Cold Front | Ithaca Beer Company

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Cold FrontCold Front

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 346 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently picked up a 6'er of this at Big Z's in Huntington, NY after a "Taste of NY" beer tasting event that they hosted. I tried 2 others from Ithaca and at least 2 from each of several other breweries from NY and this was one of my favs (hence leaving with the 6'er).

Poured from 12oz bottle into an Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a deep dark ruby brown with hints of amber on the sides when held to the light. Very thin yeasty head.

S - Sweet candy followed by citrus and malty fruitpunch. Great smelling beer.

T - Cherry, grape, sugar, citrus, orange and some alcohol spices. Really complex Saison. Much darker and rich in flavor than some others I've tried. The alcohol is definitely there, but the blend is pretty even and smooth.

M - Crisp and evenly blended. LOTS of carbonation, but it goes well with this beer. One of my favorite seasonals I've tried this year.

D - At the tasting, after trying everything I found myself going back and forth between this one and the capt lawrence liquid gold. Cold Front is an extremely drinkable brew and I think this one would be accessible to a wide variety of palettes.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of claspada
2.04/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Aromas are all Belgian; dark fruits, mostly prune, and a mild spice notes. Some light hops but this is mainly caramely/candy sugars, not bad but there's something missing.

The taste is hard to swallow, literally... Some malty dark fruits but the yeast flavor is extremely overpowering and the banana/cloviness is so prolific and one-dimensional it makes the mouthfell suffer as well. I do not think the "dark farmhouse" worked out as well as the brewer hoped, really hit or miss so far for me on the Ithaca collection.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear light amber with a two finger head.

S-Some dark fruits and raisins, some yeast as well. Slight, slight hops.

T-Similar to the nose, with sweet dark fruits as the main attraction. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M-Creamy, rather carbonated and medium bodied.

O-Another solid beer from Ithaca, an interesting choice for a winter seasonal but good nonetheless.

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Photo of deonreds
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from Ithaca Beer Co. Thanks to jwc215. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Pours dark brown and appears black in the glass. A large tan head forms and lasts a long time. Rich aroma of sugar, dark fruit, and yeast. Smells sweet. I am not so impressed with the flavor. The yeast dominates the flavor with a dry breadiness. All the fruity flavors are lost. Just a hint of spice in the finish. The yeast hurts the body as well. Has a chalky, clingy feel. Otherwise it is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It would not take much to make this beer a lot better. Maybe I got a bottle that the yeast went crazy.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, hilliards can-pint

I didn't realize what style this was when I poured it, or I may have considered an alternate serving vessel. Regardless, this was a nice little winter seasonal - big belgian yeast profile, brwon sugar, banana, fruity esters, quite sweet. Not a game-changer, but quite drinkable and a nice change of pace for me on this given day

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of trevorpost
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark mahogany brown color with a solid light tannish colored head and lots of lacing. The aroma brings a chocolaty clove banana malt medley with a vague swampy seaweed element. Really unique and very nice. The flavor offers charcoal/smoked malt over clovey yeast, orange peel hop and burnt coffee. Very different and tasty. This stuff is medium bodied with a bit of a glassy smooth feel but a tingly carbonation. Not bad at all, recommended.

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a tight off-white colored head that dissipated into a solid ring. The aroma is sweet, some banana and clove, not much else. Though one dimensional, I enjoy the aroma so the rating is higher. The taste is similar with the banana and clove; perhaps some barnhouse and brown sugar. Despite the dark color I do not pick up any roasted flavors, no malt sweetness but no roasty/toasty either. The flavor profile is interesting; nice clove and banana, a bit of barnhouse leads to a Belgian style but not far off from a German weisse style. I like the brew just cannot figure out what it is or resembles. The feel is light to moderate with soft carbonation; finishes sweet and spicy. I enjoyed this brew though I cannot figure out what it is. All I know is I like the flavor.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pony Bar, NYC. Poured into standard pint. Raison brown amber color. Strong belgian aroma...sweet and malty.
Belgian yeast dominates, with hints of toasty fruit and vanilla. Very nice winter style from Ithaca Beer Company...and overall a nice brew.

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Photo of CHickman
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a 1/4 inch foamy tan head; smells of malt, yeast, spices, coriander, cinnamon and dark fruit.

Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, spices, coriander, cinnamon, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, faint hops and then comes a roasted malt finish. Nice balance with light carbonation and sweet malty start then a roasted finish on the dry side.

Pretty good beer that is a good US representation of a Belgian style ale, which actually leans towards a US brown ale style. There is a nice mix of flavors that kept my palate guessing and interested, and this is another enjoyable beer from Ithaca.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of blackie
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: deep brown in color, head light to average

s: some lighter aromas of dark fruits - mostly prune - and a mild spice, lightly hopped, some heavier sugars, not bad but there's something missing

m: light-medium body, dull carbonation

t: malty dark fruits and a yeast flavor that seems to be one-dimensional spice, prunes, mild hops and a slight sharpness, don't think the "dark farmhouse" worked out as well as hoped, but it's a reasonably enjoyable beer

d: reasonably drinkable, but not much here to bring me back

heavy chalice at Eulogy, Philadelphia

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Photo of tpd975
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich dark brown with hints of amber showing through. Nice cream colored head that dies to a nice cap. Some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of big league chew bubblegum, banana, and gooey caramel.

T: Nice and sweet up front. Flavors of old school banana Hubba Bubba bubble gum. Hints of spice, and earthy lightly funky saison yeast. Light apples and pears in the background. Sweet creamy caramel in the finish. I like this one alot, gets even better as it warms.

M: Medium in body, good carbonation.

D: Sat down and sipped the bottle all by myself. Thanks Jonathan, keep sending me all these draft only offerings.

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Photo of newbeeraday
1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/11/2009. Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours a dark brown with a very small white head. Aroma of roasted nuts, spices (pepper, clove), and Belgian yeast. Flavor is quite spicy upfront with some roasted nuts and malty character as well. Pretty decent, more like a BSA than saison though.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of BB1313
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best Before March 2010. 12 oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost black.. reminds me of Coke/Pepsi. Very nice fluffy head and nice lacing. The smell is wonderful, filled w/ cherries and candied sugars. The taste is more bitter than I anticipated. Along w/ the cherries and fruits, there is a strong chocolate/toffee presense. The mouthfeel is nice for the style, very carbonated. Drinkability is ok, one worked for me.

Perhaps this would be more enjoyable when it's cool out versus this heat we're dealing w/ now. Nonetheless, this is a pretty unique brew.

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Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of david18
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very good beer. Part of Ithaca Brewing's promotion that they're having at the amsterdam ale house in New York City. A very good beer. Dark in color, very belgian in flavor and aroma. Great carbonation. Mouthfeel is good and I enjoyed drinking it.

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