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Tavern Ale - Fordham Brewing Company

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Tavern AleTavern Ale

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BA SCORE
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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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
Photo of bubseymour
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

bubseymour, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of birdman200
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

birdman200, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Hopfenpeter, May 27, 2011
Photo of emerge077
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 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
Photo of Kitt
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Kitt, Feb 05, 2011
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
Photo of bamadog
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

bamadog, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Lunch
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Lunch, Jan 07, 2010
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
Photo of mentor
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

mentor, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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

thain709, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of mempath
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 djeffbee
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
Photo of beerthulhu
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
Photo of praufs01
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

praufs01, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of deereless
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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

deereless, Sep 29, 2008
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 01, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

USCTrojanBrian, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of tugdriver7
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
Photo of kevinglin
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

kevinglin, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of tastybeer
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
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 Gavage
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Gavage, Sep 12, 2007
Tavern Ale from Fordham Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.