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Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company

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very good

532 Ratings

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
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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Photo of EZE123
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

EZE123, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of hardcor33
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

hardcor33, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Walkinbeauty
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Walkinbeauty, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Draft offering served in a snifter. The brew appears a clear golden color with a finger of white froth. Some patchy lace sticks in thick patterns about the glass. A constant stream of bubbles maintains the froth atop throughout the entire duration. A light swirl effortlessly revives the cap.

The smell is yeasty and herbal with a zesty hop component. It is herbal and Greg smelling with earthy notes reminiscent of sulfur towards the back. It is a bit peppery overall and not bad.

The taste is yeasty with a bit of green herbal character. Some unexpected bitterness initially gives way to a flavor of clove, grass and a zesty spicy aspect. The more I focus on the bitterness, the more the earthy notes of this brew come out.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is crisp and enjoyable. Nicely done and worth checking out but overall there is no significant appeal to it, just an everyday easy drinking saison without much flaw.

stakem, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of EdyRuOk
4/5  rDev +3.6%

EdyRuOk, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of NardiByNature
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden honey. So, cloudy but bright enough to see some bubbles. The head is pearly white and leaves some decent lacing.

S: Fruity—apple, pear, and fig Newtons and even some more tropical fruits pop when the beer warms a little. Also a little yeasty with some spice.

T: I dig the hops; they’re more prominent in the taste than the nose but not overbearing. Bitterness is well balanced against some of the raw, slightly tart fruit flavor up front.

M: Crisp and slightly dry with a bitter-ish finish. A little heat. Nice level of carbonation.

O: Great stuff. My nearest sixer shop seemed lacking after the weekend so when nothing caught my eye I went for this saison from a new (to me) brewery and I’m glad I did. Nicely done American/Belgian fusion, this Belgian-style seems to lend itself better to American ingenuity than the BIPA.

NardiByNature, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Fishbone
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Fishbone, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of MerkurKing16
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

MerkurKing16, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

ShemRahBoo, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of jeanphony
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jeanphony, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of blameo
3/5  rDev -22.3%

blameo, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of ng85
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

ng85, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

kaelingirl, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of jlordi12
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jlordi12, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Edwaka01
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into tulip.

A - Hazy gold. 1 finger head with decent retention.

S - Floral hops, freshness, citrus.

T - Citrus, honey, fresh floral hops, ginger?

M - Full yet still light and refreshing.

O - Nice representation of the style, not world class.

Edwaka01, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of kc44
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep gold color that couldn't be more inviting, keeps a big, chunky white head, but doesn't feature the effervescence I hoped for out of a saison. Smells strongly of lemon peels and citrusy american hops, an intriguing combination. Not a lot of spice; could certainly do with more. Nonetheless, the flavor experience is a fun ride beginning with the citrus fruit followed by hop bitterness, left turn at malt sweetness with a hint of alcohol before finally drying out at the end. My main complaint remains with the carbonation level - a beer like this is better showcased dancing across your palate than sliding over it. The bottle could be an anomaly; I'd happily order this beer if I ever saw it on tap.
Overall, this is a quality beer worth having in my opinion. I appreciate the balance in an American take on a Belgian style, and it really is the interplay of the fruity esters and the hops that make this one enjoyable. There are a lot of totally decent saisons out there these days, but groundbreak has enough individuality to recommend itself. Would love to see this brewed with more rye as a way to up the spice factor, or perhaps dosed with brett and thrown in some barrel to introduce a sour character, which is completely missing from this beer as it stands.

kc44, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of IronLover
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by May 2012. Deep golden yellow in color with an orange hue and a deep haze. Poured with a frothy, bright white foam that slowly dissipated to a wispy cap that left huge sheets of lacing on the glass. Complex array of sweet sugar, tropical citrus, Belgian yeast, bread and spicy aromas. Aggressive but oily smooth carbonation up front with lighter than expected feel. Buttery smooth thru the middle and finish. Bready and yeasty flavors up front that give way to tangy grapefruit and orange hop flavors through the middle. Banana and Belgian spices thru the middle and to the finish. Very complex aromas and flavors with a fabulous feel. The Belgian yeast and hop character of this beer was reminiscent of Piraat Belgian IPA, which is also exceptional. A new late winter classic for me.

IronLover, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

asafarc2, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of CrazyP
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light orange color with plenty of small bubbles. About a 1/4" white head that stays around.

S - Really pleasant smells. Fruity with raspberry, strawberry, and banana scents, yeast, a little funkiness. A touch of clove and spice.

T - This beer has a nice dry bitterness that goes nicely with the malt. Grassy hops along with fruitiness and spice.

M - A very quaffable, easy drinking beer. Quite dry as a saison should be. Mouthfeel is smooth with a touch of bite from the carbonation. My only complaint is it goes down too quick!

I see how the Bros. gave it a world class rating. You can tell this beer was crafted for drinkability and uniqueness with every flavor having a purpose.

CrazyP, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of SpaldingSmails
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Pours a lovely golden color, one finger white head. Appears not as clear as most non-homebrewed beers, but still not as murky typical of the style. Fruitiness, Belgium style is quite pronounced in the nose. Excellent flavor for the style plus a bit more pronounced hop character. Excellent carbonation levels and overall balance. Finish is very pleasant.

This is probably my favorite Ithaca brew yet (and I've had most). I'm fairly new to the style but I feel like I could a few of these in a row.

SpaldingSmails, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best before May notched on bottle.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a puffy white 2 finger head. Nice haze in the light and really small bubbles are visible floating to the top. Lacing from the head before I drink. Settles to a film with a lump in the middle. Lots of lacing on the sides.

S: Initial smell of belgian yeast followed by orange and hints of spice. Citrusy, smells of lemon not sure if this is from the hops or yeast.

T: Light flavor with mostly belgian yeast. Certainly some hops in there to bitter it out. Those add notes of grass and citrus to the mix. Can pick up some spicing from the rye malt.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation and a crisp finish. Belgian yeast provides a nice bite and the hops add some stickiness.

Overall an excellent saison that is certainly worth trying. Seems a little more like a witbier. Could use some sour aspects, more fruits and sweetness.

CloudStrife, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of rmcnealy
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2nd Ithaca offering I'm trying. Received this along with some Flower Power from an awesome east coast BA'er.

Poured medium amber gold that was nearly non-translucent and appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a small, dense, froathy head that subsided to a mere layer of fog guarding the beer below. Has that Belgium smell with a freshness to it along with yeast and corn aromas. The tastes have a slight bitterness which is much appreciated. The tastes fade slow which is a great quality. I haven't had a Saison in awhile so my tastes are getting reunited. This is a very good brew. Very fresh, very robust.


rmcnealy, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of kuhndog
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

kuhndog, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow/mild orange body, 1 finger white head,
solid lacing

S: big Belgian yeast, floral, citrus, malt

T: mild lemon, big yeast/malt middle, mild floral
sour/bitter finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Very nice, great to see an American
made Saison, done well. Would get
again and recommend.


BeerLover99, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Mudawg
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Mudawg, Feb 25, 2012
Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.