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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 Omnium
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours hazed yellow two fingers of foamy white head, thick lacing
S - Pine dankness some grapefruit, bready malt.
T - Not as much hop presence and you'd want, some slight tart apple flavor, light citrus, bready malt.
M - Nothing great.
O - Its an ok Pale (281 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,836 characters)

Photo of quasimoto
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale ales are a dime a dozen these days. This one I will definitly enjoy again and again. It started with a golden amber color and a nice 2 finger head which laced beautifully as I drank it. The aroma of hops is the most dominant one, but its light. There isn't a set "floral" or "citrus" side to this. However there is almost a chemical scent to it. The Chemical taste is also there surrounded by bread, and slight sweet caramel malts. The bitterness comes through in the end leaving a dry taste. Overall a fine pale ale. (522 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium yellow. Quite hazy. Short, white, foamy head with good persistence.

Smell - Fairly light aroma. Mainly grassy and citrus hops. A little bready malt, too.

Taste - Hops clearly dominate. Seems mostly citrusy to me. Grapefruit and bitter orange. Sweet bready malt is also noticeable. This beer is on the "not so hoppy" side of the APA spectrum. I like the balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium and pretty darn smooth.

Overall - An eminently drinkable APA. (466 characters)

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

A transpicuous golden amber color on the pour, the head pythonic in size, creamy and light tan in color, as the head dissolves, the lace left behind forms a glutinous sheet to hide the glass. Lightly floral at the front sweet malt at the middle, crisp and fresh is the finish to this nose. Start is malt and sweet, the top slender in its feel, the finish delicate in its acidity, the hops delightful if a bit understated, dry as a desert aftertaste, a quite drinkable beer that could be a fine session beer for these long hot desert afternoons. (544 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 JackStraw22
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no freshness date

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy, light copper body. A half inch of off-white head. The retention was ok.

Smell: Lots of grapefruity hop aroma, really dominates.

Taste: The grapefruit hop aroma translates into grapefruit hop taste. Hop taste is pretty one dimensional. It's clean and refreshing but not terribily interesting. Clean bitterness, small amount of malty sweetness.

Crisp and refreshing pale ale. Nothing really stands out, pretty straight forward, but it's a good brew and cheap here in town. (550 characters)

Photo of williamherbert
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (417 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 jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to armock for this one!

Pours orange-ish amber with a foamy white head that descends to a lasting bubbly cap, leaving thin lines of lacing.

The smell is floral (a bit perfumy) with hints of orange/grapefruit and pine. Mild.

The taste is floral/citric with a honey-ish and towards caramel-ish maltiness. It has a leafy, tea-like dryness with a sweet kiss in the finish.

Light to medium-bodied. Rather coating.

There's a slight harshness that slows it down, though a basic lightness that brings it up. Overall, things to mesh quite so well, but is the basic characteristics of a balanced, leaning towards hoppier APA are there. Not a bad brew, just nothing particularly special. (688 characters)

Photo of TheTrevor
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold with a big pour head that drops and laces.
Smells piney mostly.
Taste is slightly sweet , a bit of steeliness and a back of the tongue bitter presence througout. Hops are more grapefruit than floral....and well balanced. with the malt.
Mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation fairly high.
Pretty good drinkable pale ale....not really a favorite style, but I do enjoy one once in a while...this is worth a try. (424 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)

Photo of BeerTruth
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy amber-gold with a creamy white head that leaves lots of streaky lacing. Aromas of pine resin and grapefruit hops with a solid caramel malt backbone. Simple, but nicely done. Taste consists of more American hops - pine resin and grapefruit, with a slightly toasted caramel malt profile. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a solid Pale Ale, no real complaints here. (435 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 garcia2a
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (921 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: The hops contribute a slight amount of bitterness and citrusy flavors to the overall taste, which also has some notes of toasted malts and hints of sweetness. The malty flavors become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and stands apart from other APAs because it is for the most part dominated by hoppy flavors. I would have no problem drinking more than one of these at a time. (704 characters)

Photo of auxiliary
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beer pours a bit hazier than I expected with only a slight 1/4 inch of head no sticky lacing.

S - Smells kind of hoppy, almost with a mint like twang in the nose. Malts and grains smell balanced.

T - Definitely more hop forward than expected. Balances from a bitter pine to a more citrus hit but it does stick to the tongue so maybe a tad too hoppy. Gram cracker like malt has the right amount of sweetness to balance bitter hops.

M - Pretty light to medium bodied fairly easy to drink.

Overall I like only a bit of hops in my pale ales and this one seems like of out of the box on what I consider session able. Still it's a pretty nice beer that borders on IPA. (670 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 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 LucaBrasi
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a golden copper color with a thin white head, tiny carbonation bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell was lightly grassy with a hit of hops.

The taste is crisp and clean with a medium hoppy feel.

Mouthfeel is smooth crisp and refreshing at first but finishes with a slightly oily feel.

Drinkability is good. I was happy with this beer. (359 characters)

Photo of TheHopMonster
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange with a small white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smells of floral hops and citrus like esters, very clean and quite pleasant. I can tell Cascade and possible Centennial hops were used for aroma

Taste wise, it is strong in hop characteristics. Very citrusy and I definitely wanna say Cascade was used in the boil because the floral aromas make their way up the back of your nose from your throat. Slight malt characteristics, very subtle but they are there.

Overall a very average pale ale, Im all for supporting Ithica Brewing co and they do put out a good product but I have seen other breweries do much more with their pale ales. (663 characters)

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