Alphalpha - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Bought the 750 ml bottle at Halftime in Poughkeepsie. No freshness or bottled-on dating; hoping this one's fresh. . . .
A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is fairly bright, but hazy, apricot-orange. A 1-finger fluffy white head settles on top. Leaves some splotchy, foamy lace.
S: Very nice - made me say "oooh" upon getting a whiff of it. Mainly citrus - sweet oranges - and some tropical fruit. Touch of honey or caramel malt for further sweetness. It's been quite some time since I had it, but my brain is recalling Stoudt's DIPA.
T: I have a feeling this bottle isn't all that fresh. Hops are kind of muted, leaving an overall impression of sweetness rather than hoppy bitterness. Honey-coated oranges and southern comfort come to mind (alcohol is noted - not surprising at 8.5% ABV). Lingering dryness and something I can't quite put my finger on that leaves my mouth puckering. . . maybe spruce or pine resin, I think as it warms up a bit. Peppery burps.
M: Body is fairly thick - medium-to-heavy in weight - with low carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel.
O: Not bad. Real nice nose, and good up front. It just finishes oddly, though after a few sips I seem to have adjusted to it - causing me to bump the taste score back up to 4.
11-11-2011 02:28:43 | More by Kendo
3.63/5 rDev -11%
Clear and dirty gold color. The head is reasonable while it settles slowly. Lots of "cloudy" lace (meaning more than spotty but less than a blanket).
High alcohol and moderate hop dominate the smell. More earthy than floral on the nose.
Strong hop bitterness in the swallow. The alcohol is very evident, particularly in the swallow. I do not detect any honey or mead-like flavors despite the "Double Honey Bitter" monicker except for a touch of sweetness. Otherwise, this is all peppery bitterness. Long aftertaste. The body above moderate with a corresponding level of carbonation.
Overall, I would describe this as a near extreme beer--lots of hop and alcohol, but little complexity.
09-24-2011 21:13:12 | More by smcolw
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
750ml bottle with no date opened on 9/10/11 and poured into a Goose Island pint glass. Served at 55 degrees.
A- Pours a nice golden yellow/orange with a two finger, fluffy white head. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. I will repeat, very fluffy.
S- Wow, smells awfully sweet. The honey is really coming through. Some malt, too, but it's really sweet. Smells more like a barleywine than a IIPA.
T- It's initially hoppy (sorta), followed by the malt. Really a sweet beer, very sugar-y. Some pine, too.
M- Very creamy, yet light and fluffy, too. Very easy to drink (and that's a good thing when drinking the whole bottle alone).
O- Not really what I was expecting from this one. As a IIPA, it doesn't really work, but as a toned down barleywine (Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog comes to mind), it's really great. Overall, a good, but not great, IIPA.
09-11-2011 00:48:06 | More by jm1229
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
Alphalpha is a hazy golden, brew with a fluffy, bubbly, yellowish white head that has good retention and leaves fancy patterns on the glass. The fresh, fruity, candy-like hop aroma is very clear and bold. There's a sweetness to it that just makes it literally mouth watering just from a whiff. It's pretty full bodied, smooth and oily. The finish is the slightest bit abrasive from the acidity. It has lots of hop flavor that comes off as flowers and grass. There is a little tang and a nice bit of sweetness that seems to come from the honey. The flavors work together very well and give it a bright, outdoorsy taste. It tastes like a sunny meadow full of wildflowers is what I'm saying. The bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue for a while. Wow, I'm really starting to think that these big bottles of Ithaca are the way to go. This is an invigorating drink.
09-07-2011 20:05:21 | More by yesyouam
4.08/5 rDev 0%
bottle poured into a DFH Signature glass
A: Pours a golden/orange color with a 2 finger white head. Hazy, low carbonation, and solid head retention.
S: Didn't get too much on the nose. Hops, slight, herbal, sweetness from the honey, and malt.
T: I get hops first followed by the honey and malt which balance everything out. Finishes slightly bitter.
M: Medium bodied and not much carbonation.
O: A good IPA, not one of my favorites, but worth trying. The honey adds an interesting element, but I prefer IPA's that are not as sweet.
08-27-2011 18:57:30 | More by yusef
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours orangey-brown with a nice white head. Smells distinctly of cascade hops and honey. Flowery and a touch piney with slightly orange and grapefruit hops. The taste is exactly the same, a blend of malted barley, a strong cascade bitterness and a honey sweetness for balance. Comes together really, really nicely and is a fantastic representation of the cascade hop. Good medium body and medium carbonation. I am surprised by how much I like this beer, but it is really good. Better than Flower Power to me, this beer has a nice hop profile and a great combination of honey and malted barley to bring it together. If anything, maybe just a touch sweet for some. In that sense, it reminds me of Hopslam.
08-21-2011 22:44:42 | More by seeswo
3.13/5 rDev -23.3%
Batch E!029 poured into glass at about 45-55 degrees.
Aggressive pour yields short, soapy white head that fades quickly over a cloudy golden body. Nice lacing.
Aromas are fairly faint for the style. Sweet with lots of honey, and floral/herbal hops.
Thick on the palate with low carbonation. Flavors carry a definite herbal bitterness, but the sweetness seems to be separated. It definitely goes from sweet fruits up front (mango especially) to increasingly bitter (minty & floral) in the middle, and then astringently bitter lingering finish (blood orange peel). Pretty sticky overall.
I feel bad giving this one "average" scores, since I'm sure Ithaca didn't necessarily brew this to be a true-to-form DIPA. It's pretty tasty overall.
07-20-2011 01:17:47 | More by BeerImmediately
4/5 rDev -2%
750 mL bottle poured into an Ithaca Excelsior! tulip. Thanks to GrindFatherBob for both the bottle and the match glassware. Nice.
Appearance - Hazy yellow body with a nice white head. The head settles without a lot of lacing, but the glass gets some sticky foam clinging to it.
Smell - Pine hops and a lot of sweet honey and light malt aroma. Smells nice, but very sweet.
Taste - Pine again, a bit grassy, but it's quickly overwhelmed by the sweetness. It's a nice, light sweetness from the honey, so it doesn't taste like a malty IPA, just a slightly sweet one. I get some booze in the finish, which is strange for only 8.5%.
Mouthfeel - A little thick, but not too thick. Makes for nice lingering sweetness to balance the slightly bitter finish. Not so high carbonation makes it feel a bit heavier.
Overall - Nice, not on my favorites list, but nice. The honey lends itself nicely, although I'd still go for an IPA with no sweetness at all.
07-18-2011 00:55:04 | More by Alieniloquium
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
Rich amber in color with a light haziness to it. A nice head of white, perhaps two inches in height rose up from the bottom of the glass and settled down with some decent lacing along the sides. Nice aroma of orange, thick, pungent and sweet with a nice malted backbone that really gave it some nice balance. Smooth, easy flavor here with all the abv non existent and really well done. Rich orange and pineapple flavors, buttery, biscuit like malt notes mid palate and a nice thick, medium feel that was accented nicely by some of the richest carbonation.
07-14-2011 01:50:43 | More by mikesgroove
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
A - Pours a cloudy bright orange color with a thick covering of frothy white head. The head fades very slowly down leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet honey, caramel malts, and some grassy hops. There is also just a bit of yeast in the background.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet honey and grassy hops and bitterness. Soon after a bit of caramel malts come in to balance. Through the middle, a bit of bready yeast flavor comes through with some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of honey and hops with some bitterness that lingers.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy. The finish is a nice mix of sweetness and bitterness.
D - Very drinkable. Smooth and fairly well balanced. The honey flavor is at a really nice level and balanced with the rest of the flavors extremely well.
07-13-2011 05:16:58 | More by ngeunit1
Alphalpha from Ithaca Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.