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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

143 Reviews
THE BROS
77
okay

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 258
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Reviews: 143 | Hads: 258
Photo of socon67
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit curious about these folks from upstate NY.

This pale ale is decent. The pour has a bit more foam than what I'd normally see from a pale ale. Smell is very hoppy. Taste is a strong bit of hops as well. I tend to like that, this was a bit unexpected.

It is a very drinkable brew. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't recommend it as a pale ale of choice. (358 characters)

Photo of bourbonbock
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very decent pale ale anytime your in the mood for one. I had this at the Ithaca Beer Co storefront and had to grab a growler for home. This is a nice pale ale with a nice golden amber color and a fruity-floral aroma. The taste is well balanced even with the hops it does not seem too bitter. I just wish I could get this more readily. (344 characters)

Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange hue with 1 finger of off white/cream colored head. Lots of large carbonation bubbles trapped along the side of the glass. Creamy head that leaves a small crown and light lacing

S: Smells of pale and caramel malts with a mix of floral and slight citrus hops. Smells like a good balance between sweet caramel malt and bitter floral hops

T: Good bitter pale ale where the hops are featured. Strong citrus flavor that blends into a slight spicy peppery finish. I want to say hints of cayenne in the finish. Malt is noticeable in the initial taste but is quickly overpowered by the interesting hop flavor.

M: thin mouthfeel the carbonation fizzles at the end to leave the peppery taste after a good hop flavor.

D:Good drinkability. Interesting peppery hop taste is enough to keep me coming back for a few of these. (829 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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... (1,126 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, I've been singing the raises of Ithaca brews ever since I first tried their whateverZilla last summer. Now that I found a bunch and got to try them I am a bit numb to it.

This beer is consistently good like all their others, and being one of my favorite styles, one I would definitely buy again. It has a boatload of FIZZ! Burp.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this and definitely worth your consideration. Congrats to the Ithaca folks for their outstanding product. (481 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle from a variety pack straight from Ithaca beer company poured into imperial pint glass. Beer pours a light brown amber, not pale at all, with a hint of cloudiness. Aroma is fresh and citrusy, like an IPA. First sip has the standard American pale ale sharpness, with hops up front and carbonation over the top. A pleasantly sweet hint of caramel finishes out the aftertaste. Neither a great example of the style nor a great beer all around, but interesting and drinkable nonetheless. (498 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/10/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear dirty orange with a small white head. Aroma is quite malty, lots of caramel malt, some raisin. Flavor of more bland caramel malt, some light citrus hops and tropical fruits in the finish. Decent and drinkable, better than the average suggests (sure, it's not spectacular but it's pretty solid). (339 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper colored, translucent body with a small off-white head that leaves some really good lacing behind.

The aroma is hoppy, with a smack of citrus, a touch of a buttery and some graininess.

The flavor has plenty of hops for an APA; noticeable grapefruit and pine flavors with some bitter bite to them. A little buttery, and sweet malts on the back end. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel; not much to say here, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Pretty drinkable beer that is normally one of the craft choices on tap at non-beer places around town. I've only tried this at the brewery or on-tap a couple of miles from the brewery, so I've probably had the best experience possible with it. (693 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a sort of thin off white head with some lacing.

The scent is somewhat fruity, citric and there are some floral hop notes.

The taste is sweet and fruity to start, then the citrus follows and ends with a bitter hoppiness.

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing with adequate carbonation.

This was a decent beer, I thought there could have been stronger flavor and a bit less watery. (410 characters)

Photo of almychristopher
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a ruddy brown color with a creamy off white head that looks determined to stick around for a while. the aroma presents a bit of citrus and floral hops, without a heck of a lot of malt balance. the taste follows with a nice citrus hop flavor and bitterness throughout, there's a bit of malt that shows through more in the body than in the taste, all in all a very drinkable pale ale. (398 characters)

Photo of SteveS1
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a pint glass
Look: golden orange, frothy white head

Smell: strong floral fragrances, honey, notes of citrus

Taste: Sweet up front, light fruits cover the palate, bitter hoppy finish, bready aftertaste

Feel: Light and crisp, watery

Drink: The lightness and frutiness makes it very drinkable, though I'm a bit put off by the watery feel. (358 characters)

Photo of TommyW
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Orange with amber tints and a quickly fading, white head.

S- Big note of piney hops mixed over some pale malt and fruity sweetness.

T- Follows the nose pretty well. A big burst of piney hops mixed in with various fruity flavors.

M- Medium feel that thins towards the finish. Smooth overall though due to pale malts.

D- An pretty decent Pale Ale. It's really nice when you can get a fresh batch of this stuff straight from the brewery; makes a big difference. (465 characters)

Photo of Risser09
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by dec. 2009

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with yellow edges and plenty of effervescence. The ivory head goes to 1.5" and shows good retention. Some tentacles of lace remain in the wake.

Smell: Fresh, floral and citrusy aroma of pine and grapefruit along with roses and hyacinth. An overall sweet smell, with some pale malt aroma.

Taste: A fresh pine burst of bitterness is not cloying, and actually relinquishes after a few seconds. Malt takes over and is fresh as well. This tastes like a young beer. Plenty of sugar for me to chew on.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, bitter forefront, sweet feel and some decent alcohol in the finish. A pleasant beer with nice balance.

Drinkability: A decent pale ale that is a bit sweet for me. It needs to attenuate out some more and tweek the hop profile. Decent. (861 characters)

Photo of asabreed
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Mildly hazy light brown color, little head and retention. Still looks decent overall.

Smell: Peppery spice and leafy hops with a bit of doughiness and caramel and mild chocolate.

Taste: Spicier and hoppier than I thought it would be. Leafy herbal and citrus spicy hops balanced by some good solid caramel malt flavor, finishing long and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with good carbonation and everything that makes me want to have at least a few.

Drinkability: Solid. Tasty. Balanced. Sessionable. All around a solid Pale I'll be coming back to. (601 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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. . . . (816 characters)

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, brown-ish copper with an average tan head. Good head retention.

The nose is a wave of pale malts and light citrus hops.

Much like the nose... Pale malts, light citrus with mild bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Slightly grainy.

Nice and average pale ale. (300 characters)

Photo of petroos
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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 (571 characters)

Photo of wiseguy142
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy pale copper. Nice frothy white head with a little lacing.

Aroma is a little sour- a jumbled tradeoff between amber crystal malt and moderately aggressive hopes. Weird hop aroma that I don't fully recognize too.. one of those varieties that I don't pay much attention to like Simcoe or just cascade that got manipulated by the malt aroma.

Taste follows on the aroma. The hop character is a bit muted by the overwhelming amber malt. I'd like to see this a little a little crisper. Very dextrinous mouthfeel. (530 characters)

Photo of mjaskula
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear golden brown with a smooth just off white head. The head thins, but is persistent and laces the glass nicely.

The aroma is fresh, floral hoppy and slightly sweet. Taste is as expected of a pale ale with up front hop flavor and bitterness. There is a pleasant increase in maltiness as it warms. A bit of a buttery mouth feel. This is a great easy drinking pale ale. (403 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with decent head , some lacing

Smells like a pale ale , not as floral as some other Pale Ales, but some orange and pine are present.

Tastes of Caramel, Pine, Citrus, slightly dry aftertaste, medium bodied , good consistency
Overall a good beer - It could be a good session with these as it is not overly powerful or weak. Just enough to keep you interested, nothing to go bananas over. (399 characters)

Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.