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Syracuse Pale Ale - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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78
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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-30-2001

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Ratings: 181 | Reviews: 85
Photo of jsausley
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured by Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse, NY.

A: Golden and light without much character. Nice head and lacing with light carbonation.

S: Hoppy nose with citrus and light malts on top of an almost wheat base.

T: Reminiscent of a wheat. Nice and citrusy with a lot of soft tinges. Lacking of any major flavors but not a bad drinking beer. Nice and smooth.

M: Clean and crisp with hoppy bitterness.

O: Not terrible, fairly forgettable midrange pale.

Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A clear and deep coppery color with a translucency due only to the color, this beer struggles to maintain a wispy head that sinks down to foam with strong edging and achieves decent spotting.
As similar as can be in aroma and flavor, this pale ale is moderately hoppy with a focus on earth, leaf and mineral notes that make me wonder if it isn't an English version. A hint of estery sweetness comes up at the front and gives way to the bitterness, while a bit more flora comes out from middle to end.
It's more prickly than crisp and bitingly so. Its light-medium body holds a certain mineral edge to it.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus, honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel, honey and citrus. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style even though it seems to lean more toward the English Pale Ale style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Photo of BrewMaven
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When in Syracuse, buy a like named beer!

Pours clear gold with a one finger white head that dropped to a cover but left some lace.

Floral hop nose with a slight soapy presence...no it wasn't the glassware.

Taste was similar with some floral hops up front, slight bitterness through the middle and a clean, somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel was on the thin side with a buttery presence. Mellow carbonation was a bit prickly on the tongue.

Nice session brew at 5%

Photo of Roguer
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pale straw color, almost transparent, but still slightly cloudy. One finger of white head which quickly dissipated to a thin layer. Very little lacing.

S - Pine hops and wheat malts; some spice as well. Slightly sweet smelling, focusing on a dominant malt profile: wheat grain, butter, and sugar.

T - Light and bright initially, followed by a strong wave of back-of-the-throat malts, including caramel, butter, and a bit of a liquorice flavor. Hops are fairly mild, showing pine. Some earthy woodiness. Interesting flavor profile, but not my cup of tea (beer). Taste follows aroma pretty closely.

M - Extremely light and lager-ish. Makes for a quick drink, which is good for this style. Very little oily hop residue, little carbonation sting, no sense of alcohol (of which there shouldn't be, at 5.0%).

O - This seems like an experimental flavor, with some pine hops and a huge malt character, all in a light-bodied ale. It's not a bad beer, but I wouldn't dream of making it my everyday ale.

Photo of Brad007
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mild golden color with a frothy white head into my glass. Not sure how I missed out on this one but glad I finally picked it up.

Sweet with buttery malt and some pine from the hops in the nose. Clean. Simple. But refreshing? Time to figure it out.

Ditto on the taste. Sweet, buttery malt with not much else. Resembles an English IPA more than an American IPA.

Lingering sweet, buttery malt dominates the finish. Very clean otherwise.

Middle-of-the road but still manages to quench the thirst.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An excellent British-style ale, but classed as "American" I’m unable to rate it as highly as I'd like. It's balanced and very well brewed, but extremely malt forward and completely lacking in any of the hop notes that are crucial (in my mind) to an APA.

Good looking golden colour with amber tones, decent white head and attractive lacing. Aroma of pale malts, breads and grains. The flavour is also very malt-forward, biscuits with bittering hops to round out the finish. Unfortunately no citrus, fruit or "c" hop or other "west-coast" elements - but a decently dry and lingering finish.

All in all, a great SPA, but not a beer I'd recommend to someone seeking an APA.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of robust golden yellow. It holds a two finger head of creamy whitish bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving thick sheets of lacing down the glass. There is a chill haze to it, with no sediment noted. Carbonation is robustly active. The nose shows metallic pale malts, and lightly adjuncty chalk. The hops to balance are floral and lemony, giving a slight pucker. With warmth comes plastic phenols, adding bitterness, and a chalky grassiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is refreshing, but a bit on the light side. As we sip, cleanly toasted pale malts hit first, mixing with soft citric malts, and light wheatiness. Lemon juice bitterness works in, with moderate chalky dryness. The peak comes with metallics, pale malts, baker’s yeast, citric fruitiness, and bittering mineral. We finish the swallow on notes of sweeter malts, with flashes of white sugar, floral and citric hops, more chalky, plastic phenols that bounce off the ethanol, and muddy pale malts. The aftertaste breathers of booze, those muddy pale malts, chalk, plastic phenols, light metallic adjuncts, and black pepper. The body is medium, and the carbonation is full. The latter gives big froth and cream to the sip, whereas there is nice slurp and pop on the back. The mouth is wet and happy, with slightly puckering astringency by the final drop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer glugs easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the cleanliness of flavoring, and the drinkability. The flavor starts freshly, with nice pale malts, and a citric hop blend. This stays true to the very end, where the malts become a bit more muddy and bittering. This really doesn’t affect drinkability that much though. Coupled with the nose and slurp, this is a great go-to pale ale, and a well-kept local secret.

Photo of jtd1969
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden yellow with a tint of amber. Good carbonation with a good amount of lacing.

S - slight sweet malt, light caramel/citrus

T - Caramel, slight bread and rather light hop character (clean grassy/herbal in character)

M - Moderately high light bodied, good carbonation

O - Good drinkability. Definitely a session beer in my opinion. In regards to overall, I can't say it's bad, but not the pale ale I am going to reach for. I would drink it at a bar.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy dark golden yellow in color with some hints of orange when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall creamy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very little discernable smell to this beer - quite mild. Very light notes of pale malts with a touch of caramel sweetness and some floral and grassy hops.

T: Similar to the smell, the overall flavor of this beer is quite mild. There are notes of pale and caramel malts with some floral and grassy hops. Light amounts of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable - perhaps a more enjoyable beer for a hot summer evening than a cooler fall one.

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is yellowish amber in color. It poured with a half finger high head that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of lemony and grassy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is lemony and has flavors of grassy hops. Not much in the way of bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Nothing really stands out in this beer as being very interesting, but it is a beer that goes down quite easily.

Photo of rlee1390
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy orange, thee finger head head, some carbonation, good lacing.

S-Some citrus and grassy hops, malt is present. (bottle did not have a date so that maybe the cause)

T-Start with a mix of malt an citrus hops, ends with a slight bittnerness, the meshing of the malt and hops makes me think the bottle is "fresh"

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated and smooth.

O-A nice local APA, nothing out standing but I figured it was time to try some local beers before I move.

Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-Tap

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some poor lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There really isn't a whole lot of flavour going on here.. it definitely doesn't have the citrus/hoppy punch that most APA's have. It really tastes like a poorly made amber if anything. It ends with a malty slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Other reviewers are saying how this beer is better from a bottle. Perhaps I'll give a bottle a try if I happen to see it. As far as my glass from on tap goes, it was a really poor brew.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a better than average pale ale. pours a little darker than most, with a redish tint and a small white head. fruity hop aroma and modest malts in the nose, certainly more american than english in nature. taste remind me of a magic hat number 9, save the apricot. its a little bit sweet, and well carbonated. not my favorite pale ale, but a good local product. i should mention that the bottled version differs significantly from the draft, and is often much crisper and fresher. i have has some really lousy pints of this, but every bottle is good. not sure why but its true.

Photo of Jayli
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Dinosaur Barbeque 10/5
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a clear copper color with a 1/4 inch of white head. Head recedes immediately leaving minor lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is pale malts, grain, and slight floral hops.

T: Taste starts with caramel malts that fade in to a nice lighter pale malt flavoring. Grain comes through and then a floral note punctuated by citrus hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice and crisp with an oily finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, easy kick, decent representation of style. I prefer more hoppy APA's but this is a nice easy drinking APA that I would easily hit up again out at a bar.

Photo of yesyouam
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Syracuse Pale Ale is a clear, sparkling golden ale with a sandy colored head that fades to dense, bubbly blotches that cling to the glass in thick sheets. The aroma is light, fruity and grassy; nothing overtly hoppy. It's light bodied and pretty slick. The finish is dry and crisp. The fruitiness from the aroma is kind of the main flavor here. The flavor is very light, but the malt, hops and yeast seem to contribute equally to form a single, tight taste. There is a touch of mintiness at the finish. This tastes less like a pale ale and more like an alt or maybe an Irish ale. This is an inoffensive session ale or lawnmower beer, good for drinking without thinking.

Photo of AgentZero
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden color beer with some amber notes and a small bubble head that faded to a full cap after a few moments.

T - Actually seem to smell a decent amount of yeast on this one, some grassy and herbal light hops, and toasted malts. Almost a little like an English IPA.

S - Some caramel, herbal notes, yeasty, some hop bitterness. Really reminds me of a slightly hoppy adjucnt lager, not really a good thing.

M - Lighter bodied, active carbonation.

O - Not a great beer, not a good take on the style and the taste just isn't that good either.

Photo of vande
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A ~ a slightly cloudy golden yellow/golden rod color, somewhat similar to the color of the Piece Brewing coaster my pint glass is sitting on

S ~ musty, lemon grass, citrus hints....very l ight

T ~ malty, lemony brew...blend of some malty flavors, light breadiness...

M ~ tarty light-to-medium bodied ale....

O ~ an interesting flavored beer....a decent extra in a trade, but nothing I'd search out for directly...Glad I tried it...

Photo of jzeilinger
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear gold color with no head and carbonation that all but fizzled out after the first (5) minutes.

S - Light lemon and slightly herbal aroma Smells a little grainy.

T - Slightly buttery, a little lemon grainy flavoring, and a very slight citrus bitterness tries to surface but the malt beats it back down. Balanced, evenly blended across the sip, and a crisp dry finish. The overall flavor is light and not alot going on.

M - Thin, heavier side of light bodied, very gentle carbonation on the tongue that is almost slippery in texture.

O - SPA is an ale that drinks like it's more from the lager side of the beer tree. It's O.K., maybe a really good lawnmower beer on a hot summer day which isn't such a bad thing.

Photo of Franz4
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle
A- Clear golden color, nearly no head
S- pale malts and slightly musty
T- Slight mustiness has turned into a powerful caramel flavor that's just not right, there's really no hop flavor to this at all and the malt is weak.
M- watery with very little carbonation
O-Not a fan, I've had other Middle Ages stuff that has been quite good, but this stuff missed the mark. No freshness info, so I can't speak to how fresh it was, but I picked it up from the store last week.

Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very large, slowly fading head. Recedes in a chunky fashion leaving some spots of lace. The brew is cloudy (although one can read through the glass) and light amber in color.

First impression on the smell: honeydew melon--sweet without being sugary. Relatively mild with a light hop and even lighter alcohol.

Strong yeast bite, like a homebrew. The beer seems a bit watery to me. The aftertaste is an improvement with a mild hop bitterness showing up. Overall, it's drinkable but not special.

Photo of neorunner
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #2 - http://flic.kr/p/9nF26s

Thanks to Kevin (shrek806) for sending me this in Round #4 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Back in the groove, at least for a moment. Popped this 12 oz. and tried to get a sniff but the xmas scented wax kept me from prying any secrets from the bottle. Poured into a Triple Karmeliet glass.

Golden yellow in color with a very thin head. Slightly perfumy in odor. Body is very light and mellow. Taste is between a pilsner and adjunct lager. This has a macro backbone with a bit of a corn creamy touch.

The reveal - Syracuse Pale Ale. More a pilsner than a pale ale in my book. Then again I found their last beer to be a bit under hopped. The beer is light and very poundable, a great lawnmower / hot day beer.

Photo of brentk56
2.89/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear orange (this is Syracuse, isn't it) with a thick head that does a nice job stranding some lace

Smell: Not much of an aroma; perhaps a bit of orange (again) and a hint of bread

Taste: Opens rather bready, but a herbaceous orange flavor arrives by mid-palate; a vague sweetness on the finish, but the unusual orange flavor dominates after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The combination of the orange and the Ringwood yeast is a surprise and I cannot say that I cared for it

Thanks, sliverx, for the opportunity

Photo of brew3crew
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had during a middle ages Tasting.

A-clear yellow in coloe with some white head
S-smells more like a pilsner than a pale ale
T-malt comes through more so than hops
M-light bodied and smooth
D-my tasts is gone ina minute. Very drinkable

Doesnt taste like a pale ale, which is why it gets such high marks from me

Photo of depechemode1983
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an awesome looking orange blossom honey color, with a foamy off-white head. The head vanishes in about a minute or so. There are tine bits of lacing.

S- Nice citrus hop smell. Orange peel with some grainy malts in the background. I also smell something sorta medicinal though i don't know what it is.

T- Decently hopped but with enough sweetness to give it balance. There is also a fresh grain presence that gives the beer a sorta earthy feel.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. Carbonation is somewhat high and give the be a crisp clean feeling.

D/N- Pretty good stuff. I'm not the biggest APA fan but this one hit the mark. One of the better ones Ive tried. Drinkability is up there.

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Syracuse Pale Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.