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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

253 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by aepb1:
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aepb1

Florida

4/5  rDev +12.7%

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

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

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

On tap at Macgregors Canadaigua,poured a copper/amber with a slight head that hung on for quite awhile a malty,fruity aroma of some orange and toasted malt.A more malt accented pale I think lightly sweet caramel malt along with some orange and peach coming thru with a late dryness keeping it fairly balanced in the end.A drinkable ale not outstanding or earth shatttering but I could sit down on the stool and have a few and not complain.

10-17-2004 15:17:06 | More by oberon
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Todd

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a fairly bright amber with a nice two finger white foam white, which sadly falls flat within minutes.

Smell: Soft floral, fruity peach aroma. Dry grain in the background.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel of creamy carbonation and sweet pale malts. Malt sweetness is even and a bit honey-ish (raw) in character, but the complex fruity flavours of passion fruit, coarse pear and peach lay the flavours main foundation as they complement a slightly rindy, citric hop twang. Some hop spice is thrown into the mix as well. Firm malt body carries thru to the finish, until the beer decides to turn dry and grainy on the palate with light residual malt and hop flavours.

Notes: Not too shabby, pretty flavourful, but also very average for the style. Worth a try.

09-16-2002 19:20:20 | More by Todd
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

Presentation: 12oz amber bottle. No freshness dating.

Appearance: Poured a clear, rather pale golden color. Creamy head gave way to just a slight ring around the top of the beer. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Good nose of pine and citrus.

Taste: Smell translates nicely into the taste. Good dose of hoppy bitterness up front that unfortunately falls a little flat on the tail end (especially as the beer warmed). There is a low amount of malty sweetness that is noticed. Flavor becomes almost grain-like at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy on the palate. Fairly dry finish.

Drinkability: Cold. That's the key word. Don't let this one warm up too much or you'll swear it's a macro you are drinking. A little above average but I'll look for something better.

04-14-2003 17:18:26 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-01-2013 02:43:09 | More by Cynic-ale
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-17-2013 14:56:03 | More by ryser2k
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

Appearance is awesome light pale apricot copper tone with a large bubbly thick rocky off white head great retention equals adequate protein content here, lacing of course with some chunky uneven patterns still looks damn good.

Aroma nice malty sweetness with biscuit and apricot qualities that's weird but accurate of what I'm smelling hops that come off real grassy, floral, and with a touch of grapefruit peel also some yeast notes of fruitiness can also be detected very reserved English style pale not a slap you around APA.

Flavor feels proper in the most English sense of the word, with a delicate yet assertive hop profile moderately strong even bitterness with a touch of perfume, grapefruit and grassy earthiness must I say dirt there you go. Malts express themselves minimally here with biscuit pale malt flavors flowing among the hop bitterness still I come back to the perfume comparison even in flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied a trace of hop oil flowing carbonation sturdy maybe even a bit much for this beer oily feel really sticks around on the palate leaving bitter dryness that could feel unpleasant.

Drinkability a decent American brewed English style pale that I'm not crazy about it's not something I would revisit right away but not a beer I found to be bad it's just okay.

07-07-2007 18:08:40 | More by WVbeergeek
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IntriqKen

California

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

A nice golden yellow topped with a full finger white head fills the glass. the head eventually melts to very thick lacing.

Aroma sweet pale malt and sort of orange peel hops.

Flavor is bright and clean. Sweet pale malt with a crisp citrus peel hop bite on the end.

A very nice refresher.

04-07-2007 22:03:45 | More by IntriqKen
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

Ithaca- Pale Ale

Appearance- Light reddish orange with a frothy head.
Smell- Light caramel malt with a touch of floral green hops.
Taste- Green oily hops with a sweet malt base.
Mouthfeel- Light and watery up front with a small metallic bitterness in the end.

Overall- Very humdrum. Probably, and hopefully, not 1 of Ithaca Beer Co.'s best.

08-05-2007 15:37:09 | More by NJpadreFan
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ABokononist

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

07-16-2012 17:20:43 | More by ABokononist
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

AP: A pale gold color with a bone-white head that dissipated slowly and left a thin, scattered but bubbly cap.

Nose: A brown sugar like-sweet malt>with an herbal, earthy, hop scent. A very complex hoppieness overall on the nose.

Taste: The taste is a hearty, mildly sweet malt flavor that quickly becomes over-run by an earthy, herbal, spicey and leafy hop flavor that never gets a bitter edge. Nice balance between the malted backbone and the big Hop flavors.

MF: Crisp, clean and lively just like a good Pale ale should be. This has a medium bodied feel that seems to mellow out dramatically over time.

DA: good for the style, easy enought to drink.

12-19-2006 17:46:53 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%

This pours a nice clear amber with a decent head,but the head disappears way too fast. The smell has a sweet malt aroma to i as well as a citrus hop scent. The taste has hop bitterness to it with citrus flavors and malt. The m/f is light,but the hop bitterness doesn't mix with the malt well at all. This is an average to below average beer that I would pass on in the future.

05-21-2006 21:39:43 | More by jmz62565
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HeyJim

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.5%

03-24-2013 01:30:33 | More by HeyJim
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asabreed

New York

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Mildly hazy light brown color, little head and retention. Still looks decent overall.

Smell: Peppery spice and leafy hops with a bit of doughiness and caramel and mild chocolate.

Taste: Spicier and hoppier than I thought it would be. Leafy herbal and citrus spicy hops balanced by some good solid caramel malt flavor, finishing long and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with good carbonation and everything that makes me want to have at least a few.

Drinkability: Solid. Tasty. Balanced. Sessionable. All around a solid Pale I'll be coming back to.

09-28-2009 00:22:35 | More by asabreed
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

It should be mandatory to call your pale ale something else other than "Pale Ale"...a bit boring, innit?

Head is a soapy inch-thick thing that sizzles and settles a good bit, thinning fairly rapidly. Looks sort of like frothing dishsoap once it thins to a skim. Color is coppery with good clarity. Run of the mill but par for the course.

Aroma is light hops, light malt...nothing special, but certainly true to style and clean with no offending traits.

Flavor is a solid, solid balance of malt and hops...nice lingering bitterness in the finish. Hops seem remarkably flowery, fragrant, and a bit bold thanks to that hefty malt backup. Malts give a little nuttiness right before that finish takes over.

Crisp and well-carbonated in the mouth, but not overly so.

Solid and dependable. Nothing out of the ordinary whatsoever, but very likeable and well brewed.

04-17-2007 19:28:32 | More by Metalmonk
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

Hi bitterness, like an English bitter. That's good. Good sized White head on yellow body. There is citrus taste, caramel, not that balanced but quaffable. Medium or less mouthfeel. One-dimensional hop fix. Buffalo racetrack beerfest. Run-of-the-track.

03-12-2007 22:13:44 | More by Sammy
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-13-2012 13:18:21 | More by whatname
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hreb

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Cold 12oz bottle from a variety pack straight from Ithaca beer company poured into imperial pint glass. Beer pours a light brown amber, not pale at all, with a hint of cloudiness. Aroma is fresh and citrusy, like an IPA. First sip has the standard American pale ale sharpness, with hops up front and carbonation over the top. A pleasantly sweet hint of caramel finishes out the aftertaste. Neither a great example of the style nor a great beer all around, but interesting and drinkable nonetheless.

01-03-2010 21:08:41 | More by hreb
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socon67

New York

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%

I was a bit curious about these folks from upstate NY.

This pale ale is decent. The pour has a bit more foam than what I'd normally see from a pale ale. Smell is very hoppy. Taste is a strong bit of hops as well. I tend to like that, this was a bit unexpected.

It is a very drinkable brew. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't recommend it as a pale ale of choice.

07-01-2010 01:08:45 | More by socon67
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pastramionrye7

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-16-2013 02:20:45 | More by pastramionrye7
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

On-tap at The Lost Dog Cafe in Ithaca.

Poured with a short white head on an amber body. Smells of american hops, a little grapefruity, but not too strong. Slightly fruity taste. Good balance and goes with my greek chicken. Flavor of an APA, but more subtle like an english pale ale. Tasty and very drinkable. I'm not a big fan of IBC, but this hits the spot.

02-19-2006 18:40:40 | More by tempest
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kenito799

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

At Simeon's, Ithaca, poured into a pint glass.

Medium amber. Not much aroma to speak of, fresh malt smell. Tatse is very dry and toasty, reminds me of an altbier a la Long Trail Ale from Vermont...this beer is refreshing and very sessionable. Quality beer.

09-02-2007 23:15:29 | More by kenito799
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

04-18-2013 00:54:03 | More by Hopdaemon39
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Southernbrew

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours a nice amber color with a decent, bubbly head.

Nice floral hops blend with a citrusness and a hint of spicy hops in the nose.

Medium bodied and a creamy carbonation. Moderate malt sweetness with an even balance between the malt and hops. Pleasant mix of fruit flavors blend with citrus hops that becomes slightly bitter and finishes with a nice dryness with faint hop flavors.

Decent pale ale, I'd drink it again. Brough back by a friend's dad traveling in NY.

01-25-2005 02:21:34 | More by Southernbrew
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MPPHISH

New York

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

04-20-2013 03:40:02 | More by MPPHISH
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Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.