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Chris    630

I've never been a fan of Ithaca Beer, but since their Apricot Wheat was being offered by the groom at today's wedding ( and they were paying ) I tried it. Several times. 

Definitely a good drinking wheat beer. I don't know what the alcohol content was but at no time did I feel like it was making me loopy. 

 

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Mary    111

I really like the apricot wheat. The State Theater serves it in Ithaca. 

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Hal    162

It definitely was a smooth drinker and I have come to like Wheat beers ! Hitting GCP for my favorite Blue Moon Summer blend soon . Don’t get me wrong I like my own brew but because I wasn’t at home when it should have been racked over to the secondary fermenter it sat on the hops a little longer than I like . Well that and at 6.5% ABV I Just can’t  get past two without feeling sleepy 😆. 

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Chris    630
2 hours ago, KReed said:

Hope you had time to use up that gift card.

I did, just a couple weeks ago. 

If I knew anything about brewing, and had several thousand dollars laying around, that would have been anything great opportunity. 

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Chris    630

I nearly forgot to review a couple new beers I tried while we were in the Adirondacks. Fortunately there was a show on PBS about beers made there and I was reminded. 

The first one I tried was Switchback Ale. Brewed in Burlington Vermont, I have to confess the name and the old school, stout bottles got my attention. Its a reddish, amber ale and is unfiltered. If I remember correctly, the label recommended swirling the bottle to get the full flavor from stuff on the bottom. I passed, and drank it without swirling. 

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Using only traditional ingredients, Switchback Ale is an unfiltered, reddish-amber ale which is particularly well-balanced, allowing for complexity of flavor coupled with an unusually smooth and refreshing character. Five different malts, select hop varieties, and our own specially cultivated yeast create an ale which leads with hop fl¬avors and a subtle impression of fruit (our yeast’s contribution), followed by a palate pleasing malty finish.

All Switchback beers are brewed in Burlington, Vermont and are carbonated during fermentation by the yeast itself resulting in a 100% naturally conditioned beer. After aging, we simply move the beer to the keg or bottle, leaving it unfiltered for the freshest, fullest, most natural flavor possible.

 

Definitely a good one, nice flavor, malty finish. I enjoyed it. 

The second one I tried was Wachusett Blueberry Ale. I'd had this before but couldn't remember if I liked it or not. Since I like blueberry ale and Horseheads is no longer available, I got a couple bottles. 

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Brewed by Wachusett Brewing in Westminster Mass, it's described as, "A wonderful aroma of fresh blueberries is then enhanced by a delicious flavor that gets fermented into this classic wheat ale."

All I could say was, "Meh."

I'm sure it's fine for people who drink Michelob Ultra, but I felt like I was drinking beer flavored water. The blueberry was very subtle, TOO subtle for my tastes. It was there, but I had to think about it. Hailed as "New England's Favorite Blueberry", it makes me wonder what their options are. 

Last was one I'd actually had before but just wanted to enjoy since the brewery was right down the road ( and I never made it there, damnit ): Ubu Ale by Lake Placid Brewing. 

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This is their flagship beer, and is described as:

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"Ubu Ale is deep garnet red in color and features a dark, roasted malt flavor. There are no added flavors in this beer - it's the unique grain combination that delivers flavors reminiscent of fruit, brown sugar and chocolate. The beer finishes slightly dry and bitter with earthy hops."; "The mountain village of Lake Placid was once home to a legendary chocolate lab named Ubu - the biggest dog you've ever seen with an uncanny nose for great beer. Deep garnet red in color, this English-Style Ale is a tribute to the legacy of Ubu. Here's to the legend!"

I don't know the taster's lingo too well, but it's definitely what even I would describe as "complex". There's a nutty taste at first and an almost chocolate malty taste that followed. This is a good one for sipping and enjoying on a cool Fall day I'm thinking.

There were a ton more up there, and several breweries in the region. I guess I have an excuse for a return trip ( as if I needed one ). 

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Hal    162

I have used the chocolate malts before , they do add a nutty flavor to the brew . Go to the brew store sometime and ask to sample some of the malt grains . There are some really good flavors , biscuit malts are by far my favorite actually giving the beer a biscuit like flavor , good with cheese and crackers  . Darker roast malts =darker more complex flavors . 

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Chris    630

In absence of Horseheads Pumpkin Ale this year, our organization got Southern Tier Pumpking in. I'd tried it a couple years ago and didn't like it, but must be they've changed the recipe because this has the cloves and spices that I liked in Horseheads' ale. 

That definitely saved Autumn for me. 

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Chris    630

Last night in Cazenovia there was some beer and scotch tastings. Since there wasn't a whole lot of people there ( great for us, made the acoustic performance better overall, more intimate ) the guy from Buried Acorn brewery in Syracuse gave us a few cans to try. 

I got the pale ale, which he said was actually more bitter than the IPA. It was pretty good, definitely hoppy, but enjoyable.

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The IPA was also pretty good, I'm not a fan on IPA's but occasionally find one that tastes good. I only had a sip of this one.

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I told him I'd pass along a good word about their beers, and asked if rhe distribute down here. He said they do, through A.L. George.

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KarenK    56

Horseheads Brewing announced their sale yesterday. All recipes remaining intact and new owners will be ready to reopen by early March.   Horseheads is excited as they were a fan favorite.  No one has heard who bought it and it's driving everyone crazy but there isn't a sole who isn't excited and wishing them well.  I don't even like "weird" beer.  lol

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Chris    630

I got a six pack of Ithaca Brewing's "Cascazilla" Red India Pale Ale for Christmas from my in-laws. 

Now, generally speaking I'm not a fan of IPAs. It seems like for a while that's all anyone was brewing and they were in a competition to see who could have the highest ABV and cranked up the hops as well. But it seems like things have calmed down. Or my palate has learned to accept them perhaps. 

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Anyway, this wasn't bad. It's 7.0%, hoppy but not too much ( probably just about the upper limit for me ), slightly malty, with a clean finish. It's not something I'd drink more than one or two of at a time, but I've found it's good for sipping on while cooking supper. 

Overall not a bad beer. 

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