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Luminous | Ithaca Beer Company

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4.23/5
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110 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
110
pDev:
8.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
16
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 12
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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 tectactoe
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -8%
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 Bunuelian
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of logicalparadox
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
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 mtomlins
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
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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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

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 mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1424IpA
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 120minuteman
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Luminous from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 110 ratings
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