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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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very good

276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | 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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Ratings: 276 | Reviews: 49
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—only faint traces of dark red are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan colored head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose. Notes of dark malts and hints of pine also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of dark and roasted malts along with some slight hints of pine. The roasted malts linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The roasted malts leaves your mouth a little dry in the finish.
O: This beer doesn't seem nearly as heavy compared to other beers in the style but still packs in lots of roasted malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with a thin thick beige head with medium retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of sweet red grapes, mild spices, mint undertone, some citrusy, licorice and caramels.
Hoppy flavor with notes of pine, black fruits, tea bags, roasted malts, coffee beans, resin, licorice, spices and oatmeal. Dry and increasingly bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv is incredibly well hidden.
Flavorful, complex and robust Black IPA. Piney grapes, in two words if you will.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a deep dark mahogany with some ruby high lights when held to the light. It has a thick, clumpy, caramel colored head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smells of bright citrus and floral with earthy undertones. It also has some roasted malt - caramel - and plumb in the nose.

It is a sweet hoppy meld in my mouth. I get bitter grapefruit and lemon along with sweet orange. It rounds out into a malt mouth with caramel notes and plumb in the background. The myriad of flavors is complex and smooth keeping it interesting and delicious. It also goes back and forth between bitter and sweet so as it not to be off putting or cloying. This is an excellent brew.

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Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.