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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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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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Photo of Omnium
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours hazed yellow two fingers of foamy white head, thick lacing
S - Pine dankness some grapefruit, bready malt.
T - Not as much hop presence and you'd want, some slight tart apple flavor, light citrus, bready malt.
M - Nothing great.
O - Its an ok Pale

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Photo of UnionMade
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brilliant copper, a massive ivory froth rearing up on the pour. I guess I was a bit too vigorous with the pouring, being used to generating just a thin foam. The brew is initially chill hazed, clearing with a little warmth to a bright, perfect clarity. The head settles into a thick filmy coating, sticky gobs of lace clinging all the way down the glass.
The aroma is awesome. Very fruity, with an incredible passionfruit/mango esteriness. Present hops, with a bold citric, floral aroma, nice and fresh smelling. Milder notes of red apple and perhaps a touch of vanilla. Very smooth, even, toasty malt. Fantastic.
The flavor starts with mild toasty malt, big fruitiness coming in quickly. The malt feels a little weak and watery, a bit overwhelmed. A present passionfruit flavor, or some kind of tropical fruit that's used a lot in those fancy fruit juices. Very nice, adding a pleasant sweetness to the malt, enabling it to carry the hoppy finish. A touch of lemon and pear, moving quickly into a very floral, lightly citric hop finish. Moderate bitterness, toeing the line with the malt balance. Great lemony, grapefruity hop flavor, maybe even a little tart, which is interesting and quite refreshing. A pretty clean finish, slightly dry, with a bit of lingering grain and lemon. Fizzy, unnatural feeling carbonation overenthusiastically moving around a lightish medium body. Fairly smooth drinking, the carbonation creating a seltzery feel until it's allowed to sit and flatten out a bit. With some settling, it's much better.
The only thing I'd change is the carbonation. I feel like it neutralizes some of the sweetness, and skews the balance some. It feels better as it warms and flattens some. Maybe bumping up the malt and body a little, but keeping the balance and esters the same. Still a great beer as it is. The aroma is incredible, almost juicy. Much....MUCH better than the previously reviewed old sample. This is a winner if I've ever had one.
A big thanks to Shippos for the bottle!

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark orange with a wispy white head. Spotty lacing down the glass.

A little floral and citrus aroma. Not much here.

I'd like to point out multiple flavors. This one is kind of lacking though. Starts out with a bit of a spicy hop presence. Very little malt. Finishes with a good piney resin that lingers a bit, but until the aftertaste there's not much here.

Mouthfeel and carb are good for style.

Nothing terribly wrong here, but could use a bit more. The biggest thing it accomplished was making me wish I had more Flower Power.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: A pale gold color with a bone-white head that dissipated slowly and left a thin, scattered but bubbly cap.

Nose: A brown sugar like-sweet malt>with an herbal, earthy, hop scent. A very complex hoppieness overall on the nose.

Taste: The taste is a hearty, mildly sweet malt flavor that quickly becomes over-run by an earthy, herbal, spicey and leafy hop flavor that never gets a bitter edge. Nice balance between the malted backbone and the big Hop flavors.

MF: Crisp, clean and lively just like a good Pale ale should be. This has a medium bodied feel that seems to mellow out dramatically over time.

DA: good for the style, easy enought to drink.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a rich gold color with a barely existent white head. It's a bit sparkling and the clarity is excellent. Pretty. The aroma of clean pine is backed up with a delicate floral quality and a slight hint of grain. The body is medium light on the tongue with bright carbonation. It's a bit sudsy; maybe oily. It has an astringent finish that I've come to recognize in Ithaca beers. The flavor is of clean, bright, piny hops. It turns a bit skunky towards the end of the taste. The flavor is quick to fade but the astringent finish remains. Not complex at all.
(rated Mar 1, 2007)

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Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden honey with a nice little finger of white head. Stickiness is good about half an inch down, leaving a scattered latticing of lace.

S: Pleasant, but a little fruity rather than the hoppiness that I might expect. Pineapple juice, "Dole mixed fruit", sliced peaches and pear.

T: Mellow, but a nice medley of flavours. Similar to the aroma in that it has a lot more fruity flavours than hoppy bitterness. Canned peach in apricot, complete with syrup, with a bit of pear in there, too.

M + D: Mild and medium bodied, but it's easy drinking. I'd prefer a little more bitterness on the palate, but it's brewed in such a way that it makes for a very good session candidate. I'd go for more, if for that alone.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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"!

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After a hard pour pillowy white head lifted high and settled nicely to a fine layer. Brilliantly clear with a golden orange color and few bubbles.
Smell of floral and herbal hops dominates but doesn't overwhelm. Some bisquity malts and a light toasted grain aroma are welcomed. Fresh cut grass is in there too!

Taste of spicy herbal hops followed by slightly caramel sweet toasted malts. Some bitter hops in the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Medium to light bodied and not much alcohol warmth.

Easy drinking Pale Ale and quite good as a session beer. Good flavor that keeps you interested and doesn't overwhelm. A very good Pale Ale from Ithaca. Thumbs up.

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Photo of asabreed
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice amber color from the bottle with a nice medium off white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. It smells of medium roasted malts and some fresh flowery hops and a little bit of citris as well. The taste delivers just that. A nice combination of the malts and hops yields a tasty pale ale with hints of citris at the end. It has a smooth refreshing mouthfeel and it was a very drinkable beer. I would recommend this pale ale.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite malty, relatively little hop character. Not bad - a bit unusual for an American Pale Ale, but not astonishing either.

Pours very clear copper, but a thin head, but good lacing. The aroma is all malt, bready and cereal-like. The flavor is heavily malty, like a strong, light colored crystal malt. It's hard to pick out the hops - there is a little bitterness on the back, but not strongly so. There is a little earthiness, perhaps a trace of citrus, but not much. The overall effect is quite earthy and bready. The mouthfeel is good, but not great - thin, but on the right side of water.

This is an ok beer - there are plenty worse - but hardly the top ranks of the style.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice clear amber with a decent head,but the head disappears way too fast. The smell has a sweet malt aroma to i as well as a citrus hop scent. The taste has hop bitterness to it with citrus flavors and malt. The m/f is light,but the hop bitterness doesn't mix with the malt well at all. This is an average to below average beer that I would pass on in the future.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I can't believe I have yet to review this.

12 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a one finger off white head that stays for a while. Stickiness is pretty full, can't complain about how this beer looks. Mild piney hops with a caramel malt sweetness in the nose up front. A bit dirty with earth hop aromas as well. I'm not too crazy about the smell on this one. The taste begins wtih a caramel malt and then a faint citrus flavor. There also seems to be an almost apple like effect on the tongue throughout. Aftertaste is a subtle dusty evergreen. Mouthfeel is light and fluffy with a medium body, very smooth for an APA. Enjoyably low abv for the style, I'm pretty sure it's up to %5 or higher as of '08. Ithaca Beer Co. is becoming my go to brewery now, I must have at least one of their beers in my fridge at all times. Keep it up guys.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with decent head , some lacing

Smells like a pale ale , not as floral as some other Pale Ales, but some orange and pine are present.

Tastes of Caramel, Pine, Citrus, slightly dry aftertaste, medium bodied , good consistency
Overall a good beer - It could be a good session with these as it is not overly powerful or weak. Just enough to keep you interested, nothing to go bananas over.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small, dense, bright white head fades quickly leaving a thin string of lace at the high beer mark. Golden copper colored beer with a few tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom. Hoppy aroma of candied grapefruit and floral notes. Mildly sweet malt backbone with some hop tea flavor up front. Hops become more citrus flavored and bitter towards the end. Moderately light body and low ABV make for a beer that's easy to drink. It's a decent beer, unfortunately I'm just not a big fan of the bitter grapefruit flavor towards the end.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled 06/30/06. Review from notes.

A: Perfect copper color with an initial two finger frothy white head. Quick to dissipate with lots of bubbles coming from the bottom. Slight lace.
S: Floral hop notes with a grassyness to it. Grapefruit in there also. Caramel earthy malt background.
T/M: Grassy earthy hop flavor mixed with floral notes. Biscuity malt and slight caramel malt background combines well with the hops. Smooth, coating, and refreshing in the mouth. Slight bitterness with a semi dryness that hits at the finish. Light body. More malty than hoppy.
D: Drinkable but there are better pale ales out there. Good carbonation with an average overall taste. Worth a try.

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Photo of John
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Start out with this one with a clean palette for best results. An average pale. Good session starter brew...start with it, then move on to something else.

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Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I have had the Ithaca Pale Ale, which is sad since I live in New York. The brew pours to a golden amber color with a slight cloudiness. Has a very nice sized light tan head that leaves chunky lace at the top of the glass and sheets down the sides. The aroma is nice, strong floral hop scent for this Pale Ale with a malt backing that is very noticeable even though it seems to be a little over powered by the hops. The taste is very smooth, excellent flavors of caramel mixed with a sweet bread dough flavor then breaking away to a strong citrus hop finish. This brew had a nice quality to it, a brew that you could sit down with for an evening. Glad that I finally gave it a try!

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Photo of riversider76
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rich golden. Two finger head, with good retention, and lacing. Aroma is piney/hoppy. Mouthfeel is medium, not much carbination. Taste is refreshing,light,but not too light. Just a bit hopped, with a smooth finish. Not sure of the ABV, but seems very drinkable.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light and clear orange-amber color. Decent stubborn finger of foamy head. Quite clear. Leaves just a bit of lace.

Pleasant pale malt. Hoppier than most pales, quite nice, though nothing remarkable; it's good enough.

Flowery, estery *mild* hops. Dry, biscuity malt. It's very ordinary, but a pretty good value.

A nice, dry, slightly bubbly pale. Ordinary, pale as it should be, competent. A good deal overall.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale arrived a cloudy golden yellow with a short head leading to a nice island laced, yet thin crown. The carbonation is very lively throughout the consumption. The aroma has a resinous like quality to it.
The taste has a thin malty/grainy beginning which is short lived and quickly replaced by the hops which keep on "kickin" for the duration.
Mouthfeel of a full bodied and smooth pale ale.
A very nice beer.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz amber bottle. No freshness dating.

Appearance: Poured a clear, rather pale golden color. Creamy head gave way to just a slight ring around the top of the beer. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Good nose of pine and citrus.

Taste: Smell translates nicely into the taste. Good dose of hoppy bitterness up front that unfortunately falls a little flat on the tail end (especially as the beer warmed). There is a low amount of malty sweetness that is noticed. Flavor becomes almost grain-like at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy on the palate. Fairly dry finish.

Drinkability: Cold. That's the key word. Don't let this one warm up too much or you'll swear it's a macro you are drinking. A little above average but I'll look for something better.

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Photo of NODAK
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is mostly floral...bit of malt peeking in through the back...not an overwhelming beer on the nose, really.

Taste is initially floral, seemingly with Cascade hops starting things off and giving the dominant taste to the beer. However, it isn't really all that strong, and nowhere near as strong as some of the more robust APA's. There's a breadiness underneath providing some secondary balance. Decent bitterness on the finish, though, leaving a good bite on the end.

Pretty straight forward, average APA here. It tastes pretty good, but it won't blow anybody's doors off. Probably even a good entry beer for somebody getting into the style.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden amber color with 1" of foamy cream colored head, ok retention, nice lacing. Smells of biscuit, honey, floral hops, and grass. Tastes of grainy malt up front with some caramel notes, then apricot, grass, and floral and spicy hops in the finish. Medium light in body with good carbonation. A little thin on the malt side, but a great hop presence in the back end with a nice dry crisp bitter finish. Low in alcohol and easy to drink. Sessionable if you like good hop characteristics.

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