Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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81
good
260 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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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 erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of bcheng
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ahbaggins
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of spw109
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mikecampbell411
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of SLeffler27
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Durge
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear deep amber color brew with a modest but healthy looking head and decent lace. The aroma is an acidic wheat/citrus deal with some floral highlights but I also pick up some lake water foulness. It tastes pretty tangy, peppery, kind of dry biscuit on the tongue. On the grassy side, very tart and pretty lively in carbonation. OK summer faire, but not in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled 06/30/06. Review from notes.

A: Perfect copper color with an initial two finger frothy white head. Quick to dissipate with lots of bubbles coming from the bottom. Slight lace.
S: Floral hop notes with a grassyness to it. Grapefruit in there also. Caramel earthy malt background.
T/M: Grassy earthy hop flavor mixed with floral notes. Biscuity malt and slight caramel malt background combines well with the hops. Smooth, coating, and refreshing in the mouth. Slight bitterness with a semi dryness that hits at the finish. Light body. More malty than hoppy.
D: Drinkable but there are better pale ales out there. Good carbonation with an average overall taste. Worth a try.

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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 jmarsh123
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark orange with a wispy white head. Spotty lacing down the glass.

A little floral and citrus aroma. Not much here.

I'd like to point out multiple flavors. This one is kind of lacking though. Starts out with a bit of a spicy hop presence. Very little malt. Finishes with a good piney resin that lingers a bit, but until the aftertaste there's not much here.

Mouthfeel and carb are good for style.

Nothing terribly wrong here, but could use a bit more. The biggest thing it accomplished was making me wish I had more Flower Power.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy pale copper. Nice frothy white head with a little lacing.

Aroma is a little sour- a jumbled tradeoff between amber crystal malt and moderately aggressive hopes. Weird hop aroma that I don't fully recognize too.. one of those varieties that I don't pay much attention to like Simcoe or just cascade that got manipulated by the malt aroma.

Taste follows on the aroma. The hop character is a bit muted by the overwhelming amber malt. I'd like to see this a little a little crisper. Very dextrinous mouthfeel.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my american pint with a small white head that dissapeared wuickly. Lots of carbonation left over, but not alot of head. Good amber color. Not alot of aroma, what I do detect is hops. Good hop flavor, but I'm not good enough to pick out which one's are in it. Light bodied and clean in mouth. Seems to be a very average pale ale. Thsi would be a good beer to give someone to show them what a pale ale is. Nothing wrog with average, but it's nothing special. I would say if you're in the mood for a PA and this is around, try it. Nothing to go searching for, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of John
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Start out with this one with a clean palette for best results. An average pale. Good session starter brew...start with it, then move on to something else.

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

Ithaca- Pale Ale

Appearance- Light reddish orange with a frothy head.
Smell- Light caramel malt with a touch of floral green hops.
Taste- Green oily hops with a sweet malt base.
Mouthfeel- Light and watery up front with a small metallic bitterness in the end.

Overall- Very humdrum. Probably, and hopefully, not 1 of Ithaca Beer Co.'s best.

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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 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 socon67
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit curious about these folks from upstate NY.

This pale ale is decent. The pour has a bit more foam than what I'd normally see from a pale ale. Smell is very hoppy. Taste is a strong bit of hops as well. I tend to like that, this was a bit unexpected.

It is a very drinkable brew. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't recommend it as a pale ale of choice.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, brown-ish copper with an average tan head. Good head retention.

The nose is a wave of pale malts and light citrus hops.

Much like the nose... Pale malts, light citrus with mild bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Slightly grainy.

Nice and average pale ale.

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

Appearance is awesome light pale apricot copper tone with a large bubbly thick rocky off white head great retention equals adequate protein content here, lacing of course with some chunky uneven patterns still looks damn good.

Aroma nice malty sweetness with biscuit and apricot qualities that's weird but accurate of what I'm smelling hops that come off real grassy, floral, and with a touch of grapefruit peel also some yeast notes of fruitiness can also be detected very reserved English style pale not a slap you around APA.

Flavor feels proper in the most English sense of the word, with a delicate yet assertive hop profile moderately strong even bitterness with a touch of perfume, grapefruit and grassy earthiness must I say dirt there you go. Malts express themselves minimally here with biscuit pale malt flavors flowing among the hop bitterness still I come back to the perfume comparison even in flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied a trace of hop oil flowing carbonation sturdy maybe even a bit much for this beer oily feel really sticks around on the palate leaving bitter dryness that could feel unpleasant.

Drinkability a decent American brewed English style pale that I'm not crazy about it's not something I would revisit right away but not a beer I found to be bad it's just okay.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: A rustic color a slight bit of transparency, this left a nice off white head at the top with some slight lacing around the glass that did not stay for long.

S: Hints of caramel and vanilla up front with the hops very present and slight hints of malt as it warms.

T: This was very well balanced, the nose is almost right there with the taste besides the fact the bitterness takes over, nice warmth from the malts, a slight sweetness on the tail end from what seems to be caramel.

M: Light bodied brew with a good amount of carbonation.

D: This was a very subtle beer, nothing crazy just very simple and to the point with this one, well balanced on the hops and malts.

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

This one is a dark copper color with a small off white head.

Aroma is almost non existent. Hints of hops exist though.

The flavor is dominated by mild hops but has a bit of malt presence in there as well.

Mouth feel is light bodied and a bit over carbonated.

Other than the carbonation factor, this one is easy going.
ItÂ’s alright, but not worth going out of the way to get one.

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