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Ithaca Ale House

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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
89
very good

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

111 N Aurora St
Ithaca, New York, 14850
United States
phone: (607) 256-7977

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runsfast87

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Sat at the bar and ordered first the Racer Mach 10 and then the Ithaca Excelsior 13. Both had an excellent nose. Beer list was decent and full of hoppy beer, so a big plus for me. Also made it appropriate for the season.
Other winners:
Racer 5
Big Moose Ale
Sierra Nevada Organic Harvest Ale
Old School Barleywine
Arrogant Bastard
Northern Hemisphere Harvest
My Antonia (DFH)

Bottle list was decent as well but i didn't take a pic =/

Menu list paired beers to food, though I'm not sure what alchemy is used to do that. (stout burger paired with IPA?)

Food was highly recommended especially the burgers and the chicken dip. I went veggie for some reason and had an appetizer of Italian bread Bread topped with Homemade guacamole, Bree and sun-dried tomatoes with a dipping sauce. delicious. also had the onion soup - it was OK; I've had better

Bartender was very attentive. He gladly offered samples of beers and refilled my water right after i finished. Also waitresses were hot - not the whole good looking hostess and ugly waitress deal like most places.

definitely recommend if you're in the area - only downside was that it was a bit pricey, but certainly not outrageous for good food & drink

11-17-2011 15:37:27 | More by runsfast87
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atr2605

New York

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$

One of my favorite places to eat on the commons. This place has great food and a pretty decent selection of beers on tap. They also have a full bar so if you're not a beer drinking, there is still plenty of wine and spirits for you to choose from. They specialize in massive burgers, but also have salads, sandwiches, and other specialties to choose from. They also have a great dessert menu which includes a deep fried sundae or deep fried oreos served with cocoa to dip them in. The only complaint that I have, is that it's a little expensive. Not unreasonably, and the food is worth it, but meals are around 13-15 bucks, and beers are about 5 bucks a piece.

06-09-2011 12:46:19 | More by atr2605
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rymurphy617

New York

4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$

Anytime I have to make a dreadful trip to freezing cold Ithaca I make sure to pop in this joint. Beer selection is nice, they always have the latested and greatest from Ithaca Brewing Company and Southern Tier. Atmosphere is your typical sports bar with wooden booths and nice flat screens to watch the games. But I'm not blowing smoke when I say they make a top 10 in the country burger. I'm seriosus, these guys make amazing burgers! It's absoulty worth a stop in just for the burgers alone. I'f your not a bar-burger guy/gal try the flatbreads! Great selection of flat bread pizza. In a town/area where pizza is awful the Ale House shines with tasty flatbreads

12-19-2012 20:48:04 | More by rymurphy617
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madmanjf

New York

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Stopped off here just prior to hitting the Ithaca Brewfest 2008.

Awesome selection ... can't remember exactly, but I think it was around 24 lines or so.

All micros ... nice variet and selection.

The atmosphere at the bar and around the restaurant was sleek and modern ... unsual for most beer bars so it was a welcomed change.

The food menu looked great ... I had the Stout Burger which was Excellent.

For beers I had the Hop Rod Red and Racer 5.

The bartender was a beer enthusiest. I say this because so many times in beer bars, the person pouring is clueless about beer. Kudos to the management and ownership for putting someone behind the bar that knows their stuff.

When in town, I'd def go back.

09-07-2008 22:31:15 | More by madmanjf
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nh2032

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

The Ithaca Ale House is right on "restaurant row" at the north end of the Commons. They offer 20 taps with a very nice variety. Their "standard" offerings seem to be Racer 5, Arrogant Bastard, Stone Pale Ale, Harpoon UFO, Lindeman's Framboise, and the usual Guiness/Stella. There is almost always something from Ithaca Beer Co. and an offering from Roosterfish in Watkins Glen too.

The rest of the selection rotates quite frequently, but focuses on NY and PA with Brooklyn, Saranac, Southern Tier, Troegs, Victory, and Sly Fox showing up often. Additionally some really nice draft-only beers show up once in a while including Ithaca Super Friends, Barrel Aged Super Friends, Brooklyn Blast, Brooklyn Cookie Jar Porter, etc... These typically go quick, but it's nice that the tap updates are posted on their webpage a couple times a week.

They do offer two flights: a "beginner's" flight which doesn't have anything special and a "what's new" flight. Both of these include five 4 oz pours and usually run about $10.

The atmosphere is pretty good although it can get quite loud and crowded if there's an event going on at either of the schools. Service is typically pretty good, again depending on how busy things are.

The food is good with a nice selection. I've had 4 or 5 of the different burgers and they are always excellent. My wife enjoys the flatbread pizza as well. The Ale House Nachos are great and are easily big enough to feed a group of 4 or 5.

Overall, a great place to stop, just wish it was a little closer to home and we'd be there multiple times a month.

02-13-2011 16:18:41 | More by nh2032
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asabreed

New York

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

My wife and I stopped here for a beer a couple days ago.

There's a long bar starting at the corner when you first walk in, wooden booths along the other wall across from the ball, each with a Great Lakes possibly-aluminum sign (is that the word?) hanging above each bar. Decent decor overall, very friendly atmosphere.

The bartender was straight-faced but efficient, always checking everyone's drinks, knowing how to pour beer, answering questions, etc. He knew his stuff. And the service was great.

We didn't try the food, though we were thinking of going there later and we didn't, but it seems like it's nice pub grub. I saw a few burgers being delivered to the booths, along with some appetizers.

Oh, and I suppose I forgot to mention that they have about 15 taps, which is a good number, though a lot were bordering on your normal domestic brews you can get. But they did have a few good ones like Ithaca Ground Break and Troegs Nugget Nectar, and there were more that I was choosing from that I can't remember currently.

Overall, a nice place, relaxed atmosphere, good bartender, and we'll be returning for a brew next time we go. Check it out if you're in the area.

03-22-2010 20:41:18 | More by asabreed
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mobud

Delaware

4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped in while visiting in the area. Nice beer bar/resturant that is not huge but there was a good crowd for lunch. Beer neons and signs of featured beers adorn the walls. Had about 20 taps with a mix of local and national crafts. I went with Ithaca Hop Stach and loved it with my "Bastard Burger" that had a large onion ring on it and Arrogant Bastard based house mustard. Our server Heather, was great; there but not bugging or pushy. Food was timely and fair for the price (ground zero of a popular college). Really enjoyed my visit and will definately be back for another burger.

07-23-2011 13:57:07 | More by mobud
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Pulled up a seat at the bar and was immediately waited on by someone who knew beer and asked what I might be looking for. Solid.

Plenty of great local offerings and lots of tap rotation and nice clean pours. They don't have 100 beers on tap but what they do have is all on the better end of the spectrum.

Food is better than normal pub faire. Definitely a great place for lunch or dinner if you are looking for a place to check out and have food with a few nice pints.

Great prices on everything and well worth your time when in Ithaca.

01-28-2011 02:22:44 | More by indiapaleale
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Early dinner with ksak.

Atmosphere: The Ale House is on one of the main drags in Ithaca, a town with more contradictions than I care to ponder on. A few seats outside. Too hot (and breezy) though, so we head inside. Seated past the bar near the kitchen. Hell, it's as hot in here as it is outside. A long bar, fully-stocked, with tables before, alongside, and past.

Quality: Service wasn't the fastest but the menu was full, as were the beer lists.

Service: We sat around a little longer than I'd like before we were served. After that, though, everything was better.

Selection: A decent draught list, over 20 beers by my uneducated count. A strong bottle list accompanied the tap offerings. I keyed in on the Ithaca Hop Stash - a little long in the tooth I suspect, and Roosterfish Hefeweizen. Both were good but I wasn't that floored by the offerings beyond those two (there were some good ones but few jaw-droppers).

Food: Burgers are the name of the game. I had the surf n' turf, a burger topped with a crabcake. There were several other big burgers, including one that came with grilled cheese sandwiches in the place of a bun. Salads and other sandwiches were also available. The burgers are definitely worth it.

08-01-2011 13:04:29 | More by akorsak
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

A nice place to stop for a decent meal and good craft beer.

Cool, modern atmosphere with a C-shaped bar inside the door with some high top tables behind and in front.

About 20 taps of mostly craft beer, centered on local (Ithaca), New England (Wachusett) and CA (Stone, Lost Coast, North Coast) beers. A nice beer list as well. Nothing mind blowing but plenty of decent beer to choose from.

The menu has a wide variety of burgers, flatbreads, salads and sandwiches. Our sandwiches were tasty.

Service was not unpleasant but not particularly attentive.

HV

06-09-2009 14:23:20 | More by sholland119
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Ithaca Ale House in Ithaca, NY
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