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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
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Pale Ale that definately favors hop and estery flavors over hop bitterness and simplicity.

Syracuse Pale Ale begins with a veyr clear deep golden, light copper hue. A froathy head forms of standard white foam, giving a good formation and even better retention and light and solid lacing.

Instead of hoppy aromas dominant, the estery notion of the beer is able to balance with appricots, apples, and pears. Malty compounds of caramel give even more balance to the beer while contributing a rather sweet attitude.

Flavors do much the same. The malts and fruity flavors take center stage while the hops just moderate the beer- keeping it from cloying but also giving mild citrus and tropical notes. There's a light buttery flavor that is mild enough to amplify sweetness, but not becomming distracting.

The beer's texture starts out creamy and sweet. After the creamy notion and carbonation subides, the sweetness overrides dryness and gets away from what Pale Ales do best. The buttery flavor also translates to slickness in texture and hurts the finish of the beer- it becomes less dry and more heavy and slick.

Comparisons to both Dogfish Head's Aprihop and Magic Hat's #9 come to mind. If these beer's are you fancy, then Middle Ages' Syracuse Pale Ale is your cup 'o beer. (1,286 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear orange/golden color with a small beige head that left some lacing.
Aroma is sweet malt and some earthiness.
Taste is on the sweet side with a light bittering near the finish.
Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing feel.
It's easy enough to drink but it's sort of lacking much flavor to get excited about. (353 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has a clear light copper color with a fair off-white head and nice lace. There's a nutty caramel aroma with herbal hops, a touch medicinal. I get tart apple with tangy dry hops on the tongue. Thin, sprite, and pretty drinkable, but very bitter with caramel sweetness in the background. Not my favorite but a bit different. (327 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of foxmul924
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Bottle into Room Temp Pint Glass)

Color = Light Orange Hue with Quickly-Dissipating White Head, No Lace

Smell = Malty, Light Hoppy Aroma of Orange

Taste = Nice Malty/Hop Balance, Dominant Orange Peel and 'Citrusy' Taste, but Quite Smooth

Body = Light-Medium Bodied, Semi-Clean Finish

Drinkability = Very Smooth, Socializing Brew to be Enjoyed One after Another.

Other = Subtle Fruity Orange Taste might go better in the Warmer Months, but Overall a Solid Pale Ale (470 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hmmmm....the beer is a beautiful bright coppery gold, with a thin ring of head lining the top. A bit of lacing, with a few sparse blobs sticking to the glass.
Aroma is sweet and estery, with a little bit of hoppy tang. Ringwood esteriness, with a touch of nuttiness. Malts are solid, balanced with the hopping perfectly.
Flavor is fruity, with a touch of sourness in the finish, and a bit of orange. Malts are subtle and well done. Hops are mild, with a slight citric piney flavor. A slight buttery slick feel in the mouth. Body is lighter than i expected. This beer tastes more like a blonde ale in my opinion. Not enough weight to it. I think it would be a much better beer with a bit more gravity. (702 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear golden with a bit of white head that dissipate quickly. Smells citrusy and hoppy. Malt smells come out stronger than expected. Does not smells very desirable for a pale ale. Tastes better than it smells. Not mich hops on the tongue. Lots of malt instead. Decent mouthfeel and very drinkable. Would work in a pinch (334 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange in color (cuse connection?)...little white to no head...
Smell of floral hops, malt...
Taste...malt, butter, slight bitter hops...a real nice mix but nothing to stand out and say hey you love my taste
smooth and slick feel...and I could drink many of these watching cuse lax... (292 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of cretemixer
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Middle Ages offering pours a slightly orangish-gold with a full head that leaves an even layer after a few moments.
The aroma is sharp & clean. Malty and fruity.
Clean taste too. Very mild with a slight butterscotch taste. The diacetyl notes become more apparent as the beer warms a bit and the finish is a bit on the sour side.
Slick mouthfeel and a little overcarbonated for my tastes.
A good, easy drinker in my book as long as you don't let it get too warm. Thanks to Stegmakk for the chance to sample this midwest rarity. (537 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks ShiniTriad for the bottle!
A cold beer and carefull pour left me with nothing in the means of head. The colour shines but the body is hazed over. Fair aroma, a very light use of hops, enough to lend some grassy (maybe slightly estery) highlights. Cabonation on the level and texture just right. A highly quaffable pale ale, they've done the job at making an easy drinking pint that still offers some character. Flavour has a soft malt touch, very British style again, a characteristic of this brewery. Great balance and malt that never fails to show up. Not overly hoppy, or anything mind-blowing - that's their bag I dont think. In a market of American craft breweries that try to outdo eachother with innovative, high gravity remakes, it's refreshing to find a solid, simple, traditional style product. They make a quality product, that is simple but solid. A great quality ale, exactly the craftmenship I expected from Middle Ages. (942 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an off white head that disappeared pretty quickly, leaves just a bit of lacing. It is copper in color, with an orange hue, very tranparent. The smell is faint, the malt and hops are balanced. Not that hoppy for a pale ale, maybe a slight citrus note, but combined with the yeast flavor its hard to detect. This is a very drinkable beer, no strong flavors, kind of reminds me of a more flavorful mild ale. (411 characters)

Photo of JustinJTisdale
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is for the person who LOVES hops. Its more or less the only thing you can taste on top of a little citrus in the mix. It is a very very bitter pale ale.

This beer has little to no taste of malt and no hint what so ever of alcohol content so be careful. Although its only 5% its easy to put back quite a few of these and find yourself in some trouble.

Overall its great for a summer afternoon on an outdoor patio. (424 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

MUCH different in the bottle than it is on cask. Dark light golden/amber colour with a head of white foam that dies down quickly, but stays, and leaves some lacing. Carbonation is here, but not in your face. The aroma is fruity, estery, and really showcases this breweries use of their house yeast strain (ringwood). Buttery aromas come into play as well, but they are not too intense. Hops are definately more in the background here, and I find myself asking the question, "is this a magic hat brew?" The taste is good, but where are the hops in this bottled brew? This stuff is buttery, and fruity up front with a ton of yeast flavor, unfortunately the citrusy hop flavors that were so prevalent in the cask version of this brew just fade to the background here. Mouthfeel is light and cask-like, and drinkability is good, but this is such a different beer on cask. The lightness in flavor of the bottled version just doesnt really do it for me. Sorry guys! (959 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice orange color with a nice sweet aroma. Not much of a head. The taste is different. Really sweet and fruity and therefore reallly easy to drink. Intruiging flavor. The mouthfeel is almost sticky and smooth. Nice non-amazing Pale Ale. My first Middle Ages. (258 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange golden color with a thin white head that fades into a wispy lace. Nose is sweet grains, fresh fruit, floral hops, and yeast. Light to medium in body and quite crisp. Taste is sweet malt and butterscotch up front followed by notes of bitter and acidic citrusy hops that leave a dry finish. Another fine brew from Middle Ages that I wish was available in Texas. Thanks to Denali and stegmakk for the sample! (425 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (1,825 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +14%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a brilliant, slightly hazy orange color with massive white puffy head. Much attractive sticky lacing.
Smell is very subdued with only a mild summer fruitiness to be found.
Taste is also very light. I detect a slight bit of summer fruit and a touch of hops at the ned. Very light and refreshing with a somewhat shallow mouthfeel.
Easy to drink, but I like their other beers better. (390 characters)

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