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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: 8
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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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 01:51:45 | More by CharlesRiver
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 03:07:54 | More by GeoffRizzo
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 22:12:27 | More by Lexluthor33
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spw109

New York

3/5  rDev -15.5%

06-17-2013 21:19:50 | More by spw109
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dwoolley1

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-29-2013 20:28:20 | More by dwoolley1
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 15:40:41 | More by jackorain
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-26-2014 02:54:57 | More by Schmuckles
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-11-2014 23:11:16 | More by Moses_Malone
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n00blar

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12.7%

06-28-2012 18:03:54 | More by n00blar
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 07:12:52 | More by PBRstreetgang
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zachary80

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04-25-2013 03:57:29 | More by zachary80
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csmiley

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a color that leans toward a darker shade of gold. Some orange highlights are apparent in the right light. Head and lacing were both just above average.

S - Light in the smell department. Sweet malty aromas are equally mixed with hops in this one. On the sweeter side are caramel and honey. Hops have a citrus notes first, then some earthy aromas some in to play.

T - Seems like the hops and malt are really fighting for control of this beer. First flavors are caramel and grain followed by a smooth fruity hop flavor. The very next sip has the hops just a little more out in the forefront.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finish has some remaining bitterness and does not linger.

D - Drinkability is average. Not much in this beer makes me crave another. Somewhat bland overall. Given all the other choices, I'd go for something else before getting this agian.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 02:22:00 | More by csmiley
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erlenmeyer

Maine

3/5  rDev -15.5%

06-29-2012 21:45:55 | More by erlenmeyer
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of an Assortment 12-pack (4 different Ithaca brews) I picked-up at the Beer Zoo outside Hershey PA. Easily the best of the bunch. Great, light brown color, thick tan head and plentiful carbonation. Subtlely balanced mix of malt and hops in the nose, and the same for the taste. The hops definitely add flavor, but stop short of being overpowering; and the beer tasted really good all the way through the glass--cold or warm. The flavor was both spicy and fruity, without being too much of either. Easily one of the best, most refreshing APAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 04:26:24 | More by tugdriver7
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BDIMike

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker orange-golden color. There is a slight amount of carbonation but it brings along with it a thin white head that laces all the way down the drink.
Smells a little off to me for some reason. There is a citrus hop smell to the beer but it is covered up by a strange smell I can't quite put my finger on, almost like a yeast strain of some sort. Kind of smells like cereal as well.
Taste is much better than the smell. The beer is dominated by a strong hop taste, maybe amarillo hops. There is a bit of cereal grain as well that subtles down the hops.
Mouthfeel has a good combination in it of thickness and smoothness. The beer is thicker than the usual pale ale but goes down nicely.
Drinkability is very nice on this beer. The beer has very nice taste to it, but is also subtle enough to drink a good amount of it. I was surprised by this selection as it has a really nice solid taste to it and I could drink it all day.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 02:13:00 | More by BDIMike
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

04-18-2013 00:54:03 | More by Hopdaemon39
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sabrills70

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep gold almost amber. Not much head, and just OK lace. For an APA it has a pretty good aroma. A subtlehop spicyness mixed with a nice sweet malt. A touch of citrus and honey alsop detected. Taste is very nice . Of course you get the nice hop spicyness but also a rich maltiness that other APA's lack. Citrusy with a smidge of honey noticed as well. Very nicely balanced. An excellent example of the syle, and a great session brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 22:07:45 | More by sabrills70
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AMCimpi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-11-2014 14:15:51 | More by AMCimpi
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Naes

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 01:51:36 | More by Naes
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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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Mikexw

New York

3/5  rDev -15.5%

04-08-2014 15:03:15 | More by Mikexw
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kenito799

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Simeon's, Ithaca, poured into a pint glass.

Medium amber. Not much aroma to speak of, fresh malt smell. Tatse is very dry and toasty, reminds me of an altbier a la Long Trail Ale from Vermont...this beer is refreshing and very sessionable. Quality beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2007 23:15:29 | More by kenito799
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zdk9

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good blend of English-esque pale, biscuity malt and American piney hops. I enjoyed the flavors but they were on the whole pretty weak. In the smell I could hardly tell the hops, where as on the tongue there just wasn't much umph to drive the flavors home. I would almost characterize this brew with macro lager drinkability because of its strength, but an enjoyable flavor and brew anyway.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 22:17:09 | More by zdk9
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TonyY

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-15-2013 10:49:56 | More by TonyY
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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
Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.