Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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258 Ratings

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Ratings: 258
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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Photo of lccrunchy
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of magine
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kbnooshay
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head here shrinks very quickly but the body is a really nice light orange-amber color. The aroma here is nice and piney. The taste is also piney but some fruit is in there too, others haev said apple, i think i might go with that. THe pine hops rocks but the malts are there too. The mouthfeel is moderate slightly sticky. It is quite drinkable. With Southern Tiers offering locally available which has more alcohol, hops, and that amazing pined up crazyness I don't really need this but there is something nice about it. It goes down easier than one of those.

Photo of dwoolley1
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of throwback
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of auxiliary
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Bill235
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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 beachbum1975
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, brown-ish copper with an average tan head. Good head retention.

The nose is a wave of pale malts and light citrus hops.

Much like the nose... Pale malts, light citrus with mild bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Slightly grainy.

Nice and average pale ale.

Photo of Schmuckles
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very light brown and a bit cloudy. Nice small size head that seems to last for a bit. Smell is a bit light but nutty and earthy. I really expected some hops to come through but I don't really get anything.

The flavor at first, does not remind me of a pale ale. More like a brown ale I would say as the malty-nutty flavors seem to dominate. The hops are really very mild all that way through. The aftertaste does seem to have some hops, but not many. A bit of the citrus-floral notes come through.

It seems like I am bashing this ale but I am not. A well made ale that I would buy again.

Photo of BodiesLexus
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

See through amber in color, soda-like fiziness; huge nose of citrus and nasal cleansing hops. Medium and crisp body; caramel malts are noted out of the gate; some acidity in the body. Rich, citrus hops, a decent lingering hop aftertaste, which is to be expected. Almost there with the hops; still, a decent APA.

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.

Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jaemeno3
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jackorain
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Almost clear with an amber color. Off-white head of 3/4 inches in height on agtgressive pour. Okay retention and a nice lace.

S-not much here, a little floral hop and a touch of biscuit.

T-Caramal and biscuit, faint floral hop in the background. Herbal hops in the middle. Litlle bitterness at this party

D-not too much

Photo of nodder
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Bustersuess
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of zachary80
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.3/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours copper-orange with a slightly hazed clarity. Off-white two-finger head with tremendous staying power and leaves sticky lacing. Floral and grassy american hop nose with toasty crystal malt scent, a faint rose-alcohol in the background; and a whiff of acetone as it warms. Mild sweetness upfront, mostly toasted pale malt and a nice husky flavor that's not too astringent. Drying aftertaste, mild bitterness but manages to balance against the light malt sweetness. Light in body with medium-fine carbonation. Mouthfeel becomes overly grainy and the boozey/oxydized character begins to dominate. Finishes tannic with too much off-flavor showing, but some residual caramel and resinous hop flavor emerges. Beneath the flaws, lies a decent beer.

Photo of erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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 TonyY
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4/5  rDev +13%

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