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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of JohnParadee
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

JohnParadee, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Horbar
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Horbar, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

hopley, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Giantspace
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Giantspace, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of siege06nd
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

siege06nd, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Bunuelian, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of jagrbombz69
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

jagrbombz69, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of mmulebarn
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

mmulebarn, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Vietmeier
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Vietmeier, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Celtics76
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Celtics76, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of scottbrew4u
4/5  rDev +2.8%

scottbrew4u, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of zimm421
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.

zimm421, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of TYLY22
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

TYLY22, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
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.

Axnjxn, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of ALLISON01
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

ALLISON01, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Flashyspoons
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Flashyspoons, Dec 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

quakeroatmealstout, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Duff27, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

egrace84, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

nyyfanatic213, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

dogfishandi, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Remdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Remdog, Dec 07, 2013
Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.