Unclassifiable, Yet Awesome: Ithaca Excelsior Thirteen Anniversary Ale

The label describes Ithaca Beer Company’s Excelsior Thirteen Anniversary Ale as a “Malt Beverage Brewed With Citrus Peel – Double Hoppy Wheat Ale” but that somewhat schizophrenic description does not come close to describing the awesomeness that is this beer.  It is boozy (8.9 % ABV) like a barleywine, chewy like an oatmeal stout, hoppy like an imperial IPA, and as refreshing on a hot summer day as any hefeweizen.  Did I mention that it has a nice orange and lemon peel flavor? No? Well, add those to the flavor profile.  I don’t know what to call this, other than great, and a contender for Best Beer of the Year, 9/10.  Big thanks to Aaron for getting this to me in a recent trade.

2 Responses to Unclassifiable, Yet Awesome: Ithaca Excelsior Thirteen Anniversary Ale

  1. […] to be a wheat beer, too ‘wheaty’ to be an ale, this is another unclassifiable beer like Ithaca’s Excelsior Thirteenth Anniversary Ale, and while not quite as good as that bottle of divine awesomeness, it is a fine drink nonetheless, […]

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