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Ape Hanger Ale | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,425
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
62
pDev:
14.29%
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.29/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft.

Murky rusty brown.

No head or lace.

Pear & apple notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel, bordering on thin.

Clove & pear cider in the taste; hint of red wine. Complex yet sessionable.

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Photo of sponberg
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Dinosaur in Syracuse. bright golden orange with a white head - looks like and smells like Syracuse Pale Ale Lite. Mild malts and hoppiness, amybe a hint of apricot, peach, or slight diacetyl.

(takes a bite of pulled pork sandwich) (big sip) Ahh, a beer with a purpose, and that purpose is to cut through the sauce. A cold pint of this beer is excellent with smoked Q - not an overabundance of hop or malt character to get in the way of the Q, but enough fruity malt and slightly citrusy hops to clean the palate. It's fairly low in alcohol (around 4.7% if I recall correctly from the tap room) with a crisp mouthfeel (not a lot of excess sweetness or chewiness going on) and goes down VERY easily.

That said, I prefer the ImPaled Ale with Q, but that's my personal hop and sauce thing. My sister loves this beer.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of probert
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at dinosaur BBQ it was okay.... Seems to be something that Middle Ages makes for the restaurant. A typical light ale not too heavy not too light

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Photo of MTNboy
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not sure but I do believe this is a beer that they exclusively make for Dinosaur BBQ.

Appearance- A light bronze color that at has little bit of a gold hue. It had about two fingers of head and about middle of the road lacing. A little bit of carbonation bubbles in the body but not much.

Smell- Nice aroma it has more of a beer smell then a fruit beer smell if that makes any sense. It has a fruity after smell.

Taste- It has a good Pale Ale flavor but then the fruit kicks in. I think the apricot brings out the hops flavor and they work well together.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and some what creamy.

Drinkability- Good and it goes well with the BBQ.

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Photo of grahuba
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my 800th review!!

A classic, clear golden amber color with healthy but very lively white head, sticks around only so long but there is plenty of good foamy coverage left.

Earthy and herbal hops are abundant with a surprisingly aromatic malt.

The Balance of crispy pale malt and earthy herbal hops is just right, right on the level of the classic SN Pale. a bit more pineapple bitterness though which is evened out by a rather large presence of malt.

Light and crispy with a healthy level of smooth foam to round it out.

It drinks easy on tap.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowy fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and fruity pale and carapils malt scent along with a fine yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a light pale malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes fruity. There are little hops present. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but not the best offering from MIddle Ages. I'd like to try this while eating at Dinosaur BBQ.

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Photo of colonia25
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at (where else) Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem, NYC, pours lighter honey amber, with a respectable light tan head, leaving minor lacing. Moderate hop infused sniff. This is a pleasant enough, slightly better then a middle of the road craft brewed pale ale. Nothing super special here, but a decent thoroughly session able ale. Of course it did go pretty well with the Dino's top notch (especially for NYC) BBQ

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Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had Middle Ages Ape Hanger Ale at the Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester (great place BTW).

As with most beers at the Dinosaur, it is severed in standard pint glass. The beer is medium gold with a slight chill haze and a sticky white head.

Light grains and something fruity like apricot.

Taste tracks the smell. Milled grains, a bit of cracker and apricot and pear. I like the interplay of the malts and hops. Some caramel notes at mid-glass.

The mouth is yeoman like. It is an easy drinker and went very well with my BBQ.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of jmw4437
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of voortex824
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got my growler filled at the Comsumers in Orchard Park,a beer made for Dinosaur BBQ.Poured into an impy pint glass a light golden with some deep orange hue a thin white head that gone pretty fast atop,very toasty aromas like cracker malt with a touch of caramel and faint herbal-like hop.A sessionable pale here in flavor and drinkability toasty/biscuity flavors and feel with a touch of caramel but this remains on the dryer side with a "gree" herbal hop presence that finishes this ale off nicely.A little grainy feel in the mouth oh so drinkable,not a heavy hitter flavor wise but it is pleasant this is easy throwin pack here.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester, NY.

A- One finger of light tan head, pale golden-copper colored beer.

S- Malty, sweet, dried fruit, hops.

T- Slight hops with a strong apricott undertone. The fruit battles with the hops to make a smooth balanced taste.

M- Creamy, not really dry at all, light, smooth.

D- I wasn't wild about the apricott taste, but it was nice to try.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jsausley
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from draft at the Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse, NY.

A: A nice soft amber with tinges of red. Some head, minimal lacing. Carbonation is apparent.

S: Hoppy and malty but not overly strong. Big citrus notes.

T: Malt body with a hop nose covered in grapefruit and tangy sour bread. Pretty tasty, no lingering bitterness and easy enough to go down after some hearty foods.

M: Balanced and easy, crisp with a nice drinkable feel and noticeable hop twang with some carbonation.

O: Gotta try it when you go to the Dino. Balanced and good, pairs well with a hearty meal.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Dinosaur BBQ in Brooklyn New York.

The beer is a clear golden amber with little to no head.

Aroma is more biscuit malt than anything else.

This beer is listed as a pale ale but the intense malt and lack of hops make it fit more in the amber category for me.

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Photo of orfeu
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at Consumer's in Lockport, NY. This is the only place I've seen Ape Hanger Ale for sale outside of Dinosaur BBQ (they probably sell it at the brewery from time to time too, I suppose). Slightly hazy peach with a just off-white head, really frothy and big bubbled, disappearing shortly. Barely any lacing. The nose is rather disappointing: meager apricot scent with faint floral hops floating somewhere in the background. Sort of a sour thing going on, too, just like a "wort" scent, with mild biscuit aromas too. The flavor is extremely lightweight for both Middle Ages and craft beer generally speaking: Mild apricot juice with some muffled floral/spicy hops; a substantial bready malt flavor comes through after mid-sip and lasts through the finish, narrowly saving this beer from leaving me completely bored. Medium-thin body, lightly carbonated, sorta juicy, sorta dry. Nothing much going on here. In short, I want to say it's a fruity lager that has been given honorary ale status (really, though, it lacks that "lager cleanness"). If Swallow Wit wasn't so off-the-mark in terms of style, this would be my least favorite of Middle Ages offerings. Easily their weakest beer, designed to appeal to tourists hitting up the "Harley" restaurant. Washes down pizza easily enough, anyway.

EDIT: Actually improved in flavor after being opened and sitting in the fridge for a day. The biscuity malts came to the fore and made it a more pleasureable beer to taste.

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Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Dinosaur BBQ

I didn't pick up much hops at all and would call this one more of a golden ale than anything. There's a bunch of Ringwood yeast creamy fruit and spice up front with sweet pale malts that follow. It's just a simple beer and washed down your meat choice of the day.

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Photo of argock
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cereal grains and blueberry and melon and floral notes in both nose and flavor, tough to know if from hops or yeast esters. Light bodied feel with medium carbonation. Decent but run of the mill light ale.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty mess with little flavor.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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