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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 rarevos
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Naes
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of riversider76
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of orfeu
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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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 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 wailingwench
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of CBFanWish
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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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 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 stegmakk
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was hazy copper with off white head that stayed a while...good lacing
Aroma was piney hops and sweet malt...touch of fruit
Taste was mostly piney hops flavor hint of citrus and some malt to balance...slight bitter aftertaste...not bad...
Mouthfeel was smooth and crisp
Overall good but there are better pale ales out there for my money

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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 GreatPondBrewer
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of sponberg
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of John
4.9/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

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Pale Ale from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
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