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 “Excelsior” 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.
mathieuc (3038) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a super clear golden with a small white head on top that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of madeira, brown sugar, light alcohol and feels really oxidized overall. Taste is pretty sweet and offers cardboard-y caramel and toffee. Medium body, medium carbonation. Not sure of the age on this bottle but it is almost clinically dead now...
tom10101 (4920) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle (750 ml) shared at tasting. Clear golden with a small bubbly white head leaving little lacing. Aroma is oxidized and carboard forward but it seems bad per se with rotten fruits, strong herbal notes, candi sugar and a disturbing sugary presence. Taste is sweet and oxidized with rotten fruits, herbal notes, weird spiciness and candi sugar. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Rotten fruits finish. Horrible.
Minderbinder (3186) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear golden with medium white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of oxydation, sugar, cardboard. Taste is of oxydation, sugar, barley sugar, bitterness, fruits. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Over the hill, or this one was never adequate.
czar (7052) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2016
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
pours hazy bright gold with a small white cap offering minimal retention and lacing. rotten fruits, oxidation - old grass, white ice tea, spices, some sweetness - candi and honey; cardboard, yellow raisins, hint of citrus zest. moderate carbonation - could be brighter; light body - oily; semi-sweet spicy finish. disgusting.
coldbrewky (1651) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fridge lurker. Bomber. Batch E!049. Lovely aroma of Hay and pine. Opaque yellow body with an outrageous growing head. Fine sandy lacing left behind in patches. Body is biting sour and brett with a zesty zing of hop on the gentle wheat body. Decreasing body leads to enjoyable moderately long dry finish. A profound feeling of loss when I tried to fill the glass again and found the bottle to be empty.
SudsMcDuff (7744) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ithaca has its gems, this is one of them .. . quite a lot of brett yeast in this one to go with the light grain and straw. mild saaz on the end .. mouth is a bit on the spritzy side .. all and all, different and defining .. . . That’s a handsome banana, very appealing!!
djd07 (8343) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Nathan. Pours a cloudy gold with small frothy white head. The aroma is strong funk, oak, fruity malt. Medium mouth, yeast, spice, oak, lingering dry finish. Very good.
jw0406 (1059) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz draft pours a hazy golden color with a nice whites head. Aromas of tart fruit, funk, earth. Light bodied and complex, very nice.
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wedgie9 (2577) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted on 10/15/11 from a capped 750mL bottle that I shared at Smitty’s house. Pours murky light orange with a thick white head, leaving thin, bubbly lace. The nose is lightly fruity with a cheesy note, and some sweeter full cereal malt. The flavor is the same with a hint of caramelized malt. The body is full and creamy with average, very smooth carbonation, and a medium lightly caramelized and lightly fruity finish.
phaleslu (9017) - 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 I’ve had for a long time. Batch E!015. There’s a 2008 registered trademark date on the label, but I think it’s 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. I’d like to try a fresher batch for comparison.