Ithaca Beer Company

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Wild Ale
4.29 | pDev: 9.32%
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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AMCimpi from New York

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


A: Orange hue, a deep golden, with a nice white head that sticks around for a while. S: Blueberries, lemon, funk, some tartness. Some much funk, musty basement. T: Wow. Just a nice tartness, blueberries are still there after these 6 years. Lemon zest and a huge funk. M: The champagne yeast gives a pillowy softness. O: This is my white whale. Unbelievable funky sour. Just beautiful beer. I wish there were more

Jul 04, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing. 2010 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear copper hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of big big funk, horse blanket funk, light floral fruit skins.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of funk, bright horse blanket. Nice tannic blueberry skins, powdery blueberry candy.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, crisp.

O - Overall this beer was rather nice. Loads of funk, nice light blueberry skins, pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 20, 2016
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E!032.
Blind tasting, and had this one next to a E!027 Brute. I hadn't been a huge fan of the Brutes I've had before, but I liked 27 a LOT, and it definitely was my favorite between that and this beer in our tasting.

Cloudy pour, ruby-amber in color, with a thin, wispy, white head that dissipated, leaving a few stray bubbles on top. Well, even in a blind tasting, it was apparent there was either fruit or flower petals in this one. Funky aroma, brett, horseblanket, leather, light berries just barely peeking through. Twinge of tartness up front in the taste, floral notes, light berry notes that probably didn't come out as much as when the beer was fresh, funky yeast, leather, fresh cut grass. Light-medium body, prickly and somewhat acidic mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Very nice overall, even if Brute overshadowed it, IMO.

Jul 08, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the Ithaca Luminous release, how fitting, right?

This was a huge highlight, possibly my favorite sour ever.

Pours a murky, hazy, golden orange, with not much head or lacing.

Smells like a great mixture of sweet and sour- with some floral notes as well.

The taste is pretty awesome. Mild to medium tartness, like some sort of puckering sour candy, with some citrus fruits as well, some hay, sour lemon. There is a long and sour finish to this one- it lingers for a while on the palate, and leaves the lips tingly.

Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, spritzy carbonation.

Just awesome. I wish they still made this one.

Apr 17, 2014
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle courtesy of sliverX pours a hazed dark gold color with a small, fizzy off white head. Gushed slowly, so beware.

Nose does show a little bit of blueberry tartness, but it is mostly sour goodness from the bacteria. YES! Beautiful...love it already.

Taste is so well balanced it is just about perfect. Its sour, but not overly so, there still remains a hint of fruit and brett. There are not too many beers that I think would be perfect in almost every situation, but this one comes damn close. Morning, noon or night...all perfect. If we could get breweries to do this easily and drink have sixers available for ~$15, Nirvana my friends...Nirvana.

Oct 30, 2013
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Ryan011235 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Fantome tulip on 5/29/12

Batch E0!21

Split with spider889 and MbpBugeye

A) Medium hued burnt and browned orange. What an effervescent critter - it filled up about 80% of the glass. As Seth put it, it looked like cotton candy melting in water. It is a furious dissipation and leaves speckled lace. The second pour holds about 1/3rd inch of retention (and hold it does for a long time). Light pink foam.

S) The aroma is on the floral side in the sense it has a soft blueberry note. Earthy blueberry skin and semi-sweet blueberry flesh tones. The barrel is modest too with mild, musty oak. Faint husk notions. It smells clean at first but turns funky as it warms.

T) Tart ghosts haunt the palate with a semblance of Sour Patch candy, just not quite as sweet. Upfront, it is sour enough. The midsection and finish turn toward raw brett funk; musty, dank and dirty. The oak imparts a dry, vapidly wooden finish. More brett and barrel than berry at this point. There is faint blueberry when cold but it falls away entirely once warm.

M) The feel is tilted toward the lighter side. Carbonation is vigorous and fizzy, accenting the sour flavors. Damp oak residuals.

D) LeBleu is a decent-drinking, brett-heavy tart and sour sipper. Pretty much any blueberry has fallen off by now. I like it pretty well as is, but I should have drank a bottle fresh.

Sep 26, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a wedding snifter.

There needs to be a Warner Brothers tribute blend: "Lou Pepe LeBleu". ...Sorry. Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a half-finger of cream foam. The nose comprises tart dank blueberries, brown sugar, and cinnamon. The taste opts for the sour route with the berries and ditches the spices in favor of some extra lemon-y tartness. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a damn fine blueberry sour, better than the vaunted Blåbær. This was worth the wait.

Sep 02, 2013
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LeBleu - Ithaca

A - Pours a cloudy amber tan color with a nice foamy head in the beginning that dies down quite quickly to nothing.

S - Blueberries with sour barnyard funk.

T - Tart, sour blueberries, lots of funk, acidic, tart, and some oak.

M - Velvety smooth on the tongue and lots of puckering with a wet finish.

O - Pretty good but overrated (IMO).

Apr 25, 2013
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Gobzilla from California

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a fucia color which was a pinkish light purple with slight yellow highlights and a thin bubbly head thta left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice mild blueberry aroma in the background with a good amount of acidity, plenty of funky brett is noticeable, mild citrusy zing to it and slight grain character through as well..

T: the bluberry fruit was a little more apparent on the palate with nice oaky wood accetn, good acidic character, mild brett funkiness, slight citrusy twang with a touch of grain flavor and underlying vanilla.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a fruity, acidic, funky. Oaky, mild grainy, citrusy, tart and slight dry finish.

O: I was definitely digging this brew and glad to finally try it. Would absolutely have it again.

Mar 30, 2013
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jono311 from Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opened a !E032 bottle for my birthday. "A blend of barrels filled in 2009 and 2010."

Appearance: Light rose tint to brown. clear to start but the later glasses were a little cloudy. very little head or lacing. and what was there faded quickly.

Nose: Slight sourness fairly mild with very subtle berry notes.

Taste: A nice upfront bite but not as heavy hitting as some others of the style. pleasant fruitiness without sweetness and a relatively quick and round, off-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: a little pucker quality here but overall a nice medium body. Could use a touch more carbonation for me but some was probably lost as the bottle sat through the tasting.

Overall: I would definitely seek it out again. Not the epitome of fruited sours but a fine example of the style. the fruit is relatively subtle in this one but so is the acidity. Very enjoyable.

Mar 07, 2013
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a hazy looking golden color with a white head on top. The retention fades quickly, not leaving any lacing either. The smell of the beer is acidic and funky with a subtle blueberry note way in the distance. The taste follows the nose also, subtle blueberry notes in there but was hoping for a little more I guess. The mouthfeel is sharp, it's tart and has a crisp carbonation. Overall I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer.

Feb 16, 2013
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FosterJM from California

3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1727th Review on BA
Bottle to Ithaca Tulip

Batch E!041
Thanks to mjtiernan for this one and the glass

Shared with GuruDel

App- When this poured out, it was a pure orange color. The bubbles were not there and the center was a bit dense and full with only a small amount of bubbles. No cling.

Smell- This wasnt as lactic as I thought it would be. I think with the older vintages I have had. This was just a little bit of fruit but a little bit of oak and funk mixed. A nice sour. Not over the top, clean.

Taste- This to me didnt have the fruit that I thought it would. More oak and barrel and funk comes vs. a lactic sweetness and fruited tinge. The beer is a little bit thick actually works to its advantage for me. Im not sure where the vanilla people are getting comes from, but more mid-palate just comes up a bit dry.

Mouth- A nice medium bodied sour. A good amount of a thicker carbonation with blueberry skins and some oak on the residual flavors.

Drink- This was a good sour. I prefer the fresh but still a good beer non the less no matter what age you have it. Thanks again matt. I prefer larger pours on this one.

Feb 11, 2013
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Treebs from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked 750 ml bottle served in a Half Acre tulip. Thanks to stXSS07 for the share.
Batch E!041

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a lot of floaties chilling around the bottom. Light wispy head. Minimal splotches of lace.

S: A ton of blueberry. Lactic sourness with some fruity and herbal like qualities with a hint of mint. A little sweet malt base as well.

T: Same fresh blueberry with a nice mix of lactic sourness. Same herbal like qualities from the nose, but not as minty. A little vanilla sweetness with a touch of oak.

M: Light bodied with a prickly, medium-high carbonation. A little fluffy in the mouthfeel.

O: Great mix of fruit and sourness with just a hint of sweetness. Definitely a great blueberry beer.

Jan 29, 2013
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MadScientist from New York

4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

E!032 Thanks Jeff.

A: It pours with a two fingers of thick rocky foam that starts of with a pink blush but fades to off-white as the foam drains. The beer is a pale amber with a red hue and a bit of orange. Despite the haze and the floaters this is a great looking beer.

S: There is a light berry aroma with under a moderate amount of sharp, acidic sourness. The sourness has a some of hay and a faint horsiness like a nice Lambic there isn't any of the Brett character so I'm think this might be just Pediococcus and Belgian Yeast. Nothing else is coming through, so no hops, no malt and no diacetyl.

T: It's got a nice sharp sourness to it but not as much as I seem to remember from the one had a couple of years ago. The fruit flavors are of light blueberry skins and have faded as is to be expected when you age a the fruit will fade and the lambic character will dominate. A light vanilla flavor probably from oak. There is a light complimentary sweetness mid-palate but this ends up being vary dry on the finish. The after taste is a sweet tart sort of a flavor with a faint bit of fruitiness.

M: Moderately-light bodied with a strong, fine carbonation that dances across the palate. The high carbonation brings a light dryness to tongue.

O: An elegant sour fruit beer, this one being a couple years old has more of the Lambic qualities coming through. The sweet tart balance help up the impression of the fruitiness. It worth the headache of release day to get bottle if I can otherwise I'll have to hunt down Cantillon to satiate my need for awesome, dry sours.

Jan 17, 2013
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brystmar from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Opening batch 1 (E!021) this weekend means I’ve now tried all 3 vintages (E!021, 32, 41).

Massively over-carbonated, despite a minimal pop from the cork. Dry, zesty lemon aroma; yeast is more citric than funky. Fruit has mostly dropped off, and, similar to my experience with other batches, I’d never guess there were blueberries in this brew.

Not bad, I suppose, but there are many superior fruit sours out there which are far easier to obtain. Batches 2 & 3 are *much* better.

Dec 03, 2012
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cfrances33 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle thanks to lovindahops, shared with bstyle. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy orange with some violet hues mixed in. A fizzy white head dissipates quite rapidly, leaving a small rim.

Smell: Really nice blueberry skin up front, followed by a clean lactic funk. Some oak mixes in a well, with some tart pear notes.

Taste: Follows the nose with blueberry skins, big tart pears, and a lactic sourness. Some funk. A really nice oakyness ends it, finishing dry and puckering.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable, but with an amazing sourness. Almost juicy at points. Fantastic carb, and an even better dry finish.

Overall: Fantastic sour from Ithaca. I look forward to trying more from the in the future without a doubt.

Nov 22, 2012
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iadler from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from dmeadows. Thanks, Dennis! Opened this one with exitmusic00 and drank side by side with Brute. Most recent batch.

A- Pours a gorgeous dark orange with a yellow hue with a two finger head that settles into a thin cap.

S- Musty blueberries, vinegar, hay, funky brett, lemon and orange peel

T- Lots of vinegar and funk upfront followed by lemon peel, sweet tarts, horse blanket with a blueberries and lacto (berries and cream) finish.

M- Medium spritzy carbonation with the tartness lingering on.

O- A mouth puckering sour that has a bit more bite than Brute. The highlight for Lebleu was the berries and cream finish. Brute and LeBleu are top class American wilds.

Oct 28, 2012
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mixylplik3, thanks again Matt. Pours a slightly hazy deep dirty copper color with a huge bubbly white head that sounds and dissipates like a bubbly fountain soda. Smells of tart berries, funk, and lemons. Sour and funky fruit dominate the nose. The bubbles jump at my nostrils like a glass of ginger ale. Sour and tart flavor grabs your taste buds and never lets go. Lemony tartness mixed with some berries and hints of artificial flavor. Medium body with moderate level of carbonation and a tart bubbly mouthfeel. I've had this in the past and remember it being bracingly sour, this time it seems a little milder. Very flavorful nice sour ale.

Sep 01, 2012
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch E!041. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Pinkish hazy hue. Kind of a peach color. Initial head and then nothing but some bubbles and sediment.

Smell - Light delicate blueberry aroma. Good funk and a lemongrass tartness.

Taste - Similar delicate blueberry flavor up front. Tart, but not even really sour. Less funky than the aroma belies. Wheat malt flavor in the back. Gritty, with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Light. Good light sourness and well carbonated.

Overall - Looking for more fruit. And maybe a little more sourness. Interested to see how this develops. I had a batch 1 that was way too sour and had lost all of its fruit. Somewhere in the middle could be very interesting.

Aug 29, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch E!041.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain, fruity, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but I really don’t get any distinct blueberry aromas or flavors from this one.

Aug 28, 2012
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this glorious beer

2012 bottle

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy, mid-orange with some pink and red - pale around the edges - fizzy white head, fades quickly, forgivable because of the agin

Smell: Sour blueberries and some magic - woody funk, some acid, tartness, and some straight-up sour - some floral notes - in addition to the blueberries, there are some (less specific) light fruits, and some citrus

Taste: Sour, with some serious blueberries - like, whole blueberries (skin, flesh) - lightly acidic, nicely sour, with loads of tart - a nice (not excessive) amount of oak - some citrus and some light fruits - very mildly bitter, with a lingering puckery sourness

Mouthfeel: Light, nicely carbonated, smooth, puckery

Overall: Sour blueberry with magic

This is one of the best use of blueberries ever. I would certainly place this on the level of blueberry pie... Wonderfully sour and tart, with a nice amount of complexity. It's not the best sour ever, but it's fantastic.

Aug 19, 2012
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rose. Dusky pink. The color of ruby red grapefruit. No head. What head does form is a dull, dull pink, bubbly and dissipates almost instantly. Minor carbonation.

Smell: Citric edge. Mild lactic punch. Very faint fruit. Slightly tart fruit. Some oak. As it warms the blueberry jumps and pushes flesh. Lactic acid builds as it warms. Almost cranberry tartness. Nice layer of funk. Some mild hay. Huge depth and fruity goodness. Slightly vinous. Lemon.

Taste: Magic sour juice. Nice undercurrent of blueberry skins coupled with a light drug juiciness. Blueberry flesh jumps as the beer warms. Nice layer of oak. Lemon rind and bright citric acidity. Mild funk layered on the back. Touches of hay and barnyard funk. Nice complexity. Slight hints of leather astringency. Delicate.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Dry on each sip. Carbonation is moderate. Bright acidity live s everything up.

Overall: Nice balance of fruit and sour. Good depth. I want more of this all the time.

I've managed to try this at several beer rests and it's always blown me away. This bottle is no exception.

Aug 19, 2012
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PeterIngemi from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml split 3 ways... Label says a blend of 2010 and 2012 barrells batch# E!04I

A: pours a light blueberry flesh colored pink.... Deffinatly hazy with a thin white film of a head. Looks like delicious blueberry juice.... Lighter in color then I expected.

S: a nice sharp tartness right off the bat.... Along with earthy barrel
And Brett notes.... The blueberry is there faintly almost comin across as a bannana note.... The blueberry starts o
Come through a bit more as the brew warms.

T: much like the nose night and light and very sour lemon citrus upfront into a lite note of earth funk and oak.... The blueberry really seems to make its play on the finish here leavig a blueberry light sweetness in your mouth.

M: nice juicy mouthfeel with a nice medium carbonation to keep it moving....

O: a very nice sour... I really like the blueberry with this base beer, an the sour level was spot on.... Great job here

Aug 14, 2012
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long time want opened on 7.28.12.
Batch # E!032 2010

A - Pours a cloudy dark reddish-orange with a fizzy light pink head that fades instantly.

S - Very sour and tart. Some sweet berry taste.

T - Super sour and tart, very subtle blueberry finish, but it is there.

D - Good carbonation and a light body. Tart finish.

O - Good sour, berries are pretty faded, super tart.

Aug 04, 2012
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GabrielM from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from eyeenjoybeer, thanks again! Poured into an Ommengang snifter.

A - a cloudy peach color with bright white head that quickly dissipates. A lot of bubbles.

S - oak, funk and citrus right off, with maybe some faint blueberry on the back.

T - tart cherries and citrus all over this one, with some definite oak character as well. Not a lot in the way of blueberries but fruity and crisp nonetheless.

M - solid carbonation, almost akin to champagne.

O - a delicious beer, though not quite a 5 due to it lacking the blueberries, which were what I was most looking forward to.

Jun 24, 2012
LeBleu from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 452 ratings