DerWeg (1431) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An earthy Saison that refreshes simply, not trying to be wine like or too complex - perhaps making it entirely authentic. Grassy and herbal with sustained dryness on finish, mineral and mustiness, dry and in the end a bit elegant.
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First thing I notice is this beer smells like a Pale Ale with a citrusy hop aroma. Initially it tastes like a Pale Ale as well, showing off a good dosage of fruity bittering hops. I suppose thatís why itís labeled as an American Saison. The mouth feel is great with high carbonation making this really crisp and refreshing. As I get about half way through the beer the expected farmhouse flavors begin to take form. Grassy wheat and hay are picked up along with aspects of apples and lemons. Belgian yeast and peppery spice are less pronounced, but do make an appearance. Real easy drinking and an interesting take on the style.
alexsdad06 (4522) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a deep golden color with a pinkish tint and a medium sized white head. The aroma is doughy malt with some spices, citrus, and floral notes. The flavor is similar doughy pale malts, light citrus, floral, and some spices. There is some fruitiness, but it is off set by the drying, moderate bitterness to the beer. Decent enough I suppose.
craftycarl21 (2134) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy peach pour with a nice frothy white head. Aroma holds pungent notes of apricot, spice, banana, light citrus, and a touch of mango, along with some floral hop notes. Flavor is yummy as well, with a bit more hop bitterness coming to the front as the sweeter notes mellow out slightly. Dough, banana, and nice spices still persist. Palate is fairly effervescent and somewhat dry, but nice and drinkable. Solid saison overall.
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear apricot peach pour with a huge frothy white foam that lasts nicely. The aroma contains an excellent fruit dough character- banana, clove, and yeasty bread swirl together with notes of flowery, herbal hop notes. The flavor holds a crisp wheat grain character with spicy dough and a further proliferation of banana and flowers. The palate is prickling in its effervescence with mild astringency and a clean crisp finish. Not a world class saison, but refreshing and delicious just the same.
agl108 (722) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Teresaís. Poured hazy golden with a few rings of white lacing. Nose was earthy but a bit subdued. Flavor was a mix of citrus fruit and yeast. Crisp. A little bit of a spicy, peppery finish. Thin bodied. Really not all that memorable. LOL at the rater below whoís debating whether this is an IPA or a Belgian IPA.
shadey (1849) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle purchased at the Brewery. Pour is a slightly cloudy yellow-gold with a nice head of thin white head of blotchy white. Aroma cream-cicle and fruit. Touch of wheat character. Very nice aroma. Attractive to the nose. Flavor is less fruity, and more wheaty. This is where more of the saison character. This is a very surprising beer and impressive beer.
dchmela (2559) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Tom for the bottle. Hazy orange pour with a thick fluffy head. Spicy, pepper, Belgian yeast and citrus hop aroma. Spicy rye, earthy hop bitterness and some wheat notes. Really nice saison.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to blutt59. poured yellow with a white head. aroma was lemon and florals. flavor was lemon, florals, spice, and pine. light body with high carbonation.
LinusStick (2756) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
DELICIOUS beer! One of the best Iíve had all year. I am usually rough on Ithaca Beer Company and I was expecting very little; especially from an American made (and self proclaimed American style) saison. The result was great. Aroma was thick and sweet. Light spices, ginger and light malt. Pour was a nice murky light gold with a 3 finger white head. Taste was just as the commercial description said. It was like a brett-less saison with a nice dry hoppy aftertaste. Light and refreshing with heavy spice, yeast and earthy earthy flavors. The carbonation feels like it is poking holes in your cheeks. Fantastic