Dark Vine Black India Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A hoppy black IPA bursting with so much flavor that you might think you’re tasting double. Intensely floral nose, surprisingly light body, and strong bitter finish.

Added by MisSigsFan on 10-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
286
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
8.97%
 
 
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6
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark black colored body with a film of a white head and sliding lacing; the aroma has some roasty, yet somewhat bitter citrusy hops in the beginning that end up balancing it a bit; the flavoring is mainly bitter and somewhat roasty as it goes down, slight coffee to hops aftertaste, dry bitter finish, easy on the palate - perhaps, but not really, overall: pretty good American Black Ale, well worthy of many more pours.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

And now, the end of my latest horizontal, this one of Ithaca offerings, as a part of the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: Nada. I am not a fan of their no longer putting the ABV on the labels. I dig the minimalist look of the new labels, but less is not always more.

Okay, I am not a big fan of these Cascadian/Dark/Black IPAs for the same reason that I did not really like Java Cask - something, in this case, the malts, gets in the way of the hops. Still, I remain hopeful & the only way to know for sure is to begin with a Pop! of the cap. I do enjoy the way that these dark beers almost always have a pseudo-cascade going and this one was no exception. It settled into two fingers of dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose had a charcoal-like roastiness that is pretty much the standard for the style. Mouthfeel was full and creamy, which was a pleasant surprise. My bottle had a little bit of age on it, but it was great! I really got a lot of cool mintiness from the hops to go along with a dark chocolate roastiness. It was like a liquefied Thin MInt or a liquefied Peppermint Patty! Man, I was getting a sensation, that's for sure. Finish was dry, minty, roasty and probably one of the better (best?) examples of the style, IMHO. I'm going to start aging all of my ABAs from now on! It can't hurt.

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Photo of AD17
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kinger86
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gregcordle
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stableatbest
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoeMans
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There are good black IPA's, this one was just average.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nrbw23
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bisco42
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BradenMK
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of _morandi_
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of h4ger
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yancey82
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lillitnn92
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: December 30, 2014... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: celebrating Shan's new holiday--New Year's Eve Eve... APPEARANCE: jet black body with gray uneven head that simmers to a marshy top; post-trailing is tangible... AROMA: extremely floral with vanilla, citrus and bubblegum; complex... PALATE: immediately effervescent, with bubbles coalescing on the tongue; warming, stoking at the throat; at 9.5% ABV, devilishly subtle...TASTE: intense hops blunt slightly sweet, almost milky hints; malts lend a smoky appeal to the chunky dark body; coffee is secondary, but smoothly infused... OVERALL: a BIG beer that requires sipping for appreciation; in the Box o' Hops, a third to the Creeker and Flower Power, but that is not an insult, but that's the company it keeps...

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SuperNate
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gww1864
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Dark Vine Black India Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 286 ratings.
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