Ground Break | Ithaca Beer Company

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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 ChrisPratz
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second ever Saison, and i'm a fan of Ithaca brews so i'm excited to crack this one open.

A: Nice yellow/orange haze color. Finger and a half of a thick, rich, lacey head it almost looks like a cloud on the top of the beer. This sticks around for quite awhile and leaves nice lacing all the way down on the sides of the glass. Constant stream of bubbles making its way to the top as well, looks really really nice against a bright light.

S: Alot going on here as soon as I started to pour. Getting some nice belgian yeast scents right from the get go along with some spicyness. Coriander, some ginger. Also some citrus bitters. As it warmed I could pick up some other sweetness, almost tropical, like bananas.

T: Lots of floral hops flavors coming thru. Some maltyness at the get go with some lemon/citrus zest and bitters. Bitterness from the hops is sharp and to the point but I can also sense some ginger and pepper notes mixing in there as well. After taste consists fo some of that coriander/pepper spice and also some earthy/grassy/grainy flavors.

M: Lots of carbonation works well with the bitterness of the hops and the other spices. Its also helps keep that nice thick and lacey head around all the way thru the beer. Left with a creamyness in the mouth that didn't turn to a dry feel at all despite the 6% ABV.

O: Very nice and complex brew. Everything here worked well together and I found it very enjoyable all the way thru from the pour to the last sip.

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Photo of Sidebordz
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jmerloni
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange-yellow coloration with sexy white head that laces really nicely on the sides of the glass. It also has this awesome tornado-shaped, hanging, unfiltered sediment.

S - Fresh smelling, ginger, earthy, grass, Belgian yeast, citrus, floral tones, a lot of spice. Some light honey malts.

T - Awesome flavor. Wow. Ginger galore! Citrus rind, Belgian yeast, sage, coriander, cloves, black pepper. Tart flavor. A real explosion of earthy awesomeness. A little too much at once. Makes it a bit confused, like everything is shouting over each other.

M - Good balance, good carbonation, pretty dry. Medium-bodied and somewhat airy.

D - This beer tastes like fairy puree. One of the best beers I've ever had. Will be getting this again so many times. This beer conquers my favorite style of beer.

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Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my boulevard snifter.
a hazy yellowish orange in color with half inch of bubbly white head. great lacing.
smells of belgian yeast, honey, pepper, orange peel, coriander.
tastes very earthy. floral sweetness, with a spicy after taste. a hint of peach fruit sweetness.
medium bodied with high carbonation. refreshing, crisp, dry finish.

this is a great beer for the spring! what can i say, i'm loving saison season this year since i got into beer trading. luckily for me, this is a local, so i can pick it up as i please!

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Draft offering served in a snifter. The brew appears a clear golden color with a finger of white froth. Some patchy lace sticks in thick patterns about the glass. A constant stream of bubbles maintains the froth atop throughout the entire duration. A light swirl effortlessly revives the cap.

The smell is yeasty and herbal with a zesty hop component. It is herbal and Greg smelling with earthy notes reminiscent of sulfur towards the back. It is a bit peppery overall and not bad.

The taste is yeasty with a bit of green herbal character. Some unexpected bitterness initially gives way to a flavor of clove, grass and a zesty spicy aspect. The more I focus on the bitterness, the more the earthy notes of this brew come out.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is crisp and enjoyable. Nicely done and worth checking out but overall there is no significant appeal to it, just an everyday easy drinking saison without much flaw.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of NardiByNature
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden honey. So, cloudy but bright enough to see some bubbles. The head is pearly white and leaves some decent lacing.

S: Fruity—apple, pear, and fig Newtons and even some more tropical fruits pop when the beer warms a little. Also a little yeasty with some spice.

T: I dig the hops; they’re more prominent in the taste than the nose but not overbearing. Bitterness is well balanced against some of the raw, slightly tart fruit flavor up front.

M: Crisp and slightly dry with a bitter-ish finish. A little heat. Nice level of carbonation.

O: Great stuff. My nearest sixer shop seemed lacking after the weekend so when nothing caught my eye I went for this saison from a new (to me) brewery and I’m glad I did. Nicely done American/Belgian fusion, this Belgian-style seems to lend itself better to American ingenuity than the BIPA.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Ground Break from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 543 ratings
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