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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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very good

245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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:
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black with brownish tint. Nice foamy 1 inch head with tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Very floral and herbal, plums, raisins, grapes, pine, some smokey malts, added sugars.

Taste - This brew starts out with some piney hops mixed in with some smokey malts, and a little coffee and chocolate flavor. Has a nice bitter fruit kick in each sip. Loads of plum, raisin and grapefruit. Some added sugars provide a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Dark bitter fruits coat the tongue along with some malts. Palate gets more fruits, along with some added sugars and a little coffee bitterness. The aftertaste is bittered, malty and dry.

Overall - What a great, tasty beer. Has a lot of flavors, balanced well, and is rather easy to drink for being near 10% alcohol. Another winner, hope they package this in 6 packs, will drink again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown color and creates a pinky thick layer of roasted toffee colored head that sticks to the side of the glass. Very sticky lacing.

S - Dark roasted malt, vinous herbal, and some citrus in the background (but not much).

T - Follows the nose with dark roasted malt leading the charge but then mellows and allows the bitterness to take the front seat midway through with nice bitterness with a floral,citrus pine character and finishes by leaving a coating of resiny pine and citrus in the mouth (not what I expected)...the hops totally wash away any chocolate malt presence that may have been left behind.

M - Medium body, somewhat sticky on the lips.

O - The ABV is incredibly well hidden and I had no idea this beer was sitting in the 9% range which makes it dangerously drinkable. Speaking of which, I'm not a fan of the style and I didn't enjoy this at all in the beginning but several sips in it started to grow on me with some really tasty hop resin which I never expected. I purposely avoided this one in the Box of Hops and it turned out to be way better than I anticipated - don't care for the aroma but the taste makes up for it.

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Dark Vine BIPA
12oz, BBD Jan 2014
DFH IPA glass

A: Pours a slightly deep reddish brown color. Very well carbonated. Tight bubbled. Light tan head. Two full fingers. Leaving sticky lacing.

S: Pine like hops. Roasted malts. Some chocolate leaks through. A little malt.

T: Flavor is better than nose. Not as good as Wookey Jack by a long short. Wanted more hop character. Some pine hop first. Some chocolate malt. Eh. Finish is somewhat dry.

M: Round medium leading to fuller side.

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

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

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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.

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Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.