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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

258 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 258
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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Photo of animalchin
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper body. Head retains for quite some time, but eventually vanishes. Seems a bit hazier than other pale ales.

S - Strong scent of hops. There is certainly a lingering pine aroma that gets masked by some metallic scents as well.

T - Pretty strong for just a pale ale. Very ample amount of hops, with seemingly all types. Some bitter grapefruits. Generally just very pale. That's good!

M - A little jagged, but appropriate for a pale ale.

D - A pretty damn robust pale ale. There's a variety of taste to experience with this one. Certainly very good though. Very impressed by Ithaca with this.

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of curasowa
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber color with 1 finger of head that fades quickly with minimal lacing.

Aroma: A hefty dose of piney hops with some earthy undertones over a caramel malt base.

Taste: More malt presence than I was expecting, and a bit biscuit-y as well, with some nice bitterness from start to end. Goes out fairly fast with a pretty clean finish.

The Rest: I'm normally pretty luke-warm to PA's, but I really enjoyed this one - very nice balance here with a creamy body.

Photo of riversider76
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rich golden. Two finger head, with good retention, and lacing. Aroma is piney/hoppy. Mouthfeel is medium, not much carbination. Taste is refreshing,light,but not too light. Just a bit hopped, with a smooth finish. Not sure of the ABV, but seems very drinkable.

Photo of Tbn2
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear amber/light copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There is also a grapefruit flavour and just a touch of apricot. It ends with a grapefruit and malty sweet aftertaste with a surprsing amount of lingering hop bitterness for an APA.

Overall - An above average APA that is very drinkable and satisfying. It's not going to blow you away like their Flower Power, but it's a little higher on the drinkability scale. I'd say it's worth trying.

Photo of LarryV
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a quickly dissipating frothy head. Aroma of malty graininess with a fruity overtone. Creamy mouthfeel is pleasant on the palate. Taste is mostly malt with a nice balance of citrusy hops though the hops don't take the center stage here. Easy drinking brew with good flavor, I could easily drink a few of these. Solid in the field of average pale ales, but not a superstar.

Photo of wailingwench
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: Transparent amber with minimal rising carbonation. Fizzy 1 finger head that quickly gave way to thin edges. Some lacing. Thin looking 1/2 way through.

The Nose Knows: Light sweet malts, fresh baked white bead background, touch of floral, mostly pine hop aroma in the finish.

Tongueland: Sweet malt front, touch of honey to clear, bread-like middle, resinous hop finish. Underlying citrus and sweet fruit notes. Slightly thin, tingly, light and airy m/f.

Bender Factor: Perfect session APA, enough there in terms of nose/mouth to keep the BA writing and comparing notes all night. A perfect interpretation of an APA. Let's not forget what an APA is, just b/c it doesn't have I or Imperial in front of it doesn't make it less than it is. Interesting to note that NY APA's let the malts and yeast emerge. See Saranac, Southern Tier, and Flying Bison.

Photo of almychristopher
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

See through amber in color, soda-like fiziness; huge nose of citrus and nasal cleansing hops. Medium and crisp body; caramel malts are noted out of the gate; some acidity in the body. Rich, citrus hops, a decent lingering hop aftertaste, which is to be expected. Almost there with the hops; still, a decent APA.

Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a decent, bubbly head.

Nice floral hops blend with a citrusness and a hint of spicy hops in the nose.

Medium bodied and a creamy carbonation. Moderate malt sweetness with an even balance between the malt and hops. Pleasant mix of fruit flavors blend with citrus hops that becomes slightly bitter and finishes with a nice dryness with faint hop flavors.

Decent pale ale, I'd drink it again. Brough back by a friend's dad traveling in NY.

Photo of Shiloh
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale arrived a cloudy golden yellow with a short head leading to a nice island laced, yet thin crown. The carbonation is very lively throughout the consumption. The aroma has a resinous like quality to it.
The taste has a thin malty/grainy beginning which is short lived and quickly replaced by the hops which keep on "kickin" for the duration.
Mouthfeel of a full bodied and smooth pale ale.
A very nice beer.

Photo of BDIMike
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker orange-golden color. There is a slight amount of carbonation but it brings along with it a thin white head that laces all the way down the drink.
Smells a little off to me for some reason. There is a citrus hop smell to the beer but it is covered up by a strange smell I can't quite put my finger on, almost like a yeast strain of some sort. Kind of smells like cereal as well.
Taste is much better than the smell. The beer is dominated by a strong hop taste, maybe amarillo hops. There is a bit of cereal grain as well that subtles down the hops.
Mouthfeel has a good combination in it of thickness and smoothness. The beer is thicker than the usual pale ale but goes down nicely.
Drinkability is very nice on this beer. The beer has very nice taste to it, but is also subtle enough to drink a good amount of it. I was surprised by this selection as it has a really nice solid taste to it and I could drink it all day.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Solid reddish copper in color with a very good looking fluffy white head of big bubbles. A bit hazy. No retention.

SMELL: Not much nose, but what is detectable is malt and sweet brown sugar.

TASTE: Quite hoppy, even for a pale ale. While there is a hint of malt up front, it is quickly overwhelmed by the hops which remain throughout the sip. I saw in an earlier review someone mention that there is a spicy aftertaste and that is certainly true, although the spice seems to be present earlier as well.

MOUTHFEEL: Rich and a touch oily, this would make a fantastic beer for one of those freezing cold nights in Ithaca.

OVERALL: I've been surprised to see so many lower rated reviews. When I visited the brewery this was one of the highlights (to be fair, I really enjoyed most of their beer - I was very impressed). It is a bold and different take on the pale ale that just appeals to me. I like hops, I like spice and therefore, I like this beer. The only drawback is the near lack of a smell.

Photo of monkeybutler
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with a one finger white head and solid carbonation. Little lace.

Smells of equally of floral hops and malt balance.

The taste is nearly indistinguishable from SNPA. Excellent malt/hop balance, good flavor.

Mouthfeel is somewhat cloying, but definitely not too present to disrupt the experience.

I'll drink this beer glass for glass with SNPA.

Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.