Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.2/5 rDev +8%
Poured into DFH signature glass; pours clear brown, black in the glass with rising carbonation feeding a nice finger-thick cream-colored head that descends slowly leaving sticky rings of lacing.
Smell; I could smell it as soon as I opened it. Gotta love fresh hoppy beers...in the glass, you'd never know it was a black IPA if it weren't for a slight dark cocoa-like malty smell behind the hops. Hop smells have lots of citrus and floral aromas, with some lighter pine behind that. The sweeter smells fade after a bit, leaving some sort of sharp, metallic odor. It's almost ammonia-like; perhaps this is what people are talking about when they say hops smell like cat urine. It's odd, but not a bad thing for some reason.
Tastes exactly like you'd imagine a black ipa would; like a porter mixed with an ipa. Smooth, clean dark cocoa malt flavors blending with fruity and citrusey hop flavors, moving smoothly into a bitter finish with lightly piney hop bitterness melding with the slight roasted bitterness from the darker malt.
Mouthfeel is medium-light, like a lighter porter; smooth and clean, finishing slightly dry and bitter.
Overall, a very nice cascadian dark ale (the term I prefer). Fresh hop flavors blend nicely with dark malt very well. Another winner from the Box of Hops.
10-22-2013 02:35:05 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
4.11/5 rDev +5.7%
Dark cola appearance, light tan head forms thick with thin speckled lacing. Aroma hints of dark chocolate, herbal hop notes. This is a great smelling beer, herbal hops hints of pine, mild citric notes amongst a dark roasted malt backbone, the beer really works better than most failed attempts at Black IPAs. Flavor brings big hop bitterness hints of dark chocolate and herbal mint character from the hops mild citrus hop accents. Overall you have to think of one of the Andes mint chocolate when you drink this beer. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied moderate natural carbonation slightly oily resinous hop components glide across the palate. Nice dry finish keeps this beer drinking great with every sip, I need some more of this stuff.
11-09-2013 02:41:23 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +2.8%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before January 2014 notched on the label.
A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing black in the glass with a dense slightly tanned head. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.
S: Quite a nice hop aroma on this one, citrus and fruitiness blend nicely with an earth tone. Roasted malts are present but take a backseat to the hops. Bit of dark fruitiness to it as well.
T: This is a very tasty black IPA. The hop profile provides a lot of bitterness while the roasted malts round it out with a bold chocolate quality.
M: Full body with medium to low carbonation. Has a nectar like mouthfeel that I find desirable in IPA's. Booze are warming but not too hot.
Overall I'm enjoying this beer. Strong yet it remains easy drinking due to the great flavor. If youre a fan of hops seek this one out in the Box of Hops.
11-04-2013 00:41:40 | More by CloudStrife
3.74/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a thick, sticky finish. Overall, this is a good black IPA, but isn't anything that will blow you away. That being said, the combination of the dark toasted malts and the pine and floral hops is very interesting, and worth a try.
12-12-2013 21:02:17 | More by zimm421
3.65/5 rDev -6.2%
Pours a very dark brown color, cola like. The tan head is short, dense and creamy. The head left a small wall of lacing.
The aroma is of piney/resiny hops. Not very strong but noticable. Subtle roast notes with a hint of scorched caramel. Not too much there.
Substantial piney hop flavor and bitterness hits upfront. Some citrus pops through. This is followed by a fairly smooth coffee/roast note. Which is then followed by an acrid roast bitterness. The beer hits the style notes well. Its not too bitter from the roast, which is preferrable to me.
Moderate body with tingly carbonation. A good balance between sweet and bitter, but bitter does win out in the finish.
A good example of the style. Its not my favorite style so it is slightly reflected in my score. Well made.
11-02-2013 17:49:13 | More by Gmann
Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.