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Thirteen - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

236 Ratings
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 37
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ToAzwethinkweizm on 12-05-2010)
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Reviews by portia99:
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle (batch !E030) poured into a Paulaner wheat beer glass.

A - A careful, slow pour yields a crystal clear dark golden color with hints of amber. A low finger of white head sits atop the beer for a long time with endless streams of carbonation bubbles rising from the base of the glass. Sticky sheets of lacing cover the surface of the glass and follows the surface of the beer all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S - Super fresh smelling citrusy hops up front. Very juicy with grapefruit hitting full force. Complementing sweet oranges kick in nicely. This is extremely citrusy...definitely one dimensional, but this is a great smelling beer.

T - Should have saved this one for Sunday morning brunch because this is pretty much straight juice. Grapefruit at the base and totally throughout the experience. Other citrus contributions - lemons and oranges. There is some hoppy bitterness, actually probably quite a bit, but it really just seems to blend into a fresh unsweetened grapefruit flavor. I have to say this is just outstanding if you love a citrus hop experience (which I do). I'm loving this beer.

M - Medium bodied, if anything it borders on the thin side but just barely. Carbonation is medium and very creamy with just the most delicate tingle placed on the tongue. Citrusy, juiciness from start to finish and past...

D - Wheatwine???? Really? Sorry, but there is no way this is a wheatwine. Ithaca says that this can be aged indefinitely (I think this is "standard" Excelsior series language...but still)...no way. I had one of these (same batch) about a month ago and was blown away then...even with an extra month of age on it, the hops haven't faded much, if at all. Honestly, this is one of the best DIPA's I've had...I really don't care what anybody calls this beer. I'm calling for Ithaca to make this a regular, year round beer. This is truly a citrus hops lover's dream.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 00:51:30 | More by portia99
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Batch # E!034.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, brown sugar, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, brown sugar, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Batch E!036

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy golden orange in color with light amounts of visible carbonation, moderate amounts of yeast particles in suspension near the bottom of the glass, and some bright orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with some slightly thicker section with larger bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of hops including some citrus/grapefruit rind, citrus/lemon, and a lesser amount of pine. There is a somewhat moderate to heavy presence of wheat in the background as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of wheat with some slightly stronger flavors of citrus/grapefruit rind and citrus/lemon hops. Behind those there are moderate flavors of citrus/lemon rind and pine hops. Overall, there is a moderate to heavy amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Overall this beer is quite enjoyable with the fairly high amount of alcohol well hidden. This is still a big beer and that part is not hidden with the somewhat heavy amount of bitterness make this one best enjoyed by slowly sipping. The flavors and aromas become more pronounced as the beer warms up and that shows more elements of complexity. I think that the time has made this beer more like other wheatwines.

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A- pours a very cloudy, hazy golden apricot color with a fluffy dense off white head, Aside from the very cloudy, yeasty appearance, good looking beer

S-chewy candied lemons, with a heavy, still ominous wheat presence in the background. Still a lot of citrus on the nose

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*my original notes got deleted just as I was about to hit submit and I couldn't find any way to recover them so this is from very recent memory but without the beer in front of me; the numerical scores remain identical*
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Thirteen from Ithaca Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.