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

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Syracuse Pale AleSyracuse Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States | website

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
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
203
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
24.86%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 203
Photo of wailingwench
2.13/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was excited about trying this beer as I am from Syracuse. I bought a sixer to drink while on "vacation" in the 'Cuse to bring back to Buffalo. Could hardly wait to drink this and saved it for a special occassion. Finally, a sunny Sunday afternoon, perfect for porching it and grilling some meat. The excitement had built up to a feverish level and then, I was unimpressed with this beer. It did not taste like a pale ale to me.

I attempted to rectify the appaling situation and poured it into a pint glass. Failed to improve the situation.Ended up drinking Canadian and finishing this off at the end of the night. One of my buddies liked this. It certainly was a drastic improvemnet over his Red Dog. Nonetheless, Middle Ages IMpaled is top of the line and the Syracuse Pale Ale does not compare. It breaks my heart to be mean to this beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.27/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one-fingered white head that stays leaving some lace. Ugly cloudy amber color. Light carbonation. Hoppy nose. Starts and finishes with a sour apple taste, not typical of a pale, MA's Impaled Ale is better. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

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Photo of Sammy
2.47/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the ALe House in Syracuse. Bland, watery, nothing much here. Unoffensive at best. Some faint floral hops and bit of citrus flavour on end. On malty,sweet side but an Ontario brew. Like their hoppy beers and their stouts much better. Something for the Ladies and Canadians perhaps.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden color beer with some amber notes and a small bubble head that faded to a full cap after a few moments.

T - Actually seem to smell a decent amount of yeast on this one, some grassy and herbal light hops, and toasted malts. Almost a little like an English IPA.

S - Some caramel, herbal notes, yeasty, some hop bitterness. Really reminds me of a slightly hoppy adjucnt lager, not really a good thing.

M - Lighter bodied, active carbonation.

O - Not a great beer, not a good take on the style and the taste just isn't that good either.

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Photo of Franz4
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle
A- Clear golden color, nearly no head
S- pale malts and slightly musty
T- Slight mustiness has turned into a powerful caramel flavor that's just not right, there's really no hop flavor to this at all and the malt is weak.
M- watery with very little carbonation
O-Not a fan, I've had other Middle Ages stuff that has been quite good, but this stuff missed the mark. No freshness info, so I can't speak to how fresh it was, but I picked it up from the store last week.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.82/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a strange one. A clear light orange with a small creamy white top. Aroma is that distinct Middle Ages ester that combines strawberry seeds with some maraschino cherry and spicy herbal hopping. Flavor is buttered toast with an uncomfortable dirty finish that twinges and twangs and makes me raise an eyebrow. Watery caramel finish disappoints and doesn't ask for another taste. All Ringwood beers need yeast present to help the finish, otherwise it tends to be not good. This wasn't horrible, but it isn't anything that I want again.

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Photo of brentk56
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear orange (this is Syracuse, isn't it) with a thick head that does a nice job stranding some lace

Smell: Not much of an aroma; perhaps a bit of orange (again) and a hint of bread

Taste: Opens rather bready, but a herbaceous orange flavor arrives by mid-palate; a vague sweetness on the finish, but the unusual orange flavor dominates after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The combination of the orange and the Ringwood yeast is a surprise and I cannot say that I cared for it

Thanks, sliverx, for the opportunity

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass at Dinasaur BBQ on 125th/Hudson River in Manhattan NY. Havingliving in the area for some time, Iwas more than happy to order our of curiosity alone as well as to try my first middle ages creation.

A: Off golden with half finger head,coated the glass rather well.

S: Nose was heavy citrus with some caramle perhaps.

T: Dissapointing flavor big diacetyl, with almost no hops and lacking body.

M: Light and watery to add to the list or problems this one had.

D: Not good at all, too sweet and not enough hops and body.

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-Tap

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some poor lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There really isn't a whole lot of flavour going on here.. it definitely doesn't have the citrus/hoppy punch that most APA's have. It really tastes like a poorly made amber if anything. It ends with a malty slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Other reviewers are saying how this beer is better from a bottle. Perhaps I'll give a bottle a try if I happen to see it. As far as my glass from on tap goes, it was a really poor brew.

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Photo of kevman527
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

App. - White 2-finger head, not much retention, dissipated within in 5 minutes. Hazy, golden-orange'ish color.

Smell - Not very hoppy, sweet floral aroma.

Taste - Slight hop taste, not very bitter. Nothing real outstanding.

Mouthfeel - Medium amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - While the taste was below my expectations. It is an easy drinking beer. Therefore I would recommend it.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to shippos and clvand0 for sharing this with me. It pours a nice orange to golden color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer rather well. The nose is almost like fresh orange peels, very citrusy, slightly buttery and caramel. I think it smells pretty nice. The flavor is nowhere near as nice as the nose. There is a big butteryness/diacetyl, that hits well in the initial flavor, but really drives hard on the finish. There is a little residual orange sweetness on the finish, but no real hop blast, or hop at all, that I would expect. The feel is moderate to slightly less. I was really let down on the flavor. Not only do I not like the buttery notes, but this Pale doesn't even have a hop character to balance things out. One of the first beers from Middle Ages that has been average.

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Photo of vande
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A ~ a slightly cloudy golden yellow/golden rod color, somewhat similar to the color of the Piece Brewing coaster my pint glass is sitting on

S ~ musty, lemon grass, citrus hints....very l ight

T ~ malty, lemony brew...blend of some malty flavors, light breadiness...

M ~ tarty light-to-medium bodied ale....

O ~ an interesting flavored beer....a decent extra in a trade, but nothing I'd search out for directly...Glad I tried it...

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to orcasteve for this one.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes. The taste is malty, hoppy/slightly, dry/bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, not much of an APA to me.

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Photo of necoadam
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an orange color with some amber highlights and some carbonation visible. Smell consisted of hops and some citrus aromas. Some yeast also could be detected. Some malts are way in the background, but not out of the picture completely. The simple malts and hops mixing in for the taste department with nothing really shining out. The Grail Ale didn't have this, but I noticed this one has some alochol bite at the very end. Just the average pale ale that's good to wash down some food. Worth taking a look at one of these beers at least.

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Photo of jtd1969
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden yellow with a tint of amber. Good carbonation with a good amount of lacing.

S - slight sweet malt, light caramel/citrus

T - Caramel, slight bread and rather light hop character (clean grassy/herbal in character)

M - Moderately high light bodied, good carbonation

O - Good drinkability. Definitely a session beer in my opinion. In regards to overall, I can't say it's bad, but not the pale ale I am going to reach for. I would drink it at a bar.

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Photo of plaid75
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong sweet buttery malt with a smattering of floral hop.

The flavor was likewise sweet and malty, with buttery and caramel notes. Mild hop presence.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a malty APA. Nothing really stands out here, not even on cask.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Blue Tusk 5/24/08.

Poured a clear golden amber with 1 finger of bubbly off-white head, good retention and lacing. Smells of honey, buttered biscuits, floral hops, lemon, fruit. Tastes of floral hops, grapes, lemon, biscuit, and a big buttery finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth and fruity with an acidic and buttery finish. Not something I would go out of my way to drink again, didn't taste very pale ale-like, though maybe I just had an off-batch.

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Photo of Suds
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Soft and hazy Amber in color, this brew is a typical american Amber ale. Fruity and slightly sweet. Earthy hops are notable in the taste and the beer has a medium body. Reasonably good, but not exceptional.

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Photo of Brad007
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mild golden color with a frothy white head into my glass. Not sure how I missed out on this one but glad I finally picked it up.

Sweet with buttery malt and some pine from the hops in the nose. Clean. Simple. But refreshing? Time to figure it out.

Ditto on the taste. Sweet, buttery malt with not much else. Resembles an English IPA more than an American IPA.

Lingering sweet, buttery malt dominates the finish. Very clean otherwise.

Middle-of-the road but still manages to quench the thirst.

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Photo of jsausley
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured by Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse, NY.

A: Golden and light without much character. Nice head and lacing with light carbonation.

S: Hoppy nose with citrus and light malts on top of an almost wheat base.

T: Reminiscent of a wheat. Nice and citrusy with a lot of soft tinges. Lacking of any major flavors but not a bad drinking beer. Nice and smooth.

M: Clean and crisp with hoppy bitterness.

O: Not terrible, fairly forgettable midrange pale.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a light orange/amber color (real amber, not beer amber). There is a slight cloudy haze. Minor soapy head. Seems to have very little carbonation. Appears to be thirst-quenching, no lace.

Heavy ringwood yeast smell. Completely overpowered by the yeast. However, it is still quite enticing. Fruity undertones, and do I detect a hint of apricot? It goes like this: 1) yeast, 2) apricot.

Taste reminds me a great deal of Magic Hat Fat Angel. Overwhelming yeast flavor with a hint of apricot. Slightly sweet malt undercurrent. Very little hop presence at all.

It's creamy and yet a little ashy. Dances on the tongue. It's much drier than a normal pale ale, or most ales for that matter. Thicker than I expected and the dry/ashy quality makes it cater to a particular taste. Not bad at all, but I would certainly have to limit it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear gold color with no head and carbonation that all but fizzled out after the first (5) minutes.

S - Light lemon and slightly herbal aroma Smells a little grainy.

T - Slightly buttery, a little lemon grainy flavoring, and a very slight citrus bitterness tries to surface but the malt beats it back down. Balanced, evenly blended across the sip, and a crisp dry finish. The overall flavor is light and not alot going on.

M - Thin, heavier side of light bodied, very gentle carbonation on the tongue that is almost slippery in texture.

O - SPA is an ale that drinks like it's more from the lager side of the beer tree. It's O.K., maybe a really good lawnmower beer on a hot summer day which isn't such a bad thing.

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Photo of dfolmste
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: As a Syracuse University student, I expected the beer to have an orange hue and I was not disapointed. A clear orange color with little carbonation. The head left a little to be desired, quickly disapaiting to nothing. As an Orange fan, I like the color.

Smell: Again a bit of the bubble gum that I disliked with their Swallow Wit. There is a bit more hops in the smell which makes me hopeful the gum will not be the primary flavor. Average smell.

Taste: Definately better than the wit. Bubble gum is still a tad noticable (especially in the aftertaste.) A bitterness is brought on by the hops and malt did a good job of offsetting the gum.

Mouthfeel: Similar to the taste with a medium body. These Middle Ages beers continue to surprise me with the carbonation being more than meets the eye. Gets better the longer it is held with the aftertaste staying pretty solid.

Drinkability: While I would like to think this beer represents Syracuse, I would have to give that distinction to Keystone Light. I would have a few more of these, but like our actual sports teams, there is plenty of room for improvement.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had during a middle ages Tasting.

A-clear yellow in coloe with some white head
S-smells more like a pilsner than a pale ale
T-malt comes through more so than hops
M-light bodied and smooth
D-my tasts is gone ina minute. Very drinkable

Doesnt taste like a pale ale, which is why it gets such high marks from me

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pure, bright, tangerine peel orange topped by a pastel orangish, cream colored cap of stiff foam. Since it's making no moves toward deflation, even at the several minute mark, I'll give it high marks for persistence. Scraps of chunky lace are visible in the (eventual) aftermath.

In terms of hoppiness, the nose definitely favors English varieties over American ones. The nose is really nothing special however. Underpowered is the first strike and uninteresting is the second. There's a hint of orange peel, but otherwise I detect nothing more than a muddled earthiness and very little malt.

There's a bit of a comeback once beer enters mouth, but not much of one. The beer is too lightly malted with a befuddled hop profile that lacks power and personality. I know that it's an APA and isn't meant to be excessively hoppy, but moderately hoppy would be nice. Although a bit more bitterness is apparent on the finish, the hop flavor still doesn't impress.

The body is strictly medium in heft and the mouthfeel comes dangerously close to flat. Carbonation is on the low end, yet I get the impression that the 'flat' sensation comes as much from the two-dimensional flavor profile as from the relative lack of bubbles.

Syracuse Pale Ale doesn't do much for me. It shouldn't be that difficult to brew an acceptable APA, but Middle Ages comes close to falling short of even that low bar. I'm still looking forward to trying the other MA brews that I have in my possession, all courtesy of HappyHourHero.

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