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Pale Ale - Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Pale AlePale Ale

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65 Reviews
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Reviews: 65
Hads: 113
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 113
Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of bark
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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..

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Photo of francisweizen
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of deapokid
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Morey
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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!).

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no freshness date, poured into a standard pint glass. on the side of the bottle it state "brewed by the southern tier brewing company for ellicottville brewery"

pours a very clear golden orange color with about a one finger of white head. good retention, but just tiny bits of lace.

not a huge aroma. hops are not very noticable, but they are there. maybe some mango and light citrus and a touch of pale malts evident.

the taste makes up for what the flavor lacked. still a little light in the hops. a decent amount of bitterness is there. mango and lots of grapefruit citrus balanced by a nice tasting pilsner/pale malt. just a hint of a skunkiness, but that could be a result of the bottle, you never know what happen to it at the store before i got it.

a nice crisp refreshing light body, good feeling carbonation.

goes down very smooth and easy. this is one of my go to pale ales as it is locally produced and easily available. worth a drink if you can get it.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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."

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.53/5  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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Pale Ale from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.