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Double IPA - Ithaca Beer Company

Double IPADouble IPA

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very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Hop farming once thrived in New York State. In the early 1900s, 95% of all hops used in the US were grown here in New York. However, soon the combination of crop disease & prohibition put an end to local hop growing. Today, there's a new movement afoot to bring commercial hops back to NY. The Ithaca Beer has teamed up with Pederson Farms (Seneca Castle, NY) to create a Double IPA brewed with 100% NY hops.

(Beer added by: ithacabaron on 02-24-2004)
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New York

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 2 oz. sample poured from the tap at the brewery into a glass tasting glass (much better than the plastic cups that some breweries use). Pours a deep amber with an off-white foamy head. Decent retention and a good amount of lacing. Intense hop aroma - spicy, floral and citrusy all at once. Good amount of malt sweetness helps balance the hop bitterness for a clean dry finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable beer given the strength. With their NYS hop producer struggling to maintain sufficient crop production, this incarnation of their DIPA may soon be gone for good. Fear not though, the staff did assure that if it did come to it, they would use hops outside of NYS to supplement and keep this tasty beer alive.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2008 16:08:13 | More by TheBCrew
Photo of WillieMoe


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark amberish brew is an assault on the senses, let me tell you! It's got that fruity hop smell, that I enjoy so much, with a hint of maltiness. The taste mimics the smell, with it's fruity hop flavor, with a dash of maltiness. The bitterness is not harsh, but smooth, sweet and drinkable. Plus at 10% ABV it packs a punch! A solid brew, which I highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2007 02:26:15 | More by WillieMoe
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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently enjoyed this brew,which is frequently on tap, at me favorite watering hole. Given the high alcohol content, it's served in a snifter glass. The appearance is cloudy. Golden wheat comes to mind. No head whatsoever. The nose though is predominantly fruity with evidence of ripe, citrusy fruit like oranges, lemons and the like. Very pleasant. The taste, not surprisingly, resembles the aroma with fruity esters up front but it's the alcohol that comes through in the finish. A very smooth double IPA with some hop bitterness in the mouthfeel and in the flavor itself, but really it's not that hoppy. I like it thiat way. The mouthfeel is smooth yet somewhat chewy in that in glazes the tongue with maltiness and boozy fruit making for a somewhat viscuous body. Drinkable, but not a session brew by any stretch. A special treat and a nice way to finish a bought at your favorite pub.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2007 13:01:32 | More by jim102864
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to say I was a little disappointed with this one. I found the taste kind of flat. Both the aroma and the appearance was just so-so. I’m a big fan of Ithaca, but this one didn’t do it for me. The taste was not what I was looking for in a double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2007 22:16:25 | More by shamrock7
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New York

2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pure golden color with a little bit of an off white head that
didnt stay long but left some alcing.

Aroma was intriguing as it had more of a sweet fruit smell and just a hint of that piney hops.

Taste was not right for a double IPA (or regular IPA). Too sweet/mediciney almost a bit of honey with MILD undertones of the piney hops.

Mouthfeel wasn't bad.
Drinkability is hard to rate. IF you like this flavor, it does go down easy especially for the alcohol content. However, I just could not get past the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2007 01:55:08 | More by stegmakk
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4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Lionheart in Albany. I figured you can't go wrong with a double IPA, and in this case I was right.

The appearance is nothing too special, just clear orange-yellow stuff with sticky foam. But the aroma is massive pine needle and grapefruits with a strong malt undercurrent. Same with the taste, very similar to DFH 90 minute in my opinion (one of my favorite beers). It was completely tasty and I couldn't detect the alcohol at all. I had no idea it was 10% until I saw it just now on BA. Thus good drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2006 03:41:30 | More by TurdFurgison
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color with a small head that left a layer of lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma was quite fruity and citrusy with some nutty malt aromas mixed in. Taste was initially of bitter, citrusy hops and alcohol and finishes with flavors of mango, peach and citrus. This was a medium bodied beer in which the alcohol was not really too apparent. I easily polished off two pints and could have had another, but thought better of it. This is a nice example of a DIPA. It manages to be quite hoppy and still has a good malt backbone. Too bad Ithaca doesn't distribute to NC.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2006 15:16:47 | More by rodrot
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit,poured into a goblet a deep hazed burnt orange with a very tight,sticky 1/2 finger head that settled very slowly.Awesome deep piney,resinous aromas with some grapefruit rind in there as wel the alcohol has a fruitiness to it wich goes well with the big pine elemants.True to DIPA form the massive hops hit hard but dont overwhelm,big pine notes and grapefruit zest,like pure hop juice with a slight warming alcohol kick.There is a lightly sweet biscuity base but its overwhelmed bigtime by the hops and Iam not complaining,I loved it but the goblets at Pizza Plant kinda suck I want pint upon pint of this baby.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2006 00:41:39 | More by oberon
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a pint of this fine brew at the Westside (not) Brewing company in NYC. Pours soft orangy/yellow amber, cloudy, with a white loose head and well developed and extensive lacing. Nose is just mildly of grainy hops. One sip and you know this is a well crafted, bold elixir of a beer. Big and bold oily,grainy,piney and also citric hops ooze and crunch out of every sip. Yum. Hop heads rejoice. Well done and well worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2005 13:09:39 | More by Billolick
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a growler.

This double IPA poured a slightly hazy, orange/peach color with good, creamy, light tan foram that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was piney, resinous hops with some malt and an ever so slight oakiness. The taste was very hoppy with citrus and some floral hops notes. There was a good bitterness but well balanced with malt. There was a hint of alcohol in the taste. The mouthfeel was crisp and hoppy overall. The body was medium with moderate carbonation feel. The hops lingered very nicely on the palate. This was a good, mellow, and easy to drink double IPA made with hops grown in NY state. Thanks to shippos for this growler.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2004 22:12:33 | More by UncleJimbo
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New York

4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An east coast IPA that rivals and beats any IPA, in my opinion. I have never had an IPA with such depth and complexity. The hops where strong and potent. There was a fruity berry taste along with subtle citric nuances. I am at a loss for words. Ithaca has raised the bar. Could they be the next great micro? I think so.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2004 05:11:02 | More by CBFanWish
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ithaca Double is an Imperial IPA lover's delight. I sprung for a pitcher at MacGregor's Tap Room in Rochester, and I did not regret the choice--nor did any of my BA comrades with whom I had the good fortune to share this find. It poured a thick, dark amber with a smooth, creamy off-white head. The hops absolutely jump out at you, clamoring to be tasted. And taste them I did--delicious, with a backdrop of sweet cedar. The mouthfeel was thick and like buttered silk. There's very little indication that you are drinking an ale that is 10% alcohol; must be the caramel covering. So, watch out; this is no session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2004 20:19:48 | More by longpondbeerman
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4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is simply an amazing IPA. Got it down at MacGregors. It came in a pitcher and poured a dark iced tea amber color into the imperial pint mug, with thick foamy head, and a bit of lace. Smell is thick with sweet piny hops, with a tinge of a kind of fresh sea water smell. Taste is tons of hops, with a backbone of malt and some of the same sea salty flavors from the smell. A full bodied warming mouthfeel, with very little carbonation. This beer is just so good, its hard to describe. One of the best IPAs Ive ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2004 05:07:30 | More by FranklinPCombs
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, amber-tinged golden body. Thin but creamy off-white head fades quickly to a thin, wispy cap and leaving thick lace-cicles on the glass.
Smell: Not quite what I expected... definite floral and resinous hop oils in the nose for sure... but many barleywine notes as well. Esthery fruits (apple, pear, peach), buttery, oaky, biscuity malt with a warm alcohol bloom at the close. An interesting olfactory excursion.
Taste: Medium bodied. Honey-cream malt with more of a biscuit/cracker-like English style than regular Ithaca Flower Power IPA. Lots of hops going on in the mouth, but no more than a SNPA in my opinion. Resinous hop oils dominate the citrus dryness and burnt bitterness. Dries to desert levels with lingering hop oil puckeriness. ABV very well hidden.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. Definite bitter hop pucker and oiliness. Alcohol is warm and stealthy.
Drinkability: Similar to Weyerbacher Hops Infusion... hop oiliness overdominates. This is a very enjoyable brew and a definite "stepping out" for Ithaca Beer. But in my opinion, this is more like what their IPA should taste like. I'm sorry to say it just didn't have a Big Beer "WOW" for me in terms of taste.. it's certainly big in the ABV department, though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2004 22:46:35 | More by DagFishHead
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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Froathy, yellowish cream colored head that leaves a thick coating of lace. I've had my growler sitting in the fridge for four days and it still holds up pretty well. Kind of a mandarin grapefruit hop aroma something makes me think of flower nectar. Slightly hazy, golden honey color. The hops taste fresh, kind of like when you sneak a taste of homebrewed IPA just before you prime it. Smooth, light malt base holds back the bitterness, which stops short of going overboard. I don't even notice the alcohol. The body is moderate, a light coating of hop oils sticks to the back of the tongue. I really dig the fresh hop flavors, and the beer is very drinkable for a 10% IIPA. The only thing that stops me from drinking often is the price, it's expensive (not pricey) which I'm assuming is due to amount ingredients and the use of only NY hops. I'm sure this beer will do well. It's nice to see Ithaca Beer Co. make a potent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2004 03:30:05 | More by HappyHourHero
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4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was on tap for literally 15 minutes before I got my hands on an imperial pint of this Imperial IPA. Truly fresh.

Poured a murky dark golden with a foamy white head but not overly large just a nice think froth on top. Lacing was spectaular as in covered the entire inside of the mug. This is certainly evidence of the immense alcohol of this hop monster quietly asleep inside.

Smell was tons of hops, notes of syrup like esters and a slight whiff of sweet alcohol that morphed into a more sweet honey malt aroma that lacked the smokey pressure of the syrup. An interesting note in the finish of the smell was some berry(raspberry/strawberry) fruitiness. Cool.

Taste was supremely hoppy with more syrupy sweetness, there was also a more hop bitterness as opposed to the juicy hops towards the beginning of the blush, but still that juicy hops dominated not piney like most regular IPAs. Malts played second fiddle to the hops but they still had a good role with slight toastiness and more honey malts. Its obvious that the malts impart a huge amount of alcohol.

Impressions are as follows: This is certainly a psuedo style. But a style none the less. I think its home would be on the west coast. This is a wonderful interpretation of the style. This only comes second to the Dreadnaught in my opinion. Who knew that Ithaca had it in them.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2004 21:53:28 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A much anticipated release! Sampled by the growler, filled on-tap at the brewery the day after it became available to the public. The big thing behind this beer is that it is the only beer in the US currently made with all NY state hops. The hops in this case are Cascade, Willamette, and Mt. Hood.

Appearence is the color of late fall honey, slightly hazy, with a foamy head that settles down to a smaller one, much like many IBC beers, and not suprising, considering the ABV.

Aroma is hop heaven, with definate notes of honey, white grapes, candied apricots, and delicious malt.

Taste is very similar, with that honeyed taste coming through again, slightly buttery in texture. Oddly enough, for having that taste, it is not a sweet honey taste, rather more resinous in character. Much like their standard "Flower Power" IPA, this is not as overwhelmingly bitter as you'd expect, going towards more of a floral, delicate hop profile. Now, don't get me wrong, there's tons of hops in this, most of them probably added in the later parts of the brewing process -- they're just not designed to be mindnumbingly bitter, that's all. The ABV is pretty well hidden, although there is a small, spicy flash of booze at the end of the finish, which I felt actually added well to the character.

Mouthfeel is not aggressive at all, which fits the style excellently.

Drinkability gets good notes, in part because this is not cloying or heavy like some Double/Imperial IPAs. Still, be careful with this one, the brewmaster told me that the lab came back saying this last batch was just 9.2% ABV, but that all others will be at the full 10 -- and believe me, 9.2 is enough to make trouble if you don't take your time with this one. Delightfully, and decadently intoxicating, especially as it gets to room temperature.

This isn't my absolute favorite Double/Imperial IPA, but it is an excellent offering from IBC, and a refreshingly different take on the style.

It can certainly hold its own with many of the finest examples of Double/Imperial IPA out there today.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2004 22:38:32 | More by ithacabaron
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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Appears a clear golden amber color with about two fingers of creamy bone white foam. The head leaves a thin sticky lace in it's wake. Smells and tastes of citrus fruits such as tangerines and grapefruits, tropical pineapple notes, caramelized malt, pine, and some alcohol. Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 02:59:02 | More by ClockworkOrange
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ithaca Double IPA is a very clear and sparkling amber ale with a dense, light khaki head that fades to a thin film that leaves pretty nice lacing. The aroma is bright, sweet, floral and piny. There is some light cereal in the nose. It's a well balanced aroma. There is a fruity, perhaps peachy, quality to it. Juicy. The medium bodied beer is soft and sticky, but the finish comes suddenly: crisp, dry and a little sharp. It has a nice full flavor that shows a nice balance. It is very bitter and destroys the tongue. There are flavors of tropical fruit and bubblegum. The malt is very smooth and mellow. It's a touch sweet and boozy. The aftertaste is a long green bitterness bomb. It may be the slightest bit woody, but it's only twigs. It fades in and out in a non-shocking manner. This beer is very straightforward. The malt simply does the needful and nonchalantly as possible, while the hops rob your tongue's house before it gets back to the store! Seriously? This is Ithaca? It pretty much whumps this style in a simple, but unique way. I can only imagine that this was dry hopped with at least a couple different things. It's the fresh fruity thing that sets this one apart. It's a little more brazen than Cascazilla. Rock on, Face in the Lake!
(rated Feb 6, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 15:53:44 | More by yesyouam
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful dark amber with a thick foamy white head.

S: Very sweet hop aroma with fresh grapefruit, rich caramel sweetness, pine and dried oranges. The nose was soft and well refined and smooth.

T: The palate was very rich and sweet with a huge caramel presence to start things out. A load of fresh citrus and grapefruit soon hits you with a background fruitiness (caramel apples). The flavor fades with nice lingering hints of citrus and sweetness.

M: full bodied, malty and sweet with a nice pine hoppiness.

D: You will not believe this is a 10abv beer and is nicely covered up the malt sweetness. Very good and enjoyable 2x over.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 23:07:34 | More by beerthulhu
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New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is hoppy grapefruit with hints of sweetness. Some lingering bitterness. $2.29 for a 12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 22:23:59 | More by jdhilt
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Premier Gourmet. 100% NY State hops. Cool. Clear, bright orange beer with an aroma of bubblegum and spicy hops. Very unique smelling beer. I get the floral hops as well that I get in most of the hoppy Ithaca beers, especially Flower Power. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 19:29:40 | More by DrunkenMaster
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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of mymrnngjckt poured into a snifter.

Pours a bright, hazy golden orange with a dense one-finger head that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring leaving sporadic lacing. The smell is surprising sweet with peaches and apricots on top of the big citrus hop base. There is also some caramel malts in the nose as well. The taste doesn't quite deliver on the unique smell and is a mix of citrus and pine and some bready malts. It has an abrasive bitterness through the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very sticky with strong carbonation. This is an interesting DIPA though I wish the flavor measured up to the unique aroma. Still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 19:20:09 | More by gford217
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3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #15.

Pours a rich orange amber, great clarity and about two fingers of light khaki head. Head is dense and creamy, keeps pretty well and leaves a little bit of stick.

Smell is quite fruity, with sticky sweet citrus along with maybe some apricots and peaches. Also some earthy aromas and plenty of caramel malt, a bit of a bready grain aroma and some alcohol.

Taste also has ample caramel malt sweetness and some lightly toasted grain flavor. But most of the flavor is hops, although the bitterness overshadows flavor to some extent. There is some bitter citrus, pine, earthy flavors, and lots of resiny hop bitterness. Bit of an alcohol burn as this one goes down, as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied, oily and creamy but the alcohol burn takes away from the smoothness.

Not bad, but pretty average as far as DIPAs go. Still, I love that they use only NYS hops. Cheers to that.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 00:13:50 | More by number1bum
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. found at Premiere Gourmet.A hoppy beer, was not sure what hops used, but leafy taste. Even a tad of wintermint. Not a bad double IPA, short of being a hop bomb and well malted. Just very hoppy.Carbonation was a bit high, this would be interesting on cask.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 05:38:03 | More by Sammy
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Double IPA from Ithaca Beer Company
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