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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
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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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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ithaca
"Dark Vine"

Part of the Box of Hops sampler.

Pours a clear, dark amber brown that borders on opaque. Off white head forms and leaves a good amount of lace on the fluted pint.

Aroma of strong piney hops, grass, and faint citrus, mixing with a dark, sticky, tobacco like malt note with some char on the end.

In the taste, bitter hops and roasted malts, no surprises. Char comes out a lot more than in the aroma, which is also true about a grapefruit tinged citrus edge. A bit of coffee and faint vanilla are present in the finish, which does not exclude hop bitterness and flavor. There is little to no alcohol heat, which is quite an accomplishment for a black ale clocking in at nearly 10% abv.

The body of this beer is medium, well carbonated and smooth. Not sure what they did here with such flavor and potency being overly heavy. Hop flavors stick to the palate, as does a small residual malty sweetness.

Overall, this is essentially a hoppy stout. Dark Vine has a strong hop flavor and a good supporting cast of dark malts and resilient yeast. A perfect beer to drink when there's snow, freezing rain, and sleet outside.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 23:53:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this as part of the box of hops mix case, enjoyed chilled in a pint.

The color is very dark brown with crimson shade at the base of the glass with thick rocky ecru head with average bead and very good lacing/retention. The smell is a mix of citrus hop scents and slight burnt malt with mild hints of pine and light alcohol. The feel has a nice bitterness level with mild sweetness up front and moderate carbonation with a slight burnt/malt bitterness in the background mild dry graininess and roasted textures linger with a slight bitter linger.

The taste of Dark Vine has a mild pine hop flavor with some dark roasted keeping up and slight brown sugar element of crystal malt toward the middle. There is a mild citrus tinge from the hops which have good flavor and dominate the malt, however there is enough to soften the flavor and give a more balanced flavor of burnt malt with the juicy hops trailing toward the end. Overall I enjoyed this a lot more than most of the style even though it is a bit more malty than I expected considering the bitterness level of some of the other hoppy beers in the repertoire however the alcohol is pretty well hidden making for a drinkable hoppy black ale

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:53:07 | More by Slatetank
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IPAIsaac

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-04-2013 04:45:37 | More by IPAIsaac
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baklo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-04-2013 00:24:38 | More by baklo
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-02-2013 21:15:15 | More by millerbuffoon
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-02-2013 13:19:48 | More by Dizzy242
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Such a deep dark brown with just a 1/4 inch of mocha head that fizzes out to just a mild mocha ring.
S - Smells piney and roasty with not much bitterness to the nose. It smells mild at this point not sure when bottled.
T - Ah there it is the touch of acidic hops I expected. Mild with not too much overwhelming bite but constant with every sip. Malty edge of burn hops and coffee roasts with just a bit of bitterness on the back palate. Its quite good.
M - Wow where is the ABV? It does hit you pretty hard but doesn't drink like it. God I love when that happens.

Overall I was quite impressed with this beer not too bitter or roasty very balanced reminded me of the 15th stone Black IPA but less bitter. Worth picking up paid 3 bucks for the single.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 05:51:58 | More by DrDemento456
Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.