Ithaca Excelsior! IPAbbey

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


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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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TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of malty sweet cereal grains, earthy, lightly floral and candy sweetness. Flavor of tea, earthy, citrus notes, malty sweetness, light hop bitterness and hops.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2007
In short: Double IPA, american style. Very sweet. Good but not very exciting.
How: Mtl-crew beer-and-spagatt tasting. Bottle, fresh from beerbuzzmontreal
The look: Cloudy dark orange with some big off-white bubbles acting as a head
In long: Smell of fresh citrusy hops, the american kind. The beer is sweet, very sweet, sugary even, too much so for my taste. The malts are as caramelized as they are honeyed. Alcohol is apparent. Hops manage to surface late in the game for a much welcomed sweet and fruity bitter finish. In a blind tasting I would have never guessed this is a Belgian beer. Just felt like a very sweet American IPA to me. Belgian by name only. As Belgian as Pierre Janssens, a fifth generation Texan who likes go bowling with a firearm.

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Piney hop resins develop citrusy buds atop the portly honeyed, caramel maltiness of this strong ale hybrid. Do not approach this as an example of any style, and you should enjoy the experience greatly.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the hazy orange.
-Carbonation is soft and does not build an authentically Belgian body.
-The intense hoppiness is balanced out by the loads of caramel maltiness, but the malts do appear a bit fatty in the long run.
-Alcohol warms up the back end, but does not bother the flavor profile.
-As a Tripel, I would not say it is very successful. As a Double IPA, I would not say it is very successful. But as its own beer, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Bottled in April ’07.

BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2007
I think jah noth hooked me up with this bottle in one of our trades - these big Ithaca’s have been worth it every time. Sweet orange and grapefruit citrus hop nose. Brown with faint head. Citrus hop body with a strong yeast finish. Plenty of alcohol warmth cutting through.

Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle 750 ml
Appearance :Cloudy, copper with bubbly ring, low carbonation.3+
Nose :Rich alcohol-hop fuse, nutty vanilla, green bitter end.7-
Flavour/Palate : Medium bodied , chewy malt well paired with green/aromatic hops . Centre of palate was citric with short brownmalt bits. Medium dry alcohol on side. Growing bitterness at finish. Good.

jercraigs (11071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2007
Bottle. Lightly hazy copper body with a good sized beige head. (3+) Pleasant bitterness throughout, moderate resin and citrus. (7+) Very nice hoppy aroma, resin, light citrus. (7+) Average to medium palate. Dry, lightly alcoholic finish. Pretty solid.

badgerben (5372) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Excelsior to Brewfiend for supplying this! Cloudy copper color with no head. Big orange and piney aroma. Massive orange flavor along with a bit of the yeasty profile of a Tripel. I don’t get much of the honey and clove, but still a well done "dual style" beer.

luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Apr ’07. 718 Bottle. Beer is cloudy medium copper-brown colored. Head is moderate, off-white, frothy. Mostly diminishes but lasts.<P>The nose is overpowered with heavy hop notes of resin/pine, moderate apricot and citrus; Malty with a light note of toasted grain and biscuit; Yeasty with a light note of doughy basement. Not getting much Tripel out of it, all IPA.<P>The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic with a long, moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish.<P>The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.

JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2007
This has a great citrus hop aroma. Intense flavor, more citrus, hops and sweet malt. Dark brown appearance. All of the aromas and flavors are powerful, and the quality of the beer is clear. This is in the style of Houblon.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Date: 09/29/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

clear dark copper, wispy off white head, specks of lace, sweet caramel malt aroma with strong citrus and earthy hops, sweet malt flavor, touch of fruity character, dark caramel malt sweetness, well balanced by lots of citrus hops, good balancing bitterness leaves a light bitter finish,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

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