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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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.

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-17-2011 21:10:00 | More by tclapper
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Todd

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2010 17:15:18 | More by thekevlarkid
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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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armock

New York

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden orangish color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Upfront citrus hop on top of caramel malt

T - Follows the smell you notice the hops first then the solid caramel in the malt comes out finishes a little bitter

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I really liked this beer a lot if this was available to me on a regular basis it would always be in my fridge it has a very good taste thats easy to drink worth trying

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 19:53:13 | More by armock
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of dense frothy slightly rocky off white head... Excellent retention by American Pale Ale standards... Loaded with small bubbled quick paced carbonation which starts quick at the bottom and accelerates as it races towards a top... A slightly tarnished light bronze color... A little bit of foam clings to the glass...

S - The combination of warrior, columbus, cascade, and centennial hops provide an subtle yet assertive nose... The hops mix with bready undertones and minor touches of caramel...

T - The flavors alluded to by the nose materialize on the palette but in a much more muddled fashion... The hops are the leader in the clubhouse but are still fairly subdued... Everything else takes a distant backseat...

M - The rich delicate foam touches the lips first... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Fluffy... A slight carbonated kiss... Crisp and refreshing...

D - The appearance and nose are the most redeeming qualities of this other unremarkable offering from Ithaca... Not a bad beer, just not a memorable one... I would drink again if offered, but stop short of recommending it...

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 02:03:38 | More by philbe311
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-08-2011 23:18:54 | More by JohneHoodlum
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-10-2013 02:52:13 | More by GreesyFizeek
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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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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-14-2011 17:05:02 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-22-2014 02:15:18 | More by Durandal_777
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Burt

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-15-2011 18:20:24 | More by Burt
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Kendo

New York

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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. . . .

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 18:01:57 | More by Kendo
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Amalak

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04-28-2012 18:57:46 | More by Amalak
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-05-2012 02:07:41 | More by RoryOMoore
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soju6

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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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IntriqKen

California

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 22:03:45 | More by IntriqKen
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-17-2011 03:06:48 | More by nh2032
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CaptDavyJones

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04-29-2013 02:12:17 | More by CaptDavyJones
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber color with a small 1/4 white head; smells of floral hops, sweet malt, piney hops, grass, caramel and citrus.

Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, piney hops, grass, caramel, citrus, orange peel or grapefruit, grains, biscuit, light spices and a very faint alcohol feel. The hops jump out up front, but the malt and caramel take over and lead to the crisp finish that's a bit tart. Medium to mild carbonation and an overall medium feel in the mouth and on the tongue. Beer gets sweeter and maltier as it warms.

Overall it's an OK pale ale that has medium flavor and a decent balance that borders on being too malty, just nothing exceptional as far as taste goes. Worth a try as it was pretty drinkable.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2010 04:56:40 | More by CHickman
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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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UnionMade

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brilliant copper, a massive ivory froth rearing up on the pour. I guess I was a bit too vigorous with the pouring, being used to generating just a thin foam. The brew is initially chill hazed, clearing with a little warmth to a bright, perfect clarity. The head settles into a thick filmy coating, sticky gobs of lace clinging all the way down the glass.
The aroma is awesome. Very fruity, with an incredible passionfruit/mango esteriness. Present hops, with a bold citric, floral aroma, nice and fresh smelling. Milder notes of red apple and perhaps a touch of vanilla. Very smooth, even, toasty malt. Fantastic.
The flavor starts with mild toasty malt, big fruitiness coming in quickly. The malt feels a little weak and watery, a bit overwhelmed. A present passionfruit flavor, or some kind of tropical fruit that's used a lot in those fancy fruit juices. Very nice, adding a pleasant sweetness to the malt, enabling it to carry the hoppy finish. A touch of lemon and pear, moving quickly into a very floral, lightly citric hop finish. Moderate bitterness, toeing the line with the malt balance. Great lemony, grapefruity hop flavor, maybe even a little tart, which is interesting and quite refreshing. A pretty clean finish, slightly dry, with a bit of lingering grain and lemon. Fizzy, unnatural feeling carbonation overenthusiastically moving around a lightish medium body. Fairly smooth drinking, the carbonation creating a seltzery feel until it's allowed to sit and flatten out a bit. With some settling, it's much better.
The only thing I'd change is the carbonation. I feel like it neutralizes some of the sweetness, and skews the balance some. It feels better as it warms and flattens some. Maybe bumping up the malt and body a little, but keeping the balance and esters the same. Still a great beer as it is. The aroma is incredible, almost juicy. Much....MUCH better than the previously reviewed old sample. This is a winner if I've ever had one.
A big thanks to Shippos for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2004 00:40:47 | More by UnionMade
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yesyouam

New York

2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 16:00:15 | More by yesyouam
Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.