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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

272 Ratings
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MisSigsFan on 10-17-2013

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.
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Photo of jacewg
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Two fingers wort of late to develop light brown colored batter like densely packed frothiness... Rock solid retention... The color is a translucent dark brown... A limited bit of carbonation can be seen meandering around... The nose is fairly subdued but far from impotent... There is a bright citrus at the forefront... Pineapple... Oranges... Next comes a rock solid malt base... Biscuit... Light caramel... This all sits a top a faint roasted malt character... The palate starts exactly as expected with a pleasant mix of hops and malt base... The finish has a surprising presence of vanilla which lingers a bit... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Smooth an rather quaffable... Limited carbonation... The finish has a very slight charred texture and turns slightly chalky... Not a bad brew by any means, but a few notches below best in class American Black Ales... The slightly cloying vanilla presence, while not off putting, detracts slightly from the other charming qualities of this brew... Having now worked my way through the 2nd Box of Hops offering, I can safely say the Flower Power is still the best of the bunch...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattR2014
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GCBrewery
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iDrake
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown black color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grapefruit, tangerine, citrus, herbal, pine, caramel, chocolate, nutty, toasted, and roasted malts.

Taste: Still little alcohol detected. So smooth and balanced. Lighter bodied than expected for a higher ABV dark beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, slight slight bitterness, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: It's hard to think this beer is 9.5%. Alcohol is well hidden and this beer drinks do smooth. Will Revisit this one again.

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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.05/5  rDev -21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.12/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of gr0g
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Black as night, capped with tan foam. Impressive head retention and lacing. Aroma is of intense C-hops, very citrusy and pungent. In the background is a faint whiff of roasted malt character, a bit of char.

Big flavor, hops at the forefront. As the brewer's description states, it's got a "surprisingly light body." In a truly blind tasting, you might not notice this is a black IPA. There's some malty sweetness appropriate for a 9.5% ABV beer, but the roasted malt character is hidden by the intense hoppyness.

This a big, bold, and intense IPA, and the alcohol is well-hidden. Very enjoyable.

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.