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Ithaca Ale House

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BA SCORE
88
very good

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Taps: 20
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
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111 N Aurora St
Ithaca, New York, 14850
United States
phone: (607) 256-7977

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-30-2007)
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Photo of jjayjaye
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I'd definitely recommend the Ithaca Ale House if you're in town. You can use the parking garage and walk to the commons. The bar is in front of the place as you walk in and it runs about half the length of the place. Couple of dozen seats at the bar (maybe). The left hand side are booths that go all the way back, i'd say eight or so tables past the bar. It has a nice new look with a stone motif and a classic open corrugated metal ceiling. I'm ranking the service 3.5 because i was 'barked at' as i stood at the bar reading the tap handles "there's a draft menu at the tables!"...excuse me. It wasn't very crowded. The wait staff was otherwise very attentive. 20 taps, about half InBev, but a good amount of locals including Ithaca Flower Power and Excelsior TEN!! My son was happy to hear that they offered veggie burger versions of everything on the menu. I had the Blackened Haddock Po Boy. It isn't a 'fast food' experience by any sense of the term. My plate was excellent. I plan on making it back every time i head back to Ithaca to fill up at Finger Lake Beverage Company.

Photo of zdk9
3.59/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Went and had a couple beers with my drinking buddy. Bartender was friendly and seemed to know quite a few people, but the clientele seemed mostly to be Cornell students. There were about 12 taps including Arrogant Bastard, Hoegardden, another Belgium lambic, a Saranac, and a Sam Adams. There was also bottled macros. On a Wednesday night there were a fair number of people there until 12 when everyone promptly left (even though it was open another hour...weird). We enjoyed the beer and watching the barside glass rinser (can you get that for a home bar?) and there was a good balance of atmosphere and beer but better places to go for both.

Ithaca Ale House in Ithaca, NY
88 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.