Pale Ale - Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001)
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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice head that leaves some stickage

Smell: Plenty of toffee malt, but underneath there is some pith and pine

Taste: Toffee malt, up front, with a developing pithy/piney bitterness that comes to dominate by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a sweet resurgence that creates an overall bias toward the sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Though it is sweeter than I like my APAs, the beer goes down easily

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an orange / amber color with a two finger head. Some moderate lacing develops.

Smell: caramel, citrus, and some floral bitterness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, soft lemon zest and mild grapefruit tones, mild bitterness and some soft ripe fruit sweetness arriving late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, and bit less crisp late. Aftertaste is short as the flavors leave the tongue quickly.

Drinkability: easy to drink this beer, a definite session ale. This beer is also nicely refreshing.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o any freshness info. offered.

Pours cloudy, orangy amber, a bit buisy carbonationwise, with a lot of bubbles rising. 1/4 inch head goes flat quite quickly, lite tan, medium sized bubbles. Leaves a thicker collar, patchy film and fine bits of lacing.

Faint cascade infused nose, gritty hops and a hint of fruit.

Dry cascades again on the tongue, quite dry and exhibiting a decent presence/feshness. Some fruityness, and medium malting on the underbelly, lubricating the palate. In general seems a bit on the thin side with respect to flavor.

Nothing real special going on here. Drinkable? yes, sessionable? yes. Gonna blow anybody away? Def. not.

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Kelly Cole's

Looks like a nice APA, light amber body with a short white head. Smells a little sweet with nice hops. Taste is a little earthy and grassy, reminds me more of an EPA. Light bodied, but tasty nevertheless. Went nicely with my burger and sweet potatoe fries. I'd have another but there's 69 more taps waiting for me.

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bark
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a nice golden yellow with a mild orange hue and excellent head and lacing. Swell fairly sweet with a good level of hoppy bitterness, pale malts, and malt sweetness. I expected just another pale but was surprised with the citrus hops and sweet malts of this beer. Maybe it was the two nugget nectars I had but it in no way got too bitter. Mouthfeel was good giving me a light to medium bodied drinking experience. Overall I enjoy most beers by these guys but have no access to them since they distribute to NY, but may consider getting another bottle if I get another offer from Halftime beverage.com

Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden amber color with a modest white fluffy cover with solid lacing. The aroma is a polite citrus hop and malt cereal which even suggests a musty rye that I kind of like. The taste offers clear dry grass piny hop, less of the citrus noted than the aroma but upon rumination I do pick up some nice orange biscuit. There's some cherry toffee but the dominant force is an acrid dry hop with persistent fine carbonation. It's pretty drinkable and leaves a temporary sheen of hop dryness across your tongue. Very decent.

Photo of ZAP
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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..

Photo of BGsWo22
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of francisweizen
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of deapokid
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

Photo of Morey
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Pale Ale from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.