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

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 51
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 5.35%
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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2003

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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 51
Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of orfeu
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at Consumer's in Lockport, NY. This is the only place I've seen Ape Hanger Ale for sale outside of Dinosaur BBQ (they probably sell it at the brewery from time to time too, I suppose). Slightly hazy peach with a just off-white head, really frothy and big bubbled, disappearing shortly. Barely any lacing. The nose is rather disappointing: meager apricot scent with faint floral hops floating somewhere in the background. Sort of a sour thing going on, too, just like a "wort" scent, with mild biscuit aromas too. The flavor is extremely lightweight for both Middle Ages and craft beer generally speaking: Mild apricot juice with some muffled floral/spicy hops; a substantial bready malt flavor comes through after mid-sip and lasts through the finish, narrowly saving this beer from leaving me completely bored. Medium-thin body, lightly carbonated, sorta juicy, sorta dry. Nothing much going on here. In short, I want to say it's a fruity lager that has been given honorary ale status (really, though, it lacks that "lager cleanness"). If Swallow Wit wasn't so off-the-mark in terms of style, this would be my least favorite of Middle Ages offerings. Easily their weakest beer, designed to appeal to tourists hitting up the "Harley" restaurant. Washes down pizza easily enough, anyway.

EDIT: Actually improved in flavor after being opened and sitting in the fridge for a day. The biscuity malts came to the fore and made it a more pleasureable beer to taste. (1,477 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowy fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and fruity pale and carapils malt scent along with a fine yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a light pale malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes fruity. There are little hops present. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but not the best offering from MIddle Ages. I'd like to try this while eating at Dinosaur BBQ. (518 characters)

Photo of sponberg
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of wailingwench
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (968 characters)

Ape Hanger Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
82 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.