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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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 112
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 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 tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer courtsey of my boy BeerTruth

A: Pours a nice golden hue with an average head.

S: Tons of grain. There is a hint of sweeteness and a bit of pine, but I will be honest this has one unique aroma.

T: Wow totally different than any DIPA I have had. Malt reigns here. Tons of grain with brown sugar sweetenss. A hint of oily pine with a small lingering effect of grapefruit.

M: Nice and full bodied.

D: Pretty darn drinkable gives not hint of the high ABV

Overall: Unique. BeerTruth sends me beer after beer and I am amazed. This is one unique DIPA that should be respected in both taste and ABV. It's different yet good. I like it!

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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 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 blitheringidiot
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a dark amber red with a settled khaki splotchy coating leaving a solid coating of head cap in the glass. This is a solid paint job!

Nose of bright cherry soda! Carrot cake envelops the malt aspect.

First swigs: Bright fruit explodes out with green apple, red apple, cherry, with a slight saw dust oaky aspects. DELICIOUS! Tacky thick cornicipoia with watermelon and canteloupe!

Feel is firm and clean with a brisk aftertaste.

Last swigs: Mixed fruit bubblegum 2ipa that kicks!!!

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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 frankbro
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. But as todd1 hinted, it's not a DIPA. It's an excellent barlywine. The head was rich, but very thin.(1/2-3/4in) The smell is of malt, maybe citrus, and not enough hops. The alcohol is barely noticeable in odor, but I feel it after 2. The taste is rich and creamy, but I only gave it a 3.5 because there's no grade for trueness to style. This is a great beer. I'm going to buy it again. $7.99/4pk.

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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 MuddyFeet
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beertruth for this bottle (two actually).

Pours a murky orange brown color. Thick white head that dissolved to a scattered lacing resting on top. Nose is more malty with som citrus and orange tones cming from the hops.

A really, smooth and balanced DIPA. NY State can produce some decent hops. Malts are strong and give a sgary, almost-caramel base. Hops are mild citrus and provide a slow, smooth bitterness rather than a biting bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. I am really enjoying this DIPA. Hop oils stick around a bit but not so much as to ruin the palate. My second bottle will not last long.

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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 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 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 RedChrome
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy bright orange beer with yellow notes. White half in head faded rapidly. The hazy aspect prevents any carbonation from being seen. Lacing is almost non existent.

Very much a citric bomb. Orange peals aroma abound. This one also has a very nice alcohol presence that drifts in and out. Minor pine scent comes in at the very end of the nose full.

Taste is right in line with the aroma. Bitter citric fruit taste and a wavering presence of alcohol is balanced nicely. Overall the flavors are a little weaker then the aroma would indicate.

Average thickness that clings to the sides of the tongue. Huge carbonation tingling on the tongue.

An above average beer overall. This one wold pair nicely with a plate of wings. Nothing to make it stick out above others in the style. Just a strong offering in a strong field.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy peach in color, a very thin off white head quickly recedes. Slight whiff of pineapple and grapefruit citrus and sweet soft sugary maltiness. Also a hint of the beers alcohol content evident in the aroma. Soft fruitiness up front, sweet and subtle bubble gum with a very small hint of citrus in the taste. The soft sweetness is broken up by a decent sized piney, grassy, and peppery bitter bite. Finishes decently bitter with a nice drying piney and grassiness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy medium and is cut by the good sized bitterness. Neat to see that this beer is made with fairly local hops. Hop aroma and taste up front are very subtle and maybe sightly under pronounced for the style, however decent bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a slightly dirty Yuengling pint glass...

It pours an odd shade of murky orange. Looking like watered down orange Kool-Aid. Fizzy head that fizzles out. Not much, but just a little, carbonation. Smells like grapefruit juice. I like it.

The taste is incredibly refreshing for a 10% ABV beer. Slight alcohol burn after a few sips. The hops are initially sweet and grapefruity, bit turn bitter and sharp as they hit the sides of your tongue. The mouthfeel is rather light for a double IPA. Most I've had so far have been very viscous. This, on the other hand, is very thin in texture. Floral hops start to open up on my tongue after I take a break from sipping. Slightly metallic, earthy, green, and almost medicinal, but it works for some reason...

This is an odd, interesting, off-beat, and good DIPA.

...was that mint that I just tasted?

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Photo of prandolph
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I consider this one of my current favorites.

A-clear and red, only a little carbonation
S-floral, citrus, maybe orange
T-definitely tips the hops/malt balance towards hops, but a nice clean finish, and not overpoweringly hoppy or bitter. Definitely get some of that citrus aroma in the flavor as well.
D-superb drinkability, in my opinion. While too big for a session beer, I would (and do) have more than one.

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