Ithaca Country Pumpkin

This is the 15th pumpkin ale that I’ve had this year. I still have a few more to sample before the snow starts coming down. I didn’t even know that Ithaca had a pumpkin beer until the other half and I picked up a bottle from Half Time Beverage. Let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 6.3%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Country Pumpkin is our medium-bodied harvest ale brewed with a medley of flavorful malt, pumpkin puree, Magnum hops and a touch of seasonal spices. The masterful blend of 2-Row, Vienna, Munich, Caramunich and Honey malt with Magnum hops balances the sweet pumpkin with an aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice to create a rich, malty ale for the autumn season.Delight in the deep golden-orange glow while savoring the complex, malt-forward flavors and surprisingly dry finish of our new curcubitaceous ale.”

Random: I think this could be the most pumpkin beers I’ve ever reviewed in one year.

This brew poured with a one finger, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright orange with light carbonation visible. The nose had nutty malts along with pumpkin, ginger and cinnamon. The taste starts with this weird metallic twang that was completely off-putting. It transitioned into light pumpkin and ginger with very little cinnamon. There was some caramel sweetness as well. The body was thin and watery with high carbonation. It had a long, sweet finish with caramel and ginger. This beer was on the more expensive side at $2.29 a bottle and definitely not worth it. There are so many better options out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Ithaca Partly Sunny

As usual, I have a few reviews to post. This was one that I had last night at Kate’s. I was really in the mood for a hefeweizen or a witbier when I last went to Spirits Unlimited. I saw a bunch of them, but I’m to the point that I’ve reviewed so many beers I have trouble remembering what I’ve had and what I haven’t. I left my phone in the car so I went with one that I was sure I hadn’t had. I tend to like Ithaca brews. As I was reviewing this one, I wondered why I haven’t had more beers from them. Anyways, I cracked this one open last night after my run.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Partly Sunny is a hazy-straw colored wheat beer brewed with coriander, and generous amounts of orange and lemon zest. It’s fermented with our house yeast strain to make it a crisp and refreshing summer ale! It’s a light and refreshing beer with a subtle spicy start and a smooth citrus finish.”

Random: Running in this weather is ridiculous. Sweat was just pouring off of me…even at 2100 last night.

This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head that lingered for awhile, but didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark yellow color with lots of active carbonation. This was what I wanted to see in a wheat beer. The nose was really fresh and fruity. I got a lot of citrus. Specifically, I got notes of oranges, tangerines and some wheat. I don’t know if it was because I haven’t had a wheat beer in awhile, but this one just smelled amazing. The taste was a little different than the nose, albeit still really enjoyable. I got citrus notes, but instead of the oranges and tangerines, I got more lemon notes and orange in the background. The beer was a little more tart than I was expecting, but it definitely worked. Another thing that surprised me was that I didn’t get any spice and only a minute amount of wheat. I’m not complaining as I was really digging the tart citrus. The body was medium thickness with generous carbonation that made this one go down really easily. The finish was quick. I loved this beer. It was exactly what I was looking for on a hot summer day…one that I could throw back with lots of flavor. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Ithaca Cascazilla

Today was a relatively lazy day. I ended up going to Isaac Newton’s last night (and had some pretty good brews, but didn’t review them) with Chris. Neither of us could really sleep and I woke up in the morning with the puppy licking my face. I didn’t do all that much today and sat on the couch for most of the day watching football. So not like me. I’m going to bed decently early tonight so that I’ll be well rested for work. Onto today’s brew.

ABV: 7%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “The city of Ithaca, named for the Greek island of Ithaca, sits on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake, in Central New York, US. It is best known for being home to Cornell University, an Ivy League school with 21,325 students (most of whom study on Cornell’s Ithaca campus). Ithaca College is located just south of the city in the town of Ithaca, adding to Ithaca’s ‘college town’ focus and atmosphere. Nearby is Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). These three colleges influence Ithaca’s seasonal population. The city of Ithaca is the center of the Ithaca-Tompkins County metropolitan area (which also contains the separate municipalities of the town of Ithaca, the village of Cayuga Heights, the village of Lansing and other towns and villages in Tompkins County). The city is the county seat of Tompkins County. In 2000, the city’s population was 29,287, and the metropolitan area had a population of 100,135. 2004 estimates puts the city population at 29,952, an increase of 2.3%. Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca is the North American seat of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.”

Random: I think the next Ithaca brew that I want to try is the Nut Brown Ale. I also want to try their Ground Break Saison. I can’t wait until it’s saison weather…I’m so sick of the snow.

This brew poured with a two finger tan-colored, fluffy egg white head. The head took awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body of the brew was a cloudy reddish-brown with some visible carbonation on it. The nose had a bit of citrus and then some caramel malt on the background. I also got some mild hops to the nose. The taste is interesting. I’m really not getting a lot of hops to it. The breadiness and malt really came out in this brew, with definite caramel and bread notes. The bitterness came out at the end. There was still significant carbonation on the brew, although it was a little thinner than I would like. The finish lingers with a bit of bitterness that isn’t exactly pleasant. I’m not a big fan of the brew, but in all fairness, it did say best by December, so it could be that the brew was a little past its prime. I would try it again only to see if there was any difference in the taste and if the bottle I had was just old. Other than that, I wouldn’t seek it out.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Ithaca Flower Power IPA

Another offering from Ithaca. I was looking for this beer for a while and nearly picked it up six months ago, but it was way off the date that it said “enjoy” by. Needless to say, I left it in its happy fridge, vowing to pick it up another day.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Flower power was a slogan used by the American counterculture movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s as a symbol of passive resistance and non-violence ideology. It is rooted in the opposition movement to the Vietnam War. The expression was coined by the American Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in 1965 as a means to transform war protests into peaceful affirmative spectacles. Hippies embraced the symbolism by dressing in clothing with embroidered flowers and vibrant colors, wearing flowers in their hair, and distributing flowers to the public, becoming known as flower children. The term later became generalized as a modern reference to the hippie movement and a culture of drugs, psychedelic music, psychedelic art and social permissiveness.”

Random: I’ve heard a lot of hype about this IPA, so I was definitely looking forward to trying it. Hopefully it lives up to the hype!

This brew poured with a fluffy egg white, two-finger head that left significant lacing on the glass. It also took a crazy long time to dissipate. The body was a hazy golden-orange color with significant visible carbonation. The nose was a lot of grapefruit notes and other citrus notes. I didn’t get as much pine as I did citrus. On the taste, I got a crazy amount of carbonation and grapefruit overwhelmed the taste. It was almost a little reminiscent of seltzer. I also got a hint of lemon on the taste. The finish lingered with, you guessed it, grapefruit. Although I did enjoy the brew, this would be a great summer IPA due to the lighter body and concentration of citrus flavors. It goes down really easy. I’m looking forward to drinking this when there isn’t snow on the ground.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Ithaca Apricot Wheat

I had this beer while cooking for New Year’s Eve dinner. This was another beer that I had bought for a party (I think Christine actually chose this beer). I had grabbed one to throw into the crisper to do a review on it. I think I also had this beer once at Cork during Haddon Pub Fest and I think I enjoyed it. When I first got into beer, I really liked fruit beers, so I was interested to see how I would enjoy this one since I’ve found that I enjoy other styles a bit more.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Its (apricots) introduction to Greece is attributed to Alexander the Great, and the Roman General Lucullus (106–57 B.C.) also exported some trees – the cherry, white heart cherry, and apricot – from Armenia to Europe. Subsequent sources were often confused about the origin of the species. Loudon (1838) believed it had a wide native range including Armenia, Caucasus, the Himalaya, China, and Japan. Today the cultivars have spread to all parts of the globe with climates that support it.”

Random: I finally found a beer that my sister likes. She only drinks Coors Light and Corona Light and I’ve been giving her tastes of every beer I review. This is the first one she said she preferred to Coors Light. Well, it’s a start.

This brew poured with a half finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It didn’t leave any lacing either. The body of the brew was a cloudy light orange color with lots of carbonation. The nose had a lot of apricot notes with hints of lemon and peach. I also got a slightly hint of wheat on the nose as well. On the first taste, I was hit with lots of seltzer-y carbonation. The taste is lots of apricot which dominates with hints of lemon and peach, pretty much just like the nose. The finish was insanely quick with no real dominating flavors. The brew itself is very thin and the carbonation goes well with this type of beer. This would be a brew that I could easily put a bunch down during the summer, but in the winter, it’s way too light for me. A decent brew, but one I’d only bring out in the summer.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0