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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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 36
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 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 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 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 dogfishandi
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

filled a growler at the merchant village. when i got it filled, the growler was about 3/4 full and the keg was done for. brought home and opened immediately, poured into a snifter.

pours out a fairly clear golden with a little bit of orange creeping in there. a nice 2 fingers of white head, spotty lace. decent head retention.

lots of dank, almost vegetal like hops. very pungent smelling, a little pine, the citrus is more of an afterthought. the malt is pretty much undetectable.

holy hops! big dank resinous hops. lots of vegetal earthy hops, some mint, pine sap, tropical fruits and just hints of citrus. just a hint of a spiciness and some light malt just kind of rounds things out. as it warms, a kind of undescribable almost sweet tart hoppy flavor reveals itself. the only other beer ive tasted this in was surly bitter brewer. nicely done!

the malt body of the beer is on the lighter side, but the hops definatly add a fullness. hopped like a DIPA, lots of resinous bitterness covers the palate and lingers forever. almost tingles the tongue with an assertive carbonation.

overall, big doses of hops, but still on the more sessionable side. this growler, even though a 3/4 fill, is definatly a nice treat to the head on a friday after work. i love the story behind this as well, a tribute to phish, i could see where they were going with the dank resins and what not... a hippie could definatly make an easy comparison. get it if you can!!!

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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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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 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 Kendo
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got two growlers at Olivers in Albany (cost was about $13 each, IIRC) on 6/17/11; consumed on 6/18/11.

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is clear, dark golden in color with a one-finger white head. Some lacing. Looks good - like a lighter, easy-drinking IPA.

S: The nose is fairly strong. Big-time citrus (grapefruit) and some tropical fruits.

T: First impression: hoppy (duh). Citrusy grapefruit, pineapple and even a touch of apricot over a solid semi-sweet (honey?) malt foundation that provides nice balance. Finishes with a lemony dry bitterness and some resiny pine lingering on the palate.

M: Medium in heft, appropriately carbonated.

O: Excellent. Drank 3 pint glasses of this in no time, thoroughly enjoying this beer.

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