Hop Stash | Ithaca Beer Company

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of ahbaggins
2/5  rDev -51%

Photo of renegadeburger
3.12/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got to sample this one apparently this was made for the local phish concert so they made an ipa for it

poured on tap this beer had a lighter color than i had expected real gold color with pure white head basically clear

aroma was pretty good but not as strong or good as the flower power it tasted like that too

the taste was like a lighter version of the flower power, not as much malt, not as much hops just a stripped down version

i really like the flower power i thought they had a good opportunity with this one to do something really great but imho the flower power is simply way better

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Photo of kaips1
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thanks to Charlie Murphy for the growlers

this review is from the 1st of 2 growlers, this one leaked a little so im drinking right away. This pours a nice dark gold color with a nice frothy white 2 finger head. its very similar to a light colored apple juice in appearance. the nose on this wasnt as strong as id expected but it had some floral notes about it, with a slight bit of grassy and a bit of piney. the taste wasnt as good as the little i could pick up from the nose. maybe ill let this one warm up some before polishing it off to see if it opens up more. the mouthfeel, now that was a bit shocking, this is a lively biting beer, its not heavy on bitter or tart but this carbonation attacks your tongue, i like it. overall its not bad and not the most amazing either, this could be due to the slight leakage and this review could change after i try the second growler this weekend.

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Photo of Soonami
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Pinocchio's in Media, PA

Bright amber with orange highlights. Lacy white foams sticks everywhere. The IPA smells toasty from malt with meyer lemon. The hops flavors are pretty mild with a rough, astringent lingering bitterness at the end.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Oliver's in Albany into a tulip.

Golden and clear, with a nice one-finger head and better lacing than I can usually get out of a growler.

Smells lightly like sweet malt and assorted tropical fruits.

Taste is clean and a tad sweet. Pineapple/mango hop flavors mingle with some candied citrus flavors. Malt backbone is more sweet than bready. Resiny a bit, but not as sticky as I expected.

Light-medium mouthfeel and mildly carbonated.

An easy-drinking IPA that's better than many, but not one of my favorites. Despite being a big fan of hops, I was never very crazy about Flower Power either. Can't decide which I like more.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop Stash has a pretty light-colored body for an IPA, pouring a golden hue that only has hints of orange. The head is off-white, and the retention and lacing are both solid.

Citrus fruit and pine in the aroma, with just a bit of malt behind it.

At first I said to myself that I liked this one more than Flower Power, but after a couple of tries I changed my mind. Lots of bitterness up front, with a comparatively low amount of citrus flavor, and a bit of pine. A good bit of sweetness rounds things out. The hops are definitely the dominant flavor here, but the malt makes its presence known also.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a carbonation that is a touch below average.

Hop Stash is a solid IPA, but not spectacular, and not as good as its tap-mate Flower Power.

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ithaca Ale House. Hmm...a hoppy beer from Ithaca? Yes please!

A: The ale is a golden yellow-brown color, leaves on Seven Mountains in late-October. A thin head rests atop the ale, white and innocuous.

S: The nose is syrupy with hops, perhaps a little long in the tooth. Even if it is, the hops are strong, more pine and citrus that should be coaxed out of an ale. The citrus offers grapefruit and orange in abundance, the concentration driving some of the syrupyness.

T: Peppery hot with an abundance of sweet orange zest. The hops, on second take, are still firing on all cylinders. Grapefruit and piney resins are also present, adding to the intensity. Plenty of biscuity caramel malts add to the fullness of the ale and support the powerful hops. The oiliness of the hops keeps the bitterness on the forefront of my mouth.

M: The mouthfeel is bold, big and hoppy with plenty of oils. The malty side can't be ignored though, adding to the bigness of the ale. While still powerful, I'd love to had a glass a few weeks ago.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Poured into a pint glass a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus foamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some grapefruit notes, slight pine note. The taste is hoppy, with a nice malt balance, lots of grapefruit notes, very slight pine note. Medium Body, nice bitter/dry finish. This is a very tasty brew, it grow's on ya.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the hand pump at kyber.

A- jeremy hands it off to me with a big two fingers of off white fluffy head that holds for a good bit before settling to a solid inch cap that lasts almost the whole way down and leaves a nice spray of lace. Slightly hazy straw yellow in color with a decent glow when held to light.

S- fresh and grassy with a nice grapefruit and orange zest citrus hit. Malts light and mildly sweet with some honey a wet grains.

T- opens up with a very fresh hopping that gives off some grassy and citrus notes. Malts are balanced and a touch sweet with a floral honey hit. Super clear finish.

M- a touch less then medium in body and lightly carbed off the hand pump giving a smooth slightly creamy feel.

O- nice and balanced with a great drinkablity, you could pull and easy session with this bad boy. Not a hop bomb in any way but a very good ipa.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a hand pull at Khyber Pass Pub into a big pint glass. 1 of 3 cask conditioned kegs to make it out of finger lakes. Thanks Jeremy.

Hop stash came to me looking nice in the glass, the liquid was a bright golden olympic medal color with small hints of faded orange. On tap a dense full ivory white fluff head that left some spray paint lace.

Smell is what you would think, anice mix of citrus and floral hops hinting towards the former. Some grapefruit, slight mango and some grassy tones(minimal). Also some pine comes out with warming along with a bready dough. No alcohol. Clean, crisp.

Taste is a mix of all said above. I get a mix of the malt base and the hops up front. Usually the malt sweetness comes afterward, a 1st for me. While slightly sweet, the hop stash works the magic with some 3-c action and some pine. Grapefruit over mango, slight papaya. Tropics come to mind and not to mention pine. Floral and earth as well, but under the plethora of a tropic swell.

Off the cask, this goes down like good cake. It just goes down leaving pine in my mouth the most. Did I mention this goes down easy as water. Feel is at about medium and it is so smooth off the cask. It's carbed alright, yet not bitey in the least. Leaves a sweet aftertaste rather than the hop stash.

Overall, it's a great IPA, it does it's job, yet the taste is just a bit muted for me, Im into bold hop presence and this while comes close just doesent make it. The sweet is counteracting that I thinks. The list said this was 7.5% where I see it as 6% here. Im going to go with the later cause there was no alcohol to note here. Cheers to the chief for this beer and keeping the Phish spirit alive.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a golden color with a small white head that recedes quickly leaving a scant patch of lace on the surface, the aroma brings a nice bouquet of citrus and piney hops backed by a a bit of sweet malt. the taste brings that nice clean hop taste at the forefront really outshining the aroma, the malt is a bit lost in the bitterness of it all... but i do like bitter. the light mouthfeel and good co2 do make this a very refreshing beer. nothing over the top about this ipa but very tasty none the less, can't wait to catch them pouring at the show.

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Photo of flavoursaviour
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Khyber Pass Pub poured 1 of the only 3 Phish-inspired firkins from Ithaca last night. From the cask, into a pint, and then into my mouth.

Poured a golden straw with amber hue. Thick head coalesced into a creamy cloud that left behind some heavy lacing.

Aroma of citrus fruits, bread crust, and floral notes from the 'heady' hops.

Tasted of the mild malt, initial bite of tart citrus rind, followed by a dance of carbonation and hops around the tongue. Leaves with the bitter sweetness one would expect from the style, but in a focused fashion that is never overwhelming.

Mouth felt low-medium bodied, with carbonation and tartness. My tongue wanted to fold in on a central point of bitterness, but never once did my lips pucker.

Overall I thought this was a great beer. Not overtly 'hoppy-for-hops-sake', but had a beautiful hop presence. A well-balanced IPA and a must have for all IPA lovers. The color will throw you for a loop, but the flavor will not.

I had another, of course, paired with "Boudin Balls".

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Photo of xnicknj
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

growler straight from the brewery - big thanks to wiid, aviencko, and gillian for picking this up for me after i had to miss super ball.

Pours a clear golden orange color, a tuft of white head rests on top. Dissolves fairly quickly with a small cloud of filmy retention and a few dots of lacing on the glass.

Strong, pungent nose, riddled with biting hops driven by floral and herbal qualities. Slight citrus with orange, followed by straw and biscuit malt. There's also a fairly distinct flair of nugs.

Spiky hops swirled with pine and some sticky resin notes. Touches of grapefruit pulp and rind, a bit juicy with some prevailing floral flavors. Biscuit and cracker malt tones keep this light on its feet, along with some fruity apricot sweetness. Finishes bitter and super dry.

Medium body, higher carbonation, tingly and slightly rough on the palate. Drinks really nice, inherently dry, and a deliciously aggressive hop profile. I'm psyched I was able to try this.

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Photo of HotHands
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay, still on tap at the Ithaca Ale House!

A - pours a light amber color with a lingering white head.

S - fairly complex hop combination, with citrus, grass, earth, and heavy floral notes present. Maybe some pine? It's an out-doorsy sort of smell.

T - follows the nose pretty much with a minor malt backbone. The hops are the main attraction here, though. It follows the nose pretty much, and it is dank and resinous. "Hop Stash" is an appropriate name. Fairly strong bitterness, about what you would expect from a good single IPA. Score is kinda in between a 4 or 4.5 for this.

M - a bit undercabonated, but this could be due to the bar's setup and not the brewer.

Overall, this was a solid IPA with an interesting hop aroma. Is it better than Flower Power? I think it's just a bit short, but given some time to tweak things it definitely could be. Of course that isn't going to happen because this is a one-of. At any rate, Hop Stash was a good IPA and I'm glad Ithaca took the time to make it.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful mix of pale and Carapils malts along with a damn fine selection of citrus and pine ridden hops. It's refreshing with an almost fruity feel. The taste is good. It has a powerful hop bite with a nice pale malt base. It's light and refreshing with tons of citrus hop character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious IPA. The hop character is bold, but not overly so. It's easy drinking with a solid malt bill that adds excellent balance.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first growler review! Picked up from Westmere Beverage on 6/23, it served as my late lunch later that day.

A-Semi-clear orangish yellow. Some lacing is left behind.

S-Mainly citrus hops dominate with some earthy tones thrown in their as well.

T-Rather earthy and citrus. Not an overpowering sweetness but solid balance. Finish is bitter. Well rounded.

M-Medium bodied not much in the way of carbonation but smooth.

O-Not as good as Flower Power, but it was worth a try. So far Ithaca can really do no wrong in the IPA category. Worth a try while it is still available.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No way I was missing out on getting a growler of Hop Stash, Ithaca's tribute to the upcoming Phish concert. The best part? The Chief banged out some kick a$& hops for this bad boy. There is nothing like an IPA from this brewery... hands down....

A- hop stash pours a light gold colored body with an excellent head of white foam compiling near the top of my ithaca tulip. As the head slightly retreats, a fair amount of lacing remains of the side. Carbonation rips throughout the brew

S- a strong whiff of anticipated piney citrus emerges from the brew. Very fresh hop scent in the form of newly cut grass blends in with a slight caramel scent that closes out with some bitterness. I'd go on record saying it's smells like a refreshing ipa on a hot day

T- same refreshing citric taste is very crisp up front with a fine taste of light fruit and grassy flavors. There is a fine bitter finish that leaves a crisp finish

M- light and crisp but really slaps the palate with remaining bitter mouth

D- alright, here is the best part of hop stash... It's is RIDICULOUSLY drinkable and tasty! I will go on record with this... this is one of the most drinkable ipa's with respect to drinkability in warm weather! An ipa that has drink me written all over it! Another winner from Ithaca

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at the bandwagon brewpub. Never seen this beer before And know it's not bottled

Copper golden with a white head that disappeared quickly. Adequately carbonated with very little lacing.

Holy aromatic hops and sweet malt. This is exactly what I want in a hoppy beer. Strong grapefruit from the hops dominates the beers nose, but it's backed by sweetness and not bitterness. This beer is almost like a perfume in how floral the hops present themselves.

Very smooth and sweet with a little bitterness that lingers. It's an incredibly easy beer to drink, I would definitely consume this all night... If it wasn't for the price.
I am greatly reminded of a fresh hop ale from Sierra Nevada while drinking this.

The beer feels like every other medium bodied ale I've had, drinkable and slightly bitter. Nothing remarkable in my opinion, but i appreciate how refreshing it is on a hot summer day.

WTF Ithaca, this is one of your best beers. Why you no bottle? It's almost a mix between the balanced hops in cascazilla and the lighter body of flower power. I would definitely drink this again, but I doubt I'll ever see it!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear golden color with a touch of honey to it. Looks like flower power just a shade lighter. A finger of white head. Super sticky lacing. Very nice.

S: The nose is nice and pungent. Citrus pineapple. A little bit more resiny than flower power. Get it? Really nice.

T: Gotta love that honey malt. Really sets their IPAs apart.Super balanced. Nice sweetness. Finishes dry. Just a really nice IPA.

M: Perfect in every way. Dry. Well carbonated.

D: I would love for them to make this a regular offering. Super drinkable. Almost too drinkable.

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Hop Stash from Ithaca Beer Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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