Ground Break | Ithaca Beer Company

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by WesWes on 02-02-2010

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Brushkanna
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Looks hazy cloudy with tight bubble head
S - sweet and flowery and spicy
T - great wild flower honeysuckle full flavor
M - long lasting smooth honey on the tongue feeling
O - overall this is a great American saison I have not had one in a 12oz bottle this nice

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a growler of this a few days ago at the brewery, after tasting all our favorites there. We liked this better than Cascazilla, which we really love, and just as much as Flower Power, which is always one of our favorite IPAs.
Looks wonderfully murky, the haze of hops and yeast making a turbid orange/amber soulful thick color promising mouthjoy. Excellent persistent slightly yellowish off-white head when poured gently from growler into pint glasses. Smells like Belgian yeast and hop blossom. What more could you want? We love IPA style always, and this takes a good amount of the hops from that and balances them with a solid hard-bodied yeast. Mouthfeel is excellent balance of fizz and unctuous foam. Aftertaste of hops persists through the funky yeast. The malt hides modestly behind hop and yeast tastes. Besides these delicious robust flavors, drinkability for this brew is helped by its excellent value: $5 per growler for an ale this good is just so wonderful, I'm proud to be an Ithacan!

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4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a cloudy, honey orange. Massive, massive chunky lemon meringue pie like head here. Tons of tiny tight bubbles cascading to form this huge head. Big chunks of head here, tons of lace. Fantastic looks here. Lots of malty yeast making this head like this I imagine. Really one of the most impressive pours I have seen. Exceptional.

Brew smells of big lemon zest, yeast, cloves, spices and orange. Great nose here, could smell it as I poured it. Impressive nose here.

Brew is smooth and creamy up front, spiced in the middle and peppery semi dry finish. Great tastes here; complex spices and malts working in harmony here. Cloves, spice, lemon, orange rind all fill a complex palate. Stickiness to it and some semi sweet and tart flavors here. Great flavors, and great drinking brew. Awesome stuff here.

This is one of the best saisons I have tried. I love Hennepin and feel that is the best of the style, but I think this matches. I would love to try this side by side with Hennepin. Tremendous brew here.

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4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light orange color with plenty of small bubbles. About a 1/4" white head that stays around.

S - Really pleasant smells. Fruity with raspberry, strawberry, and banana scents, yeast, a little funkiness. A touch of clove and spice.

T - This beer has a nice dry bitterness that goes nicely with the malt. Grassy hops along with fruitiness and spice.

M - A very quaffable, easy drinking beer. Quite dry as a saison should be. Mouthfeel is smooth with a touch of bite from the carbonation. My only complaint is it goes down too quick!

I see how the Bros. gave it a world class rating. You can tell this beer was crafted for drinkability and uniqueness with every flavor having a purpose.

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4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass and it settled very nicely. It pours a nice light golden color with medium white head. The aroma is almost spot on for a saison and has really good character. I get banana and the traditional belgian armoa out of the nose of this beer. It has a good body and provides a nice smooth finish. Ithaca has done a really nice job here in changing up the traditional spring seasonals. I would definitely drink this beer again.

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Photo of IronLover
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by May 2012. Deep golden yellow in color with an orange hue and a deep haze. Poured with a frothy, bright white foam that slowly dissipated to a wispy cap that left huge sheets of lacing on the glass. Complex array of sweet sugar, tropical citrus, Belgian yeast, bread and spicy aromas. Aggressive but oily smooth carbonation up front with lighter than expected feel. Buttery smooth thru the middle and finish. Bready and yeasty flavors up front that give way to tangy grapefruit and orange hop flavors through the middle. Banana and Belgian spices thru the middle and to the finish. Very complex aromas and flavors with a fabulous feel. The Belgian yeast and hop character of this beer was reminiscent of Piraat Belgian IPA, which is also exceptional. A new late winter classic for me.

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4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a "Best Before" date but no ABV%

Appearance: This beer pours clear and golden until the last few ounces with all the yeast sediment. The yeast swirls around and slowly blends in give the body a hazy appearance. The slow carful pour produces a huge billowy meringue like head that fills half the glass. It holes on forever and keep a good cap of foam on till the last sip. On the sides of the glass it leaves big splotches of foam lacing.

Smell: There are strong hop presence along with all the typical estery and funky/medicinal Belgian yeast and malt notes. There are fruity notes from the malt and yeast as well as the hops. Hops add some citrus and spicy floral notes and the yeast/malt brings a mix of tropical fruit and mild white pepper like dry spice.

Taste/Palate: There is a lot of complexity packed into this firmly medium bodied beer. There is a flash of candy and bready sweetness with estery yeast as well as dry funk and mellow phenolic spice. The hops which are more influential here then in a traditional Belgian Ale bring solid hop bitterness from the start to the finish and add there own floral and citrusy spice notes. It finishes with dry spice and firm dry hop bitterness. The palate is lively and well carbonated.

Notes: This may note be true to the Belgian style with its assertive American esque hop profile but it works!!!

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4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden/banana yellow into my DFH glass. A thick and fluffy bright white head cover this golden elixer! Thick and chewy lacing hold onto the rim of the glass for it's life. It looks like summer in a glass! PERFECT!

S- Banana's with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and sprinkled with black and green peppercorn flakes. Hints of citrus peel, Big League Chew gum, compost, fresh cut hay and wheat with little notes of pie spice mixed in. It has just a little bit of Belgian funk... wish it had more! This is one of my favorite Saison's!!!

T- Over ripe banana's, touches of funky yeast, spicey black/red/green peppercorns. Sweetness from the wheat and grains, some clove, allspice and fresh nutmeg. Real big notes of freshly zested lemon and grapefruit peel. Has a nice tartness that lets the honeysweet grains and spiciness shine thru as well. This is damn near perfect.

M- Really crisp, refreshing, and full of tropical fruit goodness! Electrifying carbonation that tickles the tongue! Wonderful Belgian yeastiness, peppery, lemony, and sweet banana and wheat malts. No hint of alcohol at all.

O- I'd give it a 4.75 if I could. This is another brilliant example from one of NY's best and most creative brewery's. I gotta buy up all I can of this before it's gone for the season.

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4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into glass. 6.2% abv.

Appearance- Golden honey yellow with a cloudy but inviting haze to it. Two finger foamy head slow to dissipate.

Smell- A floral aroma dominates but also has hints of lemon and dry yeast is also quite present in the nose.

Taste- Lemon like sweetness arrives to the palate first. Sweet esters are pronounced with this beer. Bread-like malt flavors develop into the finish, which is not the basic hop finish, but more of a spicy finish, much like black pepper. The sweetness still lasts staight through to the end as well.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly light and thin to medium in body. Carbonation is complimentary to the fine flavors. Very smooth.

Overall- A highly satisfying and complex beer. It is absolutely refreshing. The sweet flavors and spiciness of this beer make it quite interesting. Ithaca should make this a constant offering and not just a seasonal. A must try.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stone Nonic Pint Glass:

A-beautiful yellow, great Saison Head, on a par with Hennepin (my gold standard for Saisons)

S-Clove, pepper, banana and oh yeah heaven

T-Clove, pepper, banana and oh yeah heaven

M-Perfect, carbonation is spot on

O-on a par with Hennepin (my gold standard for Saisons)

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