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Hopbloem - Ithaca Beer Company

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88
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: justintcoons on 02-25-2014)
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-01-2014 21:54:22 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruit and citrusy hops—grapefruit, orange and pineapple seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with hints of Belgian yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts off with lots of flavors of citrus and tropical fruits but then notes of Belgian yeast begin to appear during the middle of the taste and diminishing some of the hoppiness. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a really interesting hybrid beer as it seemed to taste more like an American IPA compared to a Belgian IPA with all of the hop aromas and flavors. It's almost a shame that this wasn't just an American IPA as the Belgian yeast seemed to somewhat mute the interesting aromas and flavors from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 03:22:06 | More by metter98
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-01-2014 21:57:07 | More by acurtis
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting brew. Definitely get a noticeable hop presence on this one. Earthy is the overall theme. The Belgian yeast impacts the beer in more subtle ways than overly forward ones. Feel is slightly more full and almost fluffy. Minimal bready edge. It's a nice, easy drinking beer. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 03:07:15 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright honey golden hue with a big white head at least three finger width, fine Belgian style lacing. Aromatics spicy yeast, earthy citric hops, a bit of pepper, and a touch of vegetal/garlic notes from the hops. The American hops and the Belgian yeast are competing with each other. Reminds me of other versions especially the Stone's Belgian IPA...harsh on the palate citrus peel, Belgian spice bitterness comes off like perfume accidentally swallowed super bitter and not so cohesive with the light golden base malt here. Mouthfeel, a bit aggressive with the carbonation medium bodied some cloying aspects on the palate. Overall I'm happy I got to try this new Ithaca release, thanks to wvsabbath for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 02:42:06 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up in a mix a six at Brass Rail, enjoyed chilled in cervoise from the 12oz brown bottle.

The color is very hazed golden with thick pale cream with extra-fine bead, thick lace sticks on the glass with very good retention. The smell is fruity, floral and slightly citrus drenched with a mild hint of pineapple and light mango -just wonderful aroma of hops. The feel is very good, yeasty, moderately carbonated slight bitter feel up front leads to mild malt with gentle juicy tangy accent with a spicy, drying finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is very good with moderately yeast driven entry which is peppery leading to a more tropical taste accented by a very intense citrus taste of hops with light grassy flavors in the peripheral. The flavor of yeast adds a mild dried fruit and the hops add a peppery aspect to the IPA which brings a sort of complexity that is not expected since it is so hop forward in aroma, yet the yeast is working in synergy adding dimension with mild pear and woody emphasis to the toast notes from the malt. Overall this is a pretty great IPA, the belgian yeast does not detract and helps to explain why Belgian IPA became its own style to begin with.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 01:53:00 | More by Slatetank
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-03-2014 20:57:43 | More by weeare138
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased as a single at Cable beverage in Bardonia, NY

Best Before dating area on the side of the label but nothing is notched/marked....oh well they tried..

Pours heavily hazed medium tangerine, moderate lite khaki head, leaves some spots and blobs of lace.

I get lime on the nose.

Tasty and zesty BIPA, more lime, some lite gin as well as ginger, Belgian yeastyness. Crisp and flavorful. Nice hoppy snap mid way and then again lime, ginger and gin in the finish. Most enjoyable...go get some

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 19:08:38 | More by Billolick
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -30%

03-30-2014 15:22:04 | More by BARFLYB
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dense tangerine orange has a strong factor of visible carbonation and floaties within. Sturdy, frothy, whipped topping has a long lasting retention with a buff tone and pale yellowish undertones.

S: Aroma was soft, semi-dry lemon flower hops, flashes of sweet pale grains, soft fresh wet grapefruit with a light hint of hay and saw dust.

T: The flavor had floral orange, citrusy grapefruit hops, with some sweet speciality grains. Light, dry yeasty touch, dry fruitiness, bready with some citronella. Warm cooked pineapple fruitiness, spicy hop bite finish.

M: Creamy malt, mouthful, good carbonation level with a dry bittering citrus finish off the tongue.

O: Overall a good level of hops, bittering some belgian yeastiness, pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:00:32 | More by beerthulhu
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-08-2014 23:27:50 | More by tdm168
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-06-2014 16:47:32 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found this cheap at $2.69 for the single at Vintage Estate. Into a pint glass.

A - Very Hefeweizen like with a light yellow with a deep hazy color. Head is just a 1/4 inch that settles to a thick lace ring. Sticky lacing awesome.
S - In the glass it smells very tame some grapefruit hops fruity yeasts and some citrus zest. I taste.
T - Really digging the sweet fruit yeasts, not dry one bit, and the balancing grapefruit hop bitterness. Reminds me of a Belgium pale with more hops. Tasty.
M - Can't really pick up the 8%. Light to medium very well crafted.

Overall worth picking up as expected not super hoppy but very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 01:41:42 | More by DrDemento456
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vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-13-2014 21:47:47 | More by vfgccp
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Gmann

New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden hay color with orange highlights. The tight white head is small and settles into a creamy ring.

The aroma is of hay and grass. Nice clove scent from the yeast. Some tropical fruit notes such as pineapple and mango. Some pear as well.

The taste is quite grassy and peppery at the start. Some leafy hop flavor as well. The malt is fairly light, slightly bready. Quite fruity; orange, grapefruit, pineapple and apple. Slight honey sweetness. The clove is not as strong in the taste but is there. Subtle farmhouse notes.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Good balance between sweet and hoppy bitterness. Definitely finishes with a biting grassy bitterness. Perhaps a touch sticky.

A nice Belgian IPA. Good hop choices for the Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 18:09:49 | More by Gmann
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atrocity

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-29-2014 15:44:22 | More by atrocity
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-25-2014 03:28:19 | More by outoffocus
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colloid yeast suspension sticks up a golden color. Head amounted to an inch or so, then began to slowly choke out. I'm still left with a solid cap of pearly white foam.

Half-citrusy and half-floral in the hop department. Belgian yeast cries apricot and pomme fruitiness, but it's sustained by an aspirin-like chalky bitterness. A genuine approach with golden ale maltiness and generous hop rind.

Hoppier than most Belgian IPAs, with a grandiose American citrus punch. Wallop of bitterness gets swept away by the calmness of a sturdy pale malt backing. Flourishes of tart appley esters with notes of grapefruit, gooseberry, and papaya. The yeast is a big factor, and doing its job to elevate the beer and enhance subtle hop nuances. Bitter floral end is mild and astringently peppery.

Very slick, shading on oily, this beer drinks on cruise control. Spiciness accentuates the carbonation, which doesn't rise too far above medium. Alcohol isn't hurting anyone, either. I'll put my trust in Ithaca on that one, because I don't see an ABV listed on the label.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 22:40:31 | More by thecheapies
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-26-2014 22:43:50 | More by petermethot
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-20-2014 00:05:25 | More by IdrinkGas
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-29-2014 16:29:23 | More by JohnK17
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-22-2014 18:12:21 | More by kwjd
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-16-2014 00:25:34 | More by hoppymcgee
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-01-2014 00:23:41 | More by JohneHoodlum
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-29-2014 21:15:10 | More by Stinger80OH
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Hopbloem from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.