Ithaca Beer Company

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American Wild Ale
4.29 | pDev: 9.32%
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 207 | Ratings: 452 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
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.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wrote out this review on paper months ago, and only recently decided to submit it.

A: Pours off-pink with a heaping mound of foam. The brew is somewhere between straw and purple in color.

S: Brett is upfront and bold. Smells like a good lambic is about to hit my tongue.

T: Fairly dry, with distict notes of Brett. and Lacto. in the form of farmhouse funk and puckering acidity. After the sour rush fades, the brew exhibits a subtle hint of blueberries. Very enjoyable.

M: Light, clean body with heavy carbonation and a touch of astringency.

D: One of the best American Lambics out there. I was worried that this was going to be along the lines of the notoriously aweful Cranberry Lambic, but this one is legit. Ithaca definitely had their notebooks out when they were tasting Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen's offerings. This is an authentic version of the style, and is truly enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of jethrodium
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by popery. Thanks David. Not sure which batch. Pours a slightly reddish cloudy amber with a small white head that settles relatively quickly and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma has quite a bit of barnyard funk and a bit of noticeable sweetness. Quite fruity with cherry and raspberry. I wouldn't have guessed blueberries. The initial taste has a bit of sweetness and is quite tart. Cherry and raspberry, a bit of barnyard funk and a touch of wheat. The finish is tart with a bit of funk. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Not bad.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of lovindahops
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

200th review!!! Had to bang this one out with a rare find from my favorite brewery! One to have tonight and one to cellar. E! 032

A- pours a pink grapefruit look with nice head of ghost white foam that slowly resides to mere bubbles on the surface. Literally a color I have never seen before

S- amazing berry scent that is draped in both tart and sour themes. Very sweet and funky at the same time. Very dry and crisp at the same time with the scent. Not only is Lebleu's scent mouth watering, but it's complex too

T- I love wild ales like this! A perfect slap our sour blueberries peaking with the brett to make an unbelievable combination of flavor. The barnyard funk is around to make it completely worthwhile. The end is a rocket launch of sour and dry components. This is great!

M- good carbonation on the tongue. While it doesn't rip away at your mouth, some aging with this bottle will help

D- another Ithaca brew that states, "believe the hype." Lebleu is a fantastic tasting wild ale that packs fantastic attributes of sour flavor and solid fruit. The blueberries are not overwhelming and I think that is a good thing. This will be a brew I go back to every single year. Another great job Ithaca

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to steelersxl for this. I chilled this beer for well over a week and it still gushed when I opened it. Pink in color with a very healthy white head foaming all over my glass. Smells quite sour at first and then super yeasty. I honestly was not too impressed by the aroma. The flavor was nice and sour with hints of blueberry but they were very subtle. This was easy to drink but it was not nearly as good as Brute.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
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

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Photo of Gmann
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked, capped and foiled bottle and into my Duvel tulip. Pours a clear rose color with a geyser of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top due to the etching at the bottom of the glass. The head is the lightest of pinks, big and sudsy, left some thick clingy lacing. The aroma is woody and sour from the oak. I don't pick much else up as the oak is quite strong. The taste has a lemony oak sourness though not as strong as the aroma. Hints of blueberry flavor pop through towards the end. Not really all that sour, which is good, and the hints of blueberries fit in nicely. The feel is light and awfully fizzy but it was intended this way; finishes dry. The sour is kept in check but is the showcase. A very refreshing ale. Not overly sour so the drinkability is quite high. And as a plus the bottle didn't even come close to gushing on me.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan for the bottle!

Pours a pink hued brown with a big frothy white head that fades into nothingness after a few minutes.

Smells of some funky brett although not overpowering. Also oak and some berry sweetness although I probably wouldn't pick out blueberry specifically if I didn't know.

Flavors start out with some tart lemon/berry flavors and some underlying brett funkiness. Definitely puckering although far from sour. Some oak comes into play and it finishes semi-dry.

Light-medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation although it was not a gusher.

One of my bigger wants for a while. Good enjoyable beer although it lacked the wow factor to push it into elite status. I didn't get a ton of blueberry aroma or flavor from it nonetheless still a good beer just not quite what I was expecting.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newtonty was kind enough to bring a bottle of this over while doing some work this Sunday, thanks for sharing! Corked and caged bottle with an attractive blue label.

Pours a cloudy cherry with a high amount of active suds, about 3 inches high into my LA tulip.

Very similar nose to Brute with lots of sourness and funk. I definitely get the fruit and berry in the nose, but it's not very predominant.

The taste reflects the nose with a super light, airy and highly carbonated mouthfeel. Moderately high pucker value when sipping on this one - it's not afraid to show it's a sour! The funk is far more subdued then I was expecting.

All in all, this was a fine beer. We enjoyed the hell out of it!

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.46/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks, Barry.

Hazy purple-pink, nearly opaque. Champagne-like carbonation feeds a large and lasting white head. Mild barnyard and mineral aroma, a hint of tart berry, faintly lactic, decent but mild. There's no distinct blueberry character. Tart on the tongue with a bit of lactic acidity and light blueberry flavor. A bit vinous, lightly drying, not terribly sour or flavorful. Flavor drops off quickly in the finish. Highly effervescent with a spritzy, somewhat thin body. One dimensional but not bad.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and capped 750ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Batch E!012. 2011 release.

A: Clear, clean pour. Amber hued golden color with a touch of purple. Lacing is spotty and settles pretty quickly.

S: Barnyard funk mixed with a blueberry sour patch kid that has been left in a grass field. Literally smelled like cow manure for the first minute but that quickly fades as the beer aerates. The bouquet is actually much more present than the words used, but there was really no other way to describe it.

T: Made me make sour face. Literally, couldn't help puckering. Taste follows the nose pretty much directly. The taste is the mouthfeel. Blueberry is left in the back of the throat in such a subtle way. Middle of the taste is a mild grass. The very first taste is the sweet of the malt and it's totally overpowered by the sour.

M: Of the most puckering sour I've had in such a good way. The feel is the highlight - wonderfully carbonated, excellent feel.

O: This beer is a really superb sour. I'm glad to call this my hometown brewery for what they've done with sours. Between Brute and LeBleu, I'm thoroughly impressed.

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4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle split amongst friends at Cambridge Commons at the post EBF brunch.

I did have the other blueberry sour so....

A: Really nice looking purplish golden color. At some points it looked more red at other points it looked more purple. A little bit of white head with quite big bubbles. Tons of visible carbonation as well.

S: REALLY funky. Bret is all over this beer. Little bit of horse. You never really get the in your face blueberry that I know I was looking for. You get a little bit of tartness in the nose for sure though.

T: If you gave this to me and said try this beer I would love it. The label drives the demmands up. It is a super funky beer and you can totally taste the Brute in here. It is a tart horse and a great one at that. You get some fruit but you really had to strech out to say wow there it is blueberries.

M: Super light and dry just like brute. Even a touch drier.

D: I loved this beer. I feel like my review was ragging on it a bit but this is an excellent beer and a world class sour. Cellaring wise the longer you hold on to this the little blueberry in there will fade and this will keep getting funkier if you are into that sort of thing.

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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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been looking forward to trying this - thanks Stakem for sharing at my wild ale tasting yesterday. Poured chilled from the bottle into a tulip.

A rosy/reddish tinged color w/ mild haze and tight bead with white cap adorning the liquid -spots of lace collect in a random fashion. The smell is instense! strong sour notes of fruit and yeast with a lemony berry combo. Some funk odors are present with earthy light aspects adding a mild sweet herb note to the fruit and sour aroma fromthe wild yeast w/ an almost lactic quality. The tart texture hits the tongue and spreads quickly giving a puckering effect of strong sour w/ light acidic quality and high carbonation adds to the drying astringency w/ some sweetness from the fruit as an afterthought.

The funky strong lactic essence carries over from smell to taste with more tart and strong juiciness w/ blueberry skin acidic flavor -juicy but in the way a pie is juicy, not sweet really with dry malt accenting the hints of berry and lactic culture -sour all the way into the finish w/ tart acidity and a bit like blueberry lemonade which to me means it has the pucker factor but is balanced by some berry qualities -after the first initial jolt of sourness it seems to mellow a bit and the acidic flavor becomes more mild. A pretty awesome beer IMO, just great with its intense and sour aspects in the raw form with an enamel stripping delivery. It doesn't come off as truly blueberry which is the only thing I can knock it for -a really excellent beer all in all.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

LeBleu from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 452 ratings