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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

256 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 7
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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1/5  rDev -71.8%

brodah, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of thearsenal
2/5  rDev -43.5%

thearsenal, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.3/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours copper-orange with a slightly hazed clarity. Off-white two-finger head with tremendous staying power and leaves sticky lacing. Floral and grassy american hop nose with toasty crystal malt scent, a faint rose-alcohol in the background; and a whiff of acetone as it warms. Mild sweetness upfront, mostly toasted pale malt and a nice husky flavor that's not too astringent. Drying aftertaste, mild bitterness but manages to balance against the light malt sweetness. Light in body with medium-fine carbonation. Mouthfeel becomes overly grainy and the boozey/oxydized character begins to dominate. Finishes tannic with too much off-flavor showing, but some residual caramel and resinous hop flavor emerges. Beneath the flaws, lies a decent beer.

PBRstreetgang, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of jk3
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

jk3, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of h0gg
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

h0gg, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of thinkbreakfast
2.53/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?

App: Standard hazy orange. standard. standard

Smell: Rotten fruit sweetness. Banana/peach. No hops in scent.

Taste: Very full flavored. Lots of rotten peach. Very thick. Hop presence is limited.

MF: Very thick and full. Feels like the sugar that coats the mouth after drinking a Pepsi.

Drinkability: Too thick and sugary for my taste.

thinkbreakfast, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of ohoove
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

copper/amber color with an off white head ,medium and small bubbles- not too tight- average head and minimal lacing. Smell was lightly hopped and sweet malt maybe some light citrus. mouthfeel was medium bodied and peppery on the front with slight bitterness on the end . Taste overall was pretty middle of the road for this style, nothing great but nothing i'd turn down ,I did like this. Bought a 12 pack sampler and am looking forward to tasting the rest, don't think this will disappoint. Back to the pale ale , not impressive but solid.

ohoove, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of MPPHISH
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

MPPHISH, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Tareq
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Tareq, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of mobud
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Almost no head, light carbonation with a clear copper color.

S- Very light, but fresh hops smell that was nice after a long day.

T- This beer had a little metallic taste that I do not remember from prior tastings. The hops notes are there, but I was unable to get past the metal taste.

M- Very light mouthfeel with some bitter aftertaste.

D- Other than the off taste, this is abeer that I would try again. It has been a session type beer for my friend and heres hoping that this was a one time issue (or maybe it was me...).

mobud, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of HEADYdb
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

HEADYdb, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of TheDeuce
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Finger Likes Pale Ale....

Appearance-pale gold with some darker streaks, medium sized head, fizzes and comes down.

Smell-dry hop aroma, more reminiscent of an IPA than an APA. Alcohol appears as well, very aromatic.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hops appear quickly, heavy body and alcohol, there is a lot going on here but it isn't all put together.

Drinkability-interesting cross between an APA and and IPA but it doesn't really work all that much.

Overall-doesn't know whether it's an APA or an IPA, kind of mashed together, didn't impress me. Try your luck elsewhere.

TheDeuce, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of jackorain
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Almost clear with an amber color. Off-white head of 3/4 inches in height on agtgressive pour. Okay retention and a nice lace.

S-not much here, a little floral hop and a touch of biscuit.

T-Caramal and biscuit, faint floral hop in the background. Herbal hops in the middle. Litlle bitterness at this party

D-not too much

jackorain, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of petroos
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark golden in color with a quickly dissipating head and no lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S: Scents of coffee malt, bready yeast and wafts of citrus. Pretty bland and closed.

T: Decent, but one note. Subdued, tangy earthy hops up front with a sweeter maltier midpalate and a bitter finish. Bland.

M: Mouthfeel isn't bad. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Decently drinkable but nothing about it makes me want to go back for more.

petroos, Jul 11, 2009
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2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a rich gold color with a barely existent white head. It's a bit sparkling and the clarity is excellent. Pretty. The aroma of clean pine is backed up with a delicate floral quality and a slight hint of grain. The body is medium light on the tongue with bright carbonation. It's a bit sudsy; maybe oily. It has an astringent finish that I've come to recognize in Ithaca beers. The flavor is of clean, bright, piny hops. It turns a bit skunky towards the end of the taste. The flavor is quick to fade but the astringent finish remains. Not complex at all.
(rated Mar 1, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 14, 2008
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

HeyJim, Mar 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

BrahptimusPrime, Jun 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Mudawg, Feb 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

JohnQVD, Jun 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Dougwillhike, May 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Mikexw, Apr 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

ejimhof, Mar 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

bvlaminck, May 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

erlenmeyer, Jun 29, 2012
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Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.