Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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81
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260 Ratings
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Pale AlePale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
260
Reviews:
143
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 260 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of magine
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of whallgren
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of williamherbert
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light and clear orange-amber color. Decent stubborn finger of foamy head. Quite clear. Leaves just a bit of lace.

Pleasant pale malt. Hoppier than most pales, quite nice, though nothing remarkable; it's good enough.

Flowery, estery *mild* hops. Dry, biscuity malt. It's very ordinary, but a pretty good value.

A nice, dry, slightly bubbly pale. Ordinary, pale as it should be, competent. A good deal overall.

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Photo of TommyW
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Orange with amber tints and a quickly fading, white head.

S- Big note of piney hops mixed over some pale malt and fruity sweetness.

T- Follows the nose pretty well. A big burst of piney hops mixed in with various fruity flavors.

M- Medium feel that thins towards the finish. Smooth overall though due to pale malts.

D- An pretty decent Pale Ale. It's really nice when you can get a fresh batch of this stuff straight from the brewery; makes a big difference.

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

This beer poured a murky reddish copper with a foamy off-tan two-finger head. The smell is mostly sweet malts and some floral hop characteristics. The taste starts off with some piney hops that quickly fade into the background and let the beer finish with some sweet caramel sweetness from the malts and leaving a fairly clean palate. The mouthfeel is is fairly thin with a medium amount of carbonation and helps lead to a nice refreshing beer that doesn't sit too heavy and that I could imagine having a couple bottles of without becoming tired of it.

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

Deep gold with a big pour head that drops and laces.
Smells piney mostly.
Taste is slightly sweet , a bit of steeliness and a back of the tongue bitter presence througout. Hops are more grapefruit than floral....and well balanced. with the malt.
Mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation fairly high.
Pretty good drinkable pale ale....not really a favorite style, but I do enjoy one once in a while...this is worth a try.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with decent head , some lacing

Smells like a pale ale , not as floral as some other Pale Ales, but some orange and pine are present.

Tastes of Caramel, Pine, Citrus, slightly dry aftertaste, medium bodied , good consistency
Overall a good beer - It could be a good session with these as it is not overly powerful or weak. Just enough to keep you interested, nothing to go bananas over.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I can't believe I have yet to review this.

12 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a one finger off white head that stays for a while. Stickiness is pretty full, can't complain about how this beer looks. Mild piney hops with a caramel malt sweetness in the nose up front. A bit dirty with earth hop aromas as well. I'm not too crazy about the smell on this one. The taste begins wtih a caramel malt and then a faint citrus flavor. There also seems to be an almost apple like effect on the tongue throughout. Aftertaste is a subtle dusty evergreen. Mouthfeel is light and fluffy with a medium body, very smooth for an APA. Enjoyably low abv for the style, I'm pretty sure it's up to %5 or higher as of '08. Ithaca Beer Co. is becoming my go to brewery now, I must have at least one of their beers in my fridge at all times. Keep it up guys.

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Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy amber-gold with a creamy white head that leaves lots of streaky lacing. Aromas of pine resin and grapefruit hops with a solid caramel malt backbone. Simple, but nicely done. Taste consists of more American hops - pine resin and grapefruit, with a slightly toasted caramel malt profile. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a solid Pale Ale, no real complaints here.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky ecru head that leaves some sticky lace around the pint glass

Smell: Clearly not a West Coast beer, as the hop aroma leans toward the earthy side, with just a hint of fruit

Taste: Toasted malt and stone fruit up front, with a growing earthy hop presence; after the swallow, the flavors are rather balanced, though restrained

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite pale ale, but nothing wrong with it; it tasted a bit more like an ESB to me

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

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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 IntriqKen
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice golden yellow topped with a full finger white head fills the glass. the head eventually melts to very thick lacing.

Aroma sweet pale malt and sort of orange peel hops.

Flavor is bright and clean. Sweet pale malt with a crisp citrus peel hop bite on the end.

A very nice refresher.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: The hops contribute a slight amount of bitterness and citrusy flavors to the overall taste, which also has some notes of toasted malts and hints of sweetness. The malty flavors become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and stands apart from other APAs because it is for the most part dominated by hoppy flavors. I would have no problem drinking more than one of these at a time.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice copper color with a white head when poured but will fiz out.

smell - Some light smells of hops and malt.

taste - Nice balnaced beer of malt and hops with a slight bitterness at the end.

mouthfeel - Light and carbinated.

drinkability - Not a bad beer, wasn't impressed.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beer pours a bit hazier than I expected with only a slight 1/4 inch of head no sticky lacing.

S - Smells kind of hoppy, almost with a mint like twang in the nose. Malts and grains smell balanced.

T - Definitely more hop forward than expected. Balances from a bitter pine to a more citrus hit but it does stick to the tongue so maybe a tad too hoppy. Gram cracker like malt has the right amount of sweetness to balance bitter hops.

M - Pretty light to medium bodied fairly easy to drink.

Overall I like only a bit of hops in my pale ales and this one seems like of out of the box on what I consider session able. Still it's a pretty nice beer that borders on IPA.

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Photo of Kendo
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is honey-amber colored with a 1-finger off-white head. Almost no visible carbonation. Some splotches of lace.

S: Cascade-type hops dominate the nose -- over sweet caramel malt. Nice.

T: First impression is about the body: it's thin. Finishes slightly metallic. Some caramel malt sets the foundation, then there's piney, citrusy hops. A lingering dry bitterness cuts the sweetness.

M: As noted above, it's thin. Carbonation is active in the mouth. Heft is light.

D: Pretty good.

Notes: someone brought this as a mixed 12-pack to my homebrew party earlier in the summer. The bottle did not say Finger Lakes Pale Ale -- it was just Ithaca Pale Ale -- but up top in smaller print there was some mention of the Finger Lakes. I'm assuming this is the same beer. . . .

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange hue with 1 finger of off white/cream colored head. Lots of large carbonation bubbles trapped along the side of the glass. Creamy head that leaves a small crown and light lacing

S: Smells of pale and caramel malts with a mix of floral and slight citrus hops. Smells like a good balance between sweet caramel malt and bitter floral hops

T: Good bitter pale ale where the hops are featured. Strong citrus flavor that blends into a slight spicy peppery finish. I want to say hints of cayenne in the finish. Malt is noticeable in the initial taste but is quickly overpowered by the interesting hop flavor.

M: thin mouthfeel the carbonation fizzles at the end to leave the peppery taste after a good hop flavor.

D:Good drinkability. Interesting peppery hop taste is enough to keep me coming back for a few of these.

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Photo of LucaBrasi
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a golden copper color with a thin white head, tiny carbonation bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell was lightly grassy with a hit of hops.

The taste is crisp and clean with a medium hoppy feel.

Mouthfeel is smooth crisp and refreshing at first but finishes with a slightly oily feel.

Drinkability is good. I was happy with this beer.

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Photo of TheHopMonster
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange with a small white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smells of floral hops and citrus like esters, very clean and quite pleasant. I can tell Cascade and possible Centennial hops were used for aroma

Taste wise, it is strong in hop characteristics. Very citrusy and I definitely wanna say Cascade was used in the boil because the floral aromas make their way up the back of your nose from your throat. Slight malt characteristics, very subtle but they are there.

Overall a very average pale ale, Im all for supporting Ithica Brewing co and they do put out a good product but I have seen other breweries do much more with their pale ales.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Lost Dog Cafe in Ithaca.

Poured with a short white head on an amber body. Smells of american hops, a little grapefruity, but not too strong. Slightly fruity taste. Good balance and goes with my greek chicken. Flavor of an APA, but more subtle like an english pale ale. Tasty and very drinkable. I'm not a big fan of IBC, but this hits the spot.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass, as my night of APA’s continues.

A: The beer is a light orange-gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt with hints of hops, citrus and spice in the background.

T: The taste is on the malty side with flavors of caramel & citrus. There’s a mild hops character that comes out next and sticks around with a little bit of residual sweetness in the after-taste. It’s pretty decently balanced as well.

M: Crisp and kind of smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, this is a good beer to pound, but I might look for something with a little more of a kick and a bit more flavor.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Standard looking tall, thin 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a plain brass colored crown cap. Single obverse green label just like that depicted on the BA avatar. Listed as ‘Ithaca Beer Co. Finger Lakes Pale Ale’. No strength or freshness date.

Appearance: Hazed orange amber body with a positively humungous head at first, gigantic in size it threatens to take over the Glass. 12 ounces produces three times its volume in froth. The light cream colored head has immense staying power, this must be sponsored by and laced with Viagra for it is permanently stiff and stood to attention. Drink this and if you don’t swallow fast enough, you could get a stiff neck. Laces the glass well.

Nose: Breaded malts with a crumb like texture with some lime, lemon grass and hoppy green stains on the nasal passage.

Taste: Caramel malts with a doughy sweetness in the front end. The middle is richer and exhibits a more Pale Ale character with a nice citric hoppy finish and a grassy staining attitude on the tongue that lingers for some time. Extremely astringent finish that is very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Solid feel with lots of malts, the body turns into a raw grain texture in the middle with a creamy bold hoppy finish that has a grassy ending.

Drinkability: The dry finish is somewhat attractive in the overall experience. It’s a drinkable Pale Ale that has a malty start with an astringent bitter finish which somehow makes you want to grab the next beer quicker.

Overall: A decent session Pale Ale that has a lot of Drinkability in the long term.

A Five Fingered Cheers to McCall for providing this Pale Ale.

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

Had a 2 oz. sample poured from the tap at the brewery into a glass tasting glass (much better than the plastic cups that some breweries use). Pours a clear light amber color with a white head which dissipates. Minimal to no lacing. Aroma is dominated by the hops, both woodsy and fruity. Flavor is a nice balance of the pale malt sweetness and the hop bitterness, with the hop woodsyness/fruityness again presenting itself in the finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with good drinkability.

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Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 260 ratings.
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