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Alphalpha - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
91
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208 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%


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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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into multiple glasses. The thickly formed white head left lots of tufts behind as it receded. The body is a golden yellow color with orange hues.

The nose has lots of honey up front. You can pick up some citrus (hops) in the background. There is also a grainy, bready character present.

The flavor is similar to the nose...honey and bready with a slight hop presence throughout. The hops are more subtle that I would like. I am also tasting a bit of funk...infection??

The body is light/medium, astringent with moderate carbonation.

All in all a good beer. Nothing jumped out at me to rate this higher. Worth trying, but nothing I will go after again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 14:33:06 | More by mgbickel
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CosmoHopHead

Kansas

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a bright, cloudy yellow with a huge, fluffy two finger white head. Thick lacing left in the glass

S: floral hops and yeast with a very grassy, malty aroma

T: a slight sweetness at first gives way to a spicy hoppiness with a noticeable touch a honey and citrus. would like the hops to be more present. honey seemed to come out more as it warmed up

M: very dry and crisp. heavy carbonation that pops in mouth from start to finish. almost too much carbonation IMO

D: goes down fairly easy for a somewhat higher abv. the alcohol becomes more noticeable as it does down an warms the throat. a nice clean bitter finish

Overall an interesting beer. I like more hop domination in my DIPA's. Wouldn't turn down if offered more of it but not sure I'd go out of my way to get more.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 00:34:07 | More by CosmoHopHead
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed gold color with bg puff of prickly white head. Smell is of freshly dried grains, hints of sweetness, nice floral and earthy hops charachter backed by a mild orange scent. Upon touching the tounge, the beer is dry, forward with the touch of mild orange and honey, almost herbal like quality to it as well. backs into a fresh grain and biscuty taste as it finishes. Medium bodied, active carbonation, dry. A nice beer that doesnt try to be too aggressive and turns out right.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 14:59:07 | More by rfgetz
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oregonskibum

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Batch E!013.

A: Colors is a light gold color with a faint hint of orange. Head is substantial - at least two inches - bright white and fairly dense. Head lasts for a long while and leaves substantial lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Interesting. Mandarin orange and cloves are the dominant smells. Some faint citrus or floral hops. Not much malt on the smell.

T: Continues to be interesting and fairly dynamic. First notes are of more clove spiciness, to the point of being a detractor. Then suddenly the flavors switches and the honey and citrus hops take hold. The finish is long with some faint bitterness, but mainly a mellow honey flavor that is quite nice.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. The beer is very lively in the mouth and drinks very easily.

D: Generally, this was a very nice beer and quite enjoyable. Without food, I thought the clove spiciness in the smell and right up front on the taste was a little much. But after taking notes and drinking the rest of the bottle with food, the clove spiciness mellowed substantially and the beer was very pleasant all around. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 03:07:43 | More by oregonskibum
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a snifter; batch E!019

Pours a cloudy pale orange/apricot color with heavy golden accents. The paper white cap rises to fill the snifter and recedes slowly, leaving large chunks of lace all over the place.

Floral, grassy hops on top of a bed of sweet biscuity malt. Honey is ever present and becomes more apparent as it warms.

Sweetness prevails on the palate. Sweet honey only enhances the lightly toasted biscuity malt and doughy yeast. Grassy, floral hops with a touch of lemon have their place up front and in the finish. A moderate rush of bitterness in the finish is very welcomed. I will say that the onslaught of hops isn't really on par with most DIPA's.

Decent carbonation with a light-medium body and a sticky, chewy presence from the honey and the hops. The finish is dry and bitter.

High drinkability here. A lighter body with a hop profile that isn't overly aggressive lends itself to an easy drinker. The crisp, bitter, dry finish is nearly perfect. Just wish the hops were a little more unruly.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 00:33:40 | More by ColForbinBC
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't realize how much people dig this beer. I thought it was nice and fairly interesting, but not terribly special. The beer did hide it's strength well, while still having enough character to be slowly sipped. I enjoyed the clean nutty biscuit malt flavor that was complimented by a touch of honey. The hops, frankly, seemed subdued, with dry citrus punch flavor that didn't really stand out. Overall, an interested and tasty beer. But this cost like $15, and there are better options at that price.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 18:11:00 | More by tempest
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chickencoop

California

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my east coaster trading buddies for this, i've been wanting to try the east coast pliny. On that, and the beer,is solid, worth the wait, in my opinion, but being very skewed to the west coast, and that is no fault of the beer or brewery, not the full bodied full spectrum DIPA that i was expecting. This is dominated by the citrusy, piney hops, and carries all the way through, finishing with a bitter back-end. Good stuff, serious packaging (felt like I was opening a nice zin from Dry Creek), but in a company of its peers, its good, but not great. Drinkable, but not as drinkable as the Hopslam (Honey added), or the grandaddy pliny, plus my old roomate was from jersey and stunk like old socks.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 04:19:02 | More by chickencoop
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MVotter

New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The Alphalpha Imperial IPA pours into a chalice a light gold color with a healthy 2-finger head.

S - Fruity esters, floral and citrus hops detected ... hint of diacetyl.

T - I have to say that the honey presence in this brew is evident from the start. It is weirdly close to what I consider a diacetyl taste (which is supposed to be reminiscent of butterscotch). Or could I be confusing a diacetyl taste with a very distinctive malt flavor which I am failing to recognize? These two elements combine to give Alphalpha a rather bitter-sweet beginning. The finish has a more bitter hop tang.

M - Extremely effervescent brew. I'm a sucker for that. This beer explodes with tiny bubbles on your tongue. It's a medium to heavy feel, and dry.

D - I think that the dry, bubbly mouthfeel to this brew gives it a lighter feel than its actual density. That said, it's still a sipper. This one reminds me of Ithaca's Anniversary "10." The "10" was a pretty intense brew ... weighed in at around a 10% abv. If you liked that, you'll love this "bitter-sweet honey" version of it.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 02:59:33 | More by MVotter
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a testament to what bottle conditioned brews can do...keep in mind it's from 2008 according to my label and batch number is E!019 hop character is still banging. A bit subdued but hops still explode I'd love to try this fresh this is my second bottle of the same batch and it's been great. Pours a murky golden peach color with a bright white head foam is effervescent and thick with tiny bubbles due to the bottle conditioning. Usually stale hops straight up offend me, in this case the nose is rich with hop essence including pine,citrus, and herbal grassiness. It's lively more than 2 years after the bottling date what gives? How did this beer not go hop stale on me. Every other hoppy IPA or pale I come across is much better fresh this just seems awesome right now, next batch I will seek fresh. Flavor with the yeast brings a great nutty character to the party with the hop flavor still blasting with citrus/pine, and earthy/herbal tones great brew. A double honey bitter according to the website, great. Creative juices were flowing I love this stuff. Mouthfeel has effervescence and strong ample bitterness with some resinous hops going on. Drinkability overall is challenging compared to most other brews and really a whole new experience that I can't get enough of. Go for it. I love this stuff and I'm willing to do more of the coffee beer that they make that's still in stock outside of the Burgh, Ithaca Eleven was awesome I can't wait to age some Ithaca 12.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 15:55:37 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gmann

New York

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml foiled and capped bottle. Pours a light honey golden color, fairly clear, with tons of carbonation bubble racing to the top. The head equals or surpasses Duvel. Big and rocky, just won't dissipate, pure white, super chunky lacing...beauty. The aroma is of a honey malt, quite bready. Aroma reminds me of a munich lager. Hops are kind of weak in the aroma, slightly grassy. The taste is sweet with honey and heavy with bready malt. Quite a full body for such a light looking brew. The hops seem only to be there to add a grassy flavor to the brew, not much hop flavor detected. Enough to offset the malt but lacking for the style. Perhaps the hops faded. Solid moderate body with fizzy carbonation, drinks well. The grassy hops do help offset the malty breadiness and sweetness. Again, drinks very well. Seems to be more focused on the honey malt than the hops. A touch more floral hop flavor and this would be excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 03:24:00 | More by Gmann
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

750ml Bottle
Green Foil/Capped
Batch: E!019

Pours a nice cloudy yellow color, too much carbonation, nice three-finger creamy/foamy white head, with tons of thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, yeasty, with some floral hints, some citrus. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, malty, good yeast note, some citrus. Medium body, this brew has some bitterness to it, different though. A different DIPA to me. Very Drinkable, I'm liking this one today, reminds me more of a Belgian Pale Ale/DIPA. Thanks Wayne!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 18:46:07 | More by Wasatch
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a cloudy yellow color with a huge white head. The aroma is citrus and grassy hops. The flavor is very bitter with some grassy, spicy and piney hops. After getting citrus in the aroma, it was all but absent in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 23:29:58 | More by Mora2000
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a cool wants list extra from Gory4d.. Thanks a bunch Greg. Sharing this one with the wife. Mine is poured into my Delirium goblet.

Big foamy white head.. the brew is hazy lite orange.. nice lacing.

Nice balance for a DIPA.. citrus and bits of floral hops mesh well with the pale malts and hints of lite caramel.

Again the flavor is nicely balanced.. descent bitterness melts into a mild malty sweetness and then is finished out with citrus and floral hops... I guess I see where "honey" comes in, but it isn't a sweetness more of the essence of honey flavor. Honestly reminds me of a well aged American barleywine. a pretty big body is pulled up by a good carbonation.. really drinkable.. no EtOH and just a well made brew.

Thanks again Greg.. really glad I got to try this gem.

All 4's.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 05:43:18 | More by JohnGalt1
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aerozeppl

New York

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

The bottle says it is a double honey bitter and if you get DIPA out of your head it is a much better beer.

A: It was the first really nice day in upstate NY and the way the sun went through my glass and highlighted the golden honey color was nothing short of magic. A finger of white head with a good amount of lacing.

S: Lots of sweetness. A touch of hops but nothing overwhelming. Very nice earthy grassy smell as well.

T: Really hard to describe this one. It had a nice sweetness with a decent amount of hops to balance it out. A little bit of an spiced note. Very earthy again. Little touch of lemongrass as well.

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated. A little bit sticky in the back of the throat.

D: I have had this beer a few times and I am finally getting around to reviewing it. A great beer but a poor DIPA which it is not. Ithaca made a new category for this one and it is tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 01:01:40 | More by aerozeppl
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!013

A: Even with a slow pour it still rises with the huge 50% of the glass head, which seemed to be forced by the bottle. It's a creamy rich head that slowly fades, leaving a lacing on the glass. The color is a slightly hazy golden honey straw orange color.

N: Nose has some bright chewy hops, with a little grassy and floral hop aromas, as well as a slight malt character and sweet honey. A very slight boozy aroma goes with that. The honey comes out more and more as I get past the hops.

T: Starts pretty sweet actually, with quite a bit of honey. Fresh honey is the key of this one. The adds a bunch of nice hops, some grassy, spicey, and chewy hops. A decent bitterness as well. Some lighter malts are present but hidden. I get a slight metallic flavor as well. The booze came out a bit on the nose but is almost non-existent on the taste, hidden well. A very slight nougat sweet flavor goes along with the honey. If this had a little brett to give it some bready quality it would have a really interesting combination here.

M: Medium to light body with decent carbonation. A slight oily or sticky honey like sensation hints in there as well.

F: Finish is pretty bitter, and dries off quite a bit (with the hop help). A lingering honey taste is there, but without the sweetness. A lingering hop flavor, with some grassy taste is also present. It dries off so quick that i almost get a sense of wild yeast dryness and bready quality, as I was hoping for. I would love to see a brett version of this beer. It holds up on it's own already, but that would just put it over the top. Now, to try to get through the entire 750ml by myself. At least I have all afternoon. I'm also surprised the beer held up so well this long, as I've had it almost a year now.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 20:09:54 | More by jlindros
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle courtesy of NutBrown. Thanks Alan!

Batch E!013

Served near room temp, it pours a bright hazy light golden colour with easy, 2 finger's worth of foam. We have some very stubborn foam here; shrinkage so far is minimal.

Taking a few whiffs and I'm getting a pretty balanced nose. I get good notes of lemon and grapefruit citrus and some pine with some definite sweetness coming from both a fruity route and the addition of honey. If the taste matches the smell, I'm in for a treat.

The taste does *not* disappoint and actually surpasses the smell. Plenty of hoppy goodness without being overly bitter...I can taste some of the citrus but it's more of a grassy flavour that I'm getting. The sweet is here as well...man, that honey isn't subtle at all and is almost over the top and could have been if it hadn't been for the excellence of execution with the hops. Delicious!

This has a very thick mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. To say smooth is an understatement.

Oh and my second pour and the foam is just as impressive and the brew turns to a hefeweizen like cloudy.

Drinkability? I wish I had a couple more bottles to cellar! 1 bottle at a sitting is all I'd ever want or need, despite how quickly the bottle seems to be hoisted to my glass, but to have some back up for the future would be awesome.

NY sure has some great breweries making some great beers. Thanks again for sharing, Alan!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 16:02:58 | More by Bitterbill
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srandycarter

California

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this one.

A - Murky medium honey, solid 1 inch white head, leaves slow to cling lace and thin disk.

S - Malty, malty, malty malty.... Almost Barleywine in smell. Some pine there.

T - Caramel candy bar. More sweet than bitter, but that is ok by me. Hops are subdued compared to others, but I like this one.

M - Medium body, very coating, good carb, balance adequate.

D - Could drink this for hours.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 04:38:06 | More by srandycarter
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Katahdin

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice rich and robust color and the aroma is isntantly surrounding your senses. A definite floral/hoppy/slight fruity smell to the beer. The taste is all hops, both on the palate and going down. The floral nature of the hops overwhelms the taste and texture of the beer giving it a strong, lingering hoppy aftertatse. Not as exceptional as I had heard from others but an OK beer if you don't mind getting overwhelmed by Hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 16:54:32 | More by Katahdin
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Jayli

Massachusetts

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

Batch E!019

A: This beer pours a hazy pale golden color with a ridiculous head! Head filled almost half the glass on a very easy pour. Big fluffy, rocky white head that recedes pretty quickly leaving thick sticky tufts of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is grassy piney hops, though slightly subdued almost a teasing hint. Honey is prevalent with sweet malt notes coming through. Light citrus hops come through as well.

T: Wow - this isn't an over the top hop bomb, but damn it is tasty! Taste starts with earthy hops, pine and grassiness really come through. Middle is filled out with rich honey and hint of vanilla, flavoring malts also come through here. Finish is of strong floral hops and a hint of alcohol.

M: heavier to full body, medium to high carbonation, carbonation prickles your tongue without deterring from the beer. I found this to be very creamy on the tongue as opposed to the usual oily texture on an IPA or DIPA.

D: Very tasty, not overly hoppy, but the hops are there - be suer of that. Goes down easily, somewhat filling. A pint or two of these will do me but damn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 00:50:23 | More by Jayli
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of bmanning, just received today as part of a great trade with a great trader. Batch E!013, poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: A light honey orange amber, hazed and blurry, and full of varied carbonation - from fine, crystalline carbonation that races up the center of the glass (only visible when held to the light) to moderate-sized effervescence that slides up the curvature of the snifter towards the head to huge bubbles that nest with one another and cling to the sides of the glass. The head is about an inch to an inch-plus high, far foamier than many DIPAs - that is, it's full of huge bubbles, sponge-like, with above-average retention but even better lacing than I would expect from how the center sort of caves in, tossing and spewing large curtains all over the sides of the snifter. An impressive looking brew.

Aroma: I'm all over the place on this one. A strong, sweet, clove-like underpinning - might it be honey? 8-ball says ... - that supports all of the best aspects of pure, unadulterated Cascades. Spice. Hay. Oranges. Grass. Lemons. Generic herbal-ness. Sweet, overwhelming floral notes, that sort of "essence of flower" that you know is quite literally the lupulin dripping off the freshly-harvested hop cone. It's a little more straight forward here than in the taste, but it's still very solid.

Taste: A very herbal, floral, earthy hop profile mixed with a very simple, high, and relatively sweet hop profile makes for a deceptively simple but delicious brew. Let's start with the hops, obviously showcased here. As I mentioned, they're very herbal and earthy, with tons of hay and grass (what DOES alphalpha taste like anyway?), mint, and faint thyme, though lemon, orange, and faint grapefruit aren't far behind either. It's almost like ... wait a second, lemme check the bottle ... yep! New York-grown Cascade hops. The Cascades here are used to their fullest extent - they provide not only a moderate bitterness, but also a full range of citrusy and leafy and spicy and herbal hop notes. I must ask - were any other hops used in this one? If this is a single hop brew, color me thoroughly, thoroughly impressed. The malts are a little simpler, but provide a great underpinning. Biscuity and relatively dry despite the honey addition - complimented well by a minerally water - there's hardly any if any roast at all. It's balanced, simple, straightforward, and augments all the right notes.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy, smooth, a little slick, with a medium body and enough carbonation to provide a good amount of lift to keep any of the residual sweetness from being sticky or cloying and not too much that it thrusts any of the singular (to some) hoppiness in your face. The only downside might perhaps be that there's enough carbonation here that - in a body of this thickness - the result can at times be a little uneven and explosive, but that's only a downside to some.

Drinkability: I wanted to drink this one fast because it was a DIPA (or, a Double Honey Bitter according to the bottle - a new style? Probably not yet), and I had no idea how long ago it had been brewed - to be perfectly honest, I haven't researched Ithaca's batch-numbering system. Nonetheless, this one tasted crisp, fresh, and wonderful - could have been brewed yesterday for all I know.

A few points: One, I think this is perhaps the best use of Cascades I've ever had the pleasure of sipping. Normally, when I have a beer I know to be Cascades-only (CO), I can tell right away - it has a distinctive leafy-citrus-spicy flavor that is undeniably unique. This one had me guessing though - surely, there must be something else in here? Chinook? Columbus? Nope. Just pure, unadulterated, fresh, (I assume) whole cone Cascades. Good for Ithaca for squeezing every last drop of goodness out of a hop variety that has been done to death by so many, and yet that so many have done far less with.

Two, the 8.5% is nowhere to be detected. 8.5% is (I suppose) on the low side or near average for a DIPA, but it's not like there's a huge amount here to hide it - one hop and a simple malt base. You can feel it ('cause it does it's thing), but you don't see it comin'.

Third and finally, I suppose a combination of the above points needs to be made. This is a simple beer, on paper. It's one hop. One malt. One addition. And yet it manages to showcase a slew of notes that intermingle with one another to present a whole new slew of notes. It goes to show you what a good brewery can do with a small array of weapons.

This was the only Ithaca Excelsior! series brew I had yet to obtain, and I'm thrilled to have had the chance. Ithcaca is making some amazing brews right now - Old Habit, Brute, and Ten are some of the best brews out there - and I'm glad that some truly East Coast breweries are stepping up, branching out, and even dominating some of these styles. Good for them, and - truly - good for us.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 05:16:18 | More by CrellMoset
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afausser

Montana

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter--batch number E!013

A: A very fizzy copper at the moment it's poured, with the initial bubbles instantly dancing to the top of the glass and disappearing nearly completely into the head. Nice and bubbly, a little hazy, and when held to the light has a tint of color and tone a bit reminiscent of a blood orange. About 2 fingers of thick bubbly head with huge bubbles that are quickly popping and dissipating--as I've typed this it's gone down to about 1.5 fingers (which I wonder, after the last beer I've reviewed tonight, if it will have negative implications for lasting carbonation in the mouthfeel). The carbonation bubbles, while slow moving, are fairly individually large. Leaves a nice, thin (but inconsistent) ring of lacing. Very pretty--I can't wait to taste it.

S: Simple, clean scents predominate, with complex subtleties as the nose is aggravated. Smells like a spring garden. sweet notes of honey, vanilla and cream (in fact, a bit like vanilla ice cream with honey on top), light citrusy fruits (oranges) and floral chamomile and lily of the valley notes predominate the nose initially, and are followed up by a strong scent of hops. I'm also getting ginger, strawberries and brandy out of the nose as well as a bit of a woody, earthy scent and a slight clove/anise spicy warmth.

T: I cannot emphasize enough here how heavy (but not syrupy) the predominating honey taste is here. It is incredibly strong, along with the nearly equally strong hops here as well as some malts. Still a bit of a sweet grass and flowery taste, but not nearly to the extent as was present in the nose. Caramel, brown sugar, and light candy notes make themselves present here. And the hops--ohhhh the hops. Strong and well blended into the taste, and not at all overdone. There's also subtle hints of apricot and raisin.

M: Very nice and crisp, yet smooth and creamy. For having such large bubbles, I'm surprised at how fine the mouthfeel is. Does feel a little foamy here and there, but nonetheless very excellent and well-crafted. All of my fears about the carbonation were entirely unfounded.

D: Very smooth, hoppy, delicious, and drinkable. Split this one with a friend and wish I hadn't. Truly excellent, this one's about to get put on my wants list.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 04:49:21 | More by afausser
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Billolick

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, green foil and capped, batch E! 013. Pours cloudy/hazed darker apricot/drownish amber. The head is long lasting, large, light khaki, settling to merangue, persistant thick blobs of fine bubble lace and skads of tiny bubble sheeting, world class look to this one. Delicate, but faint minty hop nose. Soft and inviting in the mouth. Simply delicious DIPA, the hops dont smack you in the face, but instead steadily accumilate on the palate and add up to a healthy, yet somehow still soft grapefruity and yummy blast. Underneath the hoppy notes, ride a steady sidenote of malty goodness. Complex yet subtle with quality craftsmanship abounding. Well done Ithaca, more high quality brew from NY State. Hoppy beer/DIPA lovers go get some and enjoy. $11.99 from DeCicco's in Adsley, NY.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 01:20:51 | More by Billolick
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Casey10

Maine

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

Picked this up at Winchester Wine and Spirits in Ma. Really liked this as well here is the review.

A - Hazy yellow with a huge head easily 3 fingers lots of lacing on the side.

S - Crisp smell of malts some pine really just a nice clean smell.

T - Well balanced not a hop bomb not overly malty either just nice a bit of grassy taste in a good way.

M - leaves a nice feel exscpecially on the tounge after drinking that stays with you.

D - Definately will have again if I can find it when I go to MA. again. Hopefully Ithica can make it to Maine one of these days.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 21:38:20 | More by Casey10
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #E013, 750 ml bottle, 2008 apparently. Beautiful golden orange with a very frothy white head. Small amount of sediment fell to the bottom of the glass. Leaving a nice lace. Smells very citrusy and sweet like honey. Taste is very full of piney hops, orange and a nice honey backbone. Absolutely delicious and a very well crafted IIPA. Just smooth enough to be very drinkable. The citrus notes keep me going back for more, fantastic beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 02:55:18 | More by kiddynamite920
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

750mL bottle, batch E!013, purchased at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton. Label info: "Double Honey Bitter. A hoppy upstate ale brewed with organic barley malt, New York state grown Cascade hops, local alfalfa honey, pure Cayuga lake water, and American yeast".

The beer is hazy and pale yellowish orange with a MASSIVE rocky head, easily 6 fingers of thick creamy bubbles that cling onto the walls in huge clumps. The aroma gave me pause at first, a little too much caramel malt for my tastes. But it gives way to floral aromas from the honey, providing nice complement to floral hops aromatics. The taste is about perfect, sweet and estery with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Light carbonation, somewhere above cask level but not by too much. An exceptional beer, no real faults except those that would satisfy my personal tastes, I'd like more pale malts and less bitterness from the hops, but really this is a great creation.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 00:50:52 | More by TurdFurgison
Alphalpha from Ithaca Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.