Friday, May 1, 2015

Ithaca Cruiser

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1339) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Everyone’s going crazy for the gose style these days, but there’s another style very similar – the Berlinner Weisse (which, as far as I can tell, is essentially the same style without the salt). I’m not an expert in the style, but I do know that I’ve had better examples than Ithaca Cruiser. That’s not to say it’s a bad beer – it’s not – though it is a rather simple, direct, repetitive beer. A little more genuine character and this would be a great beer instead of just an okay one.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a flute glass. It was bottled on 3/17/15 and cost $2.90 ($0.24 per ounce).

Appearance: Champagne-like complexion of golden hue and spastic carbonation. Initially pours to a large, white, soapy head but it fizzles away completely and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Prominent pilsner/pale malt scent; some lacto sourness. A hint of lemon.

Taste: Lightly tart up front with a slight lemony taste. Not spicy, not juicy, and not candy-like, either. Wheat and pilsner malt are quite prominent as well; imparting some tartness and other dry pale malt flavor. Nothing in the way of hop bitterness, but perhaps they account for the mild citrusy flavor here (I’ve never heard of the Lublin and Syubilla varieties). There’s a nice sour bite on the back end, though it’s short-lived with little residual aftertaste. Overall, the palette is tasty enough but doesn’t really pop or do anything that’s especially unique and/or memorable.

Drinkability: At only 4.2% ABV, it’s no wonder Ithaca Cruiser is so light-bodied. Though bubbly when poured, it calms down quickly and becomes rather tepid. Refreshing while in the mouth, which is nice. Though I find the texture to be rather watery and so thin that it’s difficult to overlook. I could see this being ideal in the dog days of summer – especially if it were available in cans.

Score: 6/10