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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Pours a hazy copper bronze with a spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet biscuity Belgian malt and some fresh grapefruit bittering hop presence. Starts with a fairly full biscuity maltiness and nice earthy resiny hop balance toward a drier, crisp bittersweet finish. A nice hoppy tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3567) - Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2007
This is apparently a love it or hate it beer, and Im more in the prior than the latter. Great American hops, although Ill admit the yeasty funkiness of a belgian isnt really shining through, although it is maltier than would be expected from an IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7594) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/bread, malt syrup), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of dried pineapple, alcohol, and pepper. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Noticeably poor mouthfeel on this one (wet, syrupy, saccharine-like coating), and much more IPA than abbey. Simply put, kind of a mess...the brash, aggressive hops clobber the Belgian characteristics; nothing gels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Thanks to Brewfiend for sharing. Nice fiery orangish brown. Very hoppy aroma........Tripel really? Very hoppy flavor with well thats about it. This is nowhere near a tripel and more like a DIPA, with a nice malt balance, but tipicity aside a killer brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Bottle #1692. Pours a dark cloudy orange. Aroma is floral, hoppy, fruity (pineapple?). The taste is that of an IPA with a touch of flowers and some Belgian yeast. Surprisingly not a bad beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Bottle from trade with MaxxDaddy. Cloudy light copper color with a thin white head. Nice floral minty Cascade hop aroma - not too much of a Belgian twist although the aroma belies the use of a Belgian yeast strain. Otherwise, not much else is tripel-esque. Floral, slightly grassy taste and a nice dry finish. Not really the hoppy-tripel I was expecting, but a nice brew nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McGarnigle (643) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 Bottle #755. Pours an orangey amber color with an off white head that lasts. Aroma is sweet citrusy. Nice smooth body with restrained carbonation. The taste is slightly sweet at first, but then the hops kick in. Long, dry finish. I could feel the alcohol, particularly after drinking 750 ml myself. Better than White Gold, the only other Excelsior Ive tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10458) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Bottle 695 from jah noth. Thanks a lot! Pours turbid deep copper with a splotchy, 2-finger off-white head and nice random lace remnants. Aroma is heavy hops, caramel malt, spicy florals. Rich, very complex palate that gets a tad hot at the end, offering flavor notes of hops, a solid dose of caramel malt, tangerine, black pepper, florals, and honey. This one is outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2007
I was completley unimpressed. My notes describe the beer as a "wall of dirt" and "hard to drink."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Thin, off-white head, no retention, spotty lacing. Clouded dark amber pour with caramel liquid hues. the aroma is most similar to a piney PNW American pale ale. The grains/malt seem nicely attenuated. Following: soft Belgian malt is mostly covered by hoppiness but still apparent(not even a diligent search is necessary, contrary to the opinions of my tasting companions). Notes of resin, freshly picked cotton fields(hmmm, whered that come from?), lightly toasted grains and citrus(grapefruits and unripe oranges). Scratchy, burned caramel in the flavor is dueling with resiny bitterness for the focal point of the taste. Sweetness is mild to moderate and uninviting. Acidity is too high, supporting a drying astringency; it was pretty good up to this point. Soft but full carbonation and a medium to medium-full body. Lightly viscous finish, resin lingering, soft malts and mild yeast esters beyond that.

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