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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.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev +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.

Proteus93, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%

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
Photo of Haybeerman
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%

A: Clear coppoer color. Poured a thin 1 finger head that disipated quickly. Laced in broken rings. Decanted continually.

S: Fresh floral hops. Citrus zest.

T: Nice balance of hops and malt. Beer finished pleasantly (slightly) bitter.

M: On the light side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Lingering bitter in the finish (not in a bad way).

D: Solid APA. Tolerable abv. Pleasant balance is important part of this beer.

Haybeerman, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Gmann, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
For an APA, pours a very deep, dark, ruddy, tawny, copper hue with a minimal frothy head that quickly receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Grainy, earthy, straw-dominated aroma...
Taste: Earthy flavor with hints of caramel, vanilla, honey, and slight grains with a strong mint aftertaste...
Creamy, thick mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability...
Not bad...

dsa7783, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of perfectkaos
3.68/5  rDev +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

perfectkaos, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of garcia2a
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

This beer pours a clear copper color, light carbonation, a thin head that laced nicely.

The bouquet is heavy on the bready malts with nice roasted grain and grassy hops on the backend. The taste has nice malt and grain in the front tongue, pretty straightforward. The backend of the taste is where the complex action is. Just a touch of hops with a caramel/toffee and tangerine citrus dry finish define the tasting experience. The backend and aftertaste were nice surprises.

The body of the beer is medium, a bit heavier than a Sierra Nevada. The mouthfeel is good, little cloying.

Overall, a friendly beer that is tasty and refreshing.

There is a little earthiness, perhaps a trace of citrus, but not much. The overall effect is quite earthy and bready. The mouthfeel is good, but not great - thin, but on the right side of water.

This is an ok beer - there are plenty worse - but hardly the top ranks of the style.

garcia2a, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%

On tap at Staples. Clear copper with almost no head. Aroma of hop flowers and just a hint of dough. Moderately bitter, clean and refreshing. The cascade aroma is there until the end. I drank 5 of these and never got sick of it. I prefer this to their Flower Power, which is still a good beer but just not as drinkable.

DrunkenMaster, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.4/5  rDev -4%

Quite malty, relatively little hop character. Not bad - a bit unusual for an American Pale Ale, but not astonishing either.

Pours very clear copper, but a thin head, but good lacing. The aroma is all malt, bready and cereal-like. The flavor is heavily malty, like a strong, light colored crystal malt. It's hard to pick out the hops - there is a little bitterness on the back, but not strongly so. There is a little earthiness, perhaps a trace of citrus, but not much. The overall effect is quite earthy and bready. The mouthfeel is good, but not great - thin, but on the right side of water.

This is an ok beer - there are plenty worse - but hardly the top ranks of the style.

Seanibus, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of Tbn2
3.93/5  rDev +11%

On-tap in a pint glass.

A-Crystal clear, deep copper color with no head to speak of.

S-Good blast of earthy hops and a slight aroma of roasted barley on the back of the nose.

T/M-Opposite of the smell. The roasted grains hit you first then it moves quickly to the hops. The hops linger all the way through for a nice dry finish.

Overall this is a good beer from one of my favorite breweries in NY.

Bottoms up...

Tbn2, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of csmiley
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%

A - Pours a color that leans toward a darker shade of gold. Some orange highlights are apparent in the right light. Head and lacing were both just above average.

S - Light in the smell department. Sweet malty aromas are equally mixed with hops in this one. On the sweeter side are caramel and honey. Hops have a citrus notes first, then some earthy aromas some in to play.

T - Seems like the hops and malt are really fighting for control of this beer. First flavors are caramel and grain followed by a smooth fruity hop flavor. The very next sip has the hops just a little more out in the forefront.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finish has some remaining bitterness and does not linger.

D - Drinkability is average. Not much in this beer makes me crave another. Somewhat bland overall. Given all the other choices, I'd go for something else before getting this agian.

csmiley, May 15, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

HopDerek, May 09, 2008
Photo of jackorain
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%

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 BeerTruth
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

Wow, I can't believe I have yet to review this.

12 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a one finger off white head that stays for a while. Stickiness is pretty full, can't complain about how this beer looks. Mild piney hops with a caramel malt sweetness in the nose up front. A bit dirty with earth hop aromas as well. I'm not too crazy about the smell on this one. The taste begins wtih a caramel malt and then a faint citrus flavor. There also seems to be an almost apple like effect on the tongue throughout. Aftertaste is a subtle dusty evergreen. Mouthfeel is light and fluffy with a medium body, very smooth for an APA. Enjoyably low abv for the style, I'm pretty sure it's up to %5 or higher as of '08. Ithaca Beer Co. is becoming my go to brewery now, I must have at least one of their beers in my fridge at all times. Keep it up guys.

BeerTruth, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

This beer poured a murky reddish copper with a foamy off-tan two-finger head. The smell is mostly sweet malts and some floral hop characteristics. The taste starts off with some piney hops that quickly fade into the background and let the beer finish with some sweet caramel sweetness from the malts and leaving a fairly clean palate. The mouthfeel is is fairly thin with a medium amount of carbonation and helps lead to a nice refreshing beer that doesn't sit too heavy and that I could imagine having a couple bottles of without becoming tired of it.

TheTrevor, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of TheBCrew
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

TheBCrew, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +13%

It pours a nice amber color from the bottle with a nice medium off white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. It smells of medium roasted malts and some fresh flowery hops and a little bit of citris as well. The taste delivers just that. A nice combination of the malts and hops yields a tasty pale ale with hints of citris at the end. It has a smooth refreshing mouthfeel and it was a very drinkable beer. I would recommend this pale ale.

erosier, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

akorsak, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of kenito799
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

kenito799, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of ohoove
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%

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 Durge
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%

Nice clear deep amber color brew with a modest but healthy looking head and decent lace. The aroma is an acidic wheat/citrus deal with some floral highlights but I also pick up some lake water foulness. It tastes pretty tangy, peppery, kind of dry biscuit on the tongue. On the grassy side, very tart and pretty lively in carbonation. OK summer faire, but not in my wheelhouse.

Durge, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

smcolw, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

NJpadreFan, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

auxiliary, Jul 19, 2007
Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.