WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 The big bottle series from Ithaca seems to be step in the right direction and considerably more interesting than their everyday offerings. This one starts off great. Wonderful slam of yeast, orange, hops, lemon. Wonderful appearance, cloudy orange body, huge frothy white head. Lovely. Wonderful Belgian appearance. Then it gets confused. Is it a Belgian spiced orange wheat? Right yeast, but definitely wrong hops. Velvet smooth, even dead in the mouth. Where did the carbonation that produced that wonderful head disappear to? Maybe to the glasses of the other raters? Definitely a nice summer beer, but as it warms the flavor gets herby and even a little funky. Interesting try. // Rerating after letting it age ... taste is different and more complex. I swear that there is Brett in this that just woke up ... Typical hazy orange with huge wheat beer white head ... vanishes fast, leaving moderate lacing. Nose of citrus, lemon bite, clovey spice, and Belgian yeast. Great nose. great appearance. Taste is surprisingly complex, sweet malts, sweet lemon, moderate spice, good hop notes and bitterness, with yeast and bread as well. Each sip goes through a cycle of sweetness, lemon, hops, bitterness, and yeast. Is there a touch of Brett in this? There is some funk in the finish that keeps surprising me but, on balance, I’m coming to like it.
Ernest (6841) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (Apr 07 release). Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers, grapefruit), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, basement, dough), with light notes of pepper and metal, hint of soap. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Kinda tastes like Westmalle yeast. It’s pretty decent overall...seems a little vague, as if it is unsure about which direction it wants to go. Kinda hoppy, kinda yeasty, kinda dry, kinda sweet, but timid in most aspects. It’s a good effort; with some smoothing out of the rough edges and a little more focus, this could be hot stuff.
after4ever (6821) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750. Thanks, GoldTwins! Pours cloudy toffee amber with a thick, sudsy platinum blonde head that leaves decent rings of lace. Definite wheat sour nose. Bits of spice there as well. Lightly fizzy attack, medium body. The saaz come through, but not til the finish--before that, you get sour wheat, soggy bread, light spice. Kind of all over the map.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Hazy light yellow in color with a little white head. Citrusy yeasty aroma. Orange peel, honey and coriander notes. Spicy yeasty fruity flavor. Orange peach and clove notes. Finish is yeasty. Medium bodied. Very drinkable. Nice beer.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to TomDecapolis for breaking this open. Bottle # 1803...
Appears a hazy, light yellow with a small, white head that quickly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of fresh wheat, straw, and yeast, along with some citrus and herbs.
Taste echoes the aromas with an herbal, spiced citrus flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yesty, citrusy, with a dry finish.
DocLock (8707) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Jah Noth for this one. Bottle #745. Pours turbid deep gold with 2-finger white head. Aroma of hops, orange peel, orange marmalade, apricot, honey, pale malt, spicy florals. Tastes hoppy, spicy, with a sweet pale malty and fruity mid-palate presence, and finishing spicy and floral notes. Decent complexity with medium palate heft, this one got a tiny bit hot as it warmed, and showed a big sediment layer in the bottom of the glass.
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Straw in color, somewhat pale, otherwise hazy, large sudsy white head, falls quickly, very little lacing, lively carbonation.   Slightly floral/yeasty aroma, pale wheat, very minor alcohol.   Seems like pale Saison crossed with a teeny tiny Tripel.   Bright breadiness on the tongue, soft floral aspects, somewhat wheaty.   This certainly fits the bill for a Strong Pale Wheat Ale.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Does seem to finish somewhat quick.   Clean, warming floral and bready finish.   Definitely like a dulled Tripel mated with a muted Saison and/or underspiced Witbier.   Tasty, but overall somewhat boring.   Spice it up a bit and then we’re talking!   As it warms the alcohol becomes a bit more apparent.   Thanks Dan for this rare treat!
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pure yellow. Vigorous pour yields merely a small white head which rapidly collapses. Well-integrated aromas of flowers, plasticy phenols, yeast, sprucey hops, and crackery wheat. Whisper of bubblegum and peach. Lush carbonation. Bottle conditioned. Tight medley of biting yeast, juicy yet understated hops, and vibrant wheat. Texture of the malt is far from grainy, but contains a briskness which brightens the slippery esters and refined hoppiness. Delicate drop of unripe peach acidity increases drinkability while enhancing the grassy bitterness and crackery wheat character. Oily hops never become overly acidic but provide an addictive sting which lends a mild numbing effect to the palate. Alcohol and crisp malt cleanse the palate and rid it of the sticky esters and slightly sappy hops. Slippery fruitiness is thankfully offset by an ever so coarse tease of pine-needle prickliness. Finish is short-lived but very clean and properly attenuated. Minty/leafy hops, gummy yeast, and a starchy maltiness manage to linger a short while after the swallow. While I don’t find this to be especially interesting, I’m delighted by the overall integration. Thanks to jah noth for the bottle!
emobassfoo (178) - Webster, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated while drinking: Pours a caramel cider hazy color with a fluffy white head. There is some insane lacing going on in this glass. True to it’s name sake, so far this beer looks like ’white gold’. Heavy wheat aroma followed by a snap of yeast, backed by some banana and clove elements. Incredible fresh wheat in the mouth, followed by flavor notes of spices and more Trappist yeast at the end. Quite Belgian-like! Crisp and smooth on the palate... very drinkable for this type of beer. Another great beer from Ithaca. These Excelsiors are superb and Ithaca should be extremely proud!
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle #412. Pale orange-gold beer with a thick white head. Aroma is quite spicy with lots of wheaty aroma as well. Clove and light lemony citrus. A bit of black pepper. Warming brings up loads of herbal hoppiness. Some lean fruitiness, spice and grass. Flavour is nicely done. White peper, wheaty spice and light yeasty phenolics. Citrus and herbs. There is some light zesty/fruity hops that come up on the back. Floral flavours also pick up as the beer starts to warm. Nice and refreshing.