Bill Becker (2008) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 9, 2017 rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Presentation: It was poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a good description of the beer and the “Excelsior” beer line up. Also listed on the label is its abv (8%) and bottle number (E!015).
Appearance: The body has a glowing, deep yellow/orange color with a light haze and some fine yeast sediment. It built up a tall billowy head of foam that has great retention and makes for a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.
Smell: Its aroma hit me (in a good way) right from the pop of the cork. Pouring it into the glass I get loads of tangy wheat and yeast with tart green apple and pear like fruity notes. Hop note are there but very faint.
Taste/Palate: There are plenty of wonderful wheaty and yeasty notes within its solid medium to full body. It starts with a good base of wheaty maltiness with a just a slight touch citrusy lemon like tartness. From there it adds notes of white wine like grapes, a touch of dry alcohol, tart green apples, pear and some funky/sour dough like yeast. The finish has a dry hop spice character with a touch of citrus hops as well. It feels well carbonated and lively making it very drinkable.
Notes: Ithaca is bringing there A game with this wonderfully complex and very satisfying Belgian influenced Ale. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes American, Belgian, or German wheat ales.
From Apr 2008
I got this in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!
The label says Batch E!005 and it pours from the 750ml beige(?) foil(?) caped bottle a hazy straw gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam and what looks like a lot of carbonation. It turns from hazy to cloudy with subsequent pours and that's what I was looking for.
The smell is nice and spicy! Loads of cloves and pepper along with a god lemony nose. Judging from the smell, I think this one is going to be good.
The taste is very peppery up front with the clove and lemon I mentioned in the nose. Yum. I like how the lemon works so well with the spices..no over powering from either direction, just a real harmony going on here and that makes it oh so drinkable...8%abv????..you gotta be kidding me! Very very well hidden!
The more I sip, the more I notice the fine yeasty wheat flavour that kicks this brew up a few notches in complexity. And, despite how bubbly it looks in the glass, the carbonation is at a respectable light to medium light level and again, that works for me. Absolutely perfect mouthfeel for the style for me. This is truly a fine drinking experience and I'm further impressed with Ithaca Brewing's craftmanship. Btw, head retention is awesome and there's a lot of sticky lacing. I just thought you needed to know that. ;^)
Bottom line: This is about as close to perfection in the style that I'm probably ever going find so...let the scores fall where they may. Wonderful drop! PhillyCraft (8198) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2017
Backlog, Many bottles from Capones, pours a hazy yellow with large head. Notes of pineapple brett, florals, citrus hops, and other yeast. Some more complex plum and belgian fruit as it warms but its so crisp and nicely hoppy. Delicious. crajun (1273) - , Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2016
bomber from secret santa? bottle says pale ale; web site says Belgian?? different brew for me and probably not my style, but well done and a different brew for me - big white heady foam - aroma of tart citrus, yeast, funk, taste was high carbonation, lemon, citrus, tart, dryness at end. mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Pours a super clear golden with a small white head on top that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of madeira, brown sugar, light alcohol and feels really oxidized overall. Taste is pretty sweet and offers cardboard-y caramel and toffee. Medium body, medium carbonation. Not sure of the age on this bottle but it is almost clinically dead now... tom10101 (6297) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
Bottle (750 ml) shared at tasting. Clear golden with a small bubbly white head leaving little lacing. Aroma is oxidized and carboard forward but it seems bad per se with rotten fruits, strong herbal notes, candi sugar and a disturbing sugary presence. Taste is sweet and oxidized with rotten fruits, herbal notes, weird spiciness and candi sugar. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Rotten fruits finish. Horrible.
Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
Pours clear golden with medium white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of oxydation, sugar, cardboard. Taste is of oxydation, sugar, barley sugar, bitterness, fruits. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Over the hill, or this one was never adequate. czar (9612) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2016
pours hazy bright gold with a small white cap offering minimal retention and lacing. rotten fruits, oxidation - old grass, white ice tea, spices, some sweetness - candi and honey; cardboard, yellow raisins, hint of citrus zest. moderate carbonation - could be brighter; light body - oily; semi-sweet spicy finish. disgusting. coldbrewky (1731) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Fridge lurker. Bomber. Batch E!049. Lovely aroma of Hay and pine. Opaque yellow body with an outrageous growing head. Fine sandy lacing left behind in patches. Body is biting sour and brett with a zesty zing of hop on the gentle wheat body. Decreasing body leads to enjoyable moderately long dry finish. A profound feeling of loss when I tried to fill the glass again and found the bottle to be empty. SudsMcDuff (8541) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Ithaca has its gems, this is one of them .. . quite a lot of brett yeast in this one to go with the light grain and straw. mild saaz on the end .. mouth is a bit on the spritzy side .. all and all, different and defining .. . . That’s a handsome banana, very appealing!! djd07 (16307) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to Nathan. Pours a cloudy gold with small frothy white head. The aroma is strong funk, oak, fruity malt. Medium mouth, yeast, spice, oak, lingering dry finish. Very good.