Monday, January 3, 2011

Ithaca Cold Front

I haven't shot a review on the front porch since the summer of 2009 (I think). Given the name of this beer and the fact we have plenty of snow, I thought this would be an ideal setting for this beer review.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (621) - Albany, USA - JAN 3, 2011
APPEARANCE: Rusty brown/mahogany. One-finger, off white, soapy head. Decent retention and lacing.

SMELL: Smells like an American attempt at a Belgian beer. I get the yeast aroma with some kind of sour scent as well. Not very appealing.

TASTE: This is one of those beers that starts off strong and finishes flat. There’s a strong, sweet flavor of caramel, honey and a touch of ginger. On the finish I get a tobacco, smokey, honey flavor. This may sound like a good comibination, but I found it strange, then annoying, then just plain bad. The beer also has a dry, powdery bitterness to it. It dries out my tongue, and taking another swig to refresh myself doesn’t help. It’s not an awful-tasting beer, just a very eccentric palate and I think it would only appeal to people with specific tastes.

MOUTHFEEL: A little peppery, but nothing Trappist-like. Some intensity. Leaves a drying feeling plus a sour aftertaste.

DRINKABILITY: technically, drinkability is good here. Because the palate is so off it’s not the kind of beer you want to slug down. 7.2% ABV is well-masked, but it definitely catches up to you at the end.

OVERALL: Not impressed. I’d rather drink Ommegang Rare Vos 

Grade: 4/10

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