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Ithaca Excelsior! alpHalpHa

Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Company
Style: Imperial IPA
Ithaca, New York USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
A Hoppy Upstate Ale brewed with Organic Barley Malt, New York State Grown Cascade Hops, Local Alfalfa Honey, Pure Cayuga Lake Water and American Yeast. Enjoy the golden strong color, intensely sweet floral aroma, crisp grassy flavor and clean bitter finish. Part of the Ithaca Beer Company Excelsior series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10107) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"a bit pricey for a beer that was solid in every way, but didn’t blow me away. pungent oily hops greet the nose and make there presence known on the palate as well. big bodied and fairly aggressive. tiny bit of that soap character, and a touch of honey. good, but not for the $

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle thanks to somebody, rating from my backlog. The smell is hops, fruits, bitterness. The look is cloudy, white white head. The taste is fruits, hops, pine, and citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2929) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
The beer pours great with a nice hazy straw color, a nice foamy white head, and some lacing on the glass. The beer has a great floral hoppiness with a mild sweetness on the back end. The taste is great with a solid floral, citrus hoppiness with a honey follow up flavor that blended well together. The mouthfeel was decent with great carbonation and a bitter aftertaste. Overall, a decent hoppy ale with a nice honey flavor to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewbie (478) - New York, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle. pours a bright amber color, full thick white head. grassy hop aroma with a bit of light honey. Honey really comes through in the taste nicely offset by the bitterness of the hops. Dry hop finish with a little lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Cloudy gold with a large off-white head. Aroma is of yeast, grain, and grass. Taste is of grain and grass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
At Han Dynasty with Ray and Jay. Pours a cloudy orange-gold with thick off-white head and good lacing. Sweet honey malts dominate this. Some mild grassy hops (probably not fresh) but as much as I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2012
750 mL bottle from NIkki’s Liquors, Providence. Pours a hazy amber color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of big honey notes, clover, floral, earthy notes, toasted caramel malts. The taste is honey, citrus, earth, toasted caramel malts, floral, and citrus notes. Medium bodied. Quite different, and quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2012
Bouteille de 750 ml achetée directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est blonde-ambrée opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’houblons avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’amertume d’houblons en arrière goût. (Rating #4315)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2012
Bottled@Chriso "Donkey Dork Lord" pre-gbbf shindig 2011. Golden colour, small slightly off-white head, that leaves slight lace. Aroma is fruity, floral, mild tropical fruity and herbal notes along with sweet malts and some caramel. Flavour is sweet malts, caramel, some zest, fruits, mild honey, tropical fruit juice and quite bitter floral and grassy notes as well. Though I’m not that fond of IPA and DIPA, this was very nicely balanced! In fact I even had a bit more of it!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle picked up while visiting upstate NY. The pour is an orange-gold color with a thin white head. Lots of caramel and toffee invade the senses; sweet florals too as well as resinous hops. This certainly smells like it’s going to be very sweet. And it is, although tolerable. There’s a fairly thick malty body here that shows a lot of sweet toffee. Some citrus and resinous hops counter that some. There’s a slick sweetness throughout, perhaps from the honey. It tries to dry out in the finish but remains fairly sticky. Eh, wasn’t into this one. The bottle doesn’t have a date but does have a batch number. I’ll check that. I have to think maybe this is well past it’s prime, although recent ratings are positive.

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