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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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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.17%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2006 03:42:12 | More by brentk56
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emerge077

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 01:28:55 | More by emerge077
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2003 03:28:07 | More by NeroFiddled
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a short 1/2" head that disappears quickly. No lacing develops. A few carbonation bubble slowly rise from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: mild caramel and some tart citrus tones are detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, mild bitterness, and a slight grapefruit bite arrives during the swallow. Very simple and straightfoward beer here.

Mouthfeel: light crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Very brief aftertaste as the flavors linger for a second or two on the tongue. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: nice session ale that can be quaffed all day long. This won't blow you away but I found this to be enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2007 12:07:02 | More by Gavage
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9%

04-23-2014 06:26:11 | More by MarkyMOD
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:35:36 | More by oriolesfan4
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-10-2012 14:16:52 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 13:57:30 | More by Stinkypuss
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-01-2011 05:55:14 | More by rab53
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2008 21:09:42 | More by beerthulhu
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +9%

11-14-2011 23:37:47 | More by THECPJ
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2005 21:34:21 | More by RBorsato
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-11-2014 02:34:18 | More by wrightst
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blackie

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2007 03:26:00 | More by blackie
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-28-2013 19:29:51 | More by Boone757
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 13:17:35 | More by Brent
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 23:15:10 | More by Chaney
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-15-2012 18:28:35 | More by WDJersey
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3/5  rDev -18.3%

04-14-2013 01:18:17 | More by Gatordaddy
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wedge

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 20:21:27 | More by wedge
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 22:43:07 | More by RonfromJersey
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 23:52:27 | More by philbe311
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 13:28:17 | More by micromaniac129
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mentor

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 05:08:50 | More by mentor
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 04:15:56 | More by alleykatking
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Tavern Ale from Fordham Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.