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

Syracuse Pale AleSyracuse Pale Ale
211 Ratings
Syracuse Pale AleSyracuse Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 10-30-2001

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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of Roguer
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pale straw color, almost transparent, but still slightly cloudy. One finger of white head which quickly dissipated to a thin layer. Very little lacing.

S - Pine hops and wheat malts; some spice as well. Slightly sweet smelling, focusing on a dominant malt profile: wheat grain, butter, and sugar.

T - Light and bright initially, followed by a strong wave of back-of-the-throat malts, including caramel, butter, and a bit of a liquorice flavor. Hops are fairly mild, showing pine. Some earthy woodiness. Interesting flavor profile, but not my cup of tea (beer). Taste follows aroma pretty closely.

M - Extremely light and lager-ish. Makes for a quick drink, which is good for this style. Very little oily hop residue, little carbonation sting, no sense of alcohol (of which there shouldn't be, at 5.0%).

O - This seems like an experimental flavor, with some pine hops and a huge malt character, all in a light-bodied ale. It's not a bad beer, but I wouldn't dream of making it my everyday ale.

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Photo of deapokid
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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 CaptDavyJones
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of vonnegut21
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a brilliant, slightly hazy orange color with massive white puffy head. Much attractive sticky lacing.
Smell is very subdued with only a mild summer fruitiness to be found.
Taste is also very light. I detect a slight bit of summer fruit and a touch of hops at the ned. Very light and refreshing with a somewhat shallow mouthfeel.
Easy to drink, but I like their other beers better.

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Photo of NJBeer265
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear orange amber with some wispy white lace that is retained
Aromas of sweet floral hops, some darker malt and fruit.
Flavor is smooth with a crisp malty and biscuity taste. Bread and butter aroma notes come to mind.
Mouthfeel starts with a malt sweetness and then shifts to a bitterness with some citrus notes.
Drinkability is very pleasing, nice solid beer from a great NY brewer.
Thanks to PPoitras for the Middle Ages sampler.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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 logicalparadox
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Truly a pleasant surprise! Wasn't expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did.

Pours a deep golden hue, with a fuzzy kind of haze that yet retains clarity. Beautiful head rolls upward as I pour and sticks around for a bit, dissipating into a nice crown with dregs of lacing sticking to the side. Impressive for the style.

The aromas are all sweet and malty, but crisp. Sweet bread and grain, with some something pretty... a little off-floral, without being identifiable. Yeast and rising bread.

The taste follows the nose, with cracker, fresh-baked doughy bread, yeasty goodness, and some mild fruity and flowery notes to round things out. Bitterness is present in the very back of this picture, just barely being present enough to support the rest of this composition. Sweet on the front, with some subtle bitterness in the middle, and a long sweet, bready finish. Just when you think the ensemble is all sweet, a mild but noticable bitter punch hits you in the very back of your throat, as if to say "notice me; there's more to me than just that".

Mouthfeel is medium, a little on the lighter side, very much like a lager or a pilsner, yet with some extra tooth added by the creaminess of a robust carbonation. Smooth; so very smooth.

Overall, I'm loving this brew. My final opinion can be summed up quite succinctly: MMmmm, Beer! If there were such a thing as a generic, but quintessential beer, at least toward the American experience, this would be it. The style taken to its proper place.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of vande
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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 thekevlarkid
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at a local joint in Manlius, NY while visiting my gorgeous, Russian gf, this beer was an orange-ish color with a slightly pink head. The retention was good and the lacing was consistent. The aroma was of light hops with a pleasant crystal malt and caramel malt background. The flavors were well-balanced but uninspired. Caramel malt, slightly fruity hops notes and a touch of yeast. The hoppy aftertaste lingered on the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and semi-creamy, the body medium and the carbonation good for the style. An American Pale Ale in every way, but very generic in every way.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of clvand0
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to shippos for sending this my way. It pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus and it has a buttery character. Interesting. The flavor has a little of the citrus, but has a lot of the butter character ... and I don't like it so much. The body is nice and the drinkability is ok, but the flavor just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of joe1510
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Received in a recent trade with Isreal, thanks bud! Syracuse Pale Ale is mildly hazy dirty copper with a peach hue. A pillowy two finger ivory head formed on the pour, eventually falling to a solid cap and leaving patchy lacing here and there. A good looking beer to be sure.

Biscuity malts with a drizzling of caramel form a solid malt foundation. The hops come through with a combination of bitter and sweetened orange peel that's been sitting around awhile. If this was all that was present everything would be good. The problem here is the yeast. I always find Middle Ages yeast to leave a buttery aroma and taste to all their beers and I'm not very fond of it. It's not as bad in some as in others but this is one of the others. It does mellow with some warming though.

Luckily the butter is kept to a minimum in the flavor. The malts become a bit more caramel-like then the nose suggested. Orange flashes through here and there lightly sweet but faint at the same time. Slight butter on the finish that doesn't seem to get in the way as much as in the nose.

The carbonation is on the low end of the spectrum which lets this beer work through on its own. Medium bodied with a nice silky smoothness.

Even with the buttery yeast character I could drink a few of these at a time. The beer looked good but the smell threw me off at first.

I wasn't too fond of this beer when I stuck my nose in the glass but it got better from there. Not one of my favorites but I could drink a few of these at a time.

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Photo of Jayli
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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 TheBrewo
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of robust golden yellow. It holds a two finger head of creamy whitish bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving thick sheets of lacing down the glass. There is a chill haze to it, with no sediment noted. Carbonation is robustly active. The nose shows metallic pale malts, and lightly adjuncty chalk. The hops to balance are floral and lemony, giving a slight pucker. With warmth comes plastic phenols, adding bitterness, and a chalky grassiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is refreshing, but a bit on the light side. As we sip, cleanly toasted pale malts hit first, mixing with soft citric malts, and light wheatiness. Lemon juice bitterness works in, with moderate chalky dryness. The peak comes with metallics, pale malts, baker’s yeast, citric fruitiness, and bittering mineral. We finish the swallow on notes of sweeter malts, with flashes of white sugar, floral and citric hops, more chalky, plastic phenols that bounce off the ethanol, and muddy pale malts. The aftertaste breathers of booze, those muddy pale malts, chalk, plastic phenols, light metallic adjuncts, and black pepper. The body is medium, and the carbonation is full. The latter gives big froth and cream to the sip, whereas there is nice slurp and pop on the back. The mouth is wet and happy, with slightly puckering astringency by the final drop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer glugs easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the cleanliness of flavoring, and the drinkability. The flavor starts freshly, with nice pale malts, and a citric hop blend. This stays true to the very end, where the malts become a bit more muddy and bittering. This really doesn’t affect drinkability that much though. Coupled with the nose and slurp, this is a great go-to pale ale, and a well-kept local secret.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden copper color with 3 fingers of white head and tons of bubbling.

S: Malt up front with some minor fruit notes in the background.

T: Tastes very light with malt dominating. The fruit is there at the end with a subtle hop finish.

M: Very crisp and refreshing.

D: Great everyday beer. Like all Middle Ages products this taste more like an English pale with American accents. Great beer to enable me to drink local.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Docrock
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ajzy
1.25/5  rDev -63%

Photo of soju6
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Syracuse Pale Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 211 ratings
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