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Ithaca Excelsior! Thirteen

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2011
bottle... nice bright gold body with a lots of head... the nose is light a bit citrusty... the taste is really nice, zesty and floral, easy to drink, nice carbonation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2011
Bottle at home. Pours hazy/murky straw yellow, thick white head, spotty lacing. Nose is delicate citrus hops, Adam says it smells like Pliny to him. Disagree. Earthy, spicy, and surprisingly aromatic hops, very fresh and bright. Flavours of sherbet lemons, spice, pepper, honey, very pretty and grassy. A winner! Either that, or the first beer I’ve had in 3 weeks tastes really good. One of those things...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Draft @ coles..fuzzy peach & citrus hop nose..flavors are very hop forward akin to super hoppy west coast iipas, lots of peach, necatarine, and similar flavors in here...pretty dry too though the nose let on that it would be a bit sweeter than it actually is..pretty damn bitter too, but not the astringent lingering kind, which is a nice change. Lots of flavor here...very clean, and surprising for east coast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Had this at the tasting room at Ithaca Beer Company and had two samples as I loved the zesty wheat malty tone which melds better with the hops than I expected as the hops add a nice bitter tone (citra for aroma and sorachi ace for bittering?). Sadly they were out of bottles but growler fills were available. The only thing is i’m not sure i’m a huge fan of the hops here but they seem to match up really well to create this unique style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (4678) - Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2011
750 ml bottle into snifter, batch E!033. Pours extremely cloudy orange amber color with a fairly dense 2 fingers of off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. Some fairly thick lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of big orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, spices, and a bit of wheat. Damn nice aromas! Super hoppy stuff. Taste of big orange peel, lemon, pine, spices, caramel, and a bit of wheat. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish, with lingering notes of pine, orange, lemon, and caramel sweetness. Fantastic balance of bitterness and sweetness here, nothing is overwhelming. Medium carbonation and a fairly full body with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Surprisingly, absolutely no alcohol noticed at all for being 9%. Super drinkable as well for the alcohol level. Even though this doesn’t really match up with what I would expect from a wheat ale; this is fantastic with tons of hoppiness and great balance of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Pours a golden color with a lot of floaters. Has a citrus smell to it with some yeast as well. Has a hoppy citrus taste as well. Bit heavy on the hops if you ask me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 6, 2011
This is a really odd beer. Even after reading through the others’ reviews, I’m not sure any of the scents or flavors identified ring true with me, but it’s really difficult to describe what we have here. It pours a really hazy orange with a slightly frothy white head. To describe the nose, I guess the best place to start is with a hoppy IPA or IIPA that has a floral, cat pissy nose. But, whether due to the bitterness of the citrus peel or the wheat and oats, those hints are blunted and there remains a sort of herbal, fermented smell. This concept for understanding the nose also works for the flavor. Start with a hoppy, somewhat piney IIPA and blunt that with a the wheat and citrus peel, which adds a bit of a bitter element. There is a bit of a subdued sweetness on the finish. Also, the alcohol is slightly apparent, but not too bad. I’m liking this more as I drink it, but it certainly is unique and takes some getting used to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9148) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours orange copper with a modest beige head and a sour apricot aroma. There is a slightly sour caramel malt aroma with a a dry bitter lemony finish that sticks to the palate. This is a very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14094) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Capped 750 from Half Time. Pours hazy orange with a good white head. Aroma of lightly cooked, slightly sour aproicot. Med body. It’s fruity apricot with a nice smooth funk. Very nice long funky finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2011
750ml bottle shared by jsprime. hazed light orange with a white head. a big bad assed imperial ipa with some other shit throw in there for some reason. yee haw.

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