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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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256 Ratings

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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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Photo of bourbonbock
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

bourbonbock, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Westyn
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Westyn, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper hue with a one finger head. Decent retention and good lacing.

There was a sweet malty aroma cut with nice pine and citrus notes.

The flavor was a bit on the malty side for me. However, a nice sharp grapefruit bitterness. Decent hop presence throughout.

The mouthfeel was full. It could have been a bit drier if not for the extra sweetness.

A good drinkable APA. Average for the style.

plaid75, May 08, 2006
Photo of rymurphy617
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

rymurphy617, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of jstein89
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

jstein89, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

InspectorBob, May 17, 2013
Photo of Naes
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is a dark copper color with a small off white head.

Aroma is almost non existent. Hints of hops exist though.

The flavor is dominated by mild hops but has a bit of malt presence in there as well.

Mouth feel is light bodied and a bit over carbonated.

Other than the carbonation factor, this one is easy going.
It’s alright, but not worth going out of the way to get one.

Naes, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of braican
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

braican, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of KeKeKumba
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

KeKeKumba, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Wortman1998
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Wortman1998, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of SiegeSpitfire
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

SiegeSpitfire, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Lepley
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours reddish-orange, no head what-so-ever, even after a fairly aggressive pour.
S: Pretty hoppy, well, at least more than I expected. Sweet, piney, floral, citrus fruits.
T: Really sweet, light and citrus fruits. The lack of hops in its taste surprised me as well.
M: Light, smooth, pretty easy to drink.
D: At first I thought this was going to be an impressive Pale Ale, but the more I got into it the more bland it seemed. If there are other choices, drink those.

Lepley, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of victory4me
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

victory4me, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of gavjamhawk
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

gavjamhawk, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of nodder
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

nodder, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ChrisMyhre, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of LPJones
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

LPJones, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

THECPJ, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of BodiesLexus
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

BodiesLexus, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of muskiesman
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

muskiesman, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Mxsluis
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Mxsluis, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall the beer was good for its value and its very easy to find when I am at college so I decided to try it. It poured a darkish golden color with a little fog and a white head that became some bubbles. It had a mellow smell with some citrus scents. The taste was not overly hoppy, with a mellow mouthfeel. Decent effort, but I will stick to some of the other pales I can find in western NY.

GreatPondBrewer, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of Haybeerman
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy bright orange with a big fomay off white head. A real nice slow fade with good retention. A very nice layer of lace and just a super hazy overall look.

Smell was crisp, clean and not overly biting or strong. Lightly linger and waffed through the air. Nice hint of subtle hoppiness and a blend of sugary tones. Not bad, could be stronger. First impresssion was very smooth, but then it kinda fell flat on the tongue, with a dull feel. The finish was nice and hoppy and had some lingering to it, and the overall flavor had a nice balance to it with the malt profile.

Overall this is a very nice session beer

mikesgroove, May 21, 2011
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber colored with a nice head that fizzles to a thin,patchy lace.
The aroma of fruits,malts and grains.
The taste starts off slightly of fruit,malts and grains in the finish.
Slightly bitter feel with a light body,medium carbonation and a smooth finish and grainy notes.

Notes: Overall I felt this was a bit below average,yet I still felt this was a situational type of beer. You go to some ones place and they want to be cool so they get Ithaca beer. They bought a ton of the stuff and there is a gathering of good friends. You have one and most likely in the bottle and while it may not even taste as good as many craft beers of this style you enjoy it because it does not offend and you are having a good time.
This beer was just boring and that was after pouring it into the glass. Sweet malts and old cereal grains,yet still refreshing.

Lexluthor33, Feb 16, 2009
Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.