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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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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 mothman
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into unibroue chalice.

Pours a finger of off-white head. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Big floral nose with some brett showing. A lot of orange citrus. Some grapefruit as well. Floral and hoppy. I like it.

Taste: Bitter floral hops. Some herbal notes. Funky brett. Some orange and grapefruit citrus. A really clean ipa. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, smooth, creamy, and clean. It is refreshing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean with some hops.

Overall, it was a great ipa, but it reminded me more of a belgian ipa. Pretty drinkable. I definitely enjoyed this one.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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 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 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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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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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to aerozeppl for sending a growler for the Chicago crew to share. Served in a Lost Abbey Rastal Teku glass.

A - Pours with a finger of foam that settles to a thin cap and big chunky ring, leaving behind splotchy lace. Hazy peach body.

S - Musty brett, pineapple, dank weed, zesty citrus, some burnt sugar malt character. There's some funky and lightly plastic notes when it warms up, but they aren't overly invasive compared to the brett and Citra hop aromas.

T - Taste is more sweet tropical fruits, some zesty citrus hop bite, and a sugary malt backbone. There's some musty funk character but it's not as big as in the nose. Finish is lightly bitter. Probably more of a 4.25, but I'll round up as I was less generous elsewhere.

M - Nice carbonation spritz, medium body, more sticky and chewy. Not overly dry. Works well with the flavor profile, and hides the mystery alcohol content well.

D - This is pretty nice, but I don't think it's an A+ beer. Reminds me of very fresh 3767, but without the vinous and oak character. Pretty drinkable, but it's hard to have a baseline for this style. One of the top five brett IPAs I've ever had.

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4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Mike, thanks. Beer is yellow with a thin head of small and large bubbles that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass, its slightly hazy and the carbonation is low.

Aroma is like getting hit in the face with citra and amarillo hops. Its amazing. There is a secondary brett c aroma, kind of harsh plastic bandaid aroma but this is what that smells like.

Beer is light in body and smooth in the mouth. The hops are powerful and there is no sweetness to lead off. The beer is a little dry on the finish but overall its really nice. The Brett character comes through with a secondary harshness behind the strong hops. Such a fun concept beer. This is better than the wild devil I've had but those are the only two Brett IPAs I've managed to sample. I'd have this again for sure.

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

The beer pours a hazy, dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a killer hop aroma. It's citrusy as hell with a wonderful yeast character. It's lightly soured, but not enough to hide any hop character. The malt bill provides adequate balance and serves as an excellent base. The taste is incredible. It has a monster hop bite up front laid over a base of pale, crystal, and possibly melanoidan malts. It goes down very smooth with a resinating hop taste and a touch of Brett sourness. I love that the sourness is subtle and not over the top . It has almost a farmhouse funk to it, like a good saison. It's hoppy with a bit of peppery character in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an exceptional beer. It definitely exceeded my expectations. We need more brewer collaborations like this. Great work Super Friends!!

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4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few glasses at Swift ..

Superfriends comes together with a bright bronze, golden nice looking beer here, A very respectable head, globs of stuff on the glass. Very vigorous condensed foam. Smell is citrus, mango, orange, some pine, brett that is top notch, A nice mix and it works. Taste is no different. Kinda middle ground between undead ed (super bretty) vs. Wild devil (super balanced) with a more west coast hop outcome. Citrus with orange and grapefruit, some sweets from a malting, the brett is clean and farmy, feel is medium, dry, crisp, lingering, nice! Really good beer here, I ordered more.

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

Thanks to jdiddy for opening this one up. Pours a hazy, golden-orange with a frothy, quarter inch, off-white head. Nose is incredible - sweet citrus, orange, jasmine, floral notes, passion fruit, cat urine and a slightly herbaceous quality. Taste is much more subdued and considerably less sweet than suggested by the nose. Flavor profile is more earthy, less fruity, with a light lingering bitterness. There's also a Belgian IPA quality to this - perhaps in the yeast strain. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an even and balanced carbonation and a semi-dry finish. A really nice beer with a great deal of complexity. I definitely enjoyed this IPA, but there are better ones out there - perhaps a little too much going on in this one, but well worth your time if the opportunity presents itself.

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4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Alex and Sean.

Growler into a Lost Abbey glass.

The beer is an ugly medium bread crust brown and the bottom of the growler has at least an inch of sludge...The aroma is musky right away, I knew it was brett as going in I didn't know it was brett ipa. Its fairly light though, bread, light pineapples, a little funk...The taste is also on the lighter side not overpowering sour which makes it easy to drink, but on the other hand I don't really get any hops which I was expecting. A little sweet and funky beer, not bad, not great, I give it credit for originality but not at all worthy of the lofty rating.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared with some of the Chicago crew.

A - Pours light golden color, white head, some lacing, thin cap.

S - Tropical fruit, brett, slight funk, hops, citrus notes.

T - A nice mix of hops and slight funk, orange zest, citrus notes, slightly bitter finish but the funk is there as well.

M - Light to medium, frothy carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - I had a couple of pours from the growler. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and hope to have again in the future.

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Photo of Kendo
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler from Westmere Beverage ($24.99) in Guilderland on 8/20/10 (thanks pboegel for the heads up). Consumed on 8/21/10.

A: Poured into a Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale pint glass. Body is hazy honey-amber with a small off-white head that settles quickly. Lots of very fine bubbles of carbonation visible.

S: Wow - really, really nice. Citrus, tropical fruit and a boatload of pineapple and grapefruit juice. Ever-so-slight funky-ness at first; poured it pretty cold, so I'm guessing that'll be more pronounced as it warms. . . . Sure enough, halfway down the glass and I get a lot more funk - not in a bad way at all; it adds to the character and makes you want to smell it more.

T: There's that pineapple juice from the nose. This is my first experience with the Citra hop, I believe, and I like it. I get a bit of apricot, reminds me of Sculpin a little. Also some tartness, maybe even sourness at times. Touch of spice at the back of the sip. Finishes with resiny pine lingering on the palate. As it warms, malt foundation makes an appearance underneath all the hoppy goodness, with a touch of honey sweetness.

M: Call it medium in heft. Carbonation is fine and soft.

D: Excellent. I like the flavors a lot and it goes down real easy.

Not sure I'd call this an American IPA; more of a Belgian IPA overloaded with American hops. Whatever you call it, it's interesting and well done.

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4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure that I would be able to snag this beer before next summer, but alas it was on tap at the Tusk in Syracuse.

The beer was a rich dark amber color with a sparse head, but ample carbonation. I was poured a 10oz serving of this beverage into a thick, rolled rim, glass mug (not chilled). The beer is more rich in complexion than I expect for most IPAs, which makes me think that it might be more of an intensely hopped amber ale.

This beer is all about the hops. There was a gingery, piney bitterness and a citrus backed sweetness that exploded all over my olfactory. It makes a very intense first impression and needless to say this beer can hold its own as an IPA. I wasn't getting the alleged belgian yeast funkiness coming through the hops, but definitely a pungent, sweet, and hoppy beer.

Outstanding, I should have gotten my growler filled when I had the chance. This is a tremendous combo and the Belgian characteristics imparted onto an already solid IPA adds remarkable depth to the flavor profile of this beer. I finished 4/5ths of my beer before my meal even came. Likewise, the beer that was left did not overpower my meal either (an added bonus because a strong IPA typically lends too much bitter for a meal pairing). I will seek out this beer again before it's gone and I am glad for a break from the heavy beers of winter.

Not overly bitter and no gross, lingering aftertastes. It was smooth, clean, and medium to full bodied. There is a lot going on with this beer, it took more than a sip to know what it was about. The beer presented pungent, citrusy hops followed by a rich malty sweetness and belgian funkiness. I am appreciative of a beer with a dry finish, it definitely had me coming back for more (which is why so much was gone before my meal).

Absolutely delightful midday ale that was both complex and moderate. It was more on the expensive side, yet still more affordable than a comparable trappist on tap. I would be delighted to try this beer in a large 750mL bottle, but it was outstanding on tap. This beer is smooth, balanced, and redeeming for those that appreciate Belgian-IPA hybrids, I would definitely try this beer if you are hesitant in your decision.

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

Super Friends IPA has a reddish body with a white cap of foam on top. The foam looks fairly solid, and it leaves some pretty good lacing on the glass.

I sniffed my buddy's glass of this beer before I ordered mine and my initial reaction was "wow." The aroma is intensely fruity, especially grapefruit. The slightly edge of tartness or mineral character from the brett is noticeable too, although it is really just complimentary to the citra hops.

The flavor is no less impressive than the aroma. The bitterness is fairly low for how hoppy this beer is; mostly this is a hoppy fruit bomb. Lots of grapefruit with hints of generic citrus fruits from citra hops, and just a light tartness from the brett that compliments the hop profile very well. The yeast probably adds a little bit of fruitiness also, perhaps just a hint of green apple at the bottom. The malt is understated; it is rather pale and dry, really only adding enough to give this beer a backbone.

Mouthfeel is just a little bit oily, and pretty normal for the style.

This is a great beer. The brett and the hops complement each other very well. This beer is definitely worth seeking out if it lands somewhere near you.

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