Hopbloem - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.24/5 rDev +7.9%
12 oz bottle was poured into a Mystic pint glass.
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Floral, pungent, pineapple, mango, pine, chewy malts, vanilla, pale malts, and spicy yeast.
Taste: Wow!!! Tropical and pine up front. Yeasty spice, chewy and sweet malts, and nice mild tingly bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Refreshing, tasty, a little chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a little bitterness.
Overall: One of the best BIPA I have had. This was the last of 4 from their Belgian inspired variety packs. Pretty cool stuff.
04-28-2014 02:52:38 | More by Flounder57
4.11/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
04-22-2014 01:53:00 | More by Slatetank
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Labeled 2/3/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing dark yellow with a small eggshell white head and leaves great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are full of sweet yeast followed by some sweet fruit. Pineapple is definitely there with some subtle hints of grapefruit. Some malts along with hints of grass as pine. The flavors are very sharp and crisp. The bitterness is pretty impressive. There's definitely a hop bite to this one. The hop flavor is subtle, but they definitely nailed the bitterness. More grapefruit followed by some lemon zest. Fresh pine needles are in the mix. Earthy spices are there. Some black pepper. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and somewhat thick. It's very creamy and slightly syrupy with active carbonation. It's pretty smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed, but this is a nice one to relax with.
This is a nice Belgian IPA. They really nailed the bitterness with this one. It might not be up there with my personal favorites, but the craftsmanship is pretty impressive. Well done.
04-15-2014 19:12:04 | More by BB1313
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-11-2014 03:07:15 | More by RblWthACoz
3.58/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
04-11-2014 00:00:32 | More by beerthulhu
Hopbloem from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.