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 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 Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 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 smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange amber. Light lace on glass; modest head

Crisp smelling with less hop than I'd expect. Slight spiciness. Good malt aroma balances the overall smell.

The hop does come through in the taste whereas the malt is far more muted. Very nice body--full like half-n-half. The hop bitterness lasts long after the swallow.

A very nice offering in the 2X IPA.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Electric tangerine with butterscotch edges. Who knew that a beer brewed with nothing darker than pale malt could be this color? The thickly creamy cap of pastel orange is probably the best part of the appearance. I'm amazed that the head on a 10.0% ale could be this large, this persistent and lay down this much beautiful lace.

The aroma is exactly as expected; or at least hoped for. Given the hop bill of '100% New York State Grown' Cascade, Mt. Hood and Willamette, it's no surprise that a citrus fruit salad greets my nose whenever I get it near the glass. Orange leads the way, followed closely by white grapefruit. Apricot and pine bring up the rear.

Double IPA is a good DIPA that could be a great DIPA if it had a smidgen less alcohol and a smidgen more hoppiness. Those are minor complaints, however, because this is definitely a treat of the 'sip it from a snifter' variety. I'm always a little leery of double-digit ABVs in DIPAs. Frankly, it's unnecessary. Pliny The Younger is, as always, an exception.

I would have bet my last dollar that some caramel malt is present, but the survey says... 'No'. The only other flavor that competes with the hops is a medicinal, orange cough syrup-like quality that reminds me of the cherry cough syrup-like quality that some barleywines can have. Gotta knock a few percentage points off that ABV, guys.

The flavor profile consists of oranges soaking in orange liqueur and Absolut Citron, candied grapefruit peel and pine sap. Sweetness and bitterness are both on the generous side, but are pretty well balanced in the end. Alcohol cuts through them easily anyway. I've changed my mind. Any beer with this much unmasked alcohol doesn't deserve the flavor score that I was originally going to give.

The mouthfeel is a direct reflection of an abundance of ingredients. Huge amounts of malt sugars give it a silky smooth plushness, while alpha acids and alcohol give it a stinging seriousness. It definitely engages the senses, I'll give it that.

It looks like my 'last ounce' impression is identical to my 'first ounce' impression: back off the alcohol, jack up the hops and this would be a much better beer. If American barleywines are your thing, Ithaca Double IPA might be your thing as well. Thanks BeerTruth.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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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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 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 RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly clouded amber. Great lacing on the way down. Nose is very perfumed and hoppy. Flavor is hoppy and perfumed as well. Thick syrupy liquid feel. Heavily drinkable. A nice smooth meaty DIPA on the cask, Had this on bottles a few days ago and it was just as good on cask of course.

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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 jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade.

Pours hazed orange amber with a thin, foamy, off-white head that stays around, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of grapefruit and resin with a caramel backing.

The taste is resiny with a spicy hop bite. Caramel sweetness and biscuity notes balance it out. Alcohol comes through in the finish, though not sharp, and well-covered for 10%.

The feel is fullish and rather chewy.

A solid DIPA. The caramel comes through just a tad too much as it progresses for my personal preference, but overall a solid, enjoyable sipper of a DIPA.

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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 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 Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!It pours from 12oz bottle a clear bronze with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is big on the grapefruit with a secondary nose of caramel malt that does its best to take over the more I sniff. Nice.

The taste has it all going on here. Lots of hops with grapefruit and pine but the malt is right there, on pace with the hops and actually becomes the most dominant flavour after a few more sips. There's a slight taste of alcohol here and it gives *some* warming after the swallow but I don't think it detracts much, if at all, from my session. Slow sipper? You betchya but that's more wanting to stretch out the session than having the alcohol get to me.

The mouthfeel is pretty full and creamy and it finishes on a slightly malty sweetness note. Darn good stuff!
Btw, the foam holds its own and there's about a 1" solid layer with plenty of lacing as I'm close to finishes the bottle.

Another fine DIPA to be had here and I'm so glad I got the chance to try this offering from Ithaca.

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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 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 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 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 akorsak
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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 ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1/2" creamy but slightly off-white head, which fades, but laces well with foam coating. A translucent warm light amber brew, with an aroma of piney hops. Taste is stongly hoppy, yet not mouth tissue-dissolvingly so, which is nice. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both good for the style, But I have to bump the latter up a notch and wonder, where is the 10%abv hiding?

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Double IPA from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 118 ratings