Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MisSigsFan on 10-17-2013

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.
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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dacrza1
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: December 30, 2014... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: celebrating Shan's new holiday--New Year's Eve Eve... APPEARANCE: jet black body with gray uneven head that simmers to a marshy top; post-trailing is tangible... AROMA: extremely floral with vanilla, citrus and bubblegum; complex... PALATE: immediately effervescent, with bubbles coalescing on the tongue; warming, stoking at the throat; at 9.5% ABV, devilishly subtle...TASTE: intense hops blunt slightly sweet, almost milky hints; malts lend a smoky appeal to the chunky dark body; coffee is secondary, but smoothly infused... OVERALL: a BIG beer that requires sipping for appreciation; in the Box o' Hops, a third to the Creeker and Flower Power, but that is not an insult, but that's the company it keeps...

Photo of zimm421
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Two fingers wort of late to develop light brown colored batter like densely packed frothiness... Rock solid retention... The color is a translucent dark brown... A limited bit of carbonation can be seen meandering around... The nose is fairly subdued but far from impotent... There is a bright citrus at the forefront... Pineapple... Oranges... Next comes a rock solid malt base... Biscuit... Light caramel... This all sits a top a faint roasted malt character... The palate starts exactly as expected with a pleasant mix of hops and malt base... The finish has a surprising presence of vanilla which lingers a bit... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Smooth an rather quaffable... Limited carbonation... The finish has a very slight charred texture and turns slightly chalky... Not a bad brew by any means, but a few notches below best in class American Black Ales... The slightly cloying vanilla presence, while not off putting, detracts slightly from the other charming qualities of this brew... Having now worked my way through the 2nd Box of Hops offering, I can safely say the Flower Power is still the best of the bunch...

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle as part of the Box of Hops pack.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a 1.5 inch head, and nice globs of lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark roasted malt, some piney hops, a little bit of citrus.

The taste is pretty similar, with some light powdery cocoa flavors, dark roasted malt, burnt pine needles, and some grapefruit and orange. Pretty delicious.

Medium bodied, sticky, but creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very drinkable for the ABV.

Not quite as good as The Creeker, but miles better than the abomination that was Double Zilla.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: naturally, black ale with a tan head a few fingers high; left some lace

S: musky hop aromas amid sweet molasses and dark chewy malts

T: roasted dark malt underscores the resinous and earthy hops, mixing in suggestions of anise, molasses, and dark chewy bread

M: slick, medium-bodied, somewhat sticky, mellow bitterness, some coating

O: a good black ale, featuring most of the elements common to the style, but augmented by a dark hop bill to boot

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—only faint traces of dark red are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan colored head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose. Notes of dark malts and hints of pine also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of dark and roasted malts along with some slight hints of pine. The roasted malts linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The roasted malts leaves your mouth a little dry in the finish.
O: This beer doesn't seem nearly as heavy compared to other beers in the style but still packs in lots of roasted malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of rlee1390
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some roasted malt, little chocolate. Mild coffee. The hops do not quite compliment the rest of the beer. Balance could be improved.

Photo of jeffstinson
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very solid beer from Ithaca. Strong malt and bitter hop finish, yet oily and the nose is coffee and malts with a subtle lactose like smell.

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not really my style of black ipa

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Such a deep dark brown with just a 1/4 inch of mocha head that fizzes out to just a mild mocha ring.
S - Smells piney and roasty with not much bitterness to the nose. It smells mild at this point not sure when bottled.
T - Ah there it is the touch of acidic hops I expected. Mild with not too much overwhelming bite but constant with every sip. Malty edge of burn hops and coffee roasts with just a bit of bitterness on the back palate. Its quite good.
M - Wow where is the ABV? It does hit you pretty hard but doesn't drink like it. God I love when that happens.

Overall I was quite impressed with this beer not too bitter or roasty very balanced reminded me of the 15th stone Black IPA but less bitter. Worth picking up paid 3 bucks for the single.

Photo of BB1313
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours very black with just the slightest amount of light getting through; fluffy khaki head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are somewhat subtle with hints of grapefruit and pine. Lots of malts, but not too roasty. The flavors have subtle alcohol notes, but it's not hot or boozy. Lots of pine needles. Some hints of citrus. Finishes with some grapefruit and the roasy characteristics starts to appear. Very earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and has active carbonation. It's ultimate a smooth drink. Makes a nice brew to sip on, but it's still easy to drink.

This is a solid "Imperial Black IPA". It's well-crafted, but it's really nothing too exciting and leaves me wanting more. Too many alcohol notes in the nose and flavors. But once again, it's not hot or boozy.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some mildly sweet flavors of citrus, coffee and chocolate. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass

A- pours black with a one finger tan head. Sticks around for awhile, very solid. Looks nice, a little better than par for the course

S- slight roast, some citrus. Very mild, standard aromas for a black IPA

T- little bit of juicy citrus, minimal roast. Kinda bland IMO

M- medium bodied, just kind of there. Alcohol is hidden very well though

O- not a bad beer, just nothing outstanding. Below average for a black IPA

Photo of TangTKE402
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color of rosewood coated in black lacquer, with a faded khaki, 1.5-finger head. The head has great retention, and a nice fluffy texture. A very good amount of lacing, and overall very pretty to look at.

S: Hops mixed with burnt caramel and a bit of citrus juice. Thick pine aromas blend well with the toasted malt underneath. Aromas of oak, coniferous stands, dirt, grass, and a touch of caramel.

T: A good mixture of toasted malt and sticky hops lands this beer right in the middle of both camps. flavors of dark fruit up-front with a hoppy ride through the swallow, and a dry/alcoholic aftertaste. Notes of prunes, pine cones, creme brulee, alcohol, with a slight orajel aftertaste.

M: Fluffy in, syrupy down, hollow after. It's a warm and comforting beer, but a lot of that comes from it's higher abv. It puffs up on the initial sip, then sticks on the back of your tongue on the swallow, which is a little odd. The afterfeel of boozy esters and hollow dry hops leaves something to be desired. Overall, however, for a 9.5% abv beer, it's pretty smooth.

O: The Black IPA is a fantastic winter beer to those who can't stomach the malty/spicy offerings usually found on offer in the darker months. That being said, it's a style that is still young and developing constantly. This particular beer could be a fine example of the style with a bit of tweaking. It's the first Black IPA I've tasted from Ithaca, so perhaps they're still experimenting, but it's a strong start to an exciting style.

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a nice dark brown color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to bubbles hugging the rim of the glass.

Smell: pine, hop bitterness, and a bit of earthiness comes through to the nose.

Taste: slightly roasted malt goodness with pine, grapefruit, raisins, and an earthy hop bitterness wrapped in a mild alcohol blanket.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish with some dryness late.

Overall: this was an enjoyable Black IPA, slower sipping but mildly refreshing. Defintely worthy of a try.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a deep dark mahogany with some ruby high lights when held to the light. It has a thick, clumpy, caramel colored head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smells of bright citrus and floral with earthy undertones. It also has some roasted malt - caramel - and plumb in the nose.

It is a sweet hoppy meld in my mouth. I get bitter grapefruit and lemon along with sweet orange. It rounds out into a malt mouth with caramel notes and plumb in the background. The myriad of flavors is complex and smooth keeping it interesting and delicious. It also goes back and forth between bitter and sweet so as it not to be off putting or cloying. This is an excellent brew.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Dark Vine"

Part of the Box of Hops sampler.

Pours a clear, dark amber brown that borders on opaque. Off white head forms and leaves a good amount of lace on the fluted pint.

Aroma of strong piney hops, grass, and faint citrus, mixing with a dark, sticky, tobacco like malt note with some char on the end.

In the taste, bitter hops and roasted malts, no surprises. Char comes out a lot more than in the aroma, which is also true about a grapefruit tinged citrus edge. A bit of coffee and faint vanilla are present in the finish, which does not exclude hop bitterness and flavor. There is little to no alcohol heat, which is quite an accomplishment for a black ale clocking in at nearly 10% abv.

The body of this beer is medium, well carbonated and smooth. Not sure what they did here with such flavor and potency being overly heavy. Hop flavors stick to the palate, as does a small residual malty sweetness.

Overall, this is essentially a hoppy stout. Dark Vine has a strong hop flavor and a good supporting cast of dark malts and resilient yeast. A perfect beer to drink when there's snow, freezing rain, and sleet outside.

Photo of jhartley
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an over sized wine glass/goblet glass.

Pours a dark black body with a fingers worth of fluffy tan colored head. Body shows a cola like color around the edges when held up to the light.

Smells of pine and hops, there's a burnt smell of some sort that I could not quite pin down. An almost sour smell. Wasn't really appealing.

Tastes way better than it smells. Definitely a hoppy beer! Still on the fence withe whole black IPA thing, but this is pretty tasty. Grapefruit/citrus dominates followed by a smoky malt sweet finish.

Very easy drinker, smooth and easy. Smokiness from the malts and bitter bite from the hops. Pretty well balanced beer.

Wasn't super impressed, but really liked how easy this was to drink. Wasn't overly impressed with the aroma, but the taste and drink-ability more than made up for it. Unlike the first beer I had from the Box of Hops (The Creeker) this one can easily be a one and done brew.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer started off with so much promise, but I found it to be very disappointing.
The aroma was quite nice. It was very hoppy smelling with floral and pine notes. Roasted barley lay just beyond with some roasted malts as well.
The appearance was good too, dark and menacing with a tall light beige head making a nice contrast.
The disappointment came in the taste. Which was like a shell to the aroma meaning if it tasted like the nose we would have a winner but it doesn't
Instead we have a beer that tastes watery with a brash bitter acidic taste.
The characteristics of the nose are missing. The floral hops which smelled so fresh are absent as well as the roasted maltiness.
The beer drinks thin and watery with an abrasive charcoal finish before a massive bitter ending.
The things I like about black IPA'S are the fresh hops and roasted character. These two things are absent.
What would be nice would be a blend of flower power with a roasted porter, thats a black IPA

Photo of jzeilinger
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown color and creates a pinky thick layer of roasted toffee colored head that sticks to the side of the glass. Very sticky lacing.

S - Dark roasted malt, vinous herbal, and some citrus in the background (but not much).

T - Follows the nose with dark roasted malt leading the charge but then mellows and allows the bitterness to take the front seat midway through with nice bitterness with a floral,citrus pine character and finishes by leaving a coating of resiny pine and citrus in the mouth (not what I expected)...the hops totally wash away any chocolate malt presence that may have been left behind.

M - Medium body, somewhat sticky on the lips.

O - The ABV is incredibly well hidden and I had no idea this beer was sitting in the 9% range which makes it dangerously drinkable. Speaking of which, I'm not a fan of the style and I didn't enjoy this at all in the beginning but several sips in it started to grow on me with some really tasty hop resin which I never expected. I purposely avoided this one in the Box of Hops and it turned out to be way better than I anticipated - don't care for the aroma but the taste makes up for it.

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Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
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