Excelsior Anniversary Series - 17
Ithaca Beer Company

Excelsior Anniversary Series - 17Excelsior Anniversary Series - 17
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Wheat Beer - American Pale
3.92 | pDev: 11.48%
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Excelsior Anniversary Series - 17Excelsior Anniversary Series - 17
Notes: Our Anniversary 17 is a hybrid between a Wheat ale and an India Pale Ale. The vision was to create something that had a round bitterness, a dry finish, but a nice wheat sweetness. The aroma is straight up spicy and citrusy like pink peppercorn and oranges. This beer is bottle conditioned with a brettanomyces yeast strain so it will evolve over time and add more complexity to an already unique brew.
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grover37 from District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split into two El Cat tulips with Lisa. Have been holding onto this one for awhile, because I'm scared.

Perfectly clear dark yellow with a huge billowy head that does not recede. Perfect.

Smell is huge brett (C?). At this age, it has really taken over the aromas. Funky, very floral, some bubblegum, citrus - lime?

Taste is not as it smells, not nearly the funk bomb it smells. Bubble gum really dominates, with more citrus, pine, a light bitterness, and a lingering funk and some resin.

Very well carbonated, light bodied. A bit of coating pine, but very light feel due to high carbonation.

Overall not really what I expected - slightly better - but not a mind blower either. Glad this wasn't too bitter - wish I could have tried it fresh as well.

Apr 19, 2017
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Found what turned out to be a disastrously old bottle at a markeddown price.

Poured from the 25.4 oz. bottle into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Cleart gold with a huge 2+ inch thick white head which receded slowly and required additional pours to fill the glass. Dense lacing followed.

s: Pine resin with a metallic and floral edge.

t: Follows the nose with heavy bitterness emerging immediately as well. Bitter and floral finish.

m: Medium, good body and hellacious carbonation tingle.

o: Can't be sure this was intended considering the age, but an unique DIPA now in that there is a pretty heavy floral element offsetting the potentially unpleasant aspects of the old hops. The aroma continues to be pleasantly floral as well. The added brett in this case certainly did make this a special experience.

Jun 10, 2016
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ClavisAurea from New York

4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Original bottling in 2014 served cool in a teku; 750ml bottle

Appearance: murky honey orange but thats to be expected. Tons of carbonation and a MASSIVE soapy white head with tons of lacing

Nose: Immense Brett funk in there, some spicy hop character, that Brett barnyard funk is really the only thing that comes through.

Taste: nice carbonation level, high but very refreshing. That Brett is about the only thing you get after almost 1.5 years in the bottle. Orange marmalade, spice from the hops, crackery malts, tons of Brett funk

Overall: this is one hell of a Brett DIPA. I think Ithaca nailed it on this one. The price was awesome as well, $9 I think?!? I'm going to definitely pick up some more of this if I can find it around Ithaca, NY. I know I've seen it there over the last few months.

Apr 30, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color and cloudy. Good bar-poured head that leaves a couple of rings for lace.

Semi-sweet and spicy nose. I really get wildness in this beer.

This is a really complex beer: I don't get many of the traditional flavors--some pale malt but no wheat, a touch of sourness and hop bitterness. Lots of carbonation with a light body. Long lasting aftertaste, it's biting but not hoppy. It's like there is dry cardboard in the finish.

Dec 19, 2015
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2dogbrew from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a month ago at local Total Wine, so not fresh but it's got Brett so wasn't concerned. Lots of bubbles on the pour, even when done gently. Ok with me. Once it settles I take in the aroma, a nice amount of funk there but not overpowering. Taste follows the aroma, some sweetness from the wheat. Seems they hit the mark of what they were going for. Well done.

Oct 26, 2015
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WellRested518 from New York

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you like Orval, you're in the money.

This beer has a rocky-marshmallow head, like damn. At the pour you could compare this thing to jiggling Arabier & you would be about half a finger off. The head retention is insane, but eventually shit settles out into a nice & steady crown. The body itself is an opaque golden-yellow.

The smell is all Brett and hops. I get fresh leather, pine, bit of herbal-mint, rose pedal, and scallion... Tangerine and lime play in the background. It reminds of a meadow.

T/M -The taste is much the same with some pronounced hints of patchouli. It's astringent, but in that brettanomyces way that we know & love. Sharp, agile, and full of complexity.

Think Basketball.

Sep 20, 2015
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rdoggg from Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm glad I bought 2 bottles. The first, honestly, was difficult to finish. It had a detergent-like finish. Maybe the yeast? I'll try the other and reevaluate.
Second was the same....too much brett for me.

Jul 12, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great pour into my Hennepin Farmhouse ale stemmed glass, a brilliant golden with a large fluffy very slow to settle white head,very nice.Some floral and grapefruit-like hops in the nose with a bit of powdered sugar,and mild sourness.Where to go flavor wise,bone dry with some funky brett with an almost summer garden-like taste,peppery and slightly herbal with a fruity tinge in the finish.Not a Brett guy here but there is a load of subtle complexity going on here.

Jun 15, 2015
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beertunes from Mayotte

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Utopiajane for this one. 750ml bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a hazy light gold color with an inch of off-white head that had decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma featured a nice wheat scent, with some light underlying malt sweetness, and a nice bright brett tang. The hop profile was more subdued than I thought it would be. On the tongue, WHOOO BOY! That brett made it's presence known immediately, the hops asserted their place in the order of things, and the earthy, grainy, fresh wheat flavor stood strong in the face of their duelling postures. Brett dominated over the majority of the palate, and the hops controlled the back, leaving a tart, citrusy, dry finish.

The body was fairly typical, or at least as typical as your average wheat-brett-ImpIPA can be. The was surprisingly smooth and finished clean. Drinkability was good, the beer was gone in a prompt manner, but this is not a gulper, big sips were what was called for. Overall, a very good brew, worth trying if you see it. Matter-of-fact, I've added it to my wants if anybody can grab some more.

Jun 14, 2015
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chefdave37 from Massachusetts

2.27/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I was excited to try this beer Ithaca beers usually don't disappoint. I open it to a light golden color, The smell of a barnyard then OFF. It has the taste of OFF. Maybe this bottle turned but I woulnd not recommend it to anyone.

Jun 13, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this bottle at Grain + Verse poured chilled in a tumbler shared with Octopus87.

The color is very hazy light golden with thick white fluffy head and fine bead -murky with some yeast particulate floating. The smell is very good -lots of tangy fruity hop aromas with slight hint of wild yeast in the nose. The feel is intensely bitter yet has a mild sweetness from the wheat malt mid palate with light funkiness toward the finish.

The tastes is very citrus from the hops with some light pineapple and lemon with low malt sweetness in the taste mostly bitter with some gentle brett-funkiness adding a little wierdness to the mix and subtracting some hop grassiness, yet adding a little tropical accent which is nice. Overall I would not be into having this repeatedly but the concept while sort of a frankenstein of wheat/double IPA/brett beer it works and is better than expected with a lot of fresh hop flavors

May 03, 2015
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OntheLambic from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a neon yellow/orange with a billowy head that lasts for days and days. This is one of the prettiest beers I've seen, like unattainable hot girl pretty

S - Grapefruit rind, herbal, musty, peppercorn, like a bouquet of flowers, just a beautifully complex nose

T - Follows the nose with grapefruit and citrusy pith, lemon, hay, touch of bitterness, funky with a nice dry peppery finish

F - Carbonation is very lively and spritzy, took forever to get a full pour of beer, full mouthfeel from wheat and carbonation

O - I stumbled on this beer and had zero expectations going in, this ended up making the short list of my favorite beers. Lovely, lovely brew, highly recommended.

Apr 20, 2015
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mirp1 from New York

4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I live in Utica, and have had this beer many times on draft at the Green Onion Pub, along with the bottled version purchased from the Hop & Goblet (across the street from the GO). The 87 rating undermines what this beer is all about. So, for all of you brett IPA fans out there, do not let the current rating dissuade you from taking a chance on this one. It is as good a funky IPA as you will find, and at 9.99/bomber, this is a very affordable opportunity for some serious beer moment satisfaction. Get it.

Apr 19, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

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

Notes from the other night.

A- 750ml poured to a large tulip-snifter with a hazy golden yellow body and massive head. The cap is white, endlessly fluffy and ends up over several fingers high with good retention. Spurious webs of lacing down the glass.

S- Dry, spicy and Brett laden aroma for me; funk, pepper, straw, barnyard hay, slightly leathery sorta thing going on with a hint of band-aid. Hops are there but for me the citrus takes a back seat to the rustic grainy yeastiness.

T- Similar to the aroma with the dry, spicy Brett and the funky leathery-band aid feel but for me I get more hops here. Stone fruit, lemon peels, spicy grassy herbs, rustic wheat bread and dry bitterness.

MF- Medium overall body with a puffy, foamy consistency due to the high-end carbonation. Finishes with a dry spiciness; some phenols perhaps.

Had no idea this was a Brett brew until I read the back of the bottle a few hours after purchasing. I think the Brett aspect of the brew is solid and what many strive for. If the hops were a bit more present this would be a true gem.

Apr 18, 2015
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portia99 from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

L - Pours a translucent orangey pale yellow color with noticeable haze and a huge, fluffy 3 fingers of foam capping things off. Head shows excellent staying power and falls off very slowly leaving behind endless webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Super spicy on the nose with a good amount of earthy/bretty funk. Cloves, band-aids, wheat and citrus.

T - Quite bitter up front, sharp, bretty/earthy and a bit medicinal in character. Lots of Band-Aid phenolics, tangy wheat, lemons, some tropical notes. Super dry - almost no residual sweetness left behind...makes this a bit harsh.

F - Medicinal bitterness and dryness, spicy phenolics. Medium body with a crisp, high level carbonation.

O - Smells amazing...I love hoppy brett beers. The flavor is behind the expectation the aroma gave me. This is totally dry from beginning to end - I think this would be so much better if some sugars remained at detectable levels. The brett seems to have taken over quite quickly...I can only imagine this will intensify more over time.

Apr 03, 2015
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle. Pours a semi hazy burnt orange color with 2 inches plus of chunky white head. Lots of lacing. Funky aroma with some pineapple and citrus. Musty. The taste is musty band aids with lemon, pineapple and tangerine. Some alcohol heat. Light wheat flavor but you mostly get the tangy, musty flavor of the Brett mixed with the fruits. Finishes with some peppery notes, Brett, tangerine and pineapple. Light spicy notes from the wheat. Lots of carbonation. This one has got a lot of different things going on at once but they seem to all almost come together. A bit too funky and musty for me and not enough of the Double IPA part. Don't think I'd buy this again but it still was a good beer.

Mar 23, 2015
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timmy2b from New York

1.95/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brett pale ale meets pale wheat meets IPA. -this is accurate - from ColForbinBC review. The smell from the Brett is overpowering to me and overpowers everything in the taste except the lemon and slight bitterness. The mixing of all these different flavors and styles did not work IMO.

Mar 04, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Curran.

Pours a golden hazy straw yellow, with a 2 inch voluminous head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells wonderful, a good amount of wheat, lots of juicy orange, grapefruit, and pineapple, and some mild Brett. The Brett presents itself as mostly hay and lemon.

I'm really surprised at how good this one turned out. All of the elements- wheat ale, DIPA, and brett show themselves nicely and meld well together. The wheat provides some nice bitterness, while the DIPA provides some really insanely juicy hop flavors, and the Brett shows itself on the back end, providing some chalky bitterness along with a slight tart twang, and the smallest amount of barnyard funk. They really kept the Brett in check here. The Brett seems to have amplified the fruitiness of the hops, which is really nice and really appreciated by my mouth. The Brett character is magnificently restrained here, it stays in the back and supports everything else.

This is medium bodied, pretty full for an IPA, with a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. This one goes down really easy, with a higher level of carbonation.

This just might be the best post-Chief beer that Ithaca has ever put out. It's really that good.

Mar 02, 2015
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL poured into a tulip

A golden orange body with a creamy bone white cap. Head falls slowly and leaves chunks of lace. Leathery, goaty, band-aid on the nose. Touch of earthy, spicy hops but they are definitely overpowered by the Brett. On the palate, little bit of sweet pale malt pokes through here and there, tropical fruits pop mid palate before a sweeping Brett presence brings you to a dry, leathery, band-aid finish. Hell of a Brett presence here. Dry, spicy, lingering finish. Brett pale ale meets pale wheat meets ipa. This is a winner in my book.

Feb 15, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy; orangish gold in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded slowly to an uneven cap; sheets of lacing;

S: brett funk with tropical fruit, floral notes, and peppermint in the background;

T: brett funk and band-aid; a little tropical fruit from mid-palate through the finish; lightly bitter at the end; with a bit of mint and black pepper;

M: medium bodied; creamy carbonation; medium dry, long lasting finish; a touch of alcohol warmth;

O: complex flavors and aroma; I would have like a little more bitterness, but that's nitpicking;

Feb 10, 2015
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Hauckstadtjr00 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty clear beer. Orangeish color. Pours with a very nice head. Smells of tropical-citrusy hops. And a touch of Brett.
Tastes great too. Nose of papaya pineapple and other citrusy hop flavours. Smooth light-carbed body with a long fruity flavourful finish of hops, yeast and a touch of brett. Fresh and flavourful. Worth buying one for the cellar

Jan 28, 2015
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DrBier from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750. Looks great, smells great, tastes even better. Contrary to previous reviews I got a lot of Brett Brux funk in the flavor. Complemented well by the hops and wheat. Very drinkable for 8.4%. Excellent beer.

Jan 25, 2015
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gonzo000 from Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

There was a distinct plastic taste to this beer that was present in the smell as well. Not very enjoyable. Celebrate the 17th anniv. with Flower Power.

Jan 22, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a globe/snifter style glass, just shaped like the one on the label.

Big rocky four finger head, with some nice fluffy bone white looking appearance. Nice staying power as well. Body color manages a big tangerine orange glow, with an orb like sense to it. Surprisingly not too murky or hazy looking even if quite opaque. Very microfine rising carbonation rising from the sides. Real good looking brew.

Great exceptional aroma on this brew. Hints of funky brett with a mild pepper, but lots of floral like hinting hops senses that pair with it perfectly. Comes out with peppermint candy without the sweetness, a bit of juiced tropics as well seem to lurk around the corner ready to explore. Man I could nose this all day.

Palate just hits everything all very simply and really impressively. Mild brett notes, but lots of pineapple and tropical flavors wash out on first sip. Classic chewy wheat backbone as well, with moderate carbonation not getting in the way. Very mild sensing soft brett qualities here, letting more of the sweetness come forward with a good balance. Finishes with mint and green herbs of thyme and sage as well it seems on the finish, even a bit of honey mild sweetness coats as well.

A fantastic brew, and very memorable with an excellent balance of flavors and great bouquet to boot.

Jan 08, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Merry Christmas? Big ol' 750 bottle. Pours cloudy and bright. Orange color. Huge, white head with a lot of lacing. Smells like an imperial hybrid between an IPA and a Witbier...because it is. A high voltage of tropical fruit hops. Also, a funky aggressive, Belgian influence that is like a strong Witbier a mixed with a Saison. Pineapples, coriander, dry yeast and citrus. The flavor is impressively dry. Not overtly sweet. The hops are decidedly exotic and tropically fruited. Pineapple, peach, citrus and apricot. Flavor is also slightly medicinal. Almost Bretty. Some slices and dry wheat. Moderately bitter. Slight alcohol presence. Lots of bubbles. Lacks much sweetness (a compliment in my book). Far more drinkable than expected. A good beer for sure. Happy Anniversary Ithaca.

Dec 25, 2014
Excelsior Anniversary Series - 17 from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 115 ratings