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
Ratings:
59
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
14.49%
 
 
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at dine bbq, syracuse. pours a gentle wheat ale color, with hues of orange and copper in lesser quantity, and a substandard head of only about a quarter inch, but it may have sat on the server tray awhile, the place was packed as always. the nose is more like the ithaca apricot than a magic hat number 9, super fruity, almost jammy, with wheat malt undertones and a lot of residual sugar. the flavor is the same as the nose, but the sugar cuts through some of the heat of the spicy food at the restaurant, which is much needed sometimes. lots of fruit, lots of sweet. the feel is alright, plenty of carbonation and a sticky medium body. id like to see more of the sugars fermented in this beer to dry out the finish and take away some sweetness while also providing enough alcohol to cop a buzz. still though, a tasty brew, i like proprietary beers, and this is a good one.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Kurmaraja
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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 malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light golden yellow, with some orange tinges. Half inch head, and only a small amount of lacing.

Smells fairly weak, some malt sweetness, and a bit of fruity hops.

The taste is similar. It doesn't necessarily taste bad, it's just boring. Herbal hop character, a bit floral, with some fruity yeastiness that is quite common in Middle Ages beers. A bit of caramel malt sweetness.

Light bodied, crisp, dry mouthfeel, medium carbonation, pretty drinkable.

This is ok, but I probably won't get it again.

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Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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 WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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 spinrsx
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Dinosaur BBQ Syracuse NY for 4$

Appearance – Amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, malts, citrus, herbal notes, apricot

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with citrus and some apricot. There is also some herbal grassy notes and some light hops. It ends with a grainy slightly fruity aftertaste.

Overall – Just okay.. it seems a little unbalanced and a touch too sweet. Still worth a try but not something I'd buy again.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 grahuba
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of argock
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
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 vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of bostonryan
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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 JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ape-Hanger ale has a orange/gold colored body with a good bit of off-white head that leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

The aroma some fruit in it, mostly apricot, and then a light malt scent. I don't really pick up any hops though.

Nope, no hops the flavor either. In fact, I wouldn't really consider this beer an APA at all, and while beers often don't fit into a style, I would say "APA" is not the box I would force this one into. Up front there is a bunch of fruitiness in the form of apricot and following that there is a bit of pale malt that has a grain or cereal taste to it.

Mouthfeel is fine, a low alcohol, low bodied beer.

I like the fairly low ABV of Ape-Hanger, and I have to admit that it is a decent choice to wash down any item on the Dino's menu of awesome BBQ, but besides that I'm not a huge fan. I've never had the Apricot Ale that Middle Ages produces, but I find myself wondering just how similar Ape-Hanger is to that beer.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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 polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of chefduff2
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of timmy2b
1.25/5  rDev -64.5%

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Ape Hanger Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.52 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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