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Thirteen | Ithaca Beer Company

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 245
Photo of armock
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Wegmans in Penfield, NY

A - Poured a yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Lots of lemon peel and citrus scents on a wheat malt backbone

T - Starts with a good bit of bitter hops upfront the the citrus flavor come out and finishes with a good bit of wheat

M - This beer has a lighter body with higher carbonation to it

O - I try to rate to style but this is my first Wheatwine so I can't say that it sucks or is spot on for the style but to me this beer is awesome great taste and very easy to drink I would never guess it to be close to its abv worth picking up if you have the chance

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle, 750 mL, shared with Mike, Jen, Chalfont and ksak.

A: The ale is a hazy yellow-ish brew, thick and murky at times. A white head, lacing nicely, leaves a few legs behind.

S: A few months of, the citra and sorachi ace still zing. The citrus, lemon and orange rind, takes on a syrupy grapefruit scent as well. The big hops, still lush, transition nicely in

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

A - Medium cloudy orange colour with a golden yellow glow around the edges and two fingers of thick, fluffy white head.

S - Lemon peel, orange and grapefruit are evident up front in the bitter hop aroma. A touch of sweet caramel provides some balance in the background.

T - A bitter hop punch up front with lemon zest, orange and grapefruit. A touch of sweet honey in the malt backbone provides some balance.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light orange-amber with a finger of eggshell head. Aroma of intense citrus and malty caramel.

Slightly high carbonation and a full, slick mouthfeel. Lots of hops up front with tangerine-dominated citrus and a creamy wheat/caramel backbone. Finishes quite dry with tangy grapefruit, orange peel, and just a hint of booze.

Loved the hop/malt balance here. Despite the big flavors and higher ABV this beer stayed quite dry -- really pleasant to drink.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a pale orange color with a nice white cap

S: Interesting for a wheatwine. Citrus; orange, light lemon and a sweet wheat maltiness

T: Citrus, wheat, crackers and lighter caramel and nice sweetness, sordove coating with a stick feel, light booze feel

M: A lighter wheatwine and lots of flavor

O: I enjoyed this beer alot

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

Batch E!034

A: Pours a nice orangish amber color that is quite hazy with a solid amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with two full fingers of very fluffy off white head that lingers nicely and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass
S: very nice citrus hop scent with slight earthy undertones
T: great citrus hop notes initially then moves into something a bit deeper and meaner although i get notes of rosemary and corn stalks (i have no idea why but thats what came to me)
M: medium carbonation, cooling through the middle and leaves a bit of funk and dryness on the palate that is actually very nice and begs for the next sip
O: a great brew, really have loved all of the excelsior series but i think this one is the best thus far, gonna need to get my hands on another bottle for aging

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having this about 3 times from bottles, and now countless times on draft (bar and home), it's about time to review this fine beer.

Pours with a healthy, 2-3F worth of rich cream-colored head over a very cloudy golden body with plenty of suspended yeast goodies. No apparent carbonation flowing up. Really good lacing. Looks thick.

Aromas are all citrus hops at first. Tangerine peel comes to mind. Touch of caramel malt in the finish.

Flavors include the aforementioned orange peel citrus quality, along with pineapple rhind, and a healthy heaping of gin-like bitterness. Bit of white pepper bite. The mouthfeel on this is fairly rich up front, yet finishes sharp and dry. Carbonation is solid.

Overall, this is a terrificly crafted beer. Not really a wheatwine, IMO, but I'm not BJCP judge either. Maybe a tad too bitter, but most definitely something to try before it goes away... if you see it, buy it - Immediately.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: The body glows a bright, cloudy orange under a thin but persistent cap of tan bubbles that form a solid ring and leave plenty of fine lace. Attractive.

S: Both rich + bright, with caramel + toffee sweetness beautifully offset by wheat spice and pure citrus hops. Terrific.

T: Follows the nose precisely (and deliciously). The citrus is particularly (and amazingly) vibrant, but the hops bitterness isn't over the top. Very balanced, very tasty. Some mild booze on the tail end is the only drawback.

M: Effervescent to the point of being prickly. Way too lively for the style.

O: Yet another winner from Ithaca. I couldn't get over how wonderfully fresh and vibrant the orange character was in this beer, and how well it went with the deep, sweet malts. Delectable.


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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 Chico1985
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Armsby Abbey.

Pours a hazy orange into a tulip glass, 2-finger or so white head eventually reduced to a thin cap, leaves some lace.

Smell/taste - Nice orangey wheat in the scent, taste beats it out. Lots of bright fruits coming out here, orange, lemon, banana, pear, slight tropical. Wheat provides a nice backbone. Drinks nice for 9%, not much booze here.

Took a bit to get used to but I really enjoyed this one. Pretty unique. Exceptionally fruity without being too sweet.

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Photo of harrymel
2.22/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch: E!034

A: Dusky cardboard colored ale with a couple fingers of really light yellow foam falls to a sheet of the same, broken at times. Roped sheets of lace. I like the look.

S: Leather, citrus, vinyl, peppercorns, some corn and wheaty sweetness. Definitely short of wheat dominant, and I'm uncertain if I dig the nose here, gimme a minute. Minute and half a beer later, it's got a bit of a plastic smell. Nope, don't really dig it.

T: Really bitter, pointers of sweet bran syrup, and bitter orange peels. Chemical flavors and some yeast.

M: This beer is super dry, really really dry. It's got real interesting finish as my mouth waters so hard on the breath back. The carb is lively and balances the heavy feel well.

O: Not really feeling this beer. But it is not particularly offensive. Below average for me, but I'm not really an expert on Wheat Wines. Conversely, this one seems hoppy, indicating it doesn't really fit the traditional profile.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

751st Review on BA
Bottle to OSWG
750 Ml Cap/Wrapped
Batch E!033

Thanks to mjtiernan for this bottle!

App- In my glass this poured a yellow, gold and orange mix with a pretty puffy 1-1/2” finger multi craterous, bubbly head. Lots of popping bubbles with a delicate cling and nice legs.

Smell- Boozy, malty, damp and dank pineapple and a little white pepper. Similar to Harvest dance from Blvd but just a bit lighter.

Taste- Huge amounts of more damp fruits with a lemon and pepper note. Yeasty but a tad subtle with to me zero of the oat flavor coming through that was dry hopped. Again more leaning towards the dampness level with more tropical fruits.

Mouth- This was definitely a medium bodied beer with a paired carbonation level. Left a nice yeasty, damp wheat spicy fruit note.

Drink- Not as harsh as the Harvest Dance this was a nice large sipping beer to relax after a long day with. Had a nice balance, good flavors and a good feel. Would've been nice to split with someone but what the hell, sometimes a 750 is in order.

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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 maximum12
2.69/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to jmu500 for this bottle in a late wintertime trade. After a weekend of brutal, bruising, barrel-aged craziness this appears to be just what the nurse ordered. My wife, I mean. 750ML bottle split into two snifters; only about 3/4 of the bottle poured initially to avoid any potential sludgy wheat issues.

Pour is an almost solid yellow-orange with a gentle white head. The smell turns my arrow up, too much for my stunned nose to process. Tons of unmilled wheat, lemon, citrus, sweet honey, bare sour tang underneath it all. Niiiice.

Ithaca Thirteen's nose lies like a lothario; this is no sweet bomb. Half a wheat harvest, a hefe gone mad-dog, lights up the senses. Then there's a weedy backbone that dampens my enjoyment of the brew considerable, underlined by an rudderless wet-dogginess. Yeah, that's not good. There's citrus, lemon skin, & gentling hops, but I'm put off by the off-flavors. My wife is digging this, so I'm going to turn the rest of the glass over to her.

Disappointing. The smell is wonderful, but what happened in the translation to taste? Perhaps just not my bag of groceries.

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

750ml. bottle at about fridge temp poured into a snifter, split with friends.

pours out a cloudy deep golden color, some sediment. very nice head, big fluffy cap at first that faded to a nice retentive foamy white layer of head. pretty good retention, some sediment.

wow! intial aroma is freshly picked hops, and lots of them. lots of different kinds of citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, a little pine, wheat is detectable, balances.

great balance of wheat to citrus hops. grapefruit, orange peel, pine, wheat comes in to balance, but nothing super rich like you would expect to find in a wheatwine, more ipa like. very fresh tasting.

crisp, yet refreshing, resinous, goes down easy.

a little surprised, a great beer here. very ipa like. i would love to try this again, highly recommended.

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Photo of larryi86
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you merc7186 for this one
750 mL bottle, batch E!034, poured into a snifter

A- A hazy golden orange color with a nice one finger white head.

S- Citrus hops, hints of lemon and orange, some earthiness and hint of wheat.

T- Citrus up front, nice malt and wheat flavors in the middle, big bitter piney hop finish that lingers.

M- Medium body, smooth.

O- This was a really nice, surprisingly hoppy, beer. I am very happy that I got to try this, hopefully I will be lucky enough to try it again.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into efes tulip. Batch #e!033. Fluffy head, sticky, oily, clear, resinous lacing with great retention. Aroma dominated by piney, really really piney and grapefruity hops. Beautiful. Taste dominated by bitterness, touch of sweetness. I would imagine this would develop into an interesting aged beer but it would be hard to imagine it ever being better than it is now, I assume fresh. Alcohol is well hidden, easy to drink considering the abv. Wonderful beer.

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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 Sensaray
2.57/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours light hazy amber with orangy off white half finger head.

Citrus hops come to the nose even before I put my nose to this beer. It has a pretty good smell, let's hope the taste....

Umm hmm the taste...huge bitter finish is kinda nice. I get a whole heap of lemon citrus, cleaning fluid, honey, oak, flowery, yeast, grains. I tried and tried to get into this, but am not digging it. Sweetness is prominent.

Mouthfeel is good, they're right about fluffy, a bit creamy. Medium light.

First thought that came to mind was to make this my first drainpour. I didn't though. It improved, but only slightly. First wheat wine, not a good experience. From the description I was expecting deliciousness, but never got it.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by a generous soul.

Pours a hazy golden color with a slightly off-white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of citrus and tropical fruit hops. Also lurking in the background are lighter amounts of herbal hops and light wheat.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hops are a bit more restrained. Crisp light malts with hints of wheat twang up front are joined quickly by smooth tropical fruit hops. Midway through the hops turn slightly more bitter with the addition of heavy citrus and herbal hops that carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was another very good beer showcasing the Citra hop. Well worth a shot if you can find it.

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Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy orange with remnants of yeast chunks falling out of suspension. A fluffy white head slowly fades into a gentle cap with a thick, hearty collar. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of orange, tart wheat, vanilla oak, lemon grass, peach schnapps, herbs, and dill weed.
Taste is of the aromas with a dessert like flavor that reminds me of rum cake drizzled in some peach and lemon reduction.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, tart, sugary, with zest, and semi-dryness.

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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 yesyouam
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ithaca Thirteen is a cloudy golden ale with lots of clumps and chunks swirling around in it. It's topped with a thick elastic white foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. I could smell lemon as soon as I popped the bottle open. It has a huge, fresh, hoppy, citrus aroma: Fresh hops and lemon zest! It's pretty full bodied and super smooth. It disappears from the mouth almost instantly. The finish is dry and clean. This is very hoppy but the bitterness isn't overbearing at all. The malt just supports the hops here. There's a little black pepper-- lemon pepper! This tastes great. It's just like super fresh hops still on the vine. This isn't very complex but it tastes really darn good. The bottle may be big, but it won't last long in my hands.

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