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Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This American Pale Ale’s hop profile is complimented with an ample amount of malt flavor. It’s cold-conditioned on Fresh whole leaf Cascade hops creating an unmistakable citrus-like aroma.

Added by purplehops on 03-03-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
83
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 83
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper/red body, topped by two fingers of level bubbly off-white foam. Good lacing. Its not pretty as a peacock, but its good looking enough.

Aroma is a mix of light grapefruit and fresh bread. Pleasant, not strong, but not requiring much work either.

Big fat dollop of malt sweetness hits the tongue first. Fleeting fruit. Bitter snap at swallow. Needs a lot more fruit and a lot less bitter for a good session apa.

Acceptable medium mouthfeel.

Overall, an okay pale ale, but not special enough to seek out on in a crowded beer store.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Discovered a mixed 12 pack from this brewery at a liquor store near the DFH Pub. Reminiscent of the run-of-the-mill, throw-in American Pale Ale in most mixed packs, this one doesn't do too much to stand out from the crowd. Decent hop bitterness, a decent malt back to it (moreso than the average APA), average mouthfeel an clean finish. Not bad by any means.. but I'd be hard pressed to pick this one out again over the 100 other options.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazy orange amber colored ale with a fading small white head. lots of sediment here with light carbonation. Aroma of light hops and malt, basic. A desent taste with some citrusy hops and caramel malts. A slightly toasted malt taste at the back end. On the palette it's thin and with some astingency. An okay beer, although i wouldn't rush out for another one.

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Photo of mentor
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thin layer of light tan head that settles over a nearly clear red amber liquid. Smells potent woody and piney american hops. Some red ale maltiness and iron.

Tastes hop flavor dominating over hop bitter and little malt flavor. Malt sweet is present, but non-distinct. Hop flavors are pine, oranges, and mild lemon. Hop bitter has some rough edge, which appears apmlified due to the strong carbonation and just detectable alcohol. Malt flavor is lightly of caramel. Some creaminess in the mouthfeel is nice, but the carbonation is too sharp and a bit acrid. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of wedge
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure why nobody has reviewed this beer yet. As far as I can tell, they started bottling at the DE brewery a few years ago. While I assume this is essentially the same beer that is brewed at the brewpub in Annapolis, MD, this is the bottled product from Dover. New to NC.

Amber with a modest, creamy off-white head. The aroma has a hint of diacetyl blending with some sweet malt and citrusy hop flowers. The butteriness works in favor of the smell, smoothing it out. Caramel and hoppy bitterness...not a tremendous amount of hop flavor. Some leafy and slightly metallic flavors. Standard medium-light body, a little dry in the finish.

Not bad, but flawed.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - not a very pleasant looking beer. Like Murky iced tea. Did have a slight retention of head.

Smell- some hop presence and some spice

Taste - very ho hum APA. Some mild hop bitterness with pine notes but lacking in positive flavors.

mouthfeel - decent for an APA

Overall - Not the best APA but its ok. Not too bitter so its somewhat easy to drink for the style.

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Photo of kevinglin
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma dominated by malt, not what I was expecting or looking for in an APA. Some carmelly sweetness in the nose with a hint of citrus notes. Flavor is just okay - the hop bitterness is a bit more assertive in the taste, but still quite a bit of malt in the profile. Mouthfeel is decent - well carbonated. Overall, okay, but if you are looking for a hoppy pale ale, this isn't it. If you lean toward malty beers, you will probably enjoy this one.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque copper with a finger of head. Lacing sticks nicely to the sides as it dissipates.

S - Citrus from the hops is most of the aroma with some malt taking up the back.

T - Definitely follows what the smell is. Starts out bitter and continues after swallowing. Still can taste the bitterness a good five minutes later.

M - Light with a good amount of carbonation.

O - Decent, but I wish it offered something more in flavor than the hops. Not bad when in the mood, but certainly not landing on my regular list.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass at the airport.
Color is a medium to light brown with little head. Some lacing around the glass.
The smell has some fruit notes to it, but is not distinct. It also announces a good amount of hops.
Tasting the beer you will detect some roasted malts up front, which will be immediately overpowered by a good amount of hops in the middle. Towards the end the hop bitterness is mingled with some citrus notes.
A good beer for tab, a little on the bitter side for my taste, but overall a good composition.

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Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Fred (I think) for sharing this!
Bottle dated 3/23/11. Review from written notes.

Into a small tulip it pours a high-clarity orangeish amber. A fluffy cap of off white foam follows. Slow trails of carbonation are visible. Retention is pretty good as the head lasts for a bit.

Mellow aroma of subdued hops, mild citrus and herbal notes.

Soft easygoing feel, mellow toasted malt and some herbal notes but not all that bitter. Light carbonation with a generally mild taste. Would have pegged this as an English pale due to the mellowness. Overall not bad but sort of average. Likely better as fresh as possible, this was about 2 months old.

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Photo of Jammies
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a golden orange with an inch of foam. Great retention

S- Mild and hoppy. A grassy odor. sLightly sour smelling

T- grassy and slightly bitter. The bitterness lingers

M- smooth. the hops attack bus dissipate

O- From the get go this beer looked delicious. A little too bitter for me, but not bad.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is coppery brown topped by a modest slightly beige head. Very clear and no significant lace. Smell is lightly toasty, creamy butter, and soft floral hops. Flavor is likewise with added prickly carbonation. Not bad I suppose, but nothing spectacular. I don't have very much to add about this beer. Texture is mostly smooth and ever so slightly gritty. Easy to drink and probably more of a warm weather drinking type beer. Might be ideal with greasy, grilled or spicy food.

An OK option.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice amber red with a 1+ finger frothy white head.

S: basic WCH of citrus and pine.

T: The initial flavor had a medium maltiness to it followed by a nice floral hopping of grapefruit and pine. The numerous different hops and malts used did not help this beer much as it only muddled the overall flavor. There was a nice amount of hop bitterness but basically had a one dimensional taste. A good attempt but think they outsmarted themselves trying to put to many spices in the soup.

M: decent with a nice dry citursy/pine hop lacing left behind on the tongue.

D: Overall a good small pub pale.

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Photo of praufs01
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy amber with a frothy off white head.

Aroma - Light caramel and toffee smell.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied brew with light carbonation.

Taste - Roasted malts and sweet caramel with a smooth finish.

Overall - Smooth brew. Has a nice light and refreshing flavor.

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Photo of Gavage
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a short 1/2" head that disappears quickly. No lacing develops. A few carbonation bubble slowly rise from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: mild caramel and some tart citrus tones are detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, mild bitterness, and a slight grapefruit bite arrives during the swallow. Very simple and straightfoward beer here.

Mouthfeel: light crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Very brief aftertaste as the flavors linger for a second or two on the tongue. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: nice session ale that can be quaffed all day long. This won't blow you away but I found this to be enjoyable.

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Photo of mempath
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a thick toffee head, settles fast, ok lacing...smell is a sour caramel that is interesting...wish it was more complex...taste is again not as expected with some sweetness, tiny hint of hops and a sourness (and some metallicness...). average creaminess, seems both thin and heavy. quite drinkable, but begs to be paired with food for increased drinability.

interesting, but not massively impressive.

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Photo of cichief
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Ram's Head Tavern in Savage Mills, MD.

A- A nice deep amber color, with a thick, white head which dissipated quickly.

S- Although served too cold to really get a good smell, I could detect flowery hops.

T- It tasted hoppy, but fairly well balanced, earthy. At a slightly warmer temp, it may have been better (or worse?).

M- It was well carbonated, seemed pretty well done for the style.

D- It would go well with food, or on its own. I would like to drink it at a slightly warmer temp, or on cask.

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Photo of bamadog
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 1/30/2010 and poured from the bottle to the pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a ruddy copper color with some slight ruby highlights; starts with a solid one finger off-white head that has moderate retention and eventually fades to a full and uneven skim; body is pretty clear and shows strong carbonation; spotty and stringy washes of lacing are left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nose is a little weak, but there are some light citric hops and a slight graininess to the nose.

Taste: Quite solid and enjoyable -- nice citric hops abound but don't dominate; well-balanced with a fine malt presence that doesn't come across as overly sweet; a light toasty graininess hides in the mouth and adds just a little bit to the bitterness as well; not an overly complex tasting beer, but a very fine drinking APA.

Mouthfeel: A fairly moderate body that is crisp and refreshing; leaves a minimal, yet moist, stickiness on the roof of the mouth; carbonation is just about right and keeps the drink alive without being sharp.

Drinkability: An easy drinking beer with great flavor and balance; not too heavy and the ABV isn't going to kick your ass or anything.

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Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Bronzish cooper with an orange hue... Lively carbonation... Head quickly fades, but leaves an appealing lace... Coats the glass well for an APA...

S - Malt and hints of faint citrus fruit... Terrific aroma, but slightly too muted...

T - Citrus and malt as expected... The hops come through on the back of the tongue... Excellent transition from citrus -> malt -> hops -> malt... Subtle complexity but very classy...

M - Medium bodied... Slight carbonation on initial sip... Creamy and smooth...

D - Very drinkable... Goes down smooth and easy... I wish it were slightly more aggressive in both scent and taste... It's good and has excellent qualities, but it's slightly too understated for my liking...

Bottle / Artwork - An odd looking bird takes center stage with a sailboat and lighthouse in the back fround... Kind of an odd bottle that doesn't really catch the eye, though I love the font used for "Fordham" from and center on the lable...

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, now brewed in Delaware

For an American pale it has a sort of more caramel-y darker color. Strong aroma, a general bitterness that's obviously from the hops but not all that hoppy either if that makes sense.

Tastes more like an East coast of European pale, but with the strength of a West coast pale. An odd sweetness mixed in there, defined aftertaste. Nothing fancy but distinctive, which I like. Difficult to classify how this tastes. Enjoyable, not quite a favorite and curious how this would be on tap.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tavern Ale
Fordham Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 6.10 %

Pours a clear copper color, with a solid amount of head that recedes a bit but does not disappear. Aroma of citrus, herb and floral elements. In the taste, mild orange citrus, pine and earthy notes but manages to stay light on the palate and let the hop flavor shine. There is a caramel like malt body with some brown sugar and nutty hints. On the light side of medium bodied but well carbonated. Overall, a nice brew, definitely could pass as a session beer with alittle less ABV behind it. Beer tasters have commented on the firm hoppyness and agreeable flavor.

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Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - An amber body which I was not expecting from an APA...a creamy off white head that retains nicely...good lacing

S - A balanced nose...but muted...sweetness from the caramel malts and some piney hops

T - The flavor is well balanced and a little more pronounce than what the nose would suggest...a great battle between the sweetness of the caramel malts and the piney (sometimes grapefruit) hops...the malts really take away any lasting bitterness

M - Medium bodied...creamy with no bitterness

D - This is a very drinkable beer weighing in at 5.5% ABV and being well balanced...I'm glad I tried this when I was in Maryland and might have to try other offerings from Fordham

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Photo of purplehops
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tavern Ale pours a hazy amber- orange with a white frothy head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is faint caramel malt with citrus and herbal hops. Tha taste starts with a bite of malt up front and then balances with flavors of citrus hops and some notes of biscuit malt or bread like flavors. The finish is moderately hoppy with some malt flavors trying to sneak in. Aftertaste is crisp and hoppy with notes of citrus lingering. Mouthfeel is medium with some mild carbonation and texture.
Overall a good solid American style pale ale. Enough said.

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Photo of cozmohollis
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: It has a dense, musky, and burnt orange color to it.

S: Had an orange, lemon and biscuit scent.

T: Citrusy and hoppy with a caramel malt flavor.

M: A medium bodied beer with medium carbonation.

O: I really like how well rounded this beer is, especially the caramel malt flavors it brought out. It's more enjoyable on a cooler day.

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Photo of blackie
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at the annapolis location on a gorgeous day

a: rich copper in color...comes with a fluffy off white head that soon recedes most of the way, leaving moderate lacing on the glass

s: Good, really similar to the taste, but just a touch weak. Slightly aged floral and citrus green hops come in over a warm, bready caramel malt base.

m: really smooth carbonation somewhere on the low side of the medium range, with a full medium body

t: pretty straightforward...doughy malts with a nice PacNW hop flavor that isn't quite fresh. Sweet citrus. Good hop bite in the piney finish really cleans things up well and lingers for quite awhile. Very well balanced.

d: easy

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Tavern Ale from Fordham Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.
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