This beer was sent to me from Dan in Binghamton, NY. He's a big fan of the Ithaca Beer Company, but he didn't like this brown ale they make. I like brown ales, but have only had two Ithaca products ever - one was great, one sucked. Which way would this one go?
3.4AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a 12oz bottle into the Newcastle "Geordie Schnooner" glass.
APPEARANCE: Looks like muddy water with dark brown color and hints of ruby red. Forms a big, soapy head but it fizzles away like a soda. Leaves no lacing.
AROMA: smells more like a porter with notes of toasted malt, nuts and a hint of coffee. Not very strong, but nice.
TASTE: Starts off pretty good with a nutty taste with a potpurri of mom’s spice rack seasoning. Finishes with a bit of caramel and artificial sweetener-like sweetness. Reminds me of flat Pepsi. As it warms it becomes milder and less complex. Tasty, but not amazing.
MOUTHFEEL: Never had a brown ale that was this fizzy before. Initially drinks like fresh soda, then becomes completely tepid, thin, and watery.
DRINKABILITY: Good but not great, especially considering how thin and mild it is. Sweetness gets obnoxious if you drink too much too fast. 5.4% ABV seems high, it drink like something much lower.
OVERALL: Should’ve been a great beer, but it winds up being just a good beer. It’s sessionable and enjoyable.