TEN | Ithaca Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial American Extra Special Double Red Ale

"Our Anniversary beer, TEN is brewed with too many malts to list and an excess of American hops, including several additions during fermentation.

Enjoy the russet color, aggressively hoppy aroma and flavor, rich body and fiery finish."

Added by BeerTruth on 03-06-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by goatgoat:
Photo of goatgoat
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks mikereaser for the opportunity.

Batch E!006.

Pours a clear garnet red. A huge billowy tan head takes it's time falling. Leaves a good amount of sheet-like patches of lace.
Aroma is caramel, earthy, with a flash of citrus.
Flavor is very sweet and malty. Caramel, toffee. No real bitterness or hops. There is an earthy, aged character in the mix as well. Finish is sweet, with a hint of resin, and a lingering alcoholic heat.
Medium body with low carbonation that combines for a very smooth feel. Suave.

Other reviews suggest that this batch is already 1+ year old (another reason I like 'born on' or 'best by' dates instead of batch numbers). This does it no favors, IMO. I heard a couple of folks that compared this to Nugget Nectar. I can taste how that could be true for a fresh batch.
As is, it's a decent, malt heavy slightly boozy brew.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Man was I glad to see this on the shelves around my neck of the woods before I leave for good next weekend,I really wanted to get some of this and man am I glad I did.Poured a deep hazed brown with some amber-like tinit a very tight put together two finger off white head that settled into a creamy mass after settleing very slowly leaving broken lace behind.Oh the blessed hops all thruought this beer in the aroma and flavors are just awesome whiffs of pine needles and grapefruit rind are intense there is also a big carame and chocolate nose to it as well it all just comes together nicely.First off the mouthfeel is just as lush and full as one could ever expect just smooth as hell,there is nothing flawed in my mind its perfect,flavors hit ya with a huge piney punch melding into a citric blend all along a hefty chocolatey,caramelly sweet malt base keeps pace but doesnt interfere with the great hop profile.Wow this beer was everything I wanted it to be and more,Ithaca should be commended for this one.

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Photo of generallee
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. On the label there is nice description of the beer and a batch number. (Batch # e ! 014)

Appearance: The body has a deep russet brown color with a deep hazy orange glow when held up to the light. The pour produces a one finger thick white foam head which fades to just a thin film covering. Lacing is minimal, slick and spotty.

Smell: There are loads of nice citrusy hop notes in the nose as well as a solid base of sweet malt and sweet alcohol.

Taste/Palate: It starts with a deep rich base of sweet malt. It reveals hints of caramel, dark dried fruit and dark alcohol laced cake. This make for nice mellow warmth though out. Hop flavor is also present and adds some mild citrus as well as earthy and spicy bitter notes. The palate has a big full body soft carbonation and firm smooth, almost sticky texture.

Notes: Its big 10% abv, complex maltiness and mouth feel make for a solid and enjoyable slow sipping ale.

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Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, capped with wax/foil covering. Batch "E! 009" Enjoyed in a Belgian tulip. Pours ruddy, coppery amber, tight knit head, and leaving plenty of ringed sheeting as well as fine, intricate lace. Nice looking glass of beer. Earthy, peat/smokey nose. Full flavor, heady and complex creation. Taste notes of more smoke, more earthiness, some light wood, rum raisin, oatmeal cookies and dark malty goodness. Wonderful, luxurious mouth feel, all adds up to make this a terrific and most enjoyable brewing creation. Bitter dark chocolate notes late and in the finish. Yummy stuff, well worth a try. Quality late night sipper/night capper.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark orange reddish color.Thick foamy head with lots of bubbles.

Smells hoppy and floral with a twist of citrus.

Tastes sweet up front with caramel and malt. The hoppiness balances it out with a sticky aftertaste of grapefruit and bitter hops.

Very full mouthfeel. This beer gets better as it gets closer to room temperature. The aftertaste combines the sweet caramel with bitter citrus like they were separated at birth.

As drinkable as they come. This is a very well made brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma has a lot of the malt I typically associate with red ales, as well as some toffee and grass. The flavor is similar, with a lot of red ale notes, toffee, grass and alcohol. As the beer warms I start to get some cinnamon notes, as well a some pine and resin from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in a case split from the Beer Yard with haveabrew. Cheers.

Pours a dark amber with a large head. Smell & taste reminds me of Yulesmith: sweet, boozy, and hoppy. More of an alcohol burn than Yulemsith and not as hoppy. Drinkability & mouthfeel are affected by the burn. A nice strong ale but I don't see this as highly rated as others.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep ruddy ruby brown hue with a thin large bubbled undercarbonated head, I know each one of these brews are bottle conditioned but this one is really light with the bubbles. Just a thin collar of lacing forms to the edge of my Gulden Draak chalice, even speckled lace clings to the glass with each sip.

Aroma is evidently multifaceted however deep alcohol infused ripened fruit layers arise first for me with tropical fruit thrown in with accents of grapefruit. Pretty intense burn caramelized sugar with a good amount of booziness. Other hop accents than just the intense citrus grapefruit experience would include a mint like evergreen note with an underlying earthiness.

Flavor is brash with hop bitterness and flavorful waves of pine and grapefruit pith assault the palate initially with a crushing caramel juicy malt backbone following, no doubt one of the more complex offerings I've ever had from Ithaca. I need to grab White Gold next, Bocktown is one of the few places offering bottles across the Burgh. In the finish the unwavering bitterness gives of earthy and pine tree bark notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with oily textures flowing and a moderate body overall. Rye adds complexity to both flavor and body but in this case I'm really getting alot of extra texture from it's addition. Carbonation maybe my one issue with my sample of this brew, I don't think this beer is flat but definitely light in the CO2 department. With all of those big flavors and body it needs a bit more bubbles to carry it all along.

Drinkability is pretty spot on even with those minor issues I mentioned the flavors although big and harsh at times are balanced with big malts to back up a massive amount of hops. I will continue to sample other Ithaca beers but this one so far is a highlight in their repertoire, excellent stuff.

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Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by jyounger30 - thanks!

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of loads of malts - sticky caramel mostly but with good amounts of milk chocolate aromas and lighter amounts of toasted malt aromas. Also present are slight amounts of leafy and spicy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sticky caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of milk chocolate and toasted malts. Midway through the sip a light bitterness comes on accompanied by slightly spicy and earthy hops. The hop flavors share equal billing with the malts through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a full mouthfeel is grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I have to say that I think I would have enjoyed this more about a year ago but I also have to say that this was still a very good beer that didn't exhibit the normal flavors in a hoppy beer that's been aged. Well worth a shot, no matter how old.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tall narrow chalice)

A- This beer golden-brown body that is very slightly dense but crystal clear with a sticky head of thick creamy tan on top. There is a gentle carbonation of bubbles supporting it.

S- This beer has a perfume hop aroma of big pine needles followed by a sweet toasted malt aroma to follow.

T- This sweet caramel flavor has some chocolate malt notes followed by a sweet orange quality. As the beer warms there is a faint bubblegum yeasty quality. The orange gives way to a hoppy pine finish and a nice hop bitterness that lingers with a roasted malt sweetness aswell.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz and a soft alcohol heat that increase as the beer warms.

D- This beer has a sweet rich malty flavor wit some nice big hops to compliment and balance it. Very good anniversary beer.

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Photo of Reino
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle, Paul.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful, dense dark caramel brown with some burnt orange highlights. What a gorgeous color. On top of this beauty is a 2 finger head of off white that recedes to a quarter inch creamy skim topping at a moderate pace. Some good lacing is left behind in the process.

Smell- Sweet. That one word pretty much sums it up. Sweet malts that smell of caramel and apricot type fruits. Sweet citrus is present from the hops. Underneath is a fragrance of grain alcohol and some oaty/bready malts.

Taste- Like the smell, the sweetness is definitely upfront. Malty caramel sweetness, with apricots, and some earthy red wheat after the sweetness. The finish is much more complicated due to the alcohol heat mixing with the flavors (not in a bad way). The warmer it gets, the more I can distinguish between the bitter hops, and the heat. What started as pine turned into bitter citrus rinds, orange and lemon.
I definitely should have warmed it a bit more than I did before serving. This beer get's much more character once it's nice and warm. Served cold it is nothing but sweetness followed by booze. On the other hand, warmth brings caramel, fruits, clearer hops, and even a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, with some snaps of carbonation but overall a very nice, smooth feel. The sweetness followed by the heat arouses my tongue sip by sip, and the feel of this beer delivers both very well.

Drinkability- I drank the 750ml all by my lonesome, and even though there is some clear heat, it never became too much. I think it would have been better shared, but having the bottle to myself gave me a chance to drink much more of it warm, which made a world of difference for me. I liked this beer more than the score shows, but we all know the pain of being between scores.

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Photo of pwoods
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, poured into a snifter. Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this one with me.

A: Pours a deep ruby that's nearly completely opaque. Good strong head forms and holds nicely if not a bit rocky. Nice sticky lacing throughout.

S: Definitely a nice hoppy amber. Good American hop bill, citrus, pine, resin, oils. Good amber malt bill as well. Caramel, plenty of sweetness, toasty nuts.

T/M: Nice bitterness level, assertive but not too much. Again, great American hop profile. Good depth of citrus. Transition from citrus hops to sweet malts is flawless. Big amber malts, super sweet. Malts have a fruity taste as well. A great alcohol content comes out nicely in the malts and blends perfectly, adding tons of depth and substance. Body is a bit about medium with plenty of carbonation.

D: 10%, lots of hops and malts, and plenty of alcohol presence. It's just too damn good to not be drinkable :) Very enjoyable.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany brown with ruby highlights topped by a thin layer of beige head. The head doesn't last long, but leaves behind a good lace on the walls of my glass. Big caramel and toffee aroma; also raisin, plum, and a hint of orange. There's a very faint earthy hop aroma in the background. It's tastes very malt-foward, with loads of treacle and even some molasses. The dried fruit character suggested by the scent is also found by the palate. The alcohol is a little bit warm, but very mellow and integrated with the rest of the flavours. There's just a kiss of pine and citrus in the finish, and a very mild bitterness. Most of the hop character this beer may have once shown has faded away. As it is now, this is one rich and malty beast of an ale. Full-bodied with low carbonation and a thick, syrupy mouthfeel. It's substantial, even chewy. Given the strength of this beer, I only poured a pint and put a stopper in the bottle to save the rest for later. As potent and richly flavoured as it may be, I made my way through that pint at a pretty brisk pace. Slow enough to appreciate it's charms, of course.

Bottoms up.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ithaca- Excelsior Ten

Thanks to dmeadows(Denis) for this 1!

A- Deep cloudy chunky reddish brown with a huge foamy head. Solid messy lacing!
S- Big sweet caramel malt with huge doses of fruit; cherry, grape, and lechee (rambutan).
T- Sweet and malty. Doses of caramel, sugar, and licorice come through. Good equal balance of fruits like; orange rind, grape, cherry, and melon.
M- very sweet and dry throughout with a touch of alc. in the end.

Overall- A bit sweet but tasty and enjoyable. Easliy drank the big 750ml bottle after work!
(Thanks Denis!)

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish/amber with a giant tan foamy head. The head is huge and leaves great lacing. The smell is pungent with a sweet roasted malt,alcohol,spices,and candy sugar. The taste is fullbodied with dark fruit,coffee,bitter hops,alcohol,and a strong sweet candy sugar flavor. The m/f is medium with the flavors mixing OK. A good beer,but it's real sweet,still, you can't go wrong with this or any other beer from Ithaca.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky brown brew coats my snifter with sticky off white laced head. (how dirty)

S: Bready malt, play doh, carmelized toffee, aging hops and some light EtOH.

T: This is turning in to a solid barleywine. The hop presence is muted but still plays a big role, combining with the rich malt profile. There is a certain balance that these elements strike that weakens the knees. The malt and hops tip the hat at one another when cool, but as it the beer warms past 58 degrees or so, alcohol heat lends an unpleasant heat. I'll accept some blame for the warming as I am trying to finish this bottle off on my own.

M: Rich and sticky on the tongue, biting when warm.

D: Amazing beer, I wish I had tried it fresh. Pro-tip, do not allow to over-warm.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to orcasteve for the trade.

Pours a nice deep red/orange amber brown with a nice light tan super fluffy head. Nose is very similar to an american barleywine, but the hops seem a bit fresher. Taste follows with superb malt flavor and a very nice floral hop presence. sugary. Some toffee maybe caramel like notes with good sugary stickiness. I could a mouthfeel that was a touch more viscous, but it is quite good as it is. Drinkability is good, but it is defenitely a bit hot yet. Excited to see how the other bottle does with a couple years on it. Overall a very impressive strong ale/barleywine from ithaca. Will put some age on this one and save it for a cold winter night by the wood stove at the cabin. great brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spcy Ithaca, one of their beter ones. it was an aggressive hoppy taste with a redish colour. The rye lends a sweet and spicy taste that made it dangerously drinkable. Bit of astringency from grapefruit hops.Great for style.Had over a year later and mouthfeel and smell there, even the colour. But taste past due.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - batch E!011, no bs 4

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip, full garnet body - clear tone, light off-white bubbles

smell: caramel, candied brown sugar, tropical fruit, pine, rather hoppy, grapefruit, plum

taste: this is beer is sticky, full-flavored and strong...very strongly hopped with tones of grapefruit and pine dominating, leaving a very stick resinous finish...caramel, brown sugar, dates, plum, strong waves of alcohol...quite complex and a solid beer

mouthfeel: sticky, moderate bitterness

drinkability: pretty strong

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of prototypic
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to csmiley for splitting the 750. Much appreciated.

Appearance: This one pours a brilliant looking brown color with a strong scarlet tint to it. It's very hazy. The head is absolutely huge. It's vanilla colored and stands three fingers tall easily. It's very stubborn and looks to outlast my consumption. A very thick coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: The nose is very impressive. It's very malty and sweet smelling. Smells like caramel malts for the most part. Hops shine through very strong. Very strong scent of pine just emanates from the glass. There's some citrus notes at the secondary level. It's primarily pineapple and grapefruit, but there's a touch of light orange there, as well. A faint whiff of dark fruit emerges (raisin and plum). Surprisingly, alcohol is very light. Impressive given the stature.

Taste: Wow! This is a very flavorful and deep beer! Sweet caramel malts kick it off and give it a hell of a nice backbone. Dark fruit flavors follow and are stronger than the nose suggested. It's a nice mix of raisin and plum. Citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavors are lighter here, but add a nice, heavy citrus taste. Hops are strong and add an excellent bitter kick. Clearly the x-factor that propels this beer to the next level. They're bitter and piney, but not overly so. I love that aspect of this beer. Masterfully done. Alcohol again is very faint. It's deceiving, that's for sure. Finishes sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's on the heavier side of medium. It's smooth, but carbonation is high and seems to get in the way a bit. It doesn't quite reach that "lush" level, but it's good for what it is. Drinkability is really high. It's so flavorful and doesn't present itself as such a big beer at all. I'm splitting this 750, but could've easily won the war alone. Be careful with this one.

Ithaca Ten is one hell of a fine beer. I'm super impressed. It's hard to find fault here. There are no glaring flaws. Simply superb. Happy 10th guys...and thanks for the fine beer. Thanks, Chris. This was awesome.

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Photo of mikey711
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to try this one

A: Murky reddish brown with a soap off white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S: Strong hoppy aroma that I can smell almost across the room with a background of caramel sweetness.

T: Bitter pine notes and a bit soapy tasting. Not as complex as I was hoping. Some butter and bready notes as well

M: Full bodied but I just couldnt get past the intense pininess

D: I wish I had somebody to split this bottle with

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Jw347, cheers Jonathan!

Batch E!006 Pours caramel/orange with 3 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Fruitty as all get out, & leafy hops

T: Fruitty, leafy hops, orange rinds, & earthy hops & a bit of pine up front. Dryness, a bit of booze, plums, marmalade, with more leafy & piney hops, as this warms. Finishes with oaky dryness, leafy hops in proliferate amounts, earthy hops are pretty evident as well; almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy, sticky, with minimal carbonation; some boozey burn detracts a bit

The complexity & booze warmth, slows me down, pretty good ASA, not really reaching me as far as an elite beer, but I can see why others are in love with this offering

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of beveritt
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a wine bottle into red wine glasses. Label is very no frills, but full of good information. Thanks go out to my non-beer geek friend Carla, who recognized something interesting a recent trip and gave me a phone call.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of light tan head. This settles slowly to a thin, incomplete coating of foam, leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is medium brown with distinctive orange and red tones. Decent amount of sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Slightly sweet caramel malt with hints of apricot. Medium strength hops in the finish.

Taste: Slightly sweet caramel malt upfront with hints of butterscotch diacetyl. Finishes with a medium hop bitterness. Alcohol is hidden very well, slight warming effect.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation. Body is good.

Drinkability: A nice middle of the road strong ale. Not over the top with respect to ABV or hop profile. I have another bottle that I think I may drink sooner rather than later.

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TEN from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 238 ratings