Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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Pale AlePale Ale

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 259
Photo of bbothen
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams beer engineering high tech glass.

Pours a pale orange color with a small 1 finger deep bubbly head. Head quickly disappears into a small bubbly ring around glass.

Smells mostly malty sweet, with some caramel, toasted grain, somewhat fruity, nutty.

Clean tastes of sweet caramel malts, toasted grains, faint fruity hops, some bread, and sweet honey. Nicely balanced clean flavor.

Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth.

Drinks nice and easy. Good session brew, although I prefer pale ales a bit more hoppy. Would have again.

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Photo of armock
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden orangish color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Upfront citrus hop on top of caramel malt

T - Follows the smell you notice the hops first then the solid caramel in the malt comes out finishes a little bitter

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I really liked this beer a lot if this was available to me on a regular basis it would always be in my fridge it has a very good taste thats easy to drink worth trying

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber colored with a nice head that fizzles to a thin,patchy lace.
The aroma of fruits,malts and grains.
The taste starts off slightly of fruit,malts and grains in the finish.
Slightly bitter feel with a light body,medium carbonation and a smooth finish and grainy notes.

Notes: Overall I felt this was a bit below average,yet I still felt this was a situational type of beer. You go to some ones place and they want to be cool so they get Ithaca beer. They bought a ton of the stuff and there is a gathering of good friends. You have one and most likely in the bottle and while it may not even taste as good as many craft beers of this style you enjoy it because it does not offend and you are having a good time.
This beer was just boring and that was after pouring it into the glass. Sweet malts and old cereal grains,yet still refreshing.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker orange-golden color. There is a slight amount of carbonation but it brings along with it a thin white head that laces all the way down the drink.
Smells a little off to me for some reason. There is a citrus hop smell to the beer but it is covered up by a strange smell I can't quite put my finger on, almost like a yeast strain of some sort. Kind of smells like cereal as well.
Taste is much better than the smell. The beer is dominated by a strong hop taste, maybe amarillo hops. There is a bit of cereal grain as well that subtles down the hops.
Mouthfeel has a good combination in it of thickness and smoothness. The beer is thicker than the usual pale ale but goes down nicely.
Drinkability is very nice on this beer. The beer has very nice taste to it, but is also subtle enough to drink a good amount of it. I was surprised by this selection as it has a really nice solid taste to it and I could drink it all day.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to armock for this one!

Pours orange-ish amber with a foamy white head that descends to a lasting bubbly cap, leaving thin lines of lacing.

The smell is floral (a bit perfumy) with hints of orange/grapefruit and pine. Mild.

The taste is floral/citric with a honey-ish and towards caramel-ish maltiness. It has a leafy, tea-like dryness with a sweet kiss in the finish.

Light to medium-bodied. Rather coating.

There's a slight harshness that slows it down, though a basic lightness that brings it up. Overall, things to mesh quite so well, but is the basic characteristics of a balanced, leaning towards hoppier APA are there. Not a bad brew, just nothing particularly special.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to tedstertm for this one: he was supposed to send He'Brew Rejewvenator but added this in the package as an extra surprise!

Poured from 12oz into 20oz Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Light caramel color with a pretty thick, whitish head with some good staying power. A good amount of carbonation bubbles are appearing, but doesn't look overwhelming by any means.

Smell: Floral hops and nuttiness and fruit smells

Taste: Starts with a sweet, almost peachy flavor. Finishes with a stronger, nutty hoppiness. A very good balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special, but still good. Smooth and a bit thick and well-balanced.

Drinkability: A pretty damn good beer that I would love to have again if only it was sold in my area! Something I could easily enjoy on a regular basis- but it is still short of being a standout.

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Photo of Mazeraski
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A - Pours a pale, deep straw color with a thin, white, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of sticky lacing.

S - Hoppy bitterness combines with alcohol and leaves a piney citrus note with a hint of general floral aroma at the end.

T - The piney hops hit the palate first for a nice initial bite followed by citrus and alcohol that mix along with a moderate carbonation, leaving a nice and pleasant finish.

MF - On the light side of medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation that adds a nice crispness to it.

D - Quite drinkable overall in the aspects of ABV as well as taste. Not too heavy either, although this wasn't unexpected.

Notes - On the whole a nice and pleasantly drinkable brew that has a good flavor going, albeit not terribly impressive. Overall, a nice brew that is tipped back easily even if it isn't too impressive.

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Photo of Lepley
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours reddish-orange, no head what-so-ever, even after a fairly aggressive pour.
S: Pretty hoppy, well, at least more than I expected. Sweet, piney, floral, citrus fruits.
T: Really sweet, light and citrus fruits. The lack of hops in its taste surprised me as well.
M: Light, smooth, pretty easy to drink.
D: At first I thought this was going to be an impressive Pale Ale, but the more I got into it the more bland it seemed. If there are other choices, drink those.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear orange with a huge pillowy head. A nice smattering of lace.

S. Bready toffee malt and some pine and citrus.

T. Quite hoppy with some earth and pine, mineral twang. The malt body is thin, just some light caramel/toffee balance, english style pale ale with a heap of cascades. As it warms, a roasted note emerges from the malt provides some more balance.

M. Viscious mouthfeel, stings palate with hop. Spritzy carbonation and a medium body.

D. Not a bad pale ale here from Ithaca. If you really like your cascade hops (and I do) this is a Pale Ale you will enjoy.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Pint Glass.

Apperance- Poured a clear, golden orange color, with a tad agressive pour a huge frothy white head popped up and stuck around for a while and left behind some decent lacing.

Smell- Aroma of piney hops.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Piney Hops and subdued malts, with a watery mouthfeel and clean crisp finish.

Drinkability- A good beer, quite sessionable.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After a hard pour pillowy white head lifted high and settled nicely to a fine layer. Brilliantly clear with a golden orange color and few bubbles.
Smell of floral and herbal hops dominates but doesn't overwhelm. Some bisquity malts and a light toasted grain aroma are welcomed. Fresh cut grass is in there too!

Taste of spicy herbal hops followed by slightly caramel sweet toasted malts. Some bitter hops in the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Medium to light bodied and not much alcohol warmth.

Easy drinking Pale Ale and quite good as a session beer. Good flavor that keeps you interested and doesn't overwhelm. A very good Pale Ale from Ithaca. Thumbs up.

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Photo of Pencible
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a clear gold with white head. It smelled like fresh barley malt with some honey sweetness, and had some light copper hops. It tasted like orange and copper hops with some very basic and bland barley malt. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a mildly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very basic pale ale that didn't have the cleanest flavor. But it didn't taste bad, and it had good body, so I could drink it. However, this is not a beer I'd try again.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden honey with a nice little finger of white head. Stickiness is good about half an inch down, leaving a scattered latticing of lace.

S: Pleasant, but a little fruity rather than the hoppiness that I might expect. Pineapple juice, "Dole mixed fruit", sliced peaches and pear.

T: Mellow, but a nice medley of flavours. Similar to the aroma in that it has a lot more fruity flavours than hoppy bitterness. Canned peach in apricot, complete with syrup, with a bit of pear in there, too.

M + D: Mild and medium bodied, but it's easy drinking. I'd prefer a little more bitterness on the palate, but it's brewed in such a way that it makes for a very good session candidate. I'd go for more, if for that alone.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a rich gold color with a barely existent white head. It's a bit sparkling and the clarity is excellent. Pretty. The aroma of clean pine is backed up with a delicate floral quality and a slight hint of grain. The body is medium light on the tongue with bright carbonation. It's a bit sudsy; maybe oily. It has an astringent finish that I've come to recognize in Ithaca beers. The flavor is of clean, bright, piny hops. It turns a bit skunky towards the end of the taste. The flavor is quick to fade but the astringent finish remains. Not complex at all.
(rated Mar 1, 2007)

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear coppoer color. Poured a thin 1 finger head that disipated quickly. Laced in broken rings. Decanted continually.

S: Fresh floral hops. Citrus zest.

T: Nice balance of hops and malt. Beer finished pleasantly (slightly) bitter.

M: On the light side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Lingering bitter in the finish (not in a bad way).

D: Solid APA. Tolerable abv. Pleasant balance is important part of this beer.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber color with an average off-white head that quickly settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a sweet bready malt and floral, juicy hop. Not very strong but nice. The taste is off a short lived grapefruit hop flavor, juicy. This is neutralized by a bready malt with hints of honey. Not the most flavorful APA but the hop flavor is definitely there. The feel is a moderate body with fizzy carbonation resulting in a crisp drinkability. The brew has a light bitterness that runs throughout. A nice APA, not has hoppy as others but that is fine with me. Very easy to drink and is a welcome break from all of the malty brews I have had lately.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
For an APA, pours a very deep, dark, ruddy, tawny, copper hue with a minimal frothy head that quickly receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Grainy, earthy, straw-dominated aroma...
Taste: Earthy flavor with hints of caramel, vanilla, honey, and slight grains with a strong mint aftertaste...
Creamy, thick mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability...
Not bad...

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Photo of perfectkaos
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another of the beers from the ithaca variety pack i bought a while ago.

pours a copper color with an off white head that fades to a small ring around the top of the glass with some nice lacing.

balanced smell of malts and hops, nothing overpowering.

a very light tasting, easy drinking beer. a little note of hops up front balanced by malts on the back end but nothing really dominates.

i generally prefer beer with a little bit more flavor, more specifically i like a little more bite in my pale ales. but this is a beer thats super easy to finish off. id drink it if it were the best available, but im not going to seek this one out anytime soon.

Cascazilla is still the king of ithaca beers

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Photo of garcia2a
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear copper color, light carbonation, a thin head that laced nicely.

The bouquet is heavy on the bready malts with nice roasted grain and grassy hops on the backend. The taste has nice malt and grain in the front tongue, pretty straightforward. The backend of the taste is where the complex action is. Just a touch of hops with a caramel/toffee and tangerine citrus dry finish define the tasting experience. The backend and aftertaste were nice surprises.

The body of the beer is medium, a bit heavier than a Sierra Nevada. The mouthfeel is good, little cloying.

Overall, a friendly beer that is tasty and refreshing.

There is a little earthiness, perhaps a trace of citrus, but not much. The overall effect is quite earthy and bready. The mouthfeel is good, but not great - thin, but on the right side of water.

This is an ok beer - there are plenty worse - but hardly the top ranks of the style.

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Staples. Clear copper with almost no head. Aroma of hop flowers and just a hint of dough. Moderately bitter, clean and refreshing. The cascade aroma is there until the end. I drank 5 of these and never got sick of it. I prefer this to their Flower Power, which is still a good beer but just not as drinkable.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite malty, relatively little hop character. Not bad - a bit unusual for an American Pale Ale, but not astonishing either.

Pours very clear copper, but a thin head, but good lacing. The aroma is all malt, bready and cereal-like. The flavor is heavily malty, like a strong, light colored crystal malt. It's hard to pick out the hops - there is a little bitterness on the back, but not strongly so. There is a little earthiness, perhaps a trace of citrus, but not much. The overall effect is quite earthy and bready. The mouthfeel is good, but not great - thin, but on the right side of water.

This is an ok beer - there are plenty worse - but hardly the top ranks of the style.

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Photo of Tbn2
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap in a pint glass.

A-Crystal clear, deep copper color with no head to speak of.

S-Good blast of earthy hops and a slight aroma of roasted barley on the back of the nose.

T/M-Opposite of the smell. The roasted grains hit you first then it moves quickly to the hops. The hops linger all the way through for a nice dry finish.

Overall this is a good beer from one of my favorite breweries in NY.

Bottoms up...

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Photo of csmiley
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a color that leans toward a darker shade of gold. Some orange highlights are apparent in the right light. Head and lacing were both just above average.

S - Light in the smell department. Sweet malty aromas are equally mixed with hops in this one. On the sweeter side are caramel and honey. Hops have a citrus notes first, then some earthy aromas some in to play.

T - Seems like the hops and malt are really fighting for control of this beer. First flavors are caramel and grain followed by a smooth fruity hop flavor. The very next sip has the hops just a little more out in the forefront.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finish has some remaining bitterness and does not linger.

D - Drinkability is average. Not much in this beer makes me crave another. Somewhat bland overall. Given all the other choices, I'd go for something else before getting this agian.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden amber color with 1" of foamy cream colored head, ok retention, nice lacing. Smells of biscuit, honey, floral hops, and grass. Tastes of grainy malt up front with some caramel notes, then apricot, grass, and floral and spicy hops in the finish. Medium light in body with good carbonation. A little thin on the malt side, but a great hop presence in the back end with a nice dry crisp bitter finish. Low in alcohol and easy to drink. Sessionable if you like good hop characteristics.

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Photo of jackorain
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Almost clear with an amber color. Off-white head of 3/4 inches in height on agtgressive pour. Okay retention and a nice lace.

S-not much here, a little floral hop and a touch of biscuit.

T-Caramal and biscuit, faint floral hop in the background. Herbal hops in the middle. Litlle bitterness at this party

D-not too much

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