Hop Stash - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011)
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Reviews by almychristopher:
Photo of almychristopher
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a golden color with a small white head that recedes quickly leaving a scant patch of lace on the surface, the aroma brings a nice bouquet of citrus and piney hops backed by a a bit of sweet malt. the taste brings that nice clean hop taste at the forefront really outshining the aroma, the malt is a bit lost in the bitterness of it all... but i do like bitter. the light mouthfeel and good co2 do make this a very refreshing beer. nothing over the top about this ipa but very tasty none the less, can't wait to catch them pouring at the show.

More User Reviews:
Photo of renegadeburger
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got to sample this one apparently this was made for the local phish concert so they made an ipa for it

poured on tap this beer had a lighter color than i had expected real gold color with pure white head basically clear

aroma was pretty good but not as strong or good as the flower power it tasted like that too

the taste was like a lighter version of the flower power, not as much malt, not as much hops just a stripped down version

i really like the flower power i thought they had a good opportunity with this one to do something really great but imho the flower power is simply way better

Photo of dogfishandi
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

filled a growler at the merchant village. when i got it filled, the growler was about 3/4 full and the keg was done for. brought home and opened immediately, poured into a snifter.

pours out a fairly clear golden with a little bit of orange creeping in there. a nice 2 fingers of white head, spotty lace. decent head retention.

lots of dank, almost vegetal like hops. very pungent smelling, a little pine, the citrus is more of an afterthought. the malt is pretty much undetectable.

holy hops! big dank resinous hops. lots of vegetal earthy hops, some mint, pine sap, tropical fruits and just hints of citrus. just a hint of a spiciness and some light malt just kind of rounds things out. as it warms, a kind of undescribable almost sweet tart hoppy flavor reveals itself. the only other beer ive tasted this in was surly bitter brewer. nicely done!

the malt body of the beer is on the lighter side, but the hops definatly add a fullness. hopped like a DIPA, lots of resinous bitterness covers the palate and lingers forever. almost tingles the tongue with an assertive carbonation.

overall, big doses of hops, but still on the more sessionable side. this growler, even though a 3/4 fill, is definatly a nice treat to the head on a friday after work. i love the story behind this as well, a tribute to phish, i could see where they were going with the dank resins and what not... a hippie could definatly make an easy comparison. get it if you can!!!

Photo of Soonami
3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Pinocchio's in Media, PA

Bright amber with orange highlights. Lacy white foams sticks everywhere. The IPA smells toasty from malt with meyer lemon. The hops flavors are pretty mild with a rough, astringent lingering bitterness at the end.

Photo of ABokononist
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of akorsak
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ithaca Ale House. Hmm...a hoppy beer from Ithaca? Yes please!

A: The ale is a golden yellow-brown color, leaves on Seven Mountains in late-October. A thin head rests atop the ale, white and innocuous.

S: The nose is syrupy with hops, perhaps a little long in the tooth. Even if it is, the hops are strong, more pine and citrus that should be coaxed out of an ale. The citrus offers grapefruit and orange in abundance, the concentration driving some of the syrupyness.

T: Peppery hot with an abundance of sweet orange zest. The hops, on second take, are still firing on all cylinders. Grapefruit and piney resins are also present, adding to the intensity. Plenty of biscuity caramel malts add to the fullness of the ale and support the powerful hops. The oiliness of the hops keeps the bitterness on the forefront of my mouth.

M: The mouthfeel is bold, big and hoppy with plenty of oils. The malty side can't be ignored though, adding to the bigness of the ale. While still powerful, I'd love to had a glass a few weeks ago.

Photo of musicforairports
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Oliver's in Albany into a tulip.

Golden and clear, with a nice one-finger head and better lacing than I can usually get out of a growler.

Smells lightly like sweet malt and assorted tropical fruits.

Taste is clean and a tad sweet. Pineapple/mango hop flavors mingle with some candied citrus flavors. Malt backbone is more sweet than bready. Resiny a bit, but not as sticky as I expected.

Light-medium mouthfeel and mildly carbonated.

An easy-drinking IPA that's better than many, but not one of my favorites. Despite being a big fan of hops, I was never very crazy about Flower Power either. Can't decide which I like more.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to my man up north for this growler, i was thrilled to death to be able to try this one! Gotta love two new ithaca growlers!

pour was just wonderful. Clear as day with a rich orange tinted amber color that held together very well. Nice two inches of head on top quicky settled down to a thin film which thoroughly coating the entire inside of the glass to the point nothing could be seen inside. The I lean in for a whiff. Holy citrus knockout. This thing is a cannon of hops. Rich orange and tangerine notes lined with loads of pineapple and grapefruit. This is just insanely fresh. Even warming does nothing to depart from the super fresh hops that are just owning my face right now. Intense is not even the right word for it. Crisp and clean taste offers more of the same, just intense and crisp, hop flavor all over the place. Pineapple and grapefruit dominate, clean dry finish with super sticky resin like flavors, not an ounce of balance here and none needed.

Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first growler review! Picked up from Westmere Beverage on 6/23, it served as my late lunch later that day.

A-Semi-clear orangish yellow. Some lacing is left behind.

S-Mainly citrus hops dominate with some earthy tones thrown in their as well.

T-Rather earthy and citrus. Not an overpowering sweetness but solid balance. Finish is bitter. Well rounded.

M-Medium bodied not much in the way of carbonation but smooth.

O-Not as good as Flower Power, but it was worth a try. So far Ithaca can really do no wrong in the IPA category. Worth a try while it is still available.

Photo of hotmanflab666
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of nh2032
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Whimpers
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of tubeman
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of HotHands
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay, still on tap at the Ithaca Ale House!

A - pours a light amber color with a lingering white head.

S - fairly complex hop combination, with citrus, grass, earth, and heavy floral notes present. Maybe some pine? It's an out-doorsy sort of smell.

T - follows the nose pretty much with a minor malt backbone. The hops are the main attraction here, though. It follows the nose pretty much, and it is dank and resinous. "Hop Stash" is an appropriate name. Fairly strong bitterness, about what you would expect from a good single IPA. Score is kinda in between a 4 or 4.5 for this.

M - a bit undercabonated, but this could be due to the bar's setup and not the brewer.

Overall, this was a solid IPA with an interesting hop aroma. Is it better than Flower Power? I think it's just a bit short, but given some time to tweak things it definitely could be. Of course that isn't going to happen because this is a one-of. At any rate, Hop Stash was a good IPA and I'm glad Ithaca took the time to make it.

Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful mix of pale and Carapils malts along with a damn fine selection of citrus and pine ridden hops. It's refreshing with an almost fruity feel. The taste is good. It has a powerful hop bite with a nice pale malt base. It's light and refreshing with tons of citrus hop character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious IPA. The hop character is bold, but not overly so. It's easy drinking with a solid malt bill that adds excellent balance.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a hand pull at Khyber Pass Pub into a big pint glass. 1 of 3 cask conditioned kegs to make it out of finger lakes. Thanks Jeremy.

Hop stash came to me looking nice in the glass, the liquid was a bright golden olympic medal color with small hints of faded orange. On tap a dense full ivory white fluff head that left some spray paint lace.

Smell is what you would think, anice mix of citrus and floral hops hinting towards the former. Some grapefruit, slight mango and some grassy tones(minimal). Also some pine comes out with warming along with a bready dough. No alcohol. Clean, crisp.

Taste is a mix of all said above. I get a mix of the malt base and the hops up front. Usually the malt sweetness comes afterward, a 1st for me. While slightly sweet, the hop stash works the magic with some 3-c action and some pine. Grapefruit over mango, slight papaya. Tropics come to mind and not to mention pine. Floral and earth as well, but under the plethora of a tropic swell.

Off the cask, this goes down like good cake. It just goes down leaving pine in my mouth the most. Did I mention this goes down easy as water. Feel is at about medium and it is so smooth off the cask. It's carbed alright, yet not bitey in the least. Leaves a sweet aftertaste rather than the hop stash.

Overall, it's a great IPA, it does it's job, yet the taste is just a bit muted for me, Im into bold hop presence and this while comes close just doesent make it. The sweet is counteracting that I thinks. The list said this was 7.5% where I see it as 6% here. Im going to go with the later cause there was no alcohol to note here. Cheers to the chief for this beer and keeping the Phish spirit alive.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Poured into a pint glass a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus foamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some grapefruit notes, slight pine note. The taste is hoppy, with a nice malt balance, lots of grapefruit notes, very slight pine note. Medium Body, nice bitter/dry finish. This is a very tasty brew, it grow's on ya.

Photo of Freggs
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop Stash has a pretty light-colored body for an IPA, pouring a golden hue that only has hints of orange. The head is off-white, and the retention and lacing are both solid.

Citrus fruit and pine in the aroma, with just a bit of malt behind it.

At first I said to myself that I liked this one more than Flower Power, but after a couple of tries I changed my mind. Lots of bitterness up front, with a comparatively low amount of citrus flavor, and a bit of pine. A good bit of sweetness rounds things out. The hops are definitely the dominant flavor here, but the malt makes its presence known also.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a carbonation that is a touch below average.

Hop Stash is a solid IPA, but not spectacular, and not as good as its tap-mate Flower Power.

Photo of Kendo
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got two growlers at Olivers in Albany (cost was about $13 each, IIRC) on 6/17/11; consumed on 6/18/11.

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is clear, dark golden in color with a one-finger white head. Some lacing. Looks good - like a lighter, easy-drinking IPA.

S: The nose is fairly strong. Big-time citrus (grapefruit) and some tropical fruits.

T: First impression: hoppy (duh). Citrusy grapefruit, pineapple and even a touch of apricot over a solid semi-sweet (honey?) malt foundation that provides nice balance. Finishes with a lemony dry bitterness and some resiny pine lingering on the palate.

M: Medium in heft, appropriately carbonated.

O: Excellent. Drank 3 pint glasses of this in no time, thoroughly enjoying this beer.

Photo of lovindahops
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No way I was missing out on getting a growler of Hop Stash, Ithaca's tribute to the upcoming Phish concert. The best part? The Chief banged out some kick a$& hops for this bad boy. There is nothing like an IPA from this brewery... hands down....

A- hop stash pours a light gold colored body with an excellent head of white foam compiling near the top of my ithaca tulip. As the head slightly retreats, a fair amount of lacing remains of the side. Carbonation rips throughout the brew

S- a strong whiff of anticipated piney citrus emerges from the brew. Very fresh hop scent in the form of newly cut grass blends in with a slight caramel scent that closes out with some bitterness. I'd go on record saying it's smells like a refreshing ipa on a hot day

T- same refreshing citric taste is very crisp up front with a fine taste of light fruit and grassy flavors. There is a fine bitter finish that leaves a crisp finish

M- light and crisp but really slaps the palate with remaining bitter mouth

D- alright, here is the best part of hop stash... It's is RIDICULOUSLY drinkable and tasty! I will go on record with this... this is one of the most drinkable ipa's with respect to drinkability in warm weather! An ipa that has drink me written all over it! Another winner from Ithaca

Photo of cavedave
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With this beer Ithaca comp.'s the triumvirate of my 3 favorite IPA's.

Best look of an IPA out there. Golden amber, just about clear, with a five finger head of off white lather that relaxes slowly and leave some perfect lace arms tattooed to the tulip.

Smell is the perfume of citra and c hop friends that Ithaca puts into their best-the-world-has-known IPA's. Simple sweetness with orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, and hints of melon and mango. YESSS! Taste buds squirt like a sixpack carb. on a revving '70 442.

This is Flower Power's beautiful sister. Maybe not as strong as the champ, but more beautiful. Simple sweet, neutral but perfect, guides a hop attack of most delectable design through the tongue's nerves and into the pleasure centers of my brain. Citrus hop heaven, clean and strong, into a finish that is just bitter enough to leave the mouth dry and with hanging memories of resiny goodness.

Mouthfeel is close to perfect, like Ithaca's other 2 hop masterpieces. Perky but low carb., highly viscous but squeaky clean, dry and lasting finish but keeps the flavors going while readying for next sip. How it doo dat?

Overall? Well, let's see, I am going back for another 2 half-gallons tomorrow morning before firing the propane burner for brew day. If you see this, grab some you will love it!

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Hop Stash from Ithaca Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.