TEN | Ithaca Beer Company

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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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Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this 750 mL bottle. Batch E!006...

Appears a hazy orange with a small white head that quickly fades into a small cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of intense grapefruit, citrus, melon, caramel, pine, and flowers.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas that scream of intense hop blends in a nice way. A malted cereal flavor stands up to the bitter flavors.
Mouthfeel is of chewy hops, caramel, thick, bitter but very balanced.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from my good buddy, Frank, in Ithaca.

Pours an auburn/brownish color with medium carbonation and a good, light-tan head. Good lacing and retention.

Aroma is a really nice hoppy, citrus, pine, peppery alcohol and caramel malt mix. Really keeps smelling great through the whole drinking experience.

Taste is similar, though with a lot more malt and breadiness, and the hop character seems more earthy and spicy. A bit of alcohol heat, but pretty well restrained and actually is pleasing.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick with nicely medium carbonation. Light at the finish with plenty of hop bitterness to keep it dry and leave you wanting more.

Overall a really nice beer. Really good all around and certainly my favorite of the Excelsior series so far. Went nicely with the Iberico cheese I was eating.

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

Batch E!006. This beer pours a slightly cloudy red, with a little orange, and a nice creamy tan head. The nose is very nice, mostly piney very oily, a little grapefruit, and a caramel note from the malts. The taste is real impressive, very malty and very hoppy. The malts really hold up the big hops, caramel, almost smoky, almost everything is in this beer and it all goes together. At first I get a caramel malt, then a slight alcohol burn, then a bitter woody/piney flavor, then some citrus sweetness, and it finishes off with a biscuit malt flavor. The mouthfeel is super creamy, and it lets all the flavors come through by sitting around after a sip. The beer has the characteristic of other great beers where all the flavors are distinct and not blended and stepping on each other. Very good, it is a must try.

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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 zdk9
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark butterscotch color with lots of haze. A finger of dense white head leads to strong sheets of lacing.

S- Piney, some alcoholic smell. Not a strong smell to match the strength of the taste.

T- Sweet, and syrupy. Te hops are bitter with lots of pine and evergreen. Some roasted maltiness. This is a delcious and complex taste that I love.

M- Syrupy, and a long lingering bitterness.

O- A delcioius tasting beer, one that could be much stronger on the nose, but still and excellent anniversary beer.

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Photo of Deuane
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cask of 10 for the 2008 Spring Zeno's cask fest.

A-Deep ruby-brown with a fluffy light tan head.

S-Strong grapefruit hops and a TON of caramel malty sweetness.

T-A tons of sweet malt followed up by a generous hop blast. This brew gets better to me with warming as the hops become more assertive. Initial sips were simply too sweet for my palate.

M-Medium body with a very pleasant creamy texture. Very "round" feeling.

D-No idea that this was 10% ABV. Once it warmed a bit the brew became much more pleasant to me. This is like a double Cascazilla, good job IBC...here to 10 more years of continued success!

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find myself curious about any of the new big brews from Ithaca. I only have beertruth to thank for enabling this addiction. Holy heck, did someone make a pliny with marris otter? This is a hop lovers brew with a beautiful auburn color to boot! IF you haven't had a pliny think tons of piney citrusy resiny hops on a bed of complimentary malts. Color it darker and enhance the malty caramel note and you're there.

I still hold to a shred of me not being a hop head but this was great. The only ding I have is a mental note (hey, no laughing) regarding the ingredients list. This is one of those beers that is more than the sum of it's parts. It could probably be simpler from a recipe perspective but why mess with a good thing. thankfully this is not one of those tons of ingredients brews that does not come together properly.

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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 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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Photo of aerozeppl
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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Photo of jjayjaye
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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Photo of WesWes
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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Photo of BeerTruth
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Imperial American Extra Strong and 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 firey finish."

I first had a taste of this at the 2008 EBF in February and loved it. To put it simply, it's Cascazilla on steroids, hell yeah! Chief told me at the fest that it would be coming out very soon in bottles, so I made my trip down once I heard of the release to pick up a case. TEN is the second installment of the 2008 Excelsior! beers. So here we go!

750 mL bottle poured into my Excelsior! tulip glass, how appropriate.

Pours a semi-foggy dark ruby with a full two finger light khaki colored head. Stickiness is all over the place grabbing a hold of the glass and showing no signs of letting go. The creamy head remains throughout, what a great looking brew. Smell is a wonderful bouquet of fresh citrus hops and slick evergreen. Lots of caramel malt with a slight metallic aroma in the nose. A good amount of dirty earthy hops throughout as well. Taste begins with a zesty hop bite quickly followed by smooth malty balance. Gritty hops from start to finish coat the mouth with an almost wood like flavor. Hops and malt duke it out on the tongue which creates a wonderfully balanced brew. Body is medium to full with a flowing caronation. A mostly smooth mouthfeel with the occasional hop sting. The 10% abv is very well hidden. Most beers with that high of an alcohol content are sippers, but I found myself taking some pretty big swigs with this one. TEN kicks some major ass, get your hands on this beauty for sure. I'm not sure what some age would do to this, but I'll defintely give it a shot.

Cheers to Ten Years Ithaca Beer Co.! Keep up the good work, I can't wait for what the future holds.

p.s. - they have this available for growler fills at the brewery ;)

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