Partly Sunny | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Summer

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Added by HappyHourHero on 08-25-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
15.12%
 
 
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Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed yellow gold, small cap of white froth, gone quickly. Nice scent filled with citrus peel, tangy wheat and fragrant spices. Taste follows scent, surprised at how full the flavor profile is... lots of bitter citrus, fresh ground spice and tangy wheat malt, maybe a touch too strong for more then a pint at a time. Light bodied, bubbly. A full flavored wit with a lot of good going for it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A very nice bubbly yellow with a half inch of creamy white head. Looks pretty good.

S - Expecting a bit of lemon, yest or maybe some spice I am greeted with a smell of sour apples and pears. Is this a Saison? Very weird indeed.

T - Ow wow full on Saison flavors which is kind of offputting since it's very tart. I get full on apple and pear with a touch of lingering hay and a nice bit of hops in the finish. Rating to style this is a complete fail.

M - Medium bodied was surprisingly harder to drink than I thought.

Overall I love their "Groundbreak Saison" but this is kind of a disaster. Rating to style? Terrible. Rating to likeness. Pretty lousy.

I would avoid this if expecting to get a succession-able witbier.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Partly sunny this beer is. Into my goblet a cloudy golden yellow with a big bubbly white head. Nose contains a lot of spice. Coriander, clove, slightly sour wheat and orange peel. Flavor is full of tangy lemon, orange and wheat. The spice quickly kicks in bringing out a lot of peppery yeast and coriander. It finishes with a crisp bitterness that dulls the spicy notes down and leaves a fruity finish. The body was light and crisp. Overall It's a decent beer but I thought the spicy middle was a little much.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into a pint glass

this comes out a light orange shade thats rather transparent (kinda surprising me as this is a witbier?). nice foamy head with big bubbles sits atop and comes down gradually. some lacing found in there. nose is cloves coriander lemon zest and a bit of bubblegum and orange peel as well. this is definitely more like it. taste is initially coriander and clove followed by a citrus burst that for an instant is orange peel and then quickly transitions into lemon zest. finishes off with a mild bubblegum taste. working semi-silently behind all this is a mild bread taste which doesnt balance the beer but does give a bit of a malt presence. intense carbonation on the front of the tongue coming from this one. overall this is a good beer and goes down easy on this particular hot day.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away and left lacing on the surface, which eventually completely faded away leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of orange citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of citrus and wheat, but there are also some spicy hints of coriander.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable but I wouldn’t consider it refreshing enough to be thirst quenching.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a larger 2+ finger fluffy head that fades semi quickly with some sticky lacing, over hazy banana yellow color.

Nose brings plenty of Belgian malts and wheats, light sweetness, plenty of wheat aromas, touch toasty malts, golden saison like spices are light but present, hints of banana and citrus.

taste starts fairly sweet, lots of citrus and banana and tons of wheat, light toasty malts, light overall but a fairly strong flavor, light saison spices, touch of clove, some bitterness comes through as it goes, gets a bit more bitter on the finish and fairly dry, a bit to heavy on the spices and sweet malts overall though.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, tons of carbonation.

Overall not bad, nice flvors but a bit heavier than expected for total spices and wheats, as well as sweetness, and a bit over carbonated, but a nice beer otherwise.

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Photo of erosier
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pouts an orange-yellow color with a tall white colored head that fades slowly and laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat aromas, orange and lemon scents followed by coriander and maybe some other spices in there as well.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted wheat, some other sweet malts, sweet orange, tangy lemon, and then a nice coriander finish. Pretty decent mix of flavors.
M: Smooth, light-medium bodied, maybe some more carbonation would be good, but pretty refreshing nonetheless.
D: Overall a decent mix of flavors and feel, nice job on this.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into an Allagash White goblet.

A: Lightly hazed pale orange body under two fingers of creamy white head. Terrific, rocky retention and plenty of lace. Classic-looking Wit.

S: Simple, straightforward Witbier. Plenty of clove spice, some light lemon peel and orange. Bright, fresh, and inviting.

T: Clove absolutely dominates, with citrus playing a distant second fiddle. Light chalkiness, and some lemon that persists on the watery finish. All the flavors but the lemon really fall off into nothingness, which helps its refreshing drinkability but hurts its bid to be a tasty or memorable beer.

M: Appropriately light, fizzy body. Nice.

O: I'm generally a big Ithaca fan, and certainly have to give them credit for making an easy-drinking, refreshing Witbier, but this one was definitely a bit of a disappointment. It has neither the creaminess of Allagash White, nor the complexity of an authentic Belgian. It's certainly worth ordering if you're just looking for a thirst-quencher on a partly (or fully) sunny day, but it's nothing to write home about.

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Photo of atr2605
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours hazy soft yellow color with about 1 finger width head with nice retention
S-lemon, spices, some pine aroma and a slight bready/yeast aroma.
T-More of the same in the taste, lemon really comes out at first and you get that nice piny hop bitterness towards the end.
M- medium bodied
O-Spin on a whitbier. It has a bit more lemon in the aroma and taste that I think is traditionally in the style, aloong with the use of what seems like cascade hops adding to the citrus and pine notes. Nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ithaca Partly Sunny
12 oz brown bottle
Best before October notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a mustard yellow with a big fluffy white head. Bleach white sticky head. Mini carbonation bubbles race to the top of the glass.

Whiffs of spices, citrus and Belgian yeast.

A highly carbonated interpretation of a witbier, that is missing something. Orange juice sweetness with some black pepper spice. Funky yeast and more citrus flavors, but with an overly bitter finish.

A nice try, but such a difficult beer for some craft breweries to pull off with success.

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Photo of HotHands
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a fairly clear gold color with a nice white head.

S - typical witbier scents - orange peel, citrus, clove. All pleasant.

T - A fairly dry wit with a good amount of coriander. Some lemon and clove flavors as well. Ideally there would be a bit more ester flavors.

M - highly carbonated and light-bodied.

Overall - a fairly decent wit. Better than Blue Moon, but falls short of Hoegaarden, Ommegang, Great Lakes Holy Moses, and the like.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Ithaca Memorial Day weekend 2011.

Poured a somewhat-hazy yellow-golden with a short white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carried some light orange and lemon plus a bit of light spice. The flavor was moderately spiced with some citrus there as well. Light straw and grain. Body was light with good carbonation. Fairly dry finish. Pretty solid witbier.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of lemon and spice. Pours a cloudy yellow with a lot of head even with a careful pour. Overly carbonated causing me to burp. Has a tangy kick to it which is uncommon for most beers. Tastes of lemon/orange and spice, and I had to edit this to add the banana in the finish. I agree. I dont know my spice notes well enough to dissect them. It has a light body to it so its very drinkable other than the carbonation. I would pick other beers before this one in the category but I wouldnt complain if this was what I had to drink.

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Photo of rlee1390
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear yellow-orange. 1 finger foam head that dissipates quickly, does not leave behind any lacing. Highly carbonated

S-Lemon, wheat and bananas

T-Mainly lemon, not real strong. Some banana at the finish but once again not a strong flavor.

M-Light, carbonated and dry

D-Too dry and carbonated to be very drinkable.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Shrek806 for sending this.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a huge creamy white head. The golden color is party, if not mostly, sunny.

Smell: The nose has a little something different - robust citrus in addition to the orange peel, along with a wide variety of spice. Coriander, ginger, and cloves are all present.

Taste: Although the secondary flavors give this a nice twist, the primary malt is a bit lacking. Some good spices though, and the lemon zest adds a nice touch. I actually get a little banana and some floral and citrus hops - maybe a bit much? - toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Crisply carbonated, light to medium body, zesty.

Drinkability: This is a little bit different than the regular beers in the style, and I liked it, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. thanks tom!

Pours a hazy straw yellow with golden hues. A fair head bubbles up, retaining well with some streaks of lacing around the glass.

Scents of pleasant wheat with clove, spice, and some fruit sweetness, although the overall presentation is pretty light.

Begins with a nice tropical fruit sweetness including banana and pineapple. Some spice flairs through with cracked black pepper and some clove. Finishes with a touch of warmth and spice.

Lighter feel with plenty of carbonation and dryness towards the finish. Pretty solid session beer from Ithaca, but not really memorable in flavor or scent.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.62/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into my Narke tulip...Pours a clear light gold, copper hint. A full white head of three fingers, over one finger hangs for awhile, good lacing...The aroma is pretty nice, lots of clove and wheat, sweet and nice, surprised...The taste is not good at all, the clove turns in banana vodka, harsh, alcoholic, astringent, not good.

This is a bad wit, don't bother.

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Photo of cpanossian
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass - pretty hazy gold color with a large foamy white head. Pleasant bitter wheat aroma with traces of spices like nutmeg or cloves. Hint of citrus/lemon.

Very dry tasting - not sweet at all - like a very dry champagne with some spice seasonings. Very thirst quenching - great season maker - perfect for an outdoor lounging.

This is not meant to be a put-down but Partly Sunny seems familiar to me - like it's from a brew kit I once purchased and made. By this I mean Partly Sunny is bringing me back to happy memories.

Pair this with some nice mild cow milk cheese.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/16/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light malts, lemon, spices and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of lemon, clove and coriander. Then bready flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is very mild but about where it should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this a decent lighter beer to drink for a while but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a two finger frothy head and little to no lacing. The aroma is of wheat and citrus with hints of clove. The taste has a nice wheat backbone with a big lemon taste, almost too much, and is balanced out by clove and a touch of banana. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light in body. The drinkability is good, the lemon taste might be a little to bitter to make a session beer.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I visited Ithica Beer Co. on a hot, sunny day as part of a beautiful tour of the gorges, town, and of course, moosewood vegetarian cuisine (wanted northstar but...not open). I had heard that Ithica Beer Co. made a mean ginger ale (a bit too heavy on the sweetness, but had a nice bite), but I knew nothing about their beer. I took a very casual tour of their thrice expanded facility, learned the basics about their Apricot Wheat (best seller w/ real apricot puree), and got to sample all the beers offered. I took a variety pack, including this partly sunny, home with me and I am finally getting to open it up tonight.

Appearence:
This wheat ale is a hazy butterscotch (yay unfiltered!) with decent carbonation, but not much of a head. It is definitely more of an orange-yellow compared to most unfiltered wheats.

Smell:
This is definitely a spicy saison. I sense a citrusy grapefruit zing, a little ethanol/plastic (?), and Belgian yeast aromas (almost a cherry lambic smell when well aerated). It is definitely different than other wheat ales I've had, but has some similar elements, such as the coriander and lemon, that make it a classic summer enjoyment.

Taste:
This beer is averagely strong with nice flavor from the yeasts and spices. I would recommend drinking this beer cold as alaska (24 hours of darkness cold) because when warmed up there is a much undesired lingering aftertaste (remember when you questioned my "plastic" description?). A good gulp will give you all the flavors of an above average summer wheat ale.

Mouthfeel:
I thought this beer felt great, aside from the poor aftertaste. Like I said before, it's well carbonated and leaves a nice trail of bubbles to follow the gulp. Its a thicker beer, as a Belgian wit bier interpretation should be.

Drinkability:
I would definitely give this beer some points in the drinkability section. It's a summer beer, so take it at face value, but don't expect something super hoppy, roasty, or malted down. I enjoyed this beer and could easily knock back a few before leaving for work in the morning or after a hard day of physical labor.

Cheers, Ithica.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with about 3 fingers white foamy head. Head retention is great, lacing as well.

S - Very citrusy, clove-like scent. Slight malt scent coming through. Smells very sweet.

T - Same citrus notes as the scent, malt is more pronounced and well balanced. Clove taste appears in the finish. I've only had one saison, and it was by Ithaca, this shares a lot of the same tastes.

M - Light to medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D - Good drinkability, its simple yet complicated at the same time. Lots of changing tastes as the beer goes on.

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Photo of Blanco
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark orange and cloudy with a nice sized head. Light carbonation. Smells like wheat and spices with a little fruitiness. Nicely balanced flavors of spices and citrus; its more sweat than tart. The flavor is very good albeit on the mild side. It has a nice tiny zing on the tongue that livens it up and goes down incredibly smooth due to its lightness and is very refreshing and perfect for summer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with some bubbles rising. No real lacing. Nice foamy white head.

Tart aromas, with some wheat and yeast. The sour is lemon-like. Ok.

Very tart up front, with sour/lemon elements. Then you get sweet wheat and yeast. Some light bitterness. The sourness is a turn off. It isn't horrible, but just -- eh.

Lighter bodied, with good carbonation.

It is ok, but real hot weather beer. The sourness is a bit of a turn off. Just odd complexity. Good to try.

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Photo of animalchin
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light orange that becomes burnt in the pint glass. Certainly a good amount of cloudiness. The head has a very loose quality that doesn't stay for very long. Minuscule amount of lacing to go along.

S - Orange and spicy aromas with some sweetness to follow. Picking up banana/clove quality that resembles a hefeweizen. Very pungent and apparent.

T - The spice provides a real robust taste that is held back by the fruitness - a very well balanced situation. As with the smell, a bitter banana quality comes through in the aftertaste, but it's a nice complement to accompany.

M - A little sharp with the carbonation - not surprised by this due to the appearance.

D - This experience with witbier is surely positive. I have always been a fan of Ithaca's approach and take on various styles, and this shines through for me. This particular brew strongly resembles a hefeweizen; not sure if that was intention. I wasn't the biggest fan of the corrosive carbonation, but it may have just been the bottle/storage. Otherwise, excellent work.

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Partly Sunny from Ithaca Beer Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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