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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

254 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 254
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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Gusler

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

A transpicuous golden amber color on the pour, the head pythonic in size, creamy and light tan in color, as the head dissolves, the lace left behind forms a glutinous sheet to hide the glass. Lightly floral at the front sweet malt at the middle, crisp and fresh is the finish to this nose. Start is malt and sweet, the top slender in its feel, the finish delicate in its acidity, the hops delightful if a bit understated, dry as a desert aftertaste, a quite drinkable beer that could be a fine session beer for these long hot desert afternoons.

04-17-2003 15:49:21 | More by Gusler
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, off-white head. Aromas of citrus and caramel blending, with a slight hoppy blending. Flavors of peppery and resiny hops forward on the initial tongue with a slick, caramel rich backbone. The aftertaste is roasty and bitter, with a rich, bitter finish. Good, solid lacing along the glass as you go. Decent, but middle of the road at best.

07-08-2012 00:30:38 | More by GarthDanielson
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

04-04-2012 18:56:41 | More by THECPJ
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

08-02-2011 04:41:47 | More by DrDemento456
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-01-2013 02:43:09 | More by Cynic-ale
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear amber/light copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There is also a grapefruit flavour and just a touch of apricot. It ends with a grapefruit and malty sweet aftertaste with a surprsing amount of lingering hop bitterness for an APA.

Overall - An above average APA that is very drinkable and satisfying. It's not going to blow you away like their Flower Power, but it's a little higher on the drinkability scale. I'd say it's worth trying.

12-11-2011 00:40:39 | More by spinrsx
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +24.8%

I must really be drinking something other than what is mentioned in the below reviews or I just got an exceptional bottle.... UPDATE: just got wind from "John" that the recipe has been changed to Cascade and Centennial so I'm not crazy after all.

Hazy golden color with a full ivory head, good carbonation and lace. NIce citrusy grapefruit hop aroma with flavor leaning hoppy with a nice citrus character. Light-medium bodied (leans light) with a light bitter finish.

Per I.B.Co. website: 12P, Northdown and Hallertau hops (which is wrong - actually Cascade and Centennial now).

OLD NOTE:
The actual hops were a big suprise to me -- I could have sworn this beer was brewed with Cascade hops.... regardless, they did a great job with English and German varieties.

05-20-2003 11:52:41 | More by RBorsato
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -7%

A: Clear coppoer color. Poured a thin 1 finger head that disipated quickly. Laced in broken rings. Decanted continually.

S: Fresh floral hops. Citrus zest.

T: Nice balance of hops and malt. Beer finished pleasantly (slightly) bitter.

M: On the light side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Lingering bitter in the finish (not in a bad way).

D: Solid APA. Tolerable abv. Pleasant balance is important part of this beer.

12-06-2008 11:46:24 | More by Haybeerman
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Durge

Connecticut

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%

Nice clear deep amber color brew with a modest but healthy looking head and decent lace. The aroma is an acidic wheat/citrus deal with some floral highlights but I also pick up some lake water foulness. It tastes pretty tangy, peppery, kind of dry biscuit on the tongue. On the grassy side, very tart and pretty lively in carbonation. OK summer faire, but not in my wheelhouse.

08-19-2007 23:28:38 | More by Durge
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

Presentation: Standard looking tall, thin 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a plain brass colored crown cap. Single obverse green label just like that depicted on the BA avatar. Listed as ‘Ithaca Beer Co. Finger Lakes Pale Ale’. No strength or freshness date.

Appearance: Hazed orange amber body with a positively humungous head at first, gigantic in size it threatens to take over the Glass. 12 ounces produces three times its volume in froth. The light cream colored head has immense staying power, this must be sponsored by and laced with Viagra for it is permanently stiff and stood to attention. Drink this and if you don’t swallow fast enough, you could get a stiff neck. Laces the glass well.

Nose: Breaded malts with a crumb like texture with some lime, lemon grass and hoppy green stains on the nasal passage.

Taste: Caramel malts with a doughy sweetness in the front end. The middle is richer and exhibits a more Pale Ale character with a nice citric hoppy finish and a grassy staining attitude on the tongue that lingers for some time. Extremely astringent finish that is very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Solid feel with lots of malts, the body turns into a raw grain texture in the middle with a creamy bold hoppy finish that has a grassy ending.

Drinkability: The dry finish is somewhat attractive in the overall experience. It’s a drinkable Pale Ale that has a malty start with an astringent bitter finish which somehow makes you want to grab the next beer quicker.

Overall: A decent session Pale Ale that has a lot of Drinkability in the long term.

A Five Fingered Cheers to McCall for providing this Pale Ale.

07-05-2004 04:03:20 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-29-2013 14:50:09 | More by DmanGTR
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

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).

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

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a hazy golden amber color with an average off-white head that quickly settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a sweet bready malt and floral, juicy hop. Not very strong but nice. The taste is off a short lived grapefruit hop flavor, juicy. This is neutralized by a bready malt with hints of honey. Not the most flavorful APA but the hop flavor is definitely there. The feel is a moderate body with fizzy carbonation resulting in a crisp drinkability. The brew has a light bitterness that runs throughout. A nice APA, not has hoppy as others but that is fine with me. Very easy to drink and is a welcome break from all of the malty brews I have had lately.

11-09-2008 03:17:32 | More by Gmann
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Pencible

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

This poured a clear gold with white head. It smelled like fresh barley malt with some honey sweetness, and had some light copper hops. It tasted like orange and copper hops with some very basic and bland barley malt. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a mildly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very basic pale ale that didn't have the cleanest flavor. But it didn't taste bad, and it had good body, so I could drink it. However, this is not a beer I'd try again.

12-24-2008 15:11:56 | More by Pencible
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

Pours a beautiful copper color with a very nice, large, long-lasting head. The aroma is notably hoppy…flowery and fresh. Underneath the hops, there is a doughy malt smell, with a bit of caramel. Moderately sweet, with a light-to-medium mouthfeel. The finish is dry, and not nearly as bitter as I expected, given the smell. It’s a drinkable, enjoyable pale ale.

11-28-2004 03:55:01 | More by Suds
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +22%

Poured a hazy amber color with creamy white head. Great retention and attractive lacing noted.
Smell is strongly of hops, both grassy and piney. Very nice.
Taste also shows a strong hoppiness with some bready maly in the background.
Finished moderately dry with some light malt present.
Well made beer, easy drinkability. Would be nice to session.

01-10-2007 23:21:46 | More by tgbljb
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -15.5%

02-05-2012 19:59:44 | More by jfcaa193
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

It should be mandatory to call your pale ale something else other than "Pale Ale"...a bit boring, innit?

Head is a soapy inch-thick thing that sizzles and settles a good bit, thinning fairly rapidly. Looks sort of like frothing dishsoap once it thins to a skim. Color is coppery with good clarity. Run of the mill but par for the course.

Aroma is light hops, light malt...nothing special, but certainly true to style and clean with no offending traits.

Flavor is a solid, solid balance of malt and hops...nice lingering bitterness in the finish. Hops seem remarkably flowery, fragrant, and a bit bold thanks to that hefty malt backup. Malts give a little nuttiness right before that finish takes over.

Crisp and well-carbonated in the mouth, but not overly so.

Solid and dependable. Nothing out of the ordinary whatsoever, but very likeable and well brewed.

04-17-2007 19:28:32 | More by Metalmonk
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petermethot

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

06-26-2013 12:30:31 | More by petermethot
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bigred89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-04-2011 02:28:50 | More by bigred89
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jsanford

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours cloudy amber-gold with a creamy white head that leaves lots of streaky lacing. Aromas of pine resin and grapefruit hops with a solid caramel malt backbone. Simple, but nicely done. Taste consists of more American hops - pine resin and grapefruit, with a slightly toasted caramel malt profile. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a solid Pale Ale, no real complaints here.

07-12-2012 02:04:47 | More by jsanford
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

Ithaca- Pale Ale

Appearance- Light reddish orange with a frothy head.
Smell- Light caramel malt with a touch of floral green hops.
Taste- Green oily hops with a sweet malt base.
Mouthfeel- Light and watery up front with a small metallic bitterness in the end.

Overall- Very humdrum. Probably, and hopefully, not 1 of Ithaca Beer Co.'s best.

08-05-2007 15:37:09 | More by NJpadreFan
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beerguy101

California

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%

Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied pale ale. Malts are bready and slightly sweet. Hops are a touch floral and spicy. Well balanced. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

08-25-2003 02:34:35 | More by beerguy101
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

12-15-2009 22:53:44 | More by Hojaminbag
Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.