The first time I had this beer, I was in albany at my friend’s housewarming. (Odd to have friends that are married and actually own property… but that’s another story for another day.) I remember really liking it, (and it was so great to see it as a must-have for a party) but I didn’t find it to bring it back up to where I live to share it with people away from the “upstate” crowd. I was happy to find it in Albany the last time I was there…
The Double IPA is really a strong IPA taken in a mellower direction. It is both bitter and sweet, and is smooth and drinkable. It’s stronger than your typical ale, but has a dark color like one. The smell is even a tad maltier than you’d expect. It’s also a 9.2% ABV, typical of a true IPA. I think the strength of the flavor and the mildness of the hops makes this a big hit at upstate parties
Interestingly, on their website, they mention their commitment (and trouble) with using all locally-grown hops in upstate NY.
“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. Available as long as New York State hops are.“
It sounds like this brew might not be around for long, so grab this treat while you can. I’m all for supporting local brews, local ingredients, and companies that commit to being local are on my list of favorites. As for this beer, it’s perfect for buffalo wings – so make it an upstate NY night with the Ithaca Double IPA and authentic wings!