Luminous | Ithaca Beer Company

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Luminous is a golden wild ale brewed with wheat and aged NYS hops. Fermented for over a year, this ale is a delightful meditation on uninhibited life; a celebration of esoteric flavors. Enjoy the simple, yet intriguing pineapple, cherry, mango, and hay aroma complemented by a bucolic funk. All cushioned by a dazzling effervescence and a light tartness, a truly wild ale reminiscent of the pastoral landscapes surrounding the Finger Lakes. ABV %6.0

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 109
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle. Orange body. Lots of carbonation. Smell is a touch oxidized. Tropical fruits. Wine. Taste is oaky. Sour. White wine. A little sweet. High carbonation. Straightforward sour. Heavily oaked. Classic golden sour style. At first I wasn't thrilled, but it's a very pleasant sour. Nothing that will knock your socks off.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to UncleJazz for the bottle!

Pours a hazy, yellow-orange with a fizzy, white head. The nose hits with nondescript citrus and some sourness. The taste is of lemon, citrus, pale toasted malt, acidic sourness. It is highly carbonated with a medium-light body. This is an enjoyable beer, but it seemed a bit one note, simple when paired against other wild ales.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on this since the release, and boy let me tell you I'm glad I did. The reviews from when it was first release do not do this justice to where it is now.

Nose is very tropical. Citrusy and bright with acid and more rustic funk.

Carbonation is wonderful; probably my favorite of the beer. Swirl it around a couple of times to get off the 'intense' carbonation and afte that it is world class.

Wish I had more of this. Don't worry people, this beer appears to be getting better with age.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bit too much of an apple cider sweetness and Martinelli's meets champagne carbonation. Soft wheat body, prickly finish. The slightest hit of hay, falling shy of any real funk. Very pleasant but a bit too simple. I could see this benefiting from brett to amp up tropical flavors and add some real wildness.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

A-Cloudy yellow-orange, nice carbonation and a one finger bubbly head that doesn't last.

S-Some mild tartness, lots of wheat, some grapes, lemon and grass.

T-More tart than sour. The wheat flavor dominates. Not much in the way of citrus but some lemon is there along with grass. Tad bit of oak.

M-Lighter, well carbonated, crisp, dry finish.

O-A good sour from Ithaca, having just a tad bit more citrus and more sourness would greatly improve the beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear yellow color with a white cap that is quick to fade. The smell is sweet with fresh grainy quality before a bit of cheese-like funk. The tastes is tart and lemony with a pleasant fruited aspect that is mildly vinous. This is light bodied and moderately carbonted. This is clean and very easy drinking. Not really what I was expecting but im appreciative of the chance to try it. In many ways, this feels like a souped up berliner weisse.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to dom and Kenny for hooking up this bottle when they heard I hadn't tried this one yet. Enjoyed from an Ithaca tulip.

a - de capped and popped the cork and poured the orange nectar into my glass. A huge head of fizzy bubbles appeared and fizzed away like there were pop rocks in the beer. Sounds like rice crispies, this brew has super lively carbonation. Champagne like.

s - nose is a soft funky tart. Tropical fruit. Smarties. Sweet and candy.

t/m - taste has that same nice tropical tart with a musty funk over the top and a mimosa like tingle to the mouth. Really feels like champagne it is so prickly.

o - overall this was a pleasant surprise. Happy to have the full bottle to myself, a really nice sweet and tart wild ale. No brute, no lebleu, but great beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the Rochester Tap Room. I have one bottle of this myself, but I'm not going to open it for a while, so I thought I'd see how it's doing now.

Pours a hazy golden yellow into a champagne glass, with a small, half inch fizzy head. Not a lot of lacing.

Smells like lemon, hay, vinegar, lactic acidity, etc.

The taste is similar. Not as sour as I'd thought, maybe this will pick up some sourness along the way, aging-wise. Mild acidity, with some peach, lemon, hay, slight grassiness. Fairly floral. Slightly watery.

Light bodied, crisp, airy mouthfeel, high carbonation, blocks some of the deeper flavors.

This was ok. It's no LeBleu (I've never tried Brute) but it's good to see Ithaca getting back on this horse again.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nixon said I am not a crook and I am saying "I am not a homer."

Gosh this was a fantastic sour beer. i waited for the hype of the release to die down and then went to the bottle I had in the fridge. Beautiful appearance. Hazy , golden. As though someone had taken the sun out of the sky and put it in the glass. Fizzy fat head of off white foam that popped and did not last. Nose is striking! It's as though they have bottled sweet and fresh air. it's PRistine with a touch of woody sweetness. The kiND of sweetness that would attract a bumble bee to wood.l SoME brett and a bit OF bread. These do no compete in this beer. The funk is funky and light and the bread has a bit of honey and both are content to be equal. Then the fruit. Lemon and mango. The lemon is rendered into this beer perfectly with all it's facets, from tart and sour lemon juice to the sweet peel. The surprise is the tropical mango. At first it shows itself like a bit of tartness and you raise an eyebrow but as the beer warms it appears to ripen right before your eyes.

This beer has a vinegary backnote and beautufully bold acidity that is ultimately enveloped by deep sweetness that ultimately cannot compete with the earthiness. If you will notice, my tasting notes have no distinction between nose and taste. That's damn fine beer that lives right up to itself in every way. This beer creates tension on the palate like the best and most boldly acidic red wine and it is succulent and invigorating! I lvoe this.

Thank you @cavedave for taking me to the release for this beer where I met lots of people whom I hope to see much more of.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared a bottle of this picked up at the release this past Wednesday.
750ml capped no cork

Pours a bright yellow-gold and hazy, it's had a ton a carbonation. My first and 2nd pours resulted in the glass bubbling over with much agitation. The nose was funk, but not quite bucolic funk as the bottle claims, some mango and guava and bready malts. Taste was a bit tart and slightly sweet. As it warmed was a bit more sour. It's was very light and effervescent, the beer seems a bit young and should grow more complex with some aging. Very good beer and glad to see Ithaca making solid sour beers.

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Photo of Arrr
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Finally typing up my first review for this one.

750 mL bottle picked up at the brewery yesterday afternoon. Pours into my glass a dull yellow-orange, topped by about two fingers of bone white head that quickly fell down to just a half-finger around the edges. First hit on the aroma is huge on Bretty funk; classic barnyard, old gym socks, aged cheese. There's a lot underneath that, though; an almost floral character, hay/straw, citrus, stone fruit, some tropical fruit. I don't get the pineapple or cherry mentioned on the label. On the palate, more of the same. Some dried fruit and grass, lemon zest, the cheese coming through clearly. This is fairly dry and tart, but not as aggressively as a lot of sours. A bubbly, almost prickly carbonation, somewhat reminiscent of Champagne. Finishes crisp and sits on the palate for a minute after swallowing.

I have to admit, I was skeptical about how Ithaca's sour program was going to hold up after Jeff O'Neil's departure, but this is great stuff. I'll be very curious to revisit this one after it's had a year or two in the cellar.

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Photo of shawn14526
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from today’s release. 750ml. Pours a slightly hazed straw color/ light orange with a white bottle conditioned type head. Nice aromas of funk and sweaty brett, along with some peach notes. Taste is lightly tart and with a medium funk. Just off dry. Flavors of apricots, straw, crotch cheese. Medium carbonation. Pretty decent (round) mouthfeel. Finishes with a pleasant dryness and a light funk. Mildly tart. Very understated and refined wild ale. Excellent. Probably the best sour ever made in NY.

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Luminous from Ithaca Beer Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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