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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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87
very good

165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.76%


Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A hoppy black IPA bursting with so much flavor that you might think you’re tasting double. Intensely floral nose, surprisingly light body, and strong bitter finish.

(Beer added by: MisSigsFan on 10-17-2013)
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Reviews by Kendo:
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Kendo

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Dark brown on the pour, but black in the glass with a small (half-finger) khaki head on top. Leaves behind a nice thick ring of lace up top, then some splotchy "legs" of lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Nice nose - roast, charcoal, pine, leafy tobacco and citrus.

T: Roasted barley foundation that brings to mind charcoal, smoke and ash on the finish. Juicy hops are there: citrus earlier on, then pine at the finish. Lingering bitterness on the palate. Does not drink like a 9.5% ABV beer at all, as there's no heat on the palate early (more as it warms however) and only a modest warming sensation in the belly.

M: Medium-to-full-bodied. Carbonation is modestly active but not obtrusive.

O: Quite good, though a bit too much char/ash to meet my ideal ABA.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 21:51:34 | More by Kendo
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is black, solid; head is tan, presents a little more than 1/4 inch thick, then dissipates to larger bubbles and froth, some lacing on the glass.

Smell is a little subdued, moderate roast, some caramel, some toast; hops are subtle, light pine and grass.

Taste is quite good considering this brews abv, heavier roasted malt upfront, some toast follows then the hops clean it up, good pine and grass.

Mouthfeel was a bit dry, but seems about right for the abv strength.

Overall, a very good brew, nice flavors and cover the strength well. Nice roast presence and good hop flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New release from Ithaca? Fine by me. This is 9.5% abv? Never would've guessed that.

But to the beer: nice fruity edge, in a black ale kind of way. Seems like there is some tasty hop oils on there too. Earthy, yet balanced and bright. Not blowing me away, but a very pleasant drinker.

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3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears nearly black and opaque in the glass with dark mahogany edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with rings and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with very little hop character. Smells more like a porter at this point with robust, slightly smoked malt notes countered by a sweeter dessert-like character. Subtle grassy pine presence with a touch of floral buds and resinous oils but these hop/IPA characteristics are overpowered by the complex malt bill. Decent blend of roast and sweeter malts with hints of liquid smoke, burnt toast, coffee bean, oatmeal, dark chocolate, caramel and toffee. Smells decent but I would have preferred a stronger hop presence in the nose.

On the lighter end of medium body with a strong earthy hop presence giving off some dry, piney bitterness that lingers over the dark malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Resinous oils, dank buds, pine needle and spruce tip followed by hints of burnt toast, bittersweet dark chocolate, used coffee grounds, oatmeal, ash, caramel and toffee. Pretty robust but never approaches being acrid, harsh or overly roasted. Complex, well balanced and very easy to drink with a well masked ABV. No heat with very little alcohol sweetness in the finish. I'm not a big fan of black IPAs but this is one if the better interpretations of the style that I've had.

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12-28-2013 11:31:27 | More by corby112
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3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemless wine glass. Appears a full black color with a thin, light brown head. A little bit of lacing is left behind, but nothing great.

The nose is full of pine and floral, with a good amount of toasted malt and sweetness coming through as well. Nothing is overwhelming, but it is balanced, and on-point. The taste begins with a good amount of pine, quickly over-powered by dark toasted malts, with hints of dark fruits. Those dark malts are really the feature of this. The finish is a little bitter, but doesn't stick around forever.

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Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.