Thirteen - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 38
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
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Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ToAzwethinkweizm on 12-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by bonbini26:
Photo of bonbini26
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Barcade JC 10oz pour, $6

I had this once before from the bottle and loved it, never realized it was considered a wheat-wine. I think with all of the experimenting in the brewing world today it is hard to classify a beer in just one category.

Poured a golden hazy amber, with a dime size white foamy head, that left a thin swiss cheese lacing. Huge tropical, pineapple fruit smell, like it was fresh squeezed with some hints of pine and alcohol. WOW, this is unlike any wheat-wine I've ever had, fresh juicy citra hops, sticky pine, and a nice bitterness. Medium bodied for the alcohol content, nice carbonation and a slight burn with a huge hop bitterness that lingers on the palate. This a hop-heads delight, never would I have thought I would like a wheat-wine so much, could drink this all day, OUTSTANDING!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I miss drinkin the Excelsior series back in western NY.Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed peach color with a tight very well defined white head atop,a few chunkies and floaties after a hard pour.This is the most hopped up wheatwine I have come across aroma-wise,boozy with drunken fruit mixed with a healthy dose of citric hops.Big and boozy on the palate,drunken peaches and madarin oranges,the mandarin oranges a really big,citric and somewhat resiny hops make their presence felt but are overshadowed by the boozy fruit.I pick up a little vanilla as the beer warms adding to its complexity.Another great Ithaca beer,they make some top notch stuff.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle, $11.99 @ DeCicco's, Ardsley, NY. Batch# E!030.

Pours heavily hazed, medium tangarine, long lasting med. tan head, loose and frothy. Good retention, then leaves a thicker film and fine, extensive sheeting.

Robust grapefruit and resiny hopped up nose.

Citric up front with fresh and biting grapefruit and lemon. Assertivly hopped, yeasty, creamy mouthfeel. Big, bold,fruity, thoroughly tasty and enjoyable. Go get some. Excellent stuff...

Photo of hiphopipa
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL, Batch E!034 poured into an Ithaca tulip.

Clear pale orange, with a dense head and a bit of lacing.

I can tell right away this is going to be good…there is an amazing fruity aroma with strong grapefruit, lemon and mango notes.

Creamy, crisp and dry. A bit of sweetness but the malts are kept nicely in check by the hop profile. Lots of lingering bitterness and a touch of warmth.

I probably won't see another one of these which is too bad, so unique and well done.

Photo of pat61
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on 2-1-13. L: Pours hazy peach amber under a 2” finely bubbled white foam collar that slowly recedes while hugging the glass.
S: Fruit, citrus, lemon and light hop aromas.
T: Has a fruity sweetness that is subtle and not overdone with improving and more assertive flavors as it warms. There is an interesting blend of wheat and malt flavors in the background.
F: Rich and creamy, medium full body and medium carbonation. Very soft in the mouth.
O: This is one of those one time beers that the brewer should do again.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml. bottle at about fridge temp poured into a snifter, split with friends.

pours out a cloudy deep golden color, some sediment. very nice head, big fluffy cap at first that faded to a nice retentive foamy white layer of head. pretty good retention, some sediment.

wow! intial aroma is freshly picked hops, and lots of them. lots of different kinds of citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, a little pine, wheat is detectable, balances.

great balance of wheat to citrus hops. grapefruit, orange peel, pine, wheat comes in to balance, but nothing super rich like you would expect to find in a wheatwine, more ipa like. very fresh tasting.

crisp, yet refreshing, resinous, goes down easy.

a little surprised, a great beer here. very ipa like. i would love to try this again, highly recommended.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by a generous soul.

Pours a hazy golden color with a slightly off-white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of citrus and tropical fruit hops. Also lurking in the background are lighter amounts of herbal hops and light wheat.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hops are a bit more restrained. Crisp light malts with hints of wheat twang up front are joined quickly by smooth tropical fruit hops. Midway through the hops turn slightly more bitter with the addition of heavy citrus and herbal hops that carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was another very good beer showcasing the Citra hop. Well worth a shot if you can find it.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShanePB for sending this beer my way.

A: Poured a hazy orange with a massive, three finger foamy, off-white head. Very slow dissipation with some fluffy lacing down the sides.

S: Very citrus forward with lemon, lemon rind, and orange peel. There is a little bit of spice and some wheat as well.

T: Starts slightly dry, very lemony with a little orange peel, some spices and ginger. Some light grassy hops as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with a great level of carbonation.

O: A really nice wheatwine, a surprisingly good beer, since wheatwines are not usually my favorite. Another good job from Ithaca.

Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle poured into a Brooklyn tulip. Batch E!033

Appearance: A nice hazy dark lemon peel color, or a darker peach color, depending on the light. A lot of bubbly bright white lacing that stays above the body of the brew for a long time, with bubbles almost never dissipating, and there's nice drop-like retention around the bulb of the glass.

Smell: A huge blast of fruit and hops. A lot of lemon peel comes out first, along with some fresh squeezed lemon juice. But there's a good amount of orange and mango to balance things out. An almost lighter and airy wheat malt sweetness, along with some vanilla, seems to waft above everything, but the pungent strength of citrus and fruit dominate, and do it pretty gracefully.

Taste: Heavy, heavy bitterness from the hops initially, but as it warms, this becomes, as I said before, graceful, and you have a lightness and finishing sweetness of mild vanilla with the wheat finish, which I think adds a lot to this. The mango, lemon, and orange are even more prominent and more balanced here with the hops, but again, and even though they're dominant, there's a nice balance with the softness and vanilla flavors of the wheat coming through, combining for a long, lingering, and fairly dry finish overall.

Mouthfeel: Big in the sense of fullness, though technically it's more medium bodied. That said, there's a champagne-like fineness to the carbonation, and again, a nice softness to the wheat, which of course does a lot for this beer in possibly understated ways.

Drinkability: This style, for me, can sometimes get syrupy or highly unbalanced, and ever the risk takers, Ithaca's done a fantastic job with this in my opinion. Definitely for the hopheads out there (the term "Double Hoppy" they use isn't a falsity), and for those fans of wheat wine and stronger wheat brews. I could see a style like this one that more and more breweries try, and for good reason: there's a lot you can do with it, or that's what I predict. Another pretty awesome brew from Ithaca. Like Weyerbacher, I always look forward to the ongoing numbers in their respective series, and I definitely look forward to Fourteen next year.

Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Event at Pizza Plant with rep and owner Dan. Orangey appearance with white as snow head. Aroma of citrus, orange blossoms. Creamy mouthfeel. Wild yeast in there making it tasty and satisfying, with hoppyness couched in wheat.I like citra hops and usually sorachi, which worked here with the orange and lemon peel insuring the taste experience is in the wheat and citrus world.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. Batch E!034.

Appearance - Hazy orange, no real head. Wispy surface and a collar of white foam.

Smell - Citrusy still. Doubt it's from hops at this point. Lots of that distinctive malt aroma that I find in barleywines like Bigfoot. Wheat back there too.

Taste - Much wheatier. Bright citrus. Wheat. Light caramel malt and some sweetness. Finishes with very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Getting old. Thinning out. Still carbonated.

Overall - Definitely getting old, but still decent. Tasty beer originally, but falling off now.

Photo of russpowell
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from mjtierman, Cheers Matt!

Pours an effervescent honey gold with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Some yeast particles show near the bottom of the bottle. Great head retention & average lacing

S: Citrus in spades, bready notes hiding & emerging once warm

T: Follows the nose pink & regular grapefruit lemons, bready notes, layers of bitterness, you can taste orange & grapefruit peel, all over the place up front. Bready & caramel sweetness fight though the citrus parade as this warms

MF: Medium bodied, chewy, firm carbonation & great balance, some warming sensation comes through once warm. I even get some citrus burn on my lips as well

Super take on the style, artfully executed use of hops & citrus rind. Perfect for a warm spring day, like today. I must get me some more beer from this brewery, they are impressing me so much based on the 3 I've had..

Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. This was enjoyed in May, 2011.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of eggshell-white head. This retains with a rich ½ finger cap of creamy froth that stays robust and coats the sides of the glass with thick patchy lacing. The aroma is floral, with notes of spice, zesty rind, and softer fruit flavors, which melds with the crispness of the wheat in the nose. Alcohol is nicely hid in the nose.

The taste starts out with bitter rind and pine flavors that prickle the tongue, balanced by the juicy tropical fruit from those Citra hops. This works for the most part with the firm bready crispness of the wheat. The finish is mostly all dry pithy rind, which sticks to the tongue and lingers for a good while. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, and while initially sharp on the tongue, this does give way to a slick creaminess on the edges that combines with the nearly nonexistent ABV to really makes this drink well for a nearly 10% beer.

This was very smooth and drinkable for a 9% Wheatwine but the flavor profiles just never took off like I thought that they should. I was expecting a lot out of those Citra hops but alas, it wasn’t to be. This is still decent though and I wouldn’t hesitate to grab a bottle and try it for yourself.

Photo of OddNotion
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E!033
Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Poured carefully with a one half finger white head on top of a golden semi-transparent body. A lot of floaties in this beer.

Smell: Citrusy and hoppy. Clean and crisp.

Taste: Very lemony. Some lemon peel bitterness. Nice clean hoppiness. Citrus is certainly there. More bitter this time than I remember from the past. Alcohol is well hidden. A lot of wheat character.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side for the abv. Nicely carbonated.

Overall: One more reason to really love Ithaca beer company. They know what they are doing. I am a huge fan and this beer is great. If you see it get it. If Ithaca reads this, brew it again!

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy, caSSino, for sharing this one during the Upstate-area BA Meetup at RJ Rockers this weekend! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a minimal bone white head. Maintained minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, and oak. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapefuit, dark fruit, and oak. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. A Wheatwine!? Really!? If I would have known I would have avoided it, but I'm glad that I did not as this one was pretty good. A very nicely balanced flavor going on here with a great aroma to follow. A definite must try.

Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden honey color with orange highlights. The head is dense and slowly settles into a chunky lacing. There are a bunch of suspended yeast particles floating about.

The aroma is of fruity hops. Grapefruit and orange bring in the citrus and pineapple notes bring in the tropical fruit aroma. The hop aroma is not super strong but it is pleasant.

The taste is very fruity. Orange notes stand out which is followed by the lemony zing from the sorachi ace hops. The orange and lemon peel support the hops that were used and add some additional bitterness. There is a creamy malt flavor from the wheat and flaked oat. The sweetness is kept in check which is nice considering the fruitiness of the brew.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Starts sweet on the palate but that gets balanced by a hoppy bitterness that can linger a tad too long.

A tasty hoppy brew, interesting hop profile. Amazing balance considering the strong flavors. ABV is well hidden. Another winner for Ithaca.

Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle sampled at Dak's final four tasting, courtesy of cosmicevan!) Pours a hazy apricot color with a white head Aroma has dried pit fruit, spice and wheat. Taste is sweet malts with some bitterness reminiscent of citrus peel. Medium bodied with a bitter finish. A nice beer!

Photo of Neffbeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes 1/16/2011

750ml bottle marked batch 0!30

A: It pours an Amber/Golden color with a gorgeous orange hue when held up to the light. Quite murky due to the hops, but it has a remarkably thick white head that hangs on forever. It leaves behind great evidence of what was, marvelous lacing.

S: The nose explodes with grass, citrus, lemon, and funky mango. There was some heavy handed hopping going on here. It is very clear that if you are put off by Sorachi Ace hops (lemon herbal bomb) this beer is not going to agree with you. As it warms the yeast reveals it's labor with a whiff of cracked wheat.

T: Dank lemon hops with some fresh cut grass overwhelm. The Citra kicks in with a tropical mango punch mid palate. It then finishes dry and hoppy bitter. The wheat is masked by the intense hopping of this one.

M: Thick and full bodied. The wheat may have been over shadowed in flavor, but it asserts its' authority in the mouthfeel.

D: This is a very interesting take on the "Wheatwine" style. The alcohol is extremely well hidden at 9% and the hops are interesting and different. That said, I am not sure that Sorachi Ace was meant to combine with Citra. It left some odd flavors hanging around. I split this bottle with a friend and was more than happy to share...

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle, 750 mL, shared with Mike, Jen, Chalfont and ksak.

A: The ale is a hazy yellow-ish brew, thick and murky at times. A white head, lacing nicely, leaves a few legs behind.

S: A few months of, the citra and sorachi ace still zing. The citrus, lemon and orange rind, takes on a syrupy grapefruit scent as well. The big hops, still lush, transition nicely in

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Paul and Joe for sharing.
Review from notes.

Fuzzy orange, florid haze. Sticky white foam with delicate lacing that hangs in repeating arcs, like the shape of an aqueduct. The foam remains for a good while.

Lemony aroma, alternately savory and citrusy, tea like complexity from the Sorachi, becoming slightly dank and cheesy as it warms.

Flavors manifest more, taking the lead from the nose. Deeply citrusy with lemon and earthy fruit like mango resonating into savory tea leaf, tobacco, and cedar notes. Dank mary jane. Wheat serves more as a vehicle here for an intense hop delivery system. Firm moderate bitterness, creamy mouthfeel, finishing dry.

Overall a really interesting hop combination with the Sorachi and Citra, each lending their own distinctive stamp on this brew.

Photo of philbe311
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers worth fluffy airy slightly rocky cloud like head that is slightly off-white in color... Decent retention gives way to a thick yet delicate slightly creamy lace... The color is an orangish amber that is rather vibrant... Heavily loaded with sediment, presumably the orange and lemon peel...

S - Holy citrus... Freshly peeled orange... Sweet lemon... There are also some piney Christmas tree like notes... An absolute stellar aroma whose scent can be clearly discerned from feet away from the glass...

T - The unusual mix of lemon and pine combine to challenge the palette... Those that are patient with it and aren't quick to juge will be justly rewarded... A bit of the alcohol induced heat can be noted on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Moderately light and rather refreshing... A bit on the sharp side with prickly carbonation... Works quite well for this offering...

D - A very nice unique offering from Ithaca... I'm not quite sure where this one shakes out in terms of style, but it doesn't really much matter as what results is a truly original refreshing brew... A bit of a sipper given both the assertive hops and 9% ABV... Highly recommended and I'll gladly snatch another bottle or two if I see it again...

Photo of SickGnar
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, orangey, rich, & slightly dark golden with lots of little floaties. A few streams of bubbles rise to join the off-white & fair-sized head that settles with decent speed to a skim which retains okay and leaves some alright lace.

S: Lemony citrus with bright fruit (both citrus and tropical), a spicy zing, some rind with a hint of resin and a musty / medicinal / earthy yeast note. A slight bit more than background is some sweetness that is more honey than malt, and a distant hint of wheat. But the focus is definitely on the interesting citric twang with the other accent notes. Very intriguing, I just would like it to be stronger and more forward.

T: Much more bitter & robust than the nose. Hops keep the citric focus, but loose the fruitness. It has just hints flashing here and there. Much more attention to rind and pith with a dank & resiny aspect. More grapefruit than the lemon from the nose. Other accent notes are mint, woody, herbal (esp. as it warms), spicy, earthy – and these seem to be not completely related to hops, but also to the yeast funk that is more prominent than in the nose. Not that it is overpowering or even close to being too strong – just a nice deep base note with distortion. Spicey, earthy, a fairly solid funk twang, a bit medicinal, and a hint of metallic that makes me think of putting my tongue to a 9V battery or chewing foil. A bit of sweetness & a touch of doughy malt are there just for balance. Not complex, but with enough umph to balance the hops & yeast characteristics. Quite rich and flavorful. It gets increasingly earthy & woody & resiny.

M: A really good bit over medium body (but not really full or heavy) with CO2 just barely matched. Carbonation has a fairly nice texture. Lots of dextrin chew, plenty of sugars, and lots of hop tannins and some oils. Opens with a bit of sweetness, then the obviously firm hopping pushes back with its drying effect. However, it stays semi-sweet super long into the finish. A burly feel. Soft bit of alcohol warming back in the throat. When sweetness finally fades it is very drying from hops, yeast funk, and alcohol. After a bit it gets to feeling a bit coarse and rustic as opposed to rich.

D: Big and potent. Far more hoppy than many another wheatwine – even as old as my bottle must be. Strongly citric – fruity & almost bright in the nose, and then firmly bitter, robust, and focused to rind and resin in the palate. Robust & very interesting. Mouthfeel seems just a tad less hefty than this brew really is. It will sneak up on you. As others have noted – this may be more of a none-standard DIPA or strong APA than a wheatwine. Heft with complexity – the sort of beer that asks you to take your time and think about it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of quite intense bitter hops with some floral notes and light pickles notes from the Citra. Taste is a unique mix between some wheat malt with intense notes of bitter hops with light citrus and pickles flavours with some residual sugar also noticeable. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Interesting mix thought dry hops presence is a bit too intense and doesn’t leave much place for the wheat malt base to come through.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium cloudy orange colour with a golden yellow glow around the edges and two fingers of thick, fluffy white head.

S - Lemon peel, orange and grapefruit are evident up front in the bitter hop aroma. A touch of sweet caramel provides some balance in the background.

T - A bitter hop punch up front with lemon zest, orange and grapefruit. A touch of sweet honey in the malt backbone provides some balance.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

Photo of Sensaray
2.57/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours light hazy amber with orangy off white half finger head.

Citrus hops come to the nose even before I put my nose to this beer. It has a pretty good smell, let's hope the taste....

Umm hmm the taste...huge bitter finish is kinda nice. I get a whole heap of lemon citrus, cleaning fluid, honey, oak, flowery, yeast, grains. I tried and tried to get into this, but am not digging it. Sweetness is prominent.

Mouthfeel is good, they're right about fluffy, a bit creamy. Medium light.

First thought that came to mind was to make this my first drainpour. I didn't though. It improved, but only slightly. First wheat wine, not a good experience. From the description I was expecting deliciousness, but never got it.

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Thirteen from Ithaca Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.