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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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87
very good

173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

10-27-2013 18:51:21 | More by trxxpaxxs
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FleetwoodMatt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-26-2013 23:10:48 | More by FleetwoodMatt
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JT99125

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-26-2013 22:43:48 | More by JT99125
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 16:06:05 | More by Gavage
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 13:29:54 | More by micromaniac129
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-26-2013 01:19:06 | More by JakerLou
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nuckbuc

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

10-26-2013 00:02:37 | More by nuckbuc
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-25-2013 17:31:24 | More by garuda
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gavjamhawk

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-25-2013 01:08:01 | More by gavjamhawk
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 22:46:50 | More by jhartley
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Cooker_stp

New York

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

10-24-2013 01:02:20 | More by Cooker_stp
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Kimbo1318

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-23-2013 20:50:25 | More by Kimbo1318
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sierrahopdevil05

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16%

10-23-2013 06:10:45 | More by sierrahopdevil05
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TangTKE402

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 02:03:54 | More by TangTKE402
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ACarp

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16%

10-22-2013 04:40:22 | More by ACarp
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 02:35:05 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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tubeman

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-20-2013 17:14:06 | More by tubeman
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lovindahops

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-20-2013 00:53:32 | More by lovindahops
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Kendo

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Dark brown on the pour, but black in the glass with a small (half-finger) khaki head on top. Leaves behind a nice thick ring of lace up top, then some splotchy "legs" of lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Nice nose - roast, charcoal, pine, leafy tobacco and citrus.

T: Roasted barley foundation that brings to mind charcoal, smoke and ash on the finish. Juicy hops are there: citrus earlier on, then pine at the finish. Lingering bitterness on the palate. Does not drink like a 9.5% ABV beer at all, as there's no heat on the palate early (more as it warms however) and only a modest warming sensation in the belly.

M: Medium-to-full-bodied. Carbonation is modestly active but not obtrusive.

O: Quite good, though a bit too much char/ash to meet my ideal ABA.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 21:51:34 | More by Kendo
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utopiajane

New York

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost completely opaque save for some mahogany hues at the edges of the glass. Sports a tan head of foam that is tall, thick and lasting. Leaves outrageous rings of lace and a thick cap and ring.

The nose on this is terrific. This one smells like a stout with a bold roasted malt character, coffee, a bit of chocolate and a sweet underpinning. It has a bright hop floral and and plenty of earth. No alcohol on the nose. Some orange to the delight of the nose as it warms.

The taste on this one comes right up to a stout. it has an intense roasted malt character. Blackened but not burnt. It has coffee and a bit of sweetness that makes it rich. There is a texture to the mouthfeel and it's not smooth at first it's grainy, then it's smooth. The hop bitter and the bold roast flavors come together for a lingering bitter that has a life all it's own. The malt is a little nutty in the drink after it warms and the alcohol creeps on to the nose. There is a warmth to the drink that you don't really notice until the glass is half empty. Light taste of orange or tangerine permeates the drink and adds a delightful light flavor to all the darkness. The hops and their tremendous floral keep it uplifted and bright.

This one came so close to a stout but the malt stopped just short of heavy enough to be considered a stout. It stayed supple and smooth even amidst all the taste texture of the roasted qualities. You might never guess that it's almost 10% abv.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 18:49:56 | More by utopiajane
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-19-2013 00:05:08 | More by nh2032
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brentblack1

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-18-2013 23:56:37 | More by brentblack1
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-18-2013 02:33:10 | More by CaptDavyJones
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Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.