Double IPA | Ithaca Beer Company

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Double IPADouble IPA
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Double IPADouble IPA

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop farming once thrived in New York State. In the early 1900s, 95% of all hops used in the US were grown here in New York. However, soon the combination of crop disease & prohibition put an end to local hop growing. Today, there's a new movement afoot to bring commercial hops back to NY. The Ithaca Beer has teamed up with Pederson Farms (Seneca Castle, NY) to create a Double IPA brewed with 100% NY hops.

Added by ithacabaron on 02-24-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the statue of liberty is holding a beer! how cute!

ithaca dipa sits like a candy-orange block of colored water in my ipa tulip. like festina lente with less bubbles. this beer fails to get me worked up by looking at it. which is ok, pending amazing flavors.

botanical butterscotch nose, another unimpressive characteristic here. starting to think i should have bought one bottle and not four. slight hints of kindergarten paste exist in the aroma as well. warmth gives a bit of red-skinned fruitiness to the nose which assists in bringing together the beer.

the mouthfeel is nice and the taste isn't half bad either. i really like the way the hops taste here. the bitterness runs the gamut of woody, green, salty, and finishes mild with orange blossom essence. a bit buttery in the finish as well too, but not overly so. the exit combination of diacetyl and citrus hops recall marmalade on buttered toast, which provides a warm comfort and something different to enjoy. warmth brings a perfumy character to the sipping and initial flavor of this beer. i like what this dipa does differently with its flavors and i will recommend it, for taste anyway.

and after drinking the lower-abv yet more intensely-flavored gordon, this scores higher points for drinkability. there is really very little sign of 10% here. a good beer, dressed down for inclement weather perhaps.

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Photo of cbl2
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9/13/2006 $8.00 4 pack 10.00% No best by date.


Pours a medium brown with a quarter inch of tight white foam that settles slowly. Carbonation is fine and persistent.


Odd herbal notes, like someone's garden gone haywire, fresh bitter hops, and not much else.


Fairly smooth mouthfeel, but the hop profile here takes over immediately, and it is an odd one. 100% of the hops were grown in NYS for this one (apparently 95% of the hops in the US used to come from NYS), but it tastes as if fresh mint was used to brew this as opposed to H. lupulus. This has some hop bitterness, but it's overwhelmed by the intense mintyness. Tastes more like a breath mint than a DIPA.

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Photo of medic25
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first sampling from the Ithaca Beer Company; as a transplanted NY'er I was excited to see a micro on the shelf from Western NY. Pours an orange-red, with a thin white head. Lovely hoppy aroma. Flavor is incredible; extremely hoppy, without being overly bitter. Went down much smoother than many of the big name West Coast IPA's. An extremely drinkable beer for 10%; I'd have labeled this a session beer until I read the actual ABV!

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

Wow unbelievable taste coming out of NY. This Double has all the great Hoppiness taste of a double without the extra wallop of bitterness. Made from 100% ny hops (which kind of made me wonder to start) the taste was great. A beautiful amber color, not cloudy at all. Beautiful white head with a citrus aroma to die for. I have definetly found a new staple double to drink. Great Job Ithaca!!

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

I cam across this beer for the first time yesterday and had to pick it up. Poured a very hazy orange. Very reminiscent of Smuttynose "Finest Kind" IPA in appearnace. Finger width white head that didn't hang around too long but left pretty decent lacing behind. Aroma is of tangerine, citrusy, pine...not too much else. Very tangerine dominant. Tasted of citrusy tangerine, some grapefruit, grassy, obviously hoppy, and some alcohol beneath it all which lingered and brought the warming effect. No dry-finish to speak of. Mouthfeel was airy, full bodied, and a bit tingly on the tongue. Not the best Imperial IPA by a long shot but this brew is very pleasing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Lionheart in Albany. I figured you can't go wrong with a double IPA, and in this case I was right.

The appearance is nothing too special, just clear orange-yellow stuff with sticky foam. But the aroma is massive pine needle and grapefruits with a strong malt undercurrent. Same with the taste, very similar to DFH 90 minute in my opinion (one of my favorite beers). It was completely tasty and I couldn't detect the alcohol at all. I had no idea it was 10% until I saw it just now on BA. Thus good drinkability.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to grab a 4 pack of this for some time. Couldn't find it when I was in Rochester during July, but my dad scored me 4 in CT. CT BA's beware--it's available.

All hops grown locally--Good for those upstate NY farmers!

A: Pours a couldy copper peachish with a nice initial white frothy one finger head. Dissipates slowly with retention hugging the sides of the glass. Really nice looking lace.
S: Big pine and citrus notes blast up the nostrils. Citrus notes are mostly grapefruit. Sweet sugary and floral also tear through the nose and seem to punch you between the eyes.
T/M: Citrus and pine hop notes are the first tasted. Floral notes zoom in and out. Extra smooth over the palate like a cool fall breeze. Bitter aftertaste lingers for awhile but is very subtle. Medium body with an average level of carbonation. A tad thick, but very soft across the tongue without a big biter bite. Piney burps--Did I just eat a pine tree? Excellent example of a double ipa. One of my new favorites.
D: Wow--abv of 10! Are you serious. It's very well hidden underneath the pine and citrus hop notes. I could seriously have a bunch of these in a sitting. Definately will be picking this up when I go home to CT. I would love to try this on tap where the pine and citrus notes would be more dominant.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This poured a lightly hazy but mostly clear orange amber color with a fizzy off-white head. There was decent carbonation in the body.

s: The aroma reminds me of Boulder Beers Mojo IPA. Awesomey hopped, very sweet and floral.

t: MMmm. I didn't really detect much alcohol but it certainly warms the mouth and belly. This is sweet and gorgeously hopped. Citrus and pine are plentiful. There is also some flavor of bread.

mf/d: The feel is slick and slightly syrupy. It is also a little drying to yoru mouth. Considering this is a double IPA and it is kicking you ass this is very drinkable even at 10% The balance between hops and malt is very pleasant I could do a few of these in one sitting and consequently be onthe road to smashed.

The first AWESOME beer i have had by this brewery.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange. A small ring for a head provides almost no lace at all.
A bit of hoppy citrus aroma.
Has a kind of malty, fusel alcohol sort of flavor. There are some citrusy hops in there to help balance it out.
Full bodied. You don't get that fusel burning sensation from the alcohol although it is evident in the flavor. Rather chewy.
This one's an okay beer but not very drinkable at 10% ABV. It seems to stray a bit from some of the better DIPA's I've had.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear coppery color with a medium foamy head. The head has large bubbles and really didn't last too long,but this is still a very good looking beer. The smell has a very strong hop aroma,very nice. Not much citrus ,but a lot of hops. The taste is a crisp brew with hops. There is no hop bitterness,but the hops totally dominate this beer. This is creamy and very good. The m/f is light and well balanced making this a very good beer and the best Ithaca beer I've had.

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Photo of sponberg
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ohhhh man. Ever open a growler knowing that the contents were going to kick your butt and hard, but you were going to enjoy the ride regardless? This is one of those times.

Pours a brilliant yet cloudy (this baby's unfiltered) gold with a white head that laces down the glass quite impressively. Aroma is a combination of toasted biscuity malt dipped in honey, combined with whiffs of citric hops and fumes of alcohol.

Wow. Just... wow. Starts off with this amazingly floral hoppiness - think irises - then blooms into a stunning mix of caramel and biscuity malt, honey, citric hop bitterness and flavor, and an warm alcoholicness that does not burn at all. Every taste bud is greeted and happy. The finish is slightly bitter, very mildly numbing on the back of the roof of the mouth, with honey and floral aromatics. Round and smooth, with a tingly, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. The drinkability improves with use - Danger, Will Robinson!!!

A beer that keeps getting better and better from a brewery doing the same. And a fun aside - it ages in bottle spectacularly. Goood stuff.

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

Poured a dark golden color with a small head that left a layer of lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma was quite fruity and citrusy with some nutty malt aromas mixed in. Taste was initially of bitter, citrusy hops and alcohol and finishes with flavors of mango, peach and citrus. This was a medium bodied beer in which the alcohol was not really too apparent. I easily polished off two pints and could have had another, but thought better of it. This is a nice example of a DIPA. It manages to be quite hoppy and still has a good malt backbone. Too bad Ithaca doesn't distribute to NC.

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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 semihobo
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Week-old growler from the brewery, treated well. This was incredible on tap there... If you don't know, limited availability DIPA brewed for three months with all-NY grown hops, they told me there's only one farm growing them commercially and IBC uses up all of that farm's hops for this. $10 for the growler.

Slightly hazy dark orange color, a brilliant tangerinish sort of hue around the edges. Head doesn't retain that well, but otherwise this beer is a beaut. EDIT: The other pints from the growler, with some more coaxing via a better pour, turned out thick, sturdy heads that stuck around.

Smells of grainy, starchy malts and the most delicate hops. Most of the time, "floral" is a stretch, but these hops really are tender and airy. I'd put them in a flower bouquet. Surprisingly subdued for a DIPA, not that aggressive.

Sweet, biscuity malts support a wonderfully complex palette of hoppiness. Considering how powerful the hops are, it is barely bitter at all. These are not the industrial, take-the-enamel-off-your-teeth hops -- this is artistry. Pine sap, grapefruit, orange blossoms, pine cones. Even my burps are outstanding. Not an overpowering DIPA, but since so many are, I find it extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel is creamy and delicious, avoiding the trap of overcarbonation that often strikes me with hoppier ales. Fun to swish around, and leaves a resiny finish of hop oils (not bitterness, though) and clementines.

A superbly drinkable DIPA. I enjoy the occasional hop bomb, although I'm not a full-fledged hophead, and I LOVE that this is so mellow. Mellow is in fact the perfect word for this DIPA ... chill out with it, relax, and appreciate it. A perfect take on an often over-the-top style. I can't taste the alcohol, although I can sure feel it after a pint.

My review is a little biased due to hometown pride and the fact that the people at the brewery are great, but this really is a fantastic brew. My current favorite from IBC, and my favorite I2PA.

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

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

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

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Photo of Naes
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with a good size white head.
The aroma is surprisingly subtle for a DIPA. It has just a trace of hop presence.
The flavor makes up for the lack of nose. It’s nice and piny with a citrusy hop character as well. The alcohol is also nicely masked, though you can feel it after you have swallowed.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and surprisingly mellow for such a high ABV.
It’s easily drinkable, so watch yourself with this one, 10%ABV.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a pint of this fine brew at the Westside (not) Brewing company in NYC. Pours soft orangy/yellow amber, cloudy, with a white loose head and well developed and extensive lacing. Nose is just mildly of grainy hops. One sip and you know this is a well crafted, bold elixir of a beer. Big and bold oily,grainy,piney and also citric hops ooze and crunch out of every sip. Yum. Hop heads rejoice. Well done and well worth seeking out.

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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 meathookjones
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body is a cloudy orange color with a good-sized white head. No much in the way of lacing was left around the glass. Nose had a surprising sweetness to it for a DIPA, but there was plenty of juicy hops as well. Floral and piney hops and caramel malt. Taste was equally balanced with a big upfront sweetness from the caramel. Fresh floral hops and citric hops were there with a nice little bitter bite. Overall though a bit too much sweetness for me liking. A big balanced IPA more than a hop monster. A bit light in the mouth and pretty drinkable. I waited till after my second bottle to rate but they both seemed a bit too sweet.

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

A nice pale, slightly cloudy golden amber with a nice little head that is more creamy than fizzy. Really strong hop aroma - fresh & floral. Strong hops in the taste too, but quite balanced. A really nice tasting beer. I was pleasantly suprised - much more hoppy than balanced yet still very much a favorable tasting beer. I don't know what kind of hops they use but really a great taste to them. Generally I get more enjoyment of the aroma of the hops than from the taste of them but there is something different about this beer. Hard to describe but maybe you can say this is a great 'crossover' beer for those who aren't fans of big hops. The aftertaste is nice and that is where a lot of the hop flavour hits you. A quite drinkable beer for such a high abv.

Very impressed, I would love to get my hands on some more of this beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in the 12 oz brown bottle.
Very attractive looking IPA, dark murky orange in colour with a smallish pure white head. That goes fast,but there is nice lace.
Nice spicy,hoppy aroma,cirtic almost.
Taste is mostly of course of hops but it is a pleasant bitterness,some alcohol present in the final taste, but not too much.
Very very good mouthfeel to this one, very "full and smooth, alcohol warmth in the lower throat but its welcome.
For a 10% beer I have to say this is ultra drinkable.
Thanks go again to Jah Noth for this wonderful brew.

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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 JackStraw22
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange body, a good fingers worth of white head. Good retention and some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: A light sweetness. Hops are subtle (for a DIPA) yet definitely present. Not overly piney or citrusy. Not sure what the hops are in this, I'll have to look it up.

Taste: Mmmm...very nice. Quite balanced in the sweetness and the bitterness. The bitter aftertaste that lingers is tasty, urging another sip. There's nothing that really stands out, yet it works so well. Not even a hint of the alcohol, except for a warming in the stomach.

Mouthfeel: Perfect in my book. Not dry at all for the alcohol content. Slightly sticky in the mouth, but just barely. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: I could have 3 or 4 of these easy.

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

Poured from a growler thanks to shippos.
A beautiful, hazy orange/bronze color w/ a full finger and a half of off-white head. Head is very fluffy and sticks around during most of each pint..lacing is thin and disappears too quickly.
The aromas are not as overpowering as I was expected, but nice hints of fruity hops and caramel.
Taste is really impressive...a masterful blend of hops and malts...the malts keeping this IIPA from being too aggressive.
Oranges and grapefruit up front w/ a malt backbone to make this one offer something for everyone...even if you are not a hophead.
The mouthfeel is the most impressive, being that this growler is over a week old since originally is just slightly slick, with the consensus being perfectly carbonated and refreshing. Not overly bitter and has no lingering aftertaste.
Despite the ABV%, I could drink this one all afternoon...wouldn't be worth a sh*t, but the alcohol is totally hidden in this double.
My only regret is sharing this w/ others...good thing I have a couple in bottle (thanks to HappyHourHero).
One heck of a IIPA that I am so thankful for the chance to try.

3.10 pumped up the review a bit after enjoying a bottle of this gem...instead of a separate review.

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