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Pale Ale - Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Billolick, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of NuggetNectar22
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is delicious. I have had this beer on tap and in bottles many times. It is easy to drink. It is brewed at a local brewery in Ellicottville, NY. The home of Holiday Valley Ski Resort. There is nothing better than having a beer after a long day of skiing!

This is a nice golden pale ale. It usually has about one finger worth of head. Good carbonation. You will pick up hints of floral aroma's with this brew. Great mouthfeel and it tastes great. Enjoy the slopes and a few of EBC's fine brews!

NuggetNectar22, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

jpmclaug, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of cpolking
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

cpolking, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

dogfishandi, Oct 29, 2010
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.

deapokid, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

BeerNinja007, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in the BotM shipment.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear burnt orange/copper color with 1 1/2 finger of head. Spotted sheets of lacing.

S: Fairly juicy for an APA. Mango, citrus, and grapefruit hops. A little sweet malt and a hint of alcohol on the back end.

T: Nice bitterness upfront, with some grapefruit and citrus noted in the hop flavor. A fair amount of malt here tones down the bitterness. Also some type of caramel or burnt coffee on the finish that takes away from the hop profile.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Hops are faintly resinous.

D: Above average APA, but nothing too memorable. The smell was the best part of this beer IMO. Could still drink a few of these in a sitting though.

kirkpjr, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of dnjmed
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange pale ale color with a beautiful white head about two fingers thick.

get some nice hops in the nose, with noticeable citrus.

in the taste it's a bit unbalanced towards the hops, but that's the way the style should be. there are definitely a good amount of grains here but the hops are nicely strong.

a classic american pale, yum!

dnjmed, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of chaz01
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

chaz01, May 20, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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."

StaveHooks, May 15, 2010
Photo of dtivp
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

dtivp, May 14, 2010
Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

scoobybrew, May 11, 2010
Photo of sbw138
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from my Beer of the Month Collection

Apperance - A slightly cloudy amber appearance. Had a big foamy head, that reduced quickly, but did not entirely disappear.

Smell - 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.

Taste - 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.

Mouthfeel - It felt a little too overcarbonated at first, but it began to settle the more I drank. Not bad.

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

sbw138, May 11, 2010
Photo of mooseisloose
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The final of a selection of 4 BOTMC brews, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a mix of citrus hopping and earthy hops like hallertaus. Colour of the pour is a orange bronze, nice multi-sized bubble head with pilow top. Head recedes slowly and laces nicely. Taste of this brew is in line with the smell. Great fresh taste, hops bite up front, again more earthy than citrus however with presence of both. Malt backbone is good leading to a good mouthfeel with carbonation spot on. The brew is mostly balanced but leans a little more towards being hopped up. The hops are intriguing, I'm thinking Goldings or Fuggles, English or European. A very tasty brew. A go to pale.

mooseisloose, May 02, 2010
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

brentk56, May 02, 2010
Photo of zebco
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

zebco, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

RickS95, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

steelerguy, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

bonkers, Apr 24, 2010
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..

ZAP, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of CHickman
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

CHickman, Apr 17, 2010
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!

bark, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of deereless
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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

deereless, Feb 07, 2010
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.

Durge, Oct 27, 2009
Pale Ale from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.