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

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Syracuse Pale AleSyracuse Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

177 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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: 177 | Reviews: 85
Photo of necoadam
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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 tappangordo
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

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 HopDerek
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of NJBeer265
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Docrock
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jakubh17
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Gww1864
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of whatsgoody
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mikecampbell411
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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 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 williamherbert
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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 Jeff_Winger
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of dfolmste
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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 BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Syracuse Pale Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.