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Ithaca Excelsior! Thirteen

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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Our anniversary ale, THIRTEEN is carefully brewed with raw and malted wheat and flaked oats, assertively hopped with Citra and Sorachi Ace, spiked with an addition of orange and lemon peel and vigorously fermented with an American Ale yeast. Enjoy the incandescent appearance, immense citrus aromas and flavors, soft and fluffy mouthfeel and bitter zing.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (752) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2011 Rerate: 5/5/2011. Tried this on Tap at the Green Onion in Utica, and it was just as good, but tasted completely different. The pour had a nice looking white head and no yeast floating around. The aroma was pretty similar (oranges, citrus, hops, lemon), but a lot more subdued. The flavor, on the other hand, was sweet fruity mango, other nectar and citrus fruits, and had a nice tartness to it. Interesting that it tasted like such a different beer! (Bottle: Cloudy orange, lots of floating yeast. Aroma is lemon, yeast, orange, spices. Wow. Flavor is hoppy, spicy and citrusy with lemony sweetness, but not as good as the aroma. (9-3-7-3-17))

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2011
750ml bottle. Poured a hazy golden amber color with a larger sized head. Aromas of floral hops, pine, citrus, yeast, and wheat. Tastes of citrus, pine, floral, fruity, and some spiciness.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (1863) - New York, USA - APR 17, 2011
The final brew from a beer pairing dinner at Craftbar. Amazing dinner and this was the best beer. Nose is of tropical fruits and piney hops, probably best smelling beer Iíve ever had.pours amber with nice white head. Tastes of cantaloupe, apricot, lots of hops, really amazing. Loved it

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2011
Lightly hazy, orange amber color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of orange, floral hops, citrus, pine, and tea. Taste of citrus, orange, toast, pine, vanilla, and bitter grapefruit.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (9938) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
A: The pour is a hazed golden orange color with a white head. S: Some very floral hops. Fairly herbal too with a lot of citrus (orange) peel. Thereís a bit of grass and wheat, but a strong plastic aroma, unfortunately. T: A harsh bitterness and plastic flavor that sort of ruins the whole beer. There is some good citrus and citrus peel flavor and the floral hop qualities are nice. Piney hops provide some more bitterness. M: Medium in body with medium carbonation. O: There are some decent flavors, but that plastic was just too much to look past.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
YES! Thanks to the Foodery in Philly, Iíve now ticked the last 4 beers in Ithacaís anniversary series. Itís difficult to understate the great sense of personal fulfillment and self-satisfaction I feel regarding this monumental accomplishment. 750ml bottle. Brilliant slightly hazy golden pour with a huge sticky, clingy white head. Great aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal notes, and some sweet malt. The flavor has a honeyish doughy pale malt base, orange, pineapple, mango, lemongrass, and floral/spicy notes. Very tasty. Smooth, soft, airy mouthfeel, which makes this very easy to drink for the ABV. This beer is like a not-very-poor manís version of another great beer I recently had, Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus. The nameís much easier to say though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
UPDATED: APR 5, 2011 750 ml bottle opened for the NCAA National Championship from TheEpeeist. Thanks, Chris! Pours a glowing orange golden pour, a good glow, well hazed, and a frothy moderate offwhite moving towards beige head, sticks around as a good cake, nice lacing. Some sediment comes with it. Aromas are a nice blast of fairly fresh hops, citrusy lemons and oranges mix with grapefruit, florals and dry cut lemongrass. Light bubblefum, flaked wheat, more lemons and dry citrus zest. A good blast of citrus with the citrus forward hops AND peel additions. A light yeasty life, but fairly mellow, wheat and bready doughy malts beneath. Quite a bitter citrusy bite on the nose. Initial is medium bodied, a firm up front, as into the middle a strong bitterness, dry grass and a lot of lemon, it seems the Sorachi Ace takes the dominant appeal, dry lemons, florals, bread dough, grass and more florals. A dry beer, into the finish some more citrus shows up, flowers, bread dough, flaked wheat. Really a lasting citrus forward hop feel with florals and grass.Fairly clean for being bigger, big bitter and citrus, ABV well hidden though. A good display of these hops for a bigger beer like this. Sweetness stays beneath it, very dry on the palate, bitter. Itís not complex, the hopping gives it itís life. I like this, itís dry and bitter and lasts on the finish and aftertaste. Lighter overall, quite bitter even getting towards astringency a bit perhaps.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2011
(750ml bottle sampled at Dakís final four tasting, courtesy of cosmicevan!) Pours a hazy apricot color with a white head Aroma has dried pit fruit, spice and wheat. Taste is sweet malts with some bitterness reminiscent of citrus peel. Medium bodied with a bitter finish. A nice beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2057) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 3, 2011
Huge nose of grapefruit and floral hops blasted out of the bottle right after the uncapping. Slight haze, gold, fluffy white head, some retention, thick lacing. Nice silky mouthfeel, small tingly bubbles, nicely balanced with a slight hop blast at the end. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8211) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
Tap at Coleís. Pale golden topped by a creamy white head.the nose is loaded with awesome citrusy goodness. There are some yeast/hop floaties in the beer. Bright zesty lemon peel and a bit of light almost noble spice. Lean bodied with a bit of white pepper as well. Zippy and fresh. Itís big but theyíve done a great job of lightening the body and keeping the beer drinkable. Resiny toward the finish. Pretty damn tasty stuff. The bright citrus kind of falls back as it warms, but itís still pretty good.


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