Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company
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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
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
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
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
Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.