The Groundbreak Saison is one of Ithaca Beer Company’s seasonal beers and is available between February and April. I missed the opportunity to try this beer on draught a few months ago, so when I saw it in the refrigerator case at The Foodery, I just HAD to pick up a bottle. Here is what Ithaca Beer Company has to say about this beer:
“An Americanized – think hoppy – Saison, Ground Break is brewed with generous amounts of Amarillo, Crystal and Glacier hops and flaked rye. It’s fermented with a blend of Belgian and American yeasts. Enjoy the very dry and hoppy bite of Ground Break as the first signs of change start breaking up the long cold winter!”
Is this beer the first sign of Spring? Let’s find out…
- Appearance: Golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Cloudy. Fluffy, half inch head that dissipates slowly. Moderate lacing left on the glass.
- Aroma: Lemon zest. Yeast. Clove and other spices.
- Taste: Well carbonated. Has that Champagne fizziness that is typical of the style. Creamy texture. Starts off with lots of citrus. Tart with moderate hop bitterness. Dry, spicy finish.
- ABV: 6%
I am a huge fan of the delightfully funky Saison beer style! While the Ithaca Ground Break Saison isn’t the best Saison that I’ve ever had (Goose Island Sofie and Saison Dupont are my favorites so far), it’s still a very good example of this beer style (it’s also much less expensive than my two current favorites). Though I drank this beer on it’s own the other night, it craves to be paired with food, particularly rich, creamy cheeses, and charcuterie. Gonna have to put that pairing on my already long to-do list.