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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

165 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 39
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 thecheapies:
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks very dark brown with super thick lacing from what was a nearly two-fingered head that fell and left all sorts of appealing designs in its wake.

Zesty citrus peel, pine, hearty roast, punchy dryness; all in the nose. Has the freshness of a young and good black ale. Definitely 'IPA' with that thinner crispness, never letting the maltiness get a grip. Earthy and citrusy hoppiness that falls into a nice balance.

Very hoppy with a spry citrus note that goes wild with pithy orange and grapefruit. Wet and round, yet roasty, but hop leaf is big and primary. Almost vegetal. The crackery malts do have an unsweet chocolate flavor. Some strange tinny orange flavor that carries through to the finish and beyond with some mild astringency.

The feel is okay, but light. Dark Vine is a little heady, too. The body has some swish to it, and the carbonation doesn't let down at all, if not, it's brushy and rough.

Dark Vine is a good black IPA. It's not a bad pick.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:34:37 | More by thecheapies
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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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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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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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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.

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