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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Made with 100% New York State hops. India Pale Ale (IPA) is a style of beer renowned for its hop character. Some modern brewers have taken this tradition to the next level with the "Double IPA". What better way to parade the potential of NYS hop farming than with our new Double IPA. Hop farming once thrived in New York State. In the early 1900s, 95% of all hops used in the US were grown here in New York. However, soon the combination of crop disease & prohibition put an end to local hop growing. There is a new movement afoot to bring commercial hops back to NY. The Ithaca Beer Co. has teamed up with Pederson Farms (Seneca Castle, NY) to bring you this exceptional ale.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Dank hop aromas, citrus, piney, caramel, and a litte spicy in the aroma. Pours dark amber. Grassy, musty, with hints of cannabis, citrus, bitter flavors. A different hop flavor than most IIPAs.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours orange amber with an off white head. Aroma is floral hops, and yeast with some sweetness. Medium body, very sticky and mouthfilling. Flavor is fresh bitter hops with notes of pine and caramel. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2008
A great beer and one that is woth trying again. BTW, what is "yesyouam" talking about?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Ithaca Double IPA is a very clear and sparkling amber ale with a dense, light khaki head that fades to a thin film that leaves pretty nice lacing. The aroma is bright, sweet, floral and piny. There is some light cereal in the nose. Itís a well balanced aroma. There is a fruity, perhaps peachy, quality to it. Juicy. The medium bodied beer is soft and sticky, but the finish comes suddenly: crisp, dry and a little sharp. It has a nice full flavor that shows a nice balance. It is very bitter and destroys the tounge. There are flavors of tropical fruit and bubblegum. The malt is very smooth and mellow. Itís a touch sweet and boozy. The aftertaste is a long green bitterness bomb. It may be the slightest bit woody, but itís only twigs. It fades in and out in a non-shocking manner. This beer is very straightforward. The malt simply does the needful and nonchalantly as possible, while the hops rob your toungeís house before it gets back to the store! Seriously? This is Ithaca? It pretty much whumps this style in a simple, but unique way. I can only imagine that this was dry hopped with at least a couple different things. Itís the fresh fruity thing that sets this one apart. Itís a little more brazen than Cascazilla. Rock on, Face in the Lake!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Pours a hazed amber gold with almost no head. Nose is fairly subdued, which I find odd since I just tried the Flower Power India Pale Ale by Ithaca right before this and found the fragrance off it to be much more full and interesting. Overall the nose is a mild sweet apricot like tone with a obvious hop influence. Flavor is smooth with a touch of bitter, but mostly there is just the hop character here. Sweet overall tones. Feel is low on carbonation and slightly thick on the liquid. Overall I have to say it is odd that I am going to end up rating this one lower than the Flower Power IPA which I just reviews no less than an hour ago. It is definitely a smooth and highly drinkable DIPA. But the fact that this breweries IPA had more flair and character to it seems odd to me. Worth trying, for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9471) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2008
12-oz bottle received via trade with jah noth. Pours hazy orange with an average, creamy and rocky, off-white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (meal, cereal, caramel), heavy hops (perfume, flowers, citrus, pine), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of pineapple and peach. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness. This one really hides its alcohol well and also features a nice balance of ingredients.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2007
12oz. bottle: Pours a fiery amber with a foamy, stick head that just wonít quit. Fresh pine and citrus nose, with a healthy dose of caramel to back. Fresh, citrusy hops start the body, with a sugary sweetness creeping to balance. Very drinkable, but not really unique in any way.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
12 oz bottle from Beastiefan2K; Light flowery hop nose; copper with a very small offwhite head; flavor of very light hop bitterness and caramel. Is this really a DIPA. I would rate it a mediocre IPA!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2007
12 oz. bottle from slob - you rock! Pours cloudy amber, about the color of honey, with a fast diminishing, small off-white head that leaves spotty lace. Sweet malty aroma, ripe summer fruits, buttery citrus toffee, hints of dusty pine branches. Flavor is bold, with caramelly malts, sweet orange juice, evergreen needles, spicy, bitter herby hops, leave an astringent pucker and an alcohol warming lingers, but overall a little unbalanced for my tastes. Full body and crisp, tingly carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Pous a lightly clouded yellow/orange hue with a light white head. Aromas of pine,oranges and perfume. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with flavors of pine, a hint of chocolate and a mild hint of citus and nuts


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