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Fifteen - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

78 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 78
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.95%


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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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by ThePorterSorter:
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Acquired recently from BoTW in Rochester

The beer pours a dull, opaque dark brown (copper in the light) with 1/2 an inch of a creamy off-white head that fades quickly with some lacing. The nose is relatively mild (when cold) with notes of caramel, malts, Zeelandy hops, some weird and astringent spice/fruitiness, booze, and carrots (or some root vegetable). Obviously the nose becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. The taste is potent with an initial flooding of rye spice and bitter hops, which transitions into a spicy/malty sweet finish. Initially it's a bit hard to drink, harshly spicy with a bitter astringency, but as you grow accustomed to it, and it warms up a bit, I think it offers something with a relatively unique flavor and drinkability. I'd say this is a try-once and share with friend.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 02:39:08 | More by ThePorterSorter
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4.24/5  rDev +11%
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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4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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DavoleBomb

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3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured basement temperature into a 12oz bourbon glass that i bought used @ goodwill.

the appearance is nice with a big tan frothy head. the color is deep brown almost red in hue. the head faded fast into a nice yeasty layer on the top with nice lacing. it's slightly cloudy... it looks great!

the smell is spicy, fruity & complex. it smells malty, bready & like raisins & plums.

the taste is great... it's quite fruity with a hoppy spice on the finish. for me, it's very pleasant & easy to drink! it's like a big brown ale that has different & interesting things going on!

the mouthfeel is smooth with just enough carbonation. the hop blast is fairly sharp on my tongue but in a good way.

overall, i like to purchase this ale this fall when i find it. it's a nice fall ale... it will give you a nice smile but the alcohol is hidden well! this has quickly become my favorite autumn ale along with brooklyn brown & sierra nevada tumblers.

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Fifteen from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.