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Alphalpha - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 69
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: almychristopher on 12-30-2008)
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Photo of israel

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

A- Hazy appearance with the color of gold and a beautiful frothy, rocky and white head. the head fades a it but leaves huge globs of foam clinging to the edges of the glass which seems more than just lacing...looks amazing.

S- Lots of the hoppiness that would be expected especially the citrusy side . Behind it all there is some sweetness from the honey and malts which rounds it all out.

T- Honey up front with an explosion of cascade flavors overwhelming the taste and quickly being balanced with the maltiness.

M/D- Medium body with just enough carbonation and a dry finish that works really well. I could drink this again and again....

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 02:01:03 | More by israel
Photo of ffejherb


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into half pint on 3/21/09. Thank to clockworkorange for sharing!

A - Poured a cloudy golden honey-colored body with some grit and more than a finger of rocky white head that receded to a quarter inch of retention and left behind some decent lacing.

S - Sweet and hoppy nose with citrus hops up front and some fairly tame alcohol notes. Malt is sweet and caramel-based with a touch of honey.

T - Pretty well-rounded hop profile with pine, resin and some citrus shining through to dominate the flavor. Hops are balanced by a caramel malt and sweet honey presence. Finishes up on the aggressive side with more resiny hop goodness.

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with an oily texture and sticky mouthfeel overall. Assertively hoppy in the finish with mild alcohol sting.

D - Good stuff from Ithaca. This is my first of their Imperial series and it didn't disappoint. Their standard stuff is pretty hit and miss with me, but this one made the mark.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 14:39:51 | More by ffejherb
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow..another lofty Excelsior series endeavor! Sooo glad that team-Ithaca can put it together like this.

(Go with the words from IBC on this one...trust me!) Pours a cloudy pale golden amber color with a huge stiff off white head that decomposes like an ice cream float. You've gotta know that cloudy means 'standby for goodness'. A seriously nice amount of Belgian lacing enjoyed with each mouthful, some 3-D. The smell is intense, aggressive and suggests that a ton of quality ingredients went into this bad boy. The soft freshness of the pour comes from the honey-side of things. Behind all that is an intense grassy resin. The mouth feel is complex...bursts of the resin characteristic finishes cleanly...as if dampened by the honey. Very drinkable...the oily resin character builds up as you get closer to the visible 'chunky goodness' awaiting at the bottom of the vessel. This interpretation is an example of preserving all of the classic 'expectations of style' while revealing TOTALLY imaginative ways of getting you there! If you have ANY idea of what i'm talking about, then it's 'scoring points'...highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 23:48:35 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of ckeegan04


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lum for this one. Batch E!013.

A - Golden honey in color with a huge foamy head (after a rather passive pour). The head slowly fades to a solid two finger chunkiness on top with big lace on the sides. Rather clear with the slightest haze (chill haze?).

S - Smells exactly like what you would expect from the label. A big nose of citrusy goodness (love some C-hops!) with lots of orange, graprefruit, and a hint of lemon. A light honey aroma is noticeable and the malt backbone provides just enough balance with a light, biscuity sweetness.

T - The taste of honey is very noticeable initially, but that is quickly overcome by a very dry citrusy bitterness. Lots of grapefruit and a little orange. Also a grassy quality to the beer. The malt backing is just strong enough to keep this beer from being a giant hop bomb. A bready and biscuity maltiness is present.

M/D - Medium bodied and very dry feel. Carbonation is well done and the beer is very drinkable. An excellent sample from the folks at Ithaca.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 18:48:51 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to the old man of LUMancha for this fine Ithaca offering.

Pours a hazy yellowy orange color, nice n cloudy with a stark white head that retains very well and leaves very nice thick lacing.

Nose reeks of cascade hops. There is some slight honey in the nose, but most of it is lost in the sweetness of the malt profile in the smell.

Taste is very fine. This is certainly one of the better hop centered brews on the east coast, can tell you that right off the bat. Cascade hops are defenitely showcased, and for the bitterness and piney flavor that this beer is showcasing, there has to be boatloads of them in here. A bit of citrus in here as well. Lacking the typical toned down spicey hop flavor most EC IPAs "showcase". Very refreshing. The malt profile is balanced very nicely, maybe a slight bit soft for the amount of hops in here (can't beleive im saying this about an EC IPA. hahaha) As the finish approaches some slightly unchecked bitterness arises and a very dry finish enhances this. Honey comes out a bit more on the aftertaste, but the hops still linger dominantly.

Mouthfeel is pretty much right where it should be as far as viscosity, but is a touch drier than I would like. Carbonation is pretty well done.

Drinkability is good for the most part. A slight bit of unchecked bitterness and extremely dry finish hampers it a bit, but as far as the abv, incredibly well hidden.

Overall this is a fine DIPA, especially being from the east coast. This is very similar to many IPAs found on the west coast. Big props go out to Ithaca for growing some balls (unlike most east coast breweries) and brewing a real DIPA. I am continually impressed with Ithaca and the Excelsior! series especially. A fine brewery they got there in Lumtown, fine indeed. Thanks again Lum!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 04:47:16 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of younger35


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew from my #1 gal BeerTruth. Got this not long ago and have been pretty damned excited to try it. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Batch# E!011

Appearance- Pours a hazy orange with a huge two finger bright white head that is super fluffy. The head never really recedes smaller than maybe a half finger, leaving rings and rings of lacing that remind me every sip.
Smell- Loads of Cascades jump out of the bottle upon opening. Super fruity and citric from the start with bits of grapefruit, tangerines and candied orange. Slightly floral as well with a bit of lilac and lavender. Lightly sweet biscuit, a bit of brown sugar and light bubblegum finish the nose.
Taste- Mmm... Deliciousness here. Slightly bitter with a refreshing burst of the usual suspects including some light grapefruit pith, orange rind and lemon peel. Not a lot of pine is present but enough to give it a light early grassy twang. Some candied sugars and red licorice add a light bit of sweetness. As does a bit of upstate New York Alfalfa honey (I totally got that because I'm a honey connoisseur, not cause it says on the bottle). Finishes lightly fruity with a touch of subtle roast.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice crisp bite and semi dry finish.
Drinkability- This is only my 2nd Excelsior brew and so far Ithaca is 2 for 2. It's not overly bitter yet nicely hoppy and fruity. Brews with honey in them are hit or miss with me and more times than not it's a miss. Not with Alphalpha. They apparently used just enough to give it a slightly dry finish and help prop up the Cascade goodness. Big thanks for your generocity Adam!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 03:30:55 | More by younger35
Photo of number1bum


4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to BeerTruth for this one! Batch E!013

Pours a golden amber color with a prominent, creamy three fingers of off-white head. It's pretty hazy and has some floating sediment, but keeps a very nice lace and leaves a bunch of rings of stick. This would actually be almost prototypical in terms of appearance if not for the sediment and substantial haziness.

Smells of lots of fresh and enticing cascade hops. Lots of grapefruit and resiny pine. There are few things finer than fresh cascade hops.

Taste is also chock full of fresh cascade hop flavor. Grapefruit and pine, a bit earthy, juicy and delicious. Bitterness is pretty substantial but this is no hop bomb. It's very well balanced with some sweet and bready malt. Also a touch of grain. I can't claim to know what alfalfa tastes like exactly, but there is a grassy quality to this beer that I wouldn't expect to find with cascade hops so I'm thinking that may be the alfalfa. The honey really becomes more noticeable in the finish where there is a pleasant lingering honey sweetness. This is supremely balanced and just plain delicious.

Mouthfeel is a medium-full body, appropriate carbonation, creamy and smooth with an hop-oily slickness with a semi-dry finish.

The alfalfa honey seems to add some nice complexities to this beer, which takes an already excellent DIPA and makes it outstanding. Great beer, plain and simple. This beats out Hopslam in my book, along with many others. This Excelsior series is outstanding! Definitely get this while it's fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 01:01:30 | More by number1bum
Photo of weeare138


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Batch E!OI3

Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mild head and collar. Tons of spotty remnants of film are left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy, citrusy, vanilla, and candy orange.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some crystal(caramel) malts coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is citrusy, prickly, sweet, and mildly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 22:20:14 | More by weeare138
Photo of hopdog


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden-orange color witha small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral hops, caramel, and lighter honey. Tastes of citrus, lighter floralness, pine, some honey, and caramel. Light alcohol in the finish, but overall well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 17:48:49 | More by hopdog
Photo of BeerTruth


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beauty uses organic barley malt, NY cascade hops, and local alfalfa honey. Nice!

750 ml bottle poured into the appropriate Ithaca Excelsior! tulip glass. Batch# E!013

Pours a foggy rustic gold hue with a big three finger fluffy off-white head that takes its sweet time settling down. Super sticky chunky lacing clings to the sides of the glass, maybe it's because of the honey ;) Superb looking brew, simple as that. Smell is a sweet blend of fresh clementine oranges and crisp grapefruit. Honey, bready malts, and grass tickle the nose with a touch of sweet butter as well. Taste starts off with gritty earth and grass with a splash of orange and lemon zest. Midway the honey and malt balance out the big hop presence. Aftertaste is bitter and sweet, pretty much what this beer is all about. Lots of complex flavors that truly shine when the beer starts to warm up a bit. Medium to full body with a chewy feel and lively crisp carbonation. There's a touch of alcohol here and there with this brew, but nothing too crazy. Another wonderful addition to the oh so lovely Excelsior! line-up. Keep brewin' em and I'll keep drinkin' em. Good stuff, get it while it's fresh!

p.s. - I'd take this over Hopslam anyday

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 23:31:35 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a super fresh hop aroma that screams Cascade hops. The malts add a nice level of balance, but this is a hop lovers beer. The taste is great as well. It's quite bitter with some residual hop taste in the finish. It's malty with just a hint of the Alfalfa honey. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I've been waiting for this release for a while now. I wasn't disappointed. Hail to the Chief!!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 21:20:00 | More by WesWes
Photo of almychristopher

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a very hazy golden orange color with a creamy off white head that glings to the glass rather thickly. the aroma presents a bit of floral and citrus up front and a touch of the promised honey. the taste delivers a lot of the hops the nose promised and a bit of clean smooth malt. the mouthfeel delivers a nice full body with a decent level of co2. another very drinkable beer from Ithaca

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 21:11:45 | More by almychristopher
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Alphalpha from Ithaca Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.