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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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143 Reviews

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 258
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Reviews: 143 | Hads: 258
Photo of BeerTruth
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheBCrew
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of kenito799
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ohoove
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of an Assortment 12-pack (4 different Ithaca brews) I picked-up at the Beer Zoo outside Hershey PA. Easily the best of the bunch. Great, light brown color, thick tan head and plentiful carbonation. Subtlely balanced mix of malt and hops in the nose, and the same for the taste. The hops definitely add flavor, but stop short of being overpowering; and the beer tasted really good all the way through the glass--cold or warm. The flavor was both spicy and fruity, without being too much of either. Easily one of the best, most refreshing APAs I've had.

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Photo of zdk9
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good blend of English-esque pale, biscuity malt and American piney hops. I enjoyed the flavors but they were on the whole pretty weak. In the smell I could hardly tell the hops, where as on the tongue there just wasn't much umph to drive the flavors home. I would almost characterize this brew with macro lager drinkability because of its strength, but an enjoyable flavor and brew anyway.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light and clear orange-amber color. Decent stubborn finger of foamy head. Quite clear. Leaves just a bit of lace.

Pleasant pale malt. Hoppier than most pales, quite nice, though nothing remarkable; it's good enough.

Flowery, estery *mild* hops. Dry, biscuity malt. It's very ordinary, but a pretty good value.

A nice, dry, slightly bubbly pale. Ordinary, pale as it should be, competent. A good deal overall.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very light brown and a bit cloudy. Nice small size head that seems to last for a bit. Smell is a bit light but nutty and earthy. I really expected some hops to come through but I don't really get anything.

The flavor at first, does not remind me of a pale ale. More like a brown ale I would say as the malty-nutty flavors seem to dominate. The hops are really very mild all that way through. The aftertaste does seem to have some hops, but not many. A bit of the citrus-floral notes come through.

It seems like I am bashing this ale but I am not. A well made ale that I would buy again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It should be mandatory to call your pale ale something else other than "Pale Ale"...a bit boring, innit?

Head is a soapy inch-thick thing that sizzles and settles a good bit, thinning fairly rapidly. Looks sort of like frothing dishsoap once it thins to a skim. Color is coppery with good clarity. Run of the mill but par for the course.

Aroma is light hops, light malt...nothing special, but certainly true to style and clean with no offending traits.

Flavor is a solid, solid balance of malt and hops...nice lingering bitterness in the finish. Hops seem remarkably flowery, fragrant, and a bit bold thanks to that hefty malt backup. Malts give a little nuttiness right before that finish takes over.

Crisp and well-carbonated in the mouth, but not overly so.

Solid and dependable. Nothing out of the ordinary whatsoever, but very likeable and well brewed.

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Photo of mobud
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
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...).

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of alexskovan
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale amber with a big sturdy white head. Aroma is creamy malt with hops in the background. Tastes like it smells, creamy malt with nicely balanced hops, grapefruity but not overly so, and a toasty finish. Smooth and drinkable.

A very nice ale.

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Photo of HausBrewer
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale orange with a slight haze. There is about a finger of head and the carbonation keeps bubbling away as I am looking at it.

S - not much in the aroma, maybe some hops, a little citrusy.

T - a little bit of sweet malt to begin, but moves quickly to a pleasant bitter taste (grapefruit maybe)

M - has some body, but not heavy. A very nice mouthfeel.

D - This beer goes down easy, very satisfying and refreshing.

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Photo of capo56
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades away to a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of a caramelized malt with tinge of hops, and also has a citrus taste in the background.
T: The matly taste with a good balance of caramel & citrus flavors. There’s a slight hint of a hops that comes out at the start and some sweetness that apears in the after taste. It’s a very well balanced brew.
M: Crisp and clean with a medium body, dry anda nice clean finish.
D: Very tasty, goes down real nice and easy.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.32/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

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