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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

01-17-2014 04:31:22 | More by RblWthACoz
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JohnParadee

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-12-2014 12:36:27 | More by JohnParadee
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Horbar

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-11-2014 16:55:20 | More by Horbar
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hopley

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-09-2014 04:46:53 | More by hopley
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-07-2014 19:16:25 | More by Giantspace
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-04-2014 19:02:17 | More by siege06nd
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-31-2013 13:30:42 | More by Bunuelian
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jagrbombz69

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-28-2013 22:04:14 | More by jagrbombz69
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

12-28-2013 11:31:27 | More by corby112
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-23-2013 04:20:02 | More by mmulebarn
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Vietmeier

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-19-2013 14:39:41 | More by Vietmeier
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Celtics76

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-15-2013 20:34:00 | More by Celtics76
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-13-2013 18:58:28 | More by scottbrew4u
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zimm421

Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemless wine glass. Appears a full black color with a thin, light brown head. A little bit of lacing is left behind, but nothing great.

The nose is full of pine and floral, with a good amount of toasted malt and sweetness coming through as well. Nothing is overwhelming, but it is balanced, and on-point. The taste begins with a good amount of pine, quickly over-powered by dark toasted malts, with hints of dark fruits. Those dark malts are really the feature of this. The finish is a little bitter, but doesn't stick around forever.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a thick, sticky finish. Overall, this is a good black IPA, but isn't anything that will blow you away. That being said, the combination of the dark toasted malts and the pine and floral hops is very interesting, and worth a try.

12-12-2013 21:02:17 | More by zimm421
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TYLY22

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-10-2013 04:41:41 | More by TYLY22
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-08-2013 22:54:49 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

12-08-2013 22:06:08 | More by Axnjxn
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ALLISON01

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-08-2013 05:27:32 | More by ALLISON01
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Flashyspoons

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-08-2013 05:12:51 | More by Flashyspoons
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quakeroatmealstout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-08-2013 03:41:58 | More by quakeroatmealstout
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Duff27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-08-2013 02:10:22 | More by Duff27
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-07-2013 15:36:50 | More by egrace84
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nyyfanatic213

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-07-2013 05:50:38 | More by nyyfanatic213
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dogfishandi

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-07-2013 04:04:13 | More by dogfishandi
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Remdog

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-07-2013 03:55:38 | More by Remdog
Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.