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Pale Ale - Ellicottville Brewing Co.

Pale AlePale Ale

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%


Brewed by:
Ellicottville Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001)
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John

New York

4.9/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This gem is from a small brewpub in western NY. Anyone venturing through the Rochester/Buffalo area should seek this brew out. The Cascades are so fresh it's like sticking your head in a bag of fresh hop flower. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2001 09:39:19 | More by John
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brilliant copper colored body topped by an eggshell head. Head shows fairly good retention, never completely disappearing, but just by the faintest layer. Hoppy aroma is evident from a distance. Smells like Cascades, but maybe a bit more floral in there as well. Could be some malt coming through as well. In any case, it's a really inviting nose. Flavor has some crisp bitterness up front, letting a solid biscuit malt flavor through, then reasserts it's bitter personality. Really nice, and great with food too. Mouthfeel is solid, but refreshing. Enough body to maintain a presence, but crisp enough to go down really smooth. Drinkability is very good. This is the first beer I've had in a while I would consider buying a six-pack and drinking it the same night - all six beers. A really delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 01:38:45 | More by aaronh
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sponberg

New York

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright gold/amber with an offwhite head that's thin, but hangs in there pretty damned well.

Cascades! But wait... what's that? A Fuggle? Malt? The aroma is pure California style APA, but the flavor adds a nice malt balance and a hint of Fuggle that balances the Cascade beautifully. Had this after working on a porch all day then watching cars go fast & turn left, and it was nigh-on perfect. Could drink this all day if it's hot outside, half a day if it's not and there's a couch nearby. An excellent brew from a small brewery that has more than a clue about good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2002 21:23:22 | More by sponberg
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since the actual brewpub has never been in my travel path, I was quite glad to see some brews on tap from this brewery at both MacGregors in Rochester/Henrietta and Colter Bay in Buffalo! This was probably the best EBC brew I got to try on our trip. It's appearance is golden with a big sticky white head. Think snpa. The aromas are all fresh Cascades with a bit of Fuggles and British malt to balance things out nicely, and make this brew more complex, and not one-dimensional. The taste is all fresh hops and bready, bsicuity malts. Perfectly balanced, this brew SCREAMS for session drinking. The mouthfeel is good, smooth, and oh-so-easy going down. Drinkability is ace as well. I wish this was available locally. A great APA that mixes it up a bit. Get this fresh off the tap and you will be a believer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2005 05:07:48 | More by francisweizen
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wailingwench

New Mexico

4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eye Candy: Dark translucent goldenrod. Thick frothy white head. Superb retention and tons of lacing abound.

The Nose Knows: Huge citrus nose. Hint of floral and pine. Bread like malts hidden underneath.

Tongueland: Almost overbearing citrus hop presence. Doughy bread malts and sweet fruit front almost balance the citrus and floral hops. Sweet grapefruit-like and bitter pine finish. Thick and chewy. Slightly unbalanced, but in a good way.

Bender Factor: One hell of an APA that borders on the IPAish side of the hosue. This brew will kill your palate, don't try to appreciate anything else beside this. One of my favs. EVille is going to dry hop this baby soon to balance out the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2005 16:43:40 | More by wailingwench
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orangeish amber with minimal off-white head; sticky webs of lacing all the way around the pint glass. Aroma is dominated by Cascade hops. Some bready malt is detectable. Hop flavor is HUGE in this beer: Cascade and Columbia, primarily, I believe. As the finish comes around, a wonderful toasty malt taste creeps in and expands all over the mouth. Grin-inducing and nostril-scorching hop burps. Peppery, fuzzy mouthfeel. This one is another APA that creeps (maybe not so) subtly into IPA territory, for better or for worse. I think it's great, actually. Just ridiculously drinkable. Give me an episode of the Sopranos, and a good half-hour of wasting time on the internet, and a growler of this will disappear quite easily.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2006 03:08:47 | More by orfeu
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Limp Lizard BBQ in North Syracuse NY, July 23 2010. Served in a plastic cup. Review transcribed from notes.

Nice foamy light tan head with good retention. Smell is orange, mixed citrus, maybe a little spice (but that could be from the BBQ aromas coming from the kitchen). Not much hop. Taste is a good dry hoppy pine and grass bite, bitter citrus rind, just enough malt to back it up w-out it being malty. Well balanced. Feel is dry with sparkling carbonation cutting through. Tasty and refeshing, very good! I would drink this regularly if it was available in my area.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 13:39:46 | More by BeerNinja007
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williamherbert

New York

4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark orange. Looks thick. Decent rocky head. Good amount of carbonation cuts through the haze. Frosty lace.

Excellent pale smell with a sweet, estery hops smell befitting a mild IPA. It's a pale for sure, but with a good hop aroma.

More bitter than I expected. Bitter right off the top. Pale malt is a very nice balance to the hops, which get more bitter as it warms up.

Dry, pale malt feel. A tad ashy, but doesn't detract. Medium thickness. Smooth as it warms. Bitter, slightly sweet, balanced. A good value. A rare bitter "repeater."

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 23:37:30 | More by williamherbert
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes

Picked up a 6 pack of this recently in Olean NY, on my way home from visiting my girlfriend at college. Olean is a few miles away from Ellicottville. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer is a clear, medium golden.copper color. the white head is a good inch when poured. Settles to a nice surface layer with decent lace. Has a toasty malt aroma along with some definite hops. Has a sweet and malty flavor upfront along with so cascade hops. I think the hop flavors fades a bit as the beer warms up. A good, simple taste here indeed. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable indeed.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 22:01:47 | More by neenerzig
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bark

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is cold amber; the low white head is airy. It sinks slowly to a thick ring.

The smell is fruity-hoppy with a touch of mint. Flowery notes, but no sweetness. Hints of tobacco and lemon juice.

The taste is very dry and hoppy with citric notes. Dried fruits and some chemical sourish notes. The aftertaste is balanced with hints of liquorice, apricots and lemon sweets. It is dry without any alcohol. Medium body. Lots of hops in the finish.

The carbonation is light with some rather sharp small bubbles.
A fine APA with a very interesting dry profile. Fresh and refreshing!

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 20:17:23 | More by bark
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BDIMike

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, clear liquid with very little carbonation, but a nice white head that has an okay retention.
Smell is very nice for a pale ale, almost smelling stronger than a pale ale, more like an IPA. Strong citrus smell consisting of a good orange smell.
Taste is a very nice pale ale. Very well-balanced between a very nice orangey hop taste and a slight caramel malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel has a nice thicker mouthful than I am used to in a pale ale. Good, full sip than goes down easy.
Drinkability is great on this pale ale. Ellicotville does a great job on this pale ale. It has a lot of balance along with some very nice taste and goes down so quickly and smoothly that it could really get me into trouble. Great pale ale for any season.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:28:33 | More by BDIMike
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - A bright amber body with lots of carbonation running...an off white head forms...about 2 fingers...and falls slowly retaining nicely...good lacing

S - Some sweet notes are detected along with bright citrus hops

T - The taste goes back and forth between the sweet malts and the bright grapefruit hops...every time it starts sweet (caramel flavors) but you never know how it's going to end...sometimes it stays sweet with no bitterness...other times it shines with a subtle bitterness and nice citrus hop flavors...I like the when the hops win the battle

M - Light bodied...wonderfully crisp and refreshing...comes up a bit watery at points

D - This beer is extremely drinkable...weighing in at 4.2% and a solid pale ale flavor makes it a winner...recently I've been having two or three of these in one night...a solid pale ale

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 01:16:18 | More by thain709
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CHickman

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came with the Beer of the Month Club.

Pours clear amber in color with a foamy 1/2 inch off white head that lasted for a minute; decent lacing that left rings.

Smells very hoppy, with floral and piney hops up front on the nose, followed by cirtus, sweet malt, caramel and orange peel.

Very nice aroma, followed by a very nice taste which includes floral hops, piney hops, grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel, light hop spices, light toasted grains and then some more hops which trail with a bitterness. Very tasty beer, that is light, crisp and refreshing. The hops in this beer have a sharp flavor that really smack the palate in a nice way.

The mouthfeel is crisp and on the creamy side with very high carbonation, and the overall feel is light and it almost goes down watery even though the body is light to average in feel.

This brew leaves a little tingle on the tongue and is pretty hoppy for a pale ale. It was very good, refreshing and enjoyable. I recommend trying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 02:24:46 | More by CHickman
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chaz01

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle from the beer of the month club, served into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with lots of tiny bubbles rising from the glass. Nice foamy head produces lots of lacing.

S: Big piney lemon aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle - very pleasant!

T: Burst of hops up front -- piney and citrusy with a bit of malt sweetness lingering in the background.

M: Medium bodied, very well carbonated. BOMC write up suggests that the carbonation helps sharpens the bitterness, but I'm not so sure, and might like to see just a little less carbonation.

D: Despite the carbonation, this is a fine beer that I really enjoyed and a good example of why I enjoy the BOMC. Most of the beers are pretty decent, and occasionally you get a real winner like this.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 02:52:35 | More by chaz01
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riversider76

New York

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a orange hue. Thin white head, decent lacing. Smell is stright up of hops. Very strong smelling with a bit of a sweet edge. Body is light with some carbionation. Taste is big hops up front, yet there is a sweetness to the finish that is very enjoyable. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 00:53:23 | More by riversider76
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" beige over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Pillowy head recedes ever so slowly, with large chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet and citrusy. Taste starts with pale malt sweetness, a peek of lemon in the middle, and a moderately crisp hoppiness to close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Refreshing clean brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 22:25:37 | More by ppoitras
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent with some hops and a fruity yeast finish. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale malt palate with an awesome hop presence and a fruity yeast finish. It goes down smooth and leaves a bitter hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good pale ale. It make good use of it's hops and fruity yeast qualities; a good drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2004 11:40:12 | More by WesWes
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rarevos

New York

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass on 8/18/06

A: Fluffy head, 2+ fingers at first. Light amber-colored. Sticky trails at the end, but head had great longevity.

S: Hops! Grapefruity cascades and some maltiness and perfuminess in the background.

T: Malty up front--sweet before becoming grapefruity and piney toward the end. Finish is big ant malty with a hop bitterness and a biscuity conclusion. Pretty big flavor. Has more of a tea flavor the warmer it gets.

M: Crisp, full-bodied.

D: Honestly, there were IPAs that WISH they were this good. A pretty balanced beer, but it is a hoppier Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 23:39:21 | More by rarevos
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PBBC

New York

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange with some light red highlights. Nice clarity.

Aroma, light toasted aroma, with an accompanying delicate hop aroma.

Flavor and Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little higher than I'd expect, very crisp. Taste is well balanced, slightly biscuity, light toasted flavor, finishes clean, but with a little lingering sweetness. The sweetness is very well balanced with the hop level, this beer would satisfy hop lovers and malt lovers. Balance.

Overall, nothing extraordinary, but a solid flavorful beer for almost any beer drinker's tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 01:01:53 | More by PBBC
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bonkers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a botmc. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours a clear straw/gold with a long lasting 2 finger white head. It has a nice pine aroma with a touch of sweetness. The taste is piney with a lingering bitter finish. It has a medium body, average carbonation and goes down nice. A good pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 22:02:52 | More by bonkers
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steelerguy

New York

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold, moderate carbonation, very bright, big white head that hangs around and leaves some lace.

S - Lot of citrus and pine hop notes with some caramel and toasted malt.

T - Big citrus hop flavors that are balanced by a nice bready malt falvor without too much caramel. Very balanced.

M - Right on for an APA, pretty light but a nice smooth finish.

D - Very good APA, very drinkable and balanced.

This was a very solid APA, one I will miss when I run out.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 23:50:10 | More by steelerguy
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zebco

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rolls in with a clear, burnt orange, amberish color. Lively carbonation. A nice creamy head. Very hoppy, piney, woody aromas. Hops with the flavor with some citrus in there as well. Slightly bitter. GOOD! I really like this. Medium bodied to me. Not too heavy but I felt like I could taste some alcohol. The hops linger in a very nice way. Quite impressed with this APA. Very easy to drink. It made me thirsty for another. I will pick this up again if I see it around. For sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 21:58:04 | More by zebco
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear copper color with a thick head that settles a little but fairly well retained

S - American hop aroma in the form of pine and citrus, malt hiding in the background

T - American hop from start to finish with a nice moderate bitterness at the end; the malt is in a supportive role and is adequate; some yeast esters present, but subdued

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - Overall, this is an above average APA. It's well done with plenty of American hop flavor without overdoing it.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 22:56:24 | More by scoobybrew
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a thin head that lasts. Trailing lacing leaves some stickage.

The smell is of citrus, pine with grain.

The taste is citric with grainy sweetness right behind it. Herbal bitterness mixes with a grainy sweetness in the finish.

Light to medium bodied. A bit thin, but a dry bitterness lingers.

A nicely balanced, easy-drinking, refreshing dry APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 14:02:19 | More by jwc215
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a wild carbonation that calms overtime. Thick head of foam is gummy, meaning that it's sticky and heavy enough to coat the glass. Visually, its sunburnt look and foam are quite appealing.

Scent is sunny and warm, carried by a big and refreshing orange aroma. Hops aren't easy to nose out, but a touch of yeast rears its head after a few moments of searching.

Flavor is malty without being rich or sweet. Doughy notes (not unlike an ESB) are followed by the mildest of hop bursts in the conclusion. It seems like a hybrid of American and English pale ales and it manages to bring the better qualities of both styles to mind.

One of the most notable aspects of this beer is the balance. Sweet and sour notes of citrus seamlessly blend with a milky doughiness and hop dryness, creating a smooth liquid that is hearty without being cumbersome.

It's a drinkable and well-crafted APA with flavors that are nicely pronounced and a delicate balance.

This was one of my go-to beers in college, especially since the brewery was a mere 30 minutes away. It was one of the best beers a St. Bonaventure student could find locally and it's good to see that it's still in top form.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:15:06 | More by deapokid
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Pale Ale from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.