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Ithaca Excelsior! Fifteen

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Inspired by the rye beers of southern Germany, we created this mischievously potent brew using an intriguing combination of pale and rye malts, a traditional German ale yeast, and New Zealand hops. The result is an assertive dark copper-brown ale with a full-bodied malt backbone and elegant notes of clove and spice. The finish is bracing with a sharp spiciness that parallels a gentle hint of tropical fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Poured into a snifter. 3.75 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is about average and a 1/2 inch ring of lacing is left. 3.5 S: This sure is interesting. Oddly the first thing that stuck out was a sugary, dried pineapple aroma. Earthy, spicy rye. Hops offer a mix of herbal, tropical, and earthy notes. Plum, currants, and brown sugar. Caramel and bready malts. 3.0 T: The nose is chaotic, but it somehow works. The taste is more chaotic and doesnít. Iím not sure what to make of this. It seems to be part black IPA, part barleywine, part brown ale, and part winter warmer. Again thereís a mix of tropical, herbal, and earthy hops. Rye adds its characteristic earthy spiciness. Spicy like a winter warmer. Caramel maltiness with perhaps a touch of toast. Sweet plum and currants. Brown sugar and molasses. Not bad, but not particularly good either. 3.25 M: Medium body, but I swear it feels heavy on some sips and light on others. Plentiful carbonation bordering on too much. Bubbly. Smooth. 3.0 D: Ehh, once is enough for this one. ★ 1,061 characters DavoleBomb, Dec 29, 2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (7975) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle. Malty, spicy nose, plums, caramel, grains. Cloudy, murky brown with orange, lace. Spicy rye flavor, caramel, malty and sweet. A bit bland but decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (7825) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2014
750 ml bottle that I think MacBoost sent to me as a bonus. Thanks! Or not, if I bought this locally. Pours a semi-cloudy amber-brown color with a beige head that settles quickly. Notes of rye, clove, and peppery spice, earth, caramel, earth, and muddled fruits. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and an earthy, spicy mouthfeel. Too muddled altogether. Lacks character. It isnít bad, but itís the one people seemed least interested in. Just doesnít leave much of an impression, so itís a strange choice for an anniversary release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (4804) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2014
750 ml bottle. Dark ruby color with a thin cap of white head, not much lace. Aroma is toffee, rye malt and a pleasant fruity essence.

Flavor begins with a fruity hops leading into a dusty rye malt and hints of dark fruit with maybe a hint of anise. Earthy tones in the backside. Medium body with a light watery texture. Really simple, kind of one dimensional overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3913) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2014
(bottle - 750 ml) Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Mild dry rye aroma with some malt sweetness and a very light hint of hops underneath. Flavor is a bit spicier. Can get hints of the clove but they disappear quickly under the rye dryness. A bit mild overall but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Damico (2981) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
Pours thick mostly unclear ruby with a great sandy head and awesome lacing. Aroma brings some honey and a bit of spicey rye malts. Flavor had some bitter hop and the malts combined well, even after a year bottled. The flavors die but the body is nice and a bit creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ricoslim (116) - - APR 16, 2014
Had this in a tasting thanks to my boy Prazack. Very interesting and complex beer. Color was golden/amber. The rye malt is present most in the taste. Not my favorite style but liked it none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (8193) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bomber. Murky amber pour. White head. Dark fruit and caramel. Mild carbonation. Slightly bitter late.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (2365) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle shared at LeviLOL tasting - thanks Ryan! Dark amber pour with an off white head. Nice nose, good taste - lots of raisin and yeast flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5435) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Tap. Pours a mostly clear chestnut brown body with a small wispy beige head. The nose is heavily malty with some rye and spice, dark caramel, and light alcohol. The flavor is pretty big and solid, lots more rye than expected, balanced by lots of caramel malt. Not much spice, but a little clove and cinnamon on the back end. Thick and chewy body with a sticky and clingy sweetness and light soft carbonation. A big beer, but not overly alcoholic. Canít see this guy aging too well FWIW.

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