Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company
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3.29/5 rDev -15.4%
From a bottle into a goblet. Pours a very dark black (almost as dark as a stout) with a small cloudy white/tan head. Does not have much of a smell to it at all, very mild and I am almost getting a light nutty scent. Started out tasting fairly light with a bitterness that lingers. As I got through the glass the alcohol taste became a lot more apparent. Very mild hoppy kick. right after the sip.
This is a typical black IPA/Cascade Dark Ale. It is smooth for the alcohol percentage, but it is not hidden very well. Was expecting a little more balance, but this is a drinkable beer.
11-03-2013 20:41:30 | More by timmy2b
3.29/5 rDev -15.4%
A: Poured into a balloon glass. Beer is a dark, black color with a good foamy head, which subsides down to a nice shallow ring of lacing around the perimeter of the glass.
S: A very surprising presence of citrusy and floral hop aroma. This is mingled with a solid toasty malt smell with the dark malts used.
T: Similar to the smell, there is a mingled flavor of the hops, including a good level of bitterness, with the dark roasted malt flavors.
Overall: I would like to preface by saying that in my opinion, this beer is very well executed in terms of the development of the flavors, aroma, etc. However, the combination of the aromatic, citrusy and floral hop aromas with the dark malts that establish the black IPA classification are a strange combination to me, and not to my liking. The least desirable part of the beer to me is the taste, where the hop flavors are overpowered by the maltiness, but the hop flavor does not pair well with the malts.
11-17-2013 23:56:57 | More by T-34-85
3.4/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
11-02-2013 21:06:11 | More by BB1313
3.41/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
10-24-2013 22:46:50 | More by jhartley
3.41/5 rDev -12.3%
Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Extremely dark brown in color a finger of off white head, little lacing.
S - Decent to the nose, mild roasted malt, alcohol, baking chocolate, licorice, some papaya, grapefruit, pine.
T - Too extreme. First off its way too boozy, bad job at hiding the alcohol, very astringent and soapy. Some darker fruit flavors, fig, a little papaya. There is so much abrasive bitterness here its overwhelming when paired with the booze. Almost imparts a spicy quality.
M - Too much bitterness, burn, and soapy texture.
O - One of the worst Black IPA's I've ever had. Its too extreme and unbalanced, there's so many undeveloped flavors here too. What a shame, considering how amazing The Creeker turned out to be.
11-27-2013 03:22:50 | More by Omnium
3.46/5 rDev -11.1%
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
11-12-2013 00:22:29 | More by bigfnjoe
Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.