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Review by bakes on 09/28/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2008
Ithaca brewed this as a harvest ale, using fresh hops from (I believe) Pedersen's hop farm in the Finger Lakes. One time only batch but they may bring it back next year...

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a tinge of red, a rocky white head that slowly creams down into a thin layer. Looks for all the world like a cask ale.

Aroma of toasty bread and coarse, fresh hops - slightly apricot-like.

Starts out with a very mellow, subdued toasted maltiness, faintly grainy, with a firm hop bitterness and a balanced, round hoppiness - very juicy, apricots and hints of orange and hop leaf. The finish is slightly grainy, slightly pretzel-like (which I find in a lot of fresh hop beers) but with a superb leafy fresh hop bitterness and dry-apricot-like flavor lingering on the tongue. This reminds me a lot of some of Coniston's brews, especially the Old Man, but wet-hopped.

Mouthfeel is entirely appropriate - not huge, but not thin either. Fine, slightly prickly carbonation.

This is a great session brew - pull up a chair, put on the game, and enjoy a growler. It's a basic, simple, enjoyable pale ale with just wonderful balance. It's between an 8 or 9 overall, but its drinkability gives it a 9 for me.

Served In: Pint Glass

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