Super Friends IPA - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 70
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 67
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 08-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A Single Hop IPA featuring Citra that was fermented entirely with a proprietary blend of strains of Brettanomyces.
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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thrilled to death to be able to say i was able to try this one. a super kind ba sent me a growler of this one and i could not wait to get ahold of it and brought it along for the bday party last night. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/02/2010.

watch an enormous pour here. deep, hazy amber color with just a ton of sediment in the bottom of the growler. huge head of white reaches a height of around three inches before settling back down into a thick lacing that coated the entire inside of the glass, really just amazing.

aroma is something i cannot say i have ever come across before. a huge and dominating citra aroma, that deep, sweet, sticky orange scent that you have come to love, but cut with a light tartness and thick buttery malt. the warmer it gets the more impressive by far. taste is only a step above this. tremendously fresh and full of citrus goodness it was like orange juice with its rich and wonderful fruit flavor. touches of sour apple bite at the tongue and the middle is sublimely balanced with rich buttery malts. simply amazing beer. the final sips are as perfect as the first as the juicy resin filled hops dominate everything in sight and just leave this one as simply stunning.

overall one of the best ipas i have ever had and soo worth its reputation. this did not dissapoint. (1,347 characters)

Photo of PBoegel
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Five pours into the mini Duvel tulip at BCTC @ Brewery Ommegang on 7/31.

Bright golden orange with a fluffy white head, dense and lacy.

Smell is just flush with tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, pine sap completely outstanding crisp hop profile, clean malt no esters, outrageous.

The flavor profile was spicy pineapple citrus, sharp and bright, more tropical fruit and pine. Hops clearly dominate the flavor but the malt is again like in aroma very crisp and clean. Nicely bittered with some good sharp cleansing bitterness.

Extremely smooth and pleasing American IPA, bright hops and just intense aromas and flavors.

More please. (635 characters)

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this review is done purely from memory, enjoyed at the beer fest saturday night session. seeing as how many beers were enjoyed on this night, one cAnnot expect to remember and review everything, but this beer.... THIS beer was spectacularly unbelievable! i felt i just had to put it in writing how awesome of a brew this is. if walking around a beer fest with a beer hat and straws in my mouth was acceptable, i would have hooked up to the tap at the ithaca table. fresh, crisp, light brett, pure tangerine bomb. so good. i felt like i had just bitten into the tastiest juciest tangerine in the world and went to heaven. seek it out, however you can and drink the fuck out of it. it was the ONLY beer i went back to get 2nd and 3rds of. (736 characters)

Photo of israel
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was able to have a growler picked up at the brewery!!!

A- Looking at this beer reminds me of unpasteurized cider; cloudy amber orange in appearance with plenty of carb bubbles quickly rising to the top!!! Starts off with a beautiful dense head that fades to a skimming with impressive lacing...

S- Sweet citra aroma with what I can only describe as a faint straw aroma presumably from the brett. Really a very clean and balanced smelling beer.

T- The aroma leads perfectly into the overall flavor of this beer, it seems so natural and flowing, if that makes sense. Bright flavors with some spice mingled amongst it all, the single hop is a nice touch and I feel adds to the cleanliness of this beer.

M- This beer is a pleasure to have in my mouth, LOL. silky smooth with a medium body that sits on the edge of oily and dry.

D- If only this beer was year round I can't stop drinking this one, so maybe it's good it's not year round, but please, please, please bring it back again. Outstanding!!!! (1,000 characters)

Photo of tedstertm
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with ample and long-lasting dark creamy head. Smells of sweet sweet citra and a caramel. Tastes like a smack of grapefruit and fruit punch all so incredibly hoppy. Just a touch of sweetness to stand up to these incredible hop flavors. The drink enters your mouth with a blast of oil and the perfect heaviness for the amount of sugar and hops. I could drink this all night. It's pretty much the freshest flower power I've ever had x2 only better. Good going everyone who was involved in making this beer. (533 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.

A: Slightly hazy copper color. The beer pours like a Belgian IPA. Even the most careful pour yields 3-4 fingers of white head. Quite a bit of spotty lacing. A little bit of carbonation in my Ithaca tulip as well.

S: The nose is a delicious mix of bret and the citra hops. The bret is earthy and quite a bit of barnyard. The tastes I had at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown had more of a hop nose. This pour is more about the bret and funk. Little bit of citrus hiding behind all of it to give it a little bit of a normal IPA nose.

T: The taste in really interesting. I am torn between a Belgian IPA and an American Wild Ale. The bret is massive. Funky. The citra hops and bret just work so well together. Quite a bit of malt to sort of balance things out. I really like the taste of this beer.

M: For the massive head the carbonation is a little light. Medium bodied.

D: I really love this beer. A great collaboration but more importantly a good beer. A nice delicious Bret IPA. I am torn on the style however. Whatever it is this is a real treat. (1,094 characters)

Photo of mrandypandy
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery into a sampler glass, and from a growler as well.

A- Pours a medium yellow/orange. BIG foamy white head leaves excellent lacing. Lively.
S- Exceptional. A magnificient combination of earthy barnyard funk from the brett, and fruity citrus hops from the citra.
T- Phenominal. Just like the aroma the slight brett characters come out and play wonderfly with the hoppy citrus notes. I may have a new favorite IPA.
M- Medium body, decent carbonation, very smooth. Goes down easy.
D- Through the roof. Everything about this beer meshes together so well, and I wanted to keep drinking more.

Overall - I went to the brewery and wasn't sure what to expect, but was more than pleasantly surprised with all of Ithaca's offerings. Super Friends, however, stole the show. I walked out with two growlers and wished I could have taken more back with me. (862 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed last fall out of my Maudite Tulip.

A- Glowing Amber with a nice white head. Lots of head and lacing. The beer is quite beautiful.

S- Sweet and piney. Mostly getting citrus/lemon, hops, and funk. The funkiness is there, but not like a crazy wild.

T- Lights the mouth of with tastes of lemon, pinnapple, and mint. The brett can be tasted, but is just the right touch.

M- Excellent. Nice and refreshing. Not too heavy, but still has plenty of complexity.

D- Very drinkable. Drank almost a whole growler of this stuff by myself on a Friday night. The funk has just the right subtleness.

Need more Super Friends... really pushes the envelope, and is a great beer. (695 characters)

Photo of jameswaldo
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this Super Friends IPA at Ithaca Beer's tasting room Thursday and was so blown away by its total deliciousness I had to hurry back yesterday with two growlers to taste it again and to make sure I brought a gallon home before our aficionados drink it all up. Again yesterday I tasted it fresh poured from tap, this time pairing it with Ithaca's Flower Power, which is my favorite IPA there. I've uploaded pixels of a clear glass growler full of it, with just one fresh home-grown hop blossom picked yesterday morning floating on top, making brew up there a bit yellower than it was before. The natural color of this super IPA is around 26 SRM, very hazy with big-time hops and still-busy brett beasties. I put that fresh hop in there to see if my only reservation about this amazing brew might be clearer when I compare the undoctored growler with this one pictured (if you Beer Advocates will allow the license): I prefer complex hopping in my IPAs, and though citra goes very very very well in this one, it's still just one lonely gorgeous hop singing its own yodeling bitter tangeriney tango and if it could possibly be improved, I imagine just a wee bit of fresh-picked dry-hopping might do the trick.
But not to get ahead of the standard methodical review:
Appearance could not possibly be improved, even without any fresh dryhopping in the growler: we've got a rich dark hazy amber that pours a highly excited thick dense head. The pint glass I used last night kept a good persistent head for the entire 15 minutes it took me to drink it: bubbling constantly like murky champagne to keep foam high, lacing so persistent you might be tempted to use solvents to get your glass clean afterwards (don't!).
Smell of citra and barnyard yeast and ethanol and brown sugary malt very nicely balanced, though when I compare this smell to Ithaca Flower Power, I miss the more complex and varied hops aroma in my all-time favorite hops medley.
The taste is so perfectly delicately deliciously balanced, with the big citra whack taking on the funky brett and waltzing around the amber malt sugars, you have to wish this could be a year-round brew.
Mouthfeel creamy bitter oily effervescent huge and satisfying, with hops tang persistent about a half-hour afterwards. I bike to the brewery, then haul growlers up East Hill, where drymouth sometimes needs a squirt or two from my frame-held water bottle, but twice uphill Thursday and Friday afternoon I was glad to be panting through the hops aftertaste. (Yes, from Flower Power, too, but who wants to quibble when such fine hopping holds?)
I find Super Friends drinkability limited only because it may have all been drunk by the time you're reading this. Sorry! Beg the brewers to do it again! (2,742 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one wasn't on my radar...almost missed it. Thanks for the heads up Wes!! Pours a moderately pale amber color..quite a bit lighter that the image associated would let you think. HUGE two finger foamy, almost stiff, off white head that fades slowly leaving a nice amount of Belgian lacing behind..a solid 4.5. The smell is aggressive, sweet citrus orange pine tangerine pineapple..really nice!! The mouth feel is medium bodied smooth creamy..without a hoppy bite it seems almost understated (looking for something to gig this one on). It cleans up pretty quickly yet I can relate to Weswes' peppery finish. I absolutely love the taste; mirrors the elements of the nose quite nicely. This one is a really really nice drinker. I'm curious what the ABV turned out to be. It's sweet enough to make me think that it's got some weight to it, but it's very subtle to me. I'm going to back the drinkability down to coincide with the score that I gave the mouth. Seriously? This one is outta the park. $^%& love it!!
Great job Super Friends! (1,035 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Gfunk720 for getting a growler of this out my way.

Pours a really nice bright orange color with a little bit of pink shading. Nice, long-lasting white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose is just incredible, with loads of Citra coming through and bringing along tropical fruits and a bit of grapefruit rind. A mild funk lingers in the background, but the hops are much more prevalent.

The taste tons it down a bit, but the hop flavor is very, very nice. The bitterness and mild funk interact quite well. Nice, dry finish with good carbonation carrying the flavors. Really interesting and unique. I enjoyed this one immensely and really hope this gets brewed again on a larger scale. (713 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a hazy, dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a killer hop aroma. It's citrusy as hell with a wonderful yeast character. It's lightly soured, but not enough to hide any hop character. The malt bill provides adequate balance and serves as an excellent base. The taste is incredible. It has a monster hop bite up front laid over a base of pale, crystal, and possibly melanoidan malts. It goes down very smooth with a resinating hop taste and a touch of Brett sourness. I love that the sourness is subtle and not over the top . It has almost a farmhouse funk to it, like a good saison. It's hoppy with a bit of peppery character in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an exceptional beer. It definitely exceeded my expectations. We need more brewer collaborations like this. Great work Super Friends!! (951 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i took a drive to sheridan drive consumers when i seen it on there website. $22 a growler. listed as 6%.

at fridge temp, poured into a SA perfect pint glass. pours a beautiful hazy golden orange, nice hues of red in the light. big frothy slightly off white head with great retention. tons of sticky lace.

wow! big doses of resinous, pungent hops in the aroma. lots of lemony citrus, pungent aromas of raw freshly picked hops, floral, piney, its all there. behind all the hops, bits of musty funk come out more as it warms and mingle with the hops nicely.

very pungently hoppy bitter taste. lemon citrus, pungent pellet/ fresh picked cone like hoppiness. lots of ripe tropical fruitness, floral and piney as well. a light mustiness is present on the backend, but it is suddle. light acidic, back of the mouth sour on the finish. brett and the citra hops meld so nicely.

so resinous and bitter, no amount of touth brushing or cheese eating is going to get that out of your mouth, medium bodied, ample lively carbonation and just a light acidic sourness. super smooth and velvety, affects every part of your mouth.

so flavorful and oh so drinkable. im so glad i got a chance to taste this, kinda wish i got 2 growlers, great beer! by far one of the best ipas ive had. (1,270 characters)

Photo of HotHands
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Capped off a crazy night last night with this great beer. On tap at Pixel Lounge, in a tulip.

A - cloudy dark orange with small head because of the tall pour. Fine lacing.

S - fruity pineapple and grassy smells. Not sure where everyone is getting the cat urine thing from.

T - An explosion of tropical fruits - pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, orange. And oh man, there's sourness here too from the brett, and it works so well with the hops. Great combo. Everything's well balanced. I'm sure when the brewers first tasted this, their second thought was "why didn't we think of this before?" And their first was, "this is good stuff."

M - exactly as it should be. Great feel and carbonation. Just the right amount of body.

D - so, so drinkable. The brett balanced the bitterness so well that this is really easy drinking.

I want hoppy IPAs + brett to become a popular style, so bad. And if it does, it would probably be my favorite style. We need more beers like this! (970 characters)

Photo of STEG
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber-orange in color almost a light brown, not much head after a quick pour into a Sam Smiths Victorian Pint, probably due to the two day old 3/4 growler

(I sniped the last of the keg).

I can't accurately grade the head or the lacing so It'll just be on the color which is intriguing to me.

Smell has Brett, skunky hops, and blood oranges.

Taste has booze, blood orange, slightly piney hops and plums.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation, slightly syrupy as well.

Drinkability is good there's a bit of booze but otherwise not bad.

ATTN Ithaca:
Make this again, bottled preferably. (605 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler from Westmere Beverage ($24.99) in Guilderland on 8/20/10 (thanks pboegel for the heads up). Consumed on 8/21/10.

A: Poured into a Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale pint glass. Body is hazy honey-amber with a small off-white head that settles quickly. Lots of very fine bubbles of carbonation visible.

S: Wow - really, really nice. Citrus, tropical fruit and a boatload of pineapple and grapefruit juice. Ever-so-slight funky-ness at first; poured it pretty cold, so I'm guessing that'll be more pronounced as it warms. . . . Sure enough, halfway down the glass and I get a lot more funk - not in a bad way at all; it adds to the character and makes you want to smell it more.

T: There's that pineapple juice from the nose. This is my first experience with the Citra hop, I believe, and I like it. I get a bit of apricot, reminds me of Sculpin a little. Also some tartness, maybe even sourness at times. Touch of spice at the back of the sip. Finishes with resiny pine lingering on the palate. As it warms, malt foundation makes an appearance underneath all the hoppy goodness, with a touch of honey sweetness.

M: Call it medium in heft. Carbonation is fine and soft.

D: Excellent. I like the flavors a lot and it goes down real easy.

Not sure I'd call this an American IPA; more of a Belgian IPA overloaded with American hops. Whatever you call it, it's interesting and well done. (1,397 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to dmeadows for the growler!! Wow!

Brilliant orange red with a solid two inches of off white foam on top. Spotty, patchy lacing as well. Dank, citric hops lead the way. Resinous and a bit spicy as well. Smooth caramel background along with a mellow phenolic yeast too.

First sip brings a medley of citric hops upfront with notes of pineapple and spice. Floral touches meld in with caramel malt notes. Flows down a great mix of earthy, slightly funky yeast tones that wrap around the Citra hops beautifully. Just a stellar IPA.

Mouthfeel is perfectly creamy and smooth with great carbonation. Overall, an incredibly tasty and easy drinking brew. Really happy to have had the opportunity to try this and hope it's brewed again soon, its a winner! (754 characters)

Photo of BeerThursdays
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap.

A - Amber, cloudy colored with a thick cream colored head. Lots of sediment, even out of the tap. Lots of lacing and excellent retention.

S - Superb smell. Apricots, oranges, and other fruity, citrus notes. Little bit of tart with Brett and a bit of funk.

T - Boom! Citra is all over this one. Intense, sweet hoppy flavor with very little bitterness. Then a good amount of funk and sourness. Great mix of malt and sweet with that funk makes this an amazing combination. I don't give out 5's a lot, but this one gets it.

M - Oily hops and brett makes the tart stick around a bit in the mouth, which is great. Good amount of carbonation.

D - Wish we could get this anywhere.. I've gone to many Ithaca events and it's never there. Was just happy to get to try it (many times throughout the night) (806 characters)

Photo of JAramini
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Cole's. Ever since they announced that they got the kegs in I'd been checking their Facebook frequently to see when they'd tap it. Ended up running down and having a quick goblet as soon as I read it had been tapped.

Cloudy orange in color, quarter-inch of head.

I'm a little stuffy and didn't get a lot in the way of smell, but other reviewers rave about it - I'm going to go ahead and blame my nose on this one and not dock it too many points.

Tastes fruity and citrusy. A note of mustiness and bitter pine in the finish. The sour bite from the brett just adds a whole additional level to the flavor. The sour is not mouth-puckeringly overpowering but simply an additional flavor added into a perfectly-balanced mix.

Mouthfeel is stellar. Fine but active bubbles in this one. Very champagne-like in carbonation. Medium in thickness. Perfect for an IPA.

Drinkability is through the rough. I only had a 10 oz. goblet because I was just dropping in to taste it tonight. If I get back and it's still on I very well could be drinking it all night long. The sourness helps to make it not just a hop-bomb, but a really interesting beer that delivers something different with every sip. The carbonation lightens it up just enough to make drinkability off the charts.

This beer is deserving of the hype. I think they hit it completely out of the park. Essentially, if the concept of the beer sounds good to you, and sounds like something you might enjoy, I think you will absolutely enjoy it. It's not a sour-bomb, but it's not supposed to be. It's a slightly-soured IPA and it's close to perfect. (1,609 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the swift half pub. First time cool joint. Side by side with the cardonay barrel aged version.

A- comes to me with almost three fingers of rock dense off white head that rises above the glass a good inch and holds nicely. Head settles very slowly leaving tons of sticky lace on the glass. Hazy sunset copper orange in color. Great glow from the candle on the bar.

S- huge crisp citrus fruits and a clean semi funky brett hit. Hints of sweetness and spice.

T- opens up with a tug of war between some of the more citrusy hops I've come across and a assertive yet not overdone brett funk. Powdery yeastiness and fruits. Loads of citrus with lemons limes and tangerines and a bit of grapefruit but to a lesser extent, tropical fruits from the citra hops and funky yeast. Dry biscuits and some honey. Touches of spice in the middle to back.

M- midish body with a creeper stingy carb that grows and really efferveses nicely. Dry finish.

D- this is hands down the best brett ipa I've had, and the most drinkable to boot. I'm so glad I live in philly. (1,063 characters)

Photo of sliverX
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice clear copper with a small head small lacing.
Smell is a funky medicinal thing and a huge tangerine rind like thing .
Taste follows the nose but the brett is much more pronounced but melts well with the citrus hops.
Mouthfeel is nice light on the carb but may just be the growler . Finishes very dry .
Wonderful brew that I could drink a boat load of. (365 characters)

Photo of AndrewNations
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So surprised with Thorpe429 pulled this growler out at a recent tasting. Incredibly thankful.

The color on this is nice and bright yellow with a bit of orange. You know, that "drink me now" color.

The nose was nice and consistent with the style. Lots of good nice fruit from the Citra.

Its amazing how well the hop and funk go together. The Brett C doesn't overpower the hop but rather compliments it nicely and lingers in the background and then finishes nice and dry almost like a Belgian pale.

Cant wait to have this again. (530 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Doug for this. I believe that this is one of the bottles that was given to the many collaborators behind this beer.

The pour is a murky golden yellow with an out of control monster head that engulfs my glass. It takes forever to subside, but I don't mind waiting since it is too cold anyway. After a few minutes, a marshmallow mountain of foam and spotty lacing remain.

The aroma is just an insane blast of floral and orange peel hoppiness. West Coast style for sure. I believe the Citra hop is used here and damn it leaves an impression. I do notice traces of the Brett underneath, but the hop aroma is so big it almost masks all the funk. Enough peeks through to add a layer of complexity and get my mouth watering. Incredible.

The flavor is a step back from the aroma, but not necessarily a step in the wrong direction. I didn't really want a hop blast out of this beer, and I didn't get it. I wanted to be able to taste the Brett, and I do. I think that the collaborators got exactly what they were looking for with this beer...a great experimental beer that is well balanced between the hops, malt, and wild yeast.

The body is medium/full for the style, and carbonation is pretty much perfect feeling in the mouth.

Overall, this beer is extremely good and very drinkable. Whatever the ABV is doesn't matter, I chugged my glass relatively quickly. It has tons of hop flavor but remains well balanced, and the wild yeast adds a layer of complexity which I desire (normally, lack of depth is the downfall for me in IPAs) (1,537 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Single Hop IPA featuring Citra, Super Friends was fermented entirely with a proprietary blend of strains of Brettanomyces provided by Phil Leinhart (Ommegang), Scott Vaccaro (Capt. Lawrence), Casey Hughes (Flying Fish), Spencer Niebuhr (Southampton), Jeff O'Neil and Eric Kugeman (Ithaca), and Steve Altimari (formerly of Valley Brewing Co).

A: The IPA is a brilliant golden yellow color, just a tad hazy. Each glass was accompanied by a finger or so of dense white head.

S: The combination of young brett strains and citra is knock-out. The citra is ripe grapefruit, dripping with oily juices. The brett, just a month or so at work, has a funky edge but it hasn't taken control of the IPA yet.

T: This is where the ale gets you. The citra is so intense, so sweet that it's hard not to like the ale. That hoppiness isn't as bitter as it is sweet and oily. The pale malts in the base aren't much of a factor, although they keep the ale together. The brett, clearly nowhere near done its job, adds just enough of a musty funk to be noticed (and appreciated). The citra lingers long though.

M: The mouthfeel, oily bitter with a touch of funk, works surprisingly well. It remains light and airy throughout.

D: The best in show at Cooperstown, a grapefruit blast of hops atop a still young brett funk. The citra was a wise choice, delicious and sweet. An excellent collaboration. (1,382 characters)

Photo of nkersten
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, finally. Thanks to the Chicago crew for sharing this one. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white head and good lacing. Smell is brett funk with lots of tropical fruit hops and little to no malt. Taste is hop forward, very floral, with some sugary malts and grassy notes. Not overly bitter with a good compliment of bretty funk. The brett goes surprisingly well with the hops. Mouthfeel is a medium carbonation that is clean but not too dry in the finish. I had low expectations going into this one and really enjoyed it. The hop flavors were great and the brett added a nice touch. An excellent IPA that is a little bit different. (654 characters)

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Super Friends IPA from Ithaca Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.