Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ithaca's Ground Break Review

Ithaca Beer Company's Ground Break
Saison - 6.2% ABV
Purchased at: Weiland's
From: Ithaca, NY

Drink/avoid: DRINK

I bought this after a recommendation from Chad at Weiland's, so, thanks Chad!

I'm a big fan of farmhouse ales, and I'm always looking for a new staple. I think I've found one. Ithaca Beer Co. really nails the style. Here's my review:

This beer pours a hazy yellow color with an enormous white head. I can smell the brett already! The nose has yeast, funk, grass, and grain aromas. It smells like a classic saison, but with some spicy notes to keep things interesting.

As far as the flavor goes, this is a great saison. A hit of funky flavors up front clears to a slightly sour, grainy palate. It's very earthy in character, overall. It even has some nice banana and fruit notes from the yeast they used - gotta have that Belgian flavor! I'm really digging this one.

Mouth feel is light to moderate - this is a summer beer, after all. The finish is distinctly farmhouse-style brett. Good thing I'm a fan! Overall, I love it, but I could see how some wouldn't. I'll get another six pack soon, once I drink down some of my back stock (not even in fridge yet).

Appearance: 2.5/3
Aroma: 3.5/4
Hop/malt balance: 3.5/4
Mouth feel: 2/3
Finish: 2/3
Overall: 3/3
Total: 16.5/20

In the fridge: Founder's Centennial IPA

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