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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a stella artois chalice from the 12 oz. bottle

A: nice dark roasted appearance. Opaque with cherry-coke looking edges. 1 finger head that drops to a 1 mm thin ring. Minimal lacing. still. Not hazy as far as I can tell. Has minor legs on vigorous swirl.

S: Bitter citrus. resiny. sour citrus. Minor fruity astringency. pungent! Malt is muted and slightly masked.

T: I am getting diacetyl,smooth butter popcorn notes. Sharp pine punch. Rich malt backbone of lightly roasted coffee and toasted biscuit. Is that brewer's licorice hiding in there?

M: creamy. very pleasant creaminess. Side of the tongue puckers a little,
strange sensation. Piney outbreath. Not any discernible heat. Milk-malt ball ultimate breath.

O: very nice brew. Not offensive, but it has some pronounced notes. It's is like porter meets APA over buttered popcorn. Pleasant.

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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.

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