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Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company

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very good

537 Ratings

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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 23
Gots: 30 | 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:
Beer added by: WesWes on 02-02-2010

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a big three finger white head. The head has nice retention slowly fading to leave a very nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of lots of yeasty and spicy smells. Mixed with these aromas are strong smells of a haylike funk, green apples, sour grapes, wheat and pepper. It is a rather potent smelling saison in many of the aromas you would expect.

Taste – The taste begins with a lot of wheat, yeast and an orange citrus taste. As the taste advances flavors of spice begin coming to the tongue with clove coriander and cardamom being the strongest. Along with the spice so too comes a souring and haylike funky taste. Sweeter flavors of a light banana and tangerine also come to the tongue more toward the middle giving the brew a rather sweet taste. The flavors are soon met with a strong grass and herbal like and sour grape like taste more toward the middle to the end of the taste. In the end a moderately citrus sweet, yeasty, and funky taste are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the medium to slightly above average side. Both are quite nice with for the funky and citrus flavors of the brew and make for an easier drink.

Overall – A fairly sweeter and tasty saison. Lots of citrus, yeast and a nice sour bite that is balanced nicely by the herbal and sweeter flavors of the brew.

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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best before May

A: Thick head that dissipates quickly leaving lots of lacing.

S: Sweet, yeasty, bready, spicy. Some alcohol on the nose.

T: Sweet, full breadiness, prominent yeast, white pepper, dry with an herbal hop bitterness on the finish. Some tartness at points and on the finish.

M: Surprisingly full given the dryness.

O: This comes out too early in the season. This would be super drinkable in the heat.

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3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude in NY. I believe this will be my first trying an "American Style Saison."

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a small creamy white head. Decent retention, but not much lacing to speak of.

S: Malty wheat notes are the most prominent, with some characteristic "barnyard" funk in the background. A relatively light smell overall.

T: Opens with malted wheat flavors followed by some yeasty funk. The finish brings along some soapy character that leaves a rather unpleasant bitterness long after the last sip. Besides the soapiness, I this would be a pretty solid saison.

M: Light- to medium-bodied with a slick mouthfeel. A bit overcarbonated in my opinion.

O: A decent take on a saison. Not sure if the soapy bitterness was the "American" aspect here, but it would have been better without that.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of CHickman
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Notes from 3/12/12, on tap at The Lark in East Northport, NY: pours a hazy yellow gold color with a creamy 1 finger white head that faded and left a creamy layer on top; leaves decent spotty foamy lacing.

Smells of funky yeast, grains, sour grapes, clove, pepper, light floral hops, wet grass, caramel, coriander and light spices; soft and funky, it's a nice mellow nose with all the saison basics.

Tastes of funky yeast, roasted grains/malt, wheat, sour grapes or tart apple, clove, pepper, floral hops, herbs, wet grass, caramel, pine cone or tree bark, coriander, hay and light spices like cinnamon or allspice; flavor is tart, herbal and grainy, yet somehow crisp with a nice funky finish that is on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and zesty, with tight fizzy carbonation, a light to medium body and a funky semi-dry finish that leaves a grainy aftertaste that dries and feels like yeast is coating your tongue.

Overall a good beer that is very drinkable, goes down easy, hides the ABV very well and is a nice American impression of this style.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.