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

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Syracuse Pale AleSyracuse Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
78
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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light clear golden with a thinner white head that didnt stick around long leaving no lace behind,the Ringwood yeast shows thru in the aromas quite buttery with a "green" leafy hop presence along with a toasted grain note.A pretty basic pale here that ringwood yeast shows thru again with its buttery tones with aligtly sweet caramel base melding into a lightly-herbal finish.This seems to me more English than American I think more malt driven but highly quaffable,better than average.

Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, hazy orange in color with a decent head.

Smell – The soft, citrus hops mix well with the substantial yeasty profile. This is similar to the ImPaled Ale aroma.

Taste – The malt base is big and creamy, full of caramel and mature sugars. The citrus hops are almost an afterthought.

Mouthfeel – Lighter than medium in the body and very smooth. There was a subtle touch of carbonation to this one as well.

Drinkability – I thought that this was the ale’s strong point. It is truly a fantastic session ale.

Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the staple beers in my fridge - rarely is there a time when there aren't a few bottles of this kicking around in there. If there aren't, it's because I went to the brewery and they had MacGregor's Ale (similar, but single varietal hopped with Centennial - mmmm!) for growler fills.

Bright amber, an offwhite head that lasts for a little while, and a nose of hop flowers, sweet malt, and a hint of diacetyl (hey, it's a Ringwood yeast brew...) that works in tying it together.

Ahh, the balance. Hoppy (bitter and flavor) but not overly so, a firm yet slightly caramelly, fruity maltiness, a diacetyl hit mid-sip that plays off the hops and rounds out the flavor profile, with whiffs of alcohol and grain as the sip finishes, leaving a dry, slightly bitter green apple and butterscotchy finish. Ever so quaffable.

Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Crystal clear orange amber with a well retaining wispy white lace.

Smell: Sweet floral hops with some malt and fruit. A tiny whiff of butter diacetyl is in the nose to.

Taste: Smooth with a crisp malty medium bodied mouth feel. A very pleasing blend of malt sweetness and hop bitterness hit the tongue at the same time. Some fruit and alcohol sneak in also as well as a light coating of buttery diacetyl. Finishes off nicely with a mellow sweet grainy after taste.

Notes: Extremely well balanced, drinkable and non intrusive. Another great pale ale brewed in the North East. The Yorkshire Ringwood yeast strain does some justice for this brew by giving it some complexity that does not overwhelm. Brewed in dedication to the city of Syracuse, home of the Middle Ages Brewing Co.

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 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 Sammy
2.47/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the ALe House in Syracuse. Bland, watery, nothing much here. Unoffensive at best. Some faint floral hops and bit of citrus flavour on end. On malty,sweet side but an Ontario brew. Like their hoppy beers and their stouts much better. Something for the Ladies and Canadians perhaps.

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 tempest
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a pitcher at Kelly Cole's. Looks a pretty amber with a short head. Smells of estery fruit. Tastes of ringwood with a mix of fruit and creamy butterscotch over lightly carmelized grains and grassy hops. This isnt an amazing-tasting beer, but its very nice and one of my favorite local session beers.

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

Dark orange with a medium bubbly head.

Flowery hops with a grassy element and sweetness dominate the aroma. That Ringwood also comes in.

Full bodied, smooth with light carbonation. Light fruit flavors blend with bitter hops and caramel sweetness. Flowery hops show up midway through and then leave a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

A very easy drinking pale ale. That Ringwood is starting to become more apparent with every Middle Ages brew I enjoy.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear orange, with a thin wispy white head. A decent nose of floral hops and some fresh fruit. Up front, rather thin, yet quite refreshing; floral hops backed by some malt sweetness. Tender, very crisp, flavors emerge as she warms. Sticky, ever-lasting bitterness, overall not the tastiest of pale ale's available, but one that could serve as a decent session brew.

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 CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear orange amber with some wispy white lace that is retained
Aromas of sweet floral hops, some darker malt and fruit.
Flavor is smooth with a crisp malty and biscuity taste. Bread and butter aroma notes come to mind.
Mouthfeel starts with a malt sweetness and then shifts to a bitterness with some citrus notes.
Drinkability is very pleasing, nice solid beer from a great NY brewer.
Thanks to PPoitras for the Middle Ages sampler.

Photo of logicalparadox
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Truly a pleasant surprise! Wasn't expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did.

Pours a deep golden hue, with a fuzzy kind of haze that yet retains clarity. Beautiful head rolls upward as I pour and sticks around for a bit, dissipating into a nice crown with dregs of lacing sticking to the side. Impressive for the style.

The aromas are all sweet and malty, but crisp. Sweet bread and grain, with some something pretty... a little off-floral, without being identifiable. Yeast and rising bread.

The taste follows the nose, with cracker, fresh-baked doughy bread, yeasty goodness, and some mild fruity and flowery notes to round things out. Bitterness is present in the very back of this picture, just barely being present enough to support the rest of this composition. Sweet on the front, with some subtle bitterness in the middle, and a long sweet, bready finish. Just when you think the ensemble is all sweet, a mild but noticable bitter punch hits you in the very back of your throat, as if to say "notice me; there's more to me than just that".

Mouthfeel is medium, a little on the lighter side, very much like a lager or a pilsner, yet with some extra tooth added by the creaminess of a robust carbonation. Smooth; so very smooth.

Overall, I'm loving this brew. My final opinion can be summed up quite succinctly: MMmmm, Beer! If there were such a thing as a generic, but quintessential beer, at least toward the American experience, this would be it. The style taken to its proper place.

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 plaid75
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong sweet buttery malt with a smattering of floral hop.

The flavor was likewise sweet and malty, with buttery and caramel notes. Mild hop presence.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a malty APA. Nothing really stands out here, not even on cask.

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 dsa7783
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hefty pour yielded a clear, lucid, light-orange tint with a creamy, puffy head that soon dissipated and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Fruity, floral notes stand out...
Taste: Very crisp, clean, and refreshing... Not heavy on flavor, but goes down ultra smooth with hints of tangerines... Nicely balanced and a fine brew...
Easily drinkable... Definitely a good session beer...

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 ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer, purchased at Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY, as part of a group of Middle Ages singles.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, 1/2" slightly off-white head formed, and held it's own with excellent foamy lace. Brew is a light copper tone and has a hoppy aroma which has yeasty undertones. Taste is initally of the light malts, crosses over to bitterness for the main attraction, and then fades with a crisp, somewhat fruity aftertaste. A nice respresentaion of the Pale Ale style.

Photo of kevman527
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

App. - White 2-finger head, not much retention, dissipated within in 5 minutes. Hazy, golden-orange'ish color.

Smell - Not very hoppy, sweet floral aroma.

Taste - Slight hop taste, not very bitter. Nothing real outstanding.

Mouthfeel - Medium amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - While the taste was below my expectations. It is an easy drinking beer. Therefore I would recommend it.

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 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 wailingwench
2.13/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was excited about trying this beer as I am from Syracuse. I bought a sixer to drink while on "vacation" in the 'Cuse to bring back to Buffalo. Could hardly wait to drink this and saved it for a special occassion. Finally, a sunny Sunday afternoon, perfect for porching it and grilling some meat. The excitement had built up to a feverish level and then, I was unimpressed with this beer. It did not taste like a pale ale to me.

I attempted to rectify the appaling situation and poured it into a pint glass. Failed to improve the situation.Ended up drinking Canadian and finishing this off at the end of the night. One of my buddies liked this. It certainly was a drastic improvemnet over his Red Dog. Nonetheless, Middle Ages IMpaled is top of the line and the Syracuse Pale Ale does not compare. It breaks my heart to be mean to this beer.

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Syracuse Pale Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.