Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

258 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After a hard pour pillowy white head lifted high and settled nicely to a fine layer. Brilliantly clear with a golden orange color and few bubbles.
Smell of floral and herbal hops dominates but doesn't overwhelm. Some bisquity malts and a light toasted grain aroma are welcomed. Fresh cut grass is in there too!

Taste of spicy herbal hops followed by slightly caramel sweet toasted malts. Some bitter hops in the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Medium to light bodied and not much alcohol warmth.

Easy drinking Pale Ale and quite good as a session beer. Good flavor that keeps you interested and doesn't overwhelm. A very good Pale Ale from Ithaca. Thumbs up.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to tedstertm for this one: he was supposed to send He'Brew Rejewvenator but added this in the package as an extra surprise!

Poured from 12oz into 20oz Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Light caramel color with a pretty thick, whitish head with some good staying power. A good amount of carbonation bubbles are appearing, but doesn't look overwhelming by any means.

Smell: Floral hops and nuttiness and fruit smells

Taste: Starts with a sweet, almost peachy flavor. Finishes with a stronger, nutty hoppiness. A very good balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special, but still good. Smooth and a bit thick and well-balanced.

Drinkability: A pretty damn good beer that I would love to have again if only it was sold in my area! Something I could easily enjoy on a regular basis- but it is still short of being a standout.

Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden honey with a nice little finger of white head. Stickiness is good about half an inch down, leaving a scattered latticing of lace.

S: Pleasant, but a little fruity rather than the hoppiness that I might expect. Pineapple juice, "Dole mixed fruit", sliced peaches and pear.

T: Mellow, but a nice medley of flavours. Similar to the aroma in that it has a lot more fruity flavours than hoppy bitterness. Canned peach in apricot, complete with syrup, with a bit of pear in there, too.

M + D: Mild and medium bodied, but it's easy drinking. I'd prefer a little more bitterness on the palate, but it's brewed in such a way that it makes for a very good session candidate. I'd go for more, if for that alone.

Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1/2" off-white head, with some staying power, and laces excellently. A light amber brew, with an aroma tending towards hops, but not overpowering. Taste is a well-balanced symphony of pale malts and hops. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both reasonably good. Another good session brew from Ithaca.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Ithaca offering. This is their Pale Ale. Here is my review:

A: Pours a golden amber. Head is nice and frothy. Carbonation is pretty excessive.

S/T: I get citrus on the nose. Also an earthy type element in there. Maybe a touch of sweetness. Taste actually reminds me a lot of Great Divide's DPA. There is citrus hops upfront along with an earthy undertone. Malt is slighty toasty with a bit of sweetness. A very well balanced beer and is pretty tasty for an American Pale Ale.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is slighty creamy. Pretty crisp finish. This drinks very smoothly and is quite refreshing.

Ithaca has brewed a pretty solid Pale Ale. Definetly not on par with their Flower Power or Cascazilla, but would be suitable for those who want something a little less intense. A good beer and is worth checking out.

Photo of perfectkaos
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another of the beers from the ithaca variety pack i bought a while ago.

pours a copper color with an off white head that fades to a small ring around the top of the glass with some nice lacing.

balanced smell of malts and hops, nothing overpowering.

a very light tasting, easy drinking beer. a little note of hops up front balanced by malts on the back end but nothing really dominates.

i generally prefer beer with a little bit more flavor, more specifically i like a little more bite in my pale ales. but this is a beer thats super easy to finish off. id drink it if it were the best available, but im not going to seek this one out anytime soon.

Cascazilla is still the king of ithaca beers

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap this beer was an apricot-color with a foamy, white head that descended to a white trim that left good lacing. The aroma was quite hoppy in good ways (floral notes, citrus notes, pine notes) reflecting the dry-hopping- taut and sharp. The flavors were similar with a big, acidic, vigorous hoppiness along with some mustiness. The sharp/musty combination was reminiscent of an aged cheese (but this was a good thing). The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation perfect. A solid offering for the style and a good, readily-available, American IPA.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head here shrinks very quickly but the body is a really nice light orange-amber color. The aroma here is nice and piney. The taste is also piney but some fruit is in there too, others haev said apple, i think i might go with that. THe pine hops rocks but the malts are there too. The mouthfeel is moderate slightly sticky. It is quite drinkable. With Southern Tiers offering locally available which has more alcohol, hops, and that amazing pined up crazyness I don't really need this but there is something nice about it. It goes down easier than one of those.

Photo of rlee1390
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
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,

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber color with an average off-white head that quickly settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a sweet bready malt and floral, juicy hop. Not very strong but nice. The taste is off a short lived grapefruit hop flavor, juicy. This is neutralized by a bready malt with hints of honey. Not the most flavorful APA but the hop flavor is definitely there. The feel is a moderate body with fizzy carbonation resulting in a crisp drinkability. The brew has a light bitterness that runs throughout. A nice APA, not has hoppy as others but that is fine with me. Very easy to drink and is a welcome break from all of the malty brews I have had lately.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 2 oz. sample poured from the tap at the brewery into a glass tasting glass (much better than the plastic cups that some breweries use). Pours a clear light amber color with a white head which dissipates. Minimal to no lacing. Aroma is dominated by the hops, both woodsy and fruity. Flavor is a nice balance of the pale malt sweetness and the hop bitterness, with the hop woodsyness/fruityness again presenting itself in the finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with good drinkability.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of bbothen
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams beer engineering high tech glass.

Pours a pale orange color with a small 1 finger deep bubbly head. Head quickly disappears into a small bubbly ring around glass.

Smells mostly malty sweet, with some caramel, toasted grain, somewhat fruity, nutty.

Clean tastes of sweet caramel malts, toasted grains, faint fruity hops, some bread, and sweet honey. Nicely balanced clean flavor.

Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth.

Drinks nice and easy. Good session brew, although I prefer pale ales a bit more hoppy. Would have again.

Photo of HopDerek
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden amber color with 1" of foamy cream colored head, ok retention, nice lacing. Smells of biscuit, honey, floral hops, and grass. Tastes of grainy malt up front with some caramel notes, then apricot, grass, and floral and spicy hops in the finish. Medium light in body with good carbonation. A little thin on the malt side, but a great hop presence in the back end with a nice dry crisp bitter finish. Low in alcohol and easy to drink. Sessionable if you like good hop characteristics.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass, as my night of APA’s continues.

A: The beer is a light orange-gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt with hints of hops, citrus and spice in the background.

T: The taste is on the malty side with flavors of caramel & citrus. There’s a mild hops character that comes out next and sticks around with a little bit of residual sweetness in the after-taste. It’s pretty decently balanced as well.

M: Crisp and kind of smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, this is a good beer to pound, but I might look for something with a little more of a kick and a bit more flavor.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Standard looking tall, thin 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a plain brass colored crown cap. Single obverse green label just like that depicted on the BA avatar. Listed as ‘Ithaca Beer Co. Finger Lakes Pale Ale’. No strength or freshness date.

Appearance: Hazed orange amber body with a positively humungous head at first, gigantic in size it threatens to take over the Glass. 12 ounces produces three times its volume in froth. The light cream colored head has immense staying power, this must be sponsored by and laced with Viagra for it is permanently stiff and stood to attention. Drink this and if you don’t swallow fast enough, you could get a stiff neck. Laces the glass well.

Nose: Breaded malts with a crumb like texture with some lime, lemon grass and hoppy green stains on the nasal passage.

Taste: Caramel malts with a doughy sweetness in the front end. The middle is richer and exhibits a more Pale Ale character with a nice citric hoppy finish and a grassy staining attitude on the tongue that lingers for some time. Extremely astringent finish that is very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Solid feel with lots of malts, the body turns into a raw grain texture in the middle with a creamy bold hoppy finish that has a grassy ending.

Drinkability: The dry finish is somewhat attractive in the overall experience. It’s a drinkable Pale Ale that has a malty start with an astringent bitter finish which somehow makes you want to grab the next beer quicker.

Overall: A decent session Pale Ale that has a lot of Drinkability in the long term.

A Five Fingered Cheers to McCall for providing this Pale Ale.

Photo of TheHopMonster
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of LucaBrasi
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a golden copper color with a thin white head, tiny carbonation bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell was lightly grassy with a hit of hops.

The taste is crisp and clean with a medium hoppy feel.

Mouthfeel is smooth crisp and refreshing at first but finishes with a slightly oily feel.

Drinkability is good. I was happy with this beer.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of auxiliary
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice copper color with a white head when poured but will fiz out.

smell - Some light smells of hops and malt.

taste - Nice balnaced beer of malt and hops with a slight bitterness at the end.

mouthfeel - Light and carbinated.

drinkability - Not a bad beer, wasn't impressed.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Kendo
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is honey-amber colored with a 1-finger off-white head. Almost no visible carbonation. Some splotches of lace.

S: Cascade-type hops dominate the nose -- over sweet caramel malt. Nice.

T: First impression is about the body: it's thin. Finishes slightly metallic. Some caramel malt sets the foundation, then there's piney, citrusy hops. A lingering dry bitterness cuts the sweetness.

M: As noted above, it's thin. Carbonation is active in the mouth. Heft is light.

D: Pretty good.

Notes: someone brought this as a mixed 12-pack to my homebrew party earlier in the summer. The bottle did not say Finger Lakes Pale Ale -- it was just Ithaca Pale Ale -- but up top in smaller print there was some mention of the Finger Lakes. I'm assuming this is the same beer. . . .

Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.