Thirteen | Ithaca Beer Company

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4.07 w/ 245 ratings

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ToAzwethinkweizm on 12-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
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 SkunkWorks
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Tap and Barrel in Smithtown, NY. Served in a pint glass. I've never had a wheatwine before, and I had thought this was a DIPA while drinking it so my impressions are based off that.

Look: hazy, amber, golden color with a thin layer of white foam sitting ontop with excellent retention and lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell: even if I didn't know this had Citra in it, I'd know that smell anywhere. Big, tropical fruit aromas jump out with a healthy amount of citrus, lemon peel, and hints of orange. One of the more pungent beers I've had lately and its certainly welcome. This might be the first beer I've had with Sorachi Ace in it and so far so good.

Taste: oddly, nothing like the nose, but still quite good. Lemony and pine flavors really stand out, and it is quite bitter. The alcohol is present heavily in the finish, more in a dry sense than in a boozy sense. There's still some tropical fruit, lemon peel, and orange throughout the taste. I can't really detect the wheat, though. Possibly due to the aggressive hopping. Good.

Feel: medium bodied, very dry from the alcohol, crisp carbonation, and fairly easy drinking for a beer of its size.

Overall: quite a good beer. This rivals Flower Power for my favorite Ithaca beer. If you can get this beer, I certainly would try it because its quite delicious. Cheers!

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Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle sampled at Dak's final four tasting, courtesy of cosmicevan!) Pours a hazy apricot color with a white head Aroma has dried pit fruit, spice and wheat. Taste is sweet malts with some bitterness reminiscent of citrus peel. Medium bodied with a bitter finish. A nice beer!

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Photo of HotHands
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an amber gold, very clear, with a nice white head and lacing.

S - Fruity! Orange peel, citrusy hops, lemongrass, bubble gum, bit of pine.

T - Tartness from the wheat through and through. Follows the nose well, with a bit of pine. Off-dry light sweetness is well balanced. Just the right amount of bitterness.

M - maybe slightly below average carbonation, but it's fine. Good body.

Overall - this is a good beer in an under appreciated style. Thirteen remidns me of a pale Belgian without the Belgian yeast. I would say it has many similarities to some of Ommegang's pales.

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Photo of philbe311
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers worth fluffy airy slightly rocky cloud like head that is slightly off-white in color... Decent retention gives way to a thick yet delicate slightly creamy lace... The color is an orangish amber that is rather vibrant... Heavily loaded with sediment, presumably the orange and lemon peel...

S - Holy citrus... Freshly peeled orange... Sweet lemon... There are also some piney Christmas tree like notes... An absolute stellar aroma whose scent can be clearly discerned from feet away from the glass...

T - The unusual mix of lemon and pine combine to challenge the palette... Those that are patient with it and aren't quick to juge will be justly rewarded... A bit of the alcohol induced heat can be noted on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Moderately light and rather refreshing... A bit on the sharp side with prickly carbonation... Works quite well for this offering...

D - A very nice unique offering from Ithaca... I'm not quite sure where this one shakes out in terms of style, but it doesn't really much matter as what results is a truly original refreshing brew... A bit of a sipper given both the assertive hops and 9% ABV... Highly recommended and I'll gladly snatch another bottle or two if I see it again...

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Photo of oline73
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
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 ShanePB
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, Batch E!033

A: Cloudy and hazy light orange body with a thick, creamy off-white head. Tons of sediment floaties in the glass due to the obvious unfiltered nature of these Ithaca series beers. Kind of disturbs the overall appearance.

S: Sugared orange candy slices, passion fruit, lemon rind and lemonade.

T: Starts off with a light oat-based malt foundation, lemon ginger, orange peel, thyme and finishes with notes of sweet strawberry. Yummy.

M: Medium-bodied with the precise amount of carbonation, well done.

For my first memorable Wheatwine, this is pretty delicious. I wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. If this is any indication of the style in general, I will definitely seek out more.

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Photo of causey007j
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ran across this at local Wegmans (thanks for finding the loophole in PA)
750ml btl...poured into a snifter. Brilliant hazy orange color with a soft, but short lived almost Ivory head with little bit of lacing. I noticed some yeast swimming about...yum. The nose was citrus fruit-like with grass and yeast. The carbonation was much like a Saison with an orange, yeasty-lemon and herbal taste followed up by a nice hoppy backbone. The sweet-tart beginning matches well with the spicy (almost peppery) finish. I didn't really notice the 9%ABV. Went well with a spicy BBQ meatloaf.

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Photo of stimulus
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch E!033. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a shiny golden with a two finger cream head and some floating yeast.
S: Wheat, sugar, hops, orange.
T: A bit more interesting than the aroma: wheat, moderate sweetness, moderate floral hoppiness, a lot of orange and other citrus flavors, and finally some alcohol burn.
M: Great carbonation, spritzy and light, reminiscent of a saison.
O: Pretty quaffable for the style, but the alcohol burn at the end is unexpected for a beer around 9%; a well made high ABV can hide it up to at least 10%. This is probably the only thing holding this beer back from being top-notch in this style.

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2.26/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Batch# E!033. $15.00 for the 750mL bottle. Served in a tulip.

A: Three fingers of a fluffy, foamy, cream colored head shows excellent retention. Hazy yet vibrant, the body is medium-light golden orange in color. Tons of light colored yeast particles can be seen suspended in solution. A solid film a thick collar remain for quite some time but lacing is minimal.

S: The aroma is dominated by plasticky phenolics and, way off in the background, scents of dried lemon rind, flowers, weeds, talcum powder & dried/processed coconut. The orange peel is nowhere to be found.

T: I have no problems with front to mid-palate, it's actually pretty enjoyable. Things fall apart (and quickly!) on the backend when the drieness sets in and the only flavor left is plasticky phenols. Drain-pouring is a consideration.

M: The mouthfeel is by far the best aspect of the brew. The body is light-medium with a semi-soft but spritzy level of carbonation. Finishes with a chalky texture and maybe even flavor.

O: I have been singing Ithaca's praises lately, especially when it comes to their anniversary ales. But when it comes to Thirteen...unfortunately, I'm not a fan.

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Photo of Kendo
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the 750 ml into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. First pour yields a slightly hazy, bright golden-honey body with a 1+ finger ivory/stone-colored head. Second pour: same, with visible floaties. Good foamy lace all-around.

S: Very nice - big citrus (very much reminds me of a DIPA in the nose), apricot, peach and tropical fruits, but also with a wheat twang to it.

T: Follows the nose: fruity - citrusy, lemony, and apricot with a touch of spicy wheat that seems to lighten/refresh the tastebuds. Finishes with some heat in the belly, but alcohol heat otherwise wasn't noticed in the mouth. Lingering lemony dry bitterness on the palate.

M: Slightly resiny and oily in feel. Medium in heft, but thicker and slicker in feel than expected; carbonation feels low.

O: Very good. Well done - I haven't had many, but this is hands down the best Wheatwine I've had to date; reminds me more of a DIPA in a lot of ways than a Wheatwine.

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Photo of younger35
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My main man from Philly sent me a bottle of this gem as an extra in recent trade. I LOVE Ithaca and their Excelsior beers have been Tits McGee thus far. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light yellow with hints of orange and a big beautiful one finger creamy bright white head. A nice cap and collar is maintained for the whole brew along with plenty of random spotty lacing.
Smell- Oh lord. SO fresh and fruity with TONS and tons of freshly zested oranges. Literally smells like a fresh glass of Simply Orange. Actually, as I smell it more and more it reminds me 100% of my homebrewed Blood Orange Pale Ale. Hints of lemon sneak in every now and again but I can literally end my description at orange.
Taste- Starts with a very mellow kiss of orange zest and a light hoppy bitterness. It has this sort of pithy bitterness that I feel like I used to get in beers a lot but isn't as prominent anymore (for what it's worth). Very fruity through and through with maybe a touch of some sort of bready malt in the finish but it's fleeting and pretty insignificant. The finish is sort of light and fruity and just chocked full of blood orange and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel- Sort of a light airy feel that's almost silky with a nice zippy carbonation.
Drinkability- Oh my word this is a freaking amazingly good/original beer. I haven't really tasted anything like it (other than my homebrew). So fruity and drinkable and delicious. Thanks much Jeff, amazing brew!!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy copper with scattered particulates in suspension. A one inch head of white retreated to a partial skim coat with tattered lacing.

Aromatics lead off with loads of tropical goodness and phenols. Bubblegum, melons, bannana, lemon, rosewater, peaches, mangoes, and apricots. Very unique and eye-opening. Floral, delicate, and extremely tropical.

Medium bodied with a slick, almost oily mouthfeel. Tacky and low on the carbonation which gives it a syrupy character.

A firm bitterness and citrus-choked hops start the palate with blossom honey quickly following through. A lemony, wheaty twang runs underneath and dank citrus buds crest the surface.

Finishes with lingering, sappy hops, a sustaining bitterness, and trace of boozy warmth.

Tasty brew. The nose promises one thing and the palate delivers another. Definately not one to cellar though, as you would be missing out on some great aromatics.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!033

A-A cloudy orange gold, two finger head that leaves behind a decent amount of lacing.

S-Citrus, lemon, very sweet. Some hop bitterness comes through as well.

T-Starts extremely sweet with the lemon and citrus flavors. Ends with some bitterness, well balanced.

M-Light and carbonated

D-A good beer. Sorachi hops are great at adding lemon flavor, not as good as Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, but still a solid beer none the less.

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Photo of sitarist
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch E!033

This one pours a hazy golden color with some amber highlights. Lots of off white chunky particles seem to defy gravity, and float without sinking. An inch and a half of white head falls to a dusting, and ring. Spots of lacing slide back into the liquid.

Citrus and sulfur dominate the aroma. I smell orange, lemon, fried eggs, plastic, apples,and solvents. I bit weird, but not bad.

The flavors match the nose, with an added pepper bite. Its like breakfast, orange juice, grapefruit, crispy fried eggs covered in black pepper. There is a weird solvent flavor that almost ruins this otherwise interesting beer.

Medium body, not much carbonation, astringent, a bit of a bite, and some warmth on the way down.

Not something that Id drink everyday, but good none the less. I would have given it a higher score if not for the excessive sulfur notes.

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Photo of portia99
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle (batch !E030) poured into a Paulaner wheat beer glass.

A - A careful, slow pour yields a crystal clear dark golden color with hints of amber. A low finger of white head sits atop the beer for a long time with endless streams of carbonation bubbles rising from the base of the glass. Sticky sheets of lacing cover the surface of the glass and follows the surface of the beer all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S - Super fresh smelling citrusy hops up front. Very juicy with grapefruit hitting full force. Complementing sweet oranges kick in nicely. This is extremely citrusy...definitely one dimensional, but this is a great smelling beer.

T - Should have saved this one for Sunday morning brunch because this is pretty much straight juice. Grapefruit at the base and totally throughout the experience. Other citrus contributions - lemons and oranges. There is some hoppy bitterness, actually probably quite a bit, but it really just seems to blend into a fresh unsweetened grapefruit flavor. I have to say this is just outstanding if you love a citrus hop experience (which I do). I'm loving this beer.

M - Medium bodied, if anything it borders on the thin side but just barely. Carbonation is medium and very creamy with just the most delicate tingle placed on the tongue. Citrusy, juiciness from start to finish and past...

D - Wheatwine???? Really? Sorry, but there is no way this is a wheatwine. Ithaca says that this can be aged indefinitely (I think this is "standard" Excelsior series language...but still) way. I had one of these (same batch) about a month ago and was blown away then...even with an extra month of age on it, the hops haven't faded much, if at all. Honestly, this is one of the best DIPA's I've had...I really don't care what anybody calls this beer. I'm calling for Ithaca to make this a regular, year round beer. This is truly a citrus hops lover's dream.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch: E!033

Appearance - Pours an opaque sour orange. A lot of yeast is left floating around; even from my first pour. Slightly less than a finger of head. The top of the head looks like a bubbly honeycomb. Slight hints of pink in the beer as well. Impressive lacing that almost looks like sugar.

Smell - A strong presence of honey and white wine in the nose. Citrus is very prominent, but is overcome by pink grapefruit. Definitely some wheat notes. Slight hops. Smells quite bitter.

Taste - A very hoppy wheatwine. The finish is more bitter than expected. Very crisp and relaxing to drink. The grapefruit and citrus translate nicely from the nose. Lemon becomes more noticeable in the taste as opposed to the smell, but it is very light and refreshing. Perhaps some slight sugar as well. Strong honey in some instances.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very light bodied with bitterness on the finish. The zesty swallow reminds me of peeling perfectly ripe oranges and lemons. The bitter and prominent hops are a nice touch to the underlying flavors. As the bottle describes, a "soft and fluffy' mouthfeel. The yeast in this is delicious.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although the label looks slightly more amateur than previous anniversary bottles from the Excelsior! series, I will give them the benefit of the doubt because consistently good beers have come from this brewery.
Batch# E!033

Copper-orange with a dense, yet fluffy, inch of white head. Slightly hazy with an incredible amount of sediment in the bottom! The beer appears to be light, refreshingly springy. The beer leaves sticky lacing down the sides of the glass and has a never-ending supply of tiny bubbles.

Potent interplay between the hops and citrus. Generally beers choose either one or the other to accentuate and let dominate, but this beer appears to have both fighting for first place. A ginger bite with a candied pineapple sweetness, I'm more than intrigued.

Exceptionally light and refreshing. The citrus oils are in full effect upon tasting, just as noted in the beer's nose. Both these essential bitter-citrus oils and the beer's resiny citrus-hops work synergisticly to produce an incredible beverage. Definitely consume this beer at warmer temperatures, you will not want to miss one second this type of magical flavor intercourse.

Bitter but not overwhelming, cirtusy, and a light refreshingly sweet malt. It's almost like a lemonade that went super heavy on the lemon, but still had a touch of sugar to mellow out the drink's bitterness. Medium bodied, the alcohol is not a noticeable 9%. You could easily put down this entire bottle without the build-up of any nasty, lingering aftertastes.

The weather is just starting to lean towards the better 1/2 of a thermometer, spring is coming. I am reminded very acutely of this fact when drinking this beer, absolutely refreshing. Warmer temperatures bring out the hops and citrus more than when cooler, but I don't blame you it you aren't able to handle a beer of this caliber yet.
The beer is fairly priced, approximately $13, and worth every penny that I didn't have to pay for it.


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Photo of BARFLYB
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into pint glasses split with oglmcdgl at the compound.

A steady pour brought forth a semi bright gold color with some orange seeping in. This is a hazy beer, cant see through, there is also alot of sediment. A bright white firm head with lacing. Smell is hops over wheat and a whole lot of it. The citra is used expertly and it's just a bunch of tropics. Tangerine, mango. Taste is just the same and I guess this is fresh because it screams citra and other 3C hops giving off lemon, orange, tangerine, you name it, lemon mostly though. The malt accents this quite nice and the bitterness is tamed from it. A big medium body, the carb is not bitey, the alcohol seeps in with extreme warming, giving off a slight warmth. I am actually thinking of picking up a casde of this, it's that good.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with onix1agr and poured into pint glasses.

A- two big fingers of bright white head from a steady pour that has some good staying power but does settle after a bit leaving behind some killer clingy lace and a solid cap. Hazy sunset orange yellow in color. I gota say this is some good lookin stuff.

S- big grassy citrus hops. There's lots of grapefruit and some lemon. The wheat stay in the background but bring in a light sweetness.

T- the balance on the first sip is impressive. The hops are citrusy and bitter with a cut green grass vegetative hit. The wheat works as a perfect counter point with just enough sweetness to level the playing field a bit and add to the grassy nature of the hops.

M- on the fuller side of medium with just a touch of slip on the tongue. Carb is a bit lighter and simple. No sign of the abv at all.

D- awesome twist on the wheatwine style and the use of hops is delightful. You never lose the wheatwine under the hops either and that makes this a very successful brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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 OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a fair white skim head. No true lacing.

Some citric hops in the nose, and yeast and sweet grain.

A little alcohol-forward, with yeast, grain, wheat, bitter orange peel. Palate clears well. Decent, smooth brew. Good balance between grain and bitterness.

Fuller bodied, with appropriate carbonation.

Easier drinking than expected. 9% does not show too bad. Worth trying

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ithaca's Thirteenth Anniversary Ale has is a cloudy, dull shade of gold. The white head is full and thick, with pretty good retention and lacing.

The aroma is packed with citrus, showing off lemon, grapefruit and orange. The fruit comes both from hops and yeast, and the aroma works well together. Some light yeast aroma hangs around in the background.

Pretty tasty, Ithaca definitely went with hopping the hell out of this wheatwine. Loads of hops are noticeable right up front, with lots of citrus. Lemon is the strongest flavor, followed by grapefruit and then orange. The hops pair with a pretty fruity yeast, and there might actually have been some zest added to this at some point. Bitterness is considerable. After I finally fight my way through the hops, there is a little bit of a peppery character from the yeast, and the wheat body is light and bread-like with a slight twang. A little more bitterness in the finish.

Smooth, full-bodied beer with a slightly biting bitterness.

13 is another good beer from Ithaca. I had this both on-tap at the release party and in a bottle after; I'm not sure which I prefer. What I am interested in, however, is how this beer will age. I might throw a few in the cellar to find out.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden color with some floaties in suspension. A little less than a quarter finger of white head with some lacing.

S: I am not in love with the nose on this beer. Has a weird baby powder hop nose. Little bit of citrus. A little bit of florally hop aroma as well. There are good parts of the nose as well as not so good.

T: This is not like any wheatwine that I have ever heard and I think it falls to that description as it is a weird beer in-between styles. The hops and the citrus work well together. The wheat beer is barely there. The citrus comes across nicely but it is not from the hops. It reminds me of a batch of DIPA I made a while ago. Finishes clean.

M: Medium body. Light carbonation.

D: I was disappointed by this one. It is not really a wheatwine. It is an interesting and different beer but not up to the other Ithaca anniversary beers.

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Photo of number1bum
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle of this at a tasting over the weekend and it was pretty much universally well received. Examining it a bit more closely this time. Pours a cloudy orange color with a ton of floaties in it. I don't remember the floaties at all from the bottle over the weekend. Maybe I disturbed this one a bit too much, although I didn't do anything unusual with it. Has about two fingers of ivory head which keeps a bubbly and semi-full lace, with some light stick on the sides.

Smell has a very nice, floral hoppiness, with lemon and orange citrus aromas. It's zesty, grassy and somewhat spicy even. Has a nice sweetness to it as well, sort of a combo of honey and wheat. Nice.

Taste is also quite citrusy and fresh, with the lemon and orange again most prominent. Grassy and spicy like the nose, as well. Has a pithy bitterness in the finish as well; a moderate bitterness overall, akin to a well balanced IPA. Not quite as sweet on the palate as it smelled, although there is still a bready, wheat-y sweetness. A really zesty, lemon peel flavor lingers into the finish; I would say the Sorachi Ace and Citra meld together really nicely here in creating that flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body and is both smooth and dry. Has a pretty good creaminess to it and dries right out in the finish. Good carbonation.

This is a really nice beer and it's extremely drinkable for 9%. Not really a typical wheatwine at all, so if you see it labeled as such on this site and don't like wheatwines, don't be scared off. The hops are so nice that I don't know that aging would really improve it, and unfortunately I can see the reviews fading over time for that reason. It is a winner in my book.

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Thirteen from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 83.3% out of 100 with 245 ratings
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