Double IPA | Ithaca Beer Company

Double IPADouble IPA
118 Ratings
Double IPADouble IPA

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Photo of PBoegel
2.56/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have tried this brew several times, I had a decent four pack when it was first released, a miserable one that had clearly gone array at packaging and a newer one just purchased.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Brooklyn Belgian flute.

The color is was golden clear, with very little head that disappaited quickly.

Aorma was slight pine, almost fresh hop grassy sweet, some notes of alcohol.

Taste was similar, not alot of great complexity and balance that you need in this style, as such the mouthfeel and drinkability were severely lacking.

I will continue to try this one, but thus far it has been a bit short.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.56/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served cool from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint.

Pours nice and thick, building up a fine looking but restrained half inch head that leaves good lacing. Head color is yellower than most, like French vanilla rather than beige or tan. Beer is amber and hazy like unfiltered honey.

Nose is loaded with grapefruity hops. Also a strong presense of honey. Band-aid aroma sneaks in as it warms.

Taste is dominated by astringent and mediciney mouthfeel. Grapefruit hop flavor and bland residual sugars hiding behind the hops.

It's an odd beer, medicinal and fruity. Just a hint of the 10% alcohol hiding in there. But it only gets worse as it warms in the glass. Bummer.

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Photo of stegmakk
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pure golden color with a little bit of an off white head that
didnt stay long but left some alcing.

Aroma was intriguing as it had more of a sweet fruit smell and just a hint of that piney hops.

Taste was not right for a double IPA (or regular IPA). Too sweet/mediciney almost a bit of honey with MILD undertones of the piney hops.

Mouthfeel wasn't bad.
Drinkability is hard to rate. IF you like this flavor, it does go down easy especially for the alcohol content. However, I just could not get past the taste.

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Photo of shamrock7
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to say I was a little disappointed with this one. I found the taste kind of flat. Both the aroma and the appearance was just so-so. I’m a big fan of Ithaca, but this one didn’t do it for me. The taste was not what I was looking for in a double IPA.

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Photo of Viggo
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy gold, thick white head, nice lacing and good retention. Smell is grapefruit, some citrus, little bit of malt, pineapple, weird hop combination. Taste is malty, some toffee, alcohol, pineapple and citrus, decent bitterness in the finish, almost medicinal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some heat, astringent mouthfeel, maybe NY hops just aren't very potent, this wasn't very good.

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Photo of wyllder
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First off: Thanks go out to Dante for the chance to sample this beer.

Pours a hazy, light orange-amber with a minimal ivory head. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass as you go.

Nose is a musky, bitter apricot scent.

Initial hit on the palate is quite bitter and not in a terribly pleasant DIPA way. Not very well balanced at all. Midspid is an overly astringent citrus bitterness with a slightly skunky character to it. Finish is rather dry and develops an unpleasant orange-peel flavor about halfway through the bottle.

Drinkability is ok. Mouthfeel suffers due to astringency and that unpleasant orange-peel flavor I described which settles in the back of the throat warning you off drinking more of this.

This, while more tolerable, reminds me of Paper City's Hop Monster, which I didn't like at all. If you liked that one, you might want to give this a try.


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Photo of
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Out of the No Name BIF, if I remember right. Thanks drseamus!

Hazy, true gold in color. Small, ivory colored head. Fairly still. No lacing, some legs on the swirl.

Smells very sweet. Pine and caramel. Peaches covered in sugar.

Taste is also quite sweet, even while still pretty cold. Is it a DIPA or a barleywine, that is the question....Sweet character is fruity, tropical style and caramel. Hops are there (herbal & floral), but struggle to stay with the sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable, but well managed for 10%.

Medium + in body. Low carbonation - if possible, turning it up a bit would help. Not particularly dry.

I'm not wild about this one. I like my DIPAs on the bitter side.

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Photo of DrJay
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden orange with a white head. Decent retention and some lacing were evident. Mild fruity aroma with grapefruit and pineapple, also a little pine resin. There didn't seem to be a lot of malt in the flavour, leaving the bitterness and hop flavour a little harsh. Citrus/pine combo that was a little catty and some alcohol in the finish. Dry, with a medium/light body and appropriate carbonation. The malt and hops just seemed a little weak to me for a double IPA. I guess I like mine with a little more punch. Thanks for sharing Viggo!

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Photo of zdk9
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a burnt orange. Crystal clear which displays the light bubbles coming off the bottom of my wine glass. Just half a finger of light egg white foam top the beer and leave sheets of lacing.

S- Lots of candy- in particular I smell Twizzlers...some sharp whiskey smell. It's all close to caramel, but not reaching it, which I appreciate for difference's sake.

T- For a DIPA the hops on this beer are not that strong. In fact I would describe it as more of a barleywine. Again there is quite a strong candy taste, bringing a syrupy sweetness. There is some bitterness that falls on the back and sides of my mouth bringing the alcohol with it.

M- Syrupy, alcoholic, and all around powerful in the mouthfeel.

D- I think this one could use some more hops, and with it a little more balance to the candy sweetness. But overall a powerful beer.

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Photo of miskatonic
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this hazy deep orange colored ale produced no head. The aroma (what little there is) is of piney hops, with very little sweetness. The flavor is almost immediatly spicey and sachrin sweet at the same time, finishing with a subdued hop bitterness and some alcohol flavors. This is an easy drinking beer for 10%, but it is not a flavor I can get used to easily, the hops and the malt seems way out of balance and I detect a faint flavor of diacytel which I think is out of place and possibly unintentional. I like this brewery alot, and the beer is certainly not bad, but I would have a hard time coming back to this beer without a better balanace of flavor and finish.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is hoppy grapefruit with hints of sweetness. Some lingering bitterness. $2.29 for a 12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange. A small ring for a head provides almost no lace at all.
A bit of hoppy citrus aroma.
Has a kind of malty, fusel alcohol sort of flavor. There are some citrusy hops in there to help balance it out.
Full bodied. You don't get that fusel burning sensation from the alcohol although it is evident in the flavor. Rather chewy.
This one's an okay beer but not very drinkable at 10% ABV. It seems to stray a bit from some of the better DIPA's I've had.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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 GClarkage
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

10/20/06- Received via BA member Bultrey for fantasy baseall payment.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Golden-orange colored pour. Very clear. 3/4 inch head settles as a nice rim. Smooth sheet style lacing.

Smell- Sugary sweet and pine ridden hops. Very light malt backing. Have to really dig in to get the scent.

Taste- Sugary hops come into play first. A heavy pine sap taste. This is followed by a lasting toasted malt flavor. Has a light stale taste. Not sure if it's from the hops or malt though.

Mouthfeel- Thick and very creamy. Tight bubbled mid range carbonation with a lighter mouthfeel and lasting pine aftertaste.

Drinkability- Another beer I would like to try fresh to find out if it was a bit stale or not. If only it tasted as good as it felt going down.

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Photo of Durge
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A murky cider colored brew with a whispy white head and scant lace. The aroma is a very nice, solid grapefruit hops with a fair butterscotch malt. The first taste kills that sweet suggestion from the aroma and substitutes a strong alcohol dominanace. After you adjust to the high octane the sweetness does begin to return. The flavor becomes more candied apricot with caramel touches. The hops are not so obvious at first but improve as it warms, more earthy than citrus perhaps. It is mildly carbonated and fairly full bodied, a nice feel but this is too strong for sessioning. It has a complex flavor, a rich feel, but the alcohol is a bit overdosed for my preferences. A quality effort none-the-less and one any hophead should sample. Start it at room temperature and proceed slowly to savor the subtleties.

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Photo of rowew
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. No freshness info. "100% New York State Grown Hops"

Appearance: Cloudy orange, thin head with decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Aroma is muted hops, a bit of grassiness.

Taste: Hops dominate, but they are not strong in flavor here. A bit of bitterness in the finish. The malt balances out the hops well, but doesn't contribute much in the way in flavor.

Overall impression: Not bad, and the alcohol is very well hidden.. but this is definitely not the most exciting double IPA I've had. The hops don't stand out.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body is a cloudy orange color with a good-sized white head. No much in the way of lacing was left around the glass. Nose had a surprising sweetness to it for a DIPA, but there was plenty of juicy hops as well. Floral and piney hops and caramel malt. Taste was equally balanced with a big upfront sweetness from the caramel. Fresh floral hops and citric hops were there with a nice little bitter bite. Overall though a bit too much sweetness for me liking. A big balanced IPA more than a hop monster. A bit light in the mouth and pretty drinkable. I waited till after my second bottle to rate but they both seemed a bit too sweet.

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Photo of cbl2
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9/13/2006 $8.00 4 pack 10.00% No best by date.


Pours a medium brown with a quarter inch of tight white foam that settles slowly. Carbonation is fine and persistent.


Odd herbal notes, like someone's garden gone haywire, fresh bitter hops, and not much else.


Fairly smooth mouthfeel, but the hop profile here takes over immediately, and it is an odd one. 100% of the hops were grown in NYS for this one (apparently 95% of the hops in the US used to come from NYS), but it tastes as if fresh mint was used to brew this as opposed to H. lupulus. This has some hop bitterness, but it's overwhelmed by the intense mintyness. Tastes more like a breath mint than a DIPA.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with not too much off-white head and some lacing, but minimal. Smells are very different for a double IPA, mainly citrus and grapes with lots of sweet malt, much like grapenuts. Taste is very citrusy, almost fruit punch-like with oranges, grapefruit, and tangerine. There's also lots of malt sweetness, but it's missing a good hop finish. Medium in body with low carbonation and surprisingly little alcohol presence. A lot different from many other types of double IPAs, drinkable but not my first choice as it is missing out on that big hop finish I like.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: Decent hops aroma, but a strong citrus sweetness smell is what I detected most.

T: Floral hops flavor comes out first, but not as intense as you would expect, plenty bitter but not quite the normal hops bitterness. The citrus sweetness that you get in the smell seemed absent in the taste. The high ABV provides a big alcohol burn.

M: Crisp, but not-too-smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: I didn’t find this one to be very tasty nor did I find it very easy-to-drink. It wasn’t very filling, but the high ABV also limits this beer’s drinkability.

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Photo of shirfan
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange and clear with little foam.

Floral hops with some orange creme in the nose.

Taste: A fairly mellow DIPA, but still good. Light caramel flavor leads, sweet throughout, joined by a flowery and smooth orange flavor. Not the hoppiest example of the style, but what is here is sufficient and leaves a mild pucker well into the aftertaste.

Alcohol level is well hidden -- drinks like a mild-mannered single IPA. Overall a nice beer, and I'm glad to see there was an attempt to showcase NY-grown hops before the shortage. Hopefully future beers will be able to make the same claim.

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Photo of BabaJohn
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very pungent, tangerine and grape juice aroma hits me from afar as I pour this ever so slightly hazy, medium-light brown beer with orange and red highlights. The esters and alcoholic aromas are almost overwhelming in this one, which makes it difficult to get a strong impression of ‘hop-ness.’ Still, that floral and piney scent can be detected. Head is minimal, requiring a vigorous pour to get even a meager showing, although a pleasing, and very fine, creamy foam does present itself. It clings in a big wash to the sides of the glass with a little bit of lacing. First taste starts with a dry flavor of hops that is superseded by sweet malt and fruit tastes. A very noticeable accent of woody oak follows. All throughout there are earthy, almost grassy overtones to the hop flavoring, which is strong. There is an assertive alcoholic warmth and taste to this brew, though I don’t find it distracting or disproportionate to other examples in the style. The brew is thick and chewy in the mouth, with a moderate amount of carbonation. The hopping becomes more dominant as the beer is consumed. In the end, the woody, grassy side of this one throws me a bit, but I could easily imagine someone preferring this DIPA for the same reasons. This is certainly a good beer that I would never turn down, but it’s not my top pick or the style.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
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 flexabull
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says brewed with 100% New York grown hops. Interesting...

Pours a hazy orange color with a decent looking head on it.

Aromas are sweet and citrus like.

This is a rather sour tasting beer. It is tart, and bitter with an overlying citrus grapefruit like quality to it. The malts try to show up, but they only make a slight appearance in the finish. It's just a touch creamy and sweet. This beer is out of balance in my opinion, but I still think the flavors are pretty good.

Mouthfeel is excellent, this is a very well rounded a full bodied beer.

Not a bad DIPA, the flavors are a bit out of wack. But it's still an interesting and pretty good beer that is worth a try.

This came to me in the B'day 07 BIF courtesy of drseamus. Thanks again!

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Photo of JayQue
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from the stash I brought home from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY. This one is advertised as having all NY grown hops. Certainly nothing wrong with the hops flavor, but overall this beer is pretty average. Pours a light, dull amber, the head is white, small and fades fast to a ring around the glass. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is good, the bitter / spicy hops smell is fairly pronounced. Taste is ok...good hops bitterness but lacking the "wow" factor this "hophead" has experienced from just about every quality IPA or Double IPA I've sampled. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, unusual for a beer with a strong hops flavor. Drinkability is ok, but if I was risking life and limb with a 10% abv session beer, I would have picked Bigfoot, 90 Min IPA or another Double IPA, Strong Ale or Barleywine.

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