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Ithaca Ground Break Saison

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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Ground Break is our new spring seasonal… it’s an Americanized (hoppy) Saison. It’s brewed with generous amounts of Amarillo, Crystal and Glacier hops (none added during the boil by the way- only first wort, whirlpool and dry-hop additions) and flaked rye. It’s fermented with a blend of Dupont and Chico yeasts. Very dry, ample yeast character, and hoppy. We’ve brewed a couple of batches so far, and expect it to start showing up on draft first, then in 6-packs and our variety 12-pack in February. It’ll last until May or so when we start rolling out this year’s version of Partly Sunny, our summer Wit-style beer! This will show up everywhere that our seasonal brews and variety packs are found: NY, PA, CT, MA, RI, NJ and OH.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (5765) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2014
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Julio’s Liquors (Westborough, MA) au coût de 2,05$. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe de levure. Apparence: La couleur est blonde opaque avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de citron avec une pointe d’ananas et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de levure en arrière goût. (Rating #5753)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2148) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2014
From a bottle. Pours cloudy gold with a foamy frothy white head and lots of lacing. Subtle flavor that increases, tastes like dry lemon, herbs, wheat, grass, light yeast. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like creamy yeast, herbs, wheat, grass, and light lemon.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3562) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow/gild with a thick pillow of creamy white head. Aroma is cereal malts, straw, spicy hops, light floral notes, and some light barnyard esters. Flavor is dry malts, light spicy hops, straw, light citrus esters and some faint grassiness. Light/medium body and medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1313) - - AUG 28, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-23-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a big three finger white head. The head has nice retention slowly fading to leave a very nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is a mix of lots of yeasty and spicy smells. Mixed with these aromas are strong smells of a haylike funk, green apples, sour grapes, wheat and pepper. It is a rather potent smelling saison in many of the aromas you would expect. Taste – The taste begins with a lot of wheat, yeast and an orange citrus taste. As the taste advances flavors of spice begin coming to the tongue with clove coriander and cardamom being the strongest. Along with the spice so too comes a souring and haylike funky taste. Sweeter flavors of a light banana and tangerine also come to the tongue more toward the middle giving the brew a rather sweet taste. The flavors are soon met with a strong grass and herbal like and sour grape like taste more toward the middle to the end of the taste. In the end a moderately citrus sweet, yeasty, and funky taste are left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the medium to slightly above average side. Both are quite nice with for the funky and citrus flavors of the brew and make for an easier drink. Overall – A fairly sweeter and tasty saison. Lots of citrus, yeast and a nice sour bite that is balanced nicely by the herbal and sweeter flavors of the brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (2379) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Tom L. Cloudy pale blond with white head. Citrus, lemon and lemon hard-candy aroma, bitter, hoppy, with a little poppy seed in the mouth. Long, mildly bitter and yet tarty finish, medium-bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - JUL 15, 2014
This beer pours clear and golden until the last few ounces with all the yeast sediment. The yeast swirls around and slowly blends in give the body a hazy appearance. The slow carful pour produces a huge billowy meringue like head that fills half the glass. It holes on forever and keep a good cap of foam on till the last sip. On the sides of the glass it leaves big splotches of foam lacing. There are strong hop presence along with all the typical estery and funky/medicinal Belgian yeast and malt notes. There are fruity notes from the malt and yeast as well as the hops. Hops add some citrus and spicy floral notes and the yeast/malt brings a mix of tropical fruit and mild white pepper like dry spice. There is a lot of complexity packed into this firmly medium bodied beer. There is a flash of candy and bready sweetness with estery yeast as well as dry funk and mellow phenolic spice. The hops which are more influential here then in a traditional Belgian Ale bring solid hop bitterness from the start to the finish and add there own floral and citrusy spice notes. It finishes with dry spice and firm dry hop bitterness. The palate is lively and well carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ContemplateBeer (1542) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Aroma: The two things that stick out the most are cheesecloth and an herbaceous hop character, specifically basil. There’s also a bit of dandelion flower here as well. Has a pastoral feel. Appearance: Hazy, cloudy gold body with strong, lively carbonation; the white head never quite goes away, and leaves a white meringue. Flavor: A bit more grainy up front; more herbal than floral (like the nose); very dry and leaves a lingering bitter herbal impression on the palate. Palate: Full body, thick texture, lively carbonation, lingering finish. Overall: Some good bones here, but I must admit that the beer was much more enjoyable in the nose. Still, a pretty nice offering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (2663) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2014
On tap at the Daily Growler. Gold pour, white head. Aroma of yeast, bread, floral, lemon. Tastes are banana, herbal, hay, tea vibe. Ok. - 6.8

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3418) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Tom L. Pours yellow hazy with a white head, aroma of mango, pineapple, flavor of pine, mango, lemon skin and pineapple, medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5827) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Tom L. Hazy shiny pale yellow with a nice frothy white head. Spicy and lemony aroma with yuzu and some hops. Flavor is rather dry with a light sweetish note, wheaty, citric and mildly spicy with a bitterish hoppy finish. Medium-bodied. Nice.


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