Ground Break - Ithaca Beer Company
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3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured into a pint glass.
A- Pours a golden straw yellow with a 2.5 finger of head. The head is light and fluffy and lingers for a time. A strange ribbon-like cloudiness is present. This is my first saison so I have no point of reference. It looks great but I just don't know what to make of the ribbon-like cloudiness.
S- A floral aroma dominates. A bit of sweet malt comes through along with some fruitiness, but the floral aroma is intense and unique. It is rather pleasing and very enticing.
T- The floral character continues, along with bitterness. The hop bitterness is the very first sensation, but it subsides rather quickly to give way to the floral character. A very subtle hint of malt comes through as well, but the stars of this beer are the floral and bitter hop character. Very refreshing and enjoyable.
M- Very light-bodied with just a bit of creaminess. Surprisingly little carbonation, but that just contributes to the wonderful light yet creamy sensation.
O- A wonderful spring or summer beer. Fantastically refreshing and easy-drinking. Unique and absolutely worth trying. If you are like me and have never had a saison, do yourself a favor and give one a try. Ithaca's offering seems like a pretty solid place to start.
04-17-2014 02:12:40 | More by Grugalug
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
A: Fairly cloudy, poured a bit too much yeast in this one, a nice light golden hue, nice long lasting head.
S: Very strong hop aroma, super floral, mildly spicy, peppery, just a hint of alcohol. Very nice, but would like more Belgian character and bit less hops.
T: It is mostly all hops up front, but the beer ends with a mild fruitiness and spiciness which makes it a saison. For a beer this hoppy, I like the hops they chose to meld with this saison, they are very floral and grassy, perhaps a touch lemony. The nice fruity touch at the end is very enjoyable as well. Firm bitterness, certainly not overpowering. No malt character to speak of. It does have a very distinct finsh/aftertaste and tends to linger a bit in a strange way. However, I like this beer, tasty, very drinkable.
M: Very dry, crisp, medium high carbonation, just about perfect for a saison.
O: A good beer, perhaps atypical, lacking in some Belgian character that would make it better, a bit out of balance with the hops, but well made and enjoyable.
04-05-2014 01:05:24 | More by mattbk
Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.