Ithaca Ground Break Saison

Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Co.
Style: Saison
Ithaca, New York USA
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Ground Break is our new spring seasonal… it’s an Americanized (hoppy) Saison. It’s brewed with generous amounts of Amarillo, Crystal and Glacier hops (none added during the boil by the way- only first wort, whirlpool and dry-hop additions) and flaked rye. It’s fermented with a blend of Dupont and Chico yeasts. Very dry, ample yeast character, and hoppy. We’ve brewed a couple of batches so far, and expect it to start showing up on draft first, then in 6-packs and our variety 12-pack in February. It’ll last until May or so when we start rolling out this year’s version of Partly Sunny, our summer Wit-style beer! This will show up everywhere that our seasonal brews and variety packs are found: NY, PA, CT, MA, RI, NJ and OH.

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kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body under a small fizzy white head. The nose is pretty nice, floral and lightly earthy with some great hoppiness and a light hint of rye. The flavor is just as nice, the hops and rye really combine to put a nice twist on an American Saison. Really long lingering finish of floral hops and light yeastiness. Light bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. A really nice delicate and subtle beer, I could drink this all day long.

Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle to glass. Hazy yellow body with a thick hearty white head. Nose is a dry bitter farmhouse hay, some sharp lemon. Taste is dry, bitter hay up front with a lemony bitter finish. Not bad.

jredmond (8508) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Draft at Pony Bar with Wally. Pours a light golden body with thick white lacing. Aroma is nice light wheat, pale malt and lemon. Mouthfeel is medium to light with notes of smooth rounded vanilla malt, pale hop, crisp wheat and light yeast. Some lemon as well. Nice clean sessionable saison.

BLADT (700) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2014
From tap. Color is muted peach. Lemon and lavender on the nose. Taste is citrus and hops. Quite floral. Less dry and more bitter than expected.

SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
Tap. Spruce. Pine. Grainy wet herbs. Hay. Sweet bready malt backing . Old somewhat vegetal dough. Bitter grass on that lingering finish. Okay.

mike67 (1244) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, bready malt, spices some apples and citrus fruit. Body is medium, creamy and tangy. Herbal hops, spicy yeast, pale malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is very dry. Great brew for spicy food.

DrinkinWell (389) - - JAN 30, 2014
Pours a cloudy gold with ample head and lacing. Aromas of honey, wildflowers, and lemon. The bitter hops are a bit surprising at first; yeast is noticeable, as are the hints of sweet citrus. Not bad!

pinkie (470) - New York, USA - JAN 17, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2014 This pours a beautiful lemon yellow with a slight orange blush when held to the light in the room. When held to the natural light you will notice a dirty or muddy quality. Swirls of it actually. I think it’s the yeast. The head is just white , fat and creamy. it lasts to a thick film on top an da small ring. refreshes lightly with each tip of the glass.

Nose is candied fruit peel. Lemon and a sweet little bit of breaddy malt. There’s some earthy yeast on the nose that adds a dimension and the whole thing smells like morning dew. Bit of ginger to excite the nose and the taste is wonderful. Follows the nose all the way. This beer is smooth but bubbly. Dry but with a bit of sweetness. There’s a touch of tartness to the middle that keeps it refreshing. Extraordinarily light. Lemony, grassy and vibrant. The yeast is earthy and it finishes dry but with a touch of sweetness. There is a "grain of salt" or a slight metallic taste in this beer. It lies just underneath the body of the beer and I think it does detract.

JDBaker11058 (2336) - Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Appearance: cloudy, dirty gold with a creamy white head and average lacing. Aroma: orange, honeysuckle, banana peel, graham cracker, pepper, grass, and a tiny hint of the typical saison funk. Taste: sweet honeyed crackers, lemon, clove, pepper, orange zest. Finish: sweet caramel malts linger over a bit of clove and pepper. Notes: Very sweet for a saison, and not as light and dry as the more traditional versions, but this was a very good beer. There was some complexity and boldness here. Not nearly as much hops as the description indicates. Beerdvent 2013, day 22.

harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Best By: March, 2011 A: Pours a golden yellow ale with turbid opacity. A single finger of soap sud foam falls to a moderate sheet of the same. S: Belgian yeast, coriander, cardamom, peppercorn, sweet lemon. The malts seem a bit more caramel than typical for the style, not in a bad way. T: Sweet, herbal, and honestly quite a bit of corn. Plenty of lemon in the background, not sour or tart, but essence is present. M: Heavy for the style. typical carb. Dries my palate, but only enough to stimulate salivation. Decent. O: This beer is okay. I think for the style, it’s a bit sweet, simple, and americanized. The yeast is the highlight here, but the herbal tones continue to be strong. Serving type: bottle 05-11-2011

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