Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
Reviewed from notes. 12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a nice golden color with great clarity. Huge rocky white head forms and never subsides. Thick rings of lacing cement themselves to the glass. The clarity of it throws me for a loop. Did they filter this?
S: Nice and yeasty with pepper and spice and a perfumey floral scent. Clove. Fruity and nutty. Underlying biscuit and pilsner malt. Great nose.
T: Big hit of clove and black pepper on the attack. Strong yeast character, as in the nose. Chalky and a touch earthy. Very spicy. Underlying tropical fruits and a hint of tartness. Slightly rustic. Malt character is biscuity and nutty. Mild hop bitterness with light floral and orange peel tastes. Finishes with chalky and spicy yeast.
M: Medium bodied. Highly effervescent with an aggressive scrubbing carbonation. Creamy in texture and smooth.
O: One of the better American-made saisons I've had, and an excellent choice for a spring seasonal.
09-25-2012 03:49:36 | More by ryan1788a5
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
Bought about 3 cases over the summer as they were on closeout at my local distributor. Think I bought each one for roughly $15 a pop. Poured the last one I had into a snifter for review. Think I read somewhere that they use both American (1056?) and saison strains along with ample American hops.
A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with nice rocky white head. Some belgian lacing clings to the glass. Some lazy carbonation is evident.
S: Smells has a musty, almost barnyard like aroma. Not sure if this was intentional, but this smell does take on some Brett-like character. There's also some lemon zest with citrus, spicy peppery notes, and a fairly noticeable aroma like kick.
T: Light malt character with citrus and lemon zest. I'm assuming a good portion is coming from hops while the saison yeast strain is doing the other work. Nice bitterness to it.
M: Finishes nice and dry. Feels light and highly drinkable although the alcohol is quite noticeable after a few. Kept me from pounding through these after a hot, humid summer night.
O: A great summer thirst quencher. This was one of my favorite finds for this past summer. Would definitely buy again.
08-28-2012 21:44:49 | More by jwhancher
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip
A- pours a cloudy shade of orange with a one finger white head. Looks pretty solid. Nice head, not overcarbed
S- nice floral aroma, as well as a good bit of citrus....smells very sweet and juicy
T- some very light spice and sweetness, and juicy citrus. Very nice
M- medium bodied, on the thin side
O- very good saison
08-23-2012 20:34:26 | More by bigfnjoe
3.81/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
07-30-2012 03:24:59 | More by tobelerone
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
07-23-2012 22:50:55 | More by mountdew1
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
07-11-2012 01:19:06 | More by ujsplace
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
07-06-2012 22:54:13 | More by dbrauneis
4.63/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
06-29-2012 01:54:24 | More by magine
Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
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