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Mowmasters Ultra Pale Ale - Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 89
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ellicottville Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: generallee on 08-10-2010

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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 89
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased and drank at Clarence Center Coffee Company in Clarence Center, NY.

Pours a clear gold, with some orange tinges. A small half inch head forms that dissipates quite quickly, leaving behind little splotches of lacing.

Smells slightly weak- a bit of grassy hop aromas, and some grapefruity aromas as well.

This one is pretty tasty, and lives up to its namesake as a lawn mower beer. Slight crackery pilsner malt type flavors, fairly dry, with grassy and herbal hop tastes- almost brings to mind a grassy lawn. Slightly spicy.

Light bodied, crisp and very drinkable- goes down quite easily. A slightly higher than medium amount of carbonation.

Not bad, but slightly boring. A good session ale nonetheless with some definite flavor. (749 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright canary yellow. Golden sunshine yellow. Lemon yellow! It's perfectly yellow and hazy with a fat two fingers of cream colored foam that falls lazy and rocky and leaves a thick cap and lace. Nose is lemon and lemon peel. Grapefruit and the pith. A bit of malt sweetness and a sweet grass in the background. some earthy pine but it is terribly light. perfect balance on the nose. The taste is lovely and ultra light. It has only a bit more substance than the session IPA's. But it's there and it is enough to distinguish it. The lemon is bright and sweet, the grapefruit is pungent and earthy. The pine is lightly in the background where I think pine belongs. The malt is just a bit of substance and this finishes a bit crisp and dry with sweet grass to linger and a bit of malt sweetness with all that grapefruit.

Lovely. Another terrific beer from ellicottville. That's three for three that I have tried. I had a hard time rating this. If this is a session IPA then it is in fact, the best one I have tried. if it is a pale ale it is not the best one I have tried. hmmmm. (1,086 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Bow-tie Pint

A - Clear straw yellow with half a finger of soapy white head, little lacing.
s - No real potent aroma here, some cracker malt and grass, mild dankness
T - Flavor is good, toasted bread, grass, a little pine, some grapefruit.
M - Clean and to the point. Refreshing beer.
O - Good sessionable beer, medium hoppy flavor thats refreshing and very fresh tasting. (384 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell and taste featured a grassy hop, lemony ester and light grain.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a dry finish.

Overall a uniquely estuary APA. (281 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of grassy and earthy hops in the nose along with some hints of grainy malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has a light amount of bitterness and some hints of fruity yeast.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a little clean and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice easy beer to drink. I would definitely agree with this on being a lawn mower beer. (628 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is golden with a fluffy white head and nice lacing.

Nose is light hops with soil and salted peanuts.

Taste is light, butery, toasty, with some nuttiness and cucumber water.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, it is refreshing but lacks enough body to give the flavors any real substance. (339 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden, very slight head, does not appear to be very carbonated, and so clear I doubt it is dry hopped. Nice lacing down the glass though.

S: Hmm, a bit cidery, slight lemon, and bready malts.

T: The taste has a lot more hop character than the aroma. Again, very lemony hops (Sorachi?), bitter pine, with a light pilsner-type bready finish. Sessionable.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel which helps the drinkability factor here. Sort of light on carbonation.

O: Tasty, and definitely a nice summer beer. I remember having this last year and thought it was better - but I just noticed that this bottle is about 4 months old, so may have lost some of its hop character. I'll bump it up a bit because I don't want to dock it for age. (740 characters)

Photo of Celt44
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle...

Appearance is a medium yellow. Inch or so creamy head with lacing that lasts throughout...

Aroma - Citrusy and floral - hints of lemon and bread.

Taste - slight hop start and then goes a little metallic. Pepper towards the end...

Mouthfeel - a bit watery...

Overall - I'm not really getting the "ultra" part of this other than the watery mouthfeel connection to Mich Ultra....
The aroma and appearance save this from being a below average beer....Not a bad session beer for the hotter months.... (524 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. "3/23/12" date of birth on label.
Clear yellow/light gold in color, with a short, bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Faint pilsner malt
Taste-Pale malt, unsalted cracker. Soft little hop bite comes around and lingers to the finish. Easy-drinking and refreshing, but tastes more like a pilsner by far, than an American pale ale. (380 characters)

Photo of canoehornpoint
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with faint hints of amber. Little to no head or lacing. Aroma was fruity and citrusy, a nice blend. I've always said that it would be nice to find something like Sierra Nevada with just a bit less edge and every so slightly sweeter. I think this is it. The citra hops are a nice blend of citrus and floral taste. This is very drinkable and easy on the palate. Very well done. Now a new glass and see if the next one has a better head. (452 characters)

Photo of wingman14
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a thick white head that fades fast. Subtle aroma, with malt, hops, and grain notes. The flavor is subtle but good, starts and ends with the hops and the grain mixed in. A subtle sweet earthy finish with a hint of citrus that really rounds this one out nicely. A nice medium mouthfeel, thicker than expected but definitely adds to the beer. Overall a great summer beer, well done, the flavors are subtle but still big. Would work as a great session beer, would get this again. (502 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Clear, old gold color. White head lookis inviting, fading to a thin layer after a minute or two. A few nice spots of lace.

Clean cereal malts, with a slight breast feel. Hop aroma is subtle, slight juicy fruit with a bit of earthyness.

Malt character is very nice here, again cereal grains with some bread. A subtle fruity note with bubblegum. Earthy finish. Bitterness is fairly soft but does linger a bit.

Body is a bit lighter, with nice carbonation. Very well balanced here. Alcohol is not evident. Nice beer, and easy drinker. (549 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another pale hoppy offering right around 5% alcohol by volume, excellent brewery I like many of the Ellcottville beers. This one is about the golden color of a glass of apple juice with nice even carbonation smooth formed head flowing thick with fine speckled lacing. Aroma has bright citric notes with light doughy biscuit malt character going on it's a pretty nice beer. Strong superb Belgian malts add a nice complexity, even flowing carbonation supports the light hoppy summer ale literally perfect for my Craftsman Yard Master Mower. Flavor has light cereal notes with citric herbal hop bursts comig through not very bitter but a nice hop flavor comes across the palate. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied even carbonation flowing fully, a very nice beer being brewed. Overall excellent minimal hops minimal sweetnees but balanced flavors make this beer to be one of those unbelievable beer drinking experiences. (910 characters)

Photo of ZekemusMaximus
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light head with a beautiful golden straw color. You could clearly see the carbonation in the crystal clear liquid.

S - Lots of grains and hay like smell. Strangely earthy.

T - The citrus punch that this packs is extraordinary. This beer is super bitter but with the accompanying citrus flavor its a fantastic combo. It's super easy to drink for something so pale.

M - Very light bodied. One of the the most crisp and clean beers I've had.

O - This was super pale and it was a beautiful thing. The combination of the citrus and pale bitterness was great chemistry. This would be a great session beer and something I don't think I'd get tired of. Would be perfect for a hot afternoon or a cool summer night. Remarkable. (725 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very average beer here. extremely pale ale, most prominent flavors and aromas are pale and crystal malts, and grassy hops. beer is well balanced but leaning towards the malty side of the spectrum. has slight citrus note in the finish. not as refreshing a beer as advertised and definitely not my favorite beer from ellicottville. good drinkability and lighter body, good carbonation. might try it again in the summertime (420 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, tight-bubbled head. Leaves plenty of chunky lace--perhaps the most I've ever seen. Strong chill haze, but the color is a cross between straw and gold.

Aroma-wise, this is a beer that belies its color--lots of fresh pale malt with a suitable dose of spicy hop. Attractive and inviting.

Light and sweet pale malted grain flavor up front. There is some hop but I'd describe it more as a spice that balances the beer. Good body for the style while the carbonation is slightly understated.

Despite the name, this is NOT a lawn mower special. Expect a full flavored, well-balanced pale ale. (595 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The body was a clear, golden color that showed slow carbonation...a small, white head fell quickly to a small ring...some light lacing was left behind

S - Grainy presence with a sweet malt edge...the hops are coming across as very earthy

T - Again, the grains and sweet malt are at the forefront...the grainy presence goes through the entire beer and the sweet malt provides just enough sweetness for the beer...the best part of the flavor is the citrus hops that come out right before you swallow...they provide another dimension to the body and add that fruit that's needed...the grainy and earthy presence comes back for the finish

M - Light bodied...grainy, earthy, brief hops that showcase a minimal bitterness

O - I'm going against the grain with this one...I was not too impressed...I understand the concept behind an Ultra Pale Ale but you need to have flavor to go with the easy drinking part (909 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. date of birth:5/18/11 (2 1/2 months old). "brewed and bottled by the southern tier brewing company for the ellicottville brewing company" written on the side of the label.

pours out a pale golden color with a small 1 finger white head that was gone rather quickly, left some ugly looking patchy foam and a thin ring. just the slightest bit of sediment visible, other than that, pretty good clarity.

decent hops here. nothing too hoppy, but you get some grapefruit citrus mostly with a little tropical fruit and pine. malt hardly detectable in the aroma.

again, a nice hoppy taste, but nothing overly aggressive or too bitter. citrus, pine, tropical fruits balanced by a grainy malt. smooth clean bitterness in the finish, good hop flavors linger on the palate. the taste seems better the colder it is, it kind of takes a bit of a dive as it warms. ive noticed this with some other offerings from EBC.

light bodied beer with a stronger carbonation. just a touch watery, but this makes for such an easy drinking and sessionable beer.

overall, this is exactly what the name suggests it is, super sessionable, thirst quenching, definatly keeps you coming back sip after sip. this bottle went way too quick. for the price, this is totally worth it. glad to see EBC making some worthy beers, this is definatly one of their better ones. (1,388 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale, brassy-yellow pour has a good clarity and a medium sense of visible effervesce that was quickly paced. The head is thin at first, bone white in coloring, and quick to lapse leaving little reminder of its presence it terms of lace. Points here just for being true to style color wise (more on that later).

S: The nose was of medium strength grapefruit pulp, nice and freshly cut open with a soft and perfumy style of delivery. It was complimented by grainy, almost pilsner style scent of pale malts.

F: The flavor was sweet upfront from the grains, mixing and balancing with the fresh grapefruit, like a lightly sugar coated grapefruit for breakfast. Soft and nice level of hops, especially on the close with just the right amount of balance of citrus dryness and soft fresh hay. The label best sums this up as a perfect summer time rider mower drink that will surly replace the American macro in my book as king of the mower beers.

M: Fairly good crispness, nice body and fullness mouthwise. Grainy with a light and playful dry citrus fade.

O: A pale that is finally a pale and lives up to its name, with minimal influence of specialty grains. Nicely balanced, doesn’t try to blow you away with an obnoxious amount of hops nor sweet caramel base, it is what it was originally intended to be, a pale based beer with a noticeable and appreciable amount of hoppiness. Six pack worthy, great summer time quencher that wont set you back to much except maybe in terms of its 5.0% which is nicely hidden. Session material, easy drinking yet highly enjoyable. (1,572 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is bright golden-yellow with a very small white head that disappears quickly.

S: Florally hops over biscuity malt.

T: Clean, light. Almost pilsner-like; or maybe Helles Lager-like would be a better description. Light fruity malt is finished with a florally, leafy hop bite. Touch of spice lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied, nice carbonation.

O: Good. A very light - or, as the bottle says, an "Utra" - Pale Ale. Good drinker. (491 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in the refreshing summer BIF. Thanks man.

Poured into a shaker pint. Has a super clear golden honey color. Had a thin white head but dissapated to a film. Ok lacing.

Aroma is kinda funky. Not sour funky. Like a slight rotten egg. But also has a nice hop aroma. Kinda grassy.

Taste is also kinda weird. Kinda a weird plant taste. Some hop flavor. Slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel is coating in the finish. Low carb.

Overall I don't think I'll be grabbing this beer again. Maybe I got a bad batch or something. Hopefully. (532 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a SA perfect pint glass from a 12 oz bottle, fool.

Shes a straw yellow, clear with lots of carb giving it good head retention. Big fluffy two finger head that lingers to a quarter inch thick bubbly head. The smell is great, stinky wet soaked hops, piny, mangos, pineapples, fresh, delicious. The taste has a slight malt front that slides with a buttery tinge, with tons of hop characters thrown ontop of it, from the pine to the citrus its all in there, and ends with a nice lemon-bitter touch. The feel is light, crisp, refreshing, and bitter, balanced perfectly. I'd have to say that this is fantastic. Affordable, tasty, a perfect session beer. (658 characters)

Photo of LaCoursiere
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottled on or best by date.

A - Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a clear yellow straw color with a half finger white head. Carbonation is very active. The laser etching in the glass helps keep a nice thin head through out. A generous amount of lacing is produced when swirled.

S - The nose is very mild. It has a clean malt and earthy hops aroma. Kind of like a hay field. There is a funky yeast note in there as well.

T - Earthy and grassy hops up front fade to bready malts and lemon with a skosh of pine hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Light-bodied with initial smoothness that is broken up by the lively carbonation. The carbonation fades to a dry and slightly chalky finish. No alcohol presence.

O/D Very crisp and refreshing beverage. The only thing I would want is a bit more from the nose. Nonetheless this would be exceedingly drinkable on a hot summer day. (883 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 32oz growler filled at Oliver's in Albany.

Yellow-gold in color, head leaves little lacing.

Smell is all citrus and other tropical fruits--mangos, grapefruit, pineapple. Not overwhelmingly strong.

Taste is light but full of Citra. Fruit flavors all over the place, a bunch of grapefruit. Not bitter. No malt, really. Light in a pilsner kind of way more than an APA, but still great flavor. They could up this into a killer IPA.

Pretty thin on the mouth, but what you'd expect from a beer that bills itself as "extra pale."

Really a great, low ABV, easy-drinking summer beer. (586 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Citra dry hopped pale from what I was told.

A: Super clear light golden color. They filtered this thing to death. Still a nice covering of white head and some spotty lacing.

S: The nose is kind of tight but this is the last of my six pack I grabbed two weeks ago and it had more hops in the nose. Lots of citrus. Right now it is kind of bland.

T: Very clean. Super clean fermentation. The citra is more apparanent in the taste than in the nose. Reminds me of hop sun quite a bit. Maybe some wheat in the grist to lighten it up?

M: It is an ultra pale for sure. Super light body. Carbonation is a little light.

D: You can drink the hell out of this no problems. (665 characters)

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Mowmasters Ultra Pale Ale from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
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