Ground Break | Ithaca Beer Company

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Ground BreakGround Break

Brewed by:
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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Photo of josefnewsong
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I happened to run into a rep from Ithaca at the Tap this afternoon, and it proved to be fortuitous.

A - a nice golden color with some white head and some but not much lace
S - belgian yeast and some definite funkiness going on (some leathery scents for sure), hops are right in there as well and a lot of tangerine with a touch of lemon
T - tangerine, citrus hops, funky/musty/yeasty flavors, lemon in the finish
M - medium-bodied, not dry or extra smooth, a decent level of carbonation...seems like it would be nice in the summertime, somewhat thirst quenching
O - a well-crafted ale.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber-orange-gold color. Moderate frothy eggshell white head. Solid retention and spotty lacing.

S: Comes across as an American saison for sure. Bright citric hop bitterness is upfront followed by a more mellow herbal tone. Slight element of spice.

T: More herbal/citric hop bitterness gives an almost tea-like flavor at times. The lemon/yeast/spice profile leaves a bit of a witbier impression too.

M: Medium-light bodied. Lacking the funk, earthyness and dryness that makes the saison a truly amazing style. Finish is somewhat prolonged.

D: Overall, a very nice effort. When reviewing saisons I always try to keep in mind the take on the saison the brewer is going for... is it going to be American, Belgian, or Brett-ed in tone. This is clearly an American saison and a decent one at that. The price and availability should make this a decently popular effort from Ithaca.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a golden color with a nearly white head that recedes a bit but doesn't want to drop down to lacing. the belgian yeast strain that they're using on this provides a killer yeast aroma with the back up from the citrus hops makes for a great aroma. the taste is everything you could want in belgian ale, with a nice hop bite at the end. the aggressive carbonation and medium body make this a plenty drinkable beer.

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Photo of matty
2.44/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow colored beer with a rich thick slowly fading head.Aroma is spices.Taste is lemon-grapefruit,hops and spices.This beer tastes too much like a witbier which I do not like.I will never buy this again and will warn all of my drinking buddies to stay away from this one.

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Photo of number1bum
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orange tinted golden color with a creamy two fingers of off-white head. Keeps a mostly full lace and leaves some nice sticky webs on the sides. Has a slight chill haze to it.

Smell is quite hoppy with big doses of herbal and earthy hops, as well as some more subtle citrus hops. The citrus is zesty lemon primarily, and there is some grass in there too. Also some musty spice and honey sweetness. As it warms it actually loses some of the initial robustness, which is too bad.

The hoppiness translates to the tongue, as well, with herbal and earthy hop flavors. Also some grass and zesty lemon like the nose. Light sweetnness as well, plus some musty yeast and spice. There is a decent amount of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but it's neither creamy, dry nor crisp. This is the one aspect of the beer that I find lacking. Lacks the dryness of many saisons, but given the hoppiness and subtle sweetness a creamier body could have worked too. IT's neither, and it's not very crisp either. Just sort of bleh on the tongue.

Despite the feel this is a pretty good beer. It's quite drinkable. I would call this a very approachable saison that would be particularly appealing to hopheads who are new to the style. It doesn't have the funk or farmhouse character that many saisons do, but it still has enough interesting qualities to make it interesting, and I like the hoppiness. I think it actually drinks a bit more like a Belgian IPA than a saison, but whatever. It's a tasty beer and worth picking up.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ground Break has a lusterless golden body and a stark white head that is thick and creamy. The head sticks around for awhile and eventually deposits some lacing on my glass.

The aroma has a good dose of hops, which is what I would expect from an "American Style" saison. The yeast pulls its weight too though, featuring earthy, spicy aromas.

The flavor comes together in a very similar way to the aroma, but the yeast is a little bit stronger than the hops. Earthy, spicy, notes come from the yeast, but there is also a musty-farmhouse-like flavor that is very nice. Just a tiny hint of light fruit in the background. The finish has a good burst of hop flavor that adds a zing of bitterness and citrus. Ground Break tastes great, it is very well put together and the hops do not dominate the yeast, which I like for a Saison.

The mouthfeel is a touch weak because it has a body that is a bit heavier than I would prefer, and carbonation that is a bit lower. I like a Saison that explodes on your tongue, and Ground Break doesn't quite do that.

I ordered one ground Break at the bar, and made it a second when I finished. My buddy tried it and his next beer was a Ground Break. It might not be a bad idea to make your next beer a Ground Break too.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice earthy yeast character along with a wonderful hop nose. This is an "American" saison; meaning a hopped up version of the Belgian style. The taste is good as well. It has a damn nice flavor that's equal parts yeast and hop character. It's bitter up front with a funky farmhouse finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's a good beer to break ground on a new year. Bring on the warm weather! Big ups to the chief; another quality beer from Ithaca

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