Ground Break | Ithaca Beer Company

very good
543 Ratings
Ground BreakGround Break

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WesWes on 02-02-2010

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Groundbreak pours a hazy yellow straw color with a lean and loose head flaoting on top. The head fades quickly and leaves no lacing.
Aroma is that of malts, spices, yeast and light hops. Yeasty esters give the beer a general wheat beer aroma.
Taste is half desent with a solid malt base, a bit spice from cloves and a sprinkle of hop flavor. I can percieve some barnyard funk too.
All in all, pretty good. Average, but good.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a big three finger white head. The head has nice retention slowly fading to leave a very nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of lots of yeasty and spicy smells. Mixed with these aromas are strong smells of a haylike funk, green apples, sour grapes, wheat and pepper. It is a rather potent smelling saison in many of the aromas you would expect.

Taste – The taste begins with a lot of wheat, yeast and an orange citrus taste. As the taste advances flavors of spice begin coming to the tongue with clove coriander and cardamom being the strongest. Along with the spice so too comes a souring and haylike funky taste. Sweeter flavors of a light banana and tangerine also come to the tongue more toward the middle giving the brew a rather sweet taste. The flavors are soon met with a strong grass and herbal like and sour grape like taste more toward the middle to the end of the taste. In the end a moderately citrus sweet, yeasty, and funky taste are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the medium to slightly above average side. Both are quite nice with for the funky and citrus flavors of the brew and make for an easier drink.

Overall – A fairly sweeter and tasty saison. Lots of citrus, yeast and a nice sour bite that is balanced nicely by the herbal and sweeter flavors of the brew.

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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best before May

A: Thick head that dissipates quickly leaving lots of lacing.

S: Sweet, yeasty, bready, spicy. Some alcohol on the nose.

T: Sweet, full breadiness, prominent yeast, white pepper, dry with an herbal hop bitterness on the finish. Some tartness at points and on the finish.

M: Surprisingly full given the dryness.

O: This comes out too early in the season. This would be super drinkable in the heat.

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3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude in NY. I believe this will be my first trying an "American Style Saison."

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a small creamy white head. Decent retention, but not much lacing to speak of.

S: Malty wheat notes are the most prominent, with some characteristic "barnyard" funk in the background. A relatively light smell overall.

T: Opens with malted wheat flavors followed by some yeasty funk. The finish brings along some soapy character that leaves a rather unpleasant bitterness long after the last sip. Besides the soapiness, I this would be a pretty solid saison.

M: Light- to medium-bodied with a slick mouthfeel. A bit overcarbonated in my opinion.

O: A decent take on a saison. Not sure if the soapy bitterness was the "American" aspect here, but it would have been better without that.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of CHickman
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Notes from 3/12/12, on tap at The Lark in East Northport, NY: pours a hazy yellow gold color with a creamy 1 finger white head that faded and left a creamy layer on top; leaves decent spotty foamy lacing.

Smells of funky yeast, grains, sour grapes, clove, pepper, light floral hops, wet grass, caramel, coriander and light spices; soft and funky, it's a nice mellow nose with all the saison basics.

Tastes of funky yeast, roasted grains/malt, wheat, sour grapes or tart apple, clove, pepper, floral hops, herbs, wet grass, caramel, pine cone or tree bark, coriander, hay and light spices like cinnamon or allspice; flavor is tart, herbal and grainy, yet somehow crisp with a nice funky finish that is on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and zesty, with tight fizzy carbonation, a light to medium body and a funky semi-dry finish that leaves a grainy aftertaste that dries and feels like yeast is coating your tongue.

Overall a good beer that is very drinkable, goes down easy, hides the ABV very well and is a nice American impression of this style.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 543 ratings.
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