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Fifteen - Ithaca Beer Company

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85
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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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Reviews by MadScientist:
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MadScientist

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A deep copper that is somewhat hazy. The is made of rocky tan bubbles with better than average retention, falling from a finger to a thin cap of bubbles after a couple of minutes.

S: A mix of spicy phenols, some tropical fruit and a light malt sweetness. There is medium-strong cloves mixing with some rye and at times a slight plastic note. There is medium-low tropical fruit hops aroma somewhere around pineapple and and mango the low intensity make them hard to name but easy enough to distinguish from straight citrus hops.

T: Strong rye malt flavor with medium flavors of clove and spice. There is a medium hops flavor that is pineapple and citrus. The is light malt sweetness in the middle but the balance is firmly bitter with a medium-strong hops bitterness and a dry finish. The aftertaste is of a lingering spicy bitterness.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation and a light creaminess.

O: A rich blend of rye, spice and fruity hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:26:46 | More by MadScientist
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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.

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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.

Serving type: bottle

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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.

Serving type: bottle

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3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 05:13:26 | More by DavoleBomb
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Fifteen from Ithaca Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.