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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HappyHourHero on 08-25-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
15.12%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy light straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was very good lacing and retention.

The smell featured elements of orange and lemon zest with a strong coriander and clove spice. Undertones of yeast and wheat malt as well.

The taste was upfront zesty citrus with a strong clove, coriander and grain of paradise spice. Chewy yeast and wheat flavors present toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was light yet rather chewy.

Overall an excellent wit and a great summer beer (although I sampled while watching the Fiesta Bowl). Very flavorful and highly quaffable. Another excellent upstate New York summer brew.

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Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of spinrsx
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is not much lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some herbal grassy notes and a floral/perfume flavour. It ends with a floral lingering aftertaste.

Overall - Good not great. The astringent floral notes get tiresome after a while. Well worth trying but not something I'd buy a whole lot of. A decent summer refresher.

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Photo of petermethot
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A pale tangerine color is moderately hazy, with a strong waverly mist of micro-bubbles rising within. The capping is strong, 2 fingers, sea-shell white in color, with a frumpy, stryofoam like texture. The lacing is equally strong sticking well to the glass leaving a chunky, bready ring band about.

S: Pale oranges, wheat and a pretty good musky nature. Fairly simple, could use some sharpness as well coriander to spice things up.

T: sharp nature, pale oranges and wheat. No frills flavor that lacked a good spiciness (again coriander and a lemony touch would have been nice). Musky hops, some bitterness come on the close. Dry wheat base, mundane flavor and spicing.

M: Upfront crispness, very tight and well suited per style, but quickly turns to a washy feel after a few seconds. Bubbly, washy that loses credibility on the hold.

O: Besides a good visual nature the beer lacks in comparison to staple styles like hoegaarden. Lacks a good spicy nature, bite, with a fairly sloppy wheat base that comes off as ordinary as the spicing. Partly sunny is partly dull and overcast.

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Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal head, clear, amber in color

Smell: orange, cinnamon, clove, and wheat

Taste: orange, lemon, light coriander, clove, and wheat

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This is an ok witbier that has a touch too much spicing. Fairly undistinguishable, I will pass on this in the future.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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 cbutova
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Partly cloudy light orange beer poured into a pint glass. Foamy white head forms to a nice three finger size but it only lasts for a minute or so. Tiny bubbly ring around the edges with a few clouds in the middle. Head disappears completely leaving no lace and a strange looking beverage.

S- Wheat/grain bomb, too much so it seems to dominate every whiff I get. I also get some lemon/citrus zest and just tiny yeast spice behind that.

T- Again, each sip brings with it a hefty dose of wheat bread crust. The citrus peel, floral, spicy, clove and yeast comes through more than the aroma. I get some sort of cardboard/corn hint as well, hard to describe (just super wheaty?).

MF- Light body with a somewhat watery feel. The carbonation is lower than I expected and seems off for the style. Slight bitterness.

Doesn't really do it for me in any way. The spices don't bring much flavor. The Witbier aspect of this is just not there. I just get a big flavor of wheat crust and some corn/cardboard thing going on when it comes down to it.

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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 trxxpaxxs
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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 THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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 twiggamortis420
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic. Pours very hazed and has a massive, topographous white head. Awesome retention. This is an almost perfect looking wit.

Coriander is definitely there in the nose, as is a hefty wheat tang. Has a spritzy lemon character that is a bit different and gives it almost a sour-ish aroma. Interesting.

The lemony aspect is definitely big in the flavor as well and makes this one almost an american wheat/witbier hybrid flavor. The coriander is not very strong and the beer lacks the traditional 'soft' feel to it that most of the classic wits have. Still though, not bad and is fairly enjoyable to drink. As a proclaimed wit fiend, this was fun to try and has some unique characteristics, but ones enough for now.

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Gmann
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light brown color with a whitish haze. The pure white head dissipates quickly into a light cap. The aroma is heavy on coriander, perhaps grains of paradise as it smells very similar to Sam's Summer. The taste is of a tart lemon citrus and plenty of coriander. The heavy spice is cut by the wheat malt with balances out the flavor and saves the beer. The brew doesn't seem to use a Belgian yeast strain so not sure this is really a wit, just an american wheat with a bunch of coriander. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, finishes tart and dry. An ok summer brew. Not a big fan of coriander but this is drinkable since the wheat malt helps balance it out. Not something I would seek out again.

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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 DmanGTR
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Drknight
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 08/08/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a nice white head. Aroma of light fruits (some tropical fruits and citrus/lemon), only faint spices. Flavor is light and fruity, some wheat. I like this a lot; light, crisp fruit with a decent malt backbone. Why does this get such poor ratings? Very enjoyable for me.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Murky yellow/brown color with a very short-lived white head and quite a few floaties.
To me it smells like a blend of citrus cleaner and that Witch-hazel stuff they have in every old school barber shop.
The taste is on the sour/bitter side with wheat flavor.
Medium bodied with a fizzy feel.
I would drink one if offered for free but I wouldn't order/buy one.

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