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Fifteen - Ithaca Beer Company

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very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Flaked Rye, Crystal Rye, Caramunich, Black Wheat
Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Motueka

(Beer added by: CloudStrife on 05-22-2013)
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Photo of jlindros
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

This looks like a really interesting beer, hopefully not too old, with no date, but I don't think it's too old as sixteen isn't out yet and I think I got this a couple months ago.

Pours a slightly darker tan colored fizzy head covering that fades at a med pace, decent lacing and some legs on the sides as well, very dark root beer brown colored beer.

Nose is actually pretty bad... ick, probably older than I thought but it shouldn't get this bad until like 4 years. BBQ sauce and ketchup at first, a big vegetal soy like not so nice aroma. that eventually gives way to caramel and brown sugar, candy like with age, as it starts to open up some mild rye components, amber toasted malts, brown malts, etc, with hints of herbal earthy hops big toasted malts and some estery booze.

Taste brings sweet candy smooth creamy malts, brown malts with a creamy feel, with some brown sugar, caramel, candy syrup, etc, and plenty of toasted brown almost biiscuit like notes. It again gets some of that vegetal BBQ sauce ketchup thing going for it, but not a ton. Some sweetness with candy tastes lead to a bit of warming booze, and some esters, which is probably what leads that BBQ sauce thing. Bitterness catches up eventually, a semi bitter spicy earthy hop thing, wih a mild kiwi like terroir note, but not really any fruits or tropical notes, and some fruity rye flavors, just a touch spicy. The weird yeast additions bring mild phenols with those previously mentioned esters, and touches of baking spices. The big spicy hops really come through on the finish with fair bitterness, bit more vegetal BBQ sauce and ketchup almost soy like thing lingering, sticky syrupy notes, and more phenols and booze.

Mouth is sticky syrupy, some warming booze, lighter carb even esp for a bottle conditioned beer.

Overall blech! really sad at this, drain pour I can't even finish my glass let alone the whole 750ml! This beer was a horrible mess, can't be that old, but seems like it's a 4 year old beer. Big sweet candy with that messy soy and icky BBQ ketchup sauce thing, even the hops were pretty meh that didn't jive well with the sweet candy mess, and weird yeast additions like spices, esters, and phenols. This beer really didn't have anything good going for it, heck even the rye was muted and a weird fruity rye note instead of a nice spicy out front rye. I really haven't been liking the last few Excelsior series beers, so not sure if they're really streching with them, or just went down hill. But ewwww!

jlindros, Jul 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

kscaldef, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ViragS, Jun 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Betajeff, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL capped

appears a nice hazy chesnutt brown in color with rust color, off-white head. decent head retention. earthy, slightly herbal spice aroma, and a bit of estery yeast. malty, bready taste with some of that same earthy mild spice. medium mouthfeel, softer carbonation.

jmdrpi, Apr 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ACarp, Apr 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Iamstryker, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of SLeffler27
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills a Stiegl stange clear, reddish copper (SRM 21). A huge, billowing, manila, rocky head develops from a sparkling golden cascade. The long-lasting head ultimately leaves patches of webbing on the glass.

Sweet pine and banana give way to light rye and rubber band. Earthy with cloves, this one is quite complex, albeit, confused and pleasant.

Caramel and caramelized sugar open with light bitterness. Rye bread develops with warmth as does a light sourness. Spice and smoldering smoke give way to raisin later in the session.

Fifteen has a full body and almost creamy texture with light carbonation. Alcohol is present but subdued. The finish is dry.

This one has an abundance of character and is quite interesting. One could easily finish a couple of glasses with lively conversation. Enjoy with good friends while eating a variety of sausage or pizza.

SLeffler27, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

iheartpoopshoot, Mar 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

vande, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ubufan2112, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

djrn2, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

LoveStout, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Oakenator, Feb 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

lunarbrew, Jan 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Stevedore, Jan 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

liamt07, Jan 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Boston_Steve, Jan 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

DerekMorgan, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

sirsteve42, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

HoistinBrews, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Brass Rail Deli, shared with tenderbranson69 enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

The color is deep brown like coffee with opaque clarity thick rocky head with pale tan shade with fine bead lace stick thickly inside the rim of the glass. The smell has a light earthy nose, slight fruity mildly citrus and tropical with subtle yeasty medicinal ester. The feel is great, very nice balance of sweet malt with creamy body and medium carbonation with subtle spice from the hops and mild alcohol in the finish. The texture of the yeast adds to the wheat smoothness in the malt body with a little residual sweetness in the finish.

The taste is good with some mild spice and toasted flavors up front with a tangy tropical fruit from the hops with light yeast tanginess and some hints of gentle dried fruit flavor with a hint of coffee and pine in the background. The yeast adds a weird phenolic tinge which seems to hint at hefeweizen with a clove almost mincemeat with nutty and fruity combo of malt and hops with some spice and caramel toward the end. Overall this is a hard beer to nail down not a truly cohesive taste..it has a mix of ingredients that seem to come at you at various directions on the palate somewhat intriguing yet it doesn't really meet the expectations based on other Excelsior beers I have tried, very good but not great.

Slatetank, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is about average and a 1/2 inch ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: This sure is interesting. Oddly the first thing that stuck out was a sugary, dried pineapple aroma. Earthy, spicy rye. Hops offer a mix of herbal, tropical, and earthy notes. Plum, currants, and brown sugar. Caramel and bready malts.

3.0 T: The nose is chaotic, but it somehow works. The taste is more chaotic and doesn't. I'm not sure what to make of this. It seems to be part black IPA, part barleywine, part brown ale, and part winter warmer. Again there's a mix of tropical, herbal, and earthy hops. Rye adds its characteristic earthy spiciness. Spicy like a winter warmer. Caramel maltiness with perhaps a touch of toast. Sweet plum and currants. Brown sugar and molasses. Not bad, but not particularly good either.

3.25 M: Medium body, but I swear it feels heavy on some sips and light on others. Plentiful carbonation bordering on too much. Bubbly. Smooth.

3.0 D: Ehh, once is enough for this one.

DavoleBomb, Dec 29, 2013
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Fifteen from Ithaca Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.