Super Friends IPA - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.47/5 rDev 0%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-02-2010 16:03:58 | More by akorsak
Super Friends IPA from Ithaca Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.