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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

Not Rated.
Pale AlePale Ale

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143 Reviews

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 258
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Reviews: 143 | Hads: 258
Photo of perfectkaos
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another of the beers from the ithaca variety pack i bought a while ago.

pours a copper color with an off white head that fades to a small ring around the top of the glass with some nice lacing.

balanced smell of malts and hops, nothing overpowering.

a very light tasting, easy drinking beer. a little note of hops up front balanced by malts on the back end but nothing really dominates.

i generally prefer beer with a little bit more flavor, more specifically i like a little more bite in my pale ales. but this is a beer thats super easy to finish off. id drink it if it were the best available, but im not going to seek this one out anytime soon.

Cascazilla is still the king of ithaca beers

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Photo of johnnyirishman
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Pint Glass.

Apperance- Poured a clear, golden orange color, with a tad agressive pour a huge frothy white head popped up and stuck around for a while and left behind some decent lacing.

Smell- Aroma of piney hops.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Piney Hops and subdued malts, with a watery mouthfeel and clean crisp finish.

Drinkability- A good beer, quite sessionable.

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Photo of cooter
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Note: this bottle's been under severe stress--car trunks, almost-freezing refrigerators, you get the drill. Only three days worth should leave it OK though, especially for the style.

Pours a mostly clear amber with a distinctively pale ale head--splotchy, varied in size and thickness. Some lacing.

Smells rather powerfully for the style. Pine and apple. Mouthfeel is peppy and zesty and just sticky enough on the back of my throat.

Taste is black-peppery, hoppy, biting and clean. Grapefruit is strong on the roof of the mouth, not cloying much. Some alcohol. Strong lemon, but not orange or lime. Very nice.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of halo21
4.52/5  rDev +27%
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.

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Photo of LucaBrasi
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of SteveS1
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?

App: Standard hazy orange. standard. standard

Smell: Rotten fruit sweetness. Banana/peach. No hops in scent.

Taste: Very full flavored. Lots of rotten peach. Very thick. Hop presence is limited.

MF: Very thick and full. Feels like the sugar that coats the mouth after drinking a Pepsi.

Drinkability: Too thick and sugary for my taste.

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Photo of Lepley
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of TheHopMonster
3.62/5  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.

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Staples. Clear copper with almost no head. Aroma of hop flowers and just a hint of dough. Moderately bitter, clean and refreshing. The cascade aroma is there until the end. I drank 5 of these and never got sick of it. I prefer this to their Flower Power, which is still a good beer but just not as drinkable.

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Photo of monkeybutler
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Mazeraski
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A - Pours a pale, deep straw color with a thin, white, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of sticky lacing.

S - Hoppy bitterness combines with alcohol and leaves a piney citrus note with a hint of general floral aroma at the end.

T - The piney hops hit the palate first for a nice initial bite followed by citrus and alcohol that mix along with a moderate carbonation, leaving a nice and pleasant finish.

MF - On the light side of medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation that adds a nice crispness to it.

D - Quite drinkable overall in the aspects of ABV as well as taste. Not too heavy either, although this wasn't unexpected.

Notes - On the whole a nice and pleasantly drinkable brew that has a good flavor going, albeit not terribly impressive. Overall, a nice brew that is tipped back easily even if it isn't too impressive.

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Photo of petroos
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark golden in color with a quickly dissipating head and no lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S: Scents of coffee malt, bready yeast and wafts of citrus. Pretty bland and closed.

T: Decent, but one note. Subdued, tangy earthy hops up front with a sweeter maltier midpalate and a bitter finish. Bland.

M: Mouthfeel isn't bad. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Decently drinkable but nothing about it makes me want to go back for more.

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Photo of RoadLizard
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks, smells, and has the mouthfeel of a traditional Pale Ale, IMO. Has a nice citrusy forward bite which mellows slightly on the way down. There is a bitterness that pleases pale ale lovers but people who dont wont like it. Carbonation was fine and there was some lacing down the glass. I dont get much for malts or any sweetness like some reported. But, its a pale ale and I dont want that anyways. A solid choice for the style and its never expensive.

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Photo of capo56
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades away to a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of a caramelized malt with tinge of hops, and also has a citrus taste in the background.
T: The matly taste with a good balance of caramel & citrus flavors. There’s a slight hint of a hops that comes out at the start and some sweetness that apears in the after taste. It’s a very well balanced brew.
M: Crisp and clean with a medium body, dry anda nice clean finish.
D: Very tasty, goes down real nice and easy.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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Photo of HausBrewer
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale orange with a slight haze. There is about a finger of head and the carbonation keeps bubbling away as I am looking at it.

S - not much in the aroma, maybe some hops, a little citrusy.

T - a little bit of sweet malt to begin, but moves quickly to a pleasant bitter taste (grapefruit maybe)

M - has some body, but not heavy. A very nice mouthfeel.

D - This beer goes down easy, very satisfying and refreshing.

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Photo of RPG
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice head, copper hue. Moderate head retention.

Nose: fruity, banana?, hint of pine.

Taste: more of same. Doesn't seem complex, but nice hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation seems good. Smooth.

Drinkability: May I have another? Too bad I only got one.

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