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Hopbloem - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

BB1313, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

beerthulhu, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of rcjennings
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

rcjennings, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +1.5%

tdm168, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +1.5%

ksimons, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

nosavingsaccount, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Gmann
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Gmann, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

thecheapies, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of twenteone
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

twenteone, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Hoggo
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Hoggo, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

metter98, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

BARFLYB, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Iamstryker
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Iamstryker, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of smb71481
4/5  rDev +1.5%

smb71481, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of markdrinksbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

markdrinksbeer, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Billolick, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +1.5%

kwjd, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of JG-90
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hopbloem has a very hazy, radiant yellow body with a moderate to large, creamy and very dense pure white head with great retention and heavy lacing. Aroma consists or pineapple, mango, tangerine, and grapefruit rind, as well light yeasty bread and a bit of spicy yeast.

Taste starts with yeasty bread, the pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit, with mango, a bit of spicy yeast, and light bread on the finish. Has a yeasty, grapefruit, and pineapple aftertaste. Feel is a touch light with high carbonation for an 8% IPA, but both go well with the bright flavors of this beer. Has a nice amount of creaminess as well as a touch of yeasty grit.

JG-90, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

logicalparadox, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of BourbonJersey
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

BourbonJersey, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of BryanK
4/5  rDev +1.5%

BryanK, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of xungmound98
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

xungmound98, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of wvsabbath
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper tan, golden brown, 1 inch foamy head with nice lacing.

Smell - Citric hops, sweet yeasts, spices , orange, grapefruit, some apricot and mango.

Taste - Starts off with bitter floral hops with a Belgium yeasty influence. Lots of orange, lemon and grapefruit along with added spices like lemon peel. Rather sweet fruits with a underlying amount of bitter/sour fruits like apples, grapes and a little plum. Slight caramel malt shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Plenty of sweet fruity notes nail the tongue. Palate gets more hops, some Belgium yeasts and spices. Aftertaste is sweet, hoppy and a little dry.

Overall - Its ok,its too much ipa and not enough Belgian inspired. Nice sweet fruits, decent spices, yeasts are too muted. Still worth a drink and easy to enjoy, just needs a little tweeking.

wvsabbath, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

hoppymcgee, Mar 16, 2014
Hopbloem from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.