Fourteen - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 49
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:
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 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.

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.

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Ego
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
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 SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Provides a clear, nearly black, walnut glow when put to the light. 2” of creamy, beige foam, turns to pancake batter as it gradually surrenders, leaving a dense coating of lace behind the elephant of an Odell pint glass.

Fresh spruce and juniper provide a “wow” moment of juicy aroma. Crisp and clean overall with a light background of wheat bread.

Fourteen is a highly flavorful black ale tuned more to the IPA spectrum. Strong bitterness is balanced with hop flavors of grapefruit and pine sap. The finish has strong bitterness, though not harsh. Overall, this is crisp and clean with a spicy pepper, perhaps celery, nuance. Warmth brings out light coffee and licorice flavors.
A medium body and woolly texture is accented by modest carbonation, while alcohol is as expected. A touch of metallic notes and astringency are oddly welcomed.

This bottle was enjoyed during the calm following a tumultuous, stormy winter day, with pulled pork and corn bread.

Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for 10$

Appearance - Black/Brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy dark beige coloured head. It's too dark to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There are also some roasted/smokey notes and chocolate/coffee and some very very faint grapefruit. It ends with a fairly bitter malty/hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Perhaps I am a little late to the party on this one. It had a bit of a hop bite, but basically tasted like a stout/porter. I think I picked up my bottle in November 2012, so I guess some of the hoppy/fruity flavours are all gone now. Still a good beer.

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.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours black with a 3" tan head. Big trails and blotches of lacing remain.

S- caramel, very sweet citrus (orange, pineapple), slight spice aroma

T- toffee, sweet orange and pineapple, with some citrus rind and pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a crisp bite at the finish.

O- good beer. I am sure the bitterness has mellowed some with a year or so on it. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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.

Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a dense khaki colored head that settled into a sparse cap and left some webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of scorched caramel, bitter grapefruit rind and pinepple. The aroma is mostly hop driven, not much from the malt.

Definitely more malty in the taste. The malt is rather smooth; it has a light bitter roast with some sweet caramel and a lactose type of sweetness. Some bakers chocolate notes as well. The hops are mainly bitter and range from grapefruit rind to grass to piney sap. Ends up being more hoppy than anything else.

Moderate body with active carbonation. Starts off real smooth and balanced but finishes with a slight piney bitterness. ABV is well hidden.

Not a huge fan of the style but I like that they didn't really bring in too much bitterness from the malt. The hops have enough of a citrus note to add some brightness to the beer. Very enjoyable for the style that can be a mess of flavors.

Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: hints of citrus and soft roasted tones comes through to the nose.

Taste: some wheat, hints of chocolate , orange citrus, very mild pine, and a light roasted tone makes up a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is focused on wheat and roasted tones.

Overall: an easy drinking beer. Definitely easy to drink the bomber in a single short session.

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.

Photo of match1112
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: pours out like a dark cola but settles in pitch black. three fingers of big clumpy tan head slowly settles to a couple of spots around the rim. Sticky lacing covers the entire glass as I drink this down.

s: despite being close to a year old there is still quite the hop presence on the nose. very floral and sweet. some wheat with a hint of caramel, maybe a little spice.

t: floral hops are still there. burnt wheat toast and a touch of caramel for sweetness.

m: medium light body with a slight creamy feel. carbonation is excellent. long bitter finish that reminds me of burnt toast.

o: kinda indifferent on this. doesn't knock my socks off yet i'm still able to finish the bottle. if you have a chance, give it a go.

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark black color with a small tan head and some lacing

S-dark roasted malt, pine, hints of citrus, a slight earthiness

T-dark roasted malt, citrus, pine, slightly peppery, nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-this black ale had nice flavor, but I prefer others in the category that have better balance

Photo of facundoCNB
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of billab914
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
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 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.

Photo of stakem
2.79/5  rDev -30.6%
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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty stuff from Premier. Big black body and grayish soapy head. Roast aroma. Big roast flavour with citrus the secondary taste, dry bittersweet chocolate finish. I would prefer more hoppiness. Still great drinkability, and I was able to use as a transition beer. Big mouthfeel.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
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 MasterSki
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Smells like chocolate, but with some faded citrus and pine hops in the periphery - Not surprising seem as this is from late April. There's some roasted malts, as well as a touch of bread and caramel.

T - Taste is similar, with roasted grains, biscuit, caramel, chocolate and sugar cookie malt flavors dominating and pine and citrus hops in the periphery. There's a touch of coffee and black malt astringency, but it actually serves to balance the sweetness of the beer a bit.

M - Medium-full body, with pleasant carbonation. The wheat gives this a touch of grit and a midlly dry and tannic finish. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden too - would have guessed closer to 7%.

D - An enjoyable beer that manages to work despite a flavor I don't generally care for much (black malt). The malt complexity is also sufficient that this is still interested after the hops have mostly faded out. Pretty easy to drink too. Hopefully Ithaca revisits this one, as I'd like to try it really fresh.

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Fourteen from Ithaca Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.