Fifteen | Ithaca Beer Company

very good
93 Ratings
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Flaked Rye, Crystal Rye, Caramunich, Black Wheat
Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Motueka

Added by CloudStrife on 05-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of generallee
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rab53
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2 1/2 year old bottle served at cellar temps in a tulip glass.

Appearance: dark brown with hints of red. Nice head with some lace. Medium body.

Nose: malty sweet, grainy, old hops

Taste: a bit astringent and solventy. Malty sweet and one dimensional. No hop character left.

Overall: the bottle says that this beer can be cellared indefinitely. I think it is past its prime.

 380 characters

Photo of JMS1512
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured with energy into my pilsner glass, courtesy of my brother in Seattle, WA. He gave me three of them as a gift, each etched on the outside with the logo of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command logo. Fun fact- he’s now a civilian. I raise this glass in his honor and honorable discharge.

Sight: Dark amber/brown with an SRM of maybe 24-26(?) body with tan head, fluffy and craggy. It looks like the inside of a volcano initially, but settles down. Small bubbles rise to the surface in a Sunday-driver like leisure. Lacing deposits thick rings around my glass.

Smell: Spicy phenols from either the yeast or the rye. Most of the aroma is subtle. This is a 2013 bottle, so maybe that explains it.

Taste: More tang and spice, with a good malt structure. Sweetness shows up too, and a small bitterness to the finish. Perhaps, since it’s an older bottle, it’s more balanced than Ithaca intended when fresh. One might also detect a little soy-sauce as stated by another reviewer.

Feel: Medium minus, with gentle carbonation. Good finish with the spice and tang.

 1,075 characters

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mozim
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jlindros
2.59/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

This looks like a really interesting beer, hopefully not too old, with no date, but I don't think it's too old as sixteen isn't out yet and I think I got this a couple months ago.

Pours a slightly darker tan colored fizzy head covering that fades at a med pace, decent lacing and some legs on the sides as well, very dark root beer brown colored beer.

Nose is actually pretty bad... ick, probably older than I thought but it shouldn't get this bad until like 4 years. BBQ sauce and ketchup at first, a big vegetal soy like not so nice aroma. that eventually gives way to caramel and brown sugar, candy like with age, as it starts to open up some mild rye components, amber toasted malts, brown malts, etc, with hints of herbal earthy hops big toasted malts and some estery booze.

Taste brings sweet candy smooth creamy malts, brown malts with a creamy feel, with some brown sugar, caramel, candy syrup, etc, and plenty of toasted brown almost biiscuit like notes. It again gets some of that vegetal BBQ sauce ketchup thing going for it, but not a ton. Some sweetness with candy tastes lead to a bit of warming booze, and some esters, which is probably what leads that BBQ sauce thing. Bitterness catches up eventually, a semi bitter spicy earthy hop thing, wih a mild kiwi like terroir note, but not really any fruits or tropical notes, and some fruity rye flavors, just a touch spicy. The weird yeast additions bring mild phenols with those previously mentioned esters, and touches of baking spices. The big spicy hops really come through on the finish with fair bitterness, bit more vegetal BBQ sauce and ketchup almost soy like thing lingering, sticky syrupy notes, and more phenols and booze.

Mouth is sticky syrupy, some warming booze, lighter carb even esp for a bottle conditioned beer.

Overall blech! really sad at this, drain pour I can't even finish my glass let alone the whole 750ml! This beer was a horrible mess, can't be that old, but seems like it's a 4 year old beer. Big sweet candy with that messy soy and icky BBQ ketchup sauce thing, even the hops were pretty meh that didn't jive well with the sweet candy mess, and weird yeast additions like spices, esters, and phenols. This beer really didn't have anything good going for it, heck even the rye was muted and a weird fruity rye note instead of a nice spicy out front rye. I really haven't been liking the last few Excelsior series beers, so not sure if they're really streching with them, or just went down hill. But ewwww!

 2,503 characters

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ViragS
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Betajeff
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL capped

appears a nice hazy chesnutt brown in color with rust color, off-white head. decent head retention. earthy, slightly herbal spice aroma, and a bit of estery yeast. malty, bready taste with some of that same earthy mild spice. medium mouthfeel, softer carbonation.

 277 characters

Photo of ACarp
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Iamstryker
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

 860 characters

Photo of iheartpoopshoot
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of vande
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ubufan2112
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Oakenator
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of lunarbrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Fifteen from Ithaca Beer Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.