Fourteen - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 152
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 5.47%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Holland on 04-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Fourteen Anniversary Ale is a hoppy black ale bursting with so much flavor you might think you’re tasting double. Made with ingredients gathered from seven parts of the world, Fourteen will seize hold your taste buds and never let go. Enjoy the intensely floral nose from dry-hopped Cascade and Galaxy hops, the surprisingly light body from 2-row barley, wheat malt, black wheat, and Caramalt, and the strong bitter finish from Chinook, and Cascade hops. Fourteen is like a fast-moving squall, dark and complex with a beautiful black rainbow finish.
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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in my complimentary ithaca pint glass

A: pours a relatively clear deep amber verging on brown with a beautiful fluffy two finger head which is a bit of an earthy brown color and lingers quite nicely, leaves a great amount of very stick lacing on he side of the glass
S: wow there is a ton going on here, im not sure i can recall any beer with a scent as complex as this one, begins with really solid chocolate roasted malt notes then slides in a bit of coffee malts which is followed by very fresh hops which build in intensity and end with a bit of a spicy citrus note
T: the taste is easily as complex and deep as the scent, each note pops up intermittently throughout the sip not in any particular order deep roasted malts are pretty much present throughout and linger nicely on the palate for a considerable period afterwards, nice earthy hops pop up towards the early middle of the taste then their bitter note creeps in which also lingers on the palate, phenomenally well balanced
M: minimal carbonation, smooth and silky across the palate, leaves the mouth quite nicely dry
O: this is what ive come to expect from the folks over at ithaca especially their excelsior series which is really incredible, this beer is just so well balanced and complex it really is a pleasure to sip on (1,298 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped bomber into a Corsendonk chalice- pours a charcoal color, with a little clear ruby at the bottom. One-finger tan head that recedes to some large bubbles and leaves nice lacing.

Smell is very enticing- a nice blend of hops come through (they must've dry hopped). Definitely get a nice pine scent and a little floral as well. Interestingly enough, I only smell a hint of dark malt or chocolate.

More chocolate on the taste but still exceptionally balanced and very full and defined hop flavors. Some roasted dark malt and a little bitter-sweet chocolate up front, followed by piney and spicy hops which fade slightly back into the malt. Great taste.

Mouthfeel is also really fantastic- medium fuller body with moderate carbonation, and a little resin from the hops. I really like this brew- can't give it a five because I can see this style being done even better but I like it better than any other black ale offering. Get it while you can!

Update: I think either at a warmer temperature or after the bottle has been open a little while or both, the head develops much more- 1.5 fingers and beautiful, even lacing. (1,138 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a dark brown with deep ruby highlights and good clarity. The long lasting tan head settles to an inch high and leaves lacing on the glass.

Hop aromas take center stage in this beer with citrus, pineapple and mango notes the strongest, mostly a citrus and tropical fruit type thing going on. There is a moderate malt sweetness and wheat softness with a hint of carmel. It smells like an American strong with a good amount of hops and solid malt with some soft alcohol notes.

The first sip is dominated by chocolate malt and hop flavors of citrus and tropical fruit again with a bit of pine as well. There is some malt sweetness in the beginning and middle with a very strong hop bitterness. The balance is decidedly bitter with the hops bitterness and some of the flavor lasting long past the off-dry finish.

This is a big smooth beer on the palate with a medium-full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is moderate amount of warmth from the alcohol.

This beer is like a American Strong blended with chocolate malt and dark wheat that's not quiet a porter nor a stout. It's as rich and complex as they promised on the bottle description. A pretty fantastic beer. (1,188 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mostly black. Nice head forms and leaves great lacing. Really a nice looking beer.

Some musty tropical fruit notes from the Galaxy hops. Pine also. Some citrus and light roasted character.

Flavor is smooth, with neither the hops nor the dark malts slapping you in the face at all. They blend together better than most in the style. Hops have a dank and juicy feel, tropical and earthy, but not the usual citric crispness. Chocolate takes hold in the finish. I'd have no idea the ABV is higher than 6 percent.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and rather creamy, but not overly thick. I like the mouthfeel to this, and I rarely make much of this category.

Really a winner in the Black IPA category, I think. More subtle than some 6 percent ABV beers, but well-crafted. (769 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought the bottle at Olivers on 5/31/12 (I think it was $9.49). Consumed on 6/1/12.

A: Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is black with a fairly dense, 1-finger beige head with good staying power. Leaves behind plenty of foamy lace.

S: Not too strong in the nose - a touch of chocolate malt and earthy hoppiness.

T: Mmmm - good stuff. Nice chocolatey malt foundation; this is what I like in an American Black Ale. Slight hint of charcoal after a few sips as well. Hops that finish it are earthy and piney, and add balance and a nice dryness but not enough bitterness to detract from the chocolatey malt. There's a touch of heat down the gulley and in the aftertaste, but not enough - and not early enough in the sip - to slow you down.

M: Medium bodied, maybe just a touch heavier. Carbonation is good - active but fairly fine and modestly prickly.

O: This is good stuff. Tempted to give this a 5 on taste. (930 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Black with traces of tan. Nice 3+ inch head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Cascade hops, malts, dark fruits like rasin and plum. Spices and a little molasses sugar at the end.

Taste - Right off the bat, the cascade hops hit you, but the malts are very chocolate and give it a porter feel. Spices add a little flavor and spice, but nothing to strong. Alcohol is masked well behind the hops and malts. Very balanced, nothing overpowers this.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, tounge gets nice amount of hops and malts. The palate is a little bittered from the hops but gets alot of chocolate malts and spices. Afertaste is minor bitter and sweet.

Overall - This is really tasty and well done. Everything about this beer is smooth, balanced and comes out in a nice way. This is good enough to be a regular release. Really enjoyed this. (871 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for bringing me this one. 750 mL bottle poured into DFH signature glass.

A - Pours black with a two finger dense mocha head. Shows grat retention and a complete lacing.

S - Vibrant floral hops, earth notes, toasted oak malts, and a hint of dark chocolate. Very complex and representative of the style.

T - The hops are immediately apparent. Lots of citrus, with a piney finish. These are terrifically balanced by roasty malts, molasses, and some wheat.

M - Creamy feel without being too heavy. In my opinion, one of the best examples of mouthfeel for this style. Drinkability is high with no alcohol presence.

O - This is the best Ithaca beer and one of the best Black Ales I have tried. Exceptional complexity and balance. I am a bit disappointed this is just an Anniversary beer. It would be a staple in my fridge if it were made regularly. (864 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle poured into a darkness snifter.

pours out pretty much black with a very nice cascading light tan colored head. some very nice retention and lots of thick lacing. the slightest bit of brown visible when held up to the light.

big woody, piney, resiny hops, as well as some dry grapefruit citrus. lots of caramel, slight hints of cocoa and roast.

crisp dry grapefruit citrus, woody hops, some pine and resin. balanced very nicely by a sticky caramel, light roasted malt. finishes with that dry cascade bitterness, but still a touch of sweetness present from all the malts. some sweet toasted, roasted grains as it warms up.

sharp bitterness, medium bodied, slightly sticky at times. carbonation spot on for the style.

a wonderful example of a black IPA. the hops and malts work very well together. ithaca continues to amaze with there IPA's (864 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, orange to grapefruit citrus hops. In the taste, grapefruit citrus rind hops with a dryer end. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry grapefruit citrus rind in the aftertaste. Great hops, but no roast whatsoever. I enjoyed it though. (320 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY. Capped and sealed.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dark brown skim over the clear brownish ruby brew. Head stays at an uneven skim, with leggy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is blackstrap and alcohol.

Taste is moderately rich dark malts upfront, the middle finds dark fruits and coffee notes fighting for prominence, and the close is bitter in both the hoppy and coffee manner, with an alcoholic warmth. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is very easy. This one could be a bit hoppier, but other than that, not much complaint. (635 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights and a nice half finger of beige bubbly head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of hop character upfront in the aroma with a little citrus pine, some roastiness, chocolate notes and signs of caramel. The hop profile was quite nice on the palate consisting of piney, citrusy, mild earthy and floral notes but with good roastiness, a bit of chocolate flavor, mild caramel sweetness with a nice malty backbone. The brew was medium in body with good amount of carbonation which has a semi sweet, hoppy, roasty, crisp and mild bitter finish. I though it was a very well done dark IPA and was damn good too. (685 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A dark cocao brown, light brown head. Nice lacing. Nose ha a sweetness with chocolate and coffee. Taste has an initial chocolate malt followed by lots of coffee and a luscious piney hop presence. Rich creamy feel while being light and supple to drink. Great drinkability with a cripness and quenching drynes. Really good brew. (326 characters)

Photo of adkrogue
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a light black, dark brown. Thin body. Thin light tan head. Good lacing.
S: delicious. Citrus, passion fruit, pomegranate. Galaxy hops...love em.
T: big hop fwd. pine. Slight malt bill, a little spice.
M: thin bodied but not overly carbed giving it a soft, round feel, not at all heavy. (289 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark near black, solid cap of dense khaki bubbles, good sticky lacing. Scent dominated by juicy tropical and citrus notes, moderate pine, malt backbone quite complex for beer of this style with notes of toast, roast and freshly dried grain. Taste brings components of scent together nicely, wonderful hop profile and deep, multi-dimensional grain presence. Medium bodied, dry. Solid beer, one of the better in the style. (420 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bomber poured into a wine glass

Pours an ink black with a thin, one finger light tan colored cap. Some sheets of lace coat the inside of the glass. The cap falls to form a thin layer of foam of the liquid, forming some cool designs.

Extremely mild roast, clean cracked wheat, with grapefruit and soft tropical fruit. A burst of fresh flowers and a bit of an herbal/grassy dankness. A very clean malt bill.

Grapefruit and tropical fruit up front before pale malt and wheat take hold. Grassy notes mix with some mild milk chocolate. Grapefruit and grassy bitterness then sweeps the palate. I am really impressed with this malt bill. One of the better ones I have come across in a Black IPA.

Medium body with a smooth, creamy feel. A moderate bitterness lingers.

Solid Black IPA on all fronts. Moderate hoppyness with a touch of roast and milk chocolate, but never detracting from the hops. Nice work. (909 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Buffalo. Bottle pours a jet black with creamy white head. Smells floral and hoppy. The taste up front has a nice roastyness to it, with a floral hop bite finish to go with the malt backbone. Very smooth mouthfeel overall and this is a very easy beer to drink. Hoppy black ales are an interesting breed, and this is a good quality one. (352 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich black with brownish hues, with a thick, light tan head. Really nice lacing.

S: Lots of piney and citric hop notes mixed with slight roast and chocolate.

T: Resinous bitterness, charred orange and pineapple, chocolate, dry coffee, light smoke, heavy roastiness.

M: Medium-bodied and a bit chewy with coarse carbonation.

O: A solid black IPA. You get that intense roasty/bitter marriage that a good hoppy black ale should have, but at the same time you get some nice depth and complexity from each element. (524 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/23/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus, roasted malts and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts with a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with some background chocolate flavor creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time. (750 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a big dense light brown head. Fades slowly, leaving heavy lacing everywhere.

S: Plethora of strong hop aromas. Piney with citrusy elements - mainly grapefruit. Just a smidge of roasted malt hiding behind the hoppiness; some decent char and chocolate.

T: Again, hoppy up front with pine and grapefruit but accompanied by a nice sweet caramel and maybe even a little wheat? The roasted malt kicks in afterwards with some nice chocolate. A bunch of bitter char and coffee in the finish along with a bit of leftover pine and hints of resin linger.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a little drying from the piney bitterness in the aftertaste.

O: An excellent black ale. Very hoppy both in the aroma and in the taste. Doesn't overpower the roasted malt too badly though, making is a nicely balanced and complex brew. A must-have for people who love the hoppier side of black ales. (902 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a massive and sticky tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing around the glass

Smell: Black bread, chocolate and pine with hints of citrus and coffee

Taste: Opens with black bread and chocolate flavors, but by mid-palate, the piney hops add another dimension; coffee and a hint of citrus in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Layers of flavor here and very well balanced; though I would have preferred a bit more citrus in the hop profile, this is still a fine beer (548 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass but a deep ruby around the edges, two finger light tan head with great lacing.

S-Some roasted malt and coffee with a good deal of hops.

T-Starts with roasted malt and slight coffee notes, ends bitter with some hops.

M-Medium bodied, carbonated and smooth.

O-Another good Black IPA, not sure why on earth they say you can age this beer... I wouldn't. (374 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We peel the foil and crack the bottle of Batch # E! 044, pouring into our Founders snifters per the label’s suggestion. It shows the color of cola, letting up ruby hues towards the bottom when held directly to light. It holds a foamy one and a half finger tall head of latte colored bubbles, showing solid retention. Lacing is sheeted, thick, and ridged. No real haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives slippery notes of black leather, licorice, butterscotch, burnt barley, dark wheatiness, soft medicinal phenols, shoe polish, browned apples, grassy and herbal hops, syrupy brown sugar sweetness, envelope adhesive, lactic creaminess, toffee, cinnamon and black pepper, soy sauce, ginger, cardboard, fresh coconut, and icy metallics. Our first impression is that although the hops have faded noticeably, the malts more than make up for it with a healthy burn and smoke following through to the back. As we sip, the taste begins with bittersweet licorice, smoked wheat and black maltiness, cashew oiliness, biting herbal hops, curious scotchy peatiness, salted caramel and brown sugar cloy, and light bubblegum esters, earthy and soiled hoppiness. The middle peaks with smooth heavy creamer, citric hop acidity, twiggy resins, cooked coffee malts, mineral, powdery ale yeastiness, and alcohol. The end washes through with chlorine and bright chemical phenols, clove and black pepper spice, fusel booziness, soy sauce saltiness, burnt smoky malts of black, wheat, and caramel varietals, brown rice, lacquer, and ceramic. The aftertaste breathes of raw coffee and espresso bean, burnt gingerbread, smoldering campfire smokiness, aluminum, freshly pulled leather, black and caramel maltiness, cherry and red apple fruit juiciness, salt water taffy, vegetal leafiness, sunscreen, fish oil, and powdered vitamins. The body is medium but chewy, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives excellent slurp, smack, cream, froth, glug, pull, and pop. The mouth is creamed and coated, but drags into a chalky, tannic astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back very nicely.

Overall, the best thing about this brew is its flavoring, but the nose is not too far behind. This is Ithaca’s fourteenth anniversary brew, and although their sixteenth was just released not too long ago, this one is holding up quite nicely with the age on it. The hops have diminished as expected, but this did something kind of amazing. It allowed for the malts to deepen and darken, unmasking layer after layer of smoky, malty complexity. The hops are still present, but in a very earthy and organic way, playing well with the depth and frankly surprising smokiness of the malts. The creaminess of feel adds yet another piece to the puzzle, softening any perceived harshness of malts. This is by no means our first Ithaca beer, but it is our introduction to their anniversary and “Excelsior!” series. (2,936 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a pitch black color with over an inch of frothy head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is sweet citrus hops, hints of tropical fruits, chocolate, roasted malts and some floral notes. Flavors of sweet citrus hops, roasted malts and chocolate. Piney and floral as well. Nice bitterness throughout. Chocolate and piney hops at the finish. Thick, creamy mouth feel. Mild alcohol presence. Overall, a well made Black IPA that balances the hops and chocolate characteristics nicely. (489 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown/black with the faintest of garnet highlights when held to light. smallish off white head leaves lots of lace on the way down. Smells of pine and resin with bits of grapefruit and roast. Taste is a bit sweet and roasty with caramel and chocolate but with lots of pine resin and citrus. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. This is a great beer, I really enjoyed it. Hoppy porter, black ale, ipa, ah who cares its good. (483 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really excited when I found out ithaca was making a black ipa. I love the style but moreover, I love when a stud brewery like ithaca goes out and makes this type of brew!

A- a black hole of an appearance that is brilliantly overscored by the superb lacing that remains on the sides of my excelsior tulip. Light foamy head lays of the brew while the dark body glows from the glass

S- a resionious amount of pine lashes out while a citric grapefruit theme floats over. This is an amplified scent that is present big time. Very sweet and hoppy. The hops explode out of the glass

T- dark pine washes over in waves. Really the concept of a dark ipa does not burst with this much citrus and hoppiness. Dark and delicious I will love this taste profile

M- a syrupy and carbonates combination of flavor

O- ithaca you have done it again! A dark blast of pine and grapefruit that shows up as one of the beat black ipas I gave ever had. This was great fresh on tap. Seek out a bottle of 14 for yourself (1,002 characters)

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Fourteen from Ithaca Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.