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Ithaca Excelsior! IPAbbey

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


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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A Belgo-American Ale brewed with special Canadian Honey Malt, generous additions of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Saaz hops, and an authentic Trappist Ale Yeast. Enjoy the tawny color, thick scent of tropical fruit and flowers, warming flavors of honey and clove, and clean, bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2007
bottle- release april 2007, bottle no. 527- golden orange, pepper black yeast chunks. aroma was hoppy but not overwhelming. Great head retention. Perfectly balanced hop, malt ratio, with a terrific complexity due to the belgian and american ipa influences. A slightly buttery finish, with some bananna/fruit undertones.A wonderful beer. So glad to have had it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2007
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottle 588. Pours a hazy amber with an average size somewhat-lasting bubbly white head. Nice aroma of hops and caramel malt, slightly sweet, along with some fruit and spices. Very tasty spicy hoppy flavour with a good amount of malt, some alcohol and yeast and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied. I am very surprised that this is by Ithaca -- wow! -- this is a fantastic beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Bottle #223. Pours a hazy amber with a medium sized beige head. Aroam is citrusy american hops- some lemon peel, and orange zest, catty, doughy and dirty yeast. Phenolic flavor with some solvent quality, modest caramel malt sweetness, and a lemony citrus and hoppy finish. Pretty solid try at this new style, but Id much rather go for the CL extra gold or a houblon chouffe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Bottle #742. IPAbbey is a slightly hazy solid sienna with a quickly disappearing oil-slick head. The aroma is very fresh and of bright, fruity hops. It is medium bodied and smooth. Itís mostly just hops in the flavor. Itís quite bitter (think citrus peel) but not over the top. It is balanced with a mild sweetness. This doesnít really seem like a tripel to me-- I never identified any esters that I would look for in a tripel. This just seems like a really good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2007
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and Hogtown Harry, his bottle. Bottle #588 release April 2007. Thanks Harry, this looks to be a rare one! Medium orange, small white head. What an interesting aroma - fig, clove, malt, tar, interesting! Nat spicy, herbal, malty taste. Wow, so original! Very very good and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2007
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev, my bottle. Bottle #588 release April 2007. Hazy amber, smallish wispy white head - looks great! Aroma - simcoe! Lush sharp herbal hops, the tripel alcohol and yeast/malt are in the background - damn that hop aroma is lovely, fresh juniper. Thereís sweet light spice-yeast malt background, fresh and sweet (clover), and lush mixed funky/herbal/pine-juniper hops. Decent body, very astringent, good life to the mouthfeel, long honey/hop-bitter finish. Solid. Terrific. Well done, a great blend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 A deep unfiltered, orangey amber. Thin wispy head and lace. Nose at first was dominated by simcoe hops and then as it breathed in glass and warmed, it opened up to boast nose of honey, pineapple, the woodsy, piney, citric hops, peaches and others. Medium to full bodied, lots of sweet, well developed LUSCIOUS malts, hint of graininess, passionfruit, peach, caresses of honey and more. Bitteness and dryness back it all up, maybe thins a bit here and there but this is fantastic. I would call it a IIPA with a belgium yeast twist but not a triple IMO. Had again and had to up it a little. If enough folks have this, I bet it makes some waves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2007
750 shared at the CL anniversary party. Lightly hazy orange in color, with a nice fruity aroma- grapefruit, orange, pineapple. Didnít get too much belgian yeast in the nose. Tastes more like an IPA than a belgian, as alot of the simcoe and amarillo hops seem to cover up the belgian attributes of this beer. Enjoyable to drink, however, Iíd take a Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold or Chouffe Doublon if I wanted a hopped up belgian that still retains alot of itís attributes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pour is a not quite clear orange/amber with some trace bubbles and no real head to speak of. The aroma is quote fruity, I definitely smell peach. Hops are there but they are providing backup to the fruitiness. The flavor is very well developed and smooth. Well-blended is how I describe it. Fruit, flowers, hops. Iím struggling to find the Belgian traits, but this is also not a straight IPA. I really donít understand the Abbey Tripel label. There is some sweetness, but no real alcohol burn. The body is full and maybe the most Belgian in nature. These hybrid beers are really quite interesting and not the freaks I suspected. This is a very well done beer. Iím impressed with Ithacaís efforts on this series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 29, 2007
750ml bottle. Released: Apr 07. Bottle # 280. Poured a cloudy amber orange with some floaties. Yeast residue coated the rim of the bottleneck. Very aromatic hoppy nose like youíd find in many 2IPAs--pineapple, passionfruit, peach, flowers and citrus, above a sweet light caramel malt. Trying to find any kind of Belgian banana-like yeast scents and can notice only a faint wisp. The hops basically rule here. Flavor of sweet caramely malts loaded up to the front with bright citrusy hops--with maybe a trace of "abbey" yeast/banana flavors underneath. Alternatively, a fruity bubblegum flavor infused with grapefruity hops, finishing with a more piney and resiny hop bitterness. Full bodied with a bit of an oily mouthfeel. Lest anyone is hoping for something along the lines of Chouffe Houblon, I feel this is more of a 2IPA with some cowering Belgian attributes underneath, rather than a great Abbey Tripel with a nice underlying flourish of hoppiness. That being said, I personally love good 2IPAs, and this is a pretty good 2IPA in my opinion...

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