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Ape Hanger Ale - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Ape Hanger Ale
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2003)
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Reviews by spinrsx:
Photo of spinrsx
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Dinosaur BBQ Syracuse NY for 4$

Appearance – Amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, malts, citrus, herbal notes, apricot

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with citrus and some apricot. There is also some herbal grassy notes and some light hops. It ends with a grainy slightly fruity aftertaste.

Overall – Just okay.. it seems a little unbalanced and a touch too sweet. Still worth a try but not something I'd buy again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got my growler filled at the Comsumers in Orchard Park,a beer made for Dinosaur BBQ.Poured into an impy pint glass a light golden with some deep orange hue a thin white head that gone pretty fast atop,very toasty aromas like cracker malt with a touch of caramel and faint herbal-like hop.A sessionable pale here in flavor and drinkability toasty/biscuity flavors and feel with a touch of caramel but this remains on the dryer side with a "gree" herbal hop presence that finishes this ale off nicely.A little grainy feel in the mouth oh so drinkable,not a heavy hitter flavor wise but it is pleasant this is easy throwin pack here.

Photo of sponberg
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Dinosaur in Syracuse. bright golden orange with a white head - looks like and smells like Syracuse Pale Ale Lite. Mild malts and hoppiness, amybe a hint of apricot, peach, or slight diacetyl.

(takes a bite of pulled pork sandwich) (big sip) Ahh, a beer with a purpose, and that purpose is to cut through the sauce. A cold pint of this beer is excellent with smoked Q - not an overabundance of hop or malt character to get in the way of the Q, but enough fruity malt and slightly citrusy hops to clean the palate. It's fairly low in alcohol (around 4.7% if I recall correctly from the tap room) with a crisp mouthfeel (not a lot of excess sweetness or chewiness going on) and goes down VERY easily.

That said, I prefer the ImPaled Ale with Q, but that's my personal hop and sauce thing. My sister loves this beer.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at (where else) Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem, NYC, pours lighter honey amber, with a respectable light tan head, leaving minor lacing. Moderate hop infused sniff. This is a pleasant enough, slightly better then a middle of the road craft brewed pale ale. Nothing super special here, but a decent thoroughly session able ale. Of course it did go pretty well with the Dino's top notch (especially for NYC) BBQ

Photo of nnthom266
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of tappangordo
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of dcbeers
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my 800th review!!

A classic, clear golden amber color with healthy but very lively white head, sticks around only so long but there is plenty of good foamy coverage left.

Earthy and herbal hops are abundant with a surprisingly aromatic malt.

The Balance of crispy pale malt and earthy herbal hops is just right, right on the level of the classic SN Pale. a bit more pineapple bitterness though which is evened out by a rather large presence of malt.

Light and crispy with a healthy level of smooth foam to round it out.

It drinks easy on tap.

Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Dinosaur BBQ

I didn't pick up much hops at all and would call this one more of a golden ale than anything. There's a bunch of Ringwood yeast creamy fruit and spice up front with sweet pale malts that follow. It's just a simple beer and washed down your meat choice of the day.

Photo of RobDB
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jsausley
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from draft at the Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse, NY.

A: A nice soft amber with tinges of red. Some head, minimal lacing. Carbonation is apparent.

S: Hoppy and malty but not overly strong. Big citrus notes.

T: Malt body with a hop nose covered in grapefruit and tangy sour bread. Pretty tasty, no lingering bitterness and easy enough to go down after some hearty foods.

M: Balanced and easy, crisp with a nice drinkable feel and noticeable hop twang with some carbonation.

O: Gotta try it when you go to the Dino. Balanced and good, pairs well with a hearty meal.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light golden yellow, with some orange tinges. Half inch head, and only a small amount of lacing.

Smells fairly weak, some malt sweetness, and a bit of fruity hops.

The taste is similar. It doesn't necessarily taste bad, it's just boring. Herbal hop character, a bit floral, with some fruity yeastiness that is quite common in Middle Ages beers. A bit of caramel malt sweetness.

Light bodied, crisp, dry mouthfeel, medium carbonation, pretty drinkable.

This is ok, but I probably won't get it again.

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MTNboy
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not sure but I do believe this is a beer that they exclusively make for Dinosaur BBQ.

Appearance- A light bronze color that at has little bit of a gold hue. It had about two fingers of head and about middle of the road lacing. A little bit of carbonation bubbles in the body but not much.

Smell- Nice aroma it has more of a beer smell then a fruit beer smell if that makes any sense. It has a fruity after smell.

Taste- It has a good Pale Ale flavor but then the fruit kicks in. I think the apricot brings out the hops flavor and they work well together.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and some what creamy.

Drinkability- Good and it goes well with the BBQ.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Rudgers73
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester, NY.

A- One finger of light tan head, pale golden-copper colored beer.

S- Malty, sweet, dried fruit, hops.

T- Slight hops with a strong apricott undertone. The fruit battles with the hops to make a smooth balanced taste.

M- Creamy, not really dry at all, light, smooth.

D- I wasn't wild about the apricott taste, but it was nice to try.

Photo of Dwkasper
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of bostonryan
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of wailingwench
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at Dinosaur for $2/pint. Rumored to be at Blue Tusk.

Foam Factor: See through orange, amber color with a thin head. Bartender poured very quickly. Retained character.

Skunk Factor: very subtle apricot notes, otherwise crisp. My buddy said that he didnt care what it smelled like and I was wasting my time smelling it.


Tongueland: The weakest offering from Middle Ages. Would get beat up by the Syracuse Pale Ale in a jousting match. Starts crisp with mild malt and hop. Tongue made me buy 7 of these much to my brain's regret. Went perfect with my ribs, complemented well as the taste was refreshing and was not clouded by the sea of hot sauce that mysteriously appeared on my plate.


Bender factor: This beer for the price was worth it. Up the price, I would have gone with another selection. The only prob with the price is that we filled up on Ape before the food came. Good beer for pregaming before heading down to Armory Square.

Photo of chefduff2
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of craftaholic
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had Middle Ages Ape Hanger Ale at the Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester (great place BTW).

As with most beers at the Dinosaur, it is severed in standard pint glass. The beer is medium gold with a slight chill haze and a sticky white head.

Light grains and something fruity like apricot.

Taste tracks the smell. Milled grains, a bit of cracker and apricot and pear. I like the interplay of the malts and hops. Some caramel notes at mid-glass.

The mouth is yeoman like. It is an easy drinker and went very well with my BBQ.

Photo of nyyfanatic213
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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Ape Hanger Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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