Hopbloem | Ithaca Beer Company

very good
22 Reviews

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by justintcoons on 02-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 110
Photo of Akabufflaobilly
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours golden yellow. 3 inch fluffy white head providing substantial lacing. Very piny aroma. Medium body slightly oily in texture. Hop forward flavor profile that settles nicely. Mild Belgian presence presides with very a sneaky hint of alcohol present. Overall a very good Representation of the style and definitely an offering I will revisit.

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Photo of JG-90
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hopbloem has a very hazy, radiant yellow body with a moderate to large, creamy and very dense pure white head with great retention and heavy lacing. Aroma consists or pineapple, mango, tangerine, and grapefruit rind, as well light yeasty bread and a bit of spicy yeast.

Taste starts with yeasty bread, the pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit, with mango, a bit of spicy yeast, and light bread on the finish. Has a yeasty, grapefruit, and pineapple aftertaste. Feel is a touch light with high carbonation for an 8% IPA, but both go well with the bright flavors of this beer. Has a nice amount of creaminess as well as a touch of yeasty grit.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a Mystic pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Floral, pungent, pineapple, mango, pine, chewy malts, vanilla, pale malts, and spicy yeast.

Taste: Wow!!! Tropical and pine up front. Yeasty spice, chewy and sweet malts, and nice mild tingly bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, tasty, a little chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a little bitterness.

Overall: One of the best BIPA I have had. This was the last of 4 from their Belgian inspired variety packs. Pretty cool stuff.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 02/03/14.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with a dense white head on top. A bit of haziness from suspended sediment visible in the body. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Nice citrus hop aroma right off the bat that remind you this is the brewery that brings you Flower Power. Belgian yeast is light but gives it another layer of fruitiness.

T: Plenty of hops in this one rounded out by a solid fruity yeastiness. Belgian qualities certainly come through making it stand out from your typical IPA.

M: Medium body with a nice touch of creaminess. Between the hops and belgian yeast this one comes across pretty dry.

Overall I'm really diggin this beer. Great hop profile with an interesting mix of belgian yeast. May be a bit dry but thats not an issue for me.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this one from the Box of Belgians today (02/27/14). The bottle has code: 140203, probably meaning bottled on 02/03/14. Poured into one of the Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada IPA glasses alongside the Fleuf de Belgique to compare.

Golden and hazy with a thin white head and a thin stream of bubbles. Aroma is strongly fruity--peaches, pears, apple. Not much in the way of malt character or typical IPA citrus notes. Tastes pretty much like it smells: stone fruits dominate, probably from the hops, backed up by pear notes. An earthiness that I attribute to the Belgian yeast as well. Hop bitterness doesn't kick in until the end and a nice soft maltiness that carries it throughout without getting in the way.

Overall one of my top belgian IPAs. I used to hate this style, but the use of fruity hops with Belgian yeast really works in this one.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up in a mix a six at Brass Rail, enjoyed chilled in cervoise from the 12oz brown bottle.

The color is very hazed golden with thick pale cream with extra-fine bead, thick lace sticks on the glass with very good retention. The smell is fruity, floral and slightly citrus drenched with a mild hint of pineapple and light mango -just wonderful aroma of hops. The feel is very good, yeasty, moderately carbonated slight bitter feel up front leads to mild malt with gentle juicy tangy accent with a spicy, drying finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is very good with moderately yeast driven entry which is peppery leading to a more tropical taste accented by a very intense citrus taste of hops with light grassy flavors in the peripheral. The flavor of yeast adds a mild dried fruit and the hops add a peppery aspect to the IPA which brings a sort of complexity that is not expected since it is so hop forward in aroma, yet the yeast is working in synergy adding dimension with mild pear and woody emphasis to the toast notes from the malt. Overall this is a pretty great IPA, the belgian yeast does not detract and helps to explain why Belgian IPA became its own style to begin with.

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Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased as a single at Cable beverage in Bardonia, NY

Best Before dating area on the side of the label but nothing is notched/marked....oh well they tried..

Pours heavily hazed medium tangerine, moderate lite khaki head, leaves some spots and blobs of lace.

I get lime on the nose.

Tasty and zesty BIPA, more lime, some lite gin as well as ginger, Belgian yeastyness. Crisp and flavorful. Nice hoppy snap mid way and then again lime, ginger and gin in the finish. Most enjoyable...go get some

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Photo of utopiajane
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours the color of sunshine. Yellow gold. If it weren't for the particles in suspension to offer haze, you would need sunglasses to look at this bright beer. Fat white head of foam that fell slowly and left great lace.

Nose is decadent with hops. Fruity hops run the gamut from citrus and citric tartness to mango and stone fruit softness and depth, to a graceful pineapple that screams hops,with a touch of twang. There's the brightness of citrus zest and this yeast is the funkiest of the entire box of Belgians. Dry earthy yeast. mango , Pineapple with it's bit of acidic tang, and mango with it deep stone fruit soft sweetness. A floral like flower petals and let's have some.

Taste is IPA all the way. Light body. No slickness no heaviness. The malt is crisp dry wheat that offers a bit of sour and a refreshing middle. It almost puckers but not quite. Delightful! The fruit is stellar. With so many fruits to create the idea of complexity, until you drink it and realize that without the characteristic IPA bitter this was fruit punch. Light wheat cracker malt brings you a crisp dry floral with a bushel of fruits that do not realize their intense sweetness because on their heels is an IPA bitter. It swoops in like a predator and takes the finish but you are satisfied.

Crakery, crisp wheat with a touch of natural sweetness, dry and crisp from carbonation. Beautiful Congratulations Ithaca. The bit of funk did this beer good and I enjoyed it immensely. It's as though the sun came out today and I put it in my glass.

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Photo of Gmann
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden hay color with orange highlights. The tight white head is small and settles into a creamy ring.

The aroma is of hay and grass. Nice clove scent from the yeast. Some tropical fruit notes such as pineapple and mango. Some pear as well.

The taste is quite grassy and peppery at the start. Some leafy hop flavor as well. The malt is fairly light, slightly bready. Quite fruity; orange, grapefruit, pineapple and apple. Slight honey sweetness. The clove is not as strong in the taste but is there. Subtle farmhouse notes.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Good balance between sweet and hoppy bitterness. Definitely finishes with a biting grassy bitterness. Perhaps a touch sticky.

A nice Belgian IPA. Good hop choices for the Belgian style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found this cheap at $2.69 for the single at Vintage Estate. Into a pint glass.

A - Very Hefeweizen like with a light yellow with a deep hazy color. Head is just a 1/4 inch that settles to a thick lace ring. Sticky lacing awesome.
S - In the glass it smells very tame some grapefruit hops fruity yeasts and some citrus zest. I taste.
T - Really digging the sweet fruit yeasts, not dry one bit, and the balancing grapefruit hop bitterness. Reminds me of a Belgium pale with more hops. Tasty.
M - Can't really pick up the 8%. Light to medium very well crafted.

Overall worth picking up as expected not super hoppy but very easy to drink.

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Photo of BB1313
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Labeled 2/3/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing dark yellow with a small eggshell white head and leaves great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are full of sweet yeast followed by some sweet fruit. Pineapple is definitely there with some subtle hints of grapefruit. Some malts along with hints of grass as pine. The flavors are very sharp and crisp. The bitterness is pretty impressive. There's definitely a hop bite to this one. The hop flavor is subtle, but they definitely nailed the bitterness. More grapefruit followed by some lemon zest. Fresh pine needles are in the mix. Earthy spices are there. Some black pepper. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and somewhat thick. It's very creamy and slightly syrupy with active carbonation. It's pretty smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed, but this is a nice one to relax with.

This is a nice Belgian IPA. They really nailed the bitterness with this one. It might not be up there with my personal favorites, but the craftsmanship is pretty impressive. Well done.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Advertised as a BIPA, this struck me as halfway between an IPA and a Belgian IPA. The Belgian yeasts are there, but they lay in ambush behind a surprisingly aggressive hop profile. Drinks surprisingly easily despite the notable hop bite. I enjoyed this one. Right on the cusp between pretty good and very good.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruit and citrusy hops—grapefruit, orange and pineapple seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with hints of Belgian yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts off with lots of flavors of citrus and tropical fruits but then notes of Belgian yeast begin to appear during the middle of the taste and diminishing some of the hoppiness. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a really interesting hybrid beer as it seemed to taste more like an American IPA compared to a Belgian IPA with all of the hop aromas and flavors. It's almost a shame that this wasn't just an American IPA as the Belgian yeast seemed to somewhat mute the interesting aromas and flavors from the hops.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting brew. Definitely get a noticeable hop presence on this one. Earthy is the overall theme. The Belgian yeast impacts the beer in more subtle ways than overly forward ones. Feel is slightly more full and almost fluffy. Minimal bready edge. It's a nice, easy drinking beer. I like it.

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Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle from the brewery.

Crystal clear deep golden color, decent lacing. Smells of dank hop resin, medicinal herbs, yeast and tropical fruit. Fruity palate with an oily grassy hops throughout, orange pith and passion fruit in the middle. A whole lot of hop flavor, it goes deep into this tasty fruity Belgian ale though the bitterness lets the beer keep that Belgian tone.

Very well done, a real testament to the Belgian IPA style.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Portsmouth brewing tulip glass.

The color is a very hazy bright orange with yellowish highlights. There is a finger of foamy white head that stayed briefly then left leaving a thin white line of webbing on the glass.

The smell is a bit sugary with a slight aroma of Belgian candy sugar. There is a nice malt aroma here that has some hints of dry bread. Also in the nose is slight white grape aroma that is off in the distance. There is a touch of berry aroma here too but I’m unable to place it.

The taste is has a smooth pine flavor that comes out and just lays down a carpet of hops on the tongue. There is a juicy fruit gum flavor here that is fantastic. There is sweetness but also a small bitterness that remains present in the background. Visited by some white grape, a slight cherry flavor, and a little tangerine flavor gets the taste buds rolling then are directed by bitter slightly pine borders.

The feel of this beer is smooth with a medium body that is highly drinkable and enjoyable. A silky feel just seems to glide down and seems to go fast.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colloid yeast suspension sticks up a golden color. Head amounted to an inch or so, then began to slowly choke out. I'm still left with a solid cap of pearly white foam.

Half-citrusy and half-floral in the hop department. Belgian yeast cries apricot and pomme fruitiness, but it's sustained by an aspirin-like chalky bitterness. A genuine approach with golden ale maltiness and generous hop rind.

Hoppier than most Belgian IPAs, with a grandiose American citrus punch. Wallop of bitterness gets swept away by the calmness of a sturdy pale malt backing. Flourishes of tart appley esters with notes of grapefruit, gooseberry, and papaya. The yeast is a big factor, and doing its job to elevate the beer and enhance subtle hop nuances. Bitter floral end is mild and astringently peppery.

Very slick, shading on oily, this beer drinks on cruise control. Spiciness accentuates the carbonation, which doesn't rise too far above medium. Alcohol isn't hurting anyone, either. I'll put my trust in Ithaca on that one, because I don't see an ABV listed on the label.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains floral hops, some Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then some tartness and breadiness comes in from wild Belgian yeast. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and the malt character is hearty but not too heavy creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper tan, golden brown, 1 inch foamy head with nice lacing.

Smell - Citric hops, sweet yeasts, spices , orange, grapefruit, some apricot and mango.

Taste - Starts off with bitter floral hops with a Belgium yeasty influence. Lots of orange, lemon and grapefruit along with added spices like lemon peel. Rather sweet fruits with a underlying amount of bitter/sour fruits like apples, grapes and a little plum. Slight caramel malt shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Plenty of sweet fruity notes nail the tongue. Palate gets more hops, some Belgium yeasts and spices. Aftertaste is sweet, hoppy and a little dry.

Overall - Its ok,its too much ipa and not enough Belgian inspired. Nice sweet fruits, decent spices, yeasts are too muted. Still worth a drink and easy to enjoy, just needs a little tweeking.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright honey golden hue with a big white head at least three finger width, fine Belgian style lacing. Aromatics spicy yeast, earthy citric hops, a bit of pepper, and a touch of vegetal/garlic notes from the hops. The American hops and the Belgian yeast are competing with each other. Reminds me of other versions especially the Stone's Belgian IPA...harsh on the palate citrus peel, Belgian spice bitterness comes off like perfume accidentally swallowed super bitter and not so cohesive with the light golden base malt here. Mouthfeel, a bit aggressive with the carbonation medium bodied some cloying aspects on the palate. Overall I'm happy I got to try this new Ithaca release, thanks to wvsabbath for the sample.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 140203 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of pine
Head average (3.5 cm), white, creamy, diminishing to a 3 mm ring
Lacing Ok – many small islands of small bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy, much suspended material
Flavor begins with a solid hit of pine which fades to a light bitterness; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation

A pleasant IPA, but closer to a pale ale, IMHO

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dense tangerine orange has a strong factor of visible carbonation and floaties within. Sturdy, frothy, whipped topping has a long lasting retention with a buff tone and pale yellowish undertones.

S: Aroma was soft, semi-dry lemon flower hops, flashes of sweet pale grains, soft fresh wet grapefruit with a light hint of hay and saw dust.

T: The flavor had floral orange, citrusy grapefruit hops, with some sweet speciality grains. Light, dry yeasty touch, dry fruitiness, bready with some citronella. Warm cooked pineapple fruitiness, spicy hop bite finish.

M: Creamy malt, mouthful, good carbonation level with a dry bittering citrus finish off the tongue.

O: Overall a good level of hops, bittering some belgian yeastiness, pretty good.

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Hopbloem from Ithaca Beer Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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