Syracuse Pale Ale | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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79
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211 Ratings
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Syracuse Pale AleSyracuse Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States
middleagesbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 10-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
211
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
17.1%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of depechemode1983
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an awesome looking orange blossom honey color, with a foamy off-white head. The head vanishes in about a minute or so. There are tine bits of lacing.

S- Nice citrus hop smell. Orange peel with some grainy malts in the background. I also smell something sorta medicinal though i don't know what it is.

T- Decently hopped but with enough sweetness to give it balance. There is also a fresh grain presence that gives the beer a sorta earthy feel.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. Carbonation is somewhat high and give the be a crisp clean feeling.

D/N- Pretty good stuff. I'm not the biggest APA fan but this one hit the mark. One of the better ones Ive tried. Drinkability is up there.

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Photo of Nyg
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a the Syracuse fair I'm a plastic cup. Was ok. Wouldn't be my first choice

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Photo of stegmakk
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange in color (cuse connection?)...little white to no head...
Smell of floral hops, malt...
Taste...malt, butter, slight bitter hops...a real nice mix but nothing to stand out and say hey you love my taste
smooth and slick feel...and I could drink many of these watching cuse lax...

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Photo of wattersmike90
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jayli
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Dinosaur Barbeque 10/5
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a clear copper color with a 1/4 inch of white head. Head recedes immediately leaving minor lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is pale malts, grain, and slight floral hops.

T: Taste starts with caramel malts that fade in to a nice lighter pale malt flavoring. Grain comes through and then a floral note punctuated by citrus hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice and crisp with an oily finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, easy kick, decent representation of style. I prefer more hoppy APA's but this is a nice easy drinking APA that I would easily hit up again out at a bar.

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Photo of Zraly
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UnionMade
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hmmmm....the beer is a beautiful bright coppery gold, with a thin ring of head lining the top. A bit of lacing, with a few sparse blobs sticking to the glass.
Aroma is sweet and estery, with a little bit of hoppy tang. Ringwood esteriness, with a touch of nuttiness. Malts are solid, balanced with the hopping perfectly.
Flavor is fruity, with a touch of sourness in the finish, and a bit of orange. Malts are subtle and well done. Hops are mild, with a slight citric piney flavor. A slight buttery slick feel in the mouth. Body is lighter than i expected. This beer tastes more like a blonde ale in my opinion. Not enough weight to it. I think it would be a much better beer with a bit more gravity.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear golden with a bit of white head that dissipate quickly. Smells citrusy and hoppy. Malt smells come out stronger than expected. Does not smells very desirable for a pale ale. Tastes better than it smells. Not mich hops on the tongue. Lots of malt instead. Decent mouthfeel and very drinkable. Would work in a pinch

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light clear golden with a thinner white head that didnt stick around long leaving no lace behind,the Ringwood yeast shows thru in the aromas quite buttery with a "green" leafy hop presence along with a toasted grain note.A pretty basic pale here that ringwood yeast shows thru again with its buttery tones with aligtly sweet caramel base melding into a lightly-herbal finish.This seems to me more English than American I think more malt driven but highly quaffable,better than average.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, hazy orange in color with a decent head.

Smell – The soft, citrus hops mix well with the substantial yeasty profile. This is similar to the ImPaled Ale aroma.

Taste – The malt base is big and creamy, full of caramel and mature sugars. The citrus hops are almost an afterthought.

Mouthfeel – Lighter than medium in the body and very smooth. There was a subtle touch of carbonation to this one as well.

Drinkability – I thought that this was the ale’s strong point. It is truly a fantastic session ale.

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Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Crystal clear orange amber with a well retaining wispy white lace.

Smell: Sweet floral hops with some malt and fruit. A tiny whiff of butter diacetyl is in the nose to.

Taste: Smooth with a crisp malty medium bodied mouth feel. A very pleasing blend of malt sweetness and hop bitterness hit the tongue at the same time. Some fruit and alcohol sneak in also as well as a light coating of buttery diacetyl. Finishes off nicely with a mellow sweet grainy after taste.

Notes: Extremely well balanced, drinkable and non intrusive. Another great pale ale brewed in the North East. The Yorkshire Ringwood yeast strain does some justice for this brew by giving it some complexity that does not overwhelm. Brewed in dedication to the city of Syracuse, home of the Middle Ages Brewing Co.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foxmul924
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Bottle into Room Temp Pint Glass)

Color = Light Orange Hue with Quickly-Dissipating White Head, No Lace

Smell = Malty, Light Hoppy Aroma of Orange

Taste = Nice Malty/Hop Balance, Dominant Orange Peel and 'Citrusy' Taste, but Quite Smooth

Body = Light-Medium Bodied, Semi-Clean Finish

Drinkability = Very Smooth, Socializing Brew to be Enjoyed One after Another.

Other = Subtle Fruity Orange Taste might go better in the Warmer Months, but Overall a Solid Pale Ale

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Photo of tdm168
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drummerdwzp
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rlee1390
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy orange, thee finger head head, some carbonation, good lacing.

S-Some citrus and grassy hops, malt is present. (bottle did not have a date so that maybe the cause)

T-Start with a mix of malt an citrus hops, ends with a slight bittnerness, the meshing of the malt and hops makes me think the bottle is "fresh"

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated and smooth.

O-A nice local APA, nothing out standing but I figured it was time to try some local beers before I move.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Durge
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has a clear light copper color with a fair off-white head and nice lace. There's a nutty caramel aroma with herbal hops, a touch medicinal. I get tart apple with tangy dry hops on the tongue. Thin, sprite, and pretty drinkable, but very bitter with caramel sweetness in the background. Not my favorite but a bit different.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear orange/golden color with a small beige head that left some lacing.
Aroma is sweet malt and some earthiness.
Taste is on the sweet side with a light bittering near the finish.
Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing feel.
It's easy enough to drink but it's sort of lacking much flavor to get excited about.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevehagy
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of soju6
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Maggies on the River in Watertown, NY.

A: Served a clear light copper color with a nice head that slowly fades to some lacing.

S: Fresh grain with a light malt & citrus aroma thrown in.

T: Clean & crisp. Some sweetness & citrus flavor and a light bitterness.

F: Fairly light body, quite smooth & nice balance.

D: Good drinker, not overpowering. Worth a try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Pale Ale that definately favors hop and estery flavors over hop bitterness and simplicity.

Syracuse Pale Ale begins with a veyr clear deep golden, light copper hue. A froathy head forms of standard white foam, giving a good formation and even better retention and light and solid lacing.

Instead of hoppy aromas dominant, the estery notion of the beer is able to balance with appricots, apples, and pears. Malty compounds of caramel give even more balance to the beer while contributing a rather sweet attitude.

Flavors do much the same. The malts and fruity flavors take center stage while the hops just moderate the beer- keeping it from cloying but also giving mild citrus and tropical notes. There's a light buttery flavor that is mild enough to amplify sweetness, but not becomming distracting.

The beer's texture starts out creamy and sweet. After the creamy notion and carbonation subides, the sweetness overrides dryness and gets away from what Pale Ales do best. The buttery flavor also translates to slickness in texture and hurts the finish of the beer- it becomes less dry and more heavy and slick.

Comparisons to both Dogfish Head's Aprihop and Magic Hat's #9 come to mind. If these beer's are you fancy, then Middle Ages' Syracuse Pale Ale is your cup 'o beer.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When in Syracuse, buy a like named beer!

Pours clear gold with a one finger white head that dropped to a cover but left some lace.

Floral hop nose with a slight soapy presence...no it wasn't the glassware.

Taste was similar with some floral hops up front, slight bitterness through the middle and a clean, somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel was on the thin side with a buttery presence. Mellow carbonation was a bit prickly on the tongue.

Nice session brew at 5%

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Photo of TurnX
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Syracuse Pale Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.45 out of 5 based on 211 ratings.
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