TWELVE | Ithaca Beer Company

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by klewis on 01-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.65/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige/amber color ale with a huge off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Bottle was quite a gusher which makes me wonder if everything was fine. Aroma is grossly oversweet with lots of notes of dry fruits. Taste is quite unbalanced with loads of sugar and excessively sweet dry plums and gross caramel notes. Body is quite full with excessive carbonation (even for the style) and no detectable alcohol. I either got a bad bottle or this is one incredible mess.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.59/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On draft at The Pony Bar in NYC.

I am always excited and hopeful when trying an American quad. This beer appears a dark walnut hue with a very tiny head and no lacing. The aroma is basically missing everything I identify with a quad. It's too sweet and a bit artificial. There is no yeasty or Belgian characteristics that I can detect. The flavor is off and finishes with an odd astringency. Oh well, I tried. Ithaca makes awesome wild ales. Quad...not so much.

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Photo of jlapennas
2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Phenolic and fruity with a moderate noble hop character in the background. There are some malt characteristics but they are very restrained for this style. The balance seems to be too much toward the yeast.

Appearance: Huge head from a very gentle pour that sustains itself for a long time. Brew is a hazy/cloudy light brown. Head suggests over-carbonation as does the rapidly streaming bubbles rising up through the beer.

Flavor: Very similar to aroma in that the malt characteristics are overwhelmed by the carbonation and yeast character. There is a lingering roasty character but otherwise a lack of malt richness and complexity. Bubbles make it seem overly dry and harsh.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, slightly thin, and CARBONATED!

Drinkability: Overall this beer was not unpleasant but didn't really have the characteristics and balance I expect from a strong dark or quad. I would enjoy it more with increased malt character, at least the impression of sweetness, and a more restrained fermentation profile. The alcohol is well hidden though.

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Photo of dtx00
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of sphyrn
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy brown color with a 1/2" head that falls to a surface foam quickly.

Smell: huge malt and fruit sweetness along with a tinge of alcohol. Some earthiness is also detectable.

Taste: big malt profile here. Dark fruit sweetness, brown sugar, earthy tones, yeast, warming alcohol, and a moderate bitterness. This comes across a bit unbalanced as the sweetness is overpowering.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth throughout with a velvety finish. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Drinkability: between the big sweetness and alcohol, an 6 oz pour was more than enough in a session. Definite slow sipping beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch E!020

a - opened the bottle and filled my la trappe chalice. classic quad color of deep purple with a reddish tint, but the creamy head that i look for in this style was nowhere to be found.

s - spicy nutmeg and a lot of earthy notes. dark fruit is there, but has taken a backseat to the spicy earthy odor. the earthiness is very barley and grain smelling.

t - the same earthy barley found on the nose is what the taste is all about. there is a lot of sweetness in the flavor as well. not sure if this one really works that well for me. certainly not the authentic yeasty quad that i love, but another spicy american take that kind of misses the mark for the style in my opinion. very grainy instead of creamy...and too sweet in a nutmeggy way.

m - medium bodied and good carbonation. booze isn't in your face, but sweetness is a bit.

o - overall this brew is very grape-juice like and not quad-like, could use a few steps off of the sweetness and a bit more creaminess to the body. it isn't bad, but not something that i will seek out again. kind of wish it was a 12oz bottle and not a 750.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep dark almost black brown, there's a very thin light brown head. Nose is sweet and fruity, almost like grapes.

Taste is sweet, fruity ad very grapey. Mouthfeel is pretty light an crisp. Overall quite drinkable.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Nice dark plum color. The head is nearly white, but a hint of very very light red hues are also apparent. It's about one inch and shrinks to a light layer atop the body.

The aroma consists largely of plum and a bit of brown sugar. Nice strong malty aroma.

The taste is very sweet, but not cloying, with a kiss of hop finish. It should be noted, the finish is also sweet. There is a strong dried fruit and brown sugar flavor profile.

This is a very carbonated version of this style. Not bad, but not necessarily what is expected of the style, as it's a little sharp. The body is light to medium.

A nice drinker. One of the better U.S. examples I've had. I would try this again, perhaps It would be interesting with age.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours cloudy, opaque, dark brown with an average tan head that slowly recedes to some very thin spots of lace with a thin collar. The nose has some spicy yeast with a bunch of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel, some alcoholic heat, and a bit of alcoholic heat. The flavor is lightly sweet with a good amount of caramel, and brown sugar malt with underlying spicy yeast, and a hint of burnt and hops bitterness. The body is full with light carbonation and a medium malty and alcoholic heat finish. Bit disappointed with this offering.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch E!028

A-Dark brown half a finger of head not much lacing.

S-Artifical, alcohol. Some fruit notes.

T-Once again seems artifical. Tastes a little earthy but not much in the way of bitter. Once again alcohol is present.

M-Dry and light

D-Sorta disappointed in this beer. I've had a few Ithaca beers and they have been decent but this one fell short. Maybe I need to try some more Quads but this didn't seem to do it for me.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into cervoise

A - Pours a brownish red to darker brown. Lots of fluffly, bubbly white head suggesting over-carbonation. Takes a while to pour

S - Dark fruits of currants, dark cherries, raisins. Some citric hops, orange rind. Brown sugar and toffee

T - A solid backing of the aforementioned dark fruits accented by a smoky malt presence contributing minor chocolate and charcoal. Slight grass and pine hops as well as some pepper and cherries

M - WAY overcarbonated. This caused the mouth to be prickly and full. Body seemed lighter than it should be also due to this.

O - Aside from the carbonation problems affecting the appearance and mouth, I think this would be a pretty good Quad. ABV was hidden fairly well too.

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Photo of Pahn
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch E!023.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch, frothy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and lacelessly. Pours hazy dark red and leaves a few sweeping peaks of lacing that fade to spots.

Smell: Effervescent, grassy, grape, a little floral. Mild cola. Earthy. After a little time in the bottle, starts to suggest some dark fruit and sweetness. Eventually settles into the nice grape/fig note that largely characterizes the flavor, with floral highlights. Would be scored higher if the smell weren't kind of faint; everything happening is good, it's just not very complex and a little too subdued.

Taste: First impression: not bad. Smooth and grape-like. Strong Belgian yeast influence, but neither spicy nor tangy. Long potato-bread-like finish.

To be blunt, it tastes a little washed out. I like a subtler Belgian strong dark ale now and then, but this is going too far. That said, the semi-dry finish goes really well with full-ish body and low bitterness.

Further into the bottle, the taste opens up a little bit, with a dominant grape/fig/Belgian yeast note that has a hint of sourness to it. A lot more happens in the aftertaste than anywhere else; it gets bready, spicy, fruity. For a bit of a self-indulgent analogy, it's like reading a very good essay about a boring movie. Interesting enough, but I'd prefer a good movie.

The alcohol heat really accumulates (12% ABV? Not hidden in this beer...), but thankfully it is not offensive at all, and actually elevates the few flavor elements that are happening.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Great semi-dry finish.

Overall: This is a good beer, but not a great beer. Everything about it over-promises; it's made by Ithaca (easily one of my top 5 American breweries), it's an anniversary release, it's a quadrupel, it's 12%ABV (serious brewers don't make the beer 12% ABV because they want to get trashed, they do it because they're getting big flavor from adding all that sugar in). On no front does it deliver the expected greatness.

This beer is, to me, like a well-made but uninspiring Cabernet Sauvignon. I like it, and I'll drink all of it... but I'm spending most of the experience wishing the beer were better. Tasty enough, but not an impressive effort, and (to again be kind of blunt) the idea of comparing it to Belgian heavyweights like Saint Bernardus 12, Chimay blue, Rochefort 10, etc. is laughable. This is worth noting not just because the beer purports to be in the same style, but also because the brewers at Ithaca have made comparable (if not superior) beers to those on more than one occasion.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mcss
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of rudzud
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear brown hue with a thin mocha head.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, light plums, faint alcohol.

T - Taste is tons of sweet malts, cardboard, caramel.

M - Mouthfeel is sticky, syrupy.

O - Overall this beer was far too sticky to be enjoyable.

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Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Batch E!028. Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a hazy sienna-ruby topped by a third-of-a-finger of short-lived dirty tan bubbles. That's right, not even a real head, just a collection of foam-like bubbles at the surface. The nose comprises brown sugar, dark wheat, clove, light cocoa, light fig, and a light kiss of red grape. The taste holds notes of cocoa, fig, dark fruits (in the back), cashew, light wood, banana, dark greens, cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, and a touch of pine resin. The flavors kinda clash slightly at times, while at others they mesh beautifully. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, kinda grainy feel. Overall, a decently solid quad, one that is currently showing some age, but still has some wisdom to impart to us.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Atricapilla
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Appearance was a deep brown chestnut with a medium sized ivory colored head.Aroma was predominantly malt with some fairly strong yeast presence. Taste was earthy; again with malt and yeast predominating. Some sweetnes was present, perhaps too much for my liking.Slight hints of caramel and ethanol flavors were also present.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut colored body capped by a one and a half finger white sand head. The body is very clear, no sign of haze. The head fades back leaving a slim cap. Spotty lacing clings to the glass.

Dark berry and caramel aromas are plentiful. Subtle floral scents can be noted buried beneath. I really enjoy the aroma but it simply is not very complex.

Flavor does mimic the aroma, only slightly more complex. Deep berry and red grape flavor sit heavily on the tongue up front. Subtle caramel and chocolate flavors. Soft floral and limited floral flavors.

Medium bodied, you but appropriate carbonation. Very smooth texture. The finish is much drier than expected.

Overall a decent beer. The lack of depth and complexity really does it no favors though. Easy to drink but hard to stay interested.

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TWELVE from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 143 ratings
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