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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jtclockwork (16685) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Bottle shared at John’s tasting. I don’t know what this beer tasted like fresh, but it has aged amazingly well for a "hoppy tripel" or "double IPA" or whatever style it is. Pours amber brown with white head. Nose of citrus, toffee, caramel malt, honey and light brown sugar. Taste is toffee, caramel malt, honey and spicy hops. Taste starts with the honey and morphs into the other flavors. Still a decent hop presence for a three plus year old brew. Reminds me of a lightish barley wine.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2007
(750ml bottle, thanks scraff) hazy amber body topped by small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, orange, grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/orange, caramel, peach. Medium-full body, alcohol held well by the body. Not sure where the Abbey comes in, but enjoyable nonetheless.

BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
GABF ’07. Pours hazy dark yellow with a small, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Average malt (grain, meal), average hops (flowers, perfume, herbs), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of paper. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2008
(750ml bottle, Apr 07 vintage, # 630) Pours a cloudy golden brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of apple, caramel, orange, bread, pineapple, passion fruit, and banana. Flavor of hops (floral, pine, herbal), clove, toasted bread/biscuit, and honey with a bitter finish.

hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2007
750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Released Apr ’07. Bottle # 1654. Poured medium and cloudy golden color a small sized off white head. Aromas of floral, earthy, citrus, yeast, and just hoppy. Tastes of lighter yeast, melons, citrus, earthy, and caramel.

j12601 (12632) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy light brown without much of a head, just a few bubbles looking very much like they’d be at home atop a soda instead of a beer. This is interesting. It’s got a good two years on it, but still retains a little bit of citrus hop aroma, kept upright by a big malty backbone. Flavors are a bit like what one would expect from an older IPA or DIPA, much of the hops have fallen out, leaving the beer a little bit empty in the middle. Lots of old malt and caramel. Finishes sweet and almost a touch oxidized. Hopefully Ithaca will do this one again, because I’d have loved to have had this when it was in it’s prime, as I’d guess my rating would be at least a half point higher, as you can tell that this used to be quite good, but has succumbed to the ravages of time a bit.

jcwattsrugger (12433) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Apr 07-750 bottle-Small Gathering @my place-shared by James-pours a rich thin light tan head and hazy amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, secondary spice hops, medium fruit-honey. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, secondary spice hops, medium fruit-honey. Smooth. Soft pineapple.

Sammy (12347) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2008
Honey yeasted Belgian IPA. A good example of this new style. Though the honey yeast contributes to mouth texture, is it necessay? It moderates the IPA bitterness and overall a good balnce, integration of ideas. Worth seeking out, and a game changer for this brewery.

hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Bottle... Murky amber ale with a small, wispy, off-white head. Earthy, fruity aroma with notes of peach, tropical fruits, PNW hops and damp leather. Well-balanced by moderate toffee sweetness and an equal amount of grapefruit pith bitterness. Medium to full-bodied with medium carbonation. Mid-length, snappy finish. Seems like a PNW IPA to me; nice juicy hops with good balance and no tripel-like esters or phenols. A big SHOUT goes out to jayg for sharing his bottle of this fine IPA!

kp (10882) - 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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