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

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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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Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very large, slowly fading head. Recedes in a chunky fashion leaving some spots of lace. The brew is cloudy (although one can read through the glass) and light amber in color.

First impression on the smell: honeydew melon--sweet without being sugary. Relatively mild with a light hop and even lighter alcohol.

Strong yeast bite, like a homebrew. The beer seems a bit watery to me. The aftertaste is an improvement with a mild hop bitterness showing up. Overall, it's drinkable but not special.

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Photo of neorunner
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #2 -

Thanks to Kevin (shrek806) for sending me this in Round #4 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Back in the groove, at least for a moment. Popped this 12 oz. and tried to get a sniff but the xmas scented wax kept me from prying any secrets from the bottle. Poured into a Triple Karmeliet glass.

Golden yellow in color with a very thin head. Slightly perfumy in odor. Body is very light and mellow. Taste is between a pilsner and adjunct lager. This has a macro backbone with a bit of a corn creamy touch.

The reveal - Syracuse Pale Ale. More a pilsner than a pale ale in my book. Then again I found their last beer to be a bit under hopped. The beer is light and very poundable, a great lawnmower / hot day beer.

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Photo of brentk56
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
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 brew3crew
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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 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 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 bierenutz
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a slightly murky golden amber color with a huge amount of foam although lacing is minimal.
S-Yeasty with some citrus floral notes.
T-Bitter tangy taste with buttery afternotes.
M-Thin feel but tons of carbonation.
D-Drinkable but forgettable.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I love the local reviews. Syracuse Pale Ale for this fine October evening

A- As orange as the orangemen. There is a thick head of foam that quickly disappears leaving fair white lacing on the side. Very clear though

S- the famous MA patented ringwood yeast shines through. There is some delicious tangerine tones that reach through as well. The malt is definitely present as well

T- I love this. Middle Ages just makes an enjoyable brew. The buttery yeast presence is topped off with a tasty fruity theme. The flavor is fantastic. The end of the taste is completely bitter and that literally completes the brew

M- a little too carbonated for me. Flavor is pretty good

D- SPA is totally drinkable. I highly recommend trying this brew. A real depiction of an English Pale Ale as crafted by some fine people in syracuse, ny

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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 thekevlarkid
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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 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 JustinJTisdale
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is for the person who LOVES hops. Its more or less the only thing you can taste on top of a little citrus in the mix. It is a very very bitter pale ale.

This beer has little to no taste of malt and no hint what so ever of alcohol content so be careful. Although its only 5% its easy to put back quite a few of these and find yourself in some trouble.

Overall its great for a summer afternoon on an outdoor patio.

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A gift from the source.

From a bottle into a tall pilsener glass.

Slightly hazy autumn gold fading into an almost yellow-orange at the bottom. Full inch and a half of cream white head that dissipates into a thin layer of sticky, lacy foam.

Smell of clean hops and a slight tinge of orange and lemon. No malt presence and the alcohol is nowhere to be noticed.

Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Clean, crisp taste of what tastes like cascade hops. A little watery and the hops are unbalanced. The malt comes though at the end with a touch of sweet. Although I like all the flavors, the hops don't last. There's a touch of this quinine/tonic-water flavor that I don't think works - and makes me feel like they've added water to the bottle... but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Nice, light mouthfeel - something I miss in lots of APAs. There's this tendency to go "bigger" when this nice refreshing mouthfeel works fine for most APAs.

It works - but I do wonder if they've filled the bottles with club soda.

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Photo of number1bum
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Middle Ages beer I've had plenty of times but never reviewed.

Pours a clear copper color with about an inch and a half of light beige head. Keeps only a thin lace and doesn't leave any stick. In my experience retention is poor with this beer on draft, as well.

Smells of some sweet toffee/caramel malt and buttery ringwood. Also some light citrus hops. It's clean, not terribly interesting, but not bad.

Taste is also quite clean and smooth, and while it doesn't knock our socks off it's well balanced. Some light caramel sweetness with a bready/grainy flavor goes along with some citrus, moderately bitter hops. The butter diacetyl flavor is not overpowering, but it's clearly a ringwood beer.

Mouthfeel is a light medium body, crisp and pretty smooth. Slightly dry actually.

This is a decent pale ale but nothing special. Their Middle Ages Pale Ale, a draft only that also goes by some other names, is a better pale. Somewhat mediocre, but a decent flagship.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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 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 dsa7783
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hefty pour yielded a clear, lucid, light-orange tint with a creamy, puffy head that soon dissipated and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Fruity, floral notes stand out...
Taste: Very crisp, clean, and refreshing... Not heavy on flavor, but goes down ultra smooth with hints of tangerines... Nicely balanced and a fine brew...
Easily drinkable... Definitely a good session beer...

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid cap of white head on this clear gold ale. Nose is sweet, clean malt and a light citrus hop. Light graininess and slight chalkiness. Clean refreshing flavour. Well balanced between malt and hops, hints of lemon and mild finishing bitterness. Smooth bodied and moderately carbonated, this is an easy drinking, refreshing brew. Should appeal to BAs and the masses alike.

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Photo of dfolmste
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Brianmerrilyn
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
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 joe1510
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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 HopDerek
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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 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 kevman527
3/5  rDev -13%
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 aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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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Syracuse Pale Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.45 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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