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Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company

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very good

538 Ratings

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 23
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: WesWes on 02-02-2010

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Ratings: 538 | Reviews: 231
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A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of citrus, malt, and spices.

T: Tasted of citrus (orange, lemon), malt, and an unwelcome grassy quality in the finish. If not for this last component, the flavor would have fared better.

M: A high amount of carbonation with a crisp, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is another wildly uneven beer, one with some good qualities and some that are lagging.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz courtesy of LesleyH (fantastic trader), this bottle was completely off my radar, but I'm more than happy to have it. Cracked and poured into a Lost Abbey Tulip.

A: Pineapple flesh body with light yellows on some white lace foam. Some really nice retention on this beer, the head just simply refuses to go away. A large bubble crater has formed in the middle of my tulip, with sea-foam formations within. Some slight yellow/orange apricot color tints the rim bubbles.

S: Some really nice juicy funk in here. Smells like some orange juice spilled on a barnyard saddle. Really bright spritz of citrus zest with an unusual flavor of tangerine and lemon. Fresh marmalade jam character that I really like. It's hard to express how thick the fruit flavor is in the yeast, it's very pulpy. A very full bread with orange rind slivers candied in small amounts of sugars. A light cinnamon finds its way on the bread.

T: Whoa, surprisingly Hoppy. The fruit really seems emptied of its juices in the taste, and only older rinds are left. The hoppy character fuses really well with latent lemon notes for a nice marinade for the grassy hops. A light salad with some spicy arugula, water chestnuts, pickled cabbage, and a general dark-colored veggie character. Light garden carrots in the middle end that I really like, hops linger on yellow grasses. mildly apparent alcohol in the finish.

M: This is very full for the style, a slight bit of bit of alcohol leaves a wetter mouth. This isn't drying at all, which is actually pretty pleasant. The wetness does not come off alcohol dominated at all, it is instead just a lightly refreshing finish. The hops feel heavy in the mouth, it's not a strong bitterness, but the sensation creates a bed for the rest of the flavors. Strangely thick and filling in the mouth, like a whole wheat saison mouth.

O: This has a pretty distinct flavor character. Lots of lemon, some multi-colored grasses, light sweet breadiness, and a very full mouth. One of the more chewy saisons that I can recall, and unusual in the way that it lacks dryness. The beer is so soft in the mouth with microfiber bubbles that never seem to burst even as you swallow. Silt like sensations in the mouth as you swallow the juice. While this beer does have some tricks up its sleeve, it does get a bit monotonous. The complexity is not mind blowing, it's just sort-of a different saison. By the end of the glass you feel like this thing is a bit of a two-three trick pony. Not bad at all, in fact quite good, but not of that upper tier of saisons. Nonetheless, this is worth throwing at your friend who says he just doesn't like saisons. Hoppy, but still a farmhouse ale.

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Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.