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Excelsior Anniversary Series - 17 | Ithaca Beer Company

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Excelsior Anniversary Series - 17Excelsior Anniversary Series - 17

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jhartley on 09-30-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by VelvetExtract:
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bieniek30
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Swift989
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of logicalparadox
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious double IPA, framed in a pale wheat ale format. HIgh ABV is well hidden. Soft wheat provides a gentle canvas and background for a broad array of hop flavors to dance about, in a nice harmony. Will be trying this one again sometime soon!

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrunEngr
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bananas, clove, spices, wheat. Then a nice citrus and orange. Mild bitterness. The brett provides some interesting flavors but not much curently.

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Photo of bilhelm
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ShanePB
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WellRested518
4.58/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pav5069
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CJRubes
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gonzo000
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of justjonas
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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Excelsior Anniversary Series - 17 from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 115 ratings
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