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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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.

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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 00:12:56 | More by mikesgroove
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 20:40:42 | More by ngeunit1
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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"!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 00:52:33 | More by hopsolutely
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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,

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 05:48:22 | More by rlee1390
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TheHopMonster

New York

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:45:32 | More by TheHopMonster
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 01:56:20 | More by StoneTSR
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halo21

New York

4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 00:24:28 | More by halo21
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animalchin

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 02:35:16 | More by animalchin
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socon67

New York

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 01:08:45 | More by socon67
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bourbonbock

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-29-2010 03:37:44 | More by bourbonbock
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Crazy4LegMoose

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 21:37:37 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 02:03:38 | More by philbe311
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schoolboy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 23:32:32 | More by schoolboy
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2010 17:15:18 | More by thekevlarkid
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CHickman

New York

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2010 04:56:40 | More by CHickman
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TheDeuce

New York

2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 04:16:42 | More by TheDeuce
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hreb

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 21:08:41 | More by hreb
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 02:07:15 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2009 22:53:44 | More by Hojaminbag
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a sort of thin off white head with some lacing.

The scent is somewhat fruity, citric and there are some floral hop notes.

The taste is sweet and fruity to start, then the citrus follows and ends with a bitter hoppiness.

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing with adequate carbonation.

This was a decent beer, I thought there could have been stronger flavor and a bit less watery.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 02:29:25 | More by BeerCon5
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almychristopher

New York

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 05:04:43 | More by almychristopher
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SteveS1

New York

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 23:49:48 | More by SteveS1
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TommyW

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 00:18:22 | More by TommyW
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by dec. 2009

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with yellow edges and plenty of effervescence. The ivory head goes to 1.5" and shows good retention. Some tentacles of lace remain in the wake.

Smell: Fresh, floral and citrusy aroma of pine and grapefruit along with roses and hyacinth. An overall sweet smell, with some pale malt aroma.

Taste: A fresh pine burst of bitterness is not cloying, and actually relinquishes after a few seconds. Malt takes over and is fresh as well. This tastes like a young beer. Plenty of sugar for me to chew on.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, bitter forefront, sweet feel and some decent alcohol in the finish. A pleasant beer with nice balance.

Drinkability: A decent pale ale that is a bit sweet for me. It needs to attenuate out some more and tweek the hop profile. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 16:08:47 | More by Risser09
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asabreed

New York

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Mildly hazy light brown color, little head and retention. Still looks decent overall.

Smell: Peppery spice and leafy hops with a bit of doughiness and caramel and mild chocolate.

Taste: Spicier and hoppier than I thought it would be. Leafy herbal and citrus spicy hops balanced by some good solid caramel malt flavor, finishing long and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with good carbonation and everything that makes me want to have at least a few.

Drinkability: Solid. Tasty. Balanced. Sessionable. All around a solid Pale I'll be coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 00:22:35 | More by asabreed
Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.