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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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E!030

A: Pours a very cloudy orange with lots of floaties in it. Huge and fluffy off-white head. Fades very slowly, leaving some fluffy chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Loads of orange and lemon leaps out of the glass. Prominent lemongrass. Some other fruitiness I can't quite place. Tropical perhaps, like pineapple. Decent wheatiness but it's the fruit that stands out the most.

T: Quite hoppy even after 2 years or so. Lots of bitter lemon and orange and lemongrass with a strong wheat base. Finishes bitter with more lemongrass that lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Fairly heavy with a little bit of dryness in the aftertaste.

O: A very hoppy wheatwine for sure, especially after all this time has passed. Sorachi Ace stands out with tons of lemongrass everywhere, a must-try if you enjoy this particular strain.

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Photo of mattbk
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden, slightly cloudy, nice head on the beer, slow moving bubbles. A bit darker than I expected, but still fairly nice looking.

Smell: Mostly citrusy hops, lemony as well. Maybe a bit of yeast component to this, the esters make it a bit fruity.

Taste: Wow, quite interesting. Initial fruit burst from Citras and bready malts give way to bitter hops. Strong going down. Just a bit crisp from the wheat. Alcohol playing a role in the flavor profile, maybe just a bit astringent. A very interesting beer indeed.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light. Maybe a touch overcarbonated, distracting from the interesting tastes as mentioned above.

Overall: This is a good beer, it has many flavors teetering on the edge of balance. It is not a sessionable beer, one will be enough, but very solid.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Batch E!036, according to the label.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate effervescence and a fair dose of haze. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam which leaves a nice lace on the glass. I like the look.

Smell: big malt aroma with big, citrusy, funky hops. The smell is more reminiscent of an American Strong Ale than a wheatwine, but the brewer indicates they are trying to defy traditional style here. I actually like it; there is a subtle complexity in all this high-volume noise.

Taste: big, funky hops right off the bat, which melds in to citrusy hops which then becomes a strong, herby, bitter hop. The malt is entirely an afterthought it seems. I mean, it's tasty, but I have no idea how to classify this. If you like dank hops, you'll love this beer; otherwise, you might give it a pass. Me, I'm somewhere in the middle.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious carbonation. The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and satisfying. Boo-ya!

Overall: I like this beer, but it is a little bit scattered and over-the-top for me. Perfect for an experimental ale, but not so perfect for an evening quaffer. I wouldn't go after this again, but I'm glad I tried it.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy light orange to yellow color with a one finger head and great lacing that covers the glass for a bit.

S: floral and earthy hop presence. I smell lemon, grass, and a slight sweetness.

T: first it displays a bit of tart character like the lemon, moving into earthy flavors and hop bitterness, and finally a grapefruit flavor with some sweetness.

M: decent carbonation attempts to refresh the head and leaves a crisp feeling even with a beer of medium-heavy body.

O: solid, but left something to be desired. Maybe because it was old? $8 a 750ml is not bad for this.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of quite intense bitter hops with some floral notes and light pickles notes from the Citra. Taste is a unique mix between some wheat malt with intense notes of bitter hops with light citrus and pickles flavours with some residual sugar also noticeable. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Interesting mix thought dry hops presence is a bit too intense and doesn’t leave much place for the wheat malt base to come through.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of imbibehour
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real gorgeous body color, glowing orb orange body, almost with peach hue, light off white head with leg action, some stickiness as well.

Nose is real impressive. Tropical, orange and lemon, very zesty, mushy fruit such as rotting mangos under foot on a 98 degree day. Softy chewy malts, apricot rind and faint earth character. Just smells real fantastic and impressive. Even some faint pickle here.

Taste is surprisingly not as impressive but pretty solid. A fleeting wet body but also real easy to consume. A good hop bitter profile washing citrus and lemon character. Gets into apricot jam and pectin, but without the thickness. Hop angle is noticeable, slightly overbearing.

Overall, pretty impressive going but the palate just didn't explode as the nose seemed to hint. It's still a real solid brew without question.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, orangey, rich, & slightly dark golden with lots of little floaties. A few streams of bubbles rise to join the off-white & fair-sized head that settles with decent speed to a skim which retains okay and leaves some alright lace.

S: Lemony citrus with bright fruit (both citrus and tropical), a spicy zing, some rind with a hint of resin and a musty / medicinal / earthy yeast note. A slight bit more than background is some sweetness that is more honey than malt, and a distant hint of wheat. But the focus is definitely on the interesting citric twang with the other accent notes. Very intriguing, I just would like it to be stronger and more forward.

T: Much more bitter & robust than the nose. Hops keep the citric focus, but loose the fruitness. It has just hints flashing here and there. Much more attention to rind and pith with a dank & resiny aspect. More grapefruit than the lemon from the nose. Other accent notes are mint, woody, herbal (esp. as it warms), spicy, earthy – and these seem to be not completely related to hops, but also to the yeast funk that is more prominent than in the nose. Not that it is overpowering or even close to being too strong – just a nice deep base note with distortion. Spicey, earthy, a fairly solid funk twang, a bit medicinal, and a hint of metallic that makes me think of putting my tongue to a 9V battery or chewing foil. A bit of sweetness & a touch of doughy malt are there just for balance. Not complex, but with enough umph to balance the hops & yeast characteristics. Quite rich and flavorful. It gets increasingly earthy & woody & resiny.

M: A really good bit over medium body (but not really full or heavy) with CO2 just barely matched. Carbonation has a fairly nice texture. Lots of dextrin chew, plenty of sugars, and lots of hop tannins and some oils. Opens with a bit of sweetness, then the obviously firm hopping pushes back with its drying effect. However, it stays semi-sweet super long into the finish. A burly feel. Soft bit of alcohol warming back in the throat. When sweetness finally fades it is very drying from hops, yeast funk, and alcohol. After a bit it gets to feeling a bit coarse and rustic as opposed to rich.

D: Big and potent. Far more hoppy than many another wheatwine – even as old as my bottle must be. Strongly citric – fruity & almost bright in the nose, and then firmly bitter, robust, and focused to rind and resin in the palate. Robust & very interesting. Mouthfeel seems just a tad less hefty than this brew really is. It will sneak up on you. As others have noted – this may be more of a none-standard DIPA or strong APA than a wheatwine. Heft with complexity – the sort of beer that asks you to take your time and think about it.

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