Beer Porn: Ithaca Beer Company Apricot Wheat

Today we bring you another Beer Porn from our guest author Adam Kern (owner of My Buffalo Shirts).  He’s been writing about beer for a couple weeks now, click here to see all of his previous Beer Porns.

Over the summer I visited Heartland Brewery in Times Square and tried an array of their custom brews. One beer that stuck out to me the most was their apricot fruit beer called summertime apricot ale. Surprisingly, it was delightful, smooth and rather tasteful. Since then I’ve been trying to find an apricot beer in the area in hopes of an equal comparison.  This being said, when I stumbled across Ithaca Beer Co.’s Apricot Wheat beer at Wegmans I decided to give it a shot.

Instead of purchasing a six pack of Apricot Wheat I bought a Wegmans craft pack. A craft pack allows you to pick 6 different 12 oz craft beers for $9.99, which comes out to be roughly $1.70 a beer. It’s a great way to try new beers with out having to purchase a six-pack. The only drawback is that the selection one can choose from can sometimes be limited.

Ithaca’s Apricot wheat (4.9% ABV) is a light yellowish – gold colored beer that was quite murky when held up to a light. It had a small bright white head that dissipated rather rapidly after being poured. It is made from the combination of wheat and barley with natural apricot flavor.  I was surprised to learn from Ithaca Beer Co.’s website that this particular beer was their #1 selling beer.

On to the beer review….

One thing you notice right away is the beer’s smell. As with any particular fruit beer you can generally smell the fruit it was made from. However, the smell of this particular beer was, well to put it nicely, not very pleasant. It was almost comparable to rotten fruit, in this case rotten apricots.

On first sip you get a note of the apricot flavor that quickly moves to a crisp wheat taste. The aftertaste it leaves is not that desirable. In my opinion, it tasted like apricot flavored club soda.  This was not was I was hoping for and in fact it even gave me an unsettling feeling. It did have hints of your average wheat beer but the combination of the apricots did not bode well.

In conclusion, Ithaca’s Apricot wheat was no Heartland’s summertime apricot ale. The smell was a battle to overcome and the taste was not that pleasing. I would not recommend this beer. To be fair, I don’t recall how old the bottle was so I’m willing to guess that the smell and flavor depends on the freshness of the beer.

On a side note, I did just receive word that Dogfish Head began to ship their Aprihop (an apricot infused IPA) seasonal ale which I will be looking forward to trying.

One thought on “Beer Porn: Ithaca Beer Company Apricot Wheat

  1. Aprihop by Dogfish Head is amazing I would highly recommend it, I picked up some from Village Beer Merchant the other week

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