Double IPA | Ithaca Beer Company

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Double IPADouble IPA
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Double IPADouble IPA

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop farming once thrived in New York State. In the early 1900s, 95% of all hops used in the US were grown here in New York. However, soon the combination of crop disease & prohibition put an end to local hop growing. Today, there's a new movement afoot to bring commercial hops back to NY. The Ithaca Beer has teamed up with Pederson Farms (Seneca Castle, NY) to create a Double IPA brewed with 100% NY hops.

Added by ithacabaron on 02-24-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 112
Reviews by nlmartin:
Photo of nlmartin
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A special thanks to bwyker goes out for sending this my way in trade. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: I am somewhat under whelmed by the appearance. The beer has a hazed peachy orange coloration. The head was a flat ring of foam.

Smell: Sweet floral citrus hops dominate the smell. A caramel maltyness combines well with boozey alcohol. This beer will not club you over the nose with its aromas.

Taste: The beer has a very sweet malty caramel maltyness. This combines with a predominately citrus hops. The beer has a very pronounced spicy alcohol flavor. This is a fine beer to drink. I however prefer my DIPA with a bit more aggressiveness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a lightly carbonated medium plus body. The alcohol makes its prescence known with both buzz factor and a spicy tingle. This is a nice DIPA. I would drink this beer again if it came my way. I dont think I could have more than one in a session.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit,poured into a goblet a deep hazed burnt orange with a very tight,sticky 1/2 finger head that settled very slowly.Awesome deep piney,resinous aromas with some grapefruit rind in there as wel the alcohol has a fruitiness to it wich goes well with the big pine elemants.True to DIPA form the massive hops hit hard but dont overwhelm,big pine notes and grapefruit zest,like pure hop juice with a slight warming alcohol kick.There is a lightly sweet biscuity base but its overwhelmed bigtime by the hops and Iam not complaining,I loved it but the goblets at Pizza Plant kinda suck I want pint upon pint of this baby.

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Photo of sponberg
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ohhhh man. Ever open a growler knowing that the contents were going to kick your butt and hard, but you were going to enjoy the ride regardless? This is one of those times.

Pours a brilliant yet cloudy (this baby's unfiltered) gold with a white head that laces down the glass quite impressively. Aroma is a combination of toasted biscuity malt dipped in honey, combined with whiffs of citric hops and fumes of alcohol.

Wow. Just... wow. Starts off with this amazingly floral hoppiness - think irises - then blooms into a stunning mix of caramel and biscuity malt, honey, citric hop bitterness and flavor, and an warm alcoholicness that does not burn at all. Every taste bud is greeted and happy. The finish is slightly bitter, very mildly numbing on the back of the roof of the mouth, with honey and floral aromatics. Round and smooth, with a tingly, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. The drinkability improves with use - Danger, Will Robinson!!!

A beer that keeps getting better and better from a brewery doing the same. And a fun aside - it ages in bottle spectacularly. Goood stuff.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I cam across this beer for the first time yesterday and had to pick it up. Poured a very hazy orange. Very reminiscent of Smuttynose "Finest Kind" IPA in appearnace. Finger width white head that didn't hang around too long but left pretty decent lacing behind. Aroma is of tangerine, citrusy, pine...not too much else. Very tangerine dominant. Tasted of citrusy tangerine, some grapefruit, grassy, obviously hoppy, and some alcohol beneath it all which lingered and brought the warming effect. No dry-finish to speak of. Mouthfeel was airy, full bodied, and a bit tingly on the tongue. Not the best Imperial IPA by a long shot but this brew is very pleasing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a pint of this fine brew at the Westside (not) Brewing company in NYC. Pours soft orangy/yellow amber, cloudy, with a white loose head and well developed and extensive lacing. Nose is just mildly of grainy hops. One sip and you know this is a well crafted, bold elixir of a beer. Big and bold oily,grainy,piney and also citric hops ooze and crunch out of every sip. Yum. Hop heads rejoice. Well done and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler thanks to shippos.
A beautiful, hazy orange/bronze color w/ a full finger and a half of off-white head. Head is very fluffy and sticks around during most of each pint..lacing is thin and disappears too quickly.
The aromas are not as overpowering as I was expected, but nice hints of fruity hops and caramel.
Taste is really impressive...a masterful blend of hops and malts...the malts keeping this IIPA from being too aggressive.
Oranges and grapefruit up front w/ a malt backbone to make this one offer something for everyone...even if you are not a hophead.
The mouthfeel is the most impressive, being that this growler is over a week old since originally is just slightly slick, with the consensus being perfectly carbonated and refreshing. Not overly bitter and has no lingering aftertaste.
Despite the ABV%, I could drink this one all afternoon...wouldn't be worth a sh*t, but the alcohol is totally hidden in this double.
My only regret is sharing this w/ others...good thing I have a couple in bottle (thanks to HappyHourHero).
One heck of a IIPA that I am so thankful for the chance to try.

3.10 pumped up the review a bit after enjoying a bottle of this gem...instead of a separate review.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of shippos.

Poured a cloudy bright orange in color with a thick layer of white head. Very nice lacing of the glass. Aromas are what you'd expect from a double IPA: all sorts of pine cone hops fly out of the glass and assail the notrils. Is there any balancing by the malts? Hard to tell. Flavor is more of the same, but there is a bit more sweetness that shows up. The ABV shows up in the finish, with almost a medicinal-like character. Lots of bitterness in the finish, too. Solid, solid beer.

Quite the "west-coast" version of the style, it reminded me a little of Dreadnaught...worthy praise, indeed. A treat for this certified hop-head.

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Photo of butters_mcgee
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This past Wednesday at Bocktown Ithaca rep came for a tasting and he brought presents not available in the Burgh including a sixtel of this fine brew and the Old Habit Rye beer that they're bottling in 750s. Appears a caramel amber crimson hue forms a light tan off white head with good retention, as it slowly dwindles lacing remains thick and even with each sip. Aroma really malty caramel malts present some mild light fruit tones with hops presenting floral perfumey aspects with a touch of tangerine citrus bite very nice alcohol is evident in the smell. Flavor was impressive due to the fact that this DIPA didn't kill me with bitterness just a dynamic mix of hop flavors with floral vinous and mild citrus pine tones woven into the fabric of the malt base presents toasty caramel and mild nutty edges with an even soothing alcohol burn on the palate really bringing it together I wouldn't have guessed 10%abv. Mouthfeel is very smooth carbonation carries this medium bodied DIPA so well slightly slick with hop oils gracing the palate a really enjoyable experience. Drinkability, well some coworkers and I were able to polish off the growler pretty effortlessly and afterward everyone agreed that we good go for another.

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Photo of DagFishHead
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, amber-tinged golden body. Thin but creamy off-white head fades quickly to a thin, wispy cap and leaving thick lace-cicles on the glass.
Smell: Not quite what I expected... definite floral and resinous hop oils in the nose for sure... but many barleywine notes as well. Esthery fruits (apple, pear, peach), buttery, oaky, biscuity malt with a warm alcohol bloom at the close. An interesting olfactory excursion.
Taste: Medium bodied. Honey-cream malt with more of a biscuit/cracker-like English style than regular Ithaca Flower Power IPA. Lots of hops going on in the mouth, but no more than a SNPA in my opinion. Resinous hop oils dominate the citrus dryness and burnt bitterness. Dries to desert levels with lingering hop oil puckeriness. ABV very well hidden.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. Definite bitter hop pucker and oiliness. Alcohol is warm and stealthy.
Drinkability: Similar to Weyerbacher Hops Infusion... hop oiliness overdominates. This is a very enjoyable brew and a definite "stepping out" for Ithaca Beer. But in my opinion, this is more like what their IPA should taste like. I'm sorry to say it just didn't have a Big Beer "WOW" for me in terms of taste.. it's certainly big in the ABV department, though.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: Deep amber, good carbonation, very lively looking with a nice foamy off-white head that proves to be long lasting.

Nose: Tangy citric acid buzz on the nose, tropical fruits, grapefruit bitterness detected, very sweet malt and an obvious zesty, green hop tinge.

Flavor: WaaaY sweeter than I had imagined! with floral and tropical fruit sweetnes in the malt and a perfect counter-balance of fresh herbs and zesty hops. This is pretty complex and a really nice balance of herbal, green hops and a wonderful fruitie boldness. For a *BIG* IPA this one is on the low side of bitter. THe alcohol % is a bit of a suprise because the heat plays only a minor role in the overall flavor balance.

Feel: Medium bodied, very hefty feeling with a nice bite as well.

DA: Highly drinkable and yummy. watch out....10% ABV!

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear coppery color with a medium foamy head. The head has large bubbles and really didn't last too long,but this is still a very good looking beer. The smell has a very strong hop aroma,very nice. Not much citrus ,but a lot of hops. The taste is a crisp brew with hops. There is no hop bitterness,but the hops totally dominate this beer. This is creamy and very good. The m/f is light and well balanced making this a very good beer and the best Ithaca beer I've had.

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Photo of DaisyBeans
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. found at Premiere Gourmet.A hoppy beer, was not sure what hops used, but leafy taste. Even a tad of wintermint. Not a bad double IPA, short of being a hop bomb and well malted. Just very hoppy.Carbonation was a bit high, this would be interesting on cask.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm, hoppy. Yeah, there are bigger double IPA's out there, but this one manages big alcohol with drinkability. There is a slight, dry vodka feel to the beer's finish, but it's otherwise smooth sailing as far as DIPA's go.

A big whiff smells like oily pine needles needs and grapefruit. The flavor starts with a tropical fruit juice taste and leaves with a white grape, clove, and orange peel taste. Sound a little odd? Well it tastes good anyways. Overall it's not a top-tier IPA, like Stone Ruination, but it's still plenty tasty and worth a try.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy copper with a finger width of white foam. Great head retention and lacing, which seems to be a trend among these hoppy Ithaca beers. Aroma is a little subdued but consists mostly of floral citrus notes, some breadiness, and a waft of alcohol.

Taste is a blend of tangy grapefruit notes, mellow sweetness and alcohol. The hops are very light and subtle, really only making themselves known in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth but takes on more of a syrupy feel as it warms. Heat is definitely present but not overpowering. When at room temp, the alcohol mixes with the sweetness and viscous body to give off almost a medicinal taste.

Hmmm, quite the interesting Double IPA here. I think maybe increasing the hops and toning down the heat would have gone a long way in improving my impression of it. It wasn't by any means an offensive experience or anything but I don't see myself revisiting this effort from Ithaca anytime soon.

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Photo of TheBCrew
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 2 oz. sample poured from the tap at the brewery into a glass tasting glass (much better than the plastic cups that some breweries use). Pours a deep amber with an off-white foamy head. Decent retention and a good amount of lacing. Intense hop aroma - spicy, floral and citrusy all at once. Good amount of malt sweetness helps balance the hop bitterness for a clean dry finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable beer given the strength. With their NYS hop producer struggling to maintain sufficient crop production, this incarnation of their DIPA may soon be gone for good. Fear not though, the staff did assure that if it did come to it, they would use hops outside of NYS to supplement and keep this tasty beer alive.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful dark amber with a thick foamy white head.

S: Very sweet hop aroma with fresh grapefruit, rich caramel sweetness, pine and dried oranges. The nose was soft and well refined and smooth.

T: The palate was very rich and sweet with a huge caramel presence to start things out. A load of fresh citrus and grapefruit soon hits you with a background fruitiness (caramel apples). The flavor fades with nice lingering hints of citrus and sweetness.

M: full bodied, malty and sweet with a nice pine hoppiness.

D: You will not believe this is a 10abv beer and is nicely covered up the malt sweetness. Very good and enjoyable 2x over.

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Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with drseamus. The ale is hopped with New York-grown hops.

A: The ale is an amber orange beer, having a very hazy appearance without any visible particles. The head is fairly nonexistent, just a small white band.

S: The aroma is thick with hops, fruity with a citrus element. They have an excellent scent.

T: The first flavors to hit the tongue are citrusy hops and alcohol. The hops are grapefruit and lemon rind, sharp with a hint of tartness. The alcohol hits hard and never backs down. Malts don't impress me much, but that is alright because the hops keep me occupied.

M: The mouthfeel is dominated by the hops, delicious in their bitterness. The fruitiness that emerges from the hops is up there with some better DIPAs.

D: The alcohol is strong and ha quite a burn. Beyond that though, the hop profile is big and bold and makes for a good drink.

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Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured orangey color ale with a huge bubbly head with better then average retention. Aroma is comprised solely of floral hops reminiscent of West Coast hops but with added earthiness. Taste is medium sweet with some lingering bitterness as this beer hits the back of your palate. There is some ‘’earthy’’ feeling that I can’t quite put a name on that doesn’t fit too well with this beer but since it is not too dominant it does not ruin this beer. Great imperial IPA.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, cloudy orange with yellow highlights. Thin white head and lots of effervescence screaming for the surface.
Aroma of complex fruits and nuts to start moving to a powerful, deep rich resin and hop note. Very interesting hop note be interested in varietal.
Flavor has spicy and grapefruit tang followed by an overflow of complex caramel and other malts and pale biscuit flavors. touch of nuttiness.
Mouthfeel is very chewy and sweet feel. Lightly spiced finish is very fruity and very complex.
Drinkability is high. Hard to believe only hops grown in my home state of NY are used. Very NW style influenced.
Thanks to Dantes for this rarity.

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Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cooter
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wondrous smell. Alcohol, cloves?, hops, thickness. Reminds me of some excellent Belgians.

Its presentation is ambiguous. On one hand, it poured very nicely into my St. Bernardus goblet, with sumptuous froth and the hints of yellow sediment on the last drops (some research on brewing methods could shed light on the truth of the matter). It has a cloudy orange color (again, like a Tripel). But on the other hand, the head is as poor as a street beggar after thirty seconds, and the lacing too.

First taste is filled with alcohol, lemon?, esthers, and thick citrus. Mouthfeel is less sticky than most strong IPAs, but it seems shifted to a Dogfish-60-minute-IPA-type sweet, high-pitched, only slightly carbonated, heady experience. I like it very much.

My temples feel drunk.

Flavorful, satisfying, but not too complex. It's not enormously drinkable, due to the thickness of its body, but one ends up craving after a few moments. Not much aftertaste or cloyingness to speak of, which works in this case.

In summary, extremely pleasant and very appropriate for lounging. I doubt that it has a huge amount of complexity, but damn if it doesn't feel good. Not a session, but perfect for a single pleasant, heady, quick-to-buzzed experience.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice bright and hazy cloudy amber with a good two finger high head of white frothy and foamy lace on the top. Nice slow retention left behind copious amounts of side glass lace and a few bubbles of carbonation streaming up to replenish it as they went. Good looking solid IPA.

S – The aroma was to be honest a tad light and this started to get me a bit nervous as I had high hopes for this one. What I was able to pick up was a very sweet, deep floral citrus hops. A touch of grain floating around in the back, but again the smell was deceptively light.

T – The flavor on the other hand completely redeemed this one from the first sip. Very big bright and fresh citric hop taste. A lot of really fresh flavors were dominating here and really pushing the envelope as far as how bitter it would get. Enough of a bite to the finish that it kept you looking for just a little bit more in the finish. This was really a great flavor and it had a bit of uniqueness to the hop profile I honestly had not tasted before. It was like an underlying sweetness that was very good and really pushed through quite nicely. Very light and well balanced it did not linger too long, but that first sip was a doozy.

M – The feel was nice light and full of carbonation, again deceptively light as this was certainly a big one. A really great overall feel and a nice crisp clean finish capped it off well.

D – Now this one could definitely get me in a bit of trouble. There was really no hint at the ABV inside what so ever and the crisp clean smooth profile made this one go down a little bit quicker then it probably should have. Really could have used a second one when all was said and done.

Overall this was a really great east coast IPA. I really loved that all the hops were NY grown, that may have been the cause of that nice little extra bit of something that I detected. A great full profile that really shined this was definitely a quality brew that I would love to try again. A very nice example of the style and something I would definitely have to recommend.

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Double IPA from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 119 ratings