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Pale Ale - Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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 deapokid


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:15:06 | More by deapokid
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 13:39:46 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of kirkpjr


3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 02:29:05 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of dnjmed


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 03:52:52 | More by dnjmed
Photo of chaz01


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 02:52:35 | More by chaz01
Photo of StaveHooks


3.63/5  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."

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 23:46:54 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of dtivp


3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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
Photo of scoobybrew


4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 22:56:24 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of sbw138


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 14:28:43 | More by sbw138
Photo of mooseisloose


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 18:44:57 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 18:15:22 | More by brentk56
Photo of zebco


4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 21:58:04 | More by zebco
Photo of RickS95


3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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
Photo of steelerguy

New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 23:50:10 | More by steelerguy
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 22:02:52 | More by bonkers
Photo of ZAP


3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 02:24:46 | More by CHickman
Photo of bark


4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 20:17:23 | More by bark
Photo of deereless


3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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
Photo of Durge


3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 04:27:56 | More by Durge
Photo of bilyboy65


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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
Photo of thain709


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - A bright amber body with lots of carbonation running...an off white head forms...about 2 fingers...and falls slowly retaining nicely...good lacing

S - Some sweet notes are detected along with bright citrus hops

T - The taste goes back and forth between the sweet malts and the bright grapefruit hops...every time it starts sweet (caramel flavors) but you never know how it's going to end...sometimes it stays sweet with no bitterness...other times it shines with a subtle bitterness and nice citrus hop flavors...I like the when the hops win the battle

M - Light bodied...wonderfully crisp and refreshing...comes up a bit watery at points

D - This beer is extremely drinkable...weighing in at 4.2% and a solid pale ale flavor makes it a winner...recently I've been having two or three of these in one night...a solid pale ale

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 01:16:18 | More by thain709
Photo of ppoitras


4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 22:25:37 | More by ppoitras
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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
Pale Ale from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
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