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Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

518 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
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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russwbeck

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

A: The pour is a very clear yellow color with a huge white head. Retention is pretty decent, as is the lacing. The bubbles initially surge through the liquid, but slow off rather quickly.

S: Spicy esters with some banana and it seems like Belgian yeast. It's pretty sweet at least, with the level of spices you'd expect from a saison. Not quite funky or boozy.

T: The taste is also more sweet than I expected, with the spices coming second and lingering on the palate for a long time after the liquid is gone. The fruits, bananas specifically, carry the beer, with the spices and esters providing some balance. I wanted another layer to this. It's balanced and tasty, but not that much better than average.

MF: Medium body with a level of carbonation that drops off after the initial pour. It's almost silky on the tongue. The aftertaste on the palate makes me want to keep drinking the beer, but the drinkability could be better. The overall taste wore on me after a while.

O: This was a nice offering and I'm glad I tried it, but there's nothing here to bring me back for more. Give it a shot if you like saisons, if not, you can probably skip this one.

11-07-2012 01:12:19 | More by russwbeck
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.5%

10-29-2012 01:44:30 | More by hollywood_15063
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-15-2012 02:33:04 | More by t0rin0
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Gtg642

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-13-2012 01:42:58 | More by Gtg642
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anewlanguage

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

10-12-2012 23:14:21 | More by anewlanguage
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

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
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CKav

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-19-2012 21:19:35 | More by CKav
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-18-2012 00:11:35 | More by Chugs13
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WorldOfBeerCraft

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

09-12-2012 05:59:37 | More by WorldOfBeerCraft
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fishguyac

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -16%

09-10-2012 14:13:38 | More by fishguyac
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

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
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

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
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Sovietfox

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.5%

08-11-2012 02:41:56 | More by Sovietfox
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -16%

08-01-2012 03:35:49 | More by WDJersey
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tobelerone

Connecticut

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
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MikeConklin

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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

New Hampshire

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
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Snarf103

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Pennsylvania

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
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jaybags

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

North Carolina

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
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-30-2012 01:43:42 | More by erlenmeyer
Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
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