Thirteen - Ithaca Beer Company
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3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
A: hazy light orange to yellow color with a one finger head and great lacing that covers the glass for a bit.
S: floral and earthy hop presence. I smell lemon, grass, and a slight sweetness.
T: first it displays a bit of tart character like the lemon, moving into earthy flavors and hop bitterness, and finally a grapefruit flavor with some sweetness.
M: decent carbonation attempts to refresh the head and leaves a crisp feeling even with a beer of medium-heavy body.
O: solid, but left something to be desired. Maybe because it was old? $8 a 750ml is not bad for this.
05-29-2012 23:22:37 | More by Holland
3.5/5 rDev -14%
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.
04-24-2012 20:19:12 | More by Phyl21ca
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.
A real gorgeous body color, glowing orb orange body, almost with peach hue, light off white head with leg action, some stickiness as well.
Nose is real impressive. Tropical, orange and lemon, very zesty, mushy fruit such as rotting mangos under foot on a 98 degree day. Softy chewy malts, apricot rind and faint earth character. Just smells real fantastic and impressive. Even some faint pickle here.
Taste is surprisingly not as impressive but pretty solid. A fleeting wet body but also real easy to consume. A good hop bitter profile washing citrus and lemon character. Gets into apricot jam and pectin, but without the thickness. Hop angle is noticeable, slightly overbearing.
Overall, pretty impressive going but the palate just didn't explode as the nose seemed to hint. It's still a real solid brew without question.
03-29-2012 01:47:12 | More by smakawhat
3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
03-13-2012 00:44:37 | More by SickGnar
3.68/5 rDev -9.6%
Thanks for the bottle Herf!
Pours a dark honey color, with a light tan frothy two finger head. Nice lace.
Aroma is very citrusy, wheat, bready malts,honey sweetness.
Tastes rich. Sweet honey notes, wheat breadiness, citrus fruits, slight hippy bitterness.
Rich full body, creamy and lower carbonation.
Overall, a nice above average wheat wine.
03-01-2012 03:16:15 | More by EgadBananas
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
Ithaca Brewing Thirteen
Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Pours a nice hazy light orange color with a nice copper hue and some golden edges. There is a nice 1 inch white head that forms that is a bit soapy and recedes to a thin mat at a moderate pace. There are some chunkier bubbles in there as well. (4.0)
Aroma starts off with some dank and extremely citrusy hop notes. Seems to me like a hopped up wheat beer with some nice bready wheat notes present as well. Strong notes of grapefruit rind and some nice orange as well. Slight boozy heat is felt and some nice wheat notes permeate the nose. The nose is pretty intense but with a softer more refreshing note on the back end. (3.5)
Flavor starts off very interesting with refreshing orange and lemon peal notes. Quite citrusy and a nice dry bitter middle that continues all the way to the back end. Definitely some grapefruit notes in there intermingled with some nice slightly sweet wheat notes. This brew has a real interesting flavor profile with bready notes intermingles so well with the citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit) and the hop notes hanging out and keeping things cool. As the beer warms the citrus notes start to open up and there are some delicious notes of sweeter fruit juice with some honey even. The citrus notes stop being so aggressive and acetic and become more complimentary to the wheat notes and give the beer a more open and three-dimensional flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium to light with some nice crisp carbonation notes. Very fluffy and complimentary to the flavor profile. (4.5) (4.5)
This brew is quite impressive. At first it caught me off guard with all the hops and all the citrus notes but after it warmed up it really opened up. With great fruit juice notes even some honey. The hops are still there and the citrus notes worked so well with the wheat. (4.0)
02-24-2012 20:10:02 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
A- Pours a nice golden yellow, almost brown color with a 1 finger white wispy head
S- Has a nice citrus nose to it. i am also catching some carmel and yeast as well
T- Starts out with a nice sweet malty flavor and then moves to a hoppy citrus flavor and finish's with a crisp sweetness. a little funk at the end as well
M-Medium Bodied with Great carbonation
D-Overall i was unsure what to expect from a wheat wine.. But i was pleasantly surprised.It has a lovely citrus/sweet/malty/funk balance that i loved. This is def. something i would enjoy drinking more of an was a very appreciated extra in a trade for sure!
02-11-2012 04:59:16 | More by zrab11
Thirteen from Ithaca Beer Company
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