Ithaca Excelsior! Thirteen

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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
Our anniversary ale, THIRTEEN is carefully brewed with raw and malted wheat and flaked oats, assertively hopped with Citra and Sorachi Ace, spiked with an addition of orange and lemon peel and vigorously fermented with an American Ale yeast. Enjoy the incandescent appearance, immense citrus aromas and flavors, soft and fluffy mouthfeel and bitter zing.

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48FanInCali's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (857) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Gorgeous honey colored pour with nice white head and plenty of residual cling. Nose is lemon, orange, honey, and grainy malts. Taste is a citrus bomb with plenty of peel and zest all up front. Fairly large back end bitterness that really is keeping this from being special for me. Nice mouthfeel.

phaleslu (10750) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2014
750 ml bottle from Root Cellar. Pours a hazy bright orange with a big off-white head and plenty of yeast floaters, especially later in the bottle. The orange and lemon peel - and maybe the Citra and Sorachi Ace, even after a few years - are lending a ton of sweet citrus and tropical fruits to this one. Orange, tangerine, apricot, melon, and pear, with vanilla, wheat, sugary bread, and a *slight* bit of buttered popcorn. Just a touch. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, wheaty mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Some flaws are starting to show, but otherwise this is still good.

hotstuff (5274) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Rated on 7-28-2012 (Bottle) When poured, this beer has a medium sized fizzy white head that mostly diminishes, yellow transparent body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, yeast, citrus hops, sweet, and oranges. The flavor is sweet, bitter, malt, yeasty, and citrus hops. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and this beer is light-medium bodied. This beer has a bitter aftertaste. The very citrusy and bitterness strongly come through in the taste of this beer. Due to this fact, it is not a beer that I will seek out again.

zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2014
(bottle - 750 ml) Hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Considering its age, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but there’s still a ton of citrus and spicy hops in the aroma. A lot of sweetness though. Flavor is loads of fruit and spice with a mild hop bitterness under and leading into the finish. Held up pretty nice.

HonusWagner (2232) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Brute and Le Bleu get the props, but this might be the best Excelsior beer...overwhelming beautiful hoppiness with citrus, spice, tropical fruit notes. Just an incredible beer. I wish it could be made again...

Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Notes from earlier...pours clear golden orange with a big white head. Aroma and flavor are both big citrus lemony hops in a smooth body with a decent hop bite. Fresh it was so juicy and delicious.

harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Batch: E!034

A: Dusky cardboard colored ale with a couple fingers of really light yellow foam falls to a sheet of the same, broken at times. Roped sheets of lace. I like the look.

S: Leather, citrus, vinyl, peppercorns, some corn and wheaty sweetness. Definitely short of wheat dominant, and I’m uncertain if I dig the nose here, gimme a minute. Minute and half a beer later, it’s got a bit of a plastic smell. Nope, don’t really dig it.

T: Really bitter, pointers of sweet bran syrup, and bitter orange peels. Chemical flavors and some yeast.

M: This beer is super dry, really really dry. It’s got real interesting finish as my mouth waters so hard on the breath back. The carb is lively and balances the heavy feel well.

O: Not really feeling this beer. But it is not particularly offensive. Below average for me, but I’m not really an expert on Wheat Wines. Conversely, this one seems hoppy, indicating it doesn’t really fit the traditional profile.

Serving type: bottle


unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
750ml bottle, capped. Orange color, tall white, creamy foam. Floral aroma, citrus hops, orange blossoms, pale malts, puffed wheat, rolled oats, band-aids. Flavor of pale grains, floral hops flavors, citrus zest. Sharp hops bitterness, pine bark bite. Aged perfectly, smooth taste, creamy body. (3913)

merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
A: Orangish Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Creamy White Head, Great Lacing

S: Orange, CitraHops, Wheat

T: Grapefruit, Orange, Bready

M: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Sweet, Bitter

Overall, this is mis represented as a wheat wine as it is more like a citra hopped DIPA. I have had this previously in bottle and thought draft was better (but still great in bottle). Recommended.

alexsdad06 (10984) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2013
750 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have a strong juicy citrus burst, floral notes, wheat grass, lightly toasted malts. The citrus in the flavor is less juicy and more zest. Interesting interpretation of a hoppy wheat.

shigadeyo (3797) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

Batch #E!33

8/31/2011: Excelsior Thirteen Anniversary Ale (Malt Beverage Brewed with Citrus Peel Double Hoppy Wheat Ale; made with Citra and Sorachi Ace hops)... Aroma: Yummy aroma; cornucopia of juicy citrus; slightly floral. Appearance: Opaque orange color; foamy beige or slightly ivory-colored head. Flavor: Mild maltiness covered by a good level of citrusy (light in the mouth, not the thick juicy fruitiness sometimes found in hoppy beers) bitterness with a tinge of pine; wheat malt is nice because it adds body without adding much sweetness or heft to the feel; a bit of alcohol coming through in the backend. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; well carbonated; nice mouthfeel. Overall: I don’t mind hoppy wheat ales, but the wheatiness is somewhat lost and gets buried by the typically aggressive hops.

1 Pint, 9.4 FL OZ bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #134 for this beer.

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