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Tavern Ale - Fordham Brewing Company

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Tavern AleTavern Ale

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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 83
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
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 mentor
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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

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Photo of mempath
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of djeffbee
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of praufs01
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy amber with a frothy off white head.

Aroma - Light caramel and toffee smell.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied brew with light carbonation.

Taste - Roasted malts and sweet caramel with a smooth finish.

Overall - Smooth brew. Has a nice light and refreshing flavor.

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Photo of deereless
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cherry ice tea color, limited head - 3.50, S: Thick bready fruit, like fruitcake dough, touch of spices - 4.00, T: Some bite to this beer, a little piney undertones, but the malt is what really comes through - 4.00, M: 4.00, D: A pleasant beer, quite drinkable - 3.75

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Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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...

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, now brewed in Delaware

For an American pale it has a sort of more caramel-y darker color. Strong aroma, a general bitterness that's obviously from the hops but not all that hoppy either if that makes sense.

Tastes more like an East coast of European pale, but with the strength of a West coast pale. An odd sweetness mixed in there, defined aftertaste. Nothing fancy but distinctive, which I like. Difficult to classify how this tastes. Enjoyable, not quite a favorite and curious how this would be on tap.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of kevinglin
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma dominated by malt, not what I was expecting or looking for in an APA. Some carmelly sweetness in the nose with a hint of citrus notes. Flavor is just okay - the hop bitterness is a bit more assertive in the taste, but still quite a bit of malt in the profile. Mouthfeel is decent - well carbonated. Overall, okay, but if you are looking for a hoppy pale ale, this isn't it. If you lean toward malty beers, you will probably enjoy this one.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of cichief
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Ram's Head Tavern in Savage Mills, MD.

A- A nice deep amber color, with a thick, white head which dissipated quickly.

S- Although served too cold to really get a good smell, I could detect flowery hops.

T- It tasted hoppy, but fairly well balanced, earthy. At a slightly warmer temp, it may have been better (or worse?).

M- It was well carbonated, seemed pretty well done for the style.

D- It would go well with food, or on its own. I would like to drink it at a slightly warmer temp, or on cask.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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

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Photo of cubedbee
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

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Photo of purplehops
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tavern Ale pours a hazy amber- orange with a white frothy head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is faint caramel malt with citrus and herbal hops. Tha taste starts with a bite of malt up front and then balances with flavors of citrus hops and some notes of biscuit malt or bread like flavors. The finish is moderately hoppy with some malt flavors trying to sneak in. Aftertaste is crisp and hoppy with notes of citrus lingering. Mouthfeel is medium with some mild carbonation and texture.
Overall a good solid American style pale ale. Enough said.

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Tavern Ale from Fordham Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.