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Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company

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very good

526 Ratings

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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
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  rDev -22.5%

boszormeny, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Redbud13, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

pat_usher, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of SteveB24
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance; color is a hazy amber, some yeast particles floating at the bottom of the glass, huge, sticky head that retains very well.

smell; Smell is floral, lots of wheat character, slightly spicy, hint of citrus fruit in there too.

Taste; upfront is wheat, then comes floral notes, green peppercorns, clove and coriander, lemon peel in the finish.

mouthfeel; very carbonated but creamy as well, interesting contrast with the light body, quite dry at the end.

overall; This is a beer which is unique and complex, and not in a bad way, it is rare to say this but even though i won't buy it again for the foreseeable future i'm extremely glad i purchased it.

SteveB24, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Edward19, Jul 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

OnryAndMean, Jul 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Slashytits, Jul 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Schmuckles, Jun 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Screper, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

TheBeerNation, Jun 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BeerOps, Jun 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

JStue77, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of SaltofOH
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

SaltofOH, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

sgregory, Jun 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

lzepplin01, Jun 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

gcare02, Jun 13, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

PA-hunter, Jun 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

ElijahRivera, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

LMH88, Jun 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

zimm421, Jun 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Zakk, May 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

BamfBacon, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

erialbill, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Shawnspl, May 24, 2014
Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.