Thirteen | Ithaca Beer Company

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ToAzwethinkweizm on 12-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Event at Pizza Plant with rep and owner Dan. Orangey appearance with white as snow head. Aroma of citrus, orange blossoms. Creamy mouthfeel. Wild yeast in there making it tasty and satisfying, with hoppyness couched in wheat.I like citra hops and usually sorachi, which worked here with the orange and lemon peel insuring the taste experience is in the wheat and citrus world.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is pale golden yellow in color and poured into a snifter glass with a thin white head. Lots of yeast particles are visible floating in suspension, even when the beer is poured from the top of the bottle.
S: There are strong aromas of the sorachi ace hops in the nose--the smell of grapefruit stands out in particular.
T: The hops contribute flavors of grapefruit, lemon and orange. A moderate amount of bitterness is present, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is well masked but the strong amount of bitterness definitely makes this a sipper, although it is a beer that you want to take the time to savor each sip.

Note: Batch E!030

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Paul and Joe for sharing.
Review from notes.

Fuzzy orange, florid haze. Sticky white foam with delicate lacing that hangs in repeating arcs, like the shape of an aqueduct. The foam remains for a good while.

Lemony aroma, alternately savory and citrusy, tea like complexity from the Sorachi, becoming slightly dank and cheesy as it warms.

Flavors manifest more, taking the lead from the nose. Deeply citrusy with lemon and earthy fruit like mango resonating into savory tea leaf, tobacco, and cedar notes. Dank mary jane. Wheat serves more as a vehicle here for an intense hop delivery system. Firm moderate bitterness, creamy mouthfeel, finishing dry.

Overall a really interesting hop combination with the Sorachi and Citra, each lending their own distinctive stamp on this brew.

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Photo of oline73
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a super cloudy golden/light amber color with two fingers of thick off white head. There is a layer of head that sticks with the beer throughout.

Smell: Herbal hops hit the nose pretty hard. Mildly sweet wheat and some citrus as well. The citrus isn't as prominent as I thought it would be.

Taste: Mildly sweet from the malt, with some herbal and citrus hops. There is also a citrus taste from the citrus peel as well. The finish is extremely bitter from the hops and the peel. There is a hint of alcohol at the very finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation. The bubbles are delicate and the finish is dry.

Overall: The alcohol in this beer is hardly noticeable at all. The hop profile is really interesting, it took me a while to decide that I liked it. The bitterness on the tongue at the end is a bit much.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ithaca Ale House. Served in an Ithaca Excelsior! tulip.

Pours a deep golden color with a nice big white head that sticks around for a bit before falling into a thin cap, leaving behind quite a bit of ringy lacing. The nose bursts with tropical hops as well as a good dosing of lemon peel. Citrus abounds as does mango and other fresh summer fruits. The flavor scales back a bit, focusing more on the bitterness though certainly not lacking in hop flavor. Very mild sweetness and malt in the background. Feel is light to medium with a fairly-bracing bitterness and a bit of an alcohol punch. Really solid. One of the better hoppy beers I’ve come across in awhile.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I miss drinkin the Excelsior series back in western NY.Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed peach color with a tight very well defined white head atop,a few chunkies and floaties after a hard pour.This is the most hopped up wheatwine I have come across aroma-wise,boozy with drunken fruit mixed with a healthy dose of citric hops.Big and boozy on the palate,drunken peaches and madarin oranges,the mandarin oranges a really big,citric and somewhat resiny hops make their presence felt but are overshadowed by the boozy fruit.I pick up a little vanilla as the beer warms adding to its complexity.Another great Ithaca beer,they make some top notch stuff.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, batch E!033. Pours extremely cloudy orange amber color with a fairly dense 2 fingers of off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. Some fairly thick lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of big orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, spices, and a bit of wheat. Damn nice aromas! Super hoppy stuff. Taste of big orange peel, lemon, pine, spices, caramel, and a bit of wheat. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish, with lingering notes of pine, orange, lemon, and caramel sweetness. Fantastic balance of bitterness and sweetness here, nothing is overwhelming. Medium carbonation and a fairly full body with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Surprisingly, absolutely no alcohol noticed at all for being 9%. Super drinkable as well for the alcohol level. Even though this doesn’t really match up with what I would expect from a wheat ale; this is fantastic with tons of hoppiness and great balance of flavor.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dr Entropy for cracking this.

Pours a fizzy lighter head, touch of lacing, super yeast chunked orange color.

Nose has rich wheats, sweet heavy wheat, reddish malts, light earthy and nice fruity hops, a bit of a lemony citrus, touch of tangy sour aroma.

Taste is yeast! Lots of yeasty flavors! Then heavy sweet wheats and malts, sweet almost syrupy, fruity hops, light earthy hops, some lemony pinesol, light infection funk and tartness, little boozy and a spicy rye like taste. Chewy hops linger and get very bitter on the finish, with light booze as well.

Mouth is med bodied, a bit boozy, tons of carbonation, and yeast chunked.

Overall probably much better fresh, lots of nice wheat and malt flavors though, way too much yeast and light wild tartness.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. This was enjoyed in May, 2011.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of eggshell-white head. This retains with a rich ½ finger cap of creamy froth that stays robust and coats the sides of the glass with thick patchy lacing. The aroma is floral, with notes of spice, zesty rind, and softer fruit flavors, which melds with the crispness of the wheat in the nose. Alcohol is nicely hid in the nose.

The taste starts out with bitter rind and pine flavors that prickle the tongue, balanced by the juicy tropical fruit from those Citra hops. This works for the most part with the firm bready crispness of the wheat. The finish is mostly all dry pithy rind, which sticks to the tongue and lingers for a good while. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, and while initially sharp on the tongue, this does give way to a slick creaminess on the edges that combines with the nearly nonexistent ABV to really makes this drink well for a nearly 10% beer.

This was very smooth and drinkable for a 9% Wheatwine but the flavor profiles just never took off like I thought that they should. I was expecting a lot out of those Citra hops but alas, it wasn’t to be. This is still decent though and I wouldn’t hesitate to grab a bottle and try it for yourself.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/13/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, honey and caramel. Then a strong and complementary hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful and strong beer worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from Capone's beer garden, Norristown, PA

Poured from a 750 into a pint glass. The first half appeared much different than the last...

First pour: nice clear, copper color with a beautiful finger of frothy head that dissipates to a patchy layer rather quickly, and leaves some attractive lacing.

Last pour: LOTS of yeasty sediment comes out if you pour out the whole bottle, yielding a very hazy yellow color with lots of floaters. If you don't like sediment in your beer, pour the bottom very carefully, and leave about an inch or so in the bottle. If like me, you don't mind sediment, than just go for it.

Scents of big citrus and big hops...grapefruit mainly, with orange and lemon also. Huge hop bite up front, with lots of citrus and citrus zest. Very grassy. I don't seem to be getting the spice that other people get, but I don't mind...this is a tremendous beer. Much more yeast and wheat on the second pour. This is my first "wheatwine," but I find it very close to an IPA or imperial IPA. Maybe a bit more on the fruity side. Very smooth, light-medium mouthfeel, and very drinkable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShanePB for sending this beer my way.

A: Poured a hazy orange with a massive, three finger foamy, off-white head. Very slow dissipation with some fluffy lacing down the sides.

S: Very citrus forward with lemon, lemon rind, and orange peel. There is a little bit of spice and some wheat as well.

T: Starts slightly dry, very lemony with a little orange peel, some spices and ginger. Some light grassy hops as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with a great level of carbonation.

O: A really nice wheatwine, a surprisingly good beer, since wheatwines are not usually my favorite. Another good job from Ithaca.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very interesting beer and I was thrilled to be able to get ahold of a bottle.

ruddy brown color with a smooth head of white that quickly fades and leaves behind only token lacing that is really hard to pick up at all.

aroma is earthy, hints of honey, bready notes, touches of light grass and a pear like fruit note. nothing really coming out at me as being terribly strong. flavor was somewhat similar with a light earthy taste and a smooth and even profile, but just nothing really breaking through on me as being out of the ordinary. light grape flavor in the finish with a honey like flavor left on the palate.

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Photo of russpowell
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from mjtierman, Cheers Matt!

Pours an effervescent honey gold with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Some yeast particles show near the bottom of the bottle. Great head retention & average lacing

S: Citrus in spades, bready notes hiding & emerging once warm

T: Follows the nose pink & regular grapefruit lemons, bready notes, layers of bitterness, you can taste orange & grapefruit peel, all over the place up front. Bready & caramel sweetness fight though the citrus parade as this warms

MF: Medium bodied, chewy, firm carbonation & great balance, some warming sensation comes through once warm. I even get some citrus burn on my lips as well

Super take on the style, artfully executed use of hops & citrus rind. Perfect for a warm spring day, like today. I must get me some more beer from this brewery, they are impressing me so much based on the 3 I've had..

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Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on tap @ O'reilly's served chilled in a snifter.

The wheatwine appears a beautiful golden sunset color with apricot hues and thick cream cap with tiny bead -lace sticks well. The smell is very strong with Citra and Sorachi Ace influence -the major aroma is lemony tangerine w/ light floral acent and almost spicy, but very low in malt odors overall and the hops dominate this brew with pungent citrus and mild tropical accents with a mild pineapple effect. The feel is very good, if a little high in bitterness for the style. I guess that is open to interpretion since it comes off like a Double IPA more than a wheatwine in that realm for me. It is very hoppy and juicy which I like, though. There is mild astringent and mouth puckering acidic edges with very high effervescent and almost prickly feel overall, the hop level leaves a lingering acidity in the finish with hop resin coating the palate.

The taste is very good-strong w/ hop resins with give off nice bitter flavors yet doen't really cross the line they just overwhelm any sense of malt up front with some rind-like citrus up front. There is a gentle lemony astringency from the Sorachi Ace which I enjoy and some mild toasted graininess comes out more as it warms with semi-dry bittersweet combo of high alpha hops and light malt w/ lots of tangy lemony orangeade taste that lingers long after the swallow. I was impressed with this overall-kind of a Citra and Sorachi Ace Hop delivery vehicle when it comes down to it -saturated with hops through and through -the aroma, taste and feel it has the bitterness, but it still retains the juicy hop flavor of Citra and Sorachi Ace which doesn't dissapoint in the least. 13 doesn't pretend to work with the wheat but simply cloaks the alcohol with such intense juiciness and hop goodness you really don't care.This is the next in a line of great Excelsior beers!

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Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Bright orange in color with a thick, foamy, white head filling the top two inches of the glass. Great head retention and some decent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has big juicy profile to it. I get a mix of orange juice and a bitter grapefruit, citrus rind like quality. Very appealing aroma to it overall.

The taste starts out with a brighter, hoppy flavor. Midway it starts to get very juicy and fruity with more of the orange and grapefruit coming out. The orange is very juicy, and so close to the flavor of an actual orange. The finish has a very dry, bitter citrus rind flavor and more of the fresh orange flavor.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied with carbonation being also a little above average. Overall it was a very cool beer, the grapefruit and orange flavors were very flavorful and intense. The orange flavor really stood out to me in it, It really felt like biting into an orange at times. Definitely a much different beer than any other wheatwine I've had, so it was hard to make any in style caparisons. Overall I thought it was just a delicious beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Mike. Thanks!

A: The pour is a hazed golden orange color with a white head.

S: Some very floral hops. Fairly herbal too with a lot of citrus (orange) peel. There's a bit of grass and wheat, but a strong plastic aroma, unfortunately.

T: A harsh bitterness and plastic flavor that sort of ruins the whole beer. There is some good citrus and citrus peel flavor and the floral hop qualities are nice. Piney hops provide some more bitterness.

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation.

O: There are some decent flavors, but that plastic was just too much to look past.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lancaster shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

What's a weekend without a wheatwine, am I right? This one pours a cloudy amber-tinted orange juice topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, orange rind, lemon zest, honey, cantaloupe, and that distinctive dank-ish smell that can only come from the Sorachi hops. A quick glance at the label confirms the presence of this varietal. The taste holds notes of orange zest, light lemon zest, dark greens, Sorachi hops, melon, and light caramel. The body is a light-yearning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy feel. Overall, a pretty nice wheatwine, but the Sorachi hops, my least favorite varietal, keep this thing from really soaring. Damn those hops!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 01/14/11 notes. Had on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a murky orange color with no head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus, fruit malts, oranges, and grapefuit.

t - Tastes of oranges, tangerines, orange juice, fruity malts, citrus, grapefuit, and pine.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - A nice beer, where the oranges really stand out in the smell and taste. Would like to have again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken 1/4/11. Big thanks to Dan for sharing this growler with me. Pours a hazed orange color inside the glass with a white cap for a head that recedes leaving spotty lace on the glass. A few swirls revive some bubbles across the top that hold close to the edge of the glass.

This brew has a bold nose that displays indications of grapefruit and is somewhat spicy. A scent of oranges and rind-like character is evident before grassy, leafy hops and then more citrus fruits. lt starts to smell of fusel alcohol once it begins to warm up.

This brew tastes of grapefruit pulp with orange rindy flavors added to increase the citrus and perceived bitterness of this brew. It is modestly bitter with a fruity spiced aftertaste. Warming alcohol is evident throughout as well as a long spicy aftertaste of hops and pulp. A grainy spiced flavor without much backing sweetness is along for the ride.

This offering is medium to full in the feel with a light amount of carbonation that is a little viscous and smooth in the feel. Fairly drinkable with no residual sweetness but huge bitterness that lingers with an oily feel. I appreciated the opportunity to try this but I don't think I could handle more than a glass or two of it. If there was such a style, this would be an imperial fruited rye IPA, not what I was expecting.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Thirteen from Ithaca Beer Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 245 ratings.
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