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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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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Photo of almychristopher
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer starting from it's impressive packaging, to it's impressive creamy head that lingers on this beer has a beautiful presentation. The red tones in the hop haze create a beautiful sunset of roasted malt color when backlit and a nice amber wehn it's on the table, which isn't often.

The aroma is absolutely lovely, from the citrus to the floral qualities of the hops, and from the roasted malt, to the sweetness it lends the nose, it truly is exceptional.

The taste doesn't disappoint, the hops come in strong with a great counterpoint of some characteristic of the yeast creating a great fruity taste, combined with the malts and the heat of the alcohol, it's great.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a good bit of carbonation to balance it out.

I have to give it to them this is one of my favorite big beers.

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4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy ruby red color with a nice cream head.

S: Delicious weed. I can't describe it any better than that. Slight sweetness but all weed. Probably illegal.

T: Great hoppiness with nice malt sweetness. A heavy sweetness lingers. There is a touch of weed in the taste also. Very balanced.

M: Deliciously think and creamy. Perfect.

D: Outstanding. Top notch.

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Photo of JAramini
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I only tend to review beers that blow me away, and this has certainly done that.

This beer pours a very very deep red, almost brown with a tall pillowy head that doesn't go anywhere.

This beer is delicious. The hops are certainly there, and never let you forget about them, but they are balanced by tremendous malty goodness. The abundance of sweet caramel flavor makes you fall in love with this beer, but the kick of hop in the finish makes sure you don't move too fast.

The mouthfeel is extraordinary. I tend to seek out creamy beers and this is perhaps the creamiest beer I've ever had. It's rich and full-bodied and smooth.

The slight knock in drinkability is because it is a 10% beer. You'd never guess the alcohol content from the smell or taste of this one as it is completely hidden. You'll wish it was a session beer, but unfortunately you can only drink a bit of this before it catches up with you.

Unlike some reviewers, I didn't find the hops all that aggressive. They're unmistakably there, but the star of this show is the rich maltiness with the hops adding a level of rich complexity that few beers can achieve.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This pours from red foiled and capped 750ml bottle(batch E!006) a clear reddish amber with a 2 finger and growing head of billowy foam. Holding my glass up to the light, I can see that it's slightly hazy. Ha! This certainly is a looker in my glass and the head looks like it's not going anywhere soon.

The smell is a malt lover's delight! Loads of caramel malt hit my nosebuds right off the bat but there's also a fruitiness in the nose along with some toffee.

The taste starts off with big notes of sweet malt but then I get roasted malt, some bread, tofee, some fruit(mostly cherry when I swish it in my mouth), the complexity just never seems to stop! And....where *is* the 10abv?? You gotta be kidding me! Ok, by the end of the session, I guess that's where I'll notice it but dang, no sign of it in the taste and no sign of it after the swallow. Amazing.

Update on the appearance: Ring after ring of lacing after every sip and the head is still a solid 1". Also, it goes cloudy after the second pour.(I use mini pours to refill my glass)

I want to say that this is full bodied because of how silky smooth it is so, I'll say it, it's full bodied with a nice lightish amount of carbonation.

I haven't mentioned any hop presence thus far but it *is* there...some nice notes of grapefruit that kick in some bitterness in between the luscious layers of malty goodness.
Wow. Is this a fine American Strong Ale or what?!

Ok, bottom line time. I'm really having a hard time finding *any* faults with this beer. In fact, I'm going to ask nutbrown if he can get/save me another bottle. Ithaca has proven to me, time after time, that they have some real masters of the brewing art in their fold and this one literally is off the charts. So *damn* highly recommended! 'nuff said.

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4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The little bit of leakage from shipping doesn't seem to be a problem as I easily get three fingers of doughy beige head that leaves thick lace as it slowly fades. Body is a beautiful deep murky brown with hints of burgundy when held to light. You really start to pick up the nose on this one even before you bring it close. Fragrant rich sweet dark fruits such as plum skin, ripe cherries, and even zesty baked citrus are accompanied by soft spices and even a slight sappy hop profile. The dark fruits are easy to pick up especially raisin and plum up front. Malts range from toasty and caramelized to rich fruit and candied sugars. Hops are there for such nice balance with some sappy notes and some citrus marmalade. Mouthfeel is dynamic and expressive leaving you wanting another sip. I could drink this one all night and often.

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4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mp bottle split Batch E!006 10% ABV

A: Simply epic head on this beer. Looks like blow off from a fermenter. The lacing doesn't stain the glass it etches it.
Slightly hazy deep ruby color.

S: Strong hop scent. Grapefruit. Some other assorted citrus in there as well. Smells almost like Pliny which I had a few weeks ago.

T: Sweet zombie jesus this is good. Creamy is part of the taste. Tons of sweet malt. Tons of hops. This is insane. Both the malt and hops are so overpowering yet it is good and neither really takes over. Citrus and some hints of cherries as well.The bitterness catches up in the finish but it is enjoyable.

M: One of the creamiest beers I have ever had. Simply incredible.

D: In heaven Ten is on tap. No hint of the ABV at all. Just a wonderful beer. I was thinking about this all day at work and it lived up. Congrats to Ithaca on ten years and here is to ten more.

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4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I received this beautiful Batch 006 bottle from beertruth earlier last month and had been waiting to give this one a try. The monstrous looking 750ml bottle was just begging to be opened when I got home, so you know what had to be done. I popped this one open and served it at a bit lower then cellar temp and poured it into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Absolutely perfect. This was a tremendously good looking beer. A rich ruby tinted amber toned was presented to me with a good amount of clarity to it. A more then decent looking three inch high head f off white colored lace then rose up from this and lasted for what seemed like an eternity, only really coming down after a good five minutes and even then it was still a good inch and a half in height. Lots of side glass lace with this one, it really thickened up quite a bit and had an awesome presentation to it. One of the biggest looking beers I have seen in a while.

Smell - The aroma was a hop lovers dream. Tons of rich citrus and floral hops just ripping through the air when I took my first sips of this one, it was tremendously complex as it warmed though. Wonderful mixture of malts coming through with it as it hits the sweet spot temp wise, however it is still driven primarily by the hops here. Huge pine notes, but nice and sweet at the same time, really pushing this through. This was a really great smelling beer.

Taste - The flavor followed suit almost identically, starting out with a massive hop assault and a touch of hot alcohol in the back. A decent malt base was underneath but you had to really look for it. There were large amounts of floral hops, grapefruit, orange, and hints of pine that were really coming through very nicely. Lots of bitter, dry flavors in the finish as well, really making you goes back in for another sip. The alcohol was there but it was very well masked.

Mouthfeel - Very rich and creamy, I was shocked by how full the body was on this one. It was done very nicely with a huge rich palate and great carbonation that lasted throughout the entire session. Almost a sticky like feel from the hop resin as well, very nicely done.

Drinkability - For 10%ABV, this was remarkably drinkable. The bottle caught up with me in the end, but admittedly it took a while to do so. Really very well masked and something that I enjoyed sipping on for a good long while. I would have loved to have had this forever.

Overall this was one of the best beers I have had. It was more of a double IPA then a strong ale, as it was indeed very hoppy; however it was excellent in every regard if you are able to get a hold of this one, and I would go out of my way to get it. It is definitely worth it.

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4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

well my girlfriend is smashed. my good friends wife just kissed me. im not so sure how im doing right now. sooo onto reviewing.

pours a deep ruby. with a one finger white head. good times on the pour. solid lacing.

smell is rich and malty. sweet. "caralmelitious" as edwin says. this is a super complex smell. i am stoked about drinking this

taste follows suite with the smell. Malt bomb. great malt sweetness. bready, grainy sweet with a nice guest spot by the hops.

mouth is creamy. delicious.

this is a great beer. i enjoy it very much. now back to the best new years ever.


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Photo of BgThang
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LUM for this awesome Extra!

I am still looking for some more of this if anyone is wanting to do a trade!

This pours a deep brownish red color. The nose is great on this as well. The mouth I got was toffee, caramel, hoppiness.

The nose was hop and spices that blended well.

I will be searching this one out again.

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Photo of Avryle
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This only gets better as it warms...

A- Dark, hazy garnet-brown in color. Pours with an amazing creamy tan head that leaves lacing during the entire session

S- Grapefruity citrus hop-bomb, Pliny the Younger-esque. This is nice!

T- Wickedly creamy. As it warms, the sweet malts become more pervasive ending with a strong hop bitterness

M- Mad creamy. The mouthfeel is something sublime. Full-bodied with an ideal amount of carbonation

D- I'd love to open another bottle. :(

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4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle picked up in Buffalo, E006!

Pours a slightly hazed reddish orange, like a sunset, massively thick off white head forms, super retention, thick layer, great lacing, looks real nice. Smell is nice and malty, thick toffee, some sweet malt, light pine, citrus/grapefruit and orange, brown sugar, real thick malts, lots of fruitiness, strawberry and cherry, awesome. Taste is real nice, pineapple, toffee, real thick grainy malt, brown sugar, floral, light chocolate maltiness, grapefruit and pineapple in the finish, strong bitterness, real balanced. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, very thick on the tongue, malty goodness, awesome! Alcohol is about as hidden as it gets, perfect mouthfeel, could drink this all day.

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4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle. batch E!006. sampled july 30/08.

pours deep red, crystal clear, with a huge fluffy tan head. i also tried this on tap a couple days ago, and the only noticeable difference in appearance was a bit of haze. the head drops very slowly and leaves tons of lace the whole way down the glass.

aroma is great. bit of pine and grapefruit. tons of malt. bit of caramel and slightly burnt brown sugar. whole wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. bit of orange and tangerine. maybe some rye too?

taste is great. medium high bitterness level. bit of alcohol, but certainly doesn't seem like 10%. multi-grain bread, lightly toasted. biscuit. cracker. i get a bit of a caraway/rye thing too. light pine. grapefruit. caramel. bit of toffee. touch of tangerine and orange. bit of dark fruit too.

mouthfeel is great. medium well integrated super smooth carbonation. medium-large body.

drinkability is great. this balance is great, with the alcohol hidden very well. i had a glass of this a couple days ago at coles and loved it so much that i immediately went back for another. i definitely need to pick up a few more bottles of this one, as it is truly great stuff.

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4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy dark orange amber color with a big stiff off white head that fades slowly. A good amount of Belgian lacing in it's wake, some 3D. The smell from under the cap was aggressive and grapefruit hoppy over an amazing citrus & berry fruit sweetness. As it warms you get a more defined cherry character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and primarily creamy. Hoppy up front, yet well balanced with a substantial fruit and malt sweetness. Silky smooth with gobs of prickly grapefruit bites. Full flavored, this Imperial American Extra Strong and Special Double Red Ale tastes like a cherry grapefruit bonanza. Way too easy to drink, the 10% ABV is well integrated and gently warming. Hats off to the Chief and Crew at Ithaca for this unique celebration of their TENTH! May you enjoy many happy returns. Appreciate the opportunity to share the celebration of this milestone anniversary! Highly recommended. Cheers!

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4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 009

A huger majestic head that stays for days and leaves thick clumps on the glass and a good covering. Light carbonation is visible through the lightly cloudy, reddish copper brew.

Smell is a ginormous malt core that is so deep and sweet that I am salivating at a profuse level. Caramel, toffee. sweet dark dinner rolls and a good helping of honey. Big citrus hops with a touch of sweet pine. Layer after layer of sophisticated malt and hop blending.Complex fruitiness with cherry being the feature.

Taste is a wonderfully developed extension of the nose. Huge malt core delivers a thick and chewy bread and caramel biscuit up front. It folds into a honeyed hoppiness that is aggressive while still leaving the malt up front. The grapefruit is big and
almost puckering but not quite. There is an herbal and earthy quality that mellows the bittering and pulls it back into the malt. Cherries and a touch of vnaliia. The astringent dryness that flows from a hop oil presence coats the mouth and cleans the finish up. A light touch of alcohol ester shows up and quickly hides in a mint like sensation. Feel is perfectly carbonated to break up the full, thick, quality that stops just short of heavy syrup. This still feels supple. There is a velvety smoothness in the way it wraps around the tongue. Almost like a 15 year old single malt.

Drinkability is oh so good. You just keep going for more and more as the abv seems like a lie. Only the weight of it keeps you from losing touch with reality.

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4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, Carapils, crystal, and bisquit malts along with a wonderful hop nose. This is going to be one hoppy brew. The taste is awesome. It has a silky smooth malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with some light warming. The hops are tremendous! It is one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had. It's a bitter bomb from start to finish. The malts do provide excellent balance. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. What a way to celebrate ten years of brewing. This may be their best beer yet. Happy Anniversary!!!

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4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for snagging me a bottle of this. My 300th review which seemed like an appropriate time to bust this out. I think I may need to get some more. Release E!006.

Pours a slightly hazy deep garnet red, like a dark red brick color, with a massive, creamy khaki colored head. Head retention is outstanding and it leaves a mess all over the glass.

Smell is a nice balance of sweet malt and fruity hops. There is a pretty good dose of grapefruity hops, but there is also substantial caramel malt sweetness. If anything I'd like even a bit more fruity hops in the nose.

First to hit the palate is a blast of sweet, caramel malt. Then comes a load of grapefruit hop flavor, and a moderate level of bitterness. Some pine resins go along with the hop bitterness, which is balanced beautifully by all that sweet caramel and biscuity malt. This is really supremely balanced. There is just a hint of alcohol to remind you this is 10%. Here again, I think this could even stand some more hops, but it's delicious as is.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and smooth, full bodied and a bit chewy even. Awesome.

This is an incredible brew. As mentioned previously I think it could even stand some morel hop additions, as the flavors are so good that it's nowhere close to being a hop bomb. But I'm guessing that as is it will appeal to a wider audience that includes IPA lovers as well as those who aren't hopheads. Excellent work Ithaca. Keep it up.

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4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a huge pillowy head that does not want to fade away. The lacing sticks to the glass like lint in a fat mans belly button. I still cant believe how good the retention and lacing is. A light haziness and an orangish red color. This is one hell of a looker.

Smells of citusy/piny hops, grapefruit, sweet caramel malts and more hops!

The taste has a great mix of sweet maltiness and hop bitterness. The hops end up on top with lots of pine, citrus and tropical fruits on the palate. The abv is warming but never does anything more than whisper.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this brew.

Red Foil/Cap
Batch: E!009

Poured into my chalice a cloudy brown color, very nice carbonation, huge two-finger plus creamy tan head, which leaves tons of nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind, with some nice small islands. The nose is malty, nice notes of hops, with some figs, raisins, oak. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, with some dark fruits/oak. Medium body. The alcohol is a little up front, but nice. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty BWSA, highly recommended.

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4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously provided by biegaman. Thanks!
Batch# E006. Giant, fluffy beige cap off the pour. The foam settled very slowly leaving behind a lot of lace, both streaky and clumpy. The beer itself was a clear coppery amber with perhaps a bit of a reddish hue. Great head retention. Powerful hop aroma, lots of pine and grapefruit pith, a bit catty and powdery, orange zest, but this gave way to a rich maltiness. Plenty of brown sugar, light caramel and toffee, bread, wheat crackers, faint alcohol, and a hint of strawberry as it warmed. Solid bitterness held things together, but it was the interplay between citrus hop flavours, sweet malts, and a bit of booze that really made this beer shine. Caramel and toffee melded nicely with some burnt sugar, crackers and whole wheat bread crust. There was less grapefruit and more orange/tropical/ripe fruit flavour compared to the aroma. Alcohol was present throughout. It finished with a bit of oily hop bitterness that cut through the others flavours, while the alcohol left a pleasant warmth on the palate. Full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. This beer is dangerous. Even with the obvious alcohol, the balance makes it easy to drink - probably faster than is wise. Very well done.

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4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours cloudy and reddish copper with a thick off-white head. Leaves considerable lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of rich malt character. A background of citrusy resiny hops, but that's covered up by the malt. Very little alcohol in the nose.

T - Wow! Starts off with malt sweetness. Caramel, plums, and a hint of cherry in the flavor. Then it gives way to a nice citrusy hop punch, and finishes off with a whallop of spiciness. Good complexity and great balance in this one.

M - Rich and full bodied. Relatively low carbonation.

D - Exceptionally drinkable! It's listed as 10% ABV, but it tastes like 6-7%. The balance is also exceptional, and the interesting spicy kick at the finish is wonderful. Definitely an exceptional and unique beer.

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