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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2383) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Bottle courtesy of secret Santa. Batch E!006. Pours a hazy amber-brown color with a small cream head . The aroma is very barley-wine like with roasted grains, almonds, toffee and fruits. Tastes of a barley-wine also, plenty of roasted malts, fruits and nuts. There was no real noticeable hop presence and a slight oxidation was detectable. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes short and dry. Overall: I think that this ale is a slight bit past its prime, its still quite drinkable but the thrill is gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 9, 2010
75cl bottle. Hazy amber-brown with a creamy beige head. Fruity aroma with caramel, bread crust, and spicy hops lingering in the back. Caramel malt sweetness with some raisin and moderate hoppy bitterness. Medium-full body with smooth carbonation. Has some fruity aged character similar to a barley wine, but stays a touch lighter on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Pours a ruddy brown with a filmy tan head. Aroma has lots of toffee and some subdued stone fruity notes, sorta barleywine-esque in a way. Flavor is bready with faded hops, toffee, grapefruit, and a surprising smokiness. Earthy, bitter hop finish. Medium-to-full body, resinous and a bit sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (2389) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2010
(Old BA rate - bottle) Batch E!009 Poured with a decent light khaki color of head that dissipates quickly. Slight spotty lacing. Murky golden-brown color. Aroma has spicy pine-like hoppiness at first; dark fruits; prune-like sweetness; slight alcohol presence. Aggressive hoppiness with more cedary and piney characteristics, but backed up with a hefty maltiness. Some sweetness from the malts, and a touch of fruitiness (plums and maybe raisins?). Very light but noticeable carbonation, and a touch creamy on the palate. Nearing on medium for overall MF, and definitely warming. Definitely a sipper, but a damn enjoyable one. Alcohol doesnít trump anything in taste, but slows me down a bit with the sample...as it should. Overall, really fantastic brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4606) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Hazy brown with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of brown sugar and malt. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, light hops and fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Pours deep hazy red/orange with thick white head, aroma is some aged hops, caramel, and biscuit. Taste is nice and smooth, creamy, with some subdued hops and caramel leading into a nice biscuit and slightly bitter finish. Good, Iím sure it was awesome fresh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3266) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2010
bottle, from secret santa. Good aroma, sweet, malty, little oxidized, but not in a bad way. Hazed brownish orange color, ok head, though I poured slow, got a better head on second pour. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, crea,y oily mouthfeel, bitter finish. Good brew, maybe a tad past itís best. aroma and flavor were still borderline 8ís, so I bumped up my overall score. Thanks Santa....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Was excited to happen upon a few bottles of this recently. Iíd read good things, so I thought Iíd give it a try. Pours a deep read, almost brown, and produces a very large tan head. Nose is lots of malt, kind of grassy, and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is predominantly sweet malt. Kind of one dimensional, I think. A solid beer, but a bit of a letdown for this hophead. I sort of wonder if the hops havenít receded, since itís my understanding that this was brewed in 2008. If youíre a malt lover, this beer was made for you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (5773) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2010
Location: 750 ml bottle from Whole Foods-Bowery, 4/19/10
Batch #: E!014

Aroma: The nose has a lot of fruit and hops to it with some sweet caramel and some woody notes as well
Appearance: It pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown color with a thick, creamy beige head that leaves streaks of lace on the glass
Flavor: The taste is sweet and hoppy, a well balanced and flavorful brew
Palate: It has a medium body, a somewhat oily mouthfeel, mild burn, and a soft carbonation
Overall Impression: This stuff is quite good. A nice example of the hoppy amber style. This beer works pretty well. It is flavorful, drinks well, and it just works. The 10% is well covered, leaving only a mild burn. Another good one, Iím liking this Excelsior! series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2010
Draft. Brown pour with tan head. Interesting and probably over the hill. Red ale with hop that dropped out, has a malty finish.

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