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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeSammy (616) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 typical American take on a Belgian. Style. Not great, but pretty decent.dark apricot color with a light head. Nose is citrus hops. Flavor is dark fruit, hops, bitter back end. Thicker palate. sweet, molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle shared by ogglethorp: Pours a cloudy gold with a white head. Aroma, citrus, yeasty notes, bready, some spicy hops as well. Flavor, yeasty, spices, bready, citrus and floral hops on the finish, almost peppery. Really tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Bottle via trade with TomDecapolis, thanks Tom. Pours a hazy copper color with a thick off white head. Aroma is floral hops, grapefruit, caramel, light pine. Flavor is floral hops, caramel, some grapefruit, alcohol. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished sweet from the malts yet had a nice hope bite. This was terrific stuff, very drinkable, and IMO underappreciated!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kyzr (1381) - Montana, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle thanks to hopdog. Pours a deep copper color with nice thick off-white head. Hoppy nose with some notes of malt. Flavor is bitter, hoppy, citrus, roasted, and finally just a touch of sweetness to it. Great balance between the two. Medium body with great texture and mouthfeel. Nice roasted malt and hoppy finish. Thank you Steve!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AskForJenny (1066) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2008
750ml - A well crafted take on the Belgian Abbey ale. Honey notes on nose with plenty of alcohol. Nice dark gold with nice head an lace. Balance on palate is good, not too sweet or astringent. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - APR 4, 2008
Bottle #1199 from 2007. Deep orange-copper color with no head. Aroma of very sweet malt (like barleywine), some citrus hops, floral hops, and belgian yeast. The flavor is the same, sweet malt with lemony hops underneath and some pine bitterness in the finish. It’s alright, but not as belgian as anticipated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2008
Big thanks to Quake1028 for bringing this puppy to the tasting. Pours hazy orange-copper with thin off white head. The aroma has a nice combination of pine hops mixed with sweet malts, sweet orange juice and cherries. I get a faint Belgian yeastiness too. The taste has nothing but up side with pine hop bitterness mixed with sweet chewy malts. The pine seems to bleed into grassy hop bitterness to midway and into the finish. Wow, this beer is really hop heavy with sticky malts sweetness for some semblance of balance. Nice IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomthompson89 (1979) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2008
nice copper color, some floaters, good white foam, nose is heavy hops, some sweet malts. Flavor is hops on the front again good malts to compliment itsome pepper and a little sweetness on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Bottle # 1498, Apr. 07. Pours hazy apricot orange, no head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, citrus, malt. Flavor is malt, graham cracker, citrus, some alcohol. The alcohol is not as well blended as it could be and the flavor has a tiny bit of peat. I am not in love with this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Courtesy of someone cool. Thank you, whoever you are.

Glowing orange body, fairly hazy with a smallish off white head....mostly lasting with admirable lacing....citrus fruits, pine, grass and some medicinal notes on the nose....flavor is citrus, pine, grapefruit, orange peel, caramel malt and crushed aspirin....the latter is in small doses and only noticeable if you are really looking for it, but it’s still there....medium bodied, slick on the tongue....lengthy finish, hops and citrus fruits, with a building bitterness....not as good as the Kaffinator, but still a good beer....

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