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Ithaca Excelsior! Fifteen

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ricoslim (65) - - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5616) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bomber. Murky amber pour. White head. Dark fruit and caramel. Mild carbonation. Slightly bitter late.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1205) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (4688) - 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. Can’t see this guy aging too well FWIW.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (4631) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2014
750mL bottle. Nose is heavy caramel with kneaded rye; deep malt with brown sugar and red berry, some potent Hefeweizen yeast, really a wild combination, rye spice simulating the best of the Doppelbocks. Pours a deep, dark red-brown and holds a jiggling, dense beige head. Taste is very dry, mild bitterness, lightly resinous underneath with flashes of citrus up top, lightly toasted rye with caramel and lemon/wheat traces, plenty of booze and warmth but not all that raucous. Spice is still turned up and the berry/clove phenolics still high-level. Full body with deep and rollicking malt and slightly sticky lips. Hops are either intentionally downplayed or crushed under the weight of the big and hearty mash. A lot to like here, especially the really heavy wallop of rye.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (811) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle from Ithaca. Popped this on St Pattys so don't remember too much. Remember caramel full of grain. Wasn't very impressed.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3272) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a mostly clear reddish amber with a moderate tan head that lasted through mid-glass and laced the glass well. Pleasant aroma of malt and caramel along with some notes of spice. The flavor is very malt-driven with ample rye along with some caramel. Very nice spiciness in the flavor as well. Rich and flavorful. Fairly well rounded mouthfeel. Mild bitterness at the finish. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (1728) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Sampled at Big Brew Beer Festival (Morristown). Poured a dark amber brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, spice, and dark fruit. Taste of roasted malt, caramel, rye spice, some bitter citrus skins, and dark fruit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2014
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear golden copper body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, florals, sulfur, and clove. Flavor of caramel, clove, earth, light pine, sulfur, and florals.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OPIE788 (261) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Draft. Dark amber color. Lots of rye in this one. I got a tiny bit of dark fruit and hop but mostly rye and dirt. Not the best thing I’ve had from them.


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