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Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

518 Ratings
THE BROS
96
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-26-2014 03:24:02 | More by Schmuckles
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Screper

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-21-2014 17:38:29 | More by Screper
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TheBeerNation

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-20-2014 19:03:56 | More by TheBeerNation
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-20-2014 01:30:21 | More by BeerOps
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-19-2014 21:07:13 | More by JStue77
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SaltofOH

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%

From a mix & match six pack - marked best by "April" and it's early June.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark gold, 1/4" bright white head fades quickly. Lazy but consistent effervescence. A little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: From the pop of the cap I smell the hops. Resinous, and slightly skunky. Touch of green bananas, yeasty. More yeast and berry fruits as it warms.

Taste: Light, clean arrival. Belgian yeast flavor comes through across mid-palate. Hints of banana, apricot and skunk. Bitter, rye/hop finish, with a touch of alcohol. Improves dramatically as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Mid-to-light weight with a slickness that is not at all offensive, due to the strong hopping.

Overall: There is something about most rye beers that I have tried that I do not like, and this has it in spades. I have only ever had one saison (DuPont) and it was nothing like this. To be fair, this is 40+ days past its best-by date, so I will have to give this a second chance, but it seems inharmonious. Got much better around 60 degrees in terms of aroma and taste.

06-19-2014 02:47:03 | More by SaltofOH
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sgregory

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-14-2014 03:06:11 | More by sgregory
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lzepplin01

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-13-2014 21:27:40 | More by lzepplin01
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gcare02

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-13-2014 03:01:58 | More by gcare02
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PA-hunter

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%

Poured bottle into glass. 6.2% abv.

Appearance- Golden honey yellow with a cloudy but inviting haze to it. Two finger foamy head slow to dissipate.

Smell- A floral aroma dominates but also has hints of lemon and dry yeast is also quite present in the nose.

Taste- Lemon like sweetness arrives to the palate first. Sweet esters are pronounced with this beer. Bread-like malt flavors develop into the finish, which is not the basic hop finish, but more of a spicy finish, much like black pepper. The sweetness still lasts staight through to the end as well.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly light and thin to medium in body. Carbonation is complimentary to the fine flavors. Very smooth.

Overall- A highly satisfying and complex beer. It is absolutely refreshing. The sweet flavors and spiciness of this beer make it quite interesting. Ithaca should make this a constant offering and not just a seasonal. A must try.

06-13-2014 02:50:11 | More by PA-hunter
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-09-2014 01:57:49 | More by ElijahRivera
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-09-2014 00:28:44 | More by LMH88
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Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

05-31-2014 23:56:31 | More by zimm421
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Florida

3/5  rDev -22.5%

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Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.5%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-26-2014 14:48:06 | More by erialbill
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-24-2014 13:51:12 | More by Shawnspl
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California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-17-2014 22:32:40 | More by Furley80
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Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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New York

3/5  rDev -22.5%

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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.