Fifteen - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by VelvetExtract:
4.01/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A-Pours a hazy, dark ruby. Very hazy. Head fails to make a full layer atop the beer. Rings of lace. Second pour creates a much, much bigger head.
S-The rye is potent and so are the herbal hops. Spicy and earthy hops with a hint of rubber. Dark caramel maltiness.
T-The hops and yeast start off this beer is a very bubblegummy flavor. Then the is a moment of tropical hoppiness before it is swallowed by the rich rye and dank, earthy hops. Very spicy in many different ways. Hops taste spicy, rye is very spicy and there is a clovey note as well. Its weird but it works.
M-Fuller bodied with softer bubbles. Lingering bitterness. A bit sticky.
O/D-A cool beer with many layers to dissect. Kinda tastes like a rye-onion bagel. I enjoyed this beer if not sole,y for its eccentricity.
Serving type: on-tap
06-08-2013 20:27:36 | More by VelvetExtract
More User Reviews:
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 21:28:21 | More by Slatetank
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 05:13:26 | More by DavoleBomb
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2013 20:46:55 | More by aaron72
Fifteen from Ithaca Beer Company
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