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