Tavern Ale - Fordham Brewing Company

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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 83
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 6.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 03-03-2003

This American Pale Ale’s hop profile is complimented with an ample amount of malt flavor. It’s cold-conditioned on Fresh whole leaf Cascade hops creating an unmistakable citrus-like aroma.
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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 83
Photo of cozmohollis
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: It has a dense, musky, and burnt orange color to it.

S: Had an orange, lemon and biscuit scent.

T: Citrusy and hoppy with a caramel malt flavor.

M: A medium bodied beer with medium carbonation.

O: I really like how well rounded this beer is, especially the caramel malt flavors it brought out. It's more enjoyable on a cooler day. (337 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Lagunitas Mason Jar

A - Pours a murky rust color, very thing head, but lacing is decent. A little yeas floating around in there.
S - Huge malt attack! Sweet malty aromas front of the nose, but followed by really grassy and earthy hop scents, kinda smells like a home brew.
T - Same as the aroma, malt blend up front coming at the end with the bitter hops, pine, a little mint.
M - Good feel to this beer, nice aftertaste, not too clingy from all the malts in this.
O - Solid effort by Fordham, a great malted up APA, that is full of good flavor, would love to revisit this beer again. (597 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the BOTMC package that arrives at the doorstep. Popping the top I get a malty red licorice smell with any hopping seemingly over powered. Anticipate a nice malt bomb. Pours to a barely translucent bright orange with a thin tan head that quickly disapates. Upon tasting, I am first hit with a nice heavy yet almost micro-carbonated mouthfeel. The taste then starts with some molasses and lots of caramel transitioning to black licorice, all the while accompanied by a funky yet intriguing bitterness that carries throughout and becomes chaulky in the finish. This brew was definitely hopped big early in brewing and it carried through well. A good brew that flirts between an ESB and a brown ale and has good bang for the buck. (734 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tavern Ale
Fordham Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 6.10 %

Pours a clear copper color, with a solid amount of head that recedes a bit but does not disappear. Aroma of citrus, herb and floral elements. In the taste, mild orange citrus, pine and earthy notes but manages to stay light on the palate and let the hop flavor shine. There is a caramel like malt body with some brown sugar and nutty hints. On the light side of medium bodied but well carbonated. Overall, a nice brew, definitely could pass as a session beer with alittle less ABV behind it. Beer tasters have commented on the firm hoppyness and agreeable flavor. (643 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a SN "Celebration Ale" shaker pint.

A: Poured an extremely dense, murky orange color, with about a finger or so off white head that stuck to the glass and then some as the liquid was siphoned.

S: Lots of fresh citrus (orange notes) as well as some apricot. Really nice so far.

T: I actually really dig the taste of this one. My only minor quibble would be to make this just a touch sweeter, but leave the bitter finish as is.

M: Very full, well carbonated, bitter, but not too. The lacing was car wash stuff.

O: This was a pleasant surprise for sure. I'd love to try this on tap sometime! (603 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazy orange amber colored ale with a fading small white head. lots of sediment here with light carbonation. Aroma of light hops and malt, basic. A desent taste with some citrusy hops and caramel malts. A slightly toasted malt taste at the back end. On the palette it's thin and with some astingency. An okay beer, although i wouldn't rush out for another one. (361 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Discovered a mixed 12 pack from this brewery at a liquor store near the DFH Pub. Reminiscent of the run-of-the-mill, throw-in American Pale Ale in most mixed packs, this one doesn't do too much to stand out from the crowd. Decent hop bitterness, a decent malt back to it (moreso than the average APA), average mouthfeel an clean finish. Not bad by any means.. but I'd be hard pressed to pick this one out again over the 100 other options. (438 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper/red body, topped by two fingers of level bubbly off-white foam. Good lacing. Its not pretty as a peacock, but its good looking enough.

Aroma is a mix of light grapefruit and fresh bread. Pleasant, not strong, but not requiring much work either.

Big fat dollop of malt sweetness hits the tongue first. Fleeting fruit. Bitter snap at swallow. Needs a lot more fruit and a lot less bitter for a good session apa.

Acceptable medium mouthfeel.

Overall, an okay pale ale, but not special enough to seek out on in a crowded beer store. (545 characters)

Photo of JustinAniello
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque copper with a finger of head. Lacing sticks nicely to the sides as it dissipates.

S - Citrus from the hops is most of the aroma with some malt taking up the back.

T - Definitely follows what the smell is. Starts out bitter and continues after swallowing. Still can taste the bitterness a good five minutes later.

M - Light with a good amount of carbonation.

O - Decent, but I wish it offered something more in flavor than the hops. Not bad when in the mood, but certainly not landing on my regular list. (518 characters)

Photo of Jammies
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a golden orange with an inch of foam. Great retention

S- Mild and hoppy. A grassy odor. sLightly sour smelling

T- grassy and slightly bitter. The bitterness lingers

M- smooth. the hops attack bus dissipate

O- From the get go this beer looked delicious. A little too bitter for me, but not bad. (306 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - not a very pleasant looking beer. Like Murky iced tea. Did have a slight retention of head.

Smell- some hop presence and some spice

Taste - very ho hum APA. Some mild hop bitterness with pine notes but lacking in positive flavors.

mouthfeel - decent for an APA

Overall - Not the best APA but its ok. Not too bitter so its somewhat easy to drink for the style. (377 characters)

Photo of birdman200
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-ish copper hued color with a 1 finger head, revealing a thin layer of foam left behind. Floral notes and grapefruit in the nose, with a bitter hoppy start and an easy end in the sip. Slight chewiness. Super clean and crisp, very refreshing. Great session beer, lacking in a body a little bit, and the flavor was not as intense as I seek out in an APA. Nonetheless, great beer, super sessionable. (411 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass at the airport.
Color is a medium to light brown with little head. Some lacing around the glass.
The smell has some fruit notes to it, but is not distinct. It also announces a good amount of hops.
Tasting the beer you will detect some roasted malts up front, which will be immediately overpowered by a good amount of hops in the middle. Towards the end the hop bitterness is mingled with some citrus notes.
A good beer for tab, a little on the bitter side for my taste, but overall a good composition. (513 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Fred (I think) for sharing this!
Bottle dated 3/23/11. Review from written notes.

Into a small tulip it pours a high-clarity orangeish amber. A fluffy cap of off white foam follows. Slow trails of carbonation are visible. Retention is pretty good as the head lasts for a bit.

Mellow aroma of subdued hops, mild citrus and herbal notes.

Soft easygoing feel, mellow toasted malt and some herbal notes but not all that bitter. Light carbonation with a generally mild taste. Would have pegged this as an English pale due to the mellowness. Overall not bad but sort of average. Likely better as fresh as possible, this was about 2 months old. (650 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap while in Baltimore. Review from notes.

A- Came to me a deep copper amber with some lighter red hues to it. One finger white head shows medium retention. Light streaks of lace are left on the glass when I drink this beer.

S- Citrus hops come out first in the aroma. Nothing over the top with the hops but used in a nice full body aroma kind of way if that makes sense. Caramel malts show up in the ending of the beer to balance out the hop presence. A nice smelling beer without being over the top.

T- Citrus hops come out in the front of the beer like in the aroma. Some bitter hops do come out in the ending of the front half which balanced out the sweetness of the citrus hops. The caramel malts come into play in the backhalf of the beer which balanced hops. The hops show up a little bit in piney flavor in the ending with a hint of warming alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Citrus hops and light caramel malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, caramel malts, and hitns of piney hops mixed with citrus hops. Flavors were very well balanced for the style and beer as a whole. No off flavors at all while drinking this beer. Light to medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of this beer to be honest. The ABV was there but didn't detract from the overall flavor of the beer. I did really enjoy this one and will be looking for more when I get back to the area. (1,503 characters)

Photo of Kitt
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich and pleasant golen-red color with a two-finger frothy head that won't let up.

Aroma a pleasing and heavy malty-fruit. Again, very pleasant.

Flavor doesn't quite do the apparance and aroma justice, but still quite good. Very bitter but hop flavor is not overwhelming. I'm picking up a nice eclectic hop tone that has a piney burnt tease. Malts are prevalent as well but only a hint of that fruity influence identified in the aroma. Interesting combinations here that work in concert.

Mouthfeel is smooth but surprisingly watered down -- I would expect a heavier foundation considering the strong hops and malt taste.

Drinkability is good, strong carbonation with an alcohol presence. Watered mouthfeel results in a beer that goes down quick.

This won't be among my top favorite APAs but I'll tell you -- the flavor is quite unique and unusual so I imagine I'll try this one again. However, I could see this one growing on me. I'm betting that tracking down the draft would be well worth it to amplify the hoppy kick. (1,034 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid entry in the APA category. Poured a slightly hazy amber/gold. Hopping was well moderated, but I did not single out any particular hops variety. There was the barest hint of orchard fruit toward the finish. Well balanced - this is one that keeps interest throughout. (273 characters)

Photo of bamadog
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 1/30/2010 and poured from the bottle to the pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a ruddy copper color with some slight ruby highlights; starts with a solid one finger off-white head that has moderate retention and eventually fades to a full and uneven skim; body is pretty clear and shows strong carbonation; spotty and stringy washes of lacing are left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nose is a little weak, but there are some light citric hops and a slight graininess to the nose.

Taste: Quite solid and enjoyable -- nice citric hops abound but don't dominate; well-balanced with a fine malt presence that doesn't come across as overly sweet; a light toasty graininess hides in the mouth and adds just a little bit to the bitterness as well; not an overly complex tasting beer, but a very fine drinking APA.

Mouthfeel: A fairly moderate body that is crisp and refreshing; leaves a minimal, yet moist, stickiness on the roof of the mouth; carbonation is just about right and keeps the drink alive without being sharp.

Drinkability: An easy drinking beer with great flavor and balance; not too heavy and the ABV isn't going to kick your ass or anything. (1,185 characters)

Photo of Lunch
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Rams Head Tavern in Savage, MD into a shaker pint at the appropriate temperature (01/11/09).

A: Pours a darker shade of amber with some burnt copper hues. Capped off with two fingers of an off-white head with good retention and spotty lacing.

S: Nice bouquet of citrus hops and a caramel malt. Has a very fresh smell.

T: Some nice citrus and bitter hops hit the palate first quickly followed by a semi-sweet caramel malt that really gives this a clean a balanced taste. Again, this tastes extremely fresh.

M: Light to medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation, but seemed at little thin at times.

D: Excellent drinkability and only 5.5%. Just a very nice and subtle American Pale Ale.

Overall I was really impressed by this beer as it was extremely fresh and contained a nice amount of balanced flavor. Recommended. (839 characters)

Photo of thekanna
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper with medium body and less than 1 finger of white head that dissipates slowly and leaves large rings down the side.

S: Strong hops! Nicely floral with some citrus fruits, jackfruit, longans, lychees, and a nice creaminess hovering in the background.

T: Pleasantly hoppy and bitter with a nice balance of malts and medicinal hops. Finishes with a bite and some phenols.

M: Nice juicy medium body with a good amount of active carbonation that livens up the palate.

D: Refreshing, drinkable brew from Fordham. I'm glad that good beers like these are locally brewed. (592 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thin layer of light tan head that settles over a nearly clear red amber liquid. Smells potent woody and piney american hops. Some red ale maltiness and iron.

Tastes hop flavor dominating over hop bitter and little malt flavor. Malt sweet is present, but non-distinct. Hop flavors are pine, oranges, and mild lemon. Hop bitter has some rough edge, which appears apmlified due to the strong carbonation and just detectable alcohol. Malt flavor is lightly of caramel. Some creaminess in the mouthfeel is nice, but the carbonation is too sharp and a bit acrid. Fairly drinkable. (583 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - An amber body which I was not expecting from an APA...a creamy off white head that retains nicely...good lacing

S - A balanced nose...but muted...sweetness from the caramel malts and some piney hops

T - The flavor is well balanced and a little more pronounce than what the nose would suggest...a great battle between the sweetness of the caramel malts and the piney (sometimes grapefruit) hops...the malts really take away any lasting bitterness

M - Medium bodied...creamy with no bitterness

D - This is a very drinkable beer weighing in at 5.5% ABV and being well balanced...I'm glad I tried this when I was in Maryland and might have to try other offerings from Fordham (679 characters)

Photo of mempath
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a thick toffee head, settles fast, ok lacing...smell is a sour caramel that is interesting...wish it was more complex...taste is again not as expected with some sweetness, tiny hint of hops and a sourness (and some metallicness...). average creaminess, seems both thin and heavy. quite drinkable, but begs to be paired with food for increased drinability.

interesting, but not massively impressive. (405 characters)

Photo of djeffbee
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A deep amber color, with a one finger white head which dissipated fairly quickly.

S- Bready, sweet caramel malts, citrus aroma (cascade?).

T- Sweet upfront, followed by a nice, lasting bitterness, hoppy, and balanced. Drinking it slow really allows the full taste to come out.

M- Carbonation is perfect, everything lines up for this one. The lasting bitterness is nice.

D- A local gem and super drinkable at 5.5 with a great taste. This one is excellent. I am not experienced with Fordham quite yet, but this will be in the fridge for the next party. (559 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice amber red with a 1+ finger frothy white head.

S: basic WCH of citrus and pine.

T: The initial flavor had a medium maltiness to it followed by a nice floral hopping of grapefruit and pine. The numerous different hops and malts used did not help this beer much as it only muddled the overall flavor. There was a nice amount of hop bitterness but basically had a one dimensional taste. A good attempt but think they outsmarted themselves trying to put to many spices in the soup.

M: decent with a nice dry citursy/pine hop lacing left behind on the tongue.

D: Overall a good small pub pale. (611 characters)

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Tavern Ale from Fordham Brewing Company
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