Ernesto987 (3009) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Seven layer coconut bar is probably the best ice cream, this is a tasty yeast strain, pretty solid saison
Jayb0 (959) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a really good saison. The extra hops didnít go overboard but and made the beer very lively and refreshing, complementing the spiciness of the rye. Good stuff.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Notes from old backlog: Hazy golden pour with a white film of head. Phenolic aroma with some crackery malts, bubble gum and clove. A touch of citrus as it warms. Crisp body. Nice and dry flavor with crackery undertones and peppery white pepper phenolics. Minerally towards the back. Finishes dry and peppery. Nice.
bigrond (1408) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Iím shocked at the high ratings this beer received. Iím not a fan of this style or this beer. Its average at best. Not Ithaca s best.
Chad9976 (1017) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Ithaca tulip glass.
Appearance: Hazy apricot-skin light orange/maize color. Forms a very large, white fluffy head not unlike Duvel. It retains and laces wonderfully.
Smell: Very hoppy for a saison. Flowers predominantly with subtle citrus aroma and a hint of candy.
Taste: Iím not usually a fan of the saison style unless itís "Americanized" and Ithaca Ground Break is a perfect example of what I mean. Prominent hop character for the style but it still maintains its saison soul with a slightly dry body, subtle black pepper and some orange peel as well. Lightly bitter up front, it soon takes on an almost West Coast IPA palate with lightly sweet orange candy flavors. It gets even sweeter through the middle, becoming very juicy-like but without the stickiness of a more syrupy/high gravity hoppy beer. The classic black pepper pops up right on the finish and complements the hoppy bitterness very well. A very clean aftertaste, but not a refreshing beer outright. This borders on being a Belgian-style IPA rather than an American-style saison, but who am I to split hairs?
Drinkability: One of the reasons Belgian saisons donít impress me much is because of their low drinkability. I was worried Ithaca Ground Break would have that problem when it formed a huge head, but the body isnít nearly as effervescent as youíd think. Perfectly medium in terms of body and viscosity and it goes down quite smoothly. The 6% ABV seems a bit high for the beer as it drinks like something much lighter. An ideal beverage for fish, poultry, or cheese pairings.
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy dark gold. Exceptionally frothy off white head. Banana, faint citrus, bread on the nose. Very carbonated - maybe too much? Nice flavor, more bread and banana.
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superspak (1895) - Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by April(yeast was heavily caked on the bottom, this could be a year or more old). Pours hazy golden orange color with a very nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, pear, herbal, floral, coriander, pepper, bread, earth, light funkiness, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of big orange, lemon, pepper, pear, lime, coriander, bread, earth, herbal, floral, grass, clove, light funk, and yeast spiciness. Very slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, citrus, pepper, clove, earth, herbal, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of sweetness and spiciness; with great flavor complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly syrupy and extremely crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small amount of warming noticed after the finish. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Overall this is an outstanding saison. Great balance and flavor complexity. Nice touch of funk rounds it out as well.
crazyvin (1797) - New York, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice golden body with a white head that had little retention and no lace. Aroma had a nice yeast qualitiy to it, as well as nice banana and bubblegum notes. Some candied sugar, clove, maybe a slight grass note. Flavor was slightly sweet, not cloyingly but close. Good ester notes came through as well as the yeast. A slight sticky sweetness to it. Nice carbonation.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL thanks to oteyj. Pours a clear straw, massive bright white head. Slightly overcarbonated. Rocky and sheen retention. Rings of lace. Nose is estery, banana, spices. Small honeydew melon and kumquat.Taste is watery, bland, weak, slightly tangy. Weak palate. Slight grain and mild oatmeal.
neongolden (281) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2012 Bottle sample from a friend. Pours a very hazy orange-gold with a big fluffy tan head. Aroma hop-forward, mix of flowery notes and fruity orange zest (from Amarillo?) combined with fairly strong yeast notes of banana esters and a tick of funk. Flavour again mixed between big grassy hop bitterness and yeasty banana, bubblegum and a bit of bready funk. Fairly full of body with high but soft carbonation, some malt sweetness but mostly dried out by hops. A lot going on here, an interesting American-style take on a saison.