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Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company

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516 Ratings

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 24
Gots: 28 | 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 IronLover


4.55/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

03-09-2012 21:54:51 | More by IronLover
Photo of asafarc2

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-08-2012 19:07:34 | More by asafarc2
Photo of CrazyP


4.6/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

03-07-2012 23:23:40 | More by CrazyP
Photo of SpaldingSmails

New York

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

03-05-2012 04:01:46 | More by SpaldingSmails
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

03-04-2012 02:02:34 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of rmcnealy


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

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.


03-03-2012 20:50:12 | More by rmcnealy
Photo of kuhndog

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

03-03-2012 02:53:12 | More by kuhndog
Photo of BeerLover99


4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.


02-28-2012 17:18:44 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Mudawg

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-25-2012 17:49:56 | More by Mudawg
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United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-25-2012 14:53:34 | More by lsfrontman
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-20-2012 23:03:49 | More by MattyV
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-20-2012 02:06:45 | More by SFC21
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-19-2012 22:11:51 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of mdaschaf


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-19-2012 19:08:21 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of silentjay


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

not overly hazy, but definitely murky golden straw with a huge pure-white head that recedes kinda quickly but leaves chunks of lacing.

lots of herbs and citrus with a definite barnyard essence bringing in hay, a bit of funk and must. lemongrass.

peppercorns make their presence in the flavor with the citrus and funk falling behind, unfortunately. hay and grass still there, with an abundance of hops for the style. definitely an American take on the style. almost reminds me of Flying Dog's Raging Bitch, which is a good thing.

medium bodied with fluffy carbonation and a slight peppery flavor that lingers.

hmmm.. it's definitely tasty. not my favorite Saison, but its a pretty decent hoppy Belgian ale.

02-12-2012 05:53:41 | More by silentjay
Photo of Tyrawlings


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-11-2012 01:31:53 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-05-2012 18:54:30 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of chrispoint


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-03-2012 19:21:09 | More by chrispoint
Photo of bigflatsbeerman

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

Apperance: Light color that is not clear, an unfiltered cloudy look which I like. There are mostly tight bubbles with less larger bubbles on a pretty impressive 2 finger head.
Smell: I'm a little stuffed up, but I don't get a real pronounced smell, maybe a little grassy.
Taste: I like saison's and I like this beer. Compared to my benchmark beer (Ommegang Hennepin) it is more restrained, but still a nice taste. Hennepin is bottle conditioned, I don't think IGB is.
Mouthfeel: Nice.
Overall: A solid saison that I enjoy drinking. I can drink this for 3 nights in a row for a little bit more that one night of Hennepin.

01-27-2012 00:43:57 | More by bigflatsbeerman
Photo of modernartblues


4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a Tulip
Purchased from brewery, 01.16.12

A: Orange-ish body, hazy, 1 and 1/2 inch white head, lots of lacing, pretty good retention

N: floral notes, light fruit, clove, classic belgian yeast makes itself well known

T: follows the nose, perhaps less intense than expected, but the fruit (guava, pineapple) is much appreciated, very pleasant

M: light, good carbonation

O: I like this one. Kind of wish I had went with a sixer rather than just a single. Good spring seasonal.

01-22-2012 22:54:32 | More by modernartblues
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-20-2012 08:08:34 | More by Hophead101
Photo of prisdefer

New York

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-14-2012 17:35:29 | More by prisdefer
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-10-2012 09:03:05 | More by tugg407
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-04-2012 23:31:23 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of h0gg

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-31-2011 03:32:27 | More by h0gg
Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
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