Happy Pils | Ithaca Beer Company

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BB1313 on 04-03-2016

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by bfitzge2:
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3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ithaca Beer Co. "Happy Pils"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Deep gold body with a haze beneath a short head of bright white that fades almost immediately. The aroma is hoppy with spicy and herbal noble hops over a lightly grainy malt base. The flavor follows with a little more floral character, and a moderate balancing bitterness that brings it to a spicy and earthy dry finish. Medium-light in body and crisp with a standard carbonation level. Overall a decent German pilsner.

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Photo of DerekP
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass, the appearance was a yellow transparent color with a finger’s worth of head that quickly settled to a film over top of the beer. Not much lace. Some carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. The aroma had some biscuits/breadiness up front over top of some grassy hops. Light hop spice. The flavor was moderately sweet with a brisk touch of grassy hops. Slight bready sort of aftertaste, but even that is a stretch as there really wasn’t much of any aftertaste, honestly. Finish had some prickly carbonation hitting, odd, but alright, I guess. The palate was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed to prickle a little bit just like in the finish, but it didn’t indicate anything bad about the beer. Overall, for the most part, everything seemed pretty good about this pilsener, though I couldn’t really tell if it was a German or a Czech one. Perhaps a confusing one and still, I’d give this another shot.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8/26...on draft at the brewery. Pours pale gold, white foam ring. Tart citrus nose, lemons. Light citrus strong taste. Crisp and smooth. Subtle German hop pokes through the citrus. Fresh and tasty. Nice summer beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 21 fl. oz. bottle with no date inscribed. Sampled on June 17, 2017.

Kind of murky looking yellow pour with a modest white head that hangs around.

The aroma seems way too malty for a pilsener. It is kind of like tobacco with a low to no hop profile. I am wondering if this is an old bottle. No date so I do not know.

The body was in the medium range.

The taste also felt like a malt bomb not that I am expecting a whole lot of hop character for a Pilsener. It seemed kind of stale with a vague sweetness.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap and Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light straw yellow, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells quite grassy and biscuity. It smells pretty bitter.

This finishes a bit watery, but it's decent up front, with a terse bitterness, pretty grassy, with a nice crackery malt backbone. It falls fairly flat on the finish, though.

This is very crisp and clean, very, very drinkable, with a good level of carbonation.

A fairly decent pilsner here, but doesn't stand up to the best German or even American examples.

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Photo of Kayakguy
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BB1313
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Pours a pale golden with nice clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of pilsener malts. Lots of cracker and bread notes. Hints of sweet fruits as well. The flavors are sharp and crisp. Nice earthy bitterness. Some fresh grass with some subtle pine notes. Subtle hints of citrus as well. Slightly spicy. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice pilsener. It's very clean and refreshing. Enjoyable stuff. Well done.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 4/21/2017 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, citrus, caramelized malts and some grassy hops.

T: The taste starts out with a decent burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some breadiness from lager yeast and a thin malt character. Some citrus and malt sweetness brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of TeachChefs
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of R11415
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timfelix
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had it at the brewery, so the freshness factor may affect this rating, as opposed to getting a bottle that was not so fresh. This is GREAT pilsner. If you like a pilsner, this one is as good as the best I have had. Crisp, a bit of malt, a little bite, and a wonderful pilsner flavor with no off tastes or aftertastes.
Had it in a bottle after the brewery trip. Still very good. The bottle came from the brewery v isit, so freshness is pretty certain. Later I got some from local beer store and it was just as good

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: A bright golden color with a white head and actively rising bubbles. Clarity is decent, but not crystal clear.

SMELL: Bready, herbal, some cat pee from the hops.

TASTE: Sweet upfront met almost immediately by bitter, coarse hoppy flavor with a nice pungent noble like taste which is to say bitter and tea like. Flavor is spot on for a pils, I like the lager yeast bread notes and plenty of hop flavor. Clean and refreshing it finishes slightly bitter.

FEEL: Light bodied and crisp with a prickly carbonation. Finishes slightly dry with a bitter hop bite.

OVERALL: A nice solid Pilsner, ideal drinking at all times but also in these warmer months.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a half pint glass: color is straw, nearly clear, head is bright white with fine bubbles, good lacing on the glass.

Smell is light toast, biscuit, earth, grass.

Taste is pleasant, good malt presence, flavor is light biscuit, earth, toast, then lingering hop grass/earthiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderate, lingering bitterness.

Overall a good pilsner, crisp, mostly clean, solid malt, maybe a touch bitter.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IronLover
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep yellow in color with a light haze. Poured with a short, light creamy foam with medium retention. Medium pilsner malt aromas with light biscuit notes. Medium light earthy, lightly spicy hop aromas. Medium light bodied with a light smoothness through the middle and medium carbonation. Medium maltiness up front followed by spicy hops and an assertive bitterness through the middle to the end. Finished cleanly, and semi-dryly with an earthy, spicy bitter aftertaste. A bit lacking on appearance primarily due to clarity. Nice clean malty aroma, although hop aromas seemed to be a bit light. Balance tilts toward the hoppier side. Hop flavors are a bit overwhelmed by the higher bitterness which is a bit intense at the finish. If you like your pilsners bitter – this is the ticket, but generally this lacks hop and malt character.

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Photo of Brew_ski
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeWard
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the holiday weekend. 12oz bottle into a glass. Freshness dating was smeared, therefore illegible.

Yellow body, small white head, which quickly shrinks to ring and covering before disappearing altogether. Can be briefly resurrected by agitating.

Faint aroma of malt and yeast.

taste is as the nose.

light towards medium on the mouth, slightly sour and bitter on the finish.

Overall, and it might be a bit old, this beer has nothing much going for it. Not unpleasant, just not a lot there.

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