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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   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12427) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2007
(750ml bottle, thanks scraff) hazy amber body topped by small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, orange, grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/orange, caramel, peach. Medium-full body, alcohol held well by the body. Not sure where the Abbey comes in, but enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12343) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2008
(750ml bottle, Apr 07 vintage, # 630) Pours a cloudy golden brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of apple, caramel, orange, bread, pineapple, passion fruit, and banana. Flavor of hops (floral, pine, herbal), clove, toasted bread/biscuit, and honey with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Apr 07-750 bottle-Small Gathering @my place-shared by James-pours a rich thin light tan head and hazy amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, secondary spice hops, medium fruit-honey. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, secondary spice hops, medium fruit-honey. Smooth. Soft pineapple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (11242) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Bottle shared at Johnís tasting. I donít know what this beer tasted like fresh, but it has aged amazingly well for a "hoppy tripel" or "double IPA" or whatever style it is. Pours amber brown with white head. Nose of citrus, toffee, caramel malt, honey and light brown sugar. Taste is toffee, caramel malt, honey and spicy hops. Taste starts with the honey and morphs into the other flavors. Still a decent hop presence for a three plus year old brew. Reminds me of a lightish barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10891) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
GABF í07. 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Date: 09/29/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

clear dark copper, wispy off white head, specks of lace, sweet caramel malt aroma with strong citrus and earthy hops, sweet malt flavor, touch of fruity character, dark caramel malt sweetness, well balanced by lots of citrus hops, good balancing bitterness leaves a light bitter finish,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10180) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Bottle... Murky amber ale with a small, wispy, off-white head. Earthy, fruity aroma with notes of peach, tropical fruits, PNW hops and damp leather. Well-balanced by moderate toffee sweetness and an equal amount of grapefruit pith bitterness. Medium to full-bodied with medium carbonation. Mid-length, snappy finish. Seems like a PNW IPA to me; nice juicy hops with good balance and no tripel-like esters or phenols. A big SHOUT goes out to jayg for sharing his bottle of this fine IPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2007
750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Released Apr í07. 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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9813) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2008
Honey yeasted Belgian IPA. A good example of this new style. Though the honey yeast contributes to mouth texture, is it necessay? It moderates the IPA bitterness and overall a good balnce, integration of ideas. Worth seeking out, and a game changer for this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2007
Bottle # 161. Thick light tan head tops a deep golden orange brew. Really great looking brew. Lots of light spice, fruit and citrus up front. Fresh orange peel and a herbaceous spicy hop character as well. Soft resinousness showing pine and juniper. Malts are a bit honeyed with a soft earthiness and apple/pear esters. Warming brings up the sweeter honeyish character significantly approaching the sort of maltiness you might expect in a pale barleywine. Iíd like the body to be a bit thinner, but thereís nothing here that isnít pleasant. There is a lot of spearmint on the back with lingering yeasty spiciness and white pepper. Itís quite a nice brew with excellent balance and lots of complexity. The hops and light spiciness from the yeast complement rather than clash... which always seeems to be the problem with these hoppy tripels, but not here.

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