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

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BA SCORE
80
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87 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 190
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | 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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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 190
Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of Southernbrew
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of Naes
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a ridiculous head. My initial pour turned out to be almost completely head. Anyway, it is a pale golden/copper color with a huge white head.
The aroma is of floral hops with just a trace amount of hops hidden in there.
The flavor is also dominated by floral hops, but it does have a light toastyness near the finish; slightly bitter near the finish.
Mouth feel is a bit over carbonated. (403 characters)

Photo of bierenutz
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a slightly murky golden amber color with a huge amount of foam although lacing is minimal.
S-Yeasty with some citrus floral notes.
T-Bitter tangy taste with buttery afternotes.
M-Thin feel but tons of carbonation.
D-Drinkable but forgettable. (250 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed gold and amber. Very small amount of off-white head that falls fairly quickly. Bland nose. Flavor is pretty subdued with a slight metallic tone. Very miniscule hops tones. Feel is good with the bubble on the tongue and a nice liquid feel. Overall it is a fairly decent brew, but it seems like it is kind of lacking a bit in strength, (356 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at a local joint in Manlius, NY while visiting my gorgeous, Russian gf, this beer was an orange-ish color with a slightly pink head. The retention was good and the lacing was consistent. The aroma was of light hops with a pleasant crystal malt and caramel malt background. The flavors were well-balanced but uninspired. Caramel malt, slightly fruity hops notes and a touch of yeast. The hoppy aftertaste lingered on the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and semi-creamy, the body medium and the carbonation good for the style. An American Pale Ale in every way, but very generic in every way. (599 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to shippos for sending this my way. It pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus and it has a buttery character. Interesting. The flavor has a little of the citrus, but has a lot of the butter character ... and I don't like it so much. The body is nice and the drinkability is ok, but the flavor just doesn't do it for me. (428 characters)

Photo of neorunner
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A gift from the source.

From a bottle into a tall pilsener glass.

Slightly hazy autumn gold fading into an almost yellow-orange at the bottom. Full inch and a half of cream white head that dissipates into a thin layer of sticky, lacy foam.

Smell of clean hops and a slight tinge of orange and lemon. No malt presence and the alcohol is nowhere to be noticed.

Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Clean, crisp taste of what tastes like cascade hops. A little watery and the hops are unbalanced. The malt comes though at the end with a touch of sweet. Although I like all the flavors, the hops don't last. There's a touch of this quinine/tonic-water flavor that I don't think works - and makes me feel like they've added water to the bottle... but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Nice, light mouthfeel - something I miss in lots of APAs. There's this tendency to go "bigger" when this nice refreshing mouthfeel works fine for most APAs.

It works - but I do wonder if they've filled the bottles with club soda. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of canoehornpoint
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light amber with a white medium head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is there but sort of obscure and earthy. I see why when I took my first sip. Earthy really stands out. The body is pretty light and finishes with the long earthy taste. Nothing else really stands out here. The bitterness is consistent early on and is not unpleasant but not overly satisfying. (377 characters)

Photo of dfolmste
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: As a Syracuse University student, I expected the beer to have an orange hue and I was not disapointed. A clear orange color with little carbonation. The head left a little to be desired, quickly disapaiting to nothing. As an Orange fan, I like the color.

Smell: Again a bit of the bubble gum that I disliked with their Swallow Wit. There is a bit more hops in the smell which makes me hopeful the gum will not be the primary flavor. Average smell.

Taste: Definately better than the wit. Bubble gum is still a tad noticable (especially in the aftertaste.) A bitterness is brought on by the hops and malt did a good job of offsetting the gum.

Mouthfeel: Similar to the taste with a medium body. These Middle Ages beers continue to surprise me with the carbonation being more than meets the eye. Gets better the longer it is held with the aftertaste staying pretty solid.

Drinkability: While I would like to think this beer represents Syracuse, I would have to give that distinction to Keystone Light. I would have a few more of these, but like our actual sports teams, there is plenty of room for improvement. (1,123 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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 (311 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pure, bright, tangerine peel orange topped by a pastel orangish, cream colored cap of stiff foam. Since it's making no moves toward deflation, even at the several minute mark, I'll give it high marks for persistence. Scraps of chunky lace are visible in the (eventual) aftermath.

In terms of hoppiness, the nose definitely favors English varieties over American ones. The nose is really nothing special however. Underpowered is the first strike and uninteresting is the second. There's a hint of orange peel, but otherwise I detect nothing more than a muddled earthiness and very little malt.

There's a bit of a comeback once beer enters mouth, but not much of one. The beer is too lightly malted with a befuddled hop profile that lacks power and personality. I know that it's an APA and isn't meant to be excessively hoppy, but moderately hoppy would be nice. Although a bit more bitterness is apparent on the finish, the hop flavor still doesn't impress.

The body is strictly medium in heft and the mouthfeel comes dangerously close to flat. Carbonation is on the low end, yet I get the impression that the 'flat' sensation comes as much from the two-dimensional flavor profile as from the relative lack of bubbles.

Syracuse Pale Ale doesn't do much for me. It shouldn't be that difficult to brew an acceptable APA, but Middle Ages comes close to falling short of even that low bar. I'm still looking forward to trying the other MA brews that I have in my possession, all courtesy of HappyHourHero. (1,513 characters)

Photo of williamherbert
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a light orange/amber color (real amber, not beer amber). There is a slight cloudy haze. Minor soapy head. Seems to have very little carbonation. Appears to be thirst-quenching, no lace.

Heavy ringwood yeast smell. Completely overpowered by the yeast. However, it is still quite enticing. Fruity undertones, and do I detect a hint of apricot? It goes like this: 1) yeast, 2) apricot.

Taste reminds me a great deal of Magic Hat Fat Angel. Overwhelming yeast flavor with a hint of apricot. Slightly sweet malt undercurrent. Very little hop presence at all.

It's creamy and yet a little ashy. Dances on the tongue. It's much drier than a normal pale ale, or most ales for that matter. Thicker than I expected and the dry/ashy quality makes it cater to a particular taste. Not bad at all, but I would certainly have to limit it. (845 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of jsausley
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Soft and hazy Amber in color, this brew is a typical american Amber ale. Fruity and slightly sweet. Earthy hops are notable in the taste and the beer has a medium body. Reasonably good, but not exceptional. (209 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Blue Tusk 5/24/08.

Poured a clear golden amber with 1 finger of bubbly off-white head, good retention and lacing. Smells of honey, buttered biscuits, floral hops, lemon, fruit. Tastes of floral hops, grapes, lemon, biscuit, and a big buttery finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth and fruity with an acidic and buttery finish. Not something I would go out of my way to drink again, didn't taste very pale ale-like, though maybe I just had an off-batch. (481 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.21/5  rDev -8%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of jtd1969
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of necoadam
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an orange color with some amber highlights and some carbonation visible. Smell consisted of hops and some citrus aromas. Some yeast also could be detected. Some malts are way in the background, but not out of the picture completely. The simple malts and hops mixing in for the taste department with nothing really shining out. The Grail Ale didn't have this, but I noticed this one has some alochol bite at the very end. Just the average pale ale that's good to wash down some food. Worth taking a look at one of these beers at least. (544 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to orcasteve for this one.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes. The taste is malty, hoppy/slightly, dry/bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, not much of an APA to me. (321 characters)

Syracuse Pale Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.