Unclassifiable, Yet Awesome: Ithaca Excelsior Thirteen Anniversary Ale

August 12, 2011

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.


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