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Ithaca Excelsior! Thirteen

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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, 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 (2207) - 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 (2187) - 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 (8411) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9099) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2011
Apricot pour, creamy head. Aroma of hops, stone fruit, yeast, bready notes. Flavor is hoppy, yeasty, fruity, bready. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6024) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2011
3/18/11. 750mL bottle courtesy SHIG. Surprisingly yummy aroma of citrus, pine, hops, cat pee, and more. Sweet malty flavor with a hint of tart, citrus, hops, orange peel, Belgian yeast, and more.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 1, 2011
Pours a hazy brownish orange with a foamy off white head that laced. Aroma of orange zest, like lemon hints, mango and other tropical fruits. Flavor of strong notes of orange and lemon zest...wow. So fresh and "zesty". The citra and sorachi hops play so well with the citrus zest. What a wonderful pairing. Malt profile is there with some light sweet notes to help balance this out. However overall the beer is dry, crisp and carbonated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Had this as a bottle but also fresh from the tap at the brewery. Pours clear orange/gold with a bit of off white head. The aroma is very interesting, with lots of hops, citrus, some earthy notes, lemon and orange come out more after a bit. A bit of malt on the palate to balance things out, light bodied, wheaty, a bit of herbal hops. Dry with a nice bitter finish that isnít overdone.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (2525) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2011
On tap in the breweries tasting room. Had this just minutes after receiving a speeding ticket in Ithaca. @#$%^&* Hazy orange with head and lace. Very citrus hop sweet lemon pastry aroma. Some fruity orange sweetness with fruity and slightly bitter finish. Nice balanced palate. Myself,Dan and the other Dan tasted all 8 beers on tap while Joe(our driver) had Ginger beer. He liked that.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Hazy peach pour with a vivacious off white head and a bit of sediment. The nose is pure fruit cocktail- apricot, mandarin, peach, orange, grapefruit, lemon, and juicy bubblegum. A slightly more resinous hop character follows in the form of herbals and citrus peels. The flavor holds much more bitter notes, with lemon, orange, grass, wheat grain, floral resin, and perfume. The palate is medium to full with light effervescence, making for a soft texture. Reeeallly yummy.


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