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Tavern Ale - Fordham Brewing Company

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Tavern AleTavern Ale

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83
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company visit their website
United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 03-03-2003)
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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ryser2k, Dec 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is coppery brown topped by a modest slightly beige head. Very clear and no significant lace. Smell is lightly toasty, creamy butter, and soft floral hops. Flavor is likewise with added prickly carbonation. Not bad I suppose, but nothing spectacular. I don't have very much to add about this beer. Texture is mostly smooth and ever so slightly gritty. Easy to drink and probably more of a warm weather drinking type beer. Might be ideal with greasy, grilled or spicy food.

An OK option.

tastybeer, Apr 18, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

mempath, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its deep amber/copper body is topped by a creamy off-white head that holds quite well and leaves sheets of craggy lace. The nose delivers brightly citrusy and piney hops over a caramelish malt. Its medium/full body and very fine, median carbonation leave a gentle zest on the tongue before warming to become somewhat creamy. The flavor is well-balanced between caramelish/biscuity malt and citrusy piney hops (less than the nose suggested - but that's a good thing) backed by a solid bitterness. It's quite bold but still very drinkable, and it finishes dry with a lightly sweet, doughy and caramelish malt that lingering long with some residual bitterness. Really well done and certainly worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Nov 04, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

rvajohn, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

alleykatking, May 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

beerthulhu, Nov 28, 2008
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3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

emerge077, May 24, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Bronzish cooper with an orange hue... Lively carbonation... Head quickly fades, but leaves an appealing lace... Coats the glass well for an APA...

S - Malt and hints of faint citrus fruit... Terrific aroma, but slightly too muted...

T - Citrus and malt as expected... The hops come through on the back of the tongue... Excellent transition from citrus -> malt -> hops -> malt... Subtle complexity but very classy...

M - Medium bodied... Slight carbonation on initial sip... Creamy and smooth...

D - Very drinkable... Goes down smooth and easy... I wish it were slightly more aggressive in both scent and taste... It's good and has excellent qualities, but it's slightly too understated for my liking...

Bottle / Artwork - An odd looking bird takes center stage with a sailboat and lighthouse in the back fround... Kind of an odd bottle that doesn't really catch the eye, though I love the font used for "Fordham" from and center on the lable...

philbe311, Sep 02, 2008
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange in the glass with a nice tan head that disappeared quickly, but laced nicely. Soft carbonation. Initial impression was fairly malty in the nose with just a hint of something (fruity hops?). The taste was much more malt at first and then slowly a fruity hops taste comes through. As the glass warms, the hops flavor gets stronger, but not in a spicy "accent" way, but more fruity--almost sour. It was good, but not as good as some APAs out there. But around here Fordham is fresh, so that makes it great to buy (either on tap or in the bottle). Well worth a try.

tugdriver7, Aug 15, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Dcunicelli, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure why nobody has reviewed this beer yet. As far as I can tell, they started bottling at the DE brewery a few years ago. While I assume this is essentially the same beer that is brewed at the brewpub in Annapolis, MD, this is the bottled product from Dover. New to NC.

Amber with a modest, creamy off-white head. The aroma has a hint of diacetyl blending with some sweet malt and citrusy hop flowers. The butteriness works in favor of the smell, smoothing it out. Caramel and hoppy bitterness...not a tremendous amount of hop flavor. Some leafy and slightly metallic flavors. Standard medium-light body, a little dry in the finish.

Not bad, but flawed.

wedge, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of thekanna
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

thekanna, Nov 21, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Annapolis location, pours a dark cloudy copper, a thin ring of head, no real lacing. Nose is nice and hoppy, resinous and grapefruity. Taste is a fairly assertive malt, slightly caramel, giving way to a nice piney hop finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a nice dry finish. This is a really great APA from Fordham, I generally stick with this and the stout when I visit. A real shame these are their two regular beers that they don't bottle.

cubedbee, Dec 28, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at the annapolis location on a gorgeous day

a: rich copper in color...comes with a fluffy off white head that soon recedes most of the way, leaving moderate lacing on the glass

s: Good, really similar to the taste, but just a touch weak. Slightly aged floral and citrus green hops come in over a warm, bready caramel malt base.

m: really smooth carbonation somewhere on the low side of the medium range, with a full medium body

t: pretty straightforward...doughy malts with a nice PacNW hop flavor that isn't quite fresh. Sweet citrus. Good hop bite in the piney finish really cleans things up well and lingers for quite awhile. Very well balanced.

d: easy

blackie, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Brent, May 17, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

djeffbee, Dec 13, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

dsshuck, Feb 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Klebe, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Jammies
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Jammies, Oct 02, 2011
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Tavern Ale from Fordham Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.