Ithaca Excelsior! IPAbbey

Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Co.
Style: Imperial IPA
Ithaca, New York USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A Belgo-American Ale brewed with special Canadian Honey Malt, generous additions of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Saaz hops, and an authentic Trappist Ale Yeast. Enjoy the tawny color, thick scent of tropical fruit and flowers, warming flavors of honey and clove, and clean, bitter finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (3119) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Lots of residue at the bottle opening upon uncapping this. Hazy cider-colored stuff lacking much of a head at all. Very malty aroma, along with grapefruit and honey. Palate is a bit thin at 1st, then becomes gritty, oily and hoppy. Seems more of an American Strong Ale? Dont detect alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
The pour reveals a cloudy amber color with a thin white head. Good aroma of resinous hops and yeast. Good flavor of resinous hops, yeast, sweetness and citrus, theres strong bitterness in the finish. The body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Poured a hazy orange color with a minimal head. The aroma was yeasty with earthy and spicy hops that covers the malt. Malty flavor with light fruit. Spicy middle and a floral hop finish. Bitter and moderately dry at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Dark caramel, thick, sediment abound, moderate frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Hoppy nose, fairly floral, but has an odd aged cheese tinge.   Fairly hop centered on flavor, there exists a light Belgian espect.   Fairly floral on the tongue, semi-sweet, lingering hop bitterness.   Has quite a bit of hop flavor but this one is more like a Pale Ale in its bitterness.   Moderate to full bodied, average mouthfeel.   Semi-sweet finish, perhaps the only area that seems somewhat Belgian.   Not much of a Tripel, but more like a decent heavy Pale Ale with a Belgian tinge.   Thanks Dan for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8652) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2007
[725-20071001] 750mL (w/ jerc, Radek Kliber). Grassy orange citrus peel hops aroma. Cloudy, brown red body with a quick bubbly light tan head. Bittersweet citrus hops. Medium body has bitter finish. Alcohol seems well-blended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2677) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Cloudy amber orange, moderate head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is limited, notes of spicy hops, yeast, caramel, not much else. Medium bodied, lightly sweet, but mostly dry finish. Lacked character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
This abbey triple pours a slightly cloudy orange gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, some honey and some hops. A medium bodied triple. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and a touch grapefruity. Nice balance, Think they did a nice job trying to meld to diverging beer styles here, its more of a IPA than a Abbey Triple, but there is a nice yeastiness and sweetness to this beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
From Goldtwins bottle at PP Strong Ale Fest 07. Murky but bright copper color with a white head. Honey, citrus and a bit of oxidation in the nose. Tons of hop bitterness with a strong honey note. Lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2007
2007 PP SAF Bottle (#1708)brought by Goldtwins, thanks: Deep hazy amber with a frothy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of apricot, pear, floral and grassy bitters, honey and biscuity malt. The taste is fruity and sugary with a moderate bitterness in the background. Spicy and phenolic on the finish. The mouth feel is sharp, biting and woody dry. Not too bad but seems to miss the complexity I hoped for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
PP Strong Ale Fest Bottle 4/07 #1708 from Goldtwins. Pours orange with a thin off white head. Nose is citrussy and yeasty. Taste is sweet mild, hoppy, yeasty, nice and balanced. According to BBB63 this is the style of 2007 the hoppy belgian.

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