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Fourteen | Ithaca Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

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.

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Photo of stakem
2.79/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml bottle secured at Ithaca while there for the LeBleu release. I got to try some samples that day so it cured my curiosity until I had a chance to open a bottle with some friends. From notes taken a couple months ago:

Poured into a mathing Ithaca tulip, the brew appears a very dark brown to black. When held to the light, a deep color of mahogany and ruby clarity is seen through the body. A finger of tan head sits arop and leaves spotty lace as it recedes.

The smell of this is bright with cascade hops to the point of being too much. It imparts a bit of veggie aspext mixed with yeast and sulfur. My overall impression of this brew's aroma is that it is dirty and not terribly enjoyable.

The taste is super bitter. The combination of over-hopping and the burnt flavor of the grain makes this harsh. It is oily and displays a flavor that is veggie-like just like the aroma suggested. Somewhat herbal, the oily nature of this brew persists into the aftertaste with a mild fruit and rindy element overtop of ash and dirt.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is oily in the feel and a bit acrid. I had a very hard time with a half pour of this. Trying to tank an entire 750ml of this yourself is pure lunacy.

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Photo of atr2605
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-ours black with a foamy tan head that leaves nice lacing around the glass.
S-Citurs and pine from the hops dominate the aroma, a bit of sweetness tries to come through
T-Lots of roasted malt, pine bitterness comes through and leaves a strange aftertaste.
M-medium bodied
O-Not a fan. Appearance is nice but the flavor and aroma didn't do much for me.

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Photo of Ego
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch EL042

2 fingers of tan head rise up audibly crackling as it settles, at first it seems like a conversation but tapers off quickly into murmurs, the head has some integrity as it sticks together when rolled around the glass, as expected this is nearly back, not quite opaque as there is some ruby edges where light can circumvent the density, carbonation is lively and active streaming up single file throughout the glass, a good looking lot

earthy brown hops, hints of roast and whiffs of smoke, thoughts of birch beer, this does not pop like buddy christ

taste etc...
effervescent feel carbo wise, drinks rather light bus maintains enough body, mildly flavored, you get a bit of everything from the nose with nothing being up front, the roast flavor is good, the hop bitterness has a decent bite, the alcohol seems stronger than what is indicated on the bottle, you do get some hints of chocolate towards the end.

all well and good but not much memorable. a good beer but nothing great, worth checking out if you happen upon it but I wouldn't go out of my way for it

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of deep roasted malt with bitter hops. Taste is not as complex as I would have hoped with some roasted malt notes that are pretty dominant and a hops profile that is bitter but limited in complexity and not as dominant as I would have expected. Body was quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not as hops-centric as expected and not something I would purchase gain considering the price tag.

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Photo of billab914
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into Pumking chalice. Dark brown in color with a thin spotty head to it. Decent lacing out of what was there though.

In the aroma I get sugary malts mixing with some residual citrusy hops. There is a little dark candied fruit to it as well. The hops feel a little faded, but not bad. Decent aroma, but probably not as good as it once was.

The taste again show some citrusy hops but they end up playing a backseat to the sugary, candied malts. It just felt too sweet and sugary overall with not enough hop presence anymore.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it was a decent beer but the hops felt a little faded at this point. The sugary malts and candied fruit flavors were a little too much at this point as well. Not a bad beer, but probably not as good as it once was.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle poured into a larger Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The beer is really not black, more of a darker brown with nice mahogany highlights in the middle and edges. Nice tan colored head with many sized bubbles and some slightly better than average lacing. Head was big after an aggressive pour.

Smell is probably the best part of the beer. Well hopped, earthy and pine for the most part with a touch of honey and a hint of chocolate. The chocolate is more natural and bitter than sweet smelling, but there is a slight sweetness there.

Taste is good, but weaker than expected based on the smell. Chocolate malts provide an over-toasted flavor, sweet bready with hops that come out and bite you a tad. Slight citrus, but mostly pine again.

A heavy light to medium feel, probably one of the lightest black ales I've had. Carbonation level is decent. Not completely filtered in the feel and there is a bitter finish. Hop finish isn't completely clean, so it's not a hard bite. Pretty drinkable.

Overall it's a good beer, but far from great. I expected a little more from a Anniversary beer, but I guess 14 isn't really THAT special of a year. Worth trying, but only once.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a deep brown almost black pour, 2 fingers of light colored tan/creme frothy head, great lacing. getting a lot of herbal/vegetable scents.. almost like a soup, sweet malt is also present. very bitter up front.. getting a lot of bitterness from the hops but can't quite place my tongue on what type of bitterness.. it's just a rough battery acid like feel. getting a taste of kalamata (sp?) olives, a very roasted bitter flavor of tobacco from the toasted grains. the second taste was a bit more subtle on the palate but i'm still getting part of that earthy bitterness on the palate that just kind of takes over the entire flavor.

the mouthfeel is very creamy. a medium body beer with a moderate amount of carbonation.

overall, this is a decent beer. i feel like maybe it should have been enjoyed a bit sooner, or left to sit for longer. like it's almost in beer purgatory right now and i got a few off flavors. it's not entirely my fault, as i saw it at the store 2 weeks ago and picked it up on a whim.. though i knew it had come out a while ago.

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Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown, nearly black in color. A modest foam and not overly carbonated in the mouth.

Nice resiny flavor with a good dose of the dank hops and burnt malt. what makes it pleasant is the malty sweetness that gives the stuff some foundation. Hops are piney and spicy.

A fruity tart taste gives this some balance. Hoppy enough to give a little tingle to the lips, but mellows out to a modest hop burn. On tap at The Perch in downtown Philly. [notes from 05/24/2012 visit]

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Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: hints of citrus and soft roasted tones comes through to the nose.

Taste: some wheat, hints of chocolate , orange citrus, very mild pine, and a light roasted tone makes up a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is focused on wheat and roasted tones.

Overall: an easy drinking beer. Definitely easy to drink the bomber in a single short session.

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Photo of Holland
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with a thick tan head that sticks to the glass and replenishes itself when you take a drink.

S: the hops come through most, giving it a citrus and pine smell, but there are some roasted notes present.

T: some hops citrus notes come through, but it's a lot of bitterness from the hops, some sweet malt, and some roasted flavor.

M: great carbonation and medium body give this a crisp feel, which works well with the style.

O: I'm not a fan of black IPAs, but this is alright. Still only got one bottle at the LeBleu release, but it's solid and I'd recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the style.

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Photo of match1112
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: pours out like a dark cola but settles in pitch black. three fingers of big clumpy tan head slowly settles to a couple of spots around the rim. Sticky lacing covers the entire glass as I drink this down.

s: despite being close to a year old there is still quite the hop presence on the nose. very floral and sweet. some wheat with a hint of caramel, maybe a little spice.

t: floral hops are still there. burnt wheat toast and a touch of caramel for sweetness.

m: medium light body with a slight creamy feel. carbonation is excellent. long bitter finish that reminds me of burnt toast.

o: kinda indifferent on this. doesn't knock my socks off yet i'm still able to finish the bottle. if you have a chance, give it a go.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for 10$

Appearance - Black/Brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy dark beige coloured head. It's too dark to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There are also some roasted/smokey notes and chocolate/coffee and some very very faint grapefruit. It ends with a fairly bitter malty/hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Perhaps I am a little late to the party on this one. It had a bit of a hop bite, but basically tasted like a stout/porter. I think I picked up my bottle in November 2012, so I guess some of the hoppy/fruity flavours are all gone now. Still a good beer.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Provides a clear, nearly black, walnut glow when put to the light. 2” of creamy, beige foam, turns to pancake batter as it gradually surrenders, leaving a dense coating of lace behind the elephant of an Odell pint glass.

Fresh spruce and juniper provide a “wow” moment of juicy aroma. Crisp and clean overall with a light background of wheat bread.

Fourteen is a highly flavorful black ale tuned more to the IPA spectrum. Strong bitterness is balanced with hop flavors of grapefruit and pine sap. The finish has strong bitterness, though not harsh. Overall, this is crisp and clean with a spicy pepper, perhaps celery, nuance. Warmth brings out light coffee and licorice flavors.
A medium body and woolly texture is accented by modest carbonation, while alcohol is as expected. A touch of metallic notes and astringency are oddly welcomed.

This bottle was enjoyed during the calm following a tumultuous, stormy winter day, with pulled pork and corn bread.

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a dense khaki colored head that settled into a sparse cap and left some webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of scorched caramel, bitter grapefruit rind and pinepple. The aroma is mostly hop driven, not much from the malt.

Definitely more malty in the taste. The malt is rather smooth; it has a light bitter roast with some sweet caramel and a lactose type of sweetness. Some bakers chocolate notes as well. The hops are mainly bitter and range from grapefruit rind to grass to piney sap. Ends up being more hoppy than anything else.

Moderate body with active carbonation. Starts off real smooth and balanced but finishes with a slight piney bitterness. ABV is well hidden.

Not a huge fan of the style but I like that they didn't really bring in too much bitterness from the malt. The hops have enough of a citrus note to add some brightness to the beer. Very enjoyable for the style that can be a mess of flavors.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty stuff from Premier. Big black body and grayish soapy head. Roast aroma. Big roast flavour with citrus the secondary taste, dry bittersweet chocolate finish. I would prefer more hoppiness. Still great drinkability, and I was able to use as a transition beer. Big mouthfeel.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black. Half a finger of espresso coloured head formed and reduced to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Huge bitter hop aroma up front with grapefruit, earthy and light tropical fruit aromas. The roast plays a secondary role here but is definitely present.

T - Big bitterness up front with fresh hop flavours present - some citrus, pine and passion fruit. The roast enters in the middle with some hints of chocolate and provide a good sweetness to balance out the hopping.

M - Medium body. Some good hop resin present. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Smells like chocolate, but with some faded citrus and pine hops in the periphery - Not surprising seem as this is from late April. There's some roasted malts, as well as a touch of bread and caramel.

T - Taste is similar, with roasted grains, biscuit, caramel, chocolate and sugar cookie malt flavors dominating and pine and citrus hops in the periphery. There's a touch of coffee and black malt astringency, but it actually serves to balance the sweetness of the beer a bit.

M - Medium-full body, with pleasant carbonation. The wheat gives this a touch of grit and a midlly dry and tannic finish. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden too - would have guessed closer to 7%.

D - An enjoyable beer that manages to work despite a flavor I don't generally care for much (black malt). The malt complexity is also sufficient that this is still interested after the hops have mostly faded out. Pretty easy to drink too. Hopefully Ithaca revisits this one, as I'd like to try it really fresh.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark black color with a small tan head and some lacing

S-dark roasted malt, pine, hints of citrus, a slight earthiness

T-dark roasted malt, citrus, pine, slightly peppery, nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-this black ale had nice flavor, but I prefer others in the category that have better balance

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Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1241st Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml

2012 Release

Thanks to mjtiernan for this one!

App- A very very dark almost black pour. No beer can really be black but damned if this isnt close to it. A very dark brown 3 finger head with super strong lace and cling.

Smell- Much smoother than I thought it would be on the nose. The hops on this one created an interesting mix of chocolate, roasty, hoppy and sweet. A interesting tinge of a espresso/coffee mix came in.

Taste- A very nice black IPA. Not as smooth as James or Stone 15 which I use as my benchmarks, but much less roasty and replaced by a great hoppy citrus punch from the Galaxy. Well layered and quite delicious. The ABV adds a nice layer of flavor of a boozy quality.

Mouth- A bit of a lighter medium body with a certain creamy feel that I pick up on CDA's. A medium carbonation. Leaves residual malts and citrus.

Drink- A very good CDA. Lots of flavors and a bit more hoppy than the others. Great use of the Galaxy as well. I would like this one again.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours black with a 3" tan head. Big trails and blotches of lacing remain.

S- caramel, very sweet citrus (orange, pineapple), slight spice aroma

T- toffee, sweet orange and pineapple, with some citrus rind and pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a crisp bite at the finish.

O- good beer. I am sure the bitterness has mellowed some with a year or so on it. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep ominous midnight black. Light tan fizzy foam crowns the beer but only momentarily as it quickly fizzles out to a thin film. Leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

S - the nose is dark and dank as its color. Lots of resinous green leafy hops with bits of hemp oil and bright citrus. Underneath the hop jungle is a rich malt profile of dark chocolate and roasty, char notes.

T - lightly sweet biscuity flavor up front. Notes of char and snappy bitter citrus notes enter quickly. Some nuances of juicy dark dried fruit are in the center giving it balance. The finish is roasty and citric which lingers for days.

M - the mouthfeel is full bodied yet creamy and silky though a touch fizzy due to the super high carbonation.

O - i am not a real fan of " black IPAs" but this hoppy dark beer is quite good. It is complex yet balanced which is exactly what i look for in any good beer.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Whartontallboy for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my tulip with literally a 100% opaque black color. About two fingers of creamy looking head is achieved with a somewhat hard pour that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving chunky lacing

Smell – Earthy hops, bittersweet chocolate, a great roast aroma, and some floral/citrus notes at the end.

Taste – A nice bitterness up front from the hops which fades to char and roast, bittersweet chocolate, and just a hint of honey? Sweetness. As the beer warms some coffee flavors become apparent but not overly so.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel, carbonation on par for this style.

Overall – A solid black IPA. Not the best out there, but a respectable one nonetheless.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Frothy beige head which leaves plenty of stringy lace. Near black color where no light shines through.

I smell black olives initially. My wife smells sassafras. Either way, not like any beer we've smelled before.

The taste starts with fresh cream but gives way dark, unsweetened cocoa. Rich body. The finish is like black coffee.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a couple of snifters. Thanks go to wishuwerebeer for bringing this one along.

Pours what appears to be black at first, but holding this up to the light actually reveals a deep ruby body, topped with rich ½ finger of mocha colored head. This flares up to a near full finger when swirled, leaving back lots of rich spotty froth. The aroma smells fresh, floral, and peppery in the nose, with an almost leafy tobacco scent and additional notes of herbs and pine thrown in as well. Darker malty notes of some chocolate and roasted coffee sit along the back.

Those hops really have explosiveness to them in the taste, with bitterness; spice, herbal notes, and then some vegetal character all having a strong presence here the whole way through the profile. Some sweeter flavors of chocolate and caramel just hang on the edges of those hops, while dark roast props things up from the back. Hops return in the finish though with some strong lingering resins. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied and crisp on the tongue, with more of a smooth creaminess across the back that keeps this flowing nicely. There’s a touch of alcohol on the tail-end of this but overall this is pretty smooth for the size.

This was a nice big Black Ale with a pretty pronounced aggressiveness to it but the bitterness never really got out of hand, as the overall complexity of the profiles kept things in check. I really love this style when breweries bring it with the higher alcohol and robust flavors. This has some attitude. Thanks for the share Bryan!

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4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a pitch black color with over an inch of frothy head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is sweet citrus hops, hints of tropical fruits, chocolate, roasted malts and some floral notes. Flavors of sweet citrus hops, roasted malts and chocolate. Piney and floral as well. Nice bitterness throughout. Chocolate and piney hops at the finish. Thick, creamy mouth feel. Mild alcohol presence. Overall, a well made Black IPA that balances the hops and chocolate characteristics nicely.

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Fourteen from Ithaca Beer Company
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