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Ithaca Excelsior! IPAbbey

Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Company
Style: Imperial IPA
Ithaca, New York USA
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10000) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Bottle 695 from jah noth. Thanks a lot! Pours turbid deep copper with a splotchy, 2-finger off-white head and nice random lace remnants. Aroma is heavy hops, caramel malt, spicy florals. Rich, very complex palate that gets a tad hot at the end, offering flavor notes of hops, a solid dose of caramel malt, tangerine, black pepper, florals, and honey. This one is outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
coldbrewky (1704) - 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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Deep crimsony orange, creamy white head. Sweet hop nose loaded with pine, grapefruit zest, and vanilla, with underlying tones of brown sugar and warm honey bread throughout. Intense citrus and pine flavors blend with soft sugary spiced peachy vanilla tones. Full bodied and slick, medium carbonation, bittersweet finish. An interesting and unique take on this hybrid that worked very well for me. An after dinner sipper for sure...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Thanks to Brewfiend for sharing. Nice fiery orangish brown. Very hoppy aroma........Tripel really? Very hoppy flavor with well thats about it. This is nowhere near a tripel and more like a DIPA, with a nice malt balance, but tipicity aside a killer brew.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - 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. I’d like the body to be a bit thinner, but there’s nothing here that isn’t pleasant. There is a lot of spearmint on the back with lingering yeasty spiciness and white pepper. It’s 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Bottle 046, released April 07. Attractive murky light amber - does look quite like apple cider - very slight off-white head which is the only down point to this otherwise good looker. Complex aroma: pineapple is most apparent, other tropical fruits, coriander and clove as well - a real nice mix of the two styles. A bit of alcohol in the nose as well. Taste is upfront honey malt with a slight tinge of caramel as well - very malt centric which is surprising. Spicy and hoppy near the finish as the malts fade, moderately bitter, clean finish. After is rasping on the tongue and slightly yeasty. Palate is a bit full for a tripel - approaching a barley wine in its mouthfeel, with very fine carbonation that fades quickly. Lacks that carbonated kick of more traditional tripels, as the aftertaste sits heavily on the palate. Really, really good interpretation of this hybrid style that seems to be becoming quite popular.

   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 you’d 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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