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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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87
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to JayORear for sharing this one.

Best before 1/2014.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus zest, and pine aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, earth, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors for the style.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

djrn2, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Texasfan549, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.8%

kjkinsey, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this as part of the box of hops mix case, enjoyed chilled in a pint.

The color is very dark brown with crimson shade at the base of the glass with thick rocky ecru head with average bead and very good lacing/retention. The smell is a mix of citrus hop scents and slight burnt malt with mild hints of pine and light alcohol. The feel has a nice bitterness level with mild sweetness up front and moderate carbonation with a slight burnt/malt bitterness in the background mild dry graininess and roasted textures linger with a slight bitter linger.

The taste of Dark Vine has a mild pine hop flavor with some dark roasted keeping up and slight brown sugar element of crystal malt toward the middle. There is a mild citrus tinge from the hops which have good flavor and dominate the malt, however there is enough to soften the flavor and give a more balanced flavor of burnt malt with the juicy hops trailing toward the end. Overall I enjoyed this a lot more than most of the style even though it is a bit more malty than I expected considering the bitterness level of some of the other hoppy beers in the repertoire however the alcohol is pretty well hidden making for a drinkable hoppy black ale

Slatetank, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Gavage, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears nearly black and opaque in the glass with dark mahogany edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with rings and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

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.

On the lighter end of medium body with a strong earthy hop presence giving off some dry, piney bitterness that lingers over the dark malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Resinous oils, dank buds, pine needle and spruce tip followed by hints of burnt toast, bittersweet dark chocolate, used coffee grounds, oatmeal, ash, caramel and toffee. Pretty robust but never approaches being acrid, harsh or overly roasted. Complex, well balanced and very easy to drink with a well masked ABV. No heat with very little alcohol sweetness in the finish. I'm not a big fan of black IPAs but this is one if the better interpretations of the style that I've had.

corby112, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

BARFLYB, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ithaca
"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.

Stinkypuss, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of utopiajane. Thanks, Maria!

This looks black to me and the pour brings a 2 finger head of foam. Once that settles down, I'll check on the lacing.

The nose is very IPA like; loads of floral hops, grapefruity notes, some pine, some sweetish malty tones. I don't get any roasted malt but that's okay.

The taste, well, it's hoppy as hell! Best before Jan so it's a fresh son of a gun I'm dealing with here. The floral hoppiness gets me some rather surprisingly bitter notes. Grapefruit backs that up to the hilt with some pine playing a minor role. When I swish the beer in my mouth..that's when I get some light malty sweetness and a small roasted malt character.

Further sips in and the roasted maltiness has a bigger showing and is welcome. Yum.

Medium bodied with a medium light level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is fine and the alcohol doesn't show much of itself. Very smooth drinking brew.

I really dig this fine offering from the gang at Ithaca! Oh and yes, there will be lacing.

Bitterbill, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

TheSevenDuffs, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

DrDemento456, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Duff27, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a FW tulip

pours a dark black with a big 2 inch beige head. smell is a mixture of hops and burnt malts.. taste is much smokier than i would have anticipated..the hops are on the back end but the smoky malts are very prevalent and lingering. not too easy drinking because of the smokiness. higher side of medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall too smoky/malty for me. but drinkable.

Axnjxn, Dec 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

pathman, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ColForbinBC, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Gmann, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark brown color. Thin head, nearly nonexistent. Head leaves grooved lines of tan foam.

S-Roastiness and fruity, citrus hops. Hops shine through and give you some complexity, which doesn't always happen in this style of beer. A bit minty, too.

T-The flavor is pretty neat. The hops, again shine though far more than most Black IPAs. Lighter roast. Floral hops and citrus with pine. I find that pine always comes through in Black IPAs.

M-Definitely has some body to it. Soft, buzzing bubbles. Very dry. Bitterness is pretty high.

O/D-I've grown to slowly dislike Black IPA but every one and a while a brewery takes a pretty sharp take on the imperfect style.

VelvetExtract, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Holland, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev +2.8%

petermethot, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

st9647v3, Nov 21, 2013
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Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.