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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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Poured a hazy orange color with a minimal head. The aroma was yeasty with earthy and spicy hops that covers the malt. Malty flavor with light fruit. Spicy middle and a floral hop finish. Bitter and moderately dry at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2008
(bottle - 750 ml) Copper pour with not much of a head. Very light carbonation and lacing. Aroma is sweet and yeasty with some good Belgian spices but also a light touch of hops. Lots of candied sugars and some pepper as well. Flavor is sweet and lightly bitter at the start that gives way to a malty and earthy middle and a light hoppy finish that blends well with the spice and yeast. Finishes clean, dry, and tart with a very light alcohol presence.

   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 thereís not quite enough spice or subtlety for me. But still a very solid brew that Iím happy to have sampled.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3905) - Kansas, USA - MAR 8, 2008
750 ml bottle from Beastiefan2k, enjoyed at the csbosox tasting on 3/7/08. Bottle #135, released April 2007. Pour is hazy golden orange - yellow. Aroma of floral hops, some earthiness behind. The flowery bouquet is really soft, and very nice. Taste is big on the floral hops initially, though falls apart a bit in the middle. Finish is actually really thin - makes it drinkable, but takes away a lot of the initial complexity. Thanks for giving me this one Eugene.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2008
25.4 oz bottle, 4/07. Murky orange brown with some forced white suds. Nose like a barleywine with caramel, spice and perfume. Body close to syrupy but unfortunately almost flat. Taste is honey and toffee, lemon tea, quinine and pine. Hops, as expected, play just a supporting role but still come through. Dry yeasty finish. In spite of the age, still pretty good.

   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 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beastiefan2k (3594) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Hoppy tripelÖ I donít think so. Slightly sweeter DIPA, ohhh yes! Pours with no head but a thick, dark orange color and absolutely no clarity, barely even any light coming through it. Aroma of bitter, young, tropical fruits that just have not ripened yet; thick and perfume-y. Nothing about the aroma says Belgian but it is sweet and hoppy, just like the taste. Taste is cloying sweet, over the top sweet hops, with an astringent bitter hop finish topped of with a decent serving of alcohol. Hard to drink, itís a sweet, strong, alchy, hop-bomb. Finishes with a bitter-skins aftertaste. Medium body and slightly subdued carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel. Summary: think Double SImcoe but thicker, bigger, more alcohol, and extremely cloying, ehh. 750ml bottle #1690 (out of how many..?), released April 07 (except I could not find it anywhere until July); Rodenbach Grand Cru smaller tulip glass

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3511) - Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2007
This is apparently a love it or hate it beer, and Iím more in the prior than the latter. Great American hops, although Iíll admit the yeasty funkiness of a belgian isnít really shining through, although it is maltier than would be expected from an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
The pour reveals a cloudy amber color with a thin white head. Good aroma of resinous hops and yeast. Good flavor of resinous hops, yeast, sweetness and citrus, thereís strong bitterness in the finish. The body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
PP Strong Ale Fest Bottle 4/07 #1708 from Goldtwins. Pours orange with a thin off white head. Nose is citrussy and yeasty. Taste is sweet mild, hoppy, yeasty, nice and balanced. According to BBB63 this is the style of 2007 the hoppy belgian.

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