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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3.2/5  rDev -22%
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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4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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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4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With this beer Ithaca comp.'s the triumvirate of my 3 favorite IPA's.

Best look of an IPA out there. Golden amber, just about clear, with a five finger head of off white lather that relaxes slowly and leave some perfect lace arms tattooed to the tulip.

Smell is the perfume of citra and c hop friends that Ithaca puts into their best-the-world-has-known IPA's. Simple sweetness with orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, and hints of melon and mango. YESSS! Taste buds squirt like a sixpack carb. on a revving '70 442.

This is Flower Power's beautiful sister. Maybe not as strong as the champ, but more beautiful. Simple sweet, neutral but perfect, guides a hop attack of most delectable design through the tongue's nerves and into the pleasure centers of my brain. Citrus hop heaven, clean and strong, into a finish that is just bitter enough to leave the mouth dry and with hanging memories of resiny goodness.

Mouthfeel is close to perfect, like Ithaca's other 2 hop masterpieces. Perky but low carb., highly viscous but squeaky clean, dry and lasting finish but keeps the flavors going while readying for next sip. How it doo dat?

Overall? Well, let's see, I am going back for another 2 half-gallons tomorrow morning before firing the propane burner for brew day. If you see this, grab some you will love it!

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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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4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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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4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to my man up north for this growler, i was thrilled to death to be able to try this one! Gotta love two new ithaca growlers!

pour was just wonderful. Clear as day with a rich orange tinted amber color that held together very well. Nice two inches of head on top quicky settled down to a thin film which thoroughly coating the entire inside of the glass to the point nothing could be seen inside. The I lean in for a whiff. Holy citrus knockout. This thing is a cannon of hops. Rich orange and tangerine notes lined with loads of pineapple and grapefruit. This is just insanely fresh. Even warming does nothing to depart from the super fresh hops that are just owning my face right now. Intense is not even the right word for it. Crisp and clean taste offers more of the same, just intense and crisp, hop flavor all over the place. Pineapple and grapefruit dominate, clean dry finish with super sticky resin like flavors, not an ounce of balance here and none needed.

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4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler -> Brand spanking new Ithaca Brewing Tulip

Pours a clear golden orange amber with a 2 inch fluffy head. Ring of chalky lace. Carbonation appears slight.

Nose: Hoppy Orange Julius, divine

Sweet and hoppy. Love it.

Brewed for the Phish Festival at Watkins Glenn, glad Ithaca kept some July 4th hours so i cold pick this up.

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3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
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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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4.14/5  rDev +1%
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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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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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