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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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81
good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 251
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.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Iowa

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coppery orange that is as clear as the proverbial bell. A vigorous pour results in two fingers of sandstone colored foam that is stiff, micropitting and persistent. Lace formation requires head deflation and that looks to be several minutes away at least.

The hop bill (Cascade, Willamette and Centennial) should result in a whiz-bang of an APA nose. It doesn't though. The aroma is acceptable, it just isn't as hoppy as it could be. Lightly buttery pale malt rides along beneath a subtle citrus peel fruitiness.

Ithaca Pale Ale is deficient in good, solid hop flavor. It definitely isn't deficient is alpha acids; there are plenty of those flying around. I guess that keeps me from blaming the shortage of flavor on the fact that the 'best by' date is next month. I'm not a brewer, but wouldn't adding the hops later in the boil have helped?

I don't get much, if any, butteriness on the palate. Nor do I appreciate caramel (a little on the back end, perhaps). The grain bill is interesting: pale, caramel, wheat and sour. Wheat isn't typical in an APA and what the hell is sour malt? There is sort of a lemon juice sourness, but it's very nearly obliterated by rampaging bitterness and a saliva-suckingly dry finish. This APA is too rough around the edges to be considered better than slightly above average.

The mouthfeel just does manage to grab and hold onto the bottom rung of the style ladder. It's light-medium initially, fading to light (almost watery) on the swallow. More pale malt would fix the majority of this pale ale's problems. Drinkability is only above average if you're a hophead.

Ithaca Beer Company has the right idea (C-hops and lots of them), they just need to massage things a little to come up with a more malty, more hop flavorful beer. I still look forward to drinking the rest of their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 12:51:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky ecru head that leaves some sticky lace around the pint glass

Smell: Clearly not a West Coast beer, as the hop aroma leans toward the earthy side, with just a hint of fruit

Taste: Toasted malt and stone fruit up front, with a growing earthy hop presence; after the swallow, the flavors are rather balanced, though restrained

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite pale ale, but nothing wrong with it; it tasted a bit more like an ESB to me

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 23:56:22 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-28-2011 22:37:15 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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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oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 04:57:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a golden color with a frothy white head that remains. The aroma is exceptional. There is quite a bit of hop aroma as well as a grainy balance. The taste is great! Again with the hops complimenting the grain bill. Hops all the way into the finish; a little hop residue. The mouthfeel is low which makes this not only a great tasting beer, but it also drinks very well. I like the new hoppier recipe a ton better than the last. This is a great pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 13:59:27 | More by WesWes
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to armock for this one!

Pours orange-ish amber with a foamy white head that descends to a lasting bubbly cap, leaving thin lines of lacing.

The smell is floral (a bit perfumy) with hints of orange/grapefruit and pine. Mild.

The taste is floral/citric with a honey-ish and towards caramel-ish maltiness. It has a leafy, tea-like dryness with a sweet kiss in the finish.

Light to medium-bodied. Rather coating.

There's a slight harshness that slows it down, though a basic lightness that brings it up. Overall, things to mesh quite so well, but is the basic characteristics of a balanced, leaning towards hoppier APA are there. Not a bad brew, just nothing particularly special.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 17:06:28 | More by jwc215
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Low/quick dying head that leaves minimal lace. Light amber color with a subtle haze.

Freshs light hop touch to the aroma--very nice for the style.

Balanced hop/malt presense. Crisp and clean for an ale. Strong hop finish that lasts through the swallow. The aftertaste is all hop that lingers a long time. The body mimics skim milk with a solid level of carbonation.

This is a tasty offering in the pale ale category. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 21:22:46 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a lightly hazy orange color with a short one finger head. Decent amount of tiny carbonation bubbles seen rising. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: very mild floral hops and a hint of citrus.

Taste: basically a west coast pale ale, with nice malt backbone and a decent orange and grapefruit citrus tone. The hop bitterness is floral and up front.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Short aftertaste has most the flavors lingering briefly.

Drinkability: decent session beer. Not one that will stand out in the pale ale category, but is a solid offering. Try some.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 18:23:01 | More by Gavage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a variety case purchased at Breski's.

A: The pale ale has an amber color, a few shades lighter than the bottle. The ale is clear, with no activity beyond bubbling carbonation. The head was sizeable, over three fingers on pour, with hints of retention.

S: The nose is mostly grain but does have a solid grapefruit pungency that suggests a certain level of dry hopping.

T: The mouth firmly reminds you that this is a pale ale. The graininess is upfront, with caramel adding flavor. That grainy body is thin though, losing flavor quickly. While the graininess is disappointing, the hop profile is a nice surprise. The citrus profile is strong for the style, citrusy with a very subtle floral taste. The hops see the ale off, managing to take some of the heat off of the malt body.

M: The hop profile is the redeeming factor in the beer, adding a pleasing pep that overcomes the thin maltiness.

D: The abv is low enough that having several would not adversely impact you. Drink this for the hop profile, not the malt base.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 02:42:45 | More by akorsak
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

05-17-2013 12:21:56 | More by InspectorBob
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 23:28:13 | More by ppoitras
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.5%

03-09-2013 22:34:01 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear orange with a huge pillowy head. A nice smattering of lace.

S. Bready toffee malt and some pine and citrus.

T. Quite hoppy with some earth and pine, mineral twang. The malt body is thin, just some light caramel/toffee balance, english style pale ale with a heap of cascades. As it warms, a roasted note emerges from the malt provides some more balance.

M. Viscious mouthfeel, stings palate with hop. Spritzy carbonation and a medium body.

D. Not a bad pale ale here from Ithaca. If you really like your cascade hops (and I do) this is a Pale Ale you will enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 20:49:01 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-03-2013 14:15:06 | More by BillRoth
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-01-2011 07:27:41 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper hue with a one finger head. Decent retention and good lacing.

There was a sweet malty aroma cut with nice pine and citrus notes.

The flavor was a bit on the malty side for me. However, a nice sharp grapefruit bitterness. Decent hop presence throughout.

The mouthfeel was full. It could have been a bit drier if not for the extra sweetness.

A good drinkable APA. Average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 01:48:08 | More by plaid75
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Gusler

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A transpicuous golden amber color on the pour, the head pythonic in size, creamy and light tan in color, as the head dissolves, the lace left behind forms a glutinous sheet to hide the glass. Lightly floral at the front sweet malt at the middle, crisp and fresh is the finish to this nose. Start is malt and sweet, the top slender in its feel, the finish delicate in its acidity, the hops delightful if a bit understated, dry as a desert aftertaste, a quite drinkable beer that could be a fine session beer for these long hot desert afternoons.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 15:49:21 | More by Gusler
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

04-04-2012 18:56:41 | More by THECPJ
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Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.