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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2010
12 oz bottle shared by Blipp. Pours a hazed golden orange with a nice massive sticky white head. Aroma is pepper, citrus hops, grapes, white wine, grapefruit notes, with some bubblegum, and light spicy phenolics- ok malt profile slight caramel and dough. Flavor is spicy earthy phenolic mixing with lots of fresh American hops, citrus, grapefruit, pine, peach, and white wine- sauv blan. Pepper and cinnamon turning a bit harsh with some cardamon mace spices, and prickly phenolics as it warms and almost becomes a tad medicinal- and a moderate dry finish but could be more dry. Starts off nice, but the flavor kinda turns a bit halfway through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13475) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear amber color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus, sweet fruit and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a friend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
This ione surprised me, and is a very good beer. Turbid canary pour with 3 f white head. Looks great. Nose is huge perfumy florals, orange marm, some hops and mild funk. Tastes floral, fruity, perfumy, with big rock sugary malt, spicy peppery notes, fruit, and some funk. Delcious, and an absolutely top notch saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1593) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
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 that’s why it’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (9008) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
agl108 (1059) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2010
On draft at Teresa’s. 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 who’s debating whether this is an IPA or a Belgian IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2010
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.

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