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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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very good

181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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 Altrurian
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Vine has a rich mahogany color, is nearly opaque, and has a head that, while initially undistinguished, coats the glass as the beer reveals its surprising viscosity. The aroma is pretty good, tending toward an almost sweet scent of pine resin.

While the beer's label designation as an IPA is warranted, its taste is on the mild side of the genre. There's a certain sweetness at its center, with an appropriate--though unchallenging--bitter finish. The hops are there, but comprise a sedate, dignified presence. The beer's texture is mellow and smooth. I'm not sure what Ithaca has in mind for its "Box of Hops" selections, but this is one I wouldn't mind returning to.

Altrurian, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

vonnegut21, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of jameswaldo
4.79/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I got three of these spooky black bottles in a beautiful 12-pack Box of Hops at the Brookton Market in Brooktondale on a bike ride yesterday. I love the wood-grain theme on box, and as I'm a long-time fan of IBC's Flower Power, was really glad to see it with 3 new companion ales. The Creeker and Double Zilla had quite a bit of sediment on bottoms, Flower Power just a trace, so I figured this Dark Vine would have it too, though the brew is so dark and opaque I couldn't see any, even with a 100 watt floodlamp shining through it. Swirled the bottle just in case yeast is hiding in the brown bottle glass, and poured high to make an inch head bulging perfectly over the brim of a pint glass. Head is tan-brown, brew so dark that the spotlight shining through it looks violet-red. Lacing hangs on down the glass like a coffee-colored curtain, fine head film hangs on top for the 20 minutes it takes to sip this rascal.
Smells funky strong hops and fruity black cherry. Cherry? Maybe because the light shining through it turned that weird dark cerise?
Tastes at first strangely hollow, the dark color doesn't seem to come from dark malts. Hops are exactly where I want them, though, so the next sips I mash around in my mouth more before swallowing. As I get over the surprise of the first few sips I start to find the missing center to a fine dry hoppy mouthfeel that makes my mouth water after each swallow. The only piece missing to this great puzzling black beer is a bit more roasty dark malt flavor, but maybe that's just a problem with my expectation from such a stout-looking brew.

jameswaldo, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

jpd026, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

MikeCactusGordon, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

GeoffreyM, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

PsilohsaiBiN, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Whimpers
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Whimpers, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

trxxpaxxs, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of FleetwoodMatt
4/5  rDev +3.1%

FleetwoodMatt, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of JT99125
4/5  rDev +3.1%

JT99125, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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 micromaniac129
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer started off with so much promise, but I found it to be very disappointing.
The aroma was quite nice. It was very hoppy smelling with floral and pine notes. Roasted barley lay just beyond with some roasted malts as well.
The appearance was good too, dark and menacing with a tall light beige head making a nice contrast.
The disappointment came in the taste. Which was like a shell to the aroma meaning if it tasted like the nose we would have a winner but it doesn't
Instead we have a beer that tastes watery with a brash bitter acidic taste.
The characteristics of the nose are missing. The floral hops which smelled so fresh are absent as well as the roasted maltiness.
The beer drinks thin and watery with an abrasive charcoal finish before a massive bitter ending.
The things I like about black IPA'S are the fresh hops and roasted character. These two things are absent.
What would be nice would be a blend of flower power with a roasted porter, thats a black IPA

micromaniac129, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +3.1%

JakerLou, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of nuckbuc
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

nuckbuc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of garuda
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

garuda, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of gavjamhawk
4/5  rDev +3.1%

gavjamhawk, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of jhartley
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jhartley, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Cooker_stp
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Cooker_stp, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Kimbo1318
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Kimbo1318, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of sierrahopdevil05
4.5/5  rDev +16%

sierrahopdevil05, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of TangTKE402
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color of rosewood coated in black lacquer, with a faded khaki, 1.5-finger head. The head has great retention, and a nice fluffy texture. A very good amount of lacing, and overall very pretty to look at.

S: Hops mixed with burnt caramel and a bit of citrus juice. Thick pine aromas blend well with the toasted malt underneath. Aromas of oak, coniferous stands, dirt, grass, and a touch of caramel.

T: A good mixture of toasted malt and sticky hops lands this beer right in the middle of both camps. flavors of dark fruit up-front with a hoppy ride through the swallow, and a dry/alcoholic aftertaste. Notes of prunes, pine cones, creme brulee, alcohol, with a slight orajel aftertaste.

M: Fluffy in, syrupy down, hollow after. It's a warm and comforting beer, but a lot of that comes from it's higher abv. It puffs up on the initial sip, then sticks on the back of your tongue on the swallow, which is a little odd. The afterfeel of boozy esters and hollow dry hops leaves something to be desired. Overall, however, for a 9.5% abv beer, it's pretty smooth.

O: The Black IPA is a fantastic winter beer to those who can't stomach the malty/spicy offerings usually found on offer in the darker months. That being said, it's a style that is still young and developing constantly. This particular beer could be a fine example of the style with a bit of tweaking. It's the first Black IPA I've tasted from Ithaca, so perhaps they're still experimenting, but it's a strong start to an exciting style.

TangTKE402, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of ACarp
4.5/5  rDev +16%

ACarp, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into DFH signature glass; pours clear brown, black in the glass with rising carbonation feeding a nice finger-thick cream-colored head that descends slowly leaving sticky rings of lacing.
Smell; I could smell it as soon as I opened it. Gotta love fresh hoppy beers...in the glass, you'd never know it was a black IPA if it weren't for a slight dark cocoa-like malty smell behind the hops. Hop smells have lots of citrus and floral aromas, with some lighter pine behind that. The sweeter smells fade after a bit, leaving some sort of sharp, metallic odor. It's almost ammonia-like; perhaps this is what people are talking about when they say hops smell like cat urine. It's odd, but not a bad thing for some reason.
Tastes exactly like you'd imagine a black ipa would; like a porter mixed with an ipa. Smooth, clean dark cocoa malt flavors blending with fruity and citrusey hop flavors, moving smoothly into a bitter finish with lightly piney hop bitterness melding with the slight roasted bitterness from the darker malt.
Mouthfeel is medium-light, like a lighter porter; smooth and clean, finishing slightly dry and bitter.
Overall, a very nice cascadian dark ale (the term I prefer). Fresh hop flavors blend nicely with dark malt very well. Another winner from the Box of Hops.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of tubeman
4/5  rDev +3.1%

tubeman, Oct 20, 2013
Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.