Double IPA | Ithaca Beer Company

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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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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 118
Photo of Durge
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
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 -11.5%
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 +0.2%
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 -7%
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 -36.2%
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 +2.7%
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 -0.2%
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 +11.5%
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 -0.2%
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 -4.5%
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 -21.4%
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 +7.7%
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 -0.2%
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 -0.2%
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 -1%
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 -8.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -1%
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 +10.2%
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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Photo of jim102864
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently enjoyed this brew,which is frequently on tap, at me favorite watering hole. Given the high alcohol content, it's served in a snifter glass. The appearance is cloudy. Golden wheat comes to mind. No head whatsoever. The nose though is predominantly fruity with evidence of ripe, citrusy fruit like oranges, lemons and the like. Very pleasant. The taste, not surprisingly, resembles the aroma with fruity esters up front but it's the alcohol that comes through in the finish. A very smooth double IPA with some hop bitterness in the mouthfeel and in the flavor itself, but really it's not that hoppy. I like it thiat way. The mouthfeel is smooth yet somewhat chewy in that in glazes the tongue with maltiness and boozy fruit making for a somewhat viscuous body. Drinkable, but not a session brew by any stretch. A special treat and a nice way to finish a bought at your favorite pub.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a rather cloudy brownish orange color. Almost looked like a glass of fresh apple cider. About a half inch of white bubbly head rose from the glass. Head quickly faded into a thin ring around the glass. Some crisp, thick hoppy, piney , and citrus notes in the nose. Nothing really overwhelming here. Taste: Smooth hops, slight grapefruit and pine in there as well. Some grassy and earthy flavors in there as well . No real serious hop bite in this one. Mouthfeel was somewhat thick with little carbonation. Not bad but not great. Pretty drinkable but pretty average.

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Photo of NolateM
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Deep semi-opaque orange beer, with not much head at all.

At first smell I was psyched - a hint of earthiness, but more of a crisp, citrusy, piney hop aroma, and a waft of alcohol on the nose.

Didn't taste as citrusy as I hoped (though it did pick up a little as the brew warmed). Certainly some hop bitterness and a bit of herbal/piney flavor, but not as much of that grapefruity or lemony acidic edge that I usually like in an IPA. A little more earthy I'd say. Maybe those NY hops just aren't my cup of beer. I didn't really pick up the sweetness that most other reviewers have. Perhaps the beer was getting a bit old. I may be making it out to sound worse than it is though... it's certainly not too shabby, even if not perfect.

Pretty pleasant carbonation. Could feel the alcohol heat a bit on its way down (and a lot more once it actually got down). Not a very clean finish though; the hop bitterness lingers more than its flavor. Makes my mouth feel dry after each gulp.

One thing I'll give it is that it's certainly easy to drink for 10% ABV. In the end, I don't know if I'm qualified to recommend it or not, as my four-pack might have gone a little bit stale (though at that strength it really shouldn't), and it might just be made with a type of hops that I wouldn't personally consider preferential. Still, it's certainly still drinkable, and I'm sure I'll gladly drink the rest!

$7.99 four-pack

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler filled at the the brewery. (fourth day)

Poured a clear golden amber color with a full finger light tan-orange head that is fairly tight and fades slowly. Little lacing observed. Almost no visible effervescence...maybe a day 4 growler thing.

The smell is immediate without being overly aggressive. Floral, pine hops across a sweet malty backdrop.

The mouth feel is full bodied and balanced. Smooth and creamy paralleled with a modest hoppy character.

The flavor is a grapefruit hop balanced with a sweet malt experience. Seems as if the malty characteristic becomes more prevalent as it warms.

Very drinkable. While this isn't a side-by-side with the bottled variety, i seem to recall a wilder nature from the bottle. I didn't realize that it was 10% ABV. bad. I'll be doing this again - growler club.

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Photo of flexabull
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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 Kendo
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly cooler than cellar temperature; poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Slightly cloudy honey-golden body with a half-inch whitish head that settles very quickly. No rings of lacing, but some splotches of foam cling to the glass after each sip -- sort of like the "legs" you get from red wine.

S: Hits you right away with a scent of fresh, grassy, piney hops, but then there's grapefruit and pineapple as well. Also something sweet akin to sugar cookies provides balance; not sure if that's from the malt or the fruity hops, but whatever it is, I like it. As it warms the nose becomes sweeter.

T: A good mix of flavors at first blush -- it's not as overwhelmingly hoppy as you'd expect from the nose. Toasted wheat bread malt holds up the foundation, so that citrusy hops can jump off: grapefruit at first and then candied oranges as it warms. Alcohol also makes its presence known in the form of a peppery spice at the back of the mouth and that comforting warming sensation on the way down and in the belly. It finishes with a mild lemony bittersweet lingering taste on the back of the tongue and there are some great hop burps.

M: Smooth up front but with a slightly gritty bite to the finish; I attribute it to the alcohol spice and heat. Medium bodied.

D: Very good. A 12 oz bottle goes down quickly.

Notes: I didn't know this was 10% ABV until after I finished it; I could tell it was pretty strong but didn't know it got up to 10%. As it warmed it reminded me a little of Stoudt's DIPA -- the taste of candied oranges and alcohol seems to result in a sweeter DIPA -- if there's an "East Coast" version of the DIPA, I think this and the Stoudt's would fit the profile. . . . This was a little bit pricey (I think a 4-pack was $9.99), but at 10% ABV, I suppose you're getting plenty of bang for the buck. I would certainly recommend this, but I do believe there are better DIPAs out there for the cost.

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Double IPA from Ithaca Beer Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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