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Hopbloem - Ithaca Beer Company

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88
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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
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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comradekyle

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-09-2014 23:04:11 | More by comradekyle
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

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

New York

4.01/5  rDev +2%

Pours the color of sunshine. Yellow gold. If it weren't for the particles in suspension to offer haze, you would need sunglasses to look at this bright beer. Fat white head of foam that fell slowly and left great lace.

Nose is decadent with hops. Fruity hops run the gamut from citrus and citric tartness to mango and stone fruit softness and depth, to a graceful pineapple that screams hops,with a touch of twang. There's the brightness of citrus zest and this yeast is the funkiest of the entire box of Belgians. Dry earthy yeast. mango , Pineapple with it's bit of acidic tang, and mango with it deep stone fruit soft sweetness. A floral like flower petals and let's have some.

Taste is IPA all the way. Light body. No slickness no heaviness. The malt is crisp dry wheat that offers a bit of sour and a refreshing middle. It almost puckers but not quite. Delightful! The fruit is stellar. With so many fruits to create the idea of complexity, until you drink it and realize that without the characteristic IPA bitter this was fruit punch. Light wheat cracker malt brings you a crisp dry floral with a bushel of fruits that do not realize their intense sweetness because on their heels is an IPA bitter. It swoops in like a predator and takes the finish but you are satisfied.

Crakery, crisp wheat with a touch of natural sweetness, dry and crisp from carbonation. Beautiful Congratulations Ithaca. The bit of funk did this beer good and I enjoyed it immensely. It's as though the sun came out today and I put it in my glass.

03-08-2014 18:15:54 | More by utopiajane
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HopGrazer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-08-2014 16:31:14 | More by HopGrazer
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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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brentblack1

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-04-2014 02:37:02 | More by brentblack1
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CloudStrife

New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 02/03/14.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with a dense white head on top. A bit of haziness from suspended sediment visible in the body. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Nice citrus hop aroma right off the bat that remind you this is the brewery that brings you Flower Power. Belgian yeast is light but gives it another layer of fruitiness.

T: Plenty of hops in this one rounded out by a solid fruity yeastiness. Belgian qualities certainly come through making it stand out from your typical IPA.

M: Medium body with a nice touch of creaminess. Between the hops and belgian yeast this one comes across pretty dry.

Overall I'm really diggin this beer. Great hop profile with an interesting mix of belgian yeast. May be a bit dry but thats not an issue for me.

03-03-2014 00:10:08 | More by CloudStrife
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MadScientist

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-02-2014 23:24:09 | More by MadScientist
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ElijahRivera

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-02-2014 20:32:52 | More by ElijahRivera
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-02-2014 07:16:13 | More by whatname
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-01-2014 14:08:37 | More by prisdefer
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nh2032

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

02-28-2014 12:47:16 | More by nh2032
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spokeydonkey

New York

4.14/5  rDev +5.3%

Got this one from the Box of Belgians today (02/27/14). The bottle has code: 140203, probably meaning bottled on 02/03/14. Poured into one of the Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada IPA glasses alongside the Fleuf de Belgique to compare.

Golden and hazy with a thin white head and a thin stream of bubbles. Aroma is strongly fruity--peaches, pears, apple. Not much in the way of malt character or typical IPA citrus notes. Tastes pretty much like it smells: stone fruits dominate, probably from the hops, backed up by pear notes. An earthiness that I attribute to the Belgian yeast as well. Hop bitterness doesn't kick in until the end and a nice soft maltiness that carries it throughout without getting in the way.

Overall one of my top belgian IPAs. I used to hate this style, but the use of fruity hops with Belgian yeast really works in this one.

02-28-2014 01:18:41 | More by spokeydonkey
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butters_mcgee

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-26-2014 02:40:02 | More by butters_mcgee
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Hopbloem from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.