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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Photo of Doomcifer
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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 aerozeppl
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served at cellar temp (50 degrees) into my Cooper's Cave pint glass. All NY for this one.

A: Deep amber color with slightly less than one finger of head. Some lacing but not that much.

S: This is where you can begin to tell this IPA is different. Not nearly as citric as the west coast hops. Much more subdued with a slightly musty scent on them. Some malt is able to shine through all the hops as well.

T: Citrus is first. Notes of grapefruits. Slightly piny taste. The malt is noticeable on the front of the tongue. Very sweet which balances out the hops. The alcohol is present in this one more than most DIPAs I have had. It does clock in at 10% so that is not much of a surprise.

M: Med body that coats everything on the way down. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste but it feels physical.

D: I am admittedly not a hop head but I liked this beer. The 100% NY hops thing did get to me and was the reason for picking it up. I have sent this beer out on a few trades and people always seem to be into it. The bad news is that soon there will not be 100% NY hops and I think it will loose something as a result. Drink up while you can.

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Photo of cooter
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 TheBCrew
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +1.3%
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 bonbini26
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of bultrey
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and slightly hazy, with a small head and nice lacing as the beer is sipped. Smells of apricots, oranges, honey, and a little bit of herbaceousness. Not alot of hops on the nose. The taste is more of the same, quite honeyed, with a strong hint of anise and orange, and then the hops finally make an appearance in the long, but gently bitter aftertaste. Not alot of traditional double IPA hop falvors though. Drinkability is actually quite nice, and the alcohol is extremely well-hidden - very hard to believe it's ten percent.

A smooth beer, but not nearly as hoppy as other double IPAs.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resiny and fruity hop with a sweet caramel malt.

The taste was similar in that the spicy hop blended seemlessly with the sweet malts. Very faint warming alcohol.

The mouthfeel was full and on the sweet side.

Overall a suprisingly drinkable DIPA considering the hefty ABV.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy reddish orange color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful citrus hop aroma along with a solid malt base that boasts of pale, light crystal, and carapils malts. The taste is good. It has a thick and rich malt palate that consists of mostly pale malts along with an intense hop flavor goes down slow and warms on the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine double IPA. It has excellent flavor and hop aroma. I love that it's made with 100% NY grown hops. This used to be the land of hops. Maybe, someday it will be again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark golden color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, piney, nice touch of grapefruit, and some caramel. The taste is mostly hoppy, piney, and grapefruity. The alcohol is hidden very well for a 10% ABV brew. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a nice DIPA, would not mind having another, recommended.

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with an orange hue. Thin head, not much retention, and some lacing. Smell is citrus, grapefruit and malt. I agree the taste is not triditional for this style of beer, but it is good tasting beer. The hops are there but are not as strong as you would expect in an IPA. There is a nice bitter sweetness to this beer. Very nice.

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Photo of WillieMoe
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark amberish brew is an assault on the senses, let me tell you! It's got that fruity hop smell, that I enjoy so much, with a hint of maltiness. The taste mimics the smell, with it's fruity hop flavor, with a dash of maltiness. The bitterness is not harsh, but smooth, sweet and drinkable. Plus at 10% ABV it packs a punch! A solid brew, which I highly recommend.

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Photo of truthbrew
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a single bottle from a friend out in NY. Very little information on the bottle other than that it used 100% NY grown hops. With no indication of ABV, I poured and enjoyed.

Great copper, orange color. Didn't notice any yeast/sediment in the bottle, so I poured the whole thing and it surely was still very clear in my glass. Hop presense both in aroma and flavor was firm, but balanced. I thought it was a pretty clean tasting beer, nothing really out of place, either on the good or bad side. Very close to an American barley wine, but the malt just wasn't quite robust and chewy enough to push it to that level. Alcohol was smooth, no harshness, just subtle hints. Surprised when I read the ABV on this site... I would have guessed more in the mid-7% range. Completely enjoyable and would love to be able to get more.

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Photo of khiasmus
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange into the glass with ample head that lasts forever.
Smells like a freaking barleywine. Really. Like a really hoppy barleywine. So much honey and alcohol in the nose, it's surprising.
Tastes much like the aroma. No other impy IPA tastes like this whatsoever. Like a honeycomb with some dry alcohol and tons of hop flavor and bitterness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is creamy-smooth with a lot of warming, almost fusel alcohol in the finish, that's accented more by the bitterness from the hops which lends a slight astringency.
It's quite drinkable and certainly enjoyable. Deserves a try by any beer lover... it's a one-of-a-kind beer, to say the least.

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Photo of foxmul924
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Poured from Bottle into Room-Temperature Pint Glass)

Dark Amber/Light Red Color

Medium-Heavy Bodied with a Thicker, Foamy Head with Great Lace

100% NY Hops Certainly Add a Profound, Mellow Tart--Citrussy Bitter Flavor (Sour Orange/Grapefruit?) with the Usual Piney Hop Taste.

One Can Certainly Sense the Higher Alcohol Content, but It Remains Relatively Smooth Drinking for 10% ABV...By the End of the Sampling, However, the Warmed Belly Gives it Away.

Lingering Hoppy Finish, Somewhat Desirable.

Overall One of the Best Products out of Ithaca Brewing Co., Definitely Worthy of a Try.

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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to warriorsoul for this one.
Appearance is a hazy light orange with a 2 inch head and lots of lacing. Smell is of heavy orange and citrusy hops. Taste of wood, sweet malt, and resinous hops. Mouthfeel is of slight pine with silky citrus hops lingering slowly from the front of the tongue to the back. Lips burn slightly from the hoppy resin and alcohol. Overall, not bad. Some nice sweet malt with a resin that balances out with the tiniest bit of sourness noted towards the end. Superb.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Orfeu for the 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Unassuming clear copper color, big white head, slow fading, lots of carbonation visible.

Smell: Rich minty and piney hops, a little sweet, but very intense. A little gingerbread in the background.

Taste: Alcohol and big hops, i get more ginger lurking around the flavor. Sweetness combined with the alcohol grate a bit, but, hey, this is a DIPA, it should be a little raw.

Drinkability: The ginger aspect is different, this is an above average DIPA, enjoyable.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a growler.

This double IPA poured a slightly hazy, orange/peach color with good, creamy, light tan foram that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was piney, resinous hops with some malt and an ever so slight oakiness. The taste was very hoppy with citrus and some floral hops notes. There was a good bitterness but well balanced with malt. There was a hint of alcohol in the taste. The mouthfeel was crisp and hoppy overall. The body was medium with moderate carbonation feel. The hops lingered very nicely on the palate. This was a good, mellow, and easy to drink double IPA made with hops grown in NY state. Thanks to shippos for this growler.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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 DrinkinBuddy
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copperish color with a 1 finger head with ample lacing but not too frothy. Smell is definately more earthy and spicy (almost peppery) than most DIPA's. Taste is pine with a little citrus but just a hint, and a malty smoothness to finish. Lack of crispness is a slight drawback. Mouthfeel is malty and smooth. Drinkability is good with a nice cover of the 10 abv. Overall a decent DIPA, but not one I would go the extra mile for.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, pillowy head. Golden color; straw-colored, but darker. More carbonation than usual. Very light color, and the head leaves a nice lace.

Woody hop scent, with a dry smell. There is almost no other smell immediately present; hops dominate.

Crisp hoppy flavor. Has a very nice combo of the piney hops and the citrusy balance. Has a fruity, citrusy aftertaste.

Very smooth, but at the same time kind of thick. When it warms up it gets almost a milky feel. Nice and medium-bodied. The beer is kind of heavy, but very pleasant. Because it's so hoppy, a few in a row is unlikely, but this is a very good beer.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Included as a part of BIF X-Mas by shippos, this beer poured nearly perfect looking, with a partially cloudy peachy orange boy and a creamy mountain of a head. The aroma was hoppy, but not overly so. The smell was that of grapefruit, and hay, but lacked much pungent pine resin like qualities that many other beer of this style exhibit. The taste was not hoppy without being over the top with bitterness. There was a sweet malty undertone that restrained the peppery and citric hops. The mouthfeel was creamy and syrupy and was aided by diacetyl. This was bit sweeter than I would have liked, but otherwise very solid all around.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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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