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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 brewbird
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfection en glass! I missed the first batch of this, so jumped on the second as soon as it came out, and boy am I glad I did!

Appearance: Poured beautifully, a sparkling golden hue. Just the right head settling to a nice lace.

The nose: This is a DIPA, where is the nose? It is soft and subtle, very crisp and citrusy, not in your face at all. Shouldn't this be bigger? Disappointment ahead?

Taste: Well, the first taste is not too intense either.The hops are present, pleasant, very even. There is wonderfully sweet malt backing everything up, so the balance is right on. As I continue, the hops become more pronounced, and the DIPA character starts to assert itself. This is like fine Thai cooking, the heat slowly building to a toasty crescendo, setting off that perfect buzz between your ears.

Mouthfeel: Weighty over time. This beer builds over time, the high ABV well hidden. Oh so dangerous!

Drinkability: Magical Mystery Hop Tour! Perfect!

Side note: the hops are from Pedersen Farm in Seneca Castle NY. They are Cascade, Mt Hood and Willamette, and "this is the first time in at least 50 years that a beer has been brewed with all NY hops." Praise be: they are expanding!

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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 shippos
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a hazy golden with decent white head.
resiny piney aroma tons of hops and excellent citrusy aromas very nice malt back bone in the aroma. excellent chewy mouthfeel slightly syrupy. somewhat subdued taste as far as the hop are concernd...maybe due to the age of the bottles. this was extremely tasty and unbelievably hoppy when it's fresh and on draft. very drinkable for the style, almost too drinkable.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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 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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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 OldFrothingSlosh
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Dantes
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Package: 12 oz. longneck, crowned brown bottle. No date information or ABV indicated. The only information on the rather bland label is that the hops are “100% New York State Grown Hops.” The beer is simply called “Double IPA” and has a silhouette of the Statue of Liberty and the state of New York.

Cost: $12.50 per 6-pack at Finger Lakes Beverage

Presentation: Poured into a Shaker pint glass at ~45º

Appearance: Pours a rich, amber brown with an orange glow, not much lighter than the color of the bottle! Cloudy to the point of being opaque, lending it a substantial look, like real amber. The beige head is rich, dense, and tightly grained. The head persists throughout the pint, heavily coating the Shaker pint.

Smell: The first thing I thought of, was that there was almost no alcohol volatility on the nose. Instead, there is the classic Ithaca Beer herbaceousness, backed by a round fruitiness and some nice malt breadiness. However, they’ve added a lot more bite to the bark of the hops. Tingly tendrils of hops reach out for your olfactory nerve, poking and prodding.

Taste: This is a real “velvet hammer” of a beer. At first, this seems like just a great IPA; but like the best hot and spicy meals, the heat and hops build in your mouth until you are enveloped in a flavor storm. This has a surfeit of flavors with no flaws: the fruitiness and menthol-like hops are not blemished by bitter astringency or thinness. Again, Ithaca Beer uses the malt elements well, but this beer is all about the hops. The finish is long, warming, and spicy.

Mouthfeel: This is warm, rich, and concentrated; without being heavy or flabby. As is usual for an Ithaca beer, the carbonation was excellent, giving this a very clean, tasty, “feel.” Body is medium (but not thin), especially for such a high-ABV, concentrated beer.

Drinkability: Reminded me very much of the Ramstein Winter Wheat for how deceptive the ABV levels in this are. If I didn’t know better, I’d assume that this was just a phenomenal session IPA. The only hints to its potency are the depth and concentration of flavors. Could be VERY dangerous if it weren’t so limited. This is probably the most drinkable Double IPA I’ve ever had, hands down.

Backwash: I’ve been salivating over getting my hands on these and finally did so this weekend. I had a friend pick them up for me at Finger Lakes Beverage, and boy am I glad I did. I even had a chance to try a Hop Wallop alongside, which seemed harsh, crude, and simplistically flavored in comparison. My only qualm is that this is so smooth that I STILL question whether this can really be 10% ABV. I will see if I can find out more. I can only hope that the next run of this is larger than 40 cases so other BA’s get a chance to try it.

NB: I confirmed with IB that ABV's ranged from 9.3% to 10.0%, with the bottles clocking it at the top of the range! And, they will be making this again!

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

The beer pours a hazy ochre gold. A slight orange tint, with tiny flecks of suspended yeast upon closer inspection. Well integrated. A couple fingers worth of white foam crop up on the pour, slowly settling into a broken, patchy mist, some larger bubbles forming islands. A spattering of blobby lace clings to the glass, a little less than I expected, given the huge hop presence.
The aroma is very nice, with a great balance to the malt and hops. The hopping isn't quite as pungent as I expected, somewhat more like a hoppy barleywine. Very citric and piney, slightly herbal, with a rindy pungency. Apparent alcohol lurks beneath, with a whiskey-like feel, perhaps some woody oak. Moderate apricot, pear and a splash of mango fruitiness. The malt is very toasty, with a somewhat restrained, molten caramel sweetness, as restrained as a double IPA can be.
The flavor starts with barleywine-esque malt, very toasty and strong, with a milder caramel underbelly of sweetness. The hops don't come in immediately, as with other examples of the style, allowing the malt some "me" time. Soft apricot and pear esters breeze through the middle, a sweet wash of alcohol presenting itself early. A touch of strawberry into the finish, the hops exploding with a rindy, resinous pine and citric pungency. The citrus is very much orange peel and grapefruit, though much of the bitterness is derived from the pine flavors and a bit of underlying woody herbal flavor. The alcohol maintains a strong presence, finishing the beer with a sweet, whisky-like burn. A lingering alcohol sweetness sticks around in the aftertaste, along with plenty of hoppy bitterness and a touch of wood flavor. Moderate levels of carbonation, although gentle, with a slightly slick mouthfeel. Full bodied, for sure.
An awesome beer, although the hops were a bit less prominent than I expected. Similar to Dogfish Head's 90 Minute, in the boozey finish and hop presence, although with a much cleaner, fresher hop flavor. The label says that 100% NY grown hops were used in this beer, and they were damn tasty. I'd like to try another version with the hops boosted even more, or perhaps a touch less malt. I could feel the 10% alcohol after a bottle. I'll certainly get this again, if possible, and sip slowly.
A huge thanks to Shippos for the bottle!

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.87/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An east coast IPA that rivals and beats any IPA, in my opinion. I have never had an IPA with such depth and complexity. The hops where strong and potent. There was a fruity berry taste along with subtle citric nuances. I am at a loss for words. Ithaca has raised the bar. Could they be the next great micro? I think so.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ithaca Double is an Imperial IPA lover's delight. I sprung for a pitcher at MacGregor's Tap Room in Rochester, and I did not regret the choice--nor did any of my BA comrades with whom I had the good fortune to share this find. It poured a thick, dark amber with a smooth, creamy off-white head. The hops absolutely jump out at you, clamoring to be tasted. And taste them I did--delicious, with a backdrop of sweet cedar. The mouthfeel was thick and like buttered silk. There's very little indication that you are drinking an ale that is 10% alcohol; must be the caramel covering. So, watch out; this is no session beer.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is simply an amazing IPA. Got it down at MacGregors. It came in a pitcher and poured a dark iced tea amber color into the imperial pint mug, with thick foamy head, and a bit of lace. Smell is thick with sweet piny hops, with a tinge of a kind of fresh sea water smell. Taste is tons of hops, with a backbone of malt and some of the same sea salty flavors from the smell. A full bodied warming mouthfeel, with very little carbonation. This beer is just so good, its hard to describe. One of the best IPAs Ive ever had.

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Photo of DagFishHead
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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 HappyHourHero
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Froathy, yellowish cream colored head that leaves a thick coating of lace. I've had my growler sitting in the fridge for four days and it still holds up pretty well. Kind of a mandarin grapefruit hop aroma something makes me think of flower nectar. Slightly hazy, golden honey color. The hops taste fresh, kind of like when you sneak a taste of homebrewed IPA just before you prime it. Smooth, light malt base holds back the bitterness, which stops short of going overboard. I don't even notice the alcohol. The body is moderate, a light coating of hop oils sticks to the back of the tongue. I really dig the fresh hop flavors, and the beer is very drinkable for a 10% IIPA. The only thing that stops me from drinking often is the price, it's expensive (not pricey) which I'm assuming is due to amount ingredients and the use of only NY hops. I'm sure this beer will do well. It's nice to see Ithaca Beer Co. make a potent beer.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was on tap for literally 15 minutes before I got my hands on an imperial pint of this Imperial IPA. Truly fresh.

Poured a murky dark golden with a foamy white head but not overly large just a nice think froth on top. Lacing was spectaular as in covered the entire inside of the mug. This is certainly evidence of the immense alcohol of this hop monster quietly asleep inside.

Smell was tons of hops, notes of syrup like esters and a slight whiff of sweet alcohol that morphed into a more sweet honey malt aroma that lacked the smokey pressure of the syrup. An interesting note in the finish of the smell was some berry(raspberry/strawberry) fruitiness. Cool.

Taste was supremely hoppy with more syrupy sweetness, there was also a more hop bitterness as opposed to the juicy hops towards the beginning of the blush, but still that juicy hops dominated not piney like most regular IPAs. Malts played second fiddle to the hops but they still had a good role with slight toastiness and more honey malts. Its obvious that the malts impart a huge amount of alcohol.

Impressions are as follows: This is certainly a psuedo style. But a style none the less. I think its home would be on the west coast. This is a wonderful interpretation of the style. This only comes second to the Dreadnaught in my opinion. Who knew that Ithaca had it in them.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A much anticipated release! Sampled by the growler, filled on-tap at the brewery the day after it became available to the public. The big thing behind this beer is that it is the only beer in the US currently made with all NY state hops. The hops in this case are Cascade, Willamette, and Mt. Hood.

Appearence is the color of late fall honey, slightly hazy, with a foamy head that settles down to a smaller one, much like many IBC beers, and not suprising, considering the ABV.

Aroma is hop heaven, with definate notes of honey, white grapes, candied apricots, and delicious malt.

Taste is very similar, with that honeyed taste coming through again, slightly buttery in texture. Oddly enough, for having that taste, it is not a sweet honey taste, rather more resinous in character. Much like their standard "Flower Power" IPA, this is not as overwhelmingly bitter as you'd expect, going towards more of a floral, delicate hop profile. Now, don't get me wrong, there's tons of hops in this, most of them probably added in the later parts of the brewing process -- they're just not designed to be mindnumbingly bitter, that's all. The ABV is pretty well hidden, although there is a small, spicy flash of booze at the end of the finish, which I felt actually added well to the character.

Mouthfeel is not aggressive at all, which fits the style excellently.

Drinkability gets good notes, in part because this is not cloying or heavy like some Double/Imperial IPAs. Still, be careful with this one, the brewmaster told me that the lab came back saying this last batch was just 9.2% ABV, but that all others will be at the full 10 -- and believe me, 9.2 is enough to make trouble if you don't take your time with this one. Delightfully, and decadently intoxicating, especially as it gets to room temperature.

This isn't my absolute favorite Double/Imperial IPA, but it is an excellent offering from IBC, and a refreshingly different take on the style.

It can certainly hold its own with many of the finest examples of Double/Imperial IPA out there today.

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