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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2904) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
A: Hazy Orangish/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Decent Lacing S: Hay, Oranges, Black Pepper T: Black Pepper, Yeast, Mild Oranges, Mild Lemons M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Spicy Overall, a pretty sessionable saison with nice mild citrus and pepper profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Bottle 2/6/11. Clear pale golden body small white head Sweet honey and malt aroma Sweet honey pale malt and spicy hop flavor Medium light body mod high carb

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (1226) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2013 Saison on the sweet side but very enjoyable. Banana nutty fruit smell, with a taste that matches. Slight bitter finish on the sides of the tongue. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2013
12oz bottle poured into glass. Nice lemon zest aroma, mixed with a little bit of yeast in there as well. I actually was impressed by this beer. I don’t come across saisons that impress me all that much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle. Smells like a Saison and tastes like one too. I typically dislike them but this one is pretty swell. My guess is its a bit old but still pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1992) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Floral aroma, golden yellow body, lots of citrus lemon flavor in this Wit-ty Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (3971) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Cloudy golden wheat with a good white head and horizontal curtains of lace. Fizzy wheat and malt open things, growing a little into the palate as it opens cleansing hops to bring things sharply into balance. At the close, a glimmer of sweet returns to remind you of where you started. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (7352) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Pretty good saison. Pours cloudy orange with great head and lacing. Aromas of hay, piney hops and a touch of bubble gum and booze. Average carbonation. Finish a little bitter with some tang. Bottle, a little past its prime perhaps but still very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (3168) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2013
On tap. Pours a cloudy orange color with an inch of foamy white head. Aroma of citrus, malt, and spices. Tasted of citrus (mainly orange, lemon), sweet malt, and light grassiness and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10528) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle. Milky lemon/orange and wheat malt aroma. Hazy golden yellow with moderate head. Musty sweet lemon/orange and malt flavor. Lightly bitter herbal finish. Very tasty.

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