Fourteen | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Holland on 04-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
152
Reviews:
49
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
8.46%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

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Photo of kennethkearns
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of gibby
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, orange to grapefruit citrus hops. In the taste, grapefruit citrus rind hops with a dryer end. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry grapefruit citrus rind in the aftertaste. Great hops, but no roast whatsoever. I enjoyed it though.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY. Capped and sealed.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dark brown skim over the clear brownish ruby brew. Head stays at an uneven skim, with leggy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is blackstrap and alcohol.

Taste is moderately rich dark malts upfront, the middle finds dark fruits and coffee notes fighting for prominence, and the close is bitter in both the hoppy and coffee manner, with an alcoholic warmth. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is very easy. This one could be a bit hoppier, but other than that, not much complaint.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Schulzy1
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of spark3148857
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of kevgod
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Fourteen from Ithaca Beer Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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