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Pale Ale - Ellicottville Brewing Co.

Pale AlePale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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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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Nipitato

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle at Premier Gourmet in Tonawanda, NY.

A: Light and lively amber hue. Brilliant clarity. Patchy, thin off white head.

S: Big, very big, grapefruit hop aroma is dominant. Sweet malt aroma lingers in the background taking a backseat o the strong hop aromas.

T: Poorly balanced flavor entirely devoted to hops. Hop flavor is grapefruit. Lack of malt flavor leaves the beer tasting flat, overly bitter, and one dimensional.

MF: Thin watery mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Kind of soapy.

D: One dimensional American pale ale. Where's the malt support. I wouldn't drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 17:00:36 | More by Nipitato
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my COAST pint glass. Got this as an extra from dogfishandi. Thanks!

A - Yellow/orange body with a tiny layer of white head resting on top. Clear as day with a ton of bubbles running up the middle

S - A light floral hop flavor with a big malt backbone. A slight euro lager skunky flavor as well.

T - Balanced. Follows the nose to the tee. A slight floral hop flavor and a big pale malt body. I'm also picking up the fkunky flavor I picked up in the aroma but it doesn't really kill the beer.

M - medium to light bodied with a good amount of carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable. I'm not sure what is up with the slightly skunky flavor but it doesn't really ruin the beer. Overall a slightly below average Pale Ale. I'm glad I got to try this but I wouldn't really seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 23:02:36 | More by jpmclaug
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CBFanWish

New York

2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber colour with a light head. The aroma was hopped up. Pine and citrus. The taste was much like the smell. It seemed way off balance. I expect a pale ale to have a fair balance between the hops and malts, but this one was lacking. Could use a little work.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2005 22:08:14 | More by CBFanWish
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crhensel

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass (5/24/10)

Poured a clear amber with a very small off-white head that fell quickly. Nose was of malts and general fruit, with a very light hint of the hops. The drink had a bit carbon but that did not diminish from the taste. The drink was slightly sweet with the barely discernible undertone of a hop bitterness. Overall, it was refreshing, but nothing was here to make it really stand out to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 17:02:32 | More by crhensel
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sniper061

New York

3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of those beers where it looks great, smells great, and has a nice thick head that laces beautifully. With that being said I didnt love it, I wanted too, I have had it in the past at a bar after many too many other beers and didnt think I should rate it then. I stopped in for dinner at the Beef and Barrell in Olean NY and ordered the Beef on Weck platter, which included potato salad and coleslaw. The hoppiness of the Pale Ale seemed good at first but then started turning everything I ate bitter. I love beer and I love food and I think I made a poor choice with the pairing. I will say though that when I added horseradish to my sandwich and then took a draw from my beer the citrus notes popped and cleared my pallet. I will try it again with another food sooner or later and do another review.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 12:54:03 | More by sniper061
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deereless

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Thin layer of tightly packed head, medium gold in color with hint of ruby, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Pleasant citrus and bubblegum, pale malts and caramel, slight toastiness - 4.25, T: There is a muted sweetness as well as some grapefruit on the tongue, slightly on the dry side, unfortunately I also perceive a very slight metallic flavor on the beer that takes away from the beer - 3.00, M: Body is light to medium - 3.00, D: Besides for the slight metallic flavors, a decent beer all around - 3.00

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 00:04:32 | More by deereless
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GreatPondBrewer

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was much more impressed with their porter than this beer. It was a nice amber color without much carbonation and very little head. The smell had some nice hop smell, but also this fruity smell. As I tasted it I realized what fruit it was. Grapefruit! Not my favorite fruit and it didn't make the beer too much better. Too tart, but there was a nice hoppy aftertaste with the fuggles making themselves known. My friend tells me that this is going to start to be brewed and bottled off site by the first Ellicottville brewmaster. Maybe I will check it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2003 20:15:27 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper orange in color with a fluffy two fingered white head following an aggressive pour. Head is leaving behind some nice lacing. There's a slight haze in this beers appearance.

Smell is grainy and rather mild. Very little in the way of hops in the nose.

A slight bitterness up front, but it's short lived. The malts quickly drown out what little hop-flavor there was. Has a definite homebrew feel going on. The finish has a slight metallic flavor.

Rather thin mouthfeel with a low carbonation.

I could drink several if I had no better options available.

Morey's Bottom Line: I had this on-tap once before, and it was considerably better. I'm a bit disappointed here. It's Ok, but I wouldn't spend money on it again as there are SO MANY better options around.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 00:07:56 | More by Morey
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oberon

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a lighter copper color with a rather light head,aroma is grassy and zesty definently of hops for sure,taste is a little over the top hop-wise for a standard pale very citruisy and piney with a light soapy finish.Well made and if I was hophead probably would have enjoyed more.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2003 19:16:47 | More by oberon
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a few of these on my most recent Holiday Valley trip (and on previous occaisions). The most striking thing about this ale is the excellent - near perfect - appearance. It's just so pretty when you pour it in your glass (I had a pitcher the first time). Light brown and foamy, symetrical bubly head. Just right. It was a pity when later on the bartender poured some into a plastic cup.

For taste, mouthfeel and the rest I echo previous comments, not the greatest. The food at the Hearth was tasty enough to overcome this (better beer with too much and unbalanced tastes than no taste!).

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2006 03:34:50 | More by schoolboy
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Naes

New York

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale pours out very clear and copper in color. It has a small white head and has little visible carbonation.
The aroma is of citrus and piney hops.
The flavor is a bit less hopy than the nose implies, but still remains dominated by the citrus and piney hops. There is also a slight sweetness hidden in there just befor the piney finish.
Mouth feel is medium in body and is a bit light on the carbonation.

Overall, this is a good beer, though it seems a little over hoped for a regular pale ale.
Not to say that you can really have too much hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 01:33:02 | More by Naes
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dudelove7485

New York

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber with a one finger tiny-bubbled head. Lacing is very thin and trails throughout. The aroma is by far the most satisfying part of this beer: flowery hops, grapefruit, apple cider, honey-sweet malt. I wish I could say that the taste is as satisfying. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with it; it is a decent balance of citrusy hops and sweet malt, but it doesn’t live up to the aroma. The mouthfeel is a little too watery to be satiny and so it’s kind of flat on the taste buds despite the medium carbonation. It is satisfying and drinkable despite its lack of complexity from a taste standpoint. This was the first Ellicottville that I’ve tried, and although I wasn’t wowed, I’m making a mental note to pick up a sixer of another one of their beers. Not bad.

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Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 03:56:32 | More by dudelove7485
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright pumpkin orange with a patchy off white head that quickly dissipated rather quickly without leaving much of an impression or lacing. Visible carbonation was very faint with perhaps only a dozen or so micro bubbles lazily rising at any given moment.

S: bright with fresh oranges and a light lemon floral hopping. More sweet and citrusy then bitter, overall the strength was average as well the rating.

T: The flavor surprised me, opening up with a edginess of pale orange skins and a fresh lemon flower hopping. Slightly bitter overall with a good lingering fade of lemon grass could be found on the finish and fade. Overall had a nice level of bitterness though it lacked complexity.

M: softly carbonated, light bodied with a slick and very smooth texture. The lack of carbonation hurts the crispness here.

D: Overall drinkability was decent, though nothing to write home about. The lack of carbonation does make this go down easy. The hoppiness saves this somewhat but overall is still a mindless downer and one that can be quickly overlooked in a crowded and competitive field.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 22:14:43 | More by beerthulhu
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dtivp

West Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber,gold color with a nice white head.

Aroma dominated with hops and a slight citrus.

Taste matched the aroma, citrus came out more at room temperature.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

Pale ales are not my favorite style beer, it is drinkable but slightly above average in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 03:48:01 | More by dtivp
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tayner

Arizona

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of BuckeyeNation

Poured cold very gingerly into a pint glass and got more than half a glass of foam atop a slightly cloudy amber liquid. Gusher is an understatement.

After allowing the beer to slightly warm, and the foamy head to start to die down (which it never did completely) i could smell nice crisp clean citrus hop nose.

Initial taste i get a well balanced malt to hop profile, maybe just a small lean toward the citrus/grapefruit/floral hop side, but not much. Midpalate there is a slight bitterness that i cannot attribute to the hops, more like an aspirin bitterness, perhaps from the carbonation issues. It also has an ever-so-slight metallic aftertaste that is again likely related to overcarbonation. The taste though, overall, is not unpleasant and still okay by me.

Overcarbonated but still reasonable body and weight to this. the carbonation did not make it too watery feeling.

I could drink a few more of these, and if the carbonation problem was fixed this would make a very fine session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 22:02:19 | More by tayner
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice drinking pale ale. Bright citrus on the aroma and the taste. The aroma also displays an interesting toasted maltiness.

The body is light side of medium...carbonation is a little prickly....plenty of citrus bitterness for an APA...not as much toasted maltiness on the flavor.

Solid, but not special. I'd drink it any day but could also live without ever having it again. APA's are kind of like that with me. Only a few make big-time impressions on me and this isn't one...but it is solid..

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 04:40:39 | More by ZAP
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iceball585

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden amber color, semi-clear, very thin white layer head, few tiny carbonation bubbles rising throughout

S- Toasted pale malts, hint of cascade hops

T- Mostly hops, fairly bitter, toasted malts, grains, slightly fruity

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth start but dry bitter finish

D- Good session beer

This is a pretty good american pale ale. This beer is pretty strong on the hops but not too strong to offend the average beer drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2007 00:43:37 | More by iceball585
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bilyboy65

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: A little cloudy, light amber color. Little head that left no lacing. No film on the glass either. Looks fairly flat as well.

S: Very hoppy. Very floral in hops with a citrus undertone.

T: Bitter, hoppy without much of the citrus detected.

M: medium bodied beer that leaves an oily trail behind. Very bitter and the oily feel afterwards doesn't help it any.

D: I think this may be too bitter of an aftertaste to enjoy more than one. Could just be me though.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 03:59:20 | More by bilyboy65
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ellicottville- Pale Ale

A- Golden copper orange with a thick frothy white head. Thick soapy lacing along the top half of the glass.
S- Light citrusy hops and a sweet caramel malt.
T- Light sweet sugary grapefruit hop intwined with sweet caramel/ butterscotch malt.
M- Sweet and crisp with a dry sugary citric hop and tea leaf finish.

Overall- Light, sweet, and crisp. An easy drinker!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 00:09:36 | More by NJpadreFan
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RickS95

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a bronze-gold color with a good-sized white cloud of a head.

Lots of citrus in the nose, a cross between orange and lemon.

Has a woody, flowery taste to it. Lots of lacing.

Very bitter mouthfeel, not helped by the carbonation; but refreshing nonetheless.

The subtle citrus flavor comes out as the beer warms, but does nothing to soften the bitter.

I wouldn't want to drink this all the time, but is nice in warm weather months.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 01:11:30 | More by RickS95
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Raucously bubbled tangelo with four fingers of ginger colored foam despite a slow and easy pour. Looks like this one will have to sit for a bit to give the carbonation plenty of opportunity to dissipate. The head is firm and rocky as it melts, leaving little dots of sea foam lace in the process.

The nose seems unaffected by all those bubbles. It's wonderfully Cascade-like, featuring loads of white grapefruit and lemon. There isn't much of that aged hop cheesiness and there isn't much ganja-like weediness. Doesn't matter to me since I like these guys both bright and fresh, as well as on the funky side.

I hate it when I have to factor out excessive carbonation, because the sensory overload makes it hard to concentrate on the flavor for its own sake. All that CO2 adds a crushed aspirin bitterness that isn't the good bitterness of fresh hops.

The malt tastes mostly pale, with a hint of toasted bread and caramel, while the hops deliver a modest amount of grapefruit pithy flavor and bitterness that is overly simple. Then again, APAs aren't known for their complexity. In the end, this brew is a slightly better than average version that has some potential.

Given the still kickin' bubbles and no more than light-medium heft, average is a generous mouthfeel score. I've decided to go with the mouthfeel of the bottom third of the bottle rather than the top two-thirds.

Ellicottville Pale Ale didn't reach me in optimal condition. However, since my brother bought the six-pack at the brewery two months ago and brought me two bottles last month, its problems aren't due to age, but to improper bottling (that is, improper carbonation). Another chance on another day seems the least I can do.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 12:00:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear light amber, with a sticky but small head. Nose has some citrus, faint soap, some maltiness and fruit. Pretty middle-of-the-road pale ale flavour. Good balance with solid malt body and a fresh hoppy touch that isn't over-the-top. Sweetish, with some tangerine and grapefruit. Hints of acidity seem to come in and out up front, and the finish is lightly bitter with decent staying power. Smooth, sessionable, solid APA here.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 15:44:59 | More by allergictomacros
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cpolking

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light copper color. The aroma has malt, sweetness, fruit, and hops. The flavor is lighter than I expected from the aroma, a definite fruity malt sweetness and some floral hops with slight bitterness on the finish. The flavor is good, it just seems to lack something in its weight.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 00:18:15 | More by cpolking
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark copper with a half inch thick head. Some lacing.

S - Clean grapefruit mostly. Sweet malt coming through stronger and stronger as it warms.

T - Sweet ruby red grapefruit. The malt is very timid in the middle. It finishes pretty bitter at the end, which is very welcomed.

Medium bodied pale with lots of citrus hops, which kind of dominates every thing else. Despite the fact that it's unbalanced this is a very good beer. It's just clean and crisp. You could belch in someone's face after drinking this and they would say, "Thank you sir/madam, may I please have another."

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 23:46:54 | More by StaveHooks
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Sneers

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date to be found, but it's only been on the shelves for about a month, so I'll venture to guess it's fresh enough.

Pours a brilliant what-would-be amber, but more orange- not dark enough for copper. It's capped with a respectable white head that leaves a good deal of lacing down my glass.

The aroma is hop-dominant, with grapefruit and slight pine. The malt is light, sweet, and reminiscent of graham cracker. I'm liking this aroma quite a bit.

In the taste, the hop components unfortunately flatten and just provide a moderate bitterness. The malt's sweetness remains at a minimum- just balancing out the hops - and hangs onto it's graham cracker characteristics, with a slight toastiness. The finish lingers for a bit, and decays into a very light bitterness on the tongue until the next sip.

What ample carbonation comes out of solution in the mouth gives for a surprisingly rich mouthfeel.

This is a fine pale ale, and my first offering from the folks over at Ellicottville. It's not amazing, but it also lacks flaws. I'll definitely add it my rotation when I'm in the mood for an APA.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 21:46:22 | More by Sneers
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Pale Ale from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
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