Cortland Beer Company, LLC Reviews




DiarmaidBHK
4
Cortland Heifer Weizen
Draft at Ithaca Ale House. Pours yellow and cloudy with a thick white head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Lots of banana and clove on the nose. Very bright. Lots of banana bread on the tongue as well. Finished clean. Nice example of style.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.5
Cortland Black Widow Imperial Stout
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown color with a nice looking tan foamy head. Slid off to leave some light stringy lace. The aroma had some roasty malt with some earthy tones, light cocoa, and sweet black cherries. The flavor minimally blended the roastiness to the cocoa and black cherries. Aftertaste felt nice and warming with a better blend than the initial taste. The feel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch above with a nice steady sipping quality. Carbonation felt fine and the ABV felt appropriate. Overall, pretty nice imperial stout for the most part but didn’t expect the aftertaste to be better than the initial taste.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.7
Cortland Sunrise Coffee Stout
This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a dark brown with some red hues along the sides of the glass. Slight runny lace. The aroma had some roasted malt, light sweet and roasty nuts. Coffee beans and grounds with a dark chocolate came out as it warmed. The flavor leaned towards the roast and developed a nice rich dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Finish was basically the same. The feel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Good carbonation with the ABV feeling appropriate. Overall, pretty good stout worthy of having again.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3
Cortland Awesome Amber
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a slight burnt orange/copper color almost red with a finger’s worth of semi-white foamy head that glistened and fell off at a decent pace. The aroma had some cereal/grainy sweet malts up front trying to flow into some caramel/toffee malts and touching down on some citrusy and piney hops. Doesn’t really come together. The flavor blended all of the malts together somewhat decently but the hops seemed to stay separated. Slight herbal to malty aftertaste and finish. The feel was between light and medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Moderate carbonation was felt. ABV felt fine. Overall, not a bad amber, just wish it would have blended better.
Monday, May 1, 2017

DocLock
3.4
Cortland Flight Level 410 (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
Shared bottle at Craft. Poured turbid, deep brown with tan head. Some woodiness, dark fruit, toffee in the nose. Tasted of oaky caramel, some fig, plum, and some late heat.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

radagast83
3.5
Cortland Sidekick Saison
Growler brought by one of my co-workers. Thanks! Poured a pretty clear golden yellow color with a small but nice white head. Aroma was nice light stonefruits, light citrus, touch of zest notes, some light sweet malty character, funky yeast notes. Flavor was light funky yeast notes, light and crisp. Easy to drink. Wish it was a little less filtered, but good.
Friday, March 4, 2016

DavoleBomb
2.9
Cortland Naked Lap Lager
Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz. tallboy can. 2.5 A: Nearly clear golden yellow color. Pour yielded almost no head and what did form fell instantly and left no lacing. 3.5 S: Straw and hay foremost. Strange latex-like component, but it isn’t so bad and it doesn’t distract from the nose. Grassy hoppiness. Super clean with a light neutral maltiness. 3.5 T: Like the nose, hay is the strong flavor. Grassy hops. Touch of earthiness. Neutral malt sweetness. Again super clean, just how I like it. 3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch of bite, but very smooth otherwise. 3.5 D: Pretty good beer. Aside from the weird nose, it’s exactly what you’d want from the style. ★ 727 characters DavoleBomb, Nov 17, 2015
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DavoleBomb
1.7
Cortland Pumpkin Ale
Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz tallboy can. 2.5 A: Murky brown-orange-amber. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left. 2.5 S: Cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. The malts profile is muddled, yet weak. There’s some toastiness, a hint of molasses, and caramel, but it has no real direction. Overly yeasty and bready as well. 2.0 T: The strongest flavor is a tangy mess of spices. Again the beer has no direction - muddled disaster of bread, caramel, molasses, and yeast. 3.0 M: Medium body that comes off a touch watery. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess. 2.0 D: Worst pumpkin beer I’ve had this season. It tastes like they mixed a bunch of different styles and threw in some spices making something without a direction. ★ 794 characters DavoleBomb, Nov 09, 2015
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DavoleBomb
2.6
Cortland Firehouse Pale Ale
Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz tallboy can. 3.0 A: Clear medium orange color. One finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average and a short ring of lacing is left. 3.0 S: Resiny and piney hop aroma with some orange citrus underneath. Malts are primarily clean and offer a neutral sweetness, but there’s also some breadiness. Light caramel character to round it off. It’s okay, but needs more strength. 3.25 T: Mild bitterness. Hop flavor is again resiny and piney with just a touch of citrus and grass. Bready malts with caramel. Not as clean as the nose, but has a lot more power. 3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Just a touch of creaminess. 3.0 D: Good enough but solidly average and not any better. ★ 755 characters DavoleBomb, Nov 09, 2015
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DavoleBomb
2.5
Cortland Red Dragon Ale
Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz tallboy can. 3.0 A: Partly cloudy deep orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left. 3.0 S: Nose is quite muted. Toatiness is the strongest component with yeasty breadiness and caramel malts underneath. Not bad, but bland. 3.0 T: Taste offers more than the nose, but it’s still pretty tame. Caramel malts and toastiness on the forefront. Bready yeast to follow. 3.5 M: Medium body. A tad chewy. Good moderate carbonation and easy to drink. 2.75 D: Not poorly made, but lacking strength of flavor and complexity. ★ 625 characters DavoleBomb, Nov 08, 2015
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DavoleBomb
2.4
Cortland Industrial IPA
Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz tallboy can. 3.25 A: Murky copper amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left. 3.0 S: Hops are primarily grassy and earthy, but there’s some piney and citrus in there as well. Overall though, the hops are underwhelming. Yeasty breadiness with some toastiness and a touch of caramel. Pretty average. 2.75 T: Hops are again underwhelming. Very mild bitterness and not a lot of flavor as well. What is there spans across grassy, earthy, piney, and nondeScript citrus with no real focus. Lots of yeasty breadiness, but clean for the most part. Toastiness accompanies a light fruitiness with some peach and pear. The taste isn’t bad. It’s more an issue of comparing this to competing IPAs. This one doesn’t measure up. 3.0 M: Medium body than comes off a bit watery. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess but overall good enough. 2.5 D: Again, it’s a decent beer, but well below average, especially in the IPA world. ★ 1,054 characters DavoleBomb, Nov 07, 2015
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Lubiere
3.3
Cortland White IPA
A hazed golden ale with a thin white head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with light candy sugar, floral hops, nice and smooth. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with light curacao, coriander, floral hops, grapefruit pulp, nice and smooth. Cask at CNY Brewfest 2016.
Sunday, February 7, 2016

AirForceHops
3.3
Cortland Flight Level 410 (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
650 ml bottle thanks to Dan P. Pours a deep brown / garnet color with no head. Some particles of yeast suspended in the liquid. Aroma is heavy on dark fruits (raisins, plums, dates) toffee, grass and a bit of sour oak.

The flavor just as heavy on the dark fruit as the aroma leads me to believe. Layers of dark fruit. The body leans on the full side. Also displays a mild sour note from oak. The bourbon does not come through at all. I’m sure the sour note is from the barrel but it totally lacks any bourbon. Ok.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

jb
3.3
Cortland Red Dragon Ale
Can from Bob - very much malt forward, played out like an amber. Reddish but flat looking. I liked it.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

jb
3.4
Cortland Sunrise Coffee Stout
Clear dark brown with reddish highlights. Not much head or lacing. Roasted malt, nuts, coffee in nose. Dominated by coffee, rich, gritty heavy palate. Decent.
Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ron
2.9
Cortland Firehouse Pale Ale
16 oz can. Poured a hazy gold with a small white head. Aromas of cereal and light fruit. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of cereal and light citrus with a smooth dry slightly bitter finish. Just Blah.
Friday, October 16, 2015

Ron
3.3
Cortland Red Dragon Ale
A can at Bob’s house just before he left for Myrtle. Poured a clear reddish amber with a small off-white head. Aromas of carmel, fruit, yeast and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and fruittiness with a smooth lingering fruity finish The alcohol was hidden well
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Beerathon
2.9
Cortland Sunrise Coffee Stout
Pitch black pour with a quickly dissipating head. Oily mouthfeel, tremendous amount of coffee/espresso in the nose and flavor, roasted/toasty malt, bitter coffee. If you like cold coffee then this is for you.
Sunday, September 20, 2015

BroSpud
3.2
Cortland Firehouse Pale Ale
16oz can. Pours a pale amber with a white head. Easy drinking pale with not too much character. Slightly sweet malt notes. Not all that much going on but enjoyable enough.
Monday, July 13, 2015

BroSpud
3.4
Cortland Industrial IPA
16oz can poured into a sam adams glass. Hazy golden orange pour with a white head and tons of lacing leftover. Closer to an English style IPA the hops were a more subtle variety than my preferred west coast brews but still pretty tasty. More pine than citrus along with some biscuit notes.
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Beerathon
2.6
Cortland Red Dragon Ale
Murky reddish orange pour with khaki colored head. Strange stuff going on here. I get flavors of grape, dark cherry, and apple. Very malty, somewhat sweet. I’m wondering if my bottle was infected. I bought it "fresh" from the tasting room. Just weird, but I don’t hate it.
Monday, July 6, 2015

Beerathon
2.3
Cortland Firehouse Pale Ale
Amber pour with frothy white head (doesn’t look the role of PALE ale). Nose doesn’t smell like a pale ale either, mostly picking up not-quite-ripe strawberry melon. Flavor is not like a pale ale either, getting melon, semi-sweet malts, and earthiness. Not horrible, but definitely not good.
Monday, June 29, 2015

jcwattsrugger
3.1
Cortland Liquid Love Chocolate Stout
On tap. Disappearing tan-black. A-licorice/chocolate/anise-dk malt. T-chocolate dk malt, then a sharp bite.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

jcwattsrugger
3.1
Cortland Brewers Faucet #1
On tap. Thin white-slightly hazed am er. A-fruit, sweet lt malt. T-spice hops, sweet lt malt, fruit.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Beerathon
3.4
Cortland Industrial IPA
Burnt orange pour with semi creamy khaki head. Lemon, soap, pine, cantaloupe, bitter orange peel. The malt backbone is semi sweet, but the hops are pretty bitter. Decent overall.
Monday, June 15, 2015

jb
3.1
Cortland Firehouse Pale Ale
Pretty good but nondescript. Amber and clear. Solid balance with nice malt backbone. Would try again.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Leighton
3.2
Cortland Black Widow Imperial Stout
Keg at Lake Drum - Geneva, NY. Pours deep brown with minimal beige head. Rich roasty malt nose, some scorched earth notes, cocoa. Medium sweet flavor with mellow iodine, cherries, chocolate and raisins. Medium to full bodied, chewy, with fine carbonation. Finishes warm and sticky with lots of burnt sugars, charcoal and dark fruits. So so.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

mabel
3.8
Cortland Flight Level 410 (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
[5640-20130816] Bottle. Whiskey barrel grains aroma. Clear, amber copper body with a quick off-white head. Sweet watered-down whiskey barrel flavour. Medium-full body. Tasty. (7/3/8/4/16) 3.8
(@ Campground Brewdown 2013, Millmont, PA)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Nate
3
Cortland Industrial IPA
From bottle, courtesy of FiL. Sweet caramel and light fruity hop aroma, lightly oxidized. Hazy golden amber with foamy thin lacing head. Medium body with heavy carbonation. Starts moderately sweet with some caramel and fruit apple note. Light citrus hops character. Light acidity, bit of alcohol, and some light bitter astringency. Finish is light fruity with mild hop bitterness. After is mild tart after with lingering bitterness, but overall not harsh. A little cider in there, a bit odd.
Saturday, September 6, 2014

kramer
2.8
Cortland Red Dragon Ale
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby amber body under a small fizzy beige head that faded to a thin film. The nose is toasty and sweet with a bit of a crystal malt iced tea like note. Minimal to no hops, just a malt bomb here. The flavor is pretty sweet with lots of crystal malt. Toasty and a bit husky as well. Long lingering sweet finish. Medium bodied with minimal carbonation and heavy on the tongue. This is pretty basic stuff, rather nondescript other than lots of sweetness.
Monday, August 11, 2014

jb
3.6
Cortland Industrial IPA
Bottle share from bob. Thanks bob! Nice dark gold color. Bob says good head. Hazy. Fruity. Fruity yeasty palate. Light on the hops. Decent. Heavy apricot flavor dominates taste. This one grew on me. Bumping it.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

arventresca
3.2
Cortland Industrial IPA
Draft at tap room. Hoppy smell. Really taste pine and citrus hops. Best of the beers I sampled.
Saturday, July 5, 2014

arventresca
2.5
Cortland Red Dragon Ale
Draft at tap room. Red and malty. Looks beautiful. Taste was a little lacking. Kind of disappointed.
Saturday, July 5, 2014

arventresca
2.7
Cortland Seven Valley Stout
Draft at tap room. Dark and thick. Smell and taste of roasted malts. Pretty decent offering.
Saturday, July 5, 2014

arventresca
2.5
Cortland Firehouse Pale Ale
Tap at brewery. Average pale in every way. Not bad but not stellar. Worth while if in town
Friday, July 4, 2014

arventresca
2.8
Cortland Black Widow Imperial Stout
Abv is 8.7%at brewery. Black very little head. Total imperial stout. Decent not great.
Friday, July 4, 2014

boFNjackson
3.8
Cortland Flight Level 410 (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
Bottle... Not sure when this was bottled, but could definitely tell there was some age here. Poured cloudy near opaque, dark amber, red with a thin forming, light tan head. Aroma had some oxidation with a sweet tea tone as well. Mild oxidation, sweetened black tea notes, date and prune-like fruits with a hint of bourbon soaked wood. Caramel sweetness, quite sweet actually, along with some alcohol warmth that lingered in towards the finish.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ben4321
3.8
Cortland Flight Level 410 (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
Location: Sampled at TapNY, 4/26/14

Aroma: The nose is heavy bourbon, with some toffee malts, vanilla, and caramel
Appearance: The pour is brown, with a red hue, a beige-brown head and average lace
Flavor: The flavor is much the same, heavy on the bourbon with some strong malt flavors as well
Palate: The body is medium, with a decent amount of ABV burn, but somehow remains drinkable
Overall Impression: They called this Jack Daniel’s Aged at the festival. I actually quite enjoyed this one. There’s a ton of bourbon on the nose, taste, and feel, but it is surprisingly drinkable considering how strong the bourbon is.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Ron
3.3
Cortland Industrial IPA
Bottle. A hazed amber with a thick bubbly head. Aroma is floral piney hops with citrusy and biscuit notes. The flavor has some nice grapefruit and pine upfront with nice biscuitty malt. Slight bitterness and dry finish. Medium bodied.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sammy
3.4
Cortland Flight Level 410
Very sweet and rich malty old ale. Above average mouthfeel, decent drinkability. Black body.
Sunday, April 6, 2014

radagast83
3.7
Cortland Sour House
22oz bottle, as "Naturally Soured Firehouse Pale Ale" - poured a hazy amber color with a small wispy white head. Aroma was some light citrus notes, a touch of some woody notes and a very light funky tart note. Flavor was pretty tasty. Putting it in context is important. They sell this as a "beginner" sour beer. It’s not super tart, no pucker. Would drink again..
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

radagast83
3.7
Cortland Crown City Kolsch
Growler, few times, but most recently brought by a co-worker. Thanks! Poured a very clear light yellow golden color with a small fizzy head. Aroma was some crisp malts, some light sweetness, an almost biscuit note. Flavor was crisp malts, sweet, biscuit. Very refreshing.
Friday, March 28, 2014

radagast83
3.8
Cortland James Brown’s Hot Tub
Poured from a growler, a very dark brown, thin body, small white head. I don’t capture any alcohol burn in this one from either the aroma or flavor. Notes of light sweet berries, some barley wine and a touch of roasted character. Some light funk sweet notes - probably from either the berry or from the strange BBA Flight Level 410. Interesting.
Friday, March 28, 2014

Ron
3.3
Cortland Black Widow Imperial Stout
Bottle. Poured black with a dark tan head and some lace. Sweet roasted malts, light coffee, cocoa powder and a light bitterness; taste is same as the aroma, a little more bitter, moderate carbonation and light malty body. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable.
Saturday, February 15, 2014

realjb29
2.2
Cortland Black Widow Imperial Stout
Aroma is black licorice, anise, and prune. It pours very dark a syrupy with barely any head. The head dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. Taste is predominately black licorice other flavor notes are prunes, raisins, and coffee. It is very astringent with a sticky molasses finish that is boozy. It weighs heavy on the palate and finishes sweet with low carbonation. Overall, lacks a complex flavor profile and th appearance is lackluster so it falls into the average at best category.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

PhilJackson80
3.5
Cortland Industrial IPA
22 oz Bomber. The beer pours to a hazy orange, brownish color with a thick off white head. The aroma has caramel, earthy, bread & some pine. The taste is medium in body with a malt forward taste with a mild bitter finish. overall not my favorite flavor profile in an IPA but an OK beer.
Sunday, November 24, 2013

merc7186
3.8
Cortland Flight Level 410 (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
A: Deep Brownish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Decent Lacing S: English Malts, Sweet Bourbon, Mildly Boozy T: Sweet Bread, Sweet Bourbon, Mild Raisins M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy Overall, it was good...just not great, too sweet with the english malt flavoring and bourbon barrels together.
Saturday, November 16, 2013

cfrancis
3.5
Cortland Industrial IPA
Pours copper with a small white top. Aroma is pine and floral hops. Taste is a big pine and hop bitterness with a smaller sweetness and honey.
Saturday, November 9, 2013

jb
3.8
Cortland Black Widow Imperial Stout
Anise and dark chocolate nose. Very appealing. Some plums back there too. Pour is very dark with a fast fading head that is tan, some of it forms an outer ring and also a nice lacing pattern that also disappears quickly. Palate is thick and chewy, dominated by roasted malt, chocolate, a bit of alcohol warm, thick velvety mouth feel. I really liked this. Pretty solid.
Sunday, October 6, 2013

GIJOE
2.9
Cortland Black Widow Imperial Stout
Pours black with a thin head that was gone within a minute. No lacing. Aroma is strangely berry like, almost like some fruity bubblegum. Taste is similar. Somewhat bitter with an astringent finish. Thin. Almost no carbonation. Not impressed at all. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, October 6, 2013