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Ithaca Excelsior! Ten

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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
Imperial American Extra Strong and Special Double Red Ale. Our anniversary beer, TEN is brewed with too many malts to list and an excess of American hops, including several additions during fermentation. Enjoy the russet color, aggressively hoppy aroma and flavor, rich body and fiery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2008
Hazy red beer, with a frothy, lasting head - aggressive aroma of earthy hops, wood, rye, whiskey, spruce tips, fairly strong sweetness - soft carbonation in the mouth - strong bitterness subdues what would otherwise be a very strong sweetness, mingling to generate sweet citrus and cherry flavors - strong woody character, hints of rye - some earthy, leafy, tobacco-like qualities - a faint hint of smoke - the finish is kind of sticky, with long-lingering fruitiness and pine-like hops - the alcohol is well-masked, but apparent enough to give warmth and encourage slow sipping - falls better in the category of american strong ale - an assertive but nicely balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 12, 2008
Hazy, deep red color with orange hues. Nice off white head and lacing, carbonations swirls about apon pour. Gorgeous looking beer. Malty aroma, with caramel, fruity esters, citric, spicy and woody hops. Medium bodied, hefty malts, hop flavors are really infused, carbonatin carries it nicely, balanced, bitter finish, smooth, the 750 was gone before I knew it. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9147) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Gravity cask at Zeno’s. Dark cloudy purple and brown colored body. Fruity, soft, delicate smell, some sweet crystal malt, fruit cocktail, pear and pineapple in the nose. Sweet, hoppy, smooth and then sticky, with a little bit of toast and bread malt flavor. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Slightly cloudy dark copper color wiyh a thick, creamy beige head. A really pretty beer. Aroma of pungent hops - lots of pine and grapefruit - along with a honey-like sweetness. As nice as it is, the aroma is outdone by the flavor. Sweet, earthy, and fruity is balanced perfectly with aggressive hops. Balanced may even be the wrong word - this is like a slugfest between the sweet malt and pungent hops - as soon as you think one is going to overpower, the other makes a comeback. Thick, sticky body makes for a long finish. Outstanding beer, Ithaca seems to be constantly outdoing themselves lately.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2008
2nd Beer of the Beer Spot Tasting Sunday March 30th, 2008. Bottle provided by I believe TheKegerator, but I might be wrong. Batch # E!006. Pours dark ruddy red, with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and malty. Taste is malty ruddy, sweet and nicely balanced. This is a nicely mellow beer with the alcohol hidden. And it is very balanced some what reminiscent of Alesmith Decadence 2006, but more bitter with a bigger hop profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 Rerate, 750mL bottle. Pours a dark amber color; light tan head with glistening, fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of generous, earthy and citrus hoppiness in the aroma; relatively soft and resiny; some slight, alcoholic warmness coming through. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy, intense earthy hoppiness with a very dense, earthy and candy sugar-dominated maltiness underneath; a touch of astringency and chewy, sticky malts; a bit over the top, but tasty overall. Lengthy finish: sticky earthy hops, candy sugar, and sweet maltiness; a bit overly sweet.

Cask @ Zeno’s. Pours an amber-brown color; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of crystal malts, earthy and citrus hops in the aroma; a bit astringent and rough. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy, juicy earthy and citrus hops; nice zesty citrus (lemon rind, touch of lime) and tree fruits; still, a bit rough and tons of sugary crystal malts. Decent; generous. Lengthy finish, showing earthy and citrus and a touch of pine; decently dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 4, 2008
Poured a mostly clear brown-copper color with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is a nice mix of citrus hops and candish sweet malt. Some foral notes. Pleasant taste of hops then short but sweet caramel malt and finally a dry moderate bitterness that cuts the sweetness and lasts a long time. Medium bodied and decent warmth with no alcohol taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11602) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2008
750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Batch E!006. Poured a deeper and cloudy amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, caramel, toffee, and floral hops. Tastes of toffee, citrus, caramel, and some dark fruits. Light alcohol in the finish but overall well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2008
[Batch E!006] Poured a hazy dark amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, bubblegum, citrus fruits, floral hops, and caramel malts. Taste of pine, caramel, toffee, resiny tobacco, and a bitter, grapefruit finish, with light alcohol in the finish. Thanks to Tom for sharing this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 2, 2008
Batch E!006. Pours a lightly hazy deep ruby red/amber/golden with a large foamy/creamy off white lacing head. Aroma of orange peel, tropical fruits, pine, toffee, caramel, toasted malt, very floral, I love the mix of sweet malts and fruits that come across in this aroma. Flavor of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, some nuts, pine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral notes, other various fruits, earthy. Very nice balance of sweetness along with a nice dose of hop bitterness and flavor. Well done beer, I like the move towards more of an Imperial Amber as opposed to your standard Double IPA. Between this and Old Habit Ithaca needs to keep this big beer series going strong. Right up my alley.

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