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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A Belgo-American Ale brewed with domestic barley and French wheat malts, the finest Saaz and Santiam hops, and an authentic Trappist Ale Yeast. Enjoy the glowing opaque appearance, amomas of spice and herbs, zesy mouthfeel, and dry finish.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2011
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1499) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2015
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6838) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2015
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!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (6056) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2015
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jw0406 (906) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Batch E!008
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2014
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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cupcake (4) - New York, USA - OCT 15, 2014 does not count
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 isn’t a particularly heavy-tasting beer. It was an unexpected surprise and a very enjoyable one. Very highly recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2014
750ml bottle. Almost but not quite gushing champagne carbonation. Unfiltered hazy orange tan. Funky and zesty. A pretty nice Saison. Massive white head isn’t 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 I’ve had.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2014
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2755) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
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.


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