Hopbloem | Ithaca Beer Company

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by justintcoons on 02-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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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4.01/5  rDev +2%
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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Hopbloem from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 110 ratings