Hopbloem | Ithaca Beer Company

very good
110 Ratings

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by justintcoons on 02-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 22
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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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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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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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3.56/5  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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3.99/5  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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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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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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Hopbloem from Ithaca Beer Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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