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 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 jzeilinger
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an opaque, medium orange color with floaties (I even poured this one as quietly as I could). The head was very nice towering a good three fingers above the beer. The head subsides leaving a very thick ring of creamy lacing around the rim.

S - Bready, wheaty, earthy, some citrus rinds, lemons, and somewhat pungent in aroma.

T - The citrus and lemon come alive on the tongue, much more so than the aroma from the glass. Citric bitterness of oranges, grapefruit, and lemon peel hits the tongue up front and keeps pounding away throughtout the entire sip all the way to the proverbial bitter end. There's some bready malt underneath and does little more than to provide a thin foundation for a wall of hops to slide over. The finish lingers and the bitter citrus sets up camp and hunkers down for a long, lingering, mouth coated bitterness.

M - Medium body with a somewhat dry finish.

O - This beer is way hoppier than I ever imagined which is a nice surprise. Ithaca did a very nice job with this beer and all I can say is "Happy 13th Anniversary, here's to another great 13 years!" Keep the beers coming! To my hop head friends in the BA community, seek this one out.

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

750 ml. bottle poured into a Brooklyn tulip. Batch E!033

Appearance: A nice hazy dark lemon peel color, or a darker peach color, depending on the light. A lot of bubbly bright white lacing that stays above the body of the brew for a long time, with bubbles almost never dissipating, and there's nice drop-like retention around the bulb of the glass.

Smell: A huge blast of fruit and hops. A lot of lemon peel comes out first, along with some fresh squeezed lemon juice. But there's a good amount of orange and mango to balance things out. An almost lighter and airy wheat malt sweetness, along with some vanilla, seems to waft above everything, but the pungent strength of citrus and fruit dominate, and do it pretty gracefully.

Taste: Heavy, heavy bitterness from the hops initially, but as it warms, this becomes, as I said before, graceful, and you have a lightness and finishing sweetness of mild vanilla with the wheat finish, which I think adds a lot to this. The mango, lemon, and orange are even more prominent and more balanced here with the hops, but again, and even though they're dominant, there's a nice balance with the softness and vanilla flavors of the wheat coming through, combining for a long, lingering, and fairly dry finish overall.

Mouthfeel: Big in the sense of fullness, though technically it's more medium bodied. That said, there's a champagne-like fineness to the carbonation, and again, a nice softness to the wheat, which of course does a lot for this beer in possibly understated ways.

Drinkability: This style, for me, can sometimes get syrupy or highly unbalanced, and ever the risk takers, Ithaca's done a fantastic job with this in my opinion. Definitely for the hopheads out there (the term "Double Hoppy" they use isn't a falsity), and for those fans of wheat wine and stronger wheat brews. I could see a style like this one that more and more breweries try, and for good reason: there's a lot you can do with it, or that's what I predict. Another pretty awesome brew from Ithaca. Like Weyerbacher, I always look forward to the ongoing numbers in their respective series, and I definitely look forward to Fourteen next year.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, lemon and alcohol. In the taste, dry lemon rind, and a small note of booziness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry citrus rinds in the aftertaste. Big citrus, small alcohol, a bit like a cleaning product.

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Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale orange in color. Forms about a 1/4" of bubbly yellowish colored head. Beer itself is cloudy with some floaties in it.

S: Smells of orange and a sweet wheat maltiness.

T: More oranges. Lightly sweet malt. A little lemon with a light acidity.

M: On the lighter side of medium with heavier carbonation

O: A very nice, easy drinking beer. One of the better wheatwines I've come across.

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Photo of hiphopipa
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL, Batch E!034 poured into an Ithaca tulip.

Clear pale orange, with a dense head and a bit of lacing.

I can tell right away this is going to be good…there is an amazing fruity aroma with strong grapefruit, lemon and mango notes.

Creamy, crisp and dry. A bit of sweetness but the malts are kept nicely in check by the hop profile. Lots of lingering bitterness and a touch of warmth.

I probably won't see another one of these which is too bad, so unique and well done.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this at our June tasting.

This beer pours a golden orange body that's mostly cloudy and full of lots of floaties. It looks like orange juice with pulp but this one has head. The aroma produces a lot more hop notes than I was truly expecting. There is definitely Sorachi Ace and Citra hop action going on in this. Usually I find the former of those two to be unappetizing usually, but this beer truly make it work. There is a sweet fruity sweetness to the body and the hops carry over to the taste as well. It tastes essentially like a slightly tart fruit salad with hops in it. It goes down as smooth as one could hope from an aged wheatwine. Overall I'm surprisingly impressed with how this beer turned out. I must say I enjoyed it.

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Photo of cbutova
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy golden yellow body with a big fluffy white head. Good size and retention. Nice lace around the glass.

S- Big on citrus zest, citrus fruit and floral, both from hops and added fruit. Certainly a background of yeast and grains.

T- Beautiful blend of citrus fruit, zest, floral, pine and earthy hops. The actual flavor from the fruit is great and can't be produced with only hops. Solid wheat and yeast backbone. Dry straw.

MF- Ultra dry feel really makes this great. Silky foamy carbonation and a modrate bitterness.

One must have this beer to experience the great fruit and hop flavor blend. Wheat adds a great feel as well. Get this if you can! Such a unique balance of great flavors.

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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 barknee
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

13 pours a beautiful cloudy honey color with abundant lees suspended in a moderately carbonated atmosphere.
This is accompanied by a well structured soft off-white head with admirable staying power.
The nose of this brew is magnificent; fresh ripe apricots soar from the glass, accompanied with scents of sweet ripe white peaches.
The nose fondly reminds me of Smuttynoses' " finestkind" IPA, but it's more fruity smelling, with less hops on the nose; superb!
WOW.. very well bittered and dry; surprisingly fooled by the fruity nose. Delicious apricot flavors, intermingling with lemon & lime zest and a touch of pineapple. The sweet nose has you foiled by the acidic mouthfeel; this being a very appealing counter balance.
Good acids and moderate weight make for a unique and successful effort. Great for sampling anytime, but would be insane accompanied with sweet & sour chicken, duck l'orange, lemon chicken or any dish with tropical fruits and even Asian fusion, Middle Eastern or African cuisine.
A fabulous product that deserves to be taken out to dinner!

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

A: Cloudy, hazy orange. Off white head, thick lingering cap.

S: Orange and grapefruit pith, extremely rindy. Lemony citrus, touch of sugared malt.

T: Very hopped up for a wheatwine, this is certainly a hybrid. More of a well balanced DIPA to me. This is pretty much fruit juice, finishing zesty and spicy. 9% is not apparent.

M: Thick, decently carbed. On the mark.

O: Another winner from Ithaca.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.22/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Looks like a wheat beer, and other wheatwines I've had in the past. Golden yellow, nice clingy white lacing.

S- The smell is interesting, lemon, pepper, and hop combo. I can smell the Sorachi Ace hops. They are very overpowering when added to a beer.

T- This beer would have been much much better had they used a German yeast instead of an American ale yeast. Plus the citrus flavor seems almost like it was burnt. Sometimes when you add heat to citrus for too long you get strong bitter flavors, and not the true essence of the citrus. The hops they added give the beer a bitter taste like that of eating too much grapefruit pith. Just because you make something different then what is out there doesn't mean it will be good.

M- The hops that were used are astringent on the tongue and kill the taste buds off, and a strange feeling on my teeth.

O- I've had better wheatwines, and this one just kind of missed the mark for me. The hop combo and burnt citrus just tank this one.

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

The appearance is cloudy yellow-tan, thick, with a big white head and great lacing. The nose picks up lemon and grapefruit and some bubblegum toffee. Light and hoppy but solidly tasty. The flavor makes no mistake that this is a citrus cocktail with a beautiful hay caramel and a bright bubblegum lemon. Beautiful with a medium-light body and effervescent feel. Very drinkable and loveable!

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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 ColForbinBC
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a chalice; batch E!033

Appears a golden orange, somewhat hazy early on but the second half of the bottle came out filled with little yeast particles. The yellow infused cap rose a pretty two fingers and settled to form spider web lacing.

Loads of hops on the aroma. Lemon peel, orange rind, white grapefruit and flaked oats. An extremely clean hop bill. Some damp wheat lays low, but the hops really shine.

Grapefruit and orange peel with lemon that cuts right through. A clean wheat presence pops up in the middle but is quickly knocked back by a citrus bitterness.

A light medium body with a prickly hop feel. Crisp, dry and bitter. Overall, I found this to be delicious. The hop profile is unique and is not bashful. A solid beer on all fronts.

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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 ngeunit1
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright cloudy golden-orange color with a nice finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades slowly to a thick ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is bursting with citrus and hop aroma. There is a ton of grapefruit and lemon coming off the beer. There is a bit of wheat in the background with some spices as well. Smells amazing.

T - Starts off with some strong citrus hop flavor with lots of grapefruit flavor and bitterness. There is also some nice wheat and lemon flavor mixed in. Through the middle, some stronger bitterness and some spices come through as well. The finish is a mix of citrus hop and bitterness with some wheat mixed in that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels really smooth and even crisp. The finish is full of bitterness and wheat flavors that linger together really nicely.

D - Very drinkable, especially considering the heavy complex flavors and 9% abv. The aroma is just amazing. The flavors are really nice with the strong hop flavor and bitterness.

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

Reviewed from notes: thanks goes out to my buddy Matt for the bottle share.

appearance: golden orange with 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, hops, wheat, malts

taste: citrus peel, hops, wheat, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: one of the better wheatwine's I've had and enjoyed this one alot do to the hop presence.


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Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at kraftwork in philly

Pours a clouded golden orange color with a fluffy white head. Tons of lacing and retention all over the glass.

Strong scents of grapefruit and orange with citrus zest and explosive hoppiness. Light bready malt and faint alcohol.

Bitter right up front with juicy hops driven by blood orange and fruit juiciness. Some rind and pith, although the sweetness balances nicely with the hop attack. Wheat and bready malts are soft but serve their purpose. Finishes bitter with some very light booze.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, dry and tingly on the palate. Drinks very well, excellent flavor, good hop balance. One note though - this is not a wheatwine. I don't understand why people keep calling it one.

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Photo of OddNotion
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E!033
Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Poured carefully with a one half finger white head on top of a golden semi-transparent body. A lot of floaties in this beer.

Smell: Citrusy and hoppy. Clean and crisp.

Taste: Very lemony. Some lemon peel bitterness. Nice clean hoppiness. Citrus is certainly there. More bitter this time than I remember from the past. Alcohol is well hidden. A lot of wheat character.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side for the abv. Nicely carbonated.

Overall: One more reason to really love Ithaca beer company. They know what they are doing. I am a huge fan and this beer is great. If you see it get it. If Ithaca reads this, brew it again!

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

One of the best beers that I've had in quite some time, if ever. Had on tap at Peekskill Brewery, liked so much I got a growler fill to go. First for me in this style. Ithica is really hitting it out of the park with some of their brews this year.

A - Pours a reddish copper color, nice two finger head leaves a decent lacing around the glass upon consumption.

S - A little bit of ground break, a little bit of flower power. Ithica really knows how to put an awesome nose in their beers. It makes you crave them even more. One of the best smelling beers ever to cross my nostrils.

T - Once you pass the heavy wheat which has a little bit of bitterness, there is some citrus followed by a heavy floral taste, possibly hibiscus. One of the best I've had in a long time.

M - Excellent Body, perfect carbonation. Another excellently crafted beer from Ithica Brewing Co.

O - Honestly one of the best beers that I've ever had. An interesting style, and an even more interesting taste.

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

Split this beer with friends commemorating our first homebrew. Very good beer... hard to share. Golden color with loads of yeast leftover in the bottle. Bready, sweet and citrusy in the nose. Tasted the same things, but the hops came through very sharply while the body was very creamy. Great little combination and I can't wait to have a whole glass.

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