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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.


werberski's rating

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
werberski (18) - New York, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Had on tap at the brewery and was very impressed, however the bottle is anything but. Bottle from batch E!033 gushed slightly when opened and from the first pour was filled with chunky yeast sediment. The bottle was stored properly weeks prior to opening. The big hop flavor and aroma were still there but masked by the murky yeasty body. Disappointed.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2014
750 ml bottle from Root Cellar. Pours a hazy bright orange with a big off-white head and plenty of yeast floaters, especially later in the bottle. The orange and lemon peel - and maybe the Citra and Sorachi Ace, even after a few years - are lending a ton of sweet citrus and tropical fruits to this one. Orange, tangerine, apricot, melon, and pear, with vanilla, wheat, sugary bread, and a *slight* bit of buttered popcorn. Just a touch. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, wheaty mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Some flaws are starting to show, but otherwise this is still good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4139) - Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Rated on 7-28-2012 (Bottle) When poured, this beer has a medium sized fizzy white head that mostly diminishes, yellow transparent body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, yeast, citrus hops, sweet, and oranges. The flavor is sweet, bitter, malt, yeasty, and citrus hops. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and this beer is light-medium bodied. This beer has a bitter aftertaste. The very citrusy and bitterness strongly come through in the taste of this beer. Due to this fact, it is not a beer that I will seek out again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2014
(bottle - 750 ml) Hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Considering its age, I wasnít sure what to expect, but thereís still a ton of citrus and spicy hops in the aroma. A lot of sweetness though. Flavor is loads of fruit and spice with a mild hop bitterness under and leading into the finish. Held up pretty nice.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1422) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Brute and Le Bleu get the props, but this might be the best Excelsior beer...overwhelming beautiful hoppiness with citrus, spice, tropical fruit notes. Just an incredible beer. I wish it could be made again...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2612) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Notes from earlier...pours clear golden orange with a big white head. Aroma and flavor are both big citrus lemony hops in a smooth body with a decent hop bite. Fresh it was so juicy and delicious.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Batch: E!034 A: Dusky cardboard colored ale with a couple fingers of really light yellow foam falls to a sheet of the same, broken at times. Roped sheets of lace. I like the look. S: Leather, citrus, vinyl, peppercorns, some corn and wheaty sweetness. Definitely short of wheat dominant, and Iím uncertain if I dig the nose here, gimme a minute. Minute and half a beer later, itís got a bit of a plastic smell. Nope, donít really dig it. T: Really bitter, pointers of sweet bran syrup, and bitter orange peels. Chemical flavors and some yeast. M: This beer is super dry, really really dry. Itís got real interesting finish as my mouth waters so hard on the breath back. The carb is lively and balances the heavy feel well. O: Not really feeling this beer. But it is not particularly offensive. Below average for me, but Iím not really an expert on Wheat Wines. Conversely, this one seems hoppy, indicating it doesnít really fit the traditional profile. Serving type: bottle 09-05-2011

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4216) - Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
750ml bottle, capped. Orange color, tall white, creamy foam. Floral aroma, citrus hops, orange blossoms, pale malts, puffed wheat, rolled oats, band-aids. Flavor of pale grains, floral hops flavors, citrus zest. Sharp hops bitterness, pine bark bite. Aged perfectly, smooth taste, creamy body. (3913)

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
A: Orangish Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Creamy White Head, Great Lacing S: Orange, CitraHops, Wheat T: Grapefruit, Orange, Bready M: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Sweet, Bitter Overall, this is mis represented as a wheat wine as it is more like a citra hopped DIPA. I have had this previously in bottle and thought draft was better (but still great in bottle). Recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5552) - Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2013
750 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have a strong juicy citrus burst, floral notes, wheat grass, lightly toasted malts. The citrus in the flavor is less juicy and more zest. Interesting interpretation of a hoppy wheat.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3026) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

Batch #E!33

8/31/2011: Excelsior Thirteen Anniversary Ale (Malt Beverage Brewed with Citrus Peel Double Hoppy Wheat Ale; made with Citra and Sorachi Ace hops)... Aroma: Yummy aroma; cornucopia of juicy citrus; slightly floral. Appearance: Opaque orange color; foamy beige or slightly ivory-colored head. Flavor: Mild maltiness covered by a good level of citrusy (light in the mouth, not the thick juicy fruitiness sometimes found in hoppy beers) bitterness with a tinge of pine; wheat malt is nice because it adds body without adding much sweetness or heft to the feel; a bit of alcohol coming through in the backend. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; well carbonated; nice mouthfeel. Overall: I donít mind hoppy wheat ales, but the wheatiness is somewhat lost and gets buried by the typically aggressive hops.

1 Pint, 9.4 FL OZ bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #134 for this beer.


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