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Ithaca Ground Break Saison

Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Company
Style: Saison
Ithaca, New York USA
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Ground Break is our new spring seasonalÖ itís an Americanized (hoppy) Saison. Itís 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. Itís fermented with a blend of Dupont and Chico yeasts. Very dry, ample yeast character, and hoppy. Weíve 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. Itíll last until May or so when we start rolling out this yearís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Taster; draft @ Ithaca. Slightly hazy, bright yellow color; creamy, mousse-like off-white head with great retention and lacing. Dusty, light grains, honey, and some white pepper in the nose; soft, rounded, pleasantly dry. Medium body; lively carbonation; lightly creamy; slightly dusty in the mouth, some hay and pepper and even some creamy vanilla presence; reasonably dry, nicely toasty and creamy, and the dustiness (seemingly an off-shoot from the use of Saison Dupont yeast? seems most likely) isnít necessarily a bad thing, just quite prominent. Decent saison. Medium finish: dusty, hay, nicely toasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a large white head that required two pours to fill the glass. The head lasted until mid-glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of lemon, grains, and spice. The flavor is lemon and black pepper along with some grain. Dries out a bit towards the finish. A bit spritzy on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2010
I was a bit disappointed by this saison. The hops and yeast seemed to be battling each other too much. I found the saison like qualities missing or overwhelmed by this battle. The nose was a nice lemon/orange citrus. The flavor was peppery and the palate dry. I wish I could say I appreciated the hoppiness, but I didnít because I felt it was weak. Again, it didnít complement the sourness. It was pretty to look at, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (4285) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Hazy amber-orange-gold color. Moderate frothy eggshell white head. Solid retention and spotty lacing. S: Comes across as an American saison for sure. Bright citric hop bitterness is upfront followed by a more mellow herbal tone. Slight element of spice. T: More herbal/citric hop bitterness gives an almost tea-like flavor at times. The lemon/yeast/spice profile leaves a bit of a witbier impression too. M: Medium-light bodied. Lacking the funk, earthyness and dryness that makes the saison a truly amazing style. Finish is somewhat prolonged. O: Overall, a very nice effort. When reviewing saisons I always try to keep in mind the take on the saison the brewer is going for... is it going to be American, Belgian, or Brett-ed in tone. This is clearly an American saison and a decent one at that. The price and availability should make this a decently popular effort from Ithaca.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2010
12 oz bottle from the Oak. Poured a cloudy orange/ brown with an average sized fizzy white head. Aroma of spice, funk, lemon and upon warming some honey sweetness. Full bodied with strong carbonation and a creamy finish. Flavor is dry lemon, spice, old bread, funk, slight pepper, flowers. Solid but the body just doesnít work for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
Pale golden pour. The nose has a hint of apricot and light fruit and spicy. A bit sweet with an odd plasticy note that Iím not a fan of. Sweet and solventy and not much to recommend it for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 29, 2010
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma soft aromatic, citric flowers , herbal nose , hint of spice , orange peel. Refreshing.
Appearance clear golden , frisky carbonation with very large rising top. 3+
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied , fairly soft with bitter edges and some dryness at finish. Refreshing well hoped session based ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2010
"Cloudy yellow-orange body with a big rocky head and thick lacing. Smells of lemons, flowers and spicy hops with a nice yeast quality. Crisp, bitter and a bit funky. Peppery, grassy hops with lots of lemon driven citrus. Fruity with mildly tart yeast, biscuits and grass. Phenomenal Saison from an American brewery."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Pours a cloudy golden hue, with a decent-sized white head. Nose is great. Perfume, flowers and lemony hops. I agree with the poster below that said it reminded him (or her) of white wine. Sauvignon Blanc maybe. Plenty of hops in the flavor, too--more than I like in my saisons, typically, but I do think it works reasonably well for this beer. Otherwise, even the flavor is quite floral. Kind of reminds me of rose water. There is a slightly off aftertaste here, but other than that, I canít complain too much. Just had the North Coast Le Merle last night, and I do believe I prefer this as a hoppy saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Draught. Pale cloudy yellow with small white head. Aroma is sweet citrus fruity, red apple, light grainy malt background. Taste is more citrus fruity in an aggressive hop way, more farmhouse and saison fruity. Light to medium bodied and crisp and bubbly on tongue. Really diggin on a hot summerís day in the city.

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