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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2007
750 ml bottle. Released April, 2007. Bottle # 1600. Pours a slightly hazy amber gold with virtually no head. Pleasant aroma of caramel, floral hops, and some light pine. The flavor is initially caramel, followed by some strong pine flavors. Resinous, bitter finish. I realize this is an attempt to mesh two styles, but I think the IPA attributes pretty much run over any of the Tripel characteristics. As an IPA, this beer is ok, as a Tripel, it is not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle provided by Scraff. Hazy amber body with a small white cover. The nose is apricot, tangerine, cat urine and caramel. The flavor is moderately sweet with cotton candy, toffee, tangerine and grapefruit. Medium/full body is soft and sticky with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Bottle #1654 shared by TomDecapolis. Pours a slightly hazy golden/amber color with a smallish white head. Lot so citrus and pine in the aroma, with some floral notes and some yeast. the citrus & pine are not as prevalent in the flavor. Tastes of yeast, caramel and some fruits. Slight alcohol on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
Deep cloudy golden ale covered by a fading white head. Flowery, lightly piney, citrusy, mandarine-like, Simcoe/Amarillo American hops nose. Light alcohol notes manage to peak through more and more by the sip. Floral and bready. Well put together, but very sweet in mouth, honeyed and cracker-like. Toasty, biscuity finish. Small-bubbled, yet intense carbonation completes the medium body. Kinda unclean and perhaps not bright enough, nor fresh tasting enough to be great at what it does, but still pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
GABF ’07. Pours hazy dark yellow with a small, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Average malt (grain, meal), average hops (flowers, perfume, herbs), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of paper. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
coldbrewky (1703) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Enthusiastic pour yeilds a slightly hazy copper with an orangetinted head that settled slowly. Nose is of sturdy hops, citrus and honey. Hop nose does not insatntly follow into medium body of balanced burly malts and yeastyness. A few whisps of my basement. Hops reapear in middle of body and fade with finish. Alocohol is not readily noticed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2007
(Bottle #1788 - APR 07) Appearance: Pours a hazy coppy body with a thin, short-lived off-white head. Smell: The heavy hop aroma of apricot, citrus, and pine is evidence of the bitterness that awaits. A bit boozy, too. Taste: A light, short-lived taste of caramel offers almost no sweetness and quickly dissolves into flavors of apricot, grapefruit, and resinous pine with an assertive bitterness. Minor hint of Belgian yeast. There’s a light acidity on the highly bitter finish. The alcohol is quite evident. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Slighty syrupy mouthfeel. Drinkability: Tough to finish. The domineering IPA characteristics really squash it’s nobler Belgian side leaving it a bit of a fiasco.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2007
750 from my Secret Santa - thanks!! A big brass-colored pour, with a relatively faint head. In the back of my mind is Chouffe Houbolon as a comparison. A tough balance to strike between the complexity of a tripel and the relative assertiveness of an American IPA. I can certainly taste the fruity simcoe hops here. Along with some alcohol heat and some leafy green funk, these are the flavors that dominate, and there’s not quite enough spice or subtlety for me. But still a very solid brew that I’m happy to have sampled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11629) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2007
750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Released Apr ’07. Bottle # 1654. Poured medium and cloudy golden color a small sized off white head. Aromas of floral, earthy, citrus, yeast, and just hoppy. Tastes of lighter yeast, melons, citrus, earthy, and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6134) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Poured a lightly hazy, dark golden color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, light soap, honey, toffee, and some yeast as well. Taste of vanilla, caramel malts, pine resin, citrus fruits, simcoe hops, with a moderate bitterness in the finish. No alcohol detected.

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