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Thirteen - Ithaca Beer Company

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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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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Batch# E!033. $15.00 for the 750mL bottle. Served in a tulip.

A: Three fingers of a fluffy, foamy, cream colored head shows excellent retention. Hazy yet vibrant, the body is medium-light golden orange in color. Tons of light colored yeast particles can be seen suspended in solution. A solid film a thick collar remain for quite some time but lacing is minimal.

S: The aroma is dominated by plasticky phenolics and, way off in the background, scents of dried lemon rind, flowers, weeds, talcum powder & dried/processed coconut. The orange peel is nowhere to be found.

T: I have no problems with front to mid-palate, it's actually pretty enjoyable. Things fall apart (and quickly!) on the backend when the drieness sets in and the only flavor left is plasticky phenols. Drain-pouring is a consideration.

M: The mouthfeel is by far the best aspect of the brew. The body is light-medium with a semi-soft but spritzy level of carbonation. Finishes with a chalky texture and maybe even flavor.

O: I have been singing Ithaca's praises lately, especially when it comes to their anniversary ales. But when it comes to Thirteen...unfortunately, I'm not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 00:13:12 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Kendo

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the 750 ml into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. First pour yields a slightly hazy, bright golden-honey body with a 1+ finger ivory/stone-colored head. Second pour: same, with visible floaties. Good foamy lace all-around.

S: Very nice - big citrus (very much reminds me of a DIPA in the nose), apricot, peach and tropical fruits, but also with a wheat twang to it.

T: Follows the nose: fruity - citrusy, lemony, and apricot with a touch of spicy wheat that seems to lighten/refresh the tastebuds. Finishes with some heat in the belly, but alcohol heat otherwise wasn't noticed in the mouth. Lingering lemony dry bitterness on the palate.

M: Slightly resiny and oily in feel. Medium in heft, but thicker and slicker in feel than expected; carbonation feels low.

O: Very good. Well done - I haven't had many, but this is hands down the best Wheatwine I've had to date; reminds me more of a DIPA in a lot of ways than a Wheatwine.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 20:31:44 | More by Kendo
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younger35

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My main man from Philly sent me a bottle of this gem as an extra in recent trade. I LOVE Ithaca and their Excelsior beers have been Tits McGee thus far. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light yellow with hints of orange and a big beautiful one finger creamy bright white head. A nice cap and collar is maintained for the whole brew along with plenty of random spotty lacing.
Smell- Oh lord. SO fresh and fruity with TONS and tons of freshly zested oranges. Literally smells like a fresh glass of Simply Orange. Actually, as I smell it more and more it reminds me 100% of my homebrewed Blood Orange Pale Ale. Hints of lemon sneak in every now and again but I can literally end my description at orange.
Taste- Starts with a very mellow kiss of orange zest and a light hoppy bitterness. It has this sort of pithy bitterness that I feel like I used to get in beers a lot but isn't as prominent anymore (for what it's worth). Very fruity through and through with maybe a touch of some sort of bready malt in the finish but it's fleeting and pretty insignificant. The finish is sort of light and fruity and just chocked full of blood orange and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel- Sort of a light airy feel that's almost silky with a nice zippy carbonation.
Drinkability- Oh my word this is a freaking amazingly good/original beer. I haven't really tasted anything like it (other than my homebrew). So fruity and drinkable and delicious. Thanks much Jeff, amazing brew!!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 02:20:30 | More by younger35
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy copper with scattered particulates in suspension. A one inch head of white retreated to a partial skim coat with tattered lacing.

Aromatics lead off with loads of tropical goodness and phenols. Bubblegum, melons, bannana, lemon, rosewater, peaches, mangoes, and apricots. Very unique and eye-opening. Floral, delicate, and extremely tropical.

Medium bodied with a slick, almost oily mouthfeel. Tacky and low on the carbonation which gives it a syrupy character.

A firm bitterness and citrus-choked hops start the palate with blossom honey quickly following through. A lemony, wheaty twang runs underneath and dank citrus buds crest the surface.

Finishes with lingering, sappy hops, a sustaining bitterness, and trace of boozy warmth.

Tasty brew. The nose promises one thing and the palate delivers another. Definately not one to cellar though, as you would be missing out on some great aromatics.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 00:29:50 | More by brewandbbq
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!033

A-A cloudy orange gold, two finger head that leaves behind a decent amount of lacing.

S-Citrus, lemon, very sweet. Some hop bitterness comes through as well.

T-Starts extremely sweet with the lemon and citrus flavors. Ends with some bitterness, well balanced.

M-Light and carbonated

D-A good beer. Sorachi hops are great at adding lemon flavor, not as good as Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, but still a solid beer none the less.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 22:49:42 | More by rlee1390
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sitarist

Ohio

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

Batch E!033

This one pours a hazy golden color with some amber highlights. Lots of off white chunky particles seem to defy gravity, and float without sinking. An inch and a half of white head falls to a dusting, and ring. Spots of lacing slide back into the liquid.

Citrus and sulfur dominate the aroma. I smell orange, lemon, fried eggs, plastic, apples,and solvents. I bit weird, but not bad.

The flavors match the nose, with an added pepper bite. Its like breakfast, orange juice, grapefruit, crispy fried eggs covered in black pepper. There is a weird solvent flavor that almost ruins this otherwise interesting beer.

Medium body, not much carbonation, astringent, a bit of a bite, and some warmth on the way down.

Not something that Id drink everyday, but good none the less. I would have given it a higher score if not for the excessive sulfur notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 03:39:06 | More by sitarist
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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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Jesse13713

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch: E!033

Appearance - Pours an opaque sour orange. A lot of yeast is left floating around; even from my first pour. Slightly less than a finger of head. The top of the head looks like a bubbly honeycomb. Slight hints of pink in the beer as well. Impressive lacing that almost looks like sugar.

Smell - A strong presence of honey and white wine in the nose. Citrus is very prominent, but is overcome by pink grapefruit. Definitely some wheat notes. Slight hops. Smells quite bitter.

Taste - A very hoppy wheatwine. The finish is more bitter than expected. Very crisp and relaxing to drink. The grapefruit and citrus translate nicely from the nose. Lemon becomes more noticeable in the taste as opposed to the smell, but it is very light and refreshing. Perhaps some slight sugar as well. Strong honey in some instances.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very light bodied with bitterness on the finish. The zesty swallow reminds me of peeling perfectly ripe oranges and lemons. The bitter and prominent hops are a nice touch to the underlying flavors. As the bottle describes, a "soft and fluffy' mouthfeel. The yeast in this is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 03:02:07 | More by Jesse13713
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although the label looks slightly more amateur than previous anniversary bottles from the Excelsior! series, I will give them the benefit of the doubt because consistently good beers have come from this brewery.
Batch# E!033

Appearance:
Copper-orange with a dense, yet fluffy, inch of white head. Slightly hazy with an incredible amount of sediment in the bottom! The beer appears to be light, refreshingly springy. The beer leaves sticky lacing down the sides of the glass and has a never-ending supply of tiny bubbles.

Smell:
Potent interplay between the hops and citrus. Generally beers choose either one or the other to accentuate and let dominate, but this beer appears to have both fighting for first place. A ginger bite with a candied pineapple sweetness, I'm more than intrigued.

Taste:
Exceptionally light and refreshing. The citrus oils are in full effect upon tasting, just as noted in the beer's nose. Both these essential bitter-citrus oils and the beer's resiny citrus-hops work synergisticly to produce an incredible beverage. Definitely consume this beer at warmer temperatures, you will not want to miss one second this type of magical flavor intercourse.

Mouthfeel:
Bitter but not overwhelming, cirtusy, and a light refreshingly sweet malt. It's almost like a lemonade that went super heavy on the lemon, but still had a touch of sugar to mellow out the drink's bitterness. Medium bodied, the alcohol is not a noticeable 9%. You could easily put down this entire bottle without the build-up of any nasty, lingering aftertastes.

Drinkability:
The weather is just starting to lean towards the better 1/2 of a thermometer, spring is coming. I am reminded very acutely of this fact when drinking this beer, absolutely refreshing. Warmer temperatures bring out the hops and citrus more than when cooler, but I don't blame you it you aren't able to handle a beer of this caliber yet.
The beer is fairly priced, approximately $13, and worth every penny that I didn't have to pay for it.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 06:18:25 | More by ThePorterSorter
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into pint glasses split with oglmcdgl at the compound.

A steady pour brought forth a semi bright gold color with some orange seeping in. This is a hazy beer, cant see through, there is also alot of sediment. A bright white firm head with lacing. Smell is hops over wheat and a whole lot of it. The citra is used expertly and it's just a bunch of tropics. Tangerine, mango. Taste is just the same and I guess this is fresh because it screams citra and other 3C hops giving off lemon, orange, tangerine, you name it, lemon mostly though. The malt accents this quite nice and the bitterness is tamed from it. A big medium body, the carb is not bitey, the alcohol seeps in with extreme warming, giving off a slight warmth. I am actually thinking of picking up a casde of this, it's that good.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 05:09:59 | More by BARFLYB
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with onix1agr and poured into pint glasses.

A- two big fingers of bright white head from a steady pour that has some good staying power but does settle after a bit leaving behind some killer clingy lace and a solid cap. Hazy sunset orange yellow in color. I gota say this is some good lookin stuff.

S- big grassy citrus hops. There's lots of grapefruit and some lemon. The wheat stay in the background but bring in a light sweetness.

T- the balance on the first sip is impressive. The hops are citrusy and bitter with a cut green grass vegetative hit. The wheat works as a perfect counter point with just enough sweetness to level the playing field a bit and add to the grassy nature of the hops.

M- on the fuller side of medium with just a touch of slip on the tongue. Carb is a bit lighter and simple. No sign of the abv at all.

D- awesome twist on the wheatwine style and the use of hops is delightful. You never lose the wheatwine under the hops either and that makes this a very successful brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 00:54:45 | More by oglmcdgl
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is pale golden yellow in color and poured into a snifter glass with a thin white head. Lots of yeast particles are visible floating in suspension, even when the beer is poured from the top of the bottle.
S: There are strong aromas of the sorachi ace hops in the nose--the smell of grapefruit stands out in particular.
T: The hops contribute flavors of grapefruit, lemon and orange. A moderate amount of bitterness is present, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is well masked but the strong amount of bitterness definitely makes this a sipper, although it is a beer that you want to take the time to savor each sip.

Note: Batch E!030

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 02:52:42 | More by metter98
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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

Pours hazy orange with a fair white skim head. No true lacing.

Some citric hops in the nose, and yeast and sweet grain.

A little alcohol-forward, with yeast, grain, wheat, bitter orange peel. Palate clears well. Decent, smooth brew. Good balance between grain and bitterness.

Fuller bodied, with appropriate carbonation.

Easier drinking than expected. 9% does not show too bad. Worth trying

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 00:19:16 | More by OtherShoe2
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ithaca's Thirteenth Anniversary Ale has is a cloudy, dull shade of gold. The white head is full and thick, with pretty good retention and lacing.

The aroma is packed with citrus, showing off lemon, grapefruit and orange. The fruit comes both from hops and yeast, and the aroma works well together. Some light yeast aroma hangs around in the background.

Pretty tasty, Ithaca definitely went with hopping the hell out of this wheatwine. Loads of hops are noticeable right up front, with lots of citrus. Lemon is the strongest flavor, followed by grapefruit and then orange. The hops pair with a pretty fruity yeast, and there might actually have been some zest added to this at some point. Bitterness is considerable. After I finally fight my way through the hops, there is a little bit of a peppery character from the yeast, and the wheat body is light and bread-like with a slight twang. A little more bitterness in the finish.

Smooth, full-bodied beer with a slightly biting bitterness.

13 is another good beer from Ithaca. I had this both on-tap at the release party and in a bottle after; I'm not sure which I prefer. What I am interested in, however, is how this beer will age. I might throw a few in the cellar to find out.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 19:13:49 | More by Hojaminbag
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aerozeppl

New York

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden color with some floaties in suspension. A little less than a quarter finger of white head with some lacing.

S: I am not in love with the nose on this beer. Has a weird baby powder hop nose. Little bit of citrus. A little bit of florally hop aroma as well. There are good parts of the nose as well as not so good.

T: This is not like any wheatwine that I have ever heard and I think it falls to that description as it is a weird beer in-between styles. The hops and the citrus work well together. The wheat beer is barely there. The citrus comes across nicely but it is not from the hops. It reminds me of a batch of DIPA I made a while ago. Finishes clean.

M: Medium body. Light carbonation.

D: I was disappointed by this one. It is not really a wheatwine. It is an interesting and different beer but not up to the other Ithaca anniversary beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 00:57:51 | More by aerozeppl
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle of this at a tasting over the weekend and it was pretty much universally well received. Examining it a bit more closely this time. Pours a cloudy orange color with a ton of floaties in it. I don't remember the floaties at all from the bottle over the weekend. Maybe I disturbed this one a bit too much, although I didn't do anything unusual with it. Has about two fingers of ivory head which keeps a bubbly and semi-full lace, with some light stick on the sides.

Smell has a very nice, floral hoppiness, with lemon and orange citrus aromas. It's zesty, grassy and somewhat spicy even. Has a nice sweetness to it as well, sort of a combo of honey and wheat. Nice.

Taste is also quite citrusy and fresh, with the lemon and orange again most prominent. Grassy and spicy like the nose, as well. Has a pithy bitterness in the finish as well; a moderate bitterness overall, akin to a well balanced IPA. Not quite as sweet on the palate as it smelled, although there is still a bready, wheat-y sweetness. A really zesty, lemon peel flavor lingers into the finish; I would say the Sorachi Ace and Citra meld together really nicely here in creating that flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body and is both smooth and dry. Has a pretty good creaminess to it and dries right out in the finish. Good carbonation.

This is a really nice beer and it's extremely drinkable for 9%. Not really a typical wheatwine at all, so if you see it labeled as such on this site and don't like wheatwines, don't be scared off. The hops are so nice that I don't know that aging would really improve it, and unfortunately I can see the reviews fading over time for that reason. It is a winner in my book.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 01:43:08 | More by number1bum
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Cole's in Buffalo. This is my first ever wheatwine. Pours a cloudy pale orange colour with thin white head. Lots of lacing even with the small head. Smells quite fruity, the sorachi hops really come through. Citrus and a hint wheat also in the aroma. This is pretty hoppy overall. Nice bitterness, with some boozy sweetness in the flavour. Mouthfeel was a little syrupy. A really nice beer, I don't have any other wheatwines to compare it to though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 20:49:14 | More by kwjd
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 20:30:49 | More by thagr81us
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

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...

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 15:35:58 | More by Neffbeer
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afksports

New York

2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Ithaca Beer Company has come out with a Wheatwine and this "Thirteen" is particularly interesting. It may be one of the first beers I've tried of the style. It's certainly unforgettable.

In the Janet Jackson Superbowl Nipslip kinda way.

Or the Miss South Carolina way.

Or like Blair Witch.

Or... well, you get the point.

The appearance is a thick fog of wheat and straw orange. It lets no light through. Slight head that lingers on the top only a little. It's mostly just viscous wheatiness. It smells like citrus, as if they pulled all the orange peel out of the hops they could, and gave nothing to back it up. The taste is totally citrus first, and on the original few sips I was enjoying a barleywine type character that used astringent sweetness to cover the alcohol. But as the body warmed, and as I had more and more, the most cloying wheaty hops dryness began to overwhelm my palate on the aftertaste. As I finished, it continued to grow. Keeping my mouth closed helped, and I got some sweetness there. Any time I opened it back up, I was dry as the Sahara.

By the end of the glass, the medium to full bodied brew that had been so citrusy sweet at the start had turned into a drying monster. I left Nags Head Ale House and walked down the street like a panting dog.

I will never forget. One of the most absolutely unique drinks I've had in a while. But also one I won't be returning to (unlike the Superbowl Nipslip or Miss South Carolina).

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 05:16:32 | More by afksports
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wyattshotmaker

Ohio

2.13/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

poured into a tulip glass, nice slightly hazy orange color. pretty good head retention.

nose has a strong lemon rind note, fruity, kinda reminds me of like a citrus scented cleanser, but not in a completely terrible way.

this beer has no balance in terms of taste. it just has a ton of lemon hop flavor with a very bracing bitterness. finish is incredibly dry. not saying that i love big syrupy sweet beers but when you have so much bitterness you need a bit of sweet to balance it out.

i had a glass and drain poured the rest quite honestly, i rarely do that with a beer. i love a good hoppy beer but let's get some balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 01:16:30 | More by wyattshotmaker
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Ithaca tulip glass on 2/17/11.

A - pours a golden orange with 2 inches+ of white foam that left plenty of lacing on the glass

S - aroma is mainly some light citrus hops and the lemon peel is really noticable. Its a nice smell, just not overly strong.

T - Light citrus flavor, much like the aroma. Just a hint of maltiness, very light overall but not watery. Alot lighter than I expected. There is a nice slight hoppy bitterness in the finish.

M/D - Really light bodied, almost foamy in the mouth. It does seem to be getting fuller as it warms. Nice carbonation and it is easy to drink. Its just a nice enjoyable beer to drink, and at 9% one 750ml bottle is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 04:42:53 | More by mikereaser
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BumpkinBrewer

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 750mL into two imperial pint glasses

A - Pours a murky orange, low flocculant yeast caused us to pour most of the lees into the glass, but I think it's expected with a bottle conditioned wheat ale, clarity is not key. Head is bright white and leaves nice lcing long the inside of the glass

S - Citrusy and fruity with a little something different, may be from the lemon peel or the SA hops.

T - The fruitiness continues with a combination of maltiness, some oat and bisuit flavors come through. A slight bitterness on the bck end.

M - Light to Medium bodied, feels good on the palette, very crisp.

D - The alcohol is very hidden in this brew. I'll have another

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 02:07:56 | More by BumpkinBrewer
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koopa

New Jersey

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

64oz growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley NY....

Appearance: Pours a light copper with honey folds. The crown is slightly off white (buttery to hop stained), 1 finger, shows moderate retention, and moderate lace.

Smell: Nice mixture of herbal / grassy hops, floral hops, and a touch of light malt sweetness. Quite balanced.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the nose but the herbal / grassy hops take center stage. The light malt sweetness rounds out the flavor.

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of light bodied and quite crisp.

Drinkability: The abv, although well hidden, poses a challenge as does the pungency of the herbal / grassy hop bitterness.

Nice to have yet another enjoyable brew from Ithaca!

Serving type: growler

02-02-2011 23:29:58 | More by koopa
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coles in Buffalo, arrives a light lemony golden with a capper of creamy white head.

Nose is all citrus and tropical fruits, loads of lemon, some pineapple. Hint of the 'fluffier' cereal grains which I acquaint with wheat.

Really a pleasant quaff. Fluffy mouthfeel while still being drinkable, not too sticky or heavy. Loads of lemon and orange rind stand out with a hint of a candied rind in the body. Long bitter finish, caramel malt, less tropical fruits in the taste. Really fresh and surprisingly drinkable. This is a top notch beer which drinks more like a DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 20:13:42 | More by ritzkiss
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