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Cold Front | Ithaca Beer Company

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346 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WesWes on 09-04-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,423
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
346
pDev:
15.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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8
Gots:
19
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Ratings: 346 |  Reviews: 147
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Ithaca snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger fine, light tan head that recedes as quickly as I can measure it into a thin wisp floating atop the brew. Beer is a unique near opaque dark purple-brown. Lacing sits where the head used to be with a waterfall effect to the level of the beer. Pretty beer.

S: Big pleasing Belgian yeastiness upfront with a mix of various ripe dark fruits and cocoa nibs.

T: Again, Belgian yeastiness is present upfront with an ample mix of over-ripe prunes. This blends neatly into an aggressive cocoa flavor that makes this beer a bit too abrasive and powdery. Hurts my throat when I swallow. Finish is a ripe fruit sourness mixed with a slight bitterness from the cocoa. Finish is oily, thick, and smoky, but thankfully, dissipates quickly.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated, and extremely coarse. I feel like I'm drinking undissolved cocoa powder at times and its hard to keep down. Watery in the mouth with a finish that just keeps getting thicker. This one is saliva inducing.

D: I won't be having this again. As it warms, this beer becomes more and more aggressive and harder and harder to keep down. Belgian side is nice and complex and I appreciate that. However, the cocoa side has me fighting to finish this one. I won't be revisiting this one again.

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3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/4/09

A - pours a dark chestnut almost black with a little bit of foam

S - malty, with hints of spices, brown sugar, nothing too overpowering

T - maltiness throughout the mouth, some spices, slight belgian pepperness, some brown sugar sweetness

M - nice peppery mouthfeel, good carbonation

D - not bad though i don't know if i'd seek out another

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3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A seductive mahogany with red highlights, this one is crystal clear with a big foamy head. The snifter glass becomes coated with a web of fine off-white lacing.

Im not sure this is too style, as the aroma is grainy and similar to a recently dowsed campfire. There is some horse blanket and peat bog, but band-aids and rubbing alcohol are far more evident.

Cold Front is acidic with light bitterness. There is pepper and black tea here, and a long finish.

The snifter glass is challenged by the lively carbonation of this medium body dry beer with no alcohol presence. It does leave a sticky residue on the lips.

This beer lacks any real distinction, and with some unpleasant attributes leave me disappointed, but with a strong stew, it would probably work.

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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Boring Belgian, had at Clark's Ale House in Syracuse. Very yeasty, medicinal. Dark colour. Mouthfeel above average, but still unsatisfying. Not too sweet other than the yeast, not getting much spices, though licorice and chocolate malt.Coca-cola like.

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3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown color with a smallish off white head that displays moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of brown bread, dark sugars, licorice, and spicy Belgian yeast esters. Taste is sweet with brown sugar and caramel mixed with some dark dried fruits and anise. The yeasty phenols are strong with this one and for me a bit overpowering. I can tell if I'm picking up some spices in this or if its the earthiness of the hops deep in the background. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a thick sweet sugary mouthfeel. I tried but this one is just not for me.

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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Impressive four-finger head that dissipates slowly leaving chunky bits of lace on the glass. The color is dark amber/light brown with a mild chill haze thrown in.

Strong yeast aroma--quite biting although not quite "Belgian". Earthy malt nose as well.

Slightly sour with biting bitterness that comes from nondescript hops. The alcohol is notable and warming. The yeast shows up on the tongue. Dark malts are present but not strong. Body is thin as is the carbonation level.

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Cold Front from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 346 ratings
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