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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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155 Ratings

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-30-2001)
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 16:52:47 | More by allergictomacros
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3.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 00:57:33 | More by joe1510
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3.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 05:34:11 | More by UnionMade
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3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 23:30:25 | More by TheBrewo
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 14:17:38 | More by yesyouam
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New York

3/5  rDev -11.2%

10-17-2013 00:22:03 | More by BeerBucks
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

09-22-2013 22:16:53 | More by Gregwa
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3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 20:38:45 | More by Urbancaver
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3.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 02:17:07 | More by number1bum
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

07-27-2014 03:08:43 | More by NJBeer265
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 02:12:36 | More by hopsolutely
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-20-2013 02:26:08 | More by Gww1864
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3/5  rDev -11.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 05:43:19 | More by vande
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 01:05:53 | More by lovindahops
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3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 03:40:21 | More by HappyHourHero
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3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 20:19:39 | More by Morris729
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A flavorful light pale. Easy to knock back several.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2001 09:44:07 | More by John
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to try this brew on cask last evening. It was pulled to an orange/copper color with a fair sized head that had pretty good retention and leaves a nice amount of lacing. The aroma seems to be mostly hops but you can pick up hints of a buttery scent. Over all it is a good aromatic brew. The taste has a definite floral hop taste but I am also able to pick up a nice malt flavor that really is a nice accent. Also can notice an aftertaste that reminds me more of fruit, than hops? Over all it was a real nice offering. Would get this brew again. Will have to grab some in bottles for a evening.

Serving type: cask

03-26-2005 15:59:34 | More by Stimack
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

01-09-2014 01:01:19 | More by Dizzy242
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-13-2012 19:23:41 | More by TheRuss9585
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 01:43:22 | More by williamherbert
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3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2008 23:47:17 | More by HopDerek
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3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 00:18:37 | More by brew3crew
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

08-19-2013 00:06:47 | More by Cooker_stp
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-04-2014 02:18:47 | More by Docrock
Syracuse Pale Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.