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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
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
198
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
22.38%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
For Trade:
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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 198
Photo of mobud
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip from bottle.

A- Dark straw with a 1/2 inch white foamy head.

S- Very malty to me clove spice in to the backround.

T- Light wheat ale taste with a "guess what spice is in here" finish. Maybe I was having an off day, but I was not picking any one strong flavor in this beer. I think I will have to give it another try.

M- Alittle on the flat side.

D- I am normally I big supporter of IBC, but this beer is driving me nuts. I want to love it, but it misses me completely. I do believe that a second look is in order to be completely honest.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Ithaca Beer Co storefront. It poured a clear golden orange with a seemingly frothy head (it was a small glass). The flavor has very good depth with a spicy sweet flavor that consisted of wheat, citrus, and pale malts. It was very refreshing and could be a very good session beer for a summer afternoon.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got growler from the brewery on a road trip to Ithaca. Poured form growler into Ithaca pint glass.

Fairly thick head that dissipates perhaps too quickly, cloudy straw color. Aroma of sour citrus (Bready?)Tastes a bit sour (should it? probably not) Finishes very bland, no crisp finish as I was expecting for a wit.

This beer tastes much better with food. Had one with Thai grilled chicken for dinner, enjoyed it, except again it was missing that crisp taste.

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Photo of Celt44
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy light yellow straw. Small head and thin lacing that last throughout.

Aroma - lemon zest with slight malts up front. Faint spice towards the end. Ginger...

Taste - Citrus lemon with a malt presence. Ginger pops its head up again....

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth - no suprises here. Designed to go down easy and fast on a hot summer day..

Drinkability - A very nice Witbier. Definitely will try this again. I've had more flavorful wits, but this hits the spot...

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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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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 yourunclewalt
2.74/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very cloudy / hazy golden amber body with a thick three finger eggshell head.

S - Exceedingly yeasty, bread dough, dank (old socks, even) hops

T - Little lemon zest, dough, spicy hops

M - Silky

D - A little stranger than average summer offering. The doughy quality is strangely appealing but only after the first brew. Wouldn't be good for a hot summer day, I'll say that.

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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 kevman527
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - White foamy head 2 fingers worth, golden color or straw yello, good lacing.

S - Citrus, piney, brown sugary.

T - Brown sugar, banana, cirusy, with little to no aftertaste

M - Medium carbonation, light bodies, very smooth on the mouth.

D - Easy to drink, would recommend. A good summer wheat beer for those hot and hazy days.

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Photo of DrewOSU
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ithaca Partly Sunny

Given to me by beachbum1975, thanks man

A: Pours a sunshine yellow (imagine that), pale yellow at the top, a darker cloudy yellow at the top. ┬╝ inch bubbly white head to top it off.

S: Slightly sour, pungent citrus, wheat and slight orange.

M/T: Watery feel on the tongue, a strong metallic/citrus rush on the tongue, followed by a wheat base and a surprisingly clean aftertaste. Leaves nothing on the pallet for being such a lemony beer. The bottom kind of drops out quick and it ends up being a little dull after a few drinks. Not a whole lot going on with this beer. The flavors don't explode and they all just seem to be a general citrus. No colorful notes.

D: Very light and refreshing. Very drinkable, but a little boring after half a glass. A lot better summer beers out there.

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Photo of mstyne
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really nice spicy/fruity aroma after prying off the cap. Significant light foamy head, at least an inch or so, little to no lace. A nice amber color in my pint glass.

Lemon and spice dominate, though they are not overpowering This is a very refreshing brew, and a nice seasonal from Ithaca. I've actually had it once previously but didn't review it at the time. I enjoyed it enough to buy more, if that puts it into perspective.

Looking forward to Ithaca's Fall and Winter offerings.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
2.41/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light golden color with a slight chill haze. Carbonation seem low in y glass.
Smell: I'm not sure what this smells like, but it is not too pleasant.
Taste: This was a huge surprise. I thought I had picked up 2 six packs of Ground Break Saison, but they changed regional beer over to Partly Sunny and I didn't notice. Quite a huge step down from Ground Break. This tastes like no other beer I ever had. It's not enjoyable which is a disappointment given it's from Ithaca a great regional brewery.
Overall: Sub par, I did not realize this was a wit beer until I logged into BA.

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Photo of beerdrinker4life
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got to try this on the way back from the fest. We picked up some rarer brews from upstate NY region.

This beer was a real nice drinkable treat. The beer poured with not that much head, but it lingered nicely. The taste was real clean, with a little bit of spice in the end. Overall, I liked it a lot, but it did not have enough character to really wow me.

It seemed to be dominated by spice and a little hops. Not much malt character at all.

I think this would be a great beer to just sip when you're not thinking about it, but I also feel its just a good beer to have on your side in the summer.

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Photo of capaneus
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) i poured this into my watou's wit glass producing a golden-hued brew with a very faint amber quality. The head lacks much body, and is composed of large, soapy-looking bubbles which quickly recede to spotty lacing. i would've preferred my "partly sunny" was partly cloudy, but this was crystal-clear.

(S) i really enjoyed the aroma of this beer - very BELGIAN. the phenols mixed with wheat bread smells gave a rich spiced dough character, with less of the artificial citrus tones that plague some of this style.

(T) the taste reminds me of a spicy hefe, with a nice banana bread character. the hop character is slightly more pronounced than most wheats i've had, though skewed more towards bittering and not quite as much flavor as i'd like. that being said, the hops are pretty subtle here. the finish is mildly acidic. this is definitely working for me.

(M) the zingy carbonation paired with a somewhat more viscous mouthfeel than one would expect for the style produce a very satisfying feeling for each gulp.

(D) a perfectly adequate summer wheat, in fact, better than most overly-citric soda-like summer seasonals i've had the misfortune to encounter this year.

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Partly Sunny from Ithaca Beer Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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