IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Bottle. Looks great in the glass, peachy color, cloudy but without any real sediment and a long lasting beige head. Spicy and floral, light citrus notes as well as some gerneral prickly pine. Full flavored, decent malt backing, light alcohol in the flavor but not really detected when it comes to burning going down. Solid beer. I will drink again. brewbird (1) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2005 does not count
Perfection en glass! I missed the first batch of this, so jumped on the second as soon as it came out, and boy am I glad I did!
Appearance: Poured beautifully, a sparkling golden hue. Just the right head settling to a nice lace.
The nose: This is a DIPA, where is the nose? It is soft and subtle, very crisp and citrusy, not in your face at all. Shouldn’t this be bigger? Disappointment ahead?
Taste: Well, the first taste is not too intense either.The hops are present, pleasant, very even. There is wonderfully sweet malt backing everything up, so the balance is right on. As I continue, the hops become more pronounced, and the DIPA character starts to assert itself. This is like fine Thai cooking, the heat slowly building to a toasty crescendo, setting off that perfect buzz between your ears.
Mouthfeel: Weighty over time. This beer builds over time, the high ABV well hidden. Oh so dangerous!
Drinkability: Magical Mystery Hop Tour! Perfect!
Side note: the hops are from Pedersen Farm in Seneca Castle NY. They are Cascade, Mt Hood and Willamette, and "this is the first time in at least 50 years that a beer has been brewed with all NY hops." Praise be: they are expanding!
rajendra82 (1101) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Included as a part of BIF X-Mas by shippos, this beer poured nearly perfect looking, with a partially cloudy peachy orange boy and a creamy mountain of a head. The aroma was hoppy, but not overly so. The smell was that of grapefruit, and hay, but lacked much pungent pine resin like qualities that many other beer of this style exhibit. The taste was not hoppy without being over the top with bitterness. There was a sweet malty undertone that restrained the peppery and citric hops. The mouthfeel was creamy and syrupy and was aided by diacetyl. This was bit sweeter than I would have liked, but otherwise very solid all around. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Well, well, well…Floral hop aroma with some spicy zing and slight alcohol in the nose. Nice white head. Copper color. Nice assault of hop juice, zesty pine and citric juiciness. Despite the high alcohol content, you hardly notice the burn, unlike some in this category. Halfway through, you become well aware of its strength. Brewed entirely with New York hops. The best Ithaca brew…try it if you find it.