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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
750 ml bottle; thanks to Sammy for the trade; clear copper with sharp citrus and bananas on the nose; light bodied with a little buttery malt and stale hops; very smooth as it warms up and I can imagine how good this must have been when fresh; even now it has some fruity hops and syrupy sweetness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5599) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2011
750 ml bottle thanks to jtclockwork, thanks for sharing this one James. Poured a deep honey brown with a flat small light beige head that quickly disipates. Aroma is rather sweet and almost reminiscent of a barleywine,notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla extract, syrupy overall with an additional touch of honey. Smooth body with soft carbonation an average thickness on the mouthfeel but it all just coms together nicely. Flavors of grassy older hops, honey,yeast, grains, slight slight alcohol. This one aged awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Bottle: Murky, cider brown with a small head. Mild juniper aroma with a hoppy taste. This is not your average Abbey Tripel and I love it! It leaves a fairly bitter aftertaste and is a great drink! Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing this Ithaca treasure!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Courtesy jayg. Pours a cloudy orange.red with a small off white head. Smells of juicy grapefruit hops, other citrus fruit. Maybe a little spice too. The taste has a big spice character to it as well, with a bunch of hops, and grapefruit citrus. Definitely get a good dose of caramel sweetness hanging around too. Mild bitterness in the finish and lingering in the aftetaste. I definitely dont taste any tripel characters, mostly all IPA characters. Mislabeled in my opinion. Pretty good beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAR 15, 2008
750 ml bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k via theisti; enjoyed at csbosoxís tasting on 3/7/08. Pours a light, muddy, spiced tea brown with a thin, white skin at the surface. On the nose are bready malt and floral, piny and spicy hops. Medium-bodied and quite slick with a hoppy, bitter finish. The flavor follows the nose; a nicely balanced beer. This was my favorite of the evening, up to that point in the festivities. Thanks for sharing this one with us, Eugene!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomthompson89 (1977) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kyzr (1379) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2008
Orange-copper in colour with an off-white coloured head, good lacing. The aroma is quite hoppy, orange citrus, caramel malt sweetness, sugary with some alcohol. The flavour is warming because of the alcohol, hoppy, citrus, pine, caramel sweetness. Hoppy mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes long, warm, hoppy and sweet.

I liked this one but I don’t really see this as a IIPA. A triple with extra hops maybe. All in all quite enjoyable.

750ml bottle from the Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York.
Opened on February 18, 2008.
Released April 2007, Bottle #1017.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14944) - , 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.

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