Cold Front | Ithaca Beer Company

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Cold FrontCold Front

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WesWes on 09-04-2009

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rather modest head for a Belgian style beer; a reasonable number of dots linger on the tulip's side

Smell: Caramel, powdered sugar, banana and spice cake elements

Taste: Opens malt-forward, with the caramel, but an odd assortment of spices build through the middle; there is some banana and spice cake but also a cherry medicinal aspect that lingers well through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I would characterize this as Belgian-influenced rather than Belgian-style and, while I rather enjoyed the beer, I was not fond of the medicinal taste; the mouthfeel was very American and not at all in the Belgian manner

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Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mjforres
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of zaparzynski
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jwps214
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of Morockm
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma was pleasent enough and bordered on the dubbel side too.
Yeasty and malty upfront with a dry sweet sherry aroma.
The appearance is murky russet ruby brown. A medium sized head was produced and was long lasting.
Taste was pretty good. Had a sweet and sour taste but also had the sweet dark fruits one associates with a dubbel.
A good beer with som promise.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of grimey68
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Shawnspl
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of aaron72
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from a bottle into a unibroue belgian style chalice glass.

it pours a cloudy dark red, amber color with a 3/4" head. the head is tan & robust at first then fades quickly to lacing on the glass. their was a bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle that i swished to top my glass off with.

the smell is of sweet & sour fruit, smoke & very little hops. a very odd smelling brew!

the taste up front is sour fruit.... slight belgian spice... uhhh?.... i like the yeast flavor.... the alcohol is there but well hidden... ive never tasted another ale like it.... slightly smokey & the hops are not prevalent. the taste is belgian but not quite belgian. paradoxical.

the mouthfeel is slightly carbonated & smooth.

this is an original brew! the bottle says "belgian style amber ale" & i would agree. it's belgian inspired but original all on its own. as the ale warms it offers more belgian flavor notes.... i really dig this brew as it's very easy to drink. i give the ithaca brewery credit for this daring offering!!

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Photo of scoot64
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of DaveEcenrode
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Joshuwutphilly
1/5  rDev -72.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Cold Front from Ithaca Beer Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 346 ratings.
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