little notes of pie spice mixed in. It has just a little bit of Belgian funk... wish it had more! This is one of my favorite Saison's!!!

T- Over ripe banana's, touches of funky yeast, spicey black/red/green peppercorns. Sweetness from the wheat and grains, some clove, allspice and fresh nutmeg. Real big notes of freshly zested lemon and grapefruit peel. Has a nice tartness that lets the honeysweet grains and spiciness shine thru as well. This is damn near perfect.

M- Really crisp, refreshing, and full of tropical fruit goodness! Electrifying carbonation that tickles the tongue! Wonderful Belgian yeastiness, peppery, lemony, and sweet banana and wheat malts. No hint of alcohol at all.

O- I'd give it a 4.75 if I could. This is another brilliant example from one of NY's best and most creative brewery's. I gotta buy up all I can of this before it's gone for the season.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 20:25:47 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of ridgeline23


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-11-2012 01:26:56 | More by ridgeline23
Photo of TheHoppiest


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a hazy apricot color, with a one-inch off-white head that is slow to reduce.

Has a funky farmhouse aroma, with cardamon, parsley, cilantro, and hints of pepper. Hints of banana and clove, like a wheat beer, but with more of the saison spice than a typical wheat beer.

Taste starts spicy and aromatic, with a tart, almost sour funky beginning. Lemon, straw, and dandelion greens combine for a very fresh taste. Oak undertones develop mid-sip, finishing tar, dry and slightly bitter.

Has a crisp, fresh feel, light to medium bodied, with a bit of dryness on the tongue.

An enjoyable, if slightly intense saison, with plenty of funk, tart, herb and spice to keep you satisfied. Great for a full-tasting beer, but too much to have more than one before moving to an easier drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 00:57:19 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of callahwj

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-04-2012 03:59:16 | More by callahwj
Photo of vbiliyar


4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-03-2012 15:50:58 | More by vbiliyar
Photo of HEADYdb


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-02-2012 15:02:19 | More by HEADYdb
Photo of jstein89

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-01-2012 19:43:57 | More by jstein89
Photo of match1112


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear bright gold body with a thin white head.

s: bread, yeast, fruit and a touch of earth.

t: yeasty bread up front giving way to a crisp light fruit flavor. on the finish is a touch of earthieness from some hops i'm guessing.

m: medium body, prickly carbonation tickles the tongue. and a dry finish.

o: pretty darn tasty. worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 02:12:43 | More by match1112
Photo of BeerCon5


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow-orange color with more than one finger of white fluffy head with pretty good retention.

The scent is of sweet fruit, notes of bread, and notes of herbal hops.

The taste is of lightly bitter herbal hops, sweet fruit, some citrus, bready malt, some notes of yeast.

Light bodied, smooth and refreshing, moderate carbonation.

This was a very flavorful beer, both refreshing and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 19:44:23 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of dfillius


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-28-2012 21:12:51 | More by dfillius
Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.