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Ithaca Excelsior! Thirteen

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RATINGS: 143   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (1958) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
750 mL bottle. Pale, not much head. Smells pretty much like an ASA. But the lemon peel adds a really cool touch to the flavour, which differentiates this one from the competition. Excellent hop flavour and bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5088) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2013
750mL bottle, just capped, Batch E!030, let’s see how this one’s held up over the years. Nose of wheat and lemon meringue, even some pie crust. Yeasty despite my careful pour, and potent yeast in the nose, and developing some nice jammy fruit. Sorachi for sure and some strong alcohol just breaking through the surface of the bouquet. Fizzy-soapy beige head on a cloudy golden body. Body very sharply crisp with strong, sharp bitterness and some resin; a little oily hop sweetness but otherwise very dry and even a little harsh. Strong orange and lemon peel with scratchy coriander and black pepper, jammy fruit pushed off the stage to allow for some cool saison flavors. Alcohol’s actually hidden to dangerous effect but the aggressive hopping puts me off somewhat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2324) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle. Moderate to heavy roasted grain for the malt, moderate grapefruit and orange for the hops, lightly dough for the yeast, with hints of dried apricot and and dates. Head is small, fizzy, off-white with nice crusty lacing and is mostly lasting. color is hazy orange/amber. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic, and lightly to moderately bitter. palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation. Perfectly balanced flavors and aromas for an American Strong Ale with lots of dried fruit, though it does have a nice DIPA aspect to it.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Gorgeous honey colored pour with nice white head and plenty of residual cling. Nose is lemon, orange, honey, and grainy malts. Taste is a citrus bomb with plenty of peel and zest all up front. Fairly large back end bitterness that really is keeping this from being special for me. Nice mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1098) - New York, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle, 11/13/2012, batch E!036, from Good Beer NYC. Pours cloudy, light burnt orange with small head, fades to nice hazy slick. Aroma is definite sorachi ace and orange citrus, lemon peel, pear and tropical fruits, nice caramel backbone, light wheat. Taste follows suit: bright sorachi ace most prominent, with juicy orange, cantaloupe, grapefruit character. Medium palate, fairly smooth and highly drinkable. Really like the sorachi profile. It was great to find this again, not as aggressive as when fresh but still quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
February 11, 2012 - with JoeMcPhee, blankboy, jercraigs & mabel. 750ml bottle c/o j&m. Bottle E!034. Hazy orange, tiny black floaties, smallish frothy/creamy off-white head. Aroma is tart apricot, alcohol - simple, really appealing. Taste follows, a little lactic, lots of floral pungency and alcohol. Thick body, mild carbonation and acidity, finishes dry with a touch of vanilla, oddly.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4155) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 4, 2012
750ml bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours cloudy copper with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of citrusy hops, lots of malts with the wheat and oats being present, and some fruits too. Flavor strong on everything. Smooth texture. A good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 18, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a softly carbonated transparent yellow orange colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was hoppy and dough. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of dough and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle as an extra from trade several months ago. Aroma has orange and lemon peel, along with a citrus and floral hop character from the Citra and Sorachi hops. Taste is mostly the same, except the hop palate falls off as it warms. A very good beer overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (2362) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Found on a dusty old shelf in MA while visiting my parents. The label says that these beers evolve over time and can be cellared indefinitely... even though I was skeptical based on the hop profile of the beer... however after talking with the owner he gave it to me for only few dollars... Pours a deep hazy copper orage color with a large frothy head. Surprisingly there was alot of citrus and lemongrass aromas mixed with touches of spice and some malty honey notes. On the palate it was alot of teh same but the citrus notes didn’t stand up as much as the nose lead me to think it would. Lots of Belgian candied flavors and honey with small glimpses of citrus and spice.


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