Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company
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3.74/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
12-06-2013 23:53:36 | More by Stinkypuss
3.85/5 rDev -1%
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
12-06-2013 03:53:07 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-02-2013 05:51:58 | More by DrDemento456
3.74/5 rDev -3.9%
Looks very dark brown with super thick lacing from what was a nearly two-fingered head that fell and left all sorts of appealing designs in its wake.
Zesty citrus peel, pine, hearty roast, punchy dryness; all in the nose. Has the freshness of a young and good black ale. Definitely 'IPA' with that thinner crispness, never letting the maltiness get a grip. Earthy and citrusy hoppiness that falls into a nice balance.
Very hoppy with a spry citrus note that goes wild with pithy orange and grapefruit. Wet and round, yet roasty, but hop leaf is big and primary. Almost vegetal. The crackery malts do have an unsweet chocolate flavor. Some strange tinny orange flavor that carries through to the finish and beyond with some mild astringency.
The feel is okay, but light. Dark Vine is a little heady, too. The body has some swish to it, and the carbonation doesn't let down at all, if not, it's brushy and rough.
Dark Vine is a good black IPA. It's not a bad pick.
12-01-2013 23:34:37 | More by thecheapies
3.41/5 rDev -12.3%
Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Extremely dark brown in color a finger of off white head, little lacing.
S - Decent to the nose, mild roasted malt, alcohol, baking chocolate, licorice, some papaya, grapefruit, pine.
T - Too extreme. First off its way too boozy, bad job at hiding the alcohol, very astringent and soapy. Some darker fruit flavors, fig, a little papaya. There is so much abrasive bitterness here its overwhelming when paired with the booze. Almost imparts a spicy quality.
M - Too much bitterness, burn, and soapy texture.
O - One of the worst Black IPA's I've ever had. Its too extreme and unbalanced, there's so many undeveloped flavors here too. What a shame, considering how amazing The Creeker turned out to be.
11-27-2013 03:22:50 | More by Omnium
Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.