Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Co.
Style: Belgian Ale
Ithaca, New York USA


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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Cold Front is our Belgian-style Amber Ale brewed in autumn to keep us inspired as the days grow shorter and the nights colder. Its brewed with European Malts and hops and fermented with a legendary Belgian "Farmhouse" yeast. Savor its deep russet color, rich flavor accented by slight herbal hoppiness, and definite spicy yeast character. Bundle up!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsmerig (1563) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aroma of nutty malt and esters. Taste is nutty malt with Belgian yeast finish. Very interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2597) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 19, 2012
Explodes out of bottle with a 5+ finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose and flavor is caramel and Belgian yeast, hops are subdued. $2.35 for a 12oz bottle from Julios Liquors Westborough, Ma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 8, 2012
Straw, burnt caramel, sweet on the nose and taste. A little chewy, it is moderately bodied. It pours a flat dark brown amber. Could drink again, but a bit boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Aroma of sweet spice and yeast and initially a bit smokey. Umber brown with tan head and lace. Taste is a real surprise: the chocolate roast one expects on a porter or perhaps a dark English ale. This being combined with the yeasty effervescence of Belgian ale, of course. Filling if not heavy, with a good deal of co2 activity going on. Cant remember being so pleasantly surprised by a domestic beer. Another winner for Ithaca.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14895) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Pours dark ruddy amber with a creamy/foamy near beige head. Aroma is indeed herby. Almost covering up a roast malt aspect. Med+ body. Flavor is earthy, almost coffee dirty, with a lot of yeast/spice and veggie hop. Earthy rather than barnyard - but its a close call. Wowser. A really dark saison? Pretty tasty stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle. A great belgian at the start and middle, then things just fell off a cliff. The aroma was a sweet bread that reminded me of Kings Hawaiian rolls. A foamy head that settled into a nice resilient film topped a dark brown cloudy appearance. The medium crisp palate complimented the taste, which was fronted with a solid bready dough, then things dropped. The taste just fell to a very bitter and acidic aftertaste. This might be due to the "amber" style, but either way, I didnt favor it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (6055) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Very hazy deep muddy brown coloured body with a slight ruby coloured tint with a thinnish, one centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of yeast, rye, caraway seed, oregano, malt, flowers and a bit of nuts at the end. Medium-bodied; Assertive toasted malt with some bubble gum flavours, some bananas and a lot of yeast and deep earthy flavours. Aftertaste has more earthiness than expected with a pungent malt flavour, some nuts, a little bitter yeast vibe and some light sugars tucked into a decent amount of alcohol. Overall, an okay beer - but matches with the label - more of a dark belgie styled ale, but not executed perfectly. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Olivers Beverage in Albany, New York on 18-November-2011 for US$2.90 sampled at home in Washington after leaving Lake Placid, New York earlier in the day on 29-January-2012.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Art (3212) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2012
A very full Belgian ale aroma and flavor mixed with a hint of spice. Full nutty flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Ive liked other beers from Ithaca beer, but this was a huge disappointment. Both the initial candy sweetness and roasted smoke in the aftertaste are overpowering and unpleasant. Not awful, but not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3991) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Beautiful autumnal amber with brown tresses and thinnish head. Intensely spicy nose that overflows with phenolics and touches of sasparilla. The body does not come together quite as well. A green banana dominates the phenolics and mixes off-key with sasparilla underpinnings. A bit off-balance and sour/green, but okay.

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