Syracuse Pale Ale - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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3.43/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-24-2012 02:12:36 | More by hopsolutely
3.98/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
12-23-2012 23:30:25 | More by TheBrewo
3.18/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
10-19-2012 03:17:28 | More by jtd1969
3.5/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
10-06-2012 20:27:21 | More by dbrauneis
3.5/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
10-06-2012 13:02:09 | More by metter98
3.58/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
03-07-2012 16:17:44 | More by rlee1390
Syracuse Pale Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.