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Pacific Gravity | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A big citrus IPA, brewed with fresh orange zest & a dynamic combination of hops, this beer is balanced with notes of orange & lemon flavors. 

Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-12-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,251
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
118
pDev:
6.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Reviews by FickleBeast:
Photo of FickleBeast
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Savor snifter. I think date code says it was bottled 10/28/15.

Pours a clear, bright, orange color with a finger of sticky foam. Aroma is great, full of citrus, tropical fruit, and a little bit of dank grassiness. Some beers smell hoppy - this beer smells hoppy and delicious.

First sip is a rush of hop flavors... orange, mango, and cut grass with an oily mouthfeel. Tons of hop flavor, but the bitterness is low by comparison. Dangerously drinkable. This is just pack full of hoppy goodness with such a smooth finish. Malt backbone hides in the background to showcase the hops.

I hope I see this around more often - I can see myself buying this again and again. Bummed that I only got this as a single in a mix-six.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of utopiajane
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lemon yellow. White foam. Chill haze then clear. Nose is candied lemon peel. Citrusy. Light tropical notes. Soft sugary malt , a bit of sweetness from alcohol. A mouthfeel that's tricky. Delicate tropical flavor backed by herbal for hops. Really light and quenching. Very strong bitterness in this one cleanses the palate and leaves grapefruit rind and a bit of spice and orange peel to linger.

So far the three beers I have tasted form Ithaca's 2015 Box of Hops are each well defined, attuned to the flow of the drink and tastefully well done. Each has had similar flavors but each has been presented as unique. For some reason the freshest flower power I get is in the Box of Hops. One of the reasons an IPA or DIPA can excel in mouthfeel is by having no diacetyl. So far 3 for 3 from Ithaca are clean crisp and higher abv. The word is drinkable.

This has body but glides softly. The alcohol presence makes up a good portion of the mouthfeel. Really sports the more delicate tropical and spice flavors of the hops. Then to quote the guidelines " dry sensation in the presence of malt sweetness." Meticulous and outstanding.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An incredibly tropical double IPA. This is what a double IPA should be. Incredible, pronounced flavors of pineapple, star fruit, and quince, with the typical grapefruit/citrus zest forming a backbone, a vague "leafy" vegetal quality, and a mild, but not overwhelming sweetness from the malts to balance it. Fresh, clean, powerful.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to an oversized teku-style stempiece. This comes from a Box of Hops 12-pack date stamped “OCT 11 2015,” so I’ll take that to mean that the beer was packaged on or around October 11, 2015. That would put it at just about four weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.25): Two full fingers of creamy, ivory-colored foam rise off of the pour, capping a thoroughly hazy but not quite opaque/cloudy that’s a pale, tannish orange with rich, glowing orange undertones. The head dies down at a pretty average rate but leaves behind a kind of rocky, creamy cap of fine-grained foam at the surface of the body, and leaves a Jackson Pollock-esque splattering of splotches, webbing, and thin sheets of irregular lacing around the backside of the glass.

Smell (4.0): A fairly rad combination of pungent, dank resin (a hint of pine, a slightly oniony undertone, and nice, fruity bud), sweet citrus (fresh-cut navel orange), and stone fruit (apricot and peach flesh) mix with a malt base of sugar cookie with a burnt/caramelized sugar icing (like the crust on crème brûlée). Papaya comes out as it warms. It’s got all the right notes, but would absolutely shine with a little more oomph.

Taste (4.5): WHOA. A flash of oddly unadulterated citrus sweetness (think tangerine juice—just sweet, no acidic impression) is quickly followed by a flash of oddly pure citrus bitterness (think ripe, red grapefruit peel—pithy, bitter, not quite astringent), a quiet wave of boozy octane, and then a long, nicely balanced, bitter finish that hits quickly in the start and recedes into a long, light-handed citrus zest type of flavor. There’s some malt here as well, taking the form of that shortbread/sugar cookie note that came through in the nose, but it’s easily masked by the range of hop flavors going on here. Meanwhile, the aforementioned booze note does a good job of blending into the dank/resinous part of the hop flavor in the front and blending into the sugar cookie flavor from the malt in the back. Personally, I really appreciate a DIPA that knows how to hide its booze without just hopping the shit out of it. Anyway . . . that sweet citrus flavor (again, kind of tangerine-y) that comes in at the start hangs out, quietly, over the course of the whole beer and offers a pleasant sideshow—as long as you don’t miss it. I like taste of this beer quite a bit.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The body feels medium-weight but oily, the carbonation smooth and fine but tingly on the washout, the booze and hops rich and sweet (respectively) but drying after a moment or two. This is one of those beers that’s big and rich enough to require you to just sip it, for the most part, but absolutely demand that you take another, and another, and another.

Overall (4.25): This DIPA isn’t doing anything particularly novel or new, and there’s no part of it that screams for attention because it’s a better or different aroma or look or taste than you’ve ever seen before, but everything works and everything’s on point all the same. It’s kind of like Victory’s DIPAs, in that regard, and I see that as a compliment. Rather than being greater than the sum its parts, like most of Victory’s beers seem to be (to me), this is definitely as good as the sum of its parts—which is still saying a lot. I’ve really enjoyed this beer, and I’m psyched that I’ve got two more bottles to enjoy! I bet this would be absolutely killer in a dry-hopped cask. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from butters_mcgee. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2015. Pours lightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops, orange zest, and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon/orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, orange zest, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, orange zest, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange-amber, with very fine,creamy, off-white head & lacing.

Smell is somewhat muted. (Not refrigerated - from a cool storage room 45-50F) What there is is resiny ,floral, with a slight bit of tangerine & "dank".

Taste? Pretty much follows the nose, with resin/solvent being predominate. Too much so at first, but am liking it better as it warms. Finishes with a light bitterness & citrus.

Feel is.....almost non-existent, it becomes one with the palate. Straining to describe it : very smooth, obviously, with very,very fine carbonation , with just a little tingle on the finish. Seems like very fresh beer, on tap, straight from the brite tank .

Overall : Liking it !

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Photo of butters_mcgee
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 96gpse
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from a mixed 12 pack from the brewery

Slightly hazy yellow gold color. Appropriate white foam cap drops a level pretty quick, left with a shallow rim.
Very pungent citrus fruits in the hop. Lemmon and orange zesty effect, sweet and sour notes. Very big aroma.
A zoppy, ctispy mouthfeel, then a rather soft and long malty feeling hits, making this more of a full mouthfeel.
The flavor is mostly a very bold citrus fruity effect, tangy lemmon and sweet oranges coupled with a very slick, heavy and sweet malt to balance these citrus fruit hop flavor's. The malt seems to be a bit much, although interesting I feel the balance for the style might be a bit off. A mildly bitter, gritty and earthy feel is leftover in the after taste.
Very bold and enjoyable.

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Photo of mackeyse
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ithaca Beer Co. "Pacific Gravity"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "160919" and sampled on 22 OCT 16
From a 12-pack "Box Of Hops" sampler, $25.91 after tax @ Javies Beverage, Philadelphia, PA

I don't generally gravitate towards Double IPAs because they're often too bitter, raspy, heavy (sometimes with a dull malt component), and alcoholic. Pacific Gravity avoids all of those things.

Firstly, it looks great in the glass with a full head of fluffy, just slightly yellowed white over a hazy golden-orange body that looks a bit like orange juice. The head retention is really quite good, and the lacing is very nice as well. I'll assume it's dry-hopped, and therefore a bit of haze is expected.

The aroma expresses orange, and perhaps a touch of lemon zest, with floral and lightly grassy notes in the background. It's not the boldest aroma, but it remains bright and fresh.

The flavor follows suit, delivering a juicy orange component atop a lightly sweet and bready/grainy malt base. The other notes found in the aroma remain, along with an additional touch of mango, papaya, and apricot, yet it's not exactly "complex" as the orange takes up so much of the spotlight. It's juicy and refreshing though, and the malt isn't at all overdone - it's very well balanced! If you didn't know it was a double IPA you might not catch on at first; and that's partially because the alcohol is so well-cloaked. At 9% ABV that's not remarkable, but it's a very nice bonus. It just leaves a slight edge that let's you know there's some strength to it. The other part to it's 'double IPA deception' is that the bitterness is kept in check as well, leaving it to finish dry but not at all raspy or harsh; and the juicy citrus smooths that over even more. It's dangerously drinkable in my opinion. I could easily see drinking three of these in a row, leaving you a little bit off-balance by the time they finally caught up to you.

So, wow, Pacific Gravity is one of my favorite Double IPAs without question. I love the orange component, both for its uniqueness and its juicy refreshing character; and I don't care that it's not bigger or stronger or more hoppy or diverse, it's so damned drinkable that none of that matters. Brilliant! Absolutely worth seeking out.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a hazy golden orange color with a creamy off white head. Near perfect retention with tons of lacing.

The aroma offers bright and fresh orange and grapefruit zest, some pineapple, mango, and apricot; toasty, sweet bready malt with some pine.

Big orange and grapefruit upfront, accompanied by some mango and pineapple. Pine, earth, and weed dankness in the middle lead to a smooth, citrusy, orange creamsicle climax, supported by a honey/caramel, lightly sweet malt backbone. Finishes piney, grapefruity, and dank, moderately long residual bitterness, but tapered by smooth orange sweetness.

The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, rounded. Well-carbonated, flows smoothly, leaving the palate lightly dry with lingering hop and citrus oils.

Really good for a citrus-fruited DIPA. The fruit additions don't overpower the hops, they really do merely compliment them. Awesome citrus, dank, and tropical fruit presence of the hops complimented by the smooth bittersweetness of actual citrus. A good DIPA.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a hazy burnt yellow to almost orange color with a sly transparency running about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a decent pace. A finger’s worth of head graces the top nicely and dissipates at a nice even pace. Sticky messy lace clings adequately. The aroma starts off with a crisp sweet citrus rind and balances exceptionally well with some danky sweet onion and then sly sweet and bitter pine. The flavor copies the aroma very nicely in pulling together the bitter and the sweet and runs into a semi-sweet citrusy aftertaste with a sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Low to medium carbonation leads a refined juicy bitter semi-soft feel rolling over my tongue. Overall, nicely done DIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of broadway848
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, citrus. Taste is hops, resin, orange peels, light malts, hints of alcohol, medium bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad brew by any means, but there is just a little something that doesn't agree with me... perhaps it is the slightly cloying candied sugar presence on the palate that seems a bit out of place...

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Photo of GrantBrennan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mineo
2.86/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

overly yeasty and malt-forward. odd considering the intended style. mouthfeel is mostly a mess. a shame since I recall this beer being much brighter, but now it's taken a turn. this one came from a can.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with a small head, and a lot of sticky lacing.

This one smells pretty great. This seems to be brewed with Pacific Gem hops, which imbue some interesting aromas and flavors here- I can smell typical tropical citrus, orange, guava, and grapefruit, with pine, but I also get herbal tea, some light menthol, and eucalyptus.

The taste follows similarly, this has got a really killer clean herbal character to it that I really enjoy. It has a slight malt sweetness in the back, but it doesn't detract from the hop blast up front. Very fruity, grapefruit, guava, and some orange, with a nice heavy but clean bitterness.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp biting mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

This restored my faith in Ithaca- one of their better recent beers.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Also from the 2017 Ithaca Box of Hops... 9/11/17 packaging... Featuring Citra and Equinox hops and Pale and wheat malts, plus the addition of orange and lemon zest... Medium-gold and just shy of clear, with a big white head that trailed lace behind... Lots of citrus on the nose and palate - zesty and bright, mild bitterness, smooth feel, some bitter shellac left behind on the tongue... Lots of bright orange and deep lemon, juicy but taut... This being my fourth beer from the Box of Hops, I gotta say, this is a real winner - each beer in the box was exceptional, making the box as a whole an essential purchase for D/IPA fans...

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Pacific Gravity from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 118 ratings
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