rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Presentation: It was poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a good description of the beer and the ďExcelsiorĒ beer line up. Also listed on the label is its abv (8%) and bottle number (E!015).
Appearance: The body has a glowing, deep yellow/orange color with a light haze and some fine yeast sediment. It built up a tall billowy head of foam that has great retention and makes for a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.
Smell: Its aroma hit me (in a good way) right from the pop of the cork. Pouring it into the glass I get loads of tangy wheat and yeast with tart green apple and pear like fruity notes. Hop note are there but very faint.
Taste/Palate: There are plenty of wonderful wheaty and yeasty notes within its solid medium to full body. It starts with a good base of wheaty maltiness with a just a slight touch citrusy lemon like tartness. From there it adds notes of white wine like grapes, a touch of dry alcohol, tart green apples, pear and some funky/sour dough like yeast. The finish has a dry hop spice character with a touch of citrus hops as well. It feels well carbonated and lively making it very drinkable.
Notes: Ithaca is bringing there A game with this wonderfully complex and very satisfying Belgian influenced Ale. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes American, Belgian, or German wheat ales.
phaleslu (6665) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle Iíve had for a long time. Batch E!015. Thereís a 2008 registered trademark date on the label, but I think itís from 2010. It pours a hazy orange that gets hazier and duller as you pour more from the lower part of the bottle, and it has a finger-plus of fizzy white head. The aroma shows its age, with sweet dough, sugar, vanilla, apricot, sweet citrus, and wheaty, bready funk. The flavor has more balance and less mustiness, with apricot, tangerine, peach, wheat, sweet dough, vanilla, and mellow spice. Medium-bodied, with a funky, fruity, wheaty mouthfeel and moderate soft carbonation. Well past its prime, but not bad. Iíd like to try a fresher batch for comparison.
Cupcake (4) - New York, USA - OCT 15, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty sure this is the beer I had on tap at the Ithaca Ale House, described as Excelsior, an unfiltered rustic style wheat beer. It was straw-yellow, opaque, with a frothy finger of white head that dissipated VERY slowly. Unctuous mouthfeel, silky with body. Nose was bread and citrus and a little funk; taste was almost indescribable, rich with flavors but smoothly balanced. Citrus, spice, yeast, bread, all were in there but none overpowered. Finish was clean, and the beer hides its 8% abv so well you could easily drink yourself silly on this stuff. While it has a bit of a heavy mouthfeel, it isnít a particularly heavy-tasting beer. It was an unexpected surprise and a very enjoyable one. Very highly recommended.
nuplastikk (4658) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Almost but not quite gushing champagne carbonation. Unfiltered hazy orange tan. Funky and zesty. A pretty nice Saison. Massive white head isnít going anywhere fast. Wheat farmhouse tones, very authentic Belgian feel. A touch of tartness. Delicate fluffy mouthfeel. Quite excellent. World Class. One of the better US Saisons Iíve had.
hotstuff (4229) - Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rated on 7-28-2012 (Bottle) The appearance of this beer is a large frothy white head with a short retention, yellow hazy body, very fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is malt, wheat, yeasty, funky, citrus, sweet, fruity, and spicy. The flavor is sweet, funky, sour, malty, yeasty, some wheat, citrus, and spice. This beer has a dry finish. The mouthfeel is lively carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. I do not care for the taste of this beer as all the different flavors do not blend together very well.
Homer321 (2031) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottleshare thanks to Beechner224. Nose is fruity with lemon and a touch of funk. Taste is similar with a bit of funk. Thin mouthfeel. Pretty good.
DrewFace (844) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share thanks to beechner224. Mostly hazy pale orange yellow color, large white head. Sweet, tart, bretty, malty aroma. Lots of sweet and tart brett like character in flavor, crisp, refreshing, effervescent, slightly barnyardy.
beechner224 (719) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to beernut. Pours a yellow with lots of white head, just about over carbonated. Aroma is tart, nice. Taste is light, tart, sharp, refreshing. Nice beer.
Daniel719 (144) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice golden color. Huge white head. Smell of wheat and hops. A little bit of fruit character. taste is fruit. Goes down smooth. A little beat of wheat in the taste. Maybe a little Brett?? Either way, itís pretty good.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
ryanscourt (790) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at head keeps, very good. Fluffy white head. Spicy tart aroma. Delicious flavors that starts early. Yummy...
oh6gdx (20822) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Yellowish golden colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is grapefruit, some mild spices, sour wood andf mild earthy notes. Flavour is fruity, floral, citrus, some yeast and mild spices. Balanced, and actually rather refreshing, even though itís a rather big beer.