Ithaca Beer Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #286
Ranked #1,814
4.2 | pDev: 7.62%
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
Notes: By no means an ordinary Double IPA. Creeker is all hops with little malt body. Enjoy the intense citrus flavor & aroma with mischievously easy drinkability.
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Photo of Chicowdy
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'd like to give this 5 stars but no beer is PERFECT. That said, this is an outstanding DIPA. It's 9% but drinks like it's 5-6. Hits on all the right notes: pine, grapefruit, bitter but not overbearing. It's nowhere near syrupy and never fails to disappoint.

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Photo of ravisingh
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a four pack of this at Wegman's supermarket in Ithaca, NY. About an inch of head with a good amount of lacing left. Dark amber color and clear with a few specks. Aroma is floral and tropical. Grapefruit, lime and pine up front with some nutmeg and fruit notes. Great dipa.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy golden orange with a thick creamy white head. Excellent retention with sheets of lacing.

S: Caramel, honey, pineapple, candied orange peel.

T: Candied orange and tart pineapple with a big malt presence. Lots of caramel, toast, and honey. Hints of pine on the back end. It's pretty close to cloying.

F: Thick, rich, and creamy, with a smooth, even carbonation.

O: No idea of the freshness of this bottle. It's probably old. I'll update my review if I get a fresher bottle. For now, though, it's a little too malty.

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Photo of w1ldman
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The label leaves a bit to be desired as there is no description, IBU or ABV. However, as a fan of double IPAs I couldn't pass down the opportunity to try it when I saw it in the Craft Your Own section of Wegmans. The #1 most important category for me with beer is the taste, and #2 is the feel. This beer tastes delicious and goes down easy. Definitely fulfills my craving for strong hops and a smooth finish. Will buy again!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz, bottle with a May 23, 2017 date stamped on the neck. Sampled on June 18, 2017.

Big aroma of pine and citrus but also a kind of woody, herbal quality. Breaded malts below that.

The body feels smooth and on the heavier side yet also juicy.

The taste is not as vibrant as the aroma suggested it would be with more of a tobacco malt woodiness seeping in and the citrus hops are more in the background.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance had a hazy golden somewhat of a yellowish colored body with a half a finger white foamy head that quickly dies into the body, light carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace, not any lacing is seen The smell has a fragrant citrus fruits with a nice backing by the malts, though a mild bitterness enters in as it warms. The taste started off bitter but a nice dose of sweet maltiness comes in after some warming up, bitter citrusy aftertaste, dry finish. The palate had a light to medium, fairly sessionable, carbonation is a bit smoother than most DIPA’s, but I’ll take it, no worries. Overall, I say this is a good DIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from Candia Rd
Slightly hazy deep golden color with a good sized long lasting frothy white head. Citrus pine and bread with bits of toffee and butterscotch bitterness. I was expecting more from this beer. Lingering bitter resinous aspirin alcohol and butter.

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Photo of brewme
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked-up a single as part of a mixed pack @ Kappy's in Norwell. It has the following code on the bottle neck:
Is this beer over a year old, or do I need to put this in the trunk of a DeLorean, and have Bletchley Park decode the bottled-on date? No winners here, taste is blah.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, no date noticeable:
Since my bottle shop had this for the first time that I've seen (especially recently), I assume this is a fresher bottle. I could not find the date on the bottle (even looked for etchings). My initial impressions were that this may be old. After drinking it down a bit, I was changing my opinion a bit, but I also am not getting the fairly high rating or the brewer's notes as I initially interpreted them.

Pours a fairly hazy dark orange, a little grungy. The head is nicely foamy, even if it didn't grow too lareg. It is lasting and provides lacing, though.

Nose has a fresh green herbal note to it, a little pungent with maybe a hint of dankness. There's a hint of grapefruit and grapefruit rind as well. A little spice bite hits at the end - it could be alcohol, but I don't think so.

As the beer warmed, I think I started to get a nod toward the NE IPA profile. I wouldn't consider that profile "all hops" - but maybe that's the misunderstanding. In that line, it's not as juicy as some I've had, so the opening seems more like a more balanced IPA with a spicy to lightly caramel opening. There seems to be a little conflict up front as to what is going on. By mid-taste, a citrus-leaning bitterness comes in, big on rind and light on pine resin. The feel is thicker than expected by me, and that combines with a little hint of alcohol to net a nice feel.

I had this lower originally, but upped the rating slightly as I got into the brew. The opening was a tad muddled to me, preventing it from getting even a little higher.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very, very well done DIPA. Its a bit hard to rate in that it is not distinctive, just very nicely done. It checks all the boxes of a great DIPA. If you see it, drink it!

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Photo of FFreak
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4-pack 12 oz bottles for around $12. Slightly hazy golden-copper color with a short head that leaves nice lace. Aromas are fairly muted, with some grassiness, malt, and citrus. Taste has some citrus, malt, bread, slight acerbity. Mouth feel is medium body, well carbonated, more harsh than soft, but not bad. Overall, a decent DIPA - slightly disappointed in the fact that there is almost no information about the beer on the label and no bottling date.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/29...pours murky rusty copper, thick looking, very little foam. Sweet resiny nose, passion fruit/guava in there too. Juicy fruity open, threads a bitter but balanced by the fruit base. Pine resin close. Chewy finish. Bitter close. Tasty.

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious IPA, beats out Flower Power but both are quite good. Beautiful burnt orange color, lots of pine and some citrusy fruit I can't really place in the scent (starfruit?). Taste is balanced, seems like there is some Mosaic in there. Notes of tropical fruit and juicy berries on the tongue. I found it a really easy drinker for 8.5%, would get again

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a nice east coast style big ipa, hazy and orange in the glass, fairly sturdy looking with a full inch of lasting white foam, no visible sediment. it smells nice, juicy and citrusy, with some woody notes behind it. like a mix of citra and centennial, maybe amarillo too, but there is also that northwestern pine thing, could be simcoe, tough to say, but there is a lot of whatever they are, very very hoppy beer in all aspects. juicy and oily, bitter and stiff, just how i like them. its not so thick from being cloudy that its a distraction, which i am finding is the case in a lot of these. instead it drinks about like it should, bigger bodied but on the dry side, sticky from the hops but not weighted down much by the malt, even though it has a light toast to it as well. orange and honey, meyer lemon and pineapple juice. ithaca has been making big hoppy beers before they were even all that fashionable, and its cool to see them continuing to push the style in various directions. thanks to my man back easy for sending a few of these out for me to try. cheers!

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in July 2016. Nice that it is dated. Drank about 3 months after "Packaged" date.

Appearance: Deep amber with tan head. Beer is clear and not cloudy. Head is thick, and leaves a nice film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with a strong hops aroma, and includes citrus, pepper, and pine smells.

Taste: There is a noticeable hops flavor, as expected from an IPA. There is good bite from the hops along with other flavors like citrus. There is not much sweetness or malt flavors. The aftertaste provides a variety of flavors over time.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Medium alcohol, which matches the 8.5% posted.

This is a smooth medium-bodied beer, and that is easy to drink. It is one of the best IPAs I have drank, and I would drink this again.

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Photo of DanPiek
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall a great double IPA. It is very easy to drink and I find it refreshing. Very nice citrus flavor, gold color. It drinks easy yet has higher alcohol. Overall it is an IPA I will surely buy again.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a stronger version of Flower Power (by Ithaca) when I picked this up. While strictly speaking, ingredient wise, this isn't the case; as far as my memory goes this beer meets with my expectation. I would like to do a side by side with Flower Power to confirm my suspicions; this reads to me as a deeper, heavier rendition of its sister beer. There are floral notes on the nose and palate. Hop bitterness is steady and smokey. This reads as a little boozy to me in the finish.
There are many good double IPA's out there and this is one of them! Not one of the more interesting ones, in my experience, but I'm happy to have this as a local option.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by citrus. Taste is citrus, some tropical fruits, medium bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but not spectacular.

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Photo of Simont
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber color, moderate haze, low slightly of- white head fades to lacing. Nose is grapefruit & orange hops with a slight spice and herbal quality, and a small hint of onion. Malt flavors come across as bready and a little sweet but not cloying. Hop flavors dominate with orange, grapefruit, pine, passion fruit and lime. Hop bitterness seems very high I would guess upwards of 70-80 IBU, and leaves a slight tongue coating astringency. otherwise nice med full body with prickly character appropriate for 8-9abv. Tasty beer but not quite worth the $5 I paid for a 12oz

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Photo of NickandToni
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Overall a nice treat. Something definitely going on. For the price of a bottle this IIPA is worth every penny while being dollar strong. Stacks up there with the more pricey elusive beers in this category. A great suggestion from the guys at Good Beer in the East Village.

L-Hazy golden amber
S-Citrus, mostly grapefruit
T-Big citrus, grapefruit forward, orange, a hint of smokiness at the end
F-Suprizingly refreshing, good carbonation, good pine sensation at the end, maybe where the smoke comes in
O-Will have again and share with friends. Made me happy

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale copper color with less than a finger of head. The nose has some citrus fruit. The flavor profile definitely leans more toward the hops than the malt. The body is light and this offering is awful easy drinking for the relatively high ABV.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh growler fill. Pours a modestly hazy orange with a finger-high head. Spotty lacing. Smell: grapefruit, spicy hops, tropical fruit, candied orange, an undercurrent of oniony dank. Taste is similar, with a long lingering aftertaste and decent bitterness.

Feel is medium with a hint of slickness. A really good IIPA, and I'm loving how fresh it tastes.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Deep golden color; slightly hazy - translucent. Pours with a 1 finger off-white head that dies down leaving a thin, uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Lots of tiny bubbles visible. No lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrus; primarily grapefruit with some lemon and oranges. Enticing.

Taste: Bitter start; citrus middle (grapefruit, lots of tart lemon); pine finish.

Feel: Slight tingle from the carbonation at the start; velvety middle; dry finish. Lighter-side of medium body.

Overall: Decent DIPA. Nice citrus flavor, though a little tart/bitter.

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Photo of HankSingle
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I keep coming back to this, and it keeps being my favorite beer in my recent memory - gushy, electric fruits, medium-heavy dankness, and barely even a sense of malt; it's unusually light for its flavor and power. It reminds of my first few experiences with Mass Rising, from Jack's Abby - not exactly in flavor, but in the sense of it being thrilling and shocking and wanting to drink 43 of them. Hunt it down.

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden color with the lightest of hazes. Great lattice lace. Had dies to a thin level of fine bubbles.

Floral hop. Mild pale malt. Very aromatic.

Conventional start of pale malt. Very strong hop bite that comes from the swallow and creates a long aftertaste. Moderate body with a slightly higher carbonation level.

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 560 ratings