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 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 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 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. (779 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 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 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. (1,049 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 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. (481 characters)

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. (964 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 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. (725 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)

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 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. (1,182 characters)

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 (1,102 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 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 atr2605
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep ominous midnight black. Light tan fizzy foam crowns the beer but only momentarily as it quickly fizzles out to a thin film. Leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

S - the nose is dark and dank as its color. Lots of resinous green leafy hops with bits of hemp oil and bright citrus. Underneath the hop jungle is a rich malt profile of dark chocolate and roasty, char notes.

T - lightly sweet biscuity flavor up front. Notes of char and snappy bitter citrus notes enter quickly. Some nuances of juicy dark dried fruit are in the center giving it balance. The finish is roasty and citric which lingers for days.

M - the mouthfeel is full bodied yet creamy and silky though a touch fizzy due to the super high carbonation.

O - i am not a real fan of " black IPAs" but this hoppy dark beer is quite good. It is complex yet balanced which is exactly what i look for in any good beer. (899 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 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 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 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)

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