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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

Pale AlePale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

244 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%


Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium yellow. Quite hazy. Short, white, foamy head with good persistence.

Smell - Fairly light aroma. Mainly grassy and citrus hops. A little bready malt, too.

Taste - Hops clearly dominate. Seems mostly citrusy to me. Grapefruit and bitter orange. Sweet bready malt is also noticeable. This beer is on the "not so hoppy" side of the APA spectrum. I like the balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium and pretty darn smooth.

Overall - An eminently drinkable APA.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 04:08:22 | More by scaliasux
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours hazed yellow two fingers of foamy white head, thick lacing
S - Pine dankness some grapefruit, bready malt.
T - Not as much hop presence and you'd want, some slight tart apple flavor, light citrus, bready malt.
M - Nothing great.
O - Its an ok Pale

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 22:25:23 | More by Omnium
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: A rustic color a slight bit of transparency, this left a nice off white head at the top with some slight lacing around the glass that did not stay for long.

S: Hints of caramel and vanilla up front with the hops very present and slight hints of malt as it warms.

T: This was very well balanced, the nose is almost right there with the taste besides the fact the bitterness takes over, nice warmth from the malts, a slight sweetness on the tail end from what seems to be caramel.

M: Light bodied brew with a good amount of carbonation.

D: This was a very subtle beer, nothing crazy just very simple and to the point with this one, well balanced on the hops and malts.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 17:50:24 | More by thedoubler55
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RoadLizard

New York

4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks, smells, and has the mouthfeel of a traditional Pale Ale, IMO. Has a nice citrusy forward bite which mellows slightly on the way down. There is a bitterness that pleases pale ale lovers but people who dont wont like it. Carbonation was fine and there was some lacing down the glass. I dont get much for malts or any sweetness like some reported. But, its a pale ale and I dont want that anyways. A solid choice for the style and its never expensive.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 03:08:07 | More by RoadLizard
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jsanford

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy amber-gold with a creamy white head that leaves lots of streaky lacing. Aromas of pine resin and grapefruit hops with a solid caramel malt backbone. Simple, but nicely done. Taste consists of more American hops - pine resin and grapefruit, with a slightly toasted caramel malt profile. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a solid Pale Ale, no real complaints here.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 02:04:47 | More by jsanford
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, off-white head. Aromas of citrus and caramel blending, with a slight hoppy blending. Flavors of peppery and resiny hops forward on the initial tongue with a slick, caramel rich backbone. The aftertaste is roasty and bitter, with a rich, bitter finish. Good, solid lacing along the glass as you go. Decent, but middle of the road at best.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 00:30:38 | More by GarthDanielson
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MrOH

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear deep gold with a single finger of white head. Pretty good retention. Good lace.

Lots of citrus and floral notes with a bit of toasty background.

Light floral and citrus hop flavors over deep toasty malt backbone. Well done.

Light bodied and refreshing with medium carbonation.

A damn fine, very drinkable APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 05:39:33 | More by MrOH
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a decent pale ale, if a bit generic. very citrusy hops with some strong english malts in the nose and the taste. while ithaca makes a lot of awesome hop centered beers, this isnt their finest offering. flower power and cascazilla showcase more of what they are capable of. however, this is a very sessionable and refreshing pale ale with a lighter mouthfeel and bright carbonation. i actually enjoyed it quite well with gingerbread men this holiday season, although this feels more like a spring drink to me, big enough for the cold nights but refreshing enough to drink outside with the first warm sunny days. good local product.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:21:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear amber/light copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There is also a grapefruit flavour and just a touch of apricot. It ends with a grapefruit and malty sweet aftertaste with a surprsing amount of lingering hop bitterness for an APA.

Overall - An above average APA that is very drinkable and satisfying. It's not going to blow you away like their Flower Power, but it's a little higher on the drinkability scale. I'd say it's worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 00:40:39 | More by spinrsx
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark orange with a wispy white head. Spotty lacing down the glass.

A little floral and citrus aroma. Not much here.

I'd like to point out multiple flavors. This one is kind of lacking though. Starts out with a bit of a spicy hop presence. Very little malt. Finishes with a good piney resin that lingers a bit, but until the aftertaste there's not much here.

Mouthfeel and carb are good for style.

Nothing terribly wrong here, but could use a bit more. The biggest thing it accomplished was making me wish I had more Flower Power.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:31:36 | More by jmarsh123
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is mostly floral...bit of malt peeking in through the back...not an overwhelming beer on the nose, really.

Taste is initially floral, seemingly with Cascade hops starting things off and giving the dominant taste to the beer. However, it isn't really all that strong, and nowhere near as strong as some of the more robust APA's. There's a breadiness underneath providing some secondary balance. Decent bitterness on the finish, though, leaving a good bite on the end.

Pretty straight forward, average APA here. It tastes pretty good, but it won't blow anybody's doors off. Probably even a good entry beer for somebody getting into the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 00:31:33 | More by NODAK
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soju6

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small head that fades and some lacing.

A: Has an aroma of fresh grain and citrus. Quite clean.

T: Has a nice citrus bite with a bit of sweetness. Anice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp and refreshing. Quite smooth with a nice balance.

O: Easy drinker. Nothing fancy just a nice pale ale to relax with. No problem putting back a few.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 20:48:00 | More by soju6
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with brillant clarity.
A smallish white head sitting atop this lightly carbonated ale leaves behind some fine lacing.

The aromas of hops and malts are nicely balanced.
Hops have a slight citrus bouquet while the malts play even with s soft sweetness.

Taste is light and flavorful with the hops having a smooth citrus flavor not overpowering in the least. Malts have a smooth sweetness and also some toasted malts towards the end.

This smooth medium body ale is flavorful and easy drinking and would work perfectly as a long evening ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 19:52:56 | More by micromaniac129
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beer pours a bit hazier than I expected with only a slight 1/4 inch of head no sticky lacing.

S - Smells kind of hoppy, almost with a mint like twang in the nose. Malts and grains smell balanced.

T - Definitely more hop forward than expected. Balances from a bitter pine to a more citrus hit but it does stick to the tongue so maybe a tad too hoppy. Gram cracker like malt has the right amount of sweetness to balance bitter hops.

M - Pretty light to medium bodied fairly easy to drink.

Overall I like only a bit of hops in my pale ales and this one seems like of out of the box on what I consider session able. Still it's a pretty nice beer that borders on IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 04:41:47 | More by DrDemento456
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: The hops contribute a slight amount of bitterness and citrusy flavors to the overall taste, which also has some notes of toasted malts and hints of sweetness. The malty flavors become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and stands apart from other APAs because it is for the most part dominated by hoppy flavors. I would have no problem drinking more than one of these at a time.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:43:33 | More by metter98
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aepb1

Florida

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy caramel-colored body with a small head and nice lacing

S- floral hops, smells quite fresh

T- crisp citrus hops with a light malty body under it all. A nice spice bite finishes this off

M- light body with moderate carbonation

O- a lot of hop presence for a pale ale and the spicy finish is interesting

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 00:21:43 | More by aepb1
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curasowa

New York

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber color with 1 finger of head that fades quickly with minimal lacing.

Aroma: A hefty dose of piney hops with some earthy undertones over a caramel malt base.

Taste: More malt presence than I was expecting, and a bit biscuit-y as well, with some nice bitterness from start to end. Goes out fairly fast with a pretty clean finish.

The Rest: I'm normally pretty luke-warm to PA's, but I really enjoyed this one - very nice balance here with a creamy body.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 02:09:56 | More by curasowa
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy bright orange with a big fomay off white head. A real nice slow fade with good retention. A very nice layer of lace and just a super hazy overall look.

Smell was crisp, clean and not overly biting or strong. Lightly linger and waffed through the air. Nice hint of subtle hoppiness and a blend of sugary tones. Not bad, could be stronger. First impresssion was very smooth, but then it kinda fell flat on the tongue, with a dull feel. The finish was nice and hoppy and had some lingering to it, and the overall flavor had a nice balance to it with the malt profile.

Overall this is a very nice session beer

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 00:12:56 | More by mikesgroove
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malt with some strong citrus hop notes. There are also some other fruity esters mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and some citrus hop flavor and bitterness. Through the middle, some beady malt flavor and bitterness come through. The finish is a mix of citrus lemon and some bitterness that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and crisp without a watery feeling. The bitterness creates a really dry mouthfeel, especially at the finish.

D - Very drinkable. Feels balanced and has enough flavor to stay interesting. The hop profile is pretty solid and the malt hop balance is nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 20:40:42 | More by ngeunit1
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful caramel colour, lively head. Although the aroma is lighter than I'd choose, this is still a delightfully easy to drink pale ale. More British style than American, but with enough hop flavours to be interesting. No bitterness and a very light finish.

I would imagine this to be an excellent "session ale"!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 00:52:33 | More by hopsolutely
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy amber/orange with a 1 finger head. Leaves behind some lacing

S-Some hops, not real strong. Along with floral notes.

T-Citrusy-sweet to start and ends with a slight bitterness.

M-Light with little carbonation

D-Quite drinkable, the lack of hops make it an easy drinker,

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 05:48:22 | More by rlee1390
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TheHopMonster

New York

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange with a small white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smells of floral hops and citrus like esters, very clean and quite pleasant. I can tell Cascade and possible Centennial hops were used for aroma

Taste wise, it is strong in hop characteristics. Very citrusy and I definitely wanna say Cascade was used in the boil because the floral aromas make their way up the back of your nose from your throat. Slight malt characteristics, very subtle but they are there.

Overall a very average pale ale, Im all for supporting Ithica Brewing co and they do put out a good product but I have seen other breweries do much more with their pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:45:32 | More by TheHopMonster
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Solid reddish copper in color with a very good looking fluffy white head of big bubbles. A bit hazy. No retention.

SMELL: Not much nose, but what is detectable is malt and sweet brown sugar.

TASTE: Quite hoppy, even for a pale ale. While there is a hint of malt up front, it is quickly overwhelmed by the hops which remain throughout the sip. I saw in an earlier review someone mention that there is a spicy aftertaste and that is certainly true, although the spice seems to be present earlier as well.

MOUTHFEEL: Rich and a touch oily, this would make a fantastic beer for one of those freezing cold nights in Ithaca.

OVERALL: I've been surprised to see so many lower rated reviews. When I visited the brewery this was one of the highlights (to be fair, I really enjoyed most of their beer - I was very impressed). It is a bold and different take on the pale ale that just appeals to me. I like hops, I like spice and therefore, I like this beer. The only drawback is the near lack of a smell.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 01:56:20 | More by StoneTSR
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halo21

New York

4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: I poured this golden colored ale into a short pilsner glass, with room for its chunky white head. It had a good amount of fine carbonation, and left thin white lacing on the inside of the whole glass.

Smell: Very floral hoppy up front, with some bitter sweetness behind it.The dry hopping with the Centennial hops give it a nice citrus smell, that works very well for this American style pale ale.

Taste: Crisp, floral, with citrus notes and is very refreshing. More info below about food pairing, but having this with the chicken spiedies, which has a very acidic flavor given by the vinegar and lemon juice in the marinade, brings out a mellow malt flavor, that up until now I had not seen.

Mouthfeel: This is a very light bodied beer, with fine carbonation that is very refreshing. The hops give it a drying component, very common with pale ales.

Drinkability/Palitability: Huge! This is one of the easiest drinking beers I have had. Pale ales in general I find to be very easy drinkers, but sometimes the acidity of the hops lowers the ease of consumption. Ithaca does a great job with this one, bringing the hops you would expect in a pale ale, but still giving it balance with the malts.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 00:24:28 | More by halo21
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animalchin

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper body. Head retains for quite some time, but eventually vanishes. Seems a bit hazier than other pale ales.

S - Strong scent of hops. There is certainly a lingering pine aroma that gets masked by some metallic scents as well.

T - Pretty strong for just a pale ale. Very ample amount of hops, with seemingly all types. Some bitter grapefruits. Generally just very pale. That's good!

M - A little jagged, but appropriate for a pale ale.

D - A pretty damn robust pale ale. There's a variety of taste to experience with this one. Certainly very good though. Very impressed by Ithaca with this.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 02:35:16 | More by animalchin
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Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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