Hopbloem | Ithaca Beer Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
110 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by justintcoons on 02-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
110
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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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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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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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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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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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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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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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4/5  rDev +1%

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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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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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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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