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Ithaca Excelsior! Fourteen

Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Company
Style: Black IPA
Ithaca, New York USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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 hold your tastebuds 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 frinish from Chinook, and Cascade hops. Fourteen is like a fast moving squall, dark and complex with a beautiful black rainbow finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2933) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2012
I’ve had this one hanging around for a bit but finally broke into it. Black, with a thick head. Floral nose from the hops, not much else in the nose. Some lacing. Very interesting taste of hop flowers manifested along with roasted notes. This works where often this style is a miserable failure. Moreover, this is original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle. So this showed up in an unexpected place and I had to try it. I just don’t get how/when/where Ithaca’s distribution finds its stores, but it is always a welcome surprise. The beer is a little thin looking on the pour, but has a nice dark body and supports a pretty large tan head of suds. Aromas are citrusy but hold back on the dark malt presence as a dominate scent. I’m just not sensing them, but allergy season is crushing me right now. As the beer first hits the palate it is crisp and sharply hoppy, kind of a grapefruit peel presence that then yields to a bit of chocolate and maybe even light coffee depending on how a particular sip (or gulp tonight after a long day) slides across the palate. Finish is fairly tropical fruit based with a lingering resiny sting that keeps me thinking for a while after the beer has disappeared. This is a fine beer and should be made in sixers for a low low price and appear regularly in beer stores near my home. Maybe they could deliver it directly to my front doorstep.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3576) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Thanks JB for sharing this at our beer tasting yesterday. Pours dark black with 2 finger khaki head. Nose is a nice medley of dark malts and resiny hops, fruit. Tastes rich, very malty, with the malt tasting black wheat, with a mid-palate hops, and resiny malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11173) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
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. great drinkability, and I was able to use as a transition beer. Big mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoyalFlushing (326) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle poured adeep dark brown with a tiny quickly fading tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma begins with floral notes followed by grapefruit, citrus zest, and roasted malt. Taste is all IPA with caramel malt, piney resin hops, and a hint of citrus. Palatable bitterness, decent mouthfeel, and lingering flavors after each sip. Good beer, but not a great Black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (5688) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite, 9/4/12, Batch #E! 42

Aroma: The nose starts rather fruity (mango, grapefruit), with some grass, spice, and roasted notes
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a light beige colored head and medium lace coating the glass
Flavor: The taste has a plus sweetness up-front, fairly fruity as well, later on it becomes grassy and bitter
Palate: It is medium-plus bodied, has a fairly creamy, smoothish feel, average carbonation, and a dry finish
Overall Impression: This is an interesting beer. At first the nose was not saying hops to me at all, but as it warms a little bit more of a "typical" Black IPA aroma emerges here. While this isn’t a standard Black IPA by any means, I liked it. This was another very nice offering from Ithaca, an brewery who’s beers I regularly enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (16865) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2012
On tap at Jose Pistolas, Philly - 24/05/12. Dark brown with a frothy beige head. Bitter hop nose - piney, earthy, grapefruits. Taste matches nose allied to some roasted malt notes. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth finish. One of the better Cascadian darks I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3736) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thick chocolate colored head. Aroma of lots of roasted malt, char, sweet malt, vanilla. Aroma is more stout like with lots of roasted character. Flavor is very similar- roasted with chocolate malt and bitterness in the finish. This black IPA is more stout-like than IPA-like although it is hoppy. Rich mouthfeel and very tasty. Maybe a little salty, but otherwise no flaws. 7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2464) - USA - AUG 13, 2012
Very impressive fruity aroma - malt, flowers, coffee, cupcakes. Flat black pour. Flavor of rye (altho it seems to have none, but it does have black wheat, whatever that is), sweet espresso, a little smoke. Another superb special release from Ithaca - they have me looking forward to these.

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