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

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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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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 190
Photo of number1bum
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (974 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
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 (825 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 logicalparadox
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Truly a pleasant surprise! Wasn't expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did.

Pours a deep golden hue, with a fuzzy kind of haze that yet retains clarity. Beautiful head rolls upward as I pour and sticks around for a bit, dissipating into a nice crown with dregs of lacing sticking to the side. Impressive for the style.

The aromas are all sweet and malty, but crisp. Sweet bread and grain, with some something pretty... a little off-floral, without being identifiable. Yeast and rising bread.

The taste follows the nose, with cracker, fresh-baked doughy bread, yeasty goodness, and some mild fruity and flowery notes to round things out. Bitterness is present in the very back of this picture, just barely being present enough to support the rest of this composition. Sweet on the front, with some subtle bitterness in the middle, and a long sweet, bready finish. Just when you think the ensemble is all sweet, a mild but noticable bitter punch hits you in the very back of your throat, as if to say "notice me; there's more to me than just that".

Mouthfeel is medium, a little on the lighter side, very much like a lager or a pilsner, yet with some extra tooth added by the creaminess of a robust carbonation. Smooth; so very smooth.

Overall, I'm loving this brew. My final opinion can be summed up quite succinctly: MMmmm, Beer! If there were such a thing as a generic, but quintessential beer, at least toward the American experience, this would be it. The style taken to its proper place. (1,505 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 Stimack
4.19/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of williamherbert
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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 (311 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 GeoffRizzo
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear orange, with a thin wispy white head. A decent nose of floral hops and some fresh fruit. Up front, rather thin, yet quite refreshing; floral hops backed by some malt sweetness. Tender, very crisp, flavors emerge as she warms. Sticky, ever-lasting bitterness, overall not the tastiest of pale ale's available, but one that could serve as a decent session brew. (378 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
2.82/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a strange one. A clear light orange with a small creamy white top. Aroma is that distinct Middle Ages ester that combines strawberry seeds with some maraschino cherry and spicy herbal hopping. Flavor is buttered toast with an uncomfortable dirty finish that twinges and twangs and makes me raise an eyebrow. Watery caramel finish disappoints and doesn't ask for another taste. All Ringwood beers need yeast present to help the finish, otherwise it tends to be not good. This wasn't horrible, but it isn't anything that I want again. (540 characters)

Photo of necoadam
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an orange color with some amber highlights and some carbonation visible. Smell consisted of hops and some citrus aromas. Some yeast also could be detected. Some malts are way in the background, but not out of the picture completely. The simple malts and hops mixing in for the taste department with nothing really shining out. The Grail Ale didn't have this, but I noticed this one has some alochol bite at the very end. Just the average pale ale that's good to wash down some food. Worth taking a look at one of these beers at least. (544 characters)

Photo of orfeu
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange with moderate carbonation and a bubbly white head that goes away pretty quickly. Mild hop aroma, yeasty fruits (apples, appricots, oranges), and that distinctive Ringwood diacetyl. Juicy peaches and orange peels ride atop a persistent butteriness. Although this isn't what I necessarily expect from a pale ale, this really wasn't bad and actually worked quite well with the vegan mac-n-"cheese" casserole I had for dinner. Super drinkability. Went over well with dinner guests, too. I'll definitely buy this again as a session beer. (546 characters)

Photo of Naes
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a ridiculous head. My initial pour turned out to be almost completely head. Anyway, it is a pale golden/copper color with a huge white head.
The aroma is of floral hops with just a trace amount of hops hidden in there.
The flavor is also dominated by floral hops, but it does have a light toastyness near the finish; slightly bitter near the finish.
Mouth feel is a bit over carbonated. (403 characters)

Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the staple beers in my fridge - rarely is there a time when there aren't a few bottles of this kicking around in there. If there aren't, it's because I went to the brewery and they had MacGregor's Ale (similar, but single varietal hopped with Centennial - mmmm!) for growler fills.

Bright amber, an offwhite head that lasts for a little while, and a nose of hop flowers, sweet malt, and a hint of diacetyl (hey, it's a Ringwood yeast brew...) that works in tying it together.

Ahh, the balance. Hoppy (bitter and flavor) but not overly so, a firm yet slightly caramelly, fruity maltiness, a diacetyl hit mid-sip that plays off the hops and rounds out the flavor profile, with whiffs of alcohol and grain as the sip finishes, leaving a dry, slightly bitter green apple and butterscotchy finish. Ever so quaffable. (824 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 neorunner
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #2 - http://flic.kr/p/9nF26s

Thanks to Kevin (shrek806) for sending me this in Round #4 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Back in the groove, at least for a moment. Popped this 12 oz. and tried to get a sniff but the xmas scented wax kept me from prying any secrets from the bottle. Poured into a Triple Karmeliet glass.

Golden yellow in color with a very thin head. Slightly perfumy in odor. Body is very light and mellow. Taste is between a pilsner and adjunct lager. This has a macro backbone with a bit of a corn creamy touch.

The reveal - Syracuse Pale Ale. More a pilsner than a pale ale in my book. Then again I found their last beer to be a bit under hopped. The beer is light and very poundable, a great lawnmower / hot day beer. (742 characters)

Photo of Southernbrew
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange with a medium bubbly head.

Flowery hops with a grassy element and sweetness dominate the aroma. That Ringwood also comes in.

Full bodied, smooth with light carbonation. Light fruit flavors blend with bitter hops and caramel sweetness. Flowery hops show up midway through and then leave a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

A very easy drinking pale ale. That Ringwood is starting to become more apparent with every Middle Ages brew I enjoy. (451 characters)

Photo of quasimoto
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aromas of musty woodsy ringwood yeast and piney floral hops start off this beer. The flavor right off the bat is a nice balanced malt with a slight background of hops. The malt is slightly toasty, and not too sweet. Almost Italian bread-ish. The mouth feel is light and very easy to drink. Not too much carbonation, barely any actually. Which makes me think of a cask ale. very nice. I have become a fan of this beer. When I first had it a long time ago, I swore I would never drink it again. I am definitely a changed man. (527 characters)

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass at Dinasaur BBQ on 125th/Hudson River in Manhattan NY. Havingliving in the area for some time, Iwas more than happy to order our of curiosity alone as well as to try my first middle ages creation.

A: Off golden with half finger head,coated the glass rather well.

S: Nose was heavy citrus with some caramle perhaps.

T: Dissapointing flavor big diacetyl, with almost no hops and lacking body.

M: Light and watery to add to the list or problems this one had.

D: Not good at all, too sweet and not enough hops and body. (546 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 Franz4
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle
A- Clear golden color, nearly no head
S- pale malts and slightly musty
T- Slight mustiness has turned into a powerful caramel flavor that's just not right, there's really no hop flavor to this at all and the malt is weak.
M- watery with very little carbonation
O-Not a fan, I've had other Middle Ages stuff that has been quite good, but this stuff missed the mark. No freshness info, so I can't speak to how fresh it was, but I picked it up from the store last week. (479 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 BrewMaven
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When in Syracuse, buy a like named beer!

Pours clear gold with a one finger white head that dropped to a cover but left some lace.

Floral hop nose with a slight soapy presence...no it wasn't the glassware.

Taste was similar with some floral hops up front, slight bitterness through the middle and a clean, somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel was on the thin side with a buttery presence. Mellow carbonation was a bit prickly on the tongue.

Nice session brew at 5% (464 characters)

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