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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | 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 h4ger
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yancey82
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lillitnn92
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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...

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SuperNate
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gww1864
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of I_imbibe
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeffstinson
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bankerjaymo
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cwxc818
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CoCambria
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 120minuteman
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of FriedSlug
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not really my style of black ipa

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3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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...

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Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.