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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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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of kwjd
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Cole's in Buffalo. This is my first ever wheatwine. Pours a cloudy pale orange colour with thin white head. Lots of lacing even with the small head. Smells quite fruity, the sorachi hops really come through. Citrus and a hint wheat also in the aroma. This is pretty hoppy overall. Nice bitterness, with some boozy sweetness in the flavour. Mouthfeel was a little syrupy. A really nice beer, I don't have any other wheatwines to compare it to though.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy, caSSino, for sharing this one during the Upstate-area BA Meetup at RJ Rockers this weekend! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a minimal bone white head. Maintained minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, and oak. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapefuit, dark fruit, and oak. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. A Wheatwine!? Really!? If I would have known I would have avoided it, but I'm glad that I did not as this one was pretty good. A very nicely balanced flavor going on here with a great aroma to follow. A definite must try.

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Photo of Neffbeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes 1/16/2011

750ml bottle marked batch 0!30

A: It pours an Amber/Golden color with a gorgeous orange hue when held up to the light. Quite murky due to the hops, but it has a remarkably thick white head that hangs on forever. It leaves behind great evidence of what was, marvelous lacing.

S: The nose explodes with grass, citrus, lemon, and funky mango. There was some heavy handed hopping going on here. It is very clear that if you are put off by Sorachi Ace hops (lemon herbal bomb) this beer is not going to agree with you. As it warms the yeast reveals it's labor with a whiff of cracked wheat.

T: Dank lemon hops with some fresh cut grass overwhelm. The Citra kicks in with a tropical mango punch mid palate. It then finishes dry and hoppy bitter. The wheat is masked by the intense hopping of this one.

M: Thick and full bodied. The wheat may have been over shadowed in flavor, but it asserts its' authority in the mouthfeel.

D: This is a very interesting take on the "Wheatwine" style. The alcohol is extremely well hidden at 9% and the hops are interesting and different. That said, I am not sure that Sorachi Ace was meant to combine with Citra. It left some odd flavors hanging around. I split this bottle with a friend and was more than happy to share...

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Photo of afksports
2.84/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Ithaca Beer Company has come out with a Wheatwine and this "Thirteen" is particularly interesting. It may be one of the first beers I've tried of the style. It's certainly unforgettable.

In the Janet Jackson Superbowl Nipslip kinda way.

Or the Miss South Carolina way.

Or like Blair Witch.

Or... well, you get the point.

The appearance is a thick fog of wheat and straw orange. It lets no light through. Slight head that lingers on the top only a little. It's mostly just viscous wheatiness. It smells like citrus, as if they pulled all the orange peel out of the hops they could, and gave nothing to back it up. The taste is totally citrus first, and on the original few sips I was enjoying a barleywine type character that used astringent sweetness to cover the alcohol. But as the body warmed, and as I had more and more, the most cloying wheaty hops dryness began to overwhelm my palate on the aftertaste. As I finished, it continued to grow. Keeping my mouth closed helped, and I got some sweetness there. Any time I opened it back up, I was dry as the Sahara.

By the end of the glass, the medium to full bodied brew that had been so citrusy sweet at the start had turned into a drying monster. I left Nags Head Ale House and walked down the street like a panting dog.

I will never forget. One of the most absolutely unique drinks I've had in a while. But also one I won't be returning to (unlike the Superbowl Nipslip or Miss South Carolina).

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
2.21/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

poured into a tulip glass, nice slightly hazy orange color. pretty good head retention.

nose has a strong lemon rind note, fruity, kinda reminds me of like a citrus scented cleanser, but not in a completely terrible way.

this beer has no balance in terms of taste. it just has a ton of lemon hop flavor with a very bracing bitterness. finish is incredibly dry. not saying that i love big syrupy sweet beers but when you have so much bitterness you need a bit of sweet to balance it out.

i had a glass and drain poured the rest quite honestly, i rarely do that with a beer. i love a good hoppy beer but let's get some balance.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Ithaca tulip glass on 2/17/11.

A - pours a golden orange with 2 inches+ of white foam that left plenty of lacing on the glass

S - aroma is mainly some light citrus hops and the lemon peel is really noticable. Its a nice smell, just not overly strong.

T - Light citrus flavor, much like the aroma. Just a hint of maltiness, very light overall but not watery. Alot lighter than I expected. There is a nice slight hoppy bitterness in the finish.

M/D - Really light bodied, almost foamy in the mouth. It does seem to be getting fuller as it warms. Nice carbonation and it is easy to drink. Its just a nice enjoyable beer to drink, and at 9% one 750ml bottle is enough for me.

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Photo of BumpkinBrewer
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 750mL into two imperial pint glasses

A - Pours a murky orange, low flocculant yeast caused us to pour most of the lees into the glass, but I think it's expected with a bottle conditioned wheat ale, clarity is not key. Head is bright white and leaves nice lcing long the inside of the glass

S - Citrusy and fruity with a little something different, may be from the lemon peel or the SA hops.

T - The fruitiness continues with a combination of maltiness, some oat and bisuit flavors come through. A slight bitterness on the bck end.

M - Light to Medium bodied, feels good on the palette, very crisp.

D - The alcohol is very hidden in this brew. I'll have another

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Photo of koopa
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64oz growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley NY....

Appearance: Pours a light copper with honey folds. The crown is slightly off white (buttery to hop stained), 1 finger, shows moderate retention, and moderate lace.

Smell: Nice mixture of herbal / grassy hops, floral hops, and a touch of light malt sweetness. Quite balanced.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the nose but the herbal / grassy hops take center stage. The light malt sweetness rounds out the flavor.

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of light bodied and quite crisp.

Drinkability: The abv, although well hidden, poses a challenge as does the pungency of the herbal / grassy hop bitterness.

Nice to have yet another enjoyable brew from Ithaca!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coles in Buffalo, arrives a light lemony golden with a capper of creamy white head.

Nose is all citrus and tropical fruits, loads of lemon, some pineapple. Hint of the 'fluffier' cereal grains which I acquaint with wheat.

Really a pleasant quaff. Fluffy mouthfeel while still being drinkable, not too sticky or heavy. Loads of lemon and orange rind stand out with a hint of a candied rind in the body. Long bitter finish, caramel malt, less tropical fruits in the taste. Really fresh and surprisingly drinkable. This is a top notch beer which drinks more like a DIPA.

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Photo of bobsy
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles.

Pours a hazy gold with a finger of white head. Nice retention and lace. Strong citrus aroma has ornage and lemon peel combining with an obviously prominent hopping and a smooth malt base. A touch of spiciness rounds things off. The peel comes through really nicely in the flavour, and is excellently integrated. Citrus hops accent this, and play nicely against an almost creamy cereal base. A warm, spicy finish asserts itself and lingers pleasingly on the palate. Medium-full body with a creamy carbonation hits the spot.

Another great beer from Ithaca. They have standout beers that draw a lot of beergeek attention (Brute, LeBleu), but a lot of their other offerings are deserving of similiar praise. I'll seek out more of their stuff in the future.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shouldn't be a wheatwine but category is hard to hit for this perhaps American Wheat Double India Pale Not Black Ale.

750 ML bottle poured into 23 oz weizen glass. Nice pale golden to straw body decent clarity on first pour. Billowy egg white head dense but breaks thin yet stays on top all the way through with good lacing.

Aroma is lemon juice and zest, pink grapefruit and honey. Lots of floral rose, lavender and lilacs. Some fruity and floral perfume like alcohol.

Flavors are tremendous burst of grapefruit, tart lemonade, chamomile, kiwis, honey crisp apple. Some tangy alcohol in the finish. Nice firm bitterness

Oats provide a lot of creaminess lending a medium body to an otherwise dry and generally light body. Oily resinous hops add to the body pickup. Alcohol melds well with hop character.

Extremely drinkable and would pair amazingly with spicy fish dishes.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 21 January 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 750ml bottle, capped

I had this in a growler very fresh, and am now excited to try the bottled version. Poured a 2-finger head that holds quite firm, seems to hold a 1-finger head for a long time, rather sticky lacing, color is a deep cloudy amber orange. Aroma is hoppy but not nearly as hoppy as when I drank it fresh. I think this is still good even with the hops toned down, because the rest of the flavors come out much more clear. The hops are now fruity and candy-like, as if there were such a thing as gummyworm-hops. More aroma of pineapple, lots of sweet honey, lemon peel. Taste of citrusy hops, apricots, and oranges. The malt profile is delightfully fruity-sweet, and not overpowered by the hops. Along with the sweet malt, a twitch of pleasant bitterness accompanies the aftertaste and hangs out on the palate between sips. Thank you, Ithaca. Still a great beer!

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Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
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 mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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 pmlondrigan
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty hazy golden straw color, opaque. One finger white head which fades aways with some stick lacing. Aroma is rather hoppy and citrusy with tropical fruit notes, grapefruit and lemon. The flavor is so hop forward, many tropical fruits, this is a citra hop bomb. Clean, dry and bitter hop finish. I would almost say the flavor is slightly one dimensional. Good body and mouthfeel thanks to the wheat. Pretty lucious feeling. The citra hop abundance makes this one hard to have too much of, and it is also rather bitter. I do like this beer, but as I said a little one dimensional and I wouldn't plan on polishing off a bottle alone.

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

750 ml. bottle, $11.99 @ DeCicco's, Ardsley, NY. Batch# E!030.

Pours heavily hazed, medium tangarine, long lasting med. tan head, loose and frothy. Good retention, then leaves a thicker film and fine, extensive sheeting.

Robust grapefruit and resiny hopped up nose.

Citric up front with fresh and biting grapefruit and lemon. Assertivly hopped, yeasty, creamy mouthfeel. Big, bold,fruity, thoroughly tasty and enjoyable. Go get some. Excellent stuff...

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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 nas5755
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark hazy golden color with caramel hues, a large frothy head with some amazing head retention and good lacing.(big chunks of yeast came out with the pour but I assumed that was because I opened a few hours after coming home). The nose is very citrus heavy with dominate lemon then orange flavors and a really heavy dose of bitter lemon and orange peel. I find this very pleasing as it brings out a spicy zest from the hops. The taste is very much like the nose with a very heavy wheat element. The citrus taste is predominately lemon minus the pucker with fresh orange peel and orange/lemon rind blended in. This is a very spicy beer with heavy resin from the hops with a citrus element that creates a very complex and interesting finish. A silky smooth beer with medium carbonation and amazing resin. A super-drinkable beer with really interesting hop complexities. I think that I will be picking up another 750ml of this awesome beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a nice pale and wheat malt scent; rich and warming. The hop character is outstanding. It bitter as hell with loads of citrus hop character. The lemon and orange peel add a good deal of complexity and intensify the aroma. The taste is great. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor along with an intense hop bitterness. The hop character and addition of the lemon and orange peels really make this beer. I'm not a huge fan of this style, but this one works for me. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. As wheat wines go, this one is tops for me. Another home run for Ithaca Beer Company.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy with a nice fluffy white head. Looks like an Arnold Palmer with some foam on top.

Smell is citrusy and grassy. I get the soriachi, smells a bit like plastic and lemon pepper. Some lemon and orange in the background with more tropical fruits up front.

Taste combines Hawaiian Punch and bitter grapefruit. Some of that plastic-y lemon pepper spice from the dry sorachi and sweetness in the finish. Very refreshing from all the wheat and easy drinking. Silky, soft mouthfeel.

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Thirteen from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 245 ratings
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