Fourteen - Ithaca Beer Company

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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Holland on 04-14-2012)
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Photo of stakem
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml bottle secured at Ithaca while there for the LeBleu release. I got to try some samples that day so it cured my curiosity until I had a chance to open a bottle with some friends. From notes taken a couple months ago:

Poured into a mathing Ithaca tulip, the brew appears a very dark brown to black. When held to the light, a deep color of mahogany and ruby clarity is seen through the body. A finger of tan head sits arop and leaves spotty lace as it recedes.

The smell of this is bright with cascade hops to the point of being too much. It imparts a bit of veggie aspext mixed with yeast and sulfur. My overall impression of this brew's aroma is that it is dirty and not terribly enjoyable.

The taste is super bitter. The combination of over-hopping and the burnt flavor of the grain makes this harsh. It is oily and displays a flavor that is veggie-like just like the aroma suggested. Somewhat herbal, the oily nature of this brew persists into the aftertaste with a mild fruit and rindy element overtop of ash and dirt.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is oily in the feel and a bit acrid. I had a very hard time with a half pour of this. Trying to tank an entire 750ml of this yourself is pure lunacy.

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of atr2605
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-ours black with a foamy tan head that leaves nice lacing around the glass.
S-Citurs and pine from the hops dominate the aroma, a bit of sweetness tries to come through
T-Lots of roasted malt, pine bitterness comes through and leaves a strange aftertaste.
M-medium bodied
O-Not a fan. Appearance is nice but the flavor and aroma didn't do much for me.

Photo of Ego
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch EL042

eyes...
2 fingers of tan head rise up audibly crackling as it settles, at first it seems like a conversation but tapers off quickly into murmurs, the head has some integrity as it sticks together when rolled around the glass, as expected this is nearly back, not quite opaque as there is some ruby edges where light can circumvent the density, carbonation is lively and active streaming up single file throughout the glass, a good looking lot

nose...
earthy brown hops, hints of roast and whiffs of smoke, thoughts of birch beer, this does not pop like buddy christ

taste etc...
effervescent feel carbo wise, drinks rather light bus maintains enough body, mildly flavored, you get a bit of everything from the nose with nothing being up front, the roast flavor is good, the hop bitterness has a decent bite, the alcohol seems stronger than what is indicated on the bottle, you do get some hints of chocolate towards the end.

verdict?
all well and good but not much memorable. a good beer but nothing great, worth checking out if you happen upon it but I wouldn't go out of my way for it

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of deep roasted malt with bitter hops. Taste is not as complex as I would have hoped with some roasted malt notes that are pretty dominant and a hops profile that is bitter but limited in complexity and not as dominant as I would have expected. Body was quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not as hops-centric as expected and not something I would purchase gain considering the price tag.

Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into Pumking chalice. Dark brown in color with a thin spotty head to it. Decent lacing out of what was there though.

In the aroma I get sugary malts mixing with some residual citrusy hops. There is a little dark candied fruit to it as well. The hops feel a little faded, but not bad. Decent aroma, but probably not as good as it once was.

The taste again show some citrusy hops but they end up playing a backseat to the sugary, candied malts. It just felt too sweet and sugary overall with not enough hop presence anymore.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it was a decent beer but the hops felt a little faded at this point. The sugary malts and candied fruit flavors were a little too much at this point as well. Not a bad beer, but probably not as good as it once was.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle poured into a larger Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The beer is really not black, more of a darker brown with nice mahogany highlights in the middle and edges. Nice tan colored head with many sized bubbles and some slightly better than average lacing. Head was big after an aggressive pour.

Smell is probably the best part of the beer. Well hopped, earthy and pine for the most part with a touch of honey and a hint of chocolate. The chocolate is more natural and bitter than sweet smelling, but there is a slight sweetness there.

Taste is good, but weaker than expected based on the smell. Chocolate malts provide an over-toasted flavor, sweet bready with hops that come out and bite you a tad. Slight citrus, but mostly pine again.

A heavy light to medium feel, probably one of the lightest black ales I've had. Carbonation level is decent. Not completely filtered in the feel and there is a bitter finish. Hop finish isn't completely clean, so it's not a hard bite. Pretty drinkable.

Overall it's a good beer, but far from great. I expected a little more from a Anniversary beer, but I guess 14 isn't really THAT special of a year. Worth trying, but only once.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a deep brown almost black pour, 2 fingers of light colored tan/creme frothy head, great lacing. getting a lot of herbal/vegetable scents.. almost like a soup, sweet malt is also present. very bitter up front.. getting a lot of bitterness from the hops but can't quite place my tongue on what type of bitterness.. it's just a rough battery acid like feel. getting a taste of kalamata (sp?) olives, a very roasted bitter flavor of tobacco from the toasted grains. the second taste was a bit more subtle on the palate but i'm still getting part of that earthy bitterness on the palate that just kind of takes over the entire flavor.

the mouthfeel is very creamy. a medium body beer with a moderate amount of carbonation.

overall, this is a decent beer. i feel like maybe it should have been enjoyed a bit sooner, or left to sit for longer. like it's almost in beer purgatory right now and i got a few off flavors. it's not entirely my fault, as i saw it at the store 2 weeks ago and picked it up on a whim.. though i knew it had come out a while ago.

Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jhb138
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown, nearly black in color. A modest foam and not overly carbonated in the mouth.

Nice resiny flavor with a good dose of the dank hops and burnt malt. what makes it pleasant is the malty sweetness that gives the stuff some foundation. Hops are piney and spicy.

A fruity tart taste gives this some balance. Hoppy enough to give a little tingle to the lips, but mellows out to a modest hop burn. On tap at The Perch in downtown Philly. [notes from 05/24/2012 visit]

Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ystazi
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of gcare02
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of AgentZero
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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Fourteen from Ithaca Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.