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Fourteen - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.71%
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

gibby, May 31, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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

brentk56, May 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

redfox405, May 30, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.98/5  rDev +23.9%
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

BigPlay1824, May 29, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Dope, May 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

rab53, May 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Schulzy1, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Chugs13, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

2dogbrew, May 23, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a couple of snifters. Thanks go to wishuwerebeer for bringing this one along.

Pours what appears to be black at first, but holding this up to the light actually reveals a deep ruby body, topped with rich ½ finger of mocha colored head. This flares up to a near full finger when swirled, leaving back lots of rich spotty froth. The aroma smells fresh, floral, and peppery in the nose, with an almost leafy tobacco scent and additional notes of herbs and pine thrown in as well. Darker malty notes of some chocolate and roasted coffee sit along the back.

Those hops really have explosiveness to them in the taste, with bitterness; spice, herbal notes, and then some vegetal character all having a strong presence here the whole way through the profile. Some sweeter flavors of chocolate and caramel just hang on the edges of those hops, while dark roast props things up from the back. Hops return in the finish though with some strong lingering resins. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied and crisp on the tongue, with more of a smooth creaminess across the back that keeps this flowing nicely. There’s a touch of alcohol on the tail-end of this but overall this is pretty smooth for the size.

This was a nice big Black Ale with a pretty pronounced aggressiveness to it but the bitterness never really got out of hand, as the overall complexity of the profiles kept things in check. I really love this style when breweries bring it with the higher alcohol and robust flavors. This has some attitude. Thanks for the share Bryan!

Kegatron, May 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

kevgod, May 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

nh2032, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

RoryOMoore, May 12, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Whartontallboy for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my tulip with literally a 100% opaque black color. About two fingers of creamy looking head is achieved with a somewhat hard pour that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving chunky lacing

Smell – Earthy hops, bittersweet chocolate, a great roast aroma, and some floral/citrus notes at the end.

Taste – A nice bitterness up front from the hops which fades to char and roast, bittersweet chocolate, and just a hint of honey? Sweetness. As the beer warms some coffee flavors become apparent but not overly so.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel, carbonation on par for this style.

Overall – A solid black IPA. Not the best out there, but a respectable one nonetheless.

SpdKilz, May 12, 2012
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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.

Hopdaemon39, May 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

BuxMontBeerLover, May 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

GrindFatherBob, May 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

kaelingirl, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1241st Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml

2012 Release

Thanks to mjtiernan for this one!

App- A very very dark almost black pour. No beer can really be black but damned if this isnt close to it. A very dark brown 3 finger head with super strong lace and cling.

Smell- Much smoother than I thought it would be on the nose. The hops on this one created an interesting mix of chocolate, roasty, hoppy and sweet. A interesting tinge of a espresso/coffee mix came in.

Taste- A very nice black IPA. Not as smooth as James or Stone 15 which I use as my benchmarks, but much less roasty and replaced by a great hoppy citrus punch from the Galaxy. Well layered and quite delicious. The ABV adds a nice layer of flavor of a boozy quality.

Mouth- A bit of a lighter medium body with a certain creamy feel that I pick up on CDA's. A medium carbonation. Leaves residual malts and citrus.

Drink- A very good CDA. Lots of flavors and a bit more hoppy than the others. Great use of the Galaxy as well. I would like this one again.

FosterJM, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

bentonquest, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of musicforairports
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

musicforairports, Apr 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

sholland119, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of lovindahops
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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

lovindahops, Apr 22, 2012
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.

atr2605, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Holland
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with a thick tan head that sticks to the glass and replenishes itself when you take a drink.

S: the hops come through most, giving it a citrus and pine smell, but there are some roasted notes present.

T: some hops citrus notes come through, but it's a lot of bitterness from the hops, some sweet malt, and some roasted flavor.

M: great carbonation and medium body give this a crisp feel, which works well with the style.

O: I'm not a fan of black IPAs, but this is alright. Still only got one bottle at the LeBleu release, but it's solid and I'd recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the style.

Holland, Apr 14, 2012
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Fourteen from Ithaca Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.