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

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 10-30-2001

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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 quasimoto
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aromas of musty woodsy ringwood yeast and piney floral hops start off this beer. The flavor right off the bat is a nice balanced malt with a slight background of hops. The malt is slightly toasty, and not too sweet. Almost Italian bread-ish. The mouth feel is light and very easy to drink. Not too much carbonation, barely any actually. Which makes me think of a cask ale. very nice. I have become a fan of this beer. When I first had it a long time ago, I swore I would never drink it again. I am definitely a changed man.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed gold and amber. Very small amount of off-white head that falls fairly quickly. Bland nose. Flavor is pretty subdued with a slight metallic tone. Very miniscule hops tones. Feel is good with the bubble on the tongue and a nice liquid feel. Overall it is a fairly decent brew, but it seems like it is kind of lacking a bit in strength,

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Photo of williamherbert
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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 tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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 tempest
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a pitcher at Kelly Cole's. Looks a pretty amber with a short head. Smells of estery fruit. Tastes of ringwood with a mix of fruit and creamy butterscotch over lightly carmelized grains and grassy hops. This isnt an amazing-tasting beer, but its very nice and one of my favorite local session beers.

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks ShiniTriad for the bottle!
A cold beer and carefull pour left me with nothing in the means of head. The colour shines but the body is hazed over. Fair aroma, a very light use of hops, enough to lend some grassy (maybe slightly estery) highlights. Cabonation on the level and texture just right. A highly quaffable pale ale, they've done the job at making an easy drinking pint that still offers some character. Flavour has a soft malt touch, very British style again, a characteristic of this brewery. Great balance and malt that never fails to show up. Not overly hoppy, or anything mind-blowing - that's their bag I dont think. In a market of American craft breweries that try to outdo eachother with innovative, high gravity remakes, it's refreshing to find a solid, simple, traditional style product. They make a quality product, that is simple but solid. A great quality ale, exactly the craftmenship I expected from Middle Ages.

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Photo of plaid75
3.21/5  rDev -7%
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 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 Naes
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a ridiculous head. My initial pour turned out to be almost completely head. Anyway, it is a pale golden/copper color with a huge white head.
The aroma is of floral hops with just a trace amount of hops hidden in there.
The flavor is also dominated by floral hops, but it does have a light toastyness near the finish; slightly bitter near the finish.
Mouth feel is a bit over carbonated.

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Photo of orfeu
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange with moderate carbonation and a bubbly white head that goes away pretty quickly. Mild hop aroma, yeasty fruits (apples, appricots, oranges), and that distinctive Ringwood diacetyl. Juicy peaches and orange peels ride atop a persistent butteriness. Although this isn't what I necessarily expect from a pale ale, this really wasn't bad and actually worked quite well with the vegan mac-n-"cheese" casserole I had for dinner. Super drinkability. Went over well with dinner guests, too. I'll definitely buy this again as a session beer.

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Photo of clvand0
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Stimack
4.19/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to try this brew on cask last evening. It was pulled to an orange/copper color with a fair sized head that had pretty good retention and leaves a nice amount of lacing. The aroma seems to be mostly hops but you can pick up hints of a buttery scent. Over all it is a good aromatic brew. The taste has a definite floral hop taste but I am also able to pick up a nice malt flavor that really is a nice accent. Also can notice an aftertaste that reminds me more of fruit, than hops? Over all it was a real nice offering. Would get this brew again. Will have to grab some in bottles for a evening.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3/5  rDev -13%
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 kbnooshay
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice orange color with a nice sweet aroma. Not much of a head. The taste is different. Really sweet and fruity and therefore reallly easy to drink. Intruiging flavor. The mouthfeel is almost sticky and smooth. Nice non-amazing Pale Ale. My first Middle Ages.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light amber with a white medium head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is there but sort of obscure and earthy. I see why when I took my first sip. Earthy really stands out. The body is pretty light and finishes with the long earthy taste. Nothing else really stands out here. The bitterness is consistent early on and is not unpleasant but not overly satisfying.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.82/5  rDev -18.3%
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 francisweizen
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

MUCH different in the bottle than it is on cask. Dark light golden/amber colour with a head of white foam that dies down quickly, but stays, and leaves some lacing. Carbonation is here, but not in your face. The aroma is fruity, estery, and really showcases this breweries use of their house yeast strain (ringwood). Buttery aromas come into play as well, but they are not too intense. Hops are definately more in the background here, and I find myself asking the question, "is this a magic hat brew?" The taste is good, but where are the hops in this bottled brew? This stuff is buttery, and fruity up front with a ton of yeast flavor, unfortunately the citrusy hop flavors that were so prevalent in the cask version of this brew just fade to the background here. Mouthfeel is light and cask-like, and drinkability is good, but this is such a different beer on cask. The lightness in flavor of the bottled version just doesnt really do it for me. Sorry guys!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of Sammy
2.47/5  rDev -28.4%
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 jdhilt
2.27/5  rDev -34.2%
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 necoadam
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Southernbrew
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange with a medium bubbly head.

Flowery hops with a grassy element and sweetness dominate the aroma. That Ringwood also comes in.

Full bodied, smooth with light carbonation. Light fruit flavors blend with bitter hops and caramel sweetness. Flowery hops show up midway through and then leave a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

A very easy drinking pale ale. That Ringwood is starting to become more apparent with every Middle Ages brew I enjoy.

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Photo of wailingwench
2.13/5  rDev -38.3%
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 ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer, purchased at Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY, as part of a group of Middle Ages singles.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, 1/2" slightly off-white head formed, and held it's own with excellent foamy lace. Brew is a light copper tone and has a hoppy aroma which has yeasty undertones. Taste is initally of the light malts, crosses over to bitterness for the main attraction, and then fades with a crisp, somewhat fruity aftertaste. A nice respresentaion of the Pale Ale style.

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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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