Fourteen | Ithaca Beer Company

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152 Ratings
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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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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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 rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark near black, solid cap of dense khaki bubbles, good sticky lacing. Scent dominated by juicy tropical and citrus notes, moderate pine, malt backbone quite complex for beer of this style with notes of toast, roast and freshly dried grain. Taste brings components of scent together nicely, wonderful hop profile and deep, multi-dimensional grain presence. Medium bodied, dry. Solid beer, one of the better in the style.

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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 WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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 WeedKing4
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Buffalo. Bottle pours a jet black with creamy white head. Smells floral and hoppy. The taste up front has a nice roastyness to it, with a floral hop bite finish to go with the malt backbone. Very smooth mouthfeel overall and this is a very easy beer to drink. Hoppy black ales are an interesting breed, and this is a good quality one.

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Photo of muletrane
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of FrankShirley
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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 hardcor33
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of kennethkearns
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of stevec32
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown/black with the faintest of garnet highlights when held to light. smallish off white head leaves lots of lace on the way down. Smells of pine and resin with bits of grapefruit and roast. Taste is a bit sweet and roasty with caramel and chocolate but with lots of pine resin and citrus. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. This is a great beer, I really enjoyed it. Hoppy porter, black ale, ipa, ah who cares its good.

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Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass but a deep ruby around the edges, two finger light tan head with great lacing.

S-Some roasted malt and coffee with a good deal of hops.

T-Starts with roasted malt and slight coffee notes, ends bitter with some hops.

M-Medium bodied, carbonated and smooth.

O-Another good Black IPA, not sure why on earth they say you can age this beer... I wouldn't.

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