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Double IPA - Ithaca Beer Company

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Double IPADouble IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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Photo of jim102864
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of jaxon53
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a rather cloudy brownish orange color. Almost looked like a glass of fresh apple cider. About a half inch of white bubbly head rose from the glass. Head quickly faded into a thin ring around the glass. Some crisp, thick hoppy, piney , and citrus notes in the nose. Nothing really overwhelming here. Taste: Smooth hops, slight grapefruit and pine in there as well. Some grassy and earthy flavors in there as well . No real serious hop bite in this one. Mouthfeel was somewhat thick with little carbonation. Not bad but not great. Pretty drinkable but pretty average.

Photo of NolateM
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Deep semi-opaque orange beer, with not much head at all.

At first smell I was psyched - a hint of earthiness, but more of a crisp, citrusy, piney hop aroma, and a waft of alcohol on the nose.

Didn't taste as citrusy as I hoped (though it did pick up a little as the brew warmed). Certainly some hop bitterness and a bit of herbal/piney flavor, but not as much of that grapefruity or lemony acidic edge that I usually like in an IPA. A little more earthy I'd say. Maybe those NY hops just aren't my cup of beer. I didn't really pick up the sweetness that most other reviewers have. Perhaps the beer was getting a bit old. I may be making it out to sound worse than it is though... it's certainly not too shabby, even if not perfect.

Pretty pleasant carbonation. Could feel the alcohol heat a bit on its way down (and a lot more once it actually got down). Not a very clean finish though; the hop bitterness lingers more than its flavor. Makes my mouth feel dry after each gulp.

One thing I'll give it is that it's certainly easy to drink for 10% ABV. In the end, I don't know if I'm qualified to recommend it or not, as my four-pack might have gone a little bit stale (though at that strength it really shouldn't), and it might just be made with a type of hops that I wouldn't personally consider preferential. Still, it's certainly still drinkable, and I'm sure I'll gladly drink the rest!

$7.99 four-pack

Photo of jjayjaye
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler filled at the the brewery. (fourth day)

Poured a clear golden amber color with a full finger light tan-orange head that is fairly tight and fades slowly. Little lacing observed. Almost no visible effervescence...maybe a day 4 growler thing.

The smell is immediate without being overly aggressive. Floral, pine hops across a sweet malty backdrop.

The mouth feel is full bodied and balanced. Smooth and creamy paralleled with a modest hoppy character.

The flavor is a grapefruit hop balanced with a sweet malt experience. Seems as if the malty characteristic becomes more prevalent as it warms.

Very drinkable. While this isn't a side-by-side with the bottled variety, i seem to recall a wilder nature from the bottle. I didn't realize that it was 10% ABV. Oops...my bad. I'll be doing this again - growler club.

Photo of flexabull
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says brewed with 100% New York grown hops. Interesting...

Pours a hazy orange color with a decent looking head on it.

Aromas are sweet and citrus like.

This is a rather sour tasting beer. It is tart, and bitter with an overlying citrus grapefruit like quality to it. The malts try to show up, but they only make a slight appearance in the finish. It's just a touch creamy and sweet. This beer is out of balance in my opinion, but I still think the flavors are pretty good.

Mouthfeel is excellent, this is a very well rounded a full bodied beer.

Not a bad DIPA, the flavors are a bit out of wack. But it's still an interesting and pretty good beer that is worth a try.

This came to me in the B'day 07 BIF courtesy of drseamus. Thanks again!

Photo of Kendo
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly cooler than cellar temperature; poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Slightly cloudy honey-golden body with a half-inch whitish head that settles very quickly. No rings of lacing, but some splotches of foam cling to the glass after each sip -- sort of like the "legs" you get from red wine.

S: Hits you right away with a scent of fresh, grassy, piney hops, but then there's grapefruit and pineapple as well. Also something sweet akin to sugar cookies provides balance; not sure if that's from the malt or the fruity hops, but whatever it is, I like it. As it warms the nose becomes sweeter.

T: A good mix of flavors at first blush -- it's not as overwhelmingly hoppy as you'd expect from the nose. Toasted wheat bread malt holds up the foundation, so that citrusy hops can jump off: grapefruit at first and then candied oranges as it warms. Alcohol also makes its presence known in the form of a peppery spice at the back of the mouth and that comforting warming sensation on the way down and in the belly. It finishes with a mild lemony bittersweet lingering taste on the back of the tongue and there are some great hop burps.

M: Smooth up front but with a slightly gritty bite to the finish; I attribute it to the alcohol spice and heat. Medium bodied.

D: Very good. A 12 oz bottle goes down quickly.

Notes: I didn't know this was 10% ABV until after I finished it; I could tell it was pretty strong but didn't know it got up to 10%. As it warmed it reminded me a little of Stoudt's DIPA -- the taste of candied oranges and alcohol seems to result in a sweeter DIPA -- if there's an "East Coast" version of the DIPA, I think this and the Stoudt's would fit the profile. . . . This was a little bit pricey (I think a 4-pack was $9.99), but at 10% ABV, I suppose you're getting plenty of bang for the buck. I would certainly recommend this, but I do believe there are better DIPAs out there for the cost.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass

This double IPA made with 100% NY grown hops poured a clear dark orange hue with an off white head that seemed to die down a while after the pour. Lacing was medium to minimal throughout the tasting. Smell was quite different for a DIPA, maybe this was because it uses 100% NY grown hops. It had a hint of dirt with a strong background of citrus/pine. Taste was also unique compared to other DIPA's. It had a bite that had flavors of orange, but the hops weren't overwhelming like most DIPA's. Citrusy all around, very little malt flavoring. Mouthfeel is a bit grainy, not nearly as much as their Flower Power though. Carbonation maintains throughout entire tasting. This is probably the most drinkable DIPA that I've ever had. Well balanced even though the malt is hardly noticable. I am proud to be a New Yorker that supports drinking this NY beer.

Photo of GClarkage
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

10/20/06- Received via BA member Bultrey for fantasy baseall payment.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Golden-orange colored pour. Very clear. 3/4 inch head settles as a nice rim. Smooth sheet style lacing.

Smell- Sugary sweet and pine ridden hops. Very light malt backing. Have to really dig in to get the scent.

Taste- Sugary hops come into play first. A heavy pine sap taste. This is followed by a lasting toasted malt flavor. Has a light stale taste. Not sure if it's from the hops or malt though.

Mouthfeel- Thick and very creamy. Tight bubbled mid range carbonation with a lighter mouthfeel and lasting pine aftertaste.

Drinkability- Another beer I would like to try fresh to find out if it was a bit stale or not. If only it tasted as good as it felt going down.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with drseamus. The ale is hopped with New York-grown hops.

A: The ale is an amber orange beer, having a very hazy appearance without any visible particles. The head is fairly nonexistent, just a small white band.

S: The aroma is thick with hops, fruity with a citrus element. They have an excellent scent.

T: The first flavors to hit the tongue are citrusy hops and alcohol. The hops are grapefruit and lemon rind, sharp with a hint of tartness. The alcohol hits hard and never backs down. Malts don't impress me much, but that is alright because the hops keep me occupied.

M: The mouthfeel is dominated by the hops, delicious in their bitterness. The fruitiness that emerges from the hops is up there with some better DIPAs.

D: The alcohol is strong and ha quite a burn. Beyond that though, the hop profile is big and bold and makes for a good drink.

Photo of cooter
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wondrous smell. Alcohol, cloves?, hops, thickness. Reminds me of some excellent Belgians.

Its presentation is ambiguous. On one hand, it poured very nicely into my St. Bernardus goblet, with sumptuous froth and the hints of yellow sediment on the last drops (some research on brewing methods could shed light on the truth of the matter). It has a cloudy orange color (again, like a Tripel). But on the other hand, the head is as poor as a street beggar after thirty seconds, and the lacing too.

First taste is filled with alcohol, lemon?, esthers, and thick citrus. Mouthfeel is less sticky than most strong IPAs, but it seems shifted to a Dogfish-60-minute-IPA-type sweet, high-pitched, only slightly carbonated, heady experience. I like it very much.

My temples feel drunk.

Flavorful, satisfying, but not too complex. It's not enormously drinkable, due to the thickness of its body, but one ends up craving after a few moments. Not much aftertaste or cloyingness to speak of, which works in this case.

In summary, extremely pleasant and very appropriate for lounging. I doubt that it has a huge amount of complexity, but damn if it doesn't feel good. Not a session, but perfect for a single pleasant, heady, quick-to-buzzed experience.

Photo of shamrock7
3/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of Shiredave
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bad label ( tho not so tacky as Cascazilla) on another damn good beer from Ithaca. Using only NY state grown hops and helping re-establish the hop fields of the finger lakes region in NY that supplied most of the crop used in the US at the turn of the ( last) century.

Beautiful medium amber color w/ moderate carbonation and a tall sticky white head leaving clumps and smears of lace on the glass.

Aromas of sweet rolls and Christmas trees are strong - some alcohol is noticable but underlies the classic and balanced hop and malt you'd expect from a good IPA.

Flavor is soft malt up front then overpowering hop - slightly rough grapefruit tartness boarders on sour, but not quite. Sugary malt balances it somewhat but the sharp hop bite and distinct alcohol dominates. Great bitter bite at the back and top of the mouth lingers with a slow burn of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full but not cloying or heavy - even at room temp.

Very nice double IPA with more malt character than many Ive had and very drinkable for a 10%er.

Photo of JayQue
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from the stash I brought home from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY. This one is advertised as having all NY grown hops. Certainly nothing wrong with the hops flavor, but overall this beer is pretty average. Pours a light, dull amber, the head is white, small and fades fast to a ring around the glass. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is good, the bitter / spicy hops smell is fairly pronounced. Taste is ok...good hops bitterness but lacking the "wow" factor this "hophead" has experienced from just about every quality IPA or Double IPA I've sampled. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, unusual for a beer with a strong hops flavor. Drinkability is ok, but if I was risking life and limb with a 10% abv session beer, I would have picked Bigfoot, 90 Min IPA or another Double IPA, Strong Ale or Barleywine.

Photo of stegmakk
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with an orange hue. Thin head, not much retention, and some lacing. Smell is citrus, grapefruit and malt. I agree the taste is not triditional for this style of beer, but it is good tasting beer. The hops are there but are not as strong as you would expect in an IPA. There is a nice bitter sweetness to this beer. Very nice.

Photo of rowew
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. No freshness info. "100% New York State Grown Hops"

Appearance: Cloudy orange, thin head with decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Aroma is muted hops, a bit of grassiness.

Taste: Hops dominate, but they are not strong in flavor here. A bit of bitterness in the finish. The malt balances out the hops well, but doesn't contribute much in the way in flavor.

Overall impression: Not bad, and the alcohol is very well hidden.. but this is definitely not the most exciting double IPA I've had. The hops don't stand out.

Photo of Viggo
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy gold, thick white head, nice lacing and good retention. Smell is grapefruit, some citrus, little bit of malt, pineapple, weird hop combination. Taste is malty, some toffee, alcohol, pineapple and citrus, decent bitterness in the finish, almost medicinal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some heat, astringent mouthfeel, maybe NY hops just aren't very potent, this wasn't very good.

Photo of DrJay
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden orange with a white head. Decent retention and some lacing were evident. Mild fruity aroma with grapefruit and pineapple, also a little pine resin. There didn't seem to be a lot of malt in the flavour, leaving the bitterness and hop flavour a little harsh. Citrus/pine combo that was a little catty and some alcohol in the finish. Dry, with a medium/light body and appropriate carbonation. The malt and hops just seemed a little weak to me for a double IPA. I guess I like mine with a little more punch. Thanks for sharing Viggo!

Photo of williamherbert
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, pillowy head. Golden color; straw-colored, but darker. More carbonation than usual. Very light color, and the head leaves a nice lace.

Woody hop scent, with a dry smell. There is almost no other smell immediately present; hops dominate.

Crisp hoppy flavor. Has a very nice combo of the piney hops and the citrusy balance. Has a fruity, citrusy aftertaste.

Very smooth, but at the same time kind of thick. When it warms up it gets almost a milky feel. Nice and medium-bodied. The beer is kind of heavy, but very pleasant. Because it's so hoppy, a few in a row is unlikely, but this is a very good beer.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Orfeu for the 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Unassuming clear copper color, big white head, slow fading, lots of carbonation visible.

Smell: Rich minty and piney hops, a little sweet, but very intense. A little gingerbread in the background.

Taste: Alcohol and big hops, i get more ginger lurking around the flavor. Sweetness combined with the alcohol grate a bit, but, hey, this is a DIPA, it should be a little raw.

Drinkability: The ginger aspect is different, this is an above average DIPA, enjoyable.

Photo of miskatonic
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this hazy deep orange colored ale produced no head. The aroma (what little there is) is of piney hops, with very little sweetness. The flavor is almost immediatly spicey and sachrin sweet at the same time, finishing with a subdued hop bitterness and some alcohol flavors. This is an easy drinking beer for 10%, but it is not a flavor I can get used to easily, the hops and the malt seems way out of balance and I detect a faint flavor of diacytel which I think is out of place and possibly unintentional. I like this brewery alot, and the beer is certainly not bad, but I would have a hard time coming back to this beer without a better balanace of flavor and finish.

Photo of nlmartin
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A special thanks to bwyker goes out for sending this my way in trade. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: I am somewhat under whelmed by the appearance. The beer has a hazed peachy orange coloration. The head was a flat ring of foam.

Smell: Sweet floral citrus hops dominate the smell. A caramel maltyness combines well with boozey alcohol. This beer will not club you over the nose with its aromas.

Taste: The beer has a very sweet malty caramel maltyness. This combines with a predominately citrus hops. The beer has a very pronounced spicy alcohol flavor. This is a fine beer to drink. I however prefer my DIPA with a bit more aggressiveness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a lightly carbonated medium plus body. The alcohol makes its prescence known with both buzz factor and a spicy tingle. This is a nice DIPA. I would drink this beer again if it came my way. I dont think I could have more than one in a session.

Photo of kennyo
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy orange amber with a big white head that stays around a while.

Aroma - hops, citrus, a little green grass ( the legal kind).

Taste - Sweet, hop bitterness, grapefruit on the tounge and back of throat, lots of hop flavor.

I really like this ber. 10%, this is the kind of beer that could hit you in the head when you stand up after drinking a few.

Photo of johnniemarg
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a creamy 1-finger beige head.

The smell is a ton of citrus hops and plenty of malty sweetness.

A very interesting tasting beer. Starts off sweet and then both the sweetness and the citrus hops become very intense in the middle, perfectly balancing each other out, before a (not overly) bitter hop finish that fades leaving all of the flavors sticking to the inside of your mouth. Reminds me of the great divide hurcules in how it produces tasty, sweet, syrupy hoppy burps.

Mouthfeel is very full for the style, creamy and spicy on the tongue from the hops and/or alcohol content.

I put this right up there with my favorite DIPAs. An excellent beer. The good balance between the sweet malt and the loads of hops is much easier on the palate than some of the hop bomb DIPAs and allows you to drink a few, although the 10% abv would prevent you from sessioning with this beer. I also love that they're using all NYS-grown hops and I hope the NYS hop industry continues to grow back to where we were a hundred years ago.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: Decent hops aroma, but a strong citrus sweetness smell is what I detected most.

T: Floral hops flavor comes out first, but not as intense as you would expect, plenty bitter but not quite the normal hops bitterness. The citrus sweetness that you get in the smell seemed absent in the taste. The high ABV provides a big alcohol burn.

M: Crisp, but not-too-smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: I didn’t find this one to be very tasty nor did I find it very easy-to-drink. It wasn’t very filling, but the high ABV also limits this beer’s drinkability.

Double IPA from Ithaca Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.