Tavern Ale - Fordham Brewing Company

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
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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Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +21%
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!

Photo of RBorsato
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On-Tap 07/10/05 at the Ram's Head Tavern in Rehobeth Beach, DE.

Hazy-cloudy brownish gold, a decent off-white head, and good carbonation. A nice hoppy citrusy NW American Pale Ale grapefruity aroma. Nice hoppy grapefruit citrus flavors make hoppiness dominant over sweetness but it is balanced very nicely. Medium bodied with a nice hoppy finish.

A nice session ale and one of Fordham's better offerings.

Per Fordham website:
Name: Tavern Ale
Style: Pale Ale (American Style)
Alcohol by Volume: 5.5%
Original Gravity: 13.4° Plato

Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of cubedbee
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The best beer that I've sampled at the new Ram's Head in Baltimore so far. (which was a very hard decision between this and the oyster stout...)
Pours a deep brown that was nice and cloudy. The bartender did not offer me a head to judge, but there was some nice ringlets of carbonation puffing up.
Citrus and pine hops dominate the aroma.
Those same come through in the flavor, but are very well matched with a thick caramel.
The medium body finishes clean and dry, with some lingering zip on the tongue.
Great beer, check it out...

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of galapaghost
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of jimbotrost
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 4 ounce samole at the Ram's Head Tavern in Savage Mill, MD. Pour was of a hazy light brown hue, small but compact head was of off white color. Hop driven North West nose. A nice malt intro into the flavor and then a big hop blast of flavor. The finish is sweet and lingering with a long hoppy aftertaste, served unfiltered.

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a very hazy copper color and a modest headt that leaves a little bit of lace

Smell: Understated, but that may have been the ambient smoke; some fruit

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity base that is supplemented, after the swallow by a grapefruit bitterness with a touch of astringency

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very good everyday APA; well done

Photo of rvajohn
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of mooseisloose
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of ESchweers
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Photo of birdman200
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Druss157
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of djeffbee
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Kitt
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Lunch
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Omnium
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Tavern Ale from Fordham Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.