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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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87
very good

174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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jameswaldo

New York

4.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I got three of these spooky black bottles in a beautiful 12-pack Box of Hops at the Brookton Market in Brooktondale on a bike ride yesterday. I love the wood-grain theme on box, and as I'm a long-time fan of IBC's Flower Power, was really glad to see it with 3 new companion ales. The Creeker and Double Zilla had quite a bit of sediment on bottoms, Flower Power just a trace, so I figured this Dark Vine would have it too, though the brew is so dark and opaque I couldn't see any, even with a 100 watt floodlamp shining through it. Swirled the bottle just in case yeast is hiding in the brown bottle glass, and poured high to make an inch head bulging perfectly over the brim of a pint glass. Head is tan-brown, brew so dark that the spotlight shining through it looks violet-red. Lacing hangs on down the glass like a coffee-colored curtain, fine head film hangs on top for the 20 minutes it takes to sip this rascal.
Smells funky strong hops and fruity black cherry. Cherry? Maybe because the light shining through it turned that weird dark cerise?
Tastes at first strangely hollow, the dark color doesn't seem to come from dark malts. Hops are exactly where I want them, though, so the next sips I mash around in my mouth more before swallowing. As I get over the surprise of the first few sips I start to find the missing center to a fine dry hoppy mouthfeel that makes my mouth water after each swallow. The only piece missing to this great puzzling black beer is a bit more roasty dark malt flavor, but maybe that's just a problem with my expectation from such a stout-looking brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:15:55 | More by jameswaldo
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jpd026

New York

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

10-29-2013 03:08:39 | More by jpd026
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Joe_Detweiler

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

11-24-2013 15:43:08 | More by Joe_Detweiler
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

10-28-2013 07:34:31 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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Cooker_stp

New York

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

10-24-2013 01:02:20 | More by Cooker_stp
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cbord459

New York

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

11-13-2013 18:12:49 | More by cbord459
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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sierrahopdevil05

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Thickfreakness

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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stjjoseph87

New York

4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love the black ipa style. This is by far the strongest black ipa I've had and may be the reason for the distinctive flavor profile. Poured into a Left Hand glass, smells like an ipa, tastes like a dark, smokey ipa with a hint of alcohol bite. First sip was very disappointing, however the warmer the beer gets, the better it becomes. I suggest drinking it five minutes after pouring and don't judge it till you're half way through.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 07:54:17 | More by stjjoseph87
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virinow

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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phooky

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.