PorterPounder (7971) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Starts off with a fruity, citrusy sweet aroma. The appearance is dark orange with a good sized white head - good lacing. Has a hoppy - citrusy bite to it - more akin to a California PA than an upstate NY amber. HInts of caramel mellow out the hoppines a bit - but still a litle too hoppy for an amber. Palate is a bit tonque numbing. Better than other Ithacas I have tried thus far though. jgb9348 (6281) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Fairly dark amber colour with a perfect sized light tan head - spot on for the style! Aroma consists of hop pellets, mushrooms and a bit of yeast - ODD! Medium-bodied; Hoppy taste with some astringent characteristics and a strong malt background. Aftertaste shows almost nothing but a mild hop and malt taste. Overall, about average for the style. Not great, nor bad! I bought this twelve ounce bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, New York and sampled it on 2-October-2003. Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Malty/fruity/alcohol aroma. Hazy orange. Toffee or butterscotch in a sturdy bitterish ale. I had a very old bottle of this and it stood up very well to cellaring. Rerate with a fresh bottle: After sampling the other Ithacas, which weren't very stellar, I was shocked to see that I'd given this a 3.9 in the cellared bottle. Turns out not to be that far off -- Ithaca's strong point is their fruity aroma. Hops were more evident in the fresh bottle. I downgraded the flavor -1, the palate -1 and the overall -2, but it's still a good, balanced and drinkable brew. muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2004
12 oz bottle. Medium copper, quite clear; massive forever-lasting head...gushing, in fact (infection? uh oh). Light grapefruity aroma with a bit of chewy woody malt. Odd but interesting flavor -- cherry cola comes to mind, and a bit of oakiness, grapefruit near the end. Medium body, too sweet and odd overall...doesn’t really work though I give it points for creativity. DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 6, 2004
Aroma is vile. Smells like vomit. Pours a cloudy copper/amber with a huge off-white head. Watery with sweetness in the middle. Watery finish with puke aftertaste. This is hideous.
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Sampled at Craft beer store (Ithaca night) Reddish pour with aromas of Mild Hop and caramel malt. A little thin for my tastes but it was an easy beer to drink. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2000
A top rate Amber Ale, good hop floral nose and bite, malts quite evident, great color and a decent head and lace. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2003 Outstanding. I've had some American Ambers that were dry-hopped out of any possibility of sensing other aroma components, but not this. Nice and floral, good hop bitterness right away and throughout, with the nicest sweet malty bits also along for the ride. Color (redder than expected) and appearance, including a nice medium compact head, are fantastic. Jayme98, thanks a million! MaBeer1972 (2064) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 24, 2003
The appearance is somewhat pale amber and isn't that impressive. The aroma is neutral, but slightly fruity. The flavor is almost of grapefruits, with a smack of hoppiness. The finish is on the bitter side. Admirable. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2003
A good enough amber ale. Beautifully clear golden appearance, with a good white head that fade too fast. Sort of a smallish tasting amber, in that it has nice balance but not much hops or caramel or malt. Nice balance also of floral aromatic hoppiness at the beginning and bitter hop finish, but nothing remarkable. My Ithaca friends say that there is high variability from month to month in Ithaca Beer Company's beers, so maybe this explains the greater enthusiasm of some of the earlier reviewers.