Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Ithaca Excelsior alphalpha
In a beer trade with Lee from Hoptopia, I acquired a bottle of Ithaca Excelsior alphalpha. The beer pours a golden color with a foamy head. The aroma consists of lemon and light fresh hops. The taste is sweet with caramel at first and transitions into a nice pepper bite. The beer finishes with a dry hop bite on the back of the mouth and a refreshing lemon taste on the tongue. The alcohol content is 8.5% ABV. I really enjoyed the smoothness and excellent flavor with the alphalpha. It wasn't overly hoppy, but very dynamic, especially with the addition of caramel. I feel that this could be used to introduce someone to the world of hops without scaring them away.