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

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 194
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 24.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | 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: 194
Photo of Sammy
2.47/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a better than average pale ale. pours a little darker than most, with a redish tint and a small white head. fruity hop aroma and modest malts in the nose, certainly more american than english in nature. taste remind me of a magic hat number 9, save the apricot. its a little bit sweet, and well carbonated. not my favorite pale ale, but a good local product. i should mention that the bottled version differs significantly from the draft, and is often much crisper and fresher. i have has some really lousy pints of this, but every bottle is good. not sure why but its true.

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Photo of brentk56
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear orange (this is Syracuse, isn't it) with a thick head that does a nice job stranding some lace

Smell: Not much of an aroma; perhaps a bit of orange (again) and a hint of bread

Taste: Opens rather bready, but a herbaceous orange flavor arrives by mid-palate; a vague sweetness on the finish, but the unusual orange flavor dominates after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The combination of the orange and the Ringwood yeast is a surprise and I cannot say that I cared for it

Thanks, sliverx, for the opportunity

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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,

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Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very large, slowly fading head. Recedes in a chunky fashion leaving some spots of lace. The brew is cloudy (although one can read through the glass) and light amber in color.

First impression on the smell: honeydew melon--sweet without being sugary. Relatively mild with a light hop and even lighter alcohol.

Strong yeast bite, like a homebrew. The beer seems a bit watery to me. The aftertaste is an improvement with a mild hop bitterness showing up. Overall, it's drinkable but not special.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a nice white head that fades to a thin lace. The aroma is of pale malts and Ringwood yeast. No trace of hop aroma here. The taste is good, but nothing special; A typical golden ale. The mouthfeel is good; a low body. It drinks easy. This is a fine beer, but one they should work on a bit. The label does nothing for me. Yeah, I get the whole Orangeman colors, blue and orange, but really this falls outside the quality they are known for. Not their best, probably their worst.

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange color with a 1/2 inch head. The head lasted through half the drink. The aroma had floral, orange, and malt tones. The flavor was nicely balanced. The malt was slighlty sweeter than in other pale ales and there was a decent hop bitterness. Orange was also detectable by the tongue.

The mouthfeel was smooth and carbonation levels were lighter than expected. This is a medium bodied beer, and I found this to be quite drinkable. A decent session beer and a good offering in the pale ale arena.

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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.27/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one-fingered white head that stays leaving some lace. Ugly cloudy amber color. Light carbonation. Hoppy nose. Starts and finishes with a sour apple taste, not typical of a pale, MA's Impaled Ale is better. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy fierry orange color. A slight ivory white head settles into a very thin film and retains from there on out. Seems like a sweet fruitiness on the nose. Melons. Passion fruit sort of thing. This is not a bitter tasting PA, but very tasty nonetheless. I really like the flavor profile I'm getting from the Ringwood. The fruit tones are distinctive. The maltiness complex. And the hoppiness is present, but it shares the limelight in this PA. Passion fruit and melons come to mind again on the palate. A sugary sweet accent as well....brown sugar like. Body is a notch up from medium. Not your typical pale ale, but very tasty.

Thanks to Davo for sharing this medieval beauty.

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Photo of Brad007
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


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.

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Photo of Durge
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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