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Ithaca Cold Front

Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Company
Style: Belgian Ale
Ithaca, New York USA


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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Cold Front is our Belgian-style Amber Ale brewed in autumn to keep us inspired as the days grow shorter and the nights colder. Itís brewed with European Malts and hops and fermented with a legendary Belgian "Farmhouse" yeast. Savor its deep russet color, rich flavor accented by slight herbal hoppiness, and definite spicy yeast character. Bundle up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark leathery color that lets just a little light through and holds up a fizzy and small head. Aromas have quite a bit of spiciness to them... some cinnamon and bananas, a bit of brown sugar and dark fruit. Flavor is OK, but has me wondering about the Saison classification... lots of cloves with a touch of bananas against a backdrop of dark fruit and brown sugar. Itís a fairly dark brown sugar/fruit presence, though. Finish is pretty sweet and a little sticky on the palate, and thereís a hint of cardboard here, which is a little off-putting. That said, it can be overlooked and this isnít bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 23, 2009
poured a nice dark amber hue, almost brown a tan head that had some lace. Aroma had a nice dark fruit note as well as some yeast. Flavor was similar, but seemed sweeter than i expect from the aroma. No real barnyard or earthy notes to this, but still a nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Light brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy with some sweet malts and wheat. Flavor has a lot of sweetness right at the start with a roasty and dry middle. Some grassy notes and fruits come through near the end with a mildly peppery and spicy finish. Kind of dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Growler shared by I think Larry. Clear brownish pour, with a very peanuty, wheaty aroma. Some mild, uncooked greens present a bit of a flaw. Big, lively flavor, too sweet and peanuty. Thin and bland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2009
(Draught) Pours a cloudy brown body with a thick creamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, plum, yeast, weed, herbs, and toasted bread. Flavor of grass, burnt caramel, nuts, anise, pepper, and light roastiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle from Premier. Pours a very dark brown with an off white head. Nose is yeast, rich roasted malts, plums/dark stone fruit, floral, honeysuckle, and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is roasty malt, a good amount of fruity esters, rich maltiness reminiscent of rum soaked cherries. Some alcohol in the flavor as well. Iím not sure Iíd call this a Saison - if I had to pin it down Iíd say itís more along the lines of a Dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2387) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2009
12 oz bottle courtesy of coldbrewky. thanks man. Pours a murky brown color with a small tan head that soon fades to a fine film. The aroma is strong with Belgian yeast, dark fruits, spices and brown sugar. The flavor is sweet and spicy with cocoa, dates, plums, yeast and cola. There was just a hint of alcohol present in the taste, this is clearly a strong beer even thought they donít publish an ABV. The palate was just a bit thinner than I would have preferred. The finish was long and dry with a lingering cola and molasses effect. Overall: A very enjoyable winter warmer. Iím not so sure that this is a Saison style beer, It seemed more like a strong ale to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Draught at TJís: Aroma of malts, Belgian yeast, slight roasting, and spices. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Good lacing. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of malts, Belgian yeast, roasting, and hints of booze, cocoa, and wood. Medium body. Lightly dry, slightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, Belgian yeast, spice, and malt finish is lightly dry and slightly sticky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Growler: Deep bronze copper pour. Sweet aroma with some toasted barley and fig notes. Rounded palate with a simple nondescript flavor. Evident maltose with a touch of bubblegum esters. Quite simple with a toasted back. Boring and one dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Growler. Aroma phenolic and spicy-grainy. Flavor big on lightly bready, spicy grain and malt notes. A bit thin in body, though not watery. Quite dry, though for me the dryness was kind of odd in correlation with the flavor profile. Didnít do much for me.

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