Super Friends IPA | Ithaca Beer Company

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Single Hop IPA featuring Citra that was fermented entirely with a proprietary blend of strains of Brettanomyces.

Added by akorsak on 08-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by samyoung:
Photo of samyoung
3.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Did Ithaca & Co. get in over their heads? I am not sure, yet am convinced that Jolly Pumpkin-style brews, which this brew aspires to, will at some point takeover the world - GO BLUE!

A - Orange and yellow with big-time cloudiness.
S - Citrus-y, urine-sour, very sour.
T - Hard-hitting, west coat IPA up-front, with a crazy sour finish unlike anything I have ever tasted.
M - Medium. Strong yet weak.
D - If the urine-y taste does not get to you, the sour-ness will.

This is the most inventive beer I have had in many, many months. While the taste and drink-ability are not perfect, the execution is...SOUR IPA? - YES PLEASE!!!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to dmeadows for the growler!! Wow!

Brilliant orange red with a solid two inches of off white foam on top. Spotty, patchy lacing as well. Dank, citric hops lead the way. Resinous and a bit spicy as well. Smooth caramel background along with a mellow phenolic yeast too.

First sip brings a medley of citric hops upfront with notes of pineapple and spice. Floral touches meld in with caramel malt notes. Flows down a great mix of earthy, slightly funky yeast tones that wrap around the Citra hops beautifully. Just a stellar IPA.

Mouthfeel is perfectly creamy and smooth with great carbonation. Overall, an incredibly tasty and easy drinking brew. Really happy to have had the opportunity to try this and hope it's brewed again soon, its a winner!

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i took a drive to sheridan drive consumers when i seen it on there website. $22 a growler. listed as 6%.

at fridge temp, poured into a SA perfect pint glass. pours a beautiful hazy golden orange, nice hues of red in the light. big frothy slightly off white head with great retention. tons of sticky lace.

wow! big doses of resinous, pungent hops in the aroma. lots of lemony citrus, pungent aromas of raw freshly picked hops, floral, piney, its all there. behind all the hops, bits of musty funk come out more as it warms and mingle with the hops nicely.

very pungently hoppy bitter taste. lemon citrus, pungent pellet/ fresh picked cone like hoppiness. lots of ripe tropical fruitness, floral and piney as well. a light mustiness is present on the backend, but it is suddle. light acidic, back of the mouth sour on the finish. brett and the citra hops meld so nicely.

so resinous and bitter, no amount of touth brushing or cheese eating is going to get that out of your mouth, medium bodied, ample lively carbonation and just a light acidic sourness. super smooth and velvety, affects every part of your mouth.

so flavorful and oh so drinkable. im so glad i got a chance to taste this, kinda wish i got 2 growlers, great beer! by far one of the best ipas ive had.

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Photo of nkersten
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, finally. Thanks to the Chicago crew for sharing this one. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white head and good lacing. Smell is brett funk with lots of tropical fruit hops and little to no malt. Taste is hop forward, very floral, with some sugary malts and grassy notes. Not overly bitter with a good compliment of bretty funk. The brett goes surprisingly well with the hops. Mouthfeel is a medium carbonation that is clean but not too dry in the finish. I had low expectations going into this one and really enjoyed it. The hop flavors were great and the brett added a nice touch. An excellent IPA that is a little bit different.

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Photo of tedstertm
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with ample and long-lasting dark creamy head. Smells of sweet sweet citra and a caramel. Tastes like a smack of grapefruit and fruit punch all so incredibly hoppy. Just a touch of sweetness to stand up to these incredible hop flavors. The drink enters your mouth with a blast of oil and the perfect heaviness for the amount of sugar and hops. I could drink this all night. It's pretty much the freshest flower power I've ever had x2 only better. Good going everyone who was involved in making this beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this beer without knowing what it was and I was initially quite taken. It's remarkably fruity and tart-ish, and backed by caramelish but dry malt speckled with hints of dirt, leather and must. Ahhh, Brettanomyces. Now it all makes sense. My first thought was that it was like a super-charged Orval, but going through it I found it to be much more than that.

The appearance was a heavily cloudy body that displayed a crimson-accented deep amber or dark orange marmalade depending on how you held the glass and how might light got through, beneath a long lasting head of bone-white froth that dropped along the sides of the glass to leave what looked like a Meringue cookie sitting in the center. The rings of lace about the glass could have been better, but I can't fault it given the initial showing.

Apricot appears in the nose, along with pineapple and perhaps some mango. It has some definite fruit 'pulp' to it. Brettanomyces is also there lending some nice leather, and muddy/mineral aromas to it. Unfortunately there's some "goat"-like and catty notes to it as well. The goat may be from the caprylic acids formed by the yeast, but the cattiness is most likely due to some oxidative effects. You don't pick it up so much at first because there's so much fruitiness going on, but as you become accustomed to it and it warms a bit a definite piss aroma (uric acid) appears.

Great mouthfeel.

The flavor delivers a brilliant blend of balanced malt, fruit, and other Brett notes. The malt, and the fruitiness (with all of its tart suggestions), appear solidly at first along with some leathery and lightly crushed granite-like notes. As they soften, more barnyard funk appears (manure, mud, and wet horse hair), and then a subtly metallic character appears. The bitterness is solid but it doesn't linger. Unfortunately, there's a bit of rotting vegetable character that starts to make it's way through in the finish which isn't great. However...

As to drinkability, I had two bottles and enjoyed them both except for the piss aroma, which can be off-putting. You need to have a kind of push and pull with beers like this, looking past certain aspects as a trade-off for the brilliant others that it offers. If you like gueuze, fear not. Certainly worth trying!

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Photo of AndrewNations
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So surprised with Thorpe429 pulled this growler out at a recent tasting. Incredibly thankful.

The color on this is nice and bright yellow with a bit of orange. You know, that "drink me now" color.

The nose was nice and consistent with the style. Lots of good nice fruit from the Citra.

Its amazing how well the hop and funk go together. The Brett C doesn't overpower the hop but rather compliments it nicely and lingers in the background and then finishes nice and dry almost like a Belgian pale.

Cant wait to have this again.

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Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to soulforpeanuts.

Pours clear amber with a nice large bubble whitish head.

The aroma has loads of brett - funky with orange and grapefruit notes.

Very good flavor. Bretty funky with a little lemon and orange peel, caramel malt, grapefruit, and pineapple.

Medium-bodied and not at all syrupy with low carbonation, which I can't fault considering it came in a growler.

Really good beer overall. Innovative.

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Photo of jsilva
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Single Hop IPA featuring Citra, Super Friends was fermented entirely with a proprietary blend of strains of Brettanomyces provided by Phil Leinhart (Ommegang), Scott Vaccaro (Capt. Lawrence), Casey Hughes (Flying Fish), Spencer Niebuhr (Southampton), Jeff O'Neil and Eric Kugeman (Ithaca), and Steve Altimari (formerly of Valley Brewing Co).

A: The IPA is a brilliant golden yellow color, just a tad hazy. Each glass was accompanied by a finger or so of dense white head.

S: The combination of young brett strains and citra is knock-out. The citra is ripe grapefruit, dripping with oily juices. The brett, just a month or so at work, has a funky edge but it hasn't taken control of the IPA yet.

T: This is where the ale gets you. The citra is so intense, so sweet that it's hard not to like the ale. That hoppiness isn't as bitter as it is sweet and oily. The pale malts in the base aren't much of a factor, although they keep the ale together. The brett, clearly nowhere near done its job, adds just enough of a musty funk to be noticed (and appreciated). The citra lingers long though.

M: The mouthfeel, oily bitter with a touch of funk, works surprisingly well. It remains light and airy throughout.

D: The best in show at Cooperstown, a grapefruit blast of hops atop a still young brett funk. The citra was a wise choice, delicious and sweet. An excellent collaboration.

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Photo of berkey
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler 10/14/10. Served tulip in a tulip. Wanted to save this for the weekend but a leaky growler caused me to push this tasting forward a few days. There's a small chance this beer was compromised by the leak but after tasting I'm reasonably certain it wasn't so I'm going to post this review.

Forms a very nicely retained fortune cookie colored head atop a pale orange body. Leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma is loaded with grass and straight up orange. Not really getting much in the way of brett aromas but I didn't expect much of that as I find those take a lot of aging to really develop and and would likely be hard to pick out through the hops in any case.

Orange (both fruit and peel) and bitter grassy notes are still the biggest players on the flavor but the dry finish and earthiness often associated with brett manage to peek through. Hop grassiness is nice and plays well into the earthy character of the yeast but flirts with becoming overpowering after awhile. After finishing my review I noticed some others described this as tart or even sour but I didn't get that at all.

Overall this beer was a lot of fun, which is what these collaboration brews are really about in my opinion. Glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thrilled to death to be able to say i was able to try this one. a super kind ba sent me a growler of this one and i could not wait to get ahold of it and brought it along for the bday party last night. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/02/2010.

watch an enormous pour here. deep, hazy amber color with just a ton of sediment in the bottom of the growler. huge head of white reaches a height of around three inches before settling back down into a thick lacing that coated the entire inside of the glass, really just amazing.

aroma is something i cannot say i have ever come across before. a huge and dominating citra aroma, that deep, sweet, sticky orange scent that you have come to love, but cut with a light tartness and thick buttery malt. the warmer it gets the more impressive by far. taste is only a step above this. tremendously fresh and full of citrus goodness it was like orange juice with its rich and wonderful fruit flavor. touches of sour apple bite at the tongue and the middle is sublimely balanced with rich buttery malts. simply amazing beer. the final sips are as perfect as the first as the juicy resin filled hops dominate everything in sight and just leave this one as simply stunning.

overall one of the best ipas i have ever had and soo worth its reputation. this did not dissapoint.

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Photo of largadeer
3.97/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by nickd717. Thanks, Nick.

Murky dark amber body topped by a finger of white suds. Clarity and color could be better, but I won't dock it too much for that.

Big tropical fruit aroma, the brett really enhances the fruitiness from the citra hops. Pineapple, peach and mango backed by strong barnyard funk, this is unusual but nice.

Brett is much more prominent on the palate, lending a ton of musty, leathery funk. Tropical fruit flavors hover over the funk, bringing to mind ripe apricots, peaches, pineapples. Bitterness is moderate, never quite overwhelming the intense funk.

Pretty nice stuff, much better than Midnight Sun's brett-fermented IPA. I'm still not quite convinced that it's a winning combination, but this is certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Treb0R
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gfunk720
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed last fall out of my Maudite Tulip.

A- Glowing Amber with a nice white head. Lots of head and lacing. The beer is quite beautiful.

S- Sweet and piney. Mostly getting citrus/lemon, hops, and funk. The funkiness is there, but not like a crazy wild.

T- Lights the mouth of with tastes of lemon, pinnapple, and mint. The brett can be tasted, but is just the right touch.

M- Excellent. Nice and refreshing. Not too heavy, but still has plenty of complexity.

D- Very drinkable. Drank almost a whole growler of this stuff by myself on a Friday night. The funk has just the right subtleness.

Need more Super Friends... really pushes the envelope, and is a great beer.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Five pours into the mini Duvel tulip at BCTC @ Brewery Ommegang on 7/31.

Bright golden orange with a fluffy white head, dense and lacy.

Smell is just flush with tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, pine sap completely outstanding crisp hop profile, clean malt no esters, outrageous.

The flavor profile was spicy pineapple citrus, sharp and bright, more tropical fruit and pine. Hops clearly dominate the flavor but the malt is again like in aroma very crisp and clean. Nicely bittered with some good sharp cleansing bitterness.

Extremely smooth and pleasing American IPA, bright hops and just intense aromas and flavors.

More please.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Doug for this. I believe that this is one of the bottles that was given to the many collaborators behind this beer.

The pour is a murky golden yellow with an out of control monster head that engulfs my glass. It takes forever to subside, but I don't mind waiting since it is too cold anyway. After a few minutes, a marshmallow mountain of foam and spotty lacing remain.

The aroma is just an insane blast of floral and orange peel hoppiness. West Coast style for sure. I believe the Citra hop is used here and damn it leaves an impression. I do notice traces of the Brett underneath, but the hop aroma is so big it almost masks all the funk. Enough peeks through to add a layer of complexity and get my mouth watering. Incredible.

The flavor is a step back from the aroma, but not necessarily a step in the wrong direction. I didn't really want a hop blast out of this beer, and I didn't get it. I wanted to be able to taste the Brett, and I do. I think that the collaborators got exactly what they were looking for with this beer...a great experimental beer that is well balanced between the hops, malt, and wild yeast.

The body is medium/full for the style, and carbonation is pretty much perfect feeling in the mouth.

Overall, this beer is extremely good and very drinkable. Whatever the ABV is doesn't matter, I chugged my glass relatively quickly. It has tons of hop flavor but remains well balanced, and the wild yeast adds a layer of complexity which I desire (normally, lack of depth is the downfall for me in IPAs)

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Photo of Mag00n
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Coles

A: Bright yellow with some orange tint, good lasting white head and noticeable lacing.

S: Cat urine, piney hops.

T: Nice hop hit in the front, spicy in the back. Sour notes mixed in the middle.

M: Medium bodied, ABV blended well and noticed without worry, great carbonation. Loosens up as it the beer gets warmer.

D: Kind of had a mini-session of it today, but I would say after 2 is plenty. The concept alone had my saliva running.


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Photo of RichThatchr
3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this on tap at the local release party at The Good Life in Massapequa Park, NY. It was served next to a unique brie pizza square with orange marmelade on top.

The cloudy brown ale sprouted a strong hops aroma, which I interpreted to possibly be Simcoe hops. I connected with a few others at my table about the Belgian-esque elements of brett in the mix after the first taste. I thought the hops were too dominant through out the taste.

As the ale warmed and the spicy ale became more apparent, I reflected on the drinkability, which is fine for beer geeks, but overall it would be a harder sell and undeserving of the hype surrounding it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Gfunk720 for getting a growler of this out my way.

Pours a really nice bright orange color with a little bit of pink shading. Nice, long-lasting white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose is just incredible, with loads of Citra coming through and bringing along tropical fruits and a bit of grapefruit rind. A mild funk lingers in the background, but the hops are much more prevalent.

The taste tons it down a bit, but the hop flavor is very, very nice. The bitterness and mild funk interact quite well. Nice, dry finish with good carbonation carrying the flavors. Really interesting and unique. I enjoyed this one immensely and really hope this gets brewed again on a larger scale.

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Photo of klikger
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler pours thoroughly enjoyed Darkness Day morning - thanks for hooking up the trade, levifunk!

A - Cloudy, amber-brown, decent lacing, small head

S - Simcoe = wet cat delicious, a touch of wild yeast

T - Lemons, grapefruit, a bit of brett --> fruity citrus & simcoe hops with a bit of sweet malt (which is overpowered by bitterness) --> finish is slightly sour, nicely bitter, and lingers for minutes

M - Light bodied, a little undercarbonated, but I can't mark it down too far (growler)

D - Bitter, not boozy, a little sour = keep 'em coming!

I'm so glad I was able to try this, and it was very good. I was expecting it to be amazing, and the brett doesn't come through as much as I'd hoped. That said, it's a great IPA, and I strongly encourage the brewing of more beers in this particular vein.

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Photo of nh2032
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Bobby.

A: The pour is a fairly hazy golden orange color with an off-white head.

S: Big time pineapple aroma that is mildly tart, very similar to the actual fruit. Some undertones of grapefruit and maybe just a hint of pine. It's got a bit of a wild character to it as well, like some Sauvignon Blancs have.

T: The bitterness is subdued, but I don't mind that here. Again, amazing pineapple takes over the beer and provides a nice sweet-sour contrast and a great fresh fruit flavor. The grapefruit is more pronounced on the palate.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is at a fairly high level, even with being in a growler.

D: This was actually quite a good IPA. I'm always a bit skeptical when it comes to IPAs from outside of California, but this was really nice.

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Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +12.1%

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Super Friends IPA from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 70 ratings