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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: 144
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Photo of NODAK
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is mostly floral...bit of malt peeking in through the back...not an overwhelming beer on the nose, really.

Taste is initially floral, seemingly with Cascade hops starting things off and giving the dominant taste to the beer. However, it isn't really all that strong, and nowhere near as strong as some of the more robust APA's. There's a breadiness underneath providing some secondary balance. Decent bitterness on the finish, though, leaving a good bite on the end.

Pretty straight forward, average APA here. It tastes pretty good, but it won't blow anybody's doors off. Probably even a good entry beer for somebody getting into the style.

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 micromaniac129
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with brillant clarity.
A smallish white head sitting atop this lightly carbonated ale leaves behind some fine lacing.

The aromas of hops and malts are nicely balanced.
Hops have a slight citrus bouquet while the malts play even with s soft sweetness.

Taste is light and flavorful with the hops having a smooth citrus flavor not overpowering in the least. Malts have a smooth sweetness and also some toasted malts towards the end.

This smooth medium body ale is flavorful and easy drinking and would work perfectly as a long evening ale.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy caramel-colored body with a small head and nice lacing

S- floral hops, smells quite fresh

T- crisp citrus hops with a light malty body under it all. A nice spice bite finishes this off

M- light body with moderate carbonation

O- a lot of hop presence for a pale ale and the spicy finish is interesting

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 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

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malt with some strong citrus hop notes. There are also some other fruity esters mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and some citrus hop flavor and bitterness. Through the middle, some beady malt flavor and bitterness come through. The finish is a mix of citrus lemon and some bitterness that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and crisp without a watery feeling. The bitterness creates a really dry mouthfeel, especially at the finish.

D - Very drinkable. Feels balanced and has enough flavor to stay interesting. The hop profile is pretty solid and the malt hop balance is nice.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful caramel colour, lively head. Although the aroma is lighter than I'd choose, this is still a delightfully easy to drink pale ale. More British style than American, but with enough hop flavours to be interesting. No bitterness and a very light finish.

I would imagine this to be an excellent "session ale"!

Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy amber/orange with a 1 finger head. Leaves behind some lacing

S-Some hops, not real strong. Along with floral notes.

T-Citrusy-sweet to start and ends with a slight bitterness.

M-Light with little carbonation

D-Quite drinkable, the lack of hops make it an easy drinker,

Photo of TheHopMonster
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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 halo21
4.53/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: I poured this golden colored ale into a short pilsner glass, with room for its chunky white head. It had a good amount of fine carbonation, and left thin white lacing on the inside of the whole glass.

Smell: Very floral hoppy up front, with some bitter sweetness behind it.The dry hopping with the Centennial hops give it a nice citrus smell, that works very well for this American style pale ale.

Taste: Crisp, floral, with citrus notes and is very refreshing. More info below about food pairing, but having this with the chicken spiedies, which has a very acidic flavor given by the vinegar and lemon juice in the marinade, brings out a mellow malt flavor, that up until now I had not seen.

Mouthfeel: This is a very light bodied beer, with fine carbonation that is very refreshing. The hops give it a drying component, very common with pale ales.

Drinkability/Palitability: Huge! This is one of the easiest drinking beers I have had. Pale ales in general I find to be very easy drinkers, but sometimes the acidity of the hops lowers the ease of consumption. Ithaca does a great job with this one, bringing the hops you would expect in a pale ale, but still giving it balance with the malts.

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 socon67
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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.

Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.4/5  rDev -4%
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...

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of CHickman
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of hreb
3.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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).

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