Cold Front | Ithaca Beer Company

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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
Ratings:
346
Reviews:
147
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
15.22%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 346 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of mattbk
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Amber/brown, fairly cloudy, a nice shade, decent amount of carbonation.
smell: Nice Belgian yeast aroma, banana esters, light bready malt coming through. Maybe slightly metallic. A nice aroma though.
taste: Same Belgian yeast in flavor. The yeast esters dominate the flavor profile. Some slight sweetness, although the beer is fairly dry. It is a bit rough, the metallic/tin that I picked up in the aroma is in the taste as well. Maybe a bit of grape in the flavor as well. Despite a few flaws, the beer is fairly drinkable and fairly smooth, and I still like it. Maybe just enough complexity to make it interesting.
mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, definitely dry though, the carbonation is just right on this beer.
overall: I liked this beer more than I thought I would. Not unusual for Ithaca beers - one of my favorite breweries. This beer would go well in several situations - with food, as a fairly sessionable beer because of the dryness, or as a final beer for the night, because of the decent amount of complexity. A nice beer, will recommend.

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Photo of jeanphony
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of stxp
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep brown, barely translucent in light, soft head with some dimples, small bubbles

smell: fresh bread, nutty brown, slight belgian spice

taste: very bready, thick malty, a bit of belgian, not overly hoppy, long bready linger

mouthfeel: very thick and rich, stays creamy the whole time, quite filling, low alcohol

overall: incredibly filling, rich fresh baked bread, thick but not overpoweringly alcoholic or hoppy

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Photo of Razr86
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is one of those beers i got wasted and sick drinking too many of years ago and have unfairly sworn off ever since. i revisited it yesterday and have to say, ive really been misssing out. this is an exceptional beer, totally different from the countless generic winter beers out there now. the pours is dark dark brown, but not thick or heavy looking, light still passes through, and there is a smallish off white head around for just a few seconds before it flattens out. the nose is really odd, smokey but not quite at that rauch level. there is also belgian yeast and candy sugar present, making this more of a dubbel than an amber in my book, but its more than that. there is that life and limb birch syrup smell and taste as well, which doesnt come across as very sweet here, but it adds a lot of depth to the aroma and flavor. its woody in taste, oaky, kind of drinks like and old ale, but this is certainly a curious mishmash of styles. complex malt profile on the medium to heavy roast side, but tempered by a very vibrant belgian yeast strain. the alcohol content is just right for these cold dark months, and the light carbonation combined with the fuller body make this is nice winter beer that sticks to your guts in all the right ways. one of ithacas best seasonals.

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Photo of GennyCreamAle
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of mikerems
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Lethargy99
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MrCee
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoky...almost like a rauch bier. Nice caramel color but light than would expect from the taste. It seems like it should be darker. Very pleasant body. Not much to report in the way of smell. A good transition beer into winter or a winter-like beer for those that don't like winter beers.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of notdriving
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Freggs
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of CKav
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brentblack1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice. Smells nice. A decent stab at the style. Won't go down as the greatest Belgian amber ever, but it's still coming off respectable. Could stand a bit more tweaking and smoothing around the edges, but it definitely works. Especially considering the style and how often it's mediocre at best.

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Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jd1le
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BryanK
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of kingslotty
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of RolandOvGilead
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

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