Ithaca Beer Company

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Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
4.12 | pDev: 13.35%
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 245 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one promises to be interesting. Just my 2nd or 3rd wheatwine. Poured a 750 ml bottle into an oversize wine glass.

A - Fresh squeezed orange juice. Like not from the carton. The color of a dried apricot. Pillowy off-white head that mostly dissipates after a minute or two. Decent lacing.

N - Interesting! Dried tropical fruit, like apricots, mangos, cantaloupe. The kosher fruit roll-ups we got at synagogue on Simchat Torah. Peaches too.

T - I get the remnants of juicy hops. Not much bitterness, just some of the bark-y dankness. Not really for me. Grapefruit juice.

M - Somewhat dry finish with a decent coating after letting it sit for a while. Fairly smooth.

O - A fine American wheatwine, if there is such a thing. A bit dank for my tastes, but not unenjoyable.

Jul 23, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on 2-1-13. L: Pours hazy peach amber under a 2” finely bubbled white foam collar that slowly recedes while hugging the glass.
S: Fruit, citrus, lemon and light hop aromas.
T: Has a fruity sweetness that is subtle and not overdone with improving and more assertive flavors as it warms. There is an interesting blend of wheat and malt flavors in the background.
F: Rich and creamy, medium full body and medium carbonation. Very soft in the mouth.
O: This is one of those one time beers that the brewer should do again.

May 20, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one.

Batch # E!034.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, brown sugar, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, brown sugar, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Jun 04, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch E!036

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy golden orange in color with light amounts of visible carbonation, moderate amounts of yeast particles in suspension near the bottom of the glass, and some bright orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with some slightly thicker section with larger bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of hops including some citrus/grapefruit rind, citrus/lemon, and a lesser amount of pine. There is a somewhat moderate to heavy presence of wheat in the background as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of wheat with some slightly stronger flavors of citrus/grapefruit rind and citrus/lemon hops. Behind those there are moderate flavors of citrus/lemon rind and pine hops. Overall, there is a moderate to heavy amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Overall this beer is quite enjoyable with the fairly high amount of alcohol well hidden. This is still a big beer and that part is not hidden with the somewhat heavy amount of bitterness make this one best enjoyed by slowly sipping. The flavors and aromas become more pronounced as the beer warms up and that shows more elements of complexity. I think that the time has made this beer more like other wheatwines.

Note: This beer has faded slightly from when it was fresh, unfortunately I did not have any notes from the fresh bottle so this is the only review I am able to post.

Jun 21, 2013
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GonzoHomebrewer from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a very cloudy, hazy golden apricot color with a fluffy dense off white head, Aside from the very cloudy, yeasty appearance, good looking beer

S-chewy candied lemons, with a heavy, still ominous wheat presence in the background. Still a lot of citrus on the nose

T-I remember this being like liking a lemon rind fresh. That flavor has since subsided a bit, with the wheat malt character becoming more front and center. There's just enough lemon flavor left to mask any alcohol notes.

M- A creamy body with medium carbonation leads this to be an easy drinker. Great job here

O- Though not as in your face as fresh, it has turned into a much more balanced beer, I'd even say it is more like a wheatwine now, than it was fresh. I'd drink this sooner rather than later as the lemon is fading a lot in the taste despite the nose holding up soo well.

Apr 09, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. Batch E!034.

Appearance - Hazy orange, no real head. Wispy surface and a collar of white foam.

Smell - Citrusy still. Doubt it's from hops at this point. Lots of that distinctive malt aroma that I find in barleywines like Bigfoot. Wheat back there too.

Taste - Much wheatier. Bright citrus. Wheat. Light caramel malt and some sweetness. Finishes with very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Getting old. Thinning out. Still carbonated.

Overall - Definitely getting old, but still decent. Tasty beer originally, but falling off now.

Mar 27, 2013
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*my original notes got deleted just as I was about to hit submit and I couldn't find any way to recover them so this is from very recent memory but without the beer in front of me; the numerical scores remain identical*
I don't know when this was bottled as everything says it is a retired brew, first released in 2010, though my local shop, which tends to have a very good turnover, had this in their refrigerated section
750ml bottle poured into a snifter; lot E!036
A: Hazy burnt orange with a 1.5 finger head that settles to 1/2 finger
S: Lots of orange/lemon from the citrus peel with a bit of spices/earth and a caramel malt backbone
T: Quite a bit of citrus, primarily orange up front followed by a nice earthiness and a bit of malt; nice complexity
M: Medium-bodied, textured/complex and a very long finish
O: I really enjoyed this, overall it's a beer that makes you sit and contemplate the brew wile drinking it rather than gulp it. I will try to pick up the rest my local shop has as it claims it can age well and however old this is it tastes fresh; very enjoyable

Feb 23, 2013
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hint of yellow can be found in the three-inch tall, white head that quickly turns rocky, then sticks around, slowly leaving sticky patches of lace on a Dogfish Head snifter. The liquid itself is clear, amber gold with occasional carbonation.

A strong lemon scent mixes with some spices, a background of barnyard and orange rind. This one is very fresh, with some alcohol fumes. With warmth, tropical aromas like mango become more pronounced.

Thirteen is quite bitter and sharp with acidic notes up front. Lemon is quite present with an earthy finish that starts light and builds. The tongue is held captive by an almost numbing bitterness.

Silky smooth with a medium body and slick texture. Effervescent carbonation accentuates the sharp, biting, dry finish. Alcohol is as one would anticipate.

With one year in the bottle, it is impressive how the hops still dominate and there is no pretense toward balance. The first glass was certainly enjoyable, but due to the dominating bitterness, a second glass would be a chore.

Sep 03, 2012
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lovindahops from New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I would snag a bottle of 13 to review tonight. Reason being? I am ecstatic that the new brewery is almost up and running!

A- a redonkulous hazy orange with whip cream frosting and enough floaties to make heady topper look like there isnt a strand of sediment in it. Very unique look as the foam laces the glass and showcases an unfiltered look

S- very citric and bitter with a sting of grapefruit and a sure shot blast of herbal/lemon hops from the sorachi ace. A good orange zest scent as well

T- again, very citric with the flavor of hoppy themes and bitter/zesty flavors. They almost sting the palate as they begin their show of flavor. About as lively as it gets with a hoppy brew that has been cellared for over a year

M- layers of creamy flavor coate while the citrus stings.

O- great brew from ithaca that really displays some unique properties and features. I'm glad I have another one ready to go down south


Aug 30, 2012
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E!030

A: Pours a very cloudy orange with lots of floaties in it. Huge and fluffy off-white head. Fades very slowly, leaving some fluffy chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Loads of orange and lemon leaps out of the glass. Prominent lemongrass. Some other fruitiness I can't quite place. Tropical perhaps, like pineapple. Decent wheatiness but it's the fruit that stands out the most.

T: Quite hoppy even after 2 years or so. Lots of bitter lemon and orange and lemongrass with a strong wheat base. Finishes bitter with more lemongrass that lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Fairly heavy with a little bit of dryness in the aftertaste.

O: A very hoppy wheatwine for sure, especially after all this time has passed. Sorachi Ace stands out with tons of lemongrass everywhere, a must-try if you enjoy this particular strain.

Jul 23, 2012
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mattbk from New York

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden, slightly cloudy, nice head on the beer, slow moving bubbles. A bit darker than I expected, but still fairly nice looking.

Smell: Mostly citrusy hops, lemony as well. Maybe a bit of yeast component to this, the esters make it a bit fruity.

Taste: Wow, quite interesting. Initial fruit burst from Citras and bready malts give way to bitter hops. Strong going down. Just a bit crisp from the wheat. Alcohol playing a role in the flavor profile, maybe just a bit astringent. A very interesting beer indeed.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light. Maybe a touch overcarbonated, distracting from the interesting tastes as mentioned above.

Overall: This is a good beer, it has many flavors teetering on the edge of balance. It is not a sessionable beer, one will be enough, but very solid.

Jul 07, 2012
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flagmantho from Washington

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Batch E!036, according to the label.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate effervescence and a fair dose of haze. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam which leaves a nice lace on the glass. I like the look.

Smell: big malt aroma with big, citrusy, funky hops. The smell is more reminiscent of an American Strong Ale than a wheatwine, but the brewer indicates they are trying to defy traditional style here. I actually like it; there is a subtle complexity in all this high-volume noise.

Taste: big, funky hops right off the bat, which melds in to citrusy hops which then becomes a strong, herby, bitter hop. The malt is entirely an afterthought it seems. I mean, it's tasty, but I have no idea how to classify this. If you like dank hops, you'll love this beer; otherwise, you might give it a pass. Me, I'm somewhere in the middle.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious carbonation. The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and satisfying. Boo-ya!

Overall: I like this beer, but it is a little bit scattered and over-the-top for me. Perfect for an experimental ale, but not so perfect for an evening quaffer. I wouldn't go after this again, but I'm glad I tried it.

Jun 28, 2012
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Holland from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy light orange to yellow color with a one finger head and great lacing that covers the glass for a bit.

S: floral and earthy hop presence. I smell lemon, grass, and a slight sweetness.

T: first it displays a bit of tart character like the lemon, moving into earthy flavors and hop bitterness, and finally a grapefruit flavor with some sweetness.

M: decent carbonation attempts to refresh the head and leaves a crisp feeling even with a beer of medium-heavy body.

O: solid, but left something to be desired. Maybe because it was old? $8 a 750ml is not bad for this.

May 30, 2012
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of quite intense bitter hops with some floral notes and light pickles notes from the Citra. Taste is a unique mix between some wheat malt with intense notes of bitter hops with light citrus and pickles flavours with some residual sugar also noticeable. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Interesting mix thought dry hops presence is a bit too intense and doesn’t leave much place for the wheat malt base to come through.

Apr 24, 2012
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real gorgeous body color, glowing orb orange body, almost with peach hue, light off white head with leg action, some stickiness as well.

Nose is real impressive. Tropical, orange and lemon, very zesty, mushy fruit such as rotting mangos under foot on a 98 degree day. Softy chewy malts, apricot rind and faint earth character. Just smells real fantastic and impressive. Even some faint pickle here.

Taste is surprisingly not as impressive but pretty solid. A fleeting wet body but also real easy to consume. A good hop bitter profile washing citrus and lemon character. Gets into apricot jam and pectin, but without the thickness. Hop angle is noticeable, slightly overbearing.

Overall, pretty impressive going but the palate just didn't explode as the nose seemed to hint. It's still a real solid brew without question.

Mar 29, 2012
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SickGnar from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, orangey, rich, & slightly dark golden with lots of little floaties. A few streams of bubbles rise to join the off-white & fair-sized head that settles with decent speed to a skim which retains okay and leaves some alright lace.

S: Lemony citrus with bright fruit (both citrus and tropical), a spicy zing, some rind with a hint of resin and a musty / medicinal / earthy yeast note. A slight bit more than background is some sweetness that is more honey than malt, and a distant hint of wheat. But the focus is definitely on the interesting citric twang with the other accent notes. Very intriguing, I just would like it to be stronger and more forward.

T: Much more bitter & robust than the nose. Hops keep the citric focus, but loose the fruitness. It has just hints flashing here and there. Much more attention to rind and pith with a dank & resiny aspect. More grapefruit than the lemon from the nose. Other accent notes are mint, woody, herbal (esp. as it warms), spicy, earthy – and these seem to be not completely related to hops, but also to the yeast funk that is more prominent than in the nose. Not that it is overpowering or even close to being too strong – just a nice deep base note with distortion. Spicey, earthy, a fairly solid funk twang, a bit medicinal, and a hint of metallic that makes me think of putting my tongue to a 9V battery or chewing foil. A bit of sweetness & a touch of doughy malt are there just for balance. Not complex, but with enough umph to balance the hops & yeast characteristics. Quite rich and flavorful. It gets increasingly earthy & woody & resiny.

M: A really good bit over medium body (but not really full or heavy) with CO2 just barely matched. Carbonation has a fairly nice texture. Lots of dextrin chew, plenty of sugars, and lots of hop tannins and some oils. Opens with a bit of sweetness, then the obviously firm hopping pushes back with its drying effect. However, it stays semi-sweet super long into the finish. A burly feel. Soft bit of alcohol warming back in the throat. When sweetness finally fades it is very drying from hops, yeast funk, and alcohol. After a bit it gets to feeling a bit coarse and rustic as opposed to rich.

D: Big and potent. Far more hoppy than many another wheatwine – even as old as my bottle must be. Strongly citric – fruity & almost bright in the nose, and then firmly bitter, robust, and focused to rind and resin in the palate. Robust & very interesting. Mouthfeel seems just a tad less hefty than this brew really is. It will sneak up on you. As others have noted – this may be more of a none-standard DIPA or strong APA than a wheatwine. Heft with complexity – the sort of beer that asks you to take your time and think about it.

Mar 13, 2012
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle Herf!

Pours a dark honey color, with a light tan frothy two finger head. Nice lace.

Aroma is very citrusy, wheat, bready malts,honey sweetness.

Tastes rich. Sweet honey notes, wheat breadiness, citrus fruits, slight hippy bitterness.

Rich full body, creamy and lower carbonation.

Overall, a nice above average wheat wine.

Mar 01, 2012
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JoEBoBpr from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ithaca Brewing Thirteen

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy light orange color with a nice copper hue and some golden edges. There is a nice 1 inch white head that forms that is a bit soapy and recedes to a thin mat at a moderate pace. There are some chunkier bubbles in there as well. (4.0)

Aroma starts off with some dank and extremely citrusy hop notes. Seems to me like a hopped up wheat beer with some nice bready wheat notes present as well. Strong notes of grapefruit rind and some nice orange as well. Slight boozy heat is felt and some nice wheat notes permeate the nose. The nose is pretty intense but with a softer more refreshing note on the back end. (3.5)

Flavor starts off very interesting with refreshing orange and lemon peal notes. Quite citrusy and a nice dry bitter middle that continues all the way to the back end. Definitely some grapefruit notes in there intermingled with some nice slightly sweet wheat notes. This brew has a real interesting flavor profile with bready notes intermingles so well with the citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit) and the hop notes hanging out and keeping things cool. As the beer warms the citrus notes start to open up and there are some delicious notes of sweeter fruit juice with some honey even. The citrus notes stop being so aggressive and acetic and become more complimentary to the wheat notes and give the beer a more open and three-dimensional flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium to light with some nice crisp carbonation notes. Very fluffy and complimentary to the flavor profile. (4.5) (4.5)

This brew is quite impressive. At first it caught me off guard with all the hops and all the citrus notes but after it warmed up it really opened up. With great fruit juice notes even some honey. The hops are still there and the citrus notes worked so well with the wheat. (4.0)

Feb 24, 2012
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zrab11 from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice golden yellow, almost brown color with a 1 finger white wispy head

S- Has a nice citrus nose to it. i am also catching some carmel and yeast as well

T- Starts out with a nice sweet malty flavor and then moves to a hoppy citrus flavor and finish's with a crisp sweetness. a little funk at the end as well

M-Medium Bodied with Great carbonation

D-Overall i was unsure what to expect from a wheat wine.. But i was pleasantly surprised.It has a lovely citrus/sweet/malty/funk balance that i loved. This is def. something i would enjoy drinking more of an was a very appreciated extra in a trade for sure!

Feb 11, 2012
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JohnPPutz from Illinois

3.11/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Alright, review #3, bottle number 11 courtesy of shrek806. Blind BIF

A-Straw colored yellow with a big fluffy white head. This looks pretty great, some nice lacing left along the glass as the head dissipates. 4

S-I was expecting IPA here, and the smell puts me off a bit. I get lemon zest and orange peel, lots of grain and wheat, along with another strange smell that I can't put my finger on. Booze as well. Not bad, not great. 3

T-Lots of lemon and orange like the nose, with a wheat backbone. I get that same off flavor that I got in the aroma, which isn't horrible, just tough to get past. This is also very bitter without a whole lot of sweetness to balance it out. Glad I had a buddy to split this with, as a 750 would have been way too much. 3

M-Meduim bodied with good carbonation and very dry. It does go down easily. 3.5

O-I wasn't a huge fan of this beer. That being said, there were aspects I found enjoyable but there was an off flavor that I really couldnt get past, almost like a rubbing alcohol/solvent thing going on. 3

Jan 14, 2012
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biegaman from Canada

4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ithaca Thirteen could double for a flashlight it is so bright. Paradoxically enough, however, it is completely clouded (especially after the second go-round, once the bottle's bottom dwellings make an appearance). Quick brewing lesson: Haze does happen when using oats and wheat. So too does a fluffy head and good lace retention.

I think we've found the cure to the common cold: the bright, citric, ultra-lemony bouquet of Citra and Sorachi hops smells like several days worth of recommended vitamin C. (Note: lemon and orange peel were added.) Making it an even easier pill to swallow is the fact that there's enough wheat malt to conjure the thought of - of all things - creamy vanilla.

The beer found its footing in the aroma, but it really hits a full gallop in the taste. There's not a single dull moment on the palate. Bubblegum-y mango fruit, very weedy (almost vegetal) hops and cereal grain make an interesting combination. It is a real mix of fresh (green, piny hops) and mature (spent grain and musty yeast) flavors.

I went into Thirteen thinking it just another hoppy pale wheat ale that's so in vogue with American brewers but a wheatwine, as it's listed on BA, makes much more sense. It is dense and, while perfectly quaffable, 'strong' in more than one sense of the word. There's enough masking hoppiness to make the alcohol content really only apparent in hindsight.

I've found that many so-called wheatwines are awash in interesting sentences but lack in storyline. Ithaca Thirteen, on the other hand, definitely develops a narrative - a rather captivating one at that. In fact, it earns the 'biegaman bookclub of the month' sticker. If it's still on shelves near you do yourself a big favor and pick a bottle up. And then drink it.

Jan 11, 2012
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spinrsx from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber/copper colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is low amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, apricots, mango

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, hops, and malts. There is also lots of fruit flavours.. grapefruit, apricots, oranges, mango and even a hint of banana it seems. It ends with sweet fruity taste with a good dose of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - What a fantastic beer! The fruit flavours are really delicious and the alcohol is very well hidden. It might be just a touch on the sweet side, but I still flew through my bottle very fast. I wish I had picked up more.

Jan 10, 2012
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BeerLover99 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange cloudy marmalade,
finger white head, stunning lacing

S: big orange and lemon peel, fresh wheat,

T: orange+lemon, big fresh wheat,
oily/sticky light spicy finish

M: med body, smooth/oily mouth

O: WOW! really nice way to celebrate
the brewery's anniversary. Big beer,
so refreshing.


Dec 19, 2011
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vande from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky, solid yellowish/golden pour with a clean and heavy white head. Smells of grass, citrus, bready. Sweeter at the beginning and develops nicely with the wheaty quality mixed in with lemon and other citrus notes. A solid and interesting tasting beer. Medium bodied and easy to drink - somewhat refreshing for a bigger beer!

Dec 11, 2011
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mynie from Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here labeled a wheatwine, which makes sense. But it's filled with orange peel and it's hopped with Sorachi Ace, so it can't really be judged like a regular wheatwine.

Nice pour, hazy sunshine orange. Smells of strongly alcoholic wheatmalt along with huge sorachi nodes. Very dry and pleasantly intense, but I wonder where the orange is at--a burst of citrus sweetness would have done a lot of balance things out.

Tastes more complex and balanced, very nice. Hard to describe, though... Sorachi is a beer-defining type of hop. If you were to put this and Scotty Karate into a ten-beer lineup and feed it to someone who don't know nothing about craft beer, he's still gonna be able to tell that those two got something special in common. It's spicy in a pleasantly medicinal way, kind of like a Ricola cough drop only less licoricey. Against a pale malt background, the Ace dominates. Against a nicely roughly alcoholic, aggressively peppery, thick-bodied wheatwine background, the Ace is still the most prominent node, but here it's like the biggest boom in a firework cacophony, a wonderfully discordant mess meant to make your thrillingly disoriented.

Dec 05, 2011
Thirteen from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 245 ratings