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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. It’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark, amber-brown with a big, creamy beige head with substantial lacing. Wonderful Belgian aroma: Some funk, some dark fruits. Smells very promising. Unfortunately, I didn’t think the flavor matched that aroma. Just seems a little muddled. Some nice plum, fig and toffee, but the bitterness comes in a little too quickly before the sweetness has a chance to spread its wings. Medium body, average carbonation. Not bad, but definitely not all it could be.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14079) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Pours dark ruddy amber with a creamy/foamy near beige head. Aroma is indeed herby. Almost covering up a roast malt aspect. Med+ body. Flavor is earthy, almost coffee dirty, with a lot of yeast/spice and veggie hop. Earthy rather than barnyard - but it’s a close call. Wowser. A really dark saison? Pretty tasty stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle from Root Cellar. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and small alcohol aroma. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. This beer met my expectations.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13233) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2012
12oz bottle. Minimal off-white head atop clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel/bread, some orange. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, caramel/bread. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2009
A deep ruby red with a thin lacing moka head. In aroma, pleasant nutmeg, molasses and licorice. In mouth, a rather nice sweet candy sugar with licorice and cardamom. Medium bodied. On tap at Empire Brewing Co., Syracuse, Oct. 25 2009.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12717) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2009
12 ounce bottle courtesy of j12601. Thanks! Pours a dark purplish brown color with a medium very creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is yeasty and citrusy with a bit of bread, spice and brown sugar. Taste is coffee, nuts, peppery spicy notes, clove, herbal hop notes. Medium bodied. A bit weird, but good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (11492) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Sample at 69 Taps in Akron. Pours a slightly murky dark reddish-brown color with a medium thin light beige head that recedes quickly. Spotty lacing. Aroma of yeast and caramel malt. Medium, smooth body with flavors of doughy malt, yeast and spices. Some fruity notes too. The finish is sweet malt and spices with a short fruity aftertaste. Just average overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (11177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2009
Boring Belgian, had at Clark’s Ale House in Syracuse. Very yeasty, medicinal. Dark colour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10871) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Growler from j12601. Pours a brown color, with a nice tan head. Aroma is fruity and yeasty with a slight funk/tartness to it. Flavor is good. Fruity, funk, caramel and a bit dry. Nice brew.

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