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Alphalpha - Ithaca Beer Company

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
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 John_M


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

On tap at the TDR during their recent hopfest.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, solid dark gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is interesting, showcasing a combination of earth, grapefruit and honey. The honey component really comes through on the palate in this fairly sweet IPA, though there is a considerable amount of bitterness in the finish. It helps to counter the sweetness somewhat, but at the end of the day, the flavor profile in this beer is dominated by the honey and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is no more than medium bodied, with a fairly long, fairly bitter finish. Drinkability is OK, but the sweetness and noticeable alcohol in the finish detract just a bit.

An interesting beer, though I'm afraid I'm just not a huge fan of the sweet IPA style.

09-24-2010 01:52:22 | More by John_M
Photo of HopHead84


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Consumed on 8/28/2009 and poured into a snifter. Thanks for the extra jleblanc.

The beer apperas hazy orange with a thick frothy off white head. The retention is excellent and some nice lacing is left lingering.

The nose is reminscent of a faded floral hop boquet. There's noticeable honey sweetness, which adds a nice touch. Alcohol is well hidden and the malt is light and caramely. There's a little lemon as well.

The flavor is very bitter, with honey sugary sweetness. The hops are reminscent of citrus and pine, but the most prominent characteristics of the beer are the sweet honey and the bitterness. The alcohol is pretty strong. The finish is sweet and bitter with lingering booze.

08-30-2009 21:06:52 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Gobzilla


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured a burnt golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma had some leafy herb honey notes upfront alongside citrusy, hoppy, piney, and sweetness from the malts. The honey character was more apparent on the palate with leafy herb citrusy accents a mild hop bite and sweet bready notes from the malts. The brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, earthy, hoppy, bitter, sticky finish. It was not too drinkable and leafy herb character was a bit out of place IMO.

12-12-2010 02:35:57 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

From 7/24/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of caramel malts and sweet dark fruits. Also some fruity hops.

t - Tastes of bready malts, caramel malts, and some sweet, fruity malts and hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent IPA that I found more on the malty side. Would try again.

08-05-2010 02:12:31 | More by mdfb79
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

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

The taste is centered around the mild but prevalent sweetness. The 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. As this warms it becomes exponentially more resiny/sticky, just an FYI.

Above average carbonation makes the mouthfeel a tad sharp for your average 2x IPA but I enjoy this atypical offering from Ithaca. There is also a decent amount of carbonation. There is a sticky, chewy presence from the honey and the hops; but it still remains dry and bitter throughout.

Overall this is a great beer. It is high drinkable despite the high ABV and extreme amount of hops addded. It has a lighter body than most 2x IPAs with a hop profile that isn't overly aggressive lends. The crisp, bitter, dry finish is nearly perfect.

11-24-2010 00:49:55 | More by claspada
Photo of kiddynamite920


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

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!

12-13-2009 02:55:18 | More by kiddynamite920
Photo of tempest


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

05-10-2010 18:11:00 | More by tempest
Photo of metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Bottle at Keg & Lantern, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that died down and left a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of honey. The honey becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Compared to the smell, the taste has a lot more flavors of honey and a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes a little strong with all of the honey used to boost up the alcohol content. It is a sipping beer.

Note: Batch E!039

10-21-2013 11:19:59 | More by metter98
Photo of doucmehu


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Received from mjtiernan in BIF, looks like a fairly fresh batch E!39.

A: Bright yellow surprises me, hazy with a stark white head that leaves some sticky lacing.

S: Lots of floral and pine hops, a bit of honey and lemon sweetness.

T: Strong but smooth and soft floral hops, with sticky pine resin, day old mowed grass and citrus fruit rind, some smooth maltiness (maybe from the honey) at the end.

M: Very dry and bitter finish follows a rich and creamy body, leaving a bit of a parched feeling. Seems a bit lighter and thinner than most DIPA, but solid.

O: A nice, well made offering with a surprisingly bright and summery yellow appearance. The hops are a bit earthy and overly bitter without much sweetness, which is not my favorite style, but still enjoyable.

02-18-2012 04:49:28 | More by doucmehu
Photo of pburland23


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Excelsior Series Batch E!039

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my CBS snifter.

Beer pours a clear golden amber. About a finger of bright white head. Head lingers lazily for some time. Some very nice sticky lacing.

Smell features piney, earthy hops with some strong upfront floral notes. The honey and wheat are very noticeable. Really nice smelling DIPA. To me, this is what I exactly what a Double Imperial IPA should smell like.

Taste starts with some aggressive bitterness up front. The bitterness then hangs around a little bit longer than it probably should. Piney earthy hops on the palette. There's an almost tea like quality in the middle of the sip. On the tail end, a touch of sweetness shows up, most likely from the honey.

Mouthfeel is pretty light for a DIPA all things considered. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Quite drinkable.

Overall, a tasty DIPA. It's a fairly run of the mill. Nothing to get too excited about but not a bad beer.

01-21-2012 20:35:23 | More by pburland23
Photo of ffejherb


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from a 750 into a snifter. Batch E!019

A:Pours golden and hazy. A finger of creamy off white head from a gentle pour. The slightly sticky lacing stuck around a little while.

S: Lots of honey and hops in the nose.

T: Nice balanced combo of floral hops, sweet malt, and honey. Lasting bitter after taste

M:Interesting acidic dry mouthfeel.

O: Its pretty sweet and acidic so a bomber split between two people is enough for me. Definitely will wreck your palate.

03-27-2011 05:02:04 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of weeare138


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

Batch: E!029

Appearance: pours an orange color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart qucikly.

Smell: caramel and a woody bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, pine, earthy bitterness, some grapefruit, and a honey sweetness create a well balanced beer. Alcohol is slightly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Some dryness arrives late.

Drinkability: slow sipping big IPA. Decent flavored beer that is nice to sip on a cold evening.

02-05-2011 01:52:49 | More by Gavage
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev -2%

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.

03-23-2010 23:29:58 | More by Mora2000
Photo of tugg407


4/5  rDev -2%

01-10-2012 09:02:47 | More by tugg407
Photo of jh1982


4/5  rDev -2%

11-27-2011 00:02:28 | More by jh1982
Photo of Alieniloquium


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
Photo of akorsak


4/5  rDev -2%

A 750 mL bottle purchased at the brewery a month and a half ago.

A: The DIPA is rather light, a translucent straw-brown color. The first pour yielded two and a half fingers of craggy white head. As the head receded, extensive lacing was left behind.

S: The nose has a very sweet hop edge, enjoyable but one can tell that it is bitter. I'd liken the aroma to that of a clementine, rind included. Plenty of caramel and biscuit malt balances things out.

T: When the ale was cold, a generally hoppy bitterness pervaded it. As it warmed, caramel malts, slightly more roasted than normal (but not quite a black IPA), delivered a big taste. Coupled with that, so as to not downplay it, is a bold hop profile. The hops are oily and resiny, dripping with boozy heat and citrus. Grapefruit, clementines and orange rind all make an apppearance, along with pine and pepper. The alcoholic heat is a little intense, a strong side effect of the big hop profile. The last pours of the bottle, including yeast, have a vegetal flavor that further sets up the hoppiness. A strong hoppiness leaves a lasting flavor. A nice ale that benefits from the lack of filtering.

M: The mouthfeel is focused on the hops, bold and oily. That being said, the malts don't shy away from the limelight, adding dark caramel malts.

D: I enjoyed tasting the ale as it warmed, moving from blindingly bitter to bold and balanced. This may be the only bottle I have tonight but I'm enjoying the slow pace.

10-26-2009 12:00:11 | More by akorsak
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4/5  rDev -2%

08-17-2013 14:58:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of JohnGalt1


4/5  rDev -2%

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.

03-23-2010 05:43:18 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

11-17-2011 21:06:39 | More by tclapper
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4/5  rDev -2%

02-11-2012 01:33:51 | More by Tyrawlings
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New York

4/5  rDev -2%

01-04-2012 03:52:00 | More by hotmanflab666
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4/5  rDev -2%

03-23-2012 15:59:37 | More by ygtbsm94
Alphalpha from Ithaca Beer Company
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