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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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Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden copper color with 3 fingers of white head and tons of bubbling.

S: Malt up front with some minor fruit notes in the background.

T: Tastes very light with malt dominating. The fruit is there at the end with a subtle hop finish.

M: Very crisp and refreshing.

D: Great everyday beer. Like all Middle Ages products this taste more like an English pale with American accents. Great beer to enable me to drink local.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BeerBucks
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of soju6
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Maggies on the River in Watertown, NY.

A: Served a clear light copper color with a nice head that slowly fades to some lacing.

S: Fresh grain with a light malt & citrus aroma thrown in.

T: Clean & crisp. Some sweetness & citrus flavor and a light bitterness.

F: Fairly light body, quite smooth & nice balance.

D: Good drinker, not overpowering. Worth a try.

Photo of ajzy
1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

Photo of joe1510
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Received in a recent trade with Isreal, thanks bud! Syracuse Pale Ale is mildly hazy dirty copper with a peach hue. A pillowy two finger ivory head formed on the pour, eventually falling to a solid cap and leaving patchy lacing here and there. A good looking beer to be sure.

Biscuity malts with a drizzling of caramel form a solid malt foundation. The hops come through with a combination of bitter and sweetened orange peel that's been sitting around awhile. If this was all that was present everything would be good. The problem here is the yeast. I always find Middle Ages yeast to leave a buttery aroma and taste to all their beers and I'm not very fond of it. It's not as bad in some as in others but this is one of the others. It does mellow with some warming though.

Luckily the butter is kept to a minimum in the flavor. The malts become a bit more caramel-like then the nose suggested. Orange flashes through here and there lightly sweet but faint at the same time. Slight butter on the finish that doesn't seem to get in the way as much as in the nose.

The carbonation is on the low end of the spectrum which lets this beer work through on its own. Medium bodied with a nice silky smoothness.

Even with the buttery yeast character I could drink a few of these at a time. The beer looked good but the smell threw me off at first.

I wasn't too fond of this beer when I stuck my nose in the glass but it got better from there. Not one of my favorites but I could drink a few of these at a time.

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Gww1864
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of allergictomacros
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid cap of white head on this clear gold ale. Nose is sweet, clean malt and a light citrus hop. Light graininess and slight chalkiness. Clean refreshing flavour. Well balanced between malt and hops, hints of lemon and mild finishing bitterness. Smooth bodied and moderately carbonated, this is an easy drinking, refreshing brew. Should appeal to BAs and the masses alike.

Photo of UnionMade
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Syracuse Pale Ale is a clear, sparkling golden ale with a sandy colored head that fades to dense, bubbly blotches that cling to the glass in thick sheets. The aroma is light, fruity and grassy; nothing overtly hoppy. It's light bodied and pretty slick. The finish is dry and crisp. The fruitiness from the aroma is kind of the main flavor here. The flavor is very light, but the malt, hops and yeast seem to contribute equally to form a single, tight taste. There is a touch of mintiness at the finish. This tastes less like a pale ale and more like an alt or maybe an Irish ale. This is an inoffensive session ale or lawnmower beer, good for drinking without thinking.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Photo of number1bum
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Middle Ages beer I've had plenty of times but never reviewed.

Pours a clear copper color with about an inch and a half of light beige head. Keeps only a thin lace and doesn't leave any stick. In my experience retention is poor with this beer on draft, as well.

Smells of some sweet toffee/caramel malt and buttery ringwood. Also some light citrus hops. It's clean, not terribly interesting, but not bad.

Taste is also quite clean and smooth, and while it doesn't knock our socks off it's well balanced. Some light caramel sweetness with a bready/grainy flavor goes along with some citrus, moderately bitter hops. The butter diacetyl flavor is not overpowering, but it's clearly a ringwood beer.

Mouthfeel is a light medium body, crisp and pretty smooth. Slightly dry actually.

This is a decent pale ale but nothing special. Their Middle Ages Pale Ale, a draft only that also goes by some other names, is a better pale. Somewhat mediocre, but a decent flagship.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Belittle
2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of vande
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A ~ a slightly cloudy golden yellow/golden rod color, somewhat similar to the color of the Piece Brewing coaster my pint glass is sitting on

S ~ musty, lemon grass, citrus hints....very l ight

T ~ malty, lemony brew...blend of some malty flavors, light breadiness...

M ~ tarty light-to-medium bodied ale....

O ~ an interesting flavored beer....a decent extra in a trade, but nothing I'd search out for directly...Glad I tried it...

Photo of Roguer
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of lovindahops
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I love the local reviews. Syracuse Pale Ale for this fine October evening

A- As orange as the orangemen. There is a thick head of foam that quickly disappears leaving fair white lacing on the side. Very clear though

S- the famous MA patented ringwood yeast shines through. There is some delicious tangerine tones that reach through as well. The malt is definitely present as well

T- I love this. Middle Ages just makes an enjoyable brew. The buttery yeast presence is topped off with a tasty fruity theme. The flavor is fantastic. The end of the taste is completely bitter and that literally completes the brew

M- a little too carbonated for me. Flavor is pretty good

D- SPA is totally drinkable. I highly recommend trying this brew. A real depiction of an English Pale Ale as crafted by some fine people in syracuse, ny

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Docrock
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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