Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

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
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
259
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
9
For Trade:
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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small, dense, bright white head fades quickly leaving a thin string of lace at the high beer mark. Golden copper colored beer with a few tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom. Hoppy aroma of candied grapefruit and floral notes. Mildly sweet malt backbone with some hop tea flavor up front. Hops become more citrus flavored and bitter towards the end. Moderately light body and low ABV make for a beer that's easy to drink. It's a decent beer, unfortunately I'm just not a big fan of the bitter grapefruit flavor towards the end.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very decent pale ale anytime your in the mood for one. I had this at the Ithaca Beer Co storefront and had to grab a growler for home. This is a nice pale ale with a nice golden amber color and a fruity-floral aroma. The taste is well balanced even with the hops it does not seem too bitter. I just wish I could get this more readily.

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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 GreatPondBrewer
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall the beer was good for its value and its very easy to find when I am at college so I decided to try it. It poured a darkish golden color with a little fog and a white head that became some bubbles. It had a mellow smell with some citrus scents. The taste was not overly hoppy, with a mellow mouthfeel. Decent effort, but I will stick to some of the other pales I can find in western NY.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied pale ale. Malts are bready and slightly sweet. Hops are a touch floral and spicy. Well balanced. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a decent pale ale, if a bit generic. very citrusy hops with some strong english malts in the nose and the taste. while ithaca makes a lot of awesome hop centered beers, this isnt their finest offering. flower power and cascazilla showcase more of what they are capable of. however, this is a very sessionable and refreshing pale ale with a lighter mouthfeel and bright carbonation. i actually enjoyed it quite well with gingerbread men this holiday season, although this feels more like a spring drink to me, big enough for the cold nights but refreshing enough to drink outside with the first warm sunny days. good local product.

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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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz amber bottle. No freshness dating.

Appearance: Poured a clear, rather pale golden color. Creamy head gave way to just a slight ring around the top of the beer. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Good nose of pine and citrus.

Taste: Smell translates nicely into the taste. Good dose of hoppy bitterness up front that unfortunately falls a little flat on the tail end (especially as the beer warmed). There is a low amount of malty sweetness that is noticed. Flavor becomes almost grain-like at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy on the palate. Fairly dry finish.

Drinkability: Cold. That's the key word. Don't let this one warm up too much or you'll swear it's a macro you are drinking. A little above average but I'll look for something better.

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

Poured a hazy bright orange with a big fomay off white head. A real nice slow fade with good retention. A very nice layer of lace and just a super hazy overall look.

Smell was crisp, clean and not overly biting or strong. Lightly linger and waffed through the air. Nice hint of subtle hoppiness and a blend of sugary tones. Not bad, could be stronger. First impresssion was very smooth, but then it kinda fell flat on the tongue, with a dull feel. The finish was nice and hoppy and had some lingering to it, and the overall flavor had a nice balance to it with the malt profile.

Overall this is a very nice session beer

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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 Todd
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a fairly bright amber with a nice two finger white foam white, which sadly falls flat within minutes.

Smell: Soft floral, fruity peach aroma. Dry grain in the background.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel of creamy carbonation and sweet pale malts. Malt sweetness is even and a bit honey-ish (raw) in character, but the complex fruity flavours of passion fruit, coarse pear and peach lay the flavours main foundation as they complement a slightly rindy, citric hop twang. Some hop spice is thrown into the mix as well. Firm malt body carries thru to the finish, until the beer decides to turn dry and grainy on the palate with light residual malt and hop flavours.

Notes: Not too shabby, pretty flavourful, but also very average for the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice clear amber with a decent head,but the head disappears way too fast. The smell has a sweet malt aroma to i as well as a citrus hop scent. The taste has hop bitterness to it with citrus flavors and malt. The m/f is light,but the hop bitterness doesn't mix with the malt well at all. This is an average to below average beer that I would pass on in the future.

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

Beautiful caramel colour, lively head. Although the aroma is lighter than I'd choose, this is still a delightfully easy to drink pale ale. More British style than American, but with enough hop flavours to be interesting. No bitterness and a very light finish.

I would imagine this to be an excellent "session ale"!

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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 hreb
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12oz bottle from a variety pack straight from Ithaca beer company poured into imperial pint glass. Beer pours a light brown amber, not pale at all, with a hint of cloudiness. Aroma is fresh and citrusy, like an IPA. First sip has the standard American pale ale sharpness, with hops up front and carbonation over the top. A pleasantly sweet hint of caramel finishes out the aftertaste. Neither a great example of the style nor a great beer all around, but interesting and drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a sort of thin off white head with some lacing.

The scent is somewhat fruity, citric and there are some floral hop notes.

The taste is sweet and fruity to start, then the citrus follows and ends with a bitter hoppiness.

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing with adequate carbonation.

This was a decent beer, I thought there could have been stronger flavor and a bit less watery.

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Photo of NODAK
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is mostly floral...bit of malt peeking in through the back...not an overwhelming beer on the nose, really.

Taste is initially floral, seemingly with Cascade hops starting things off and giving the dominant taste to the beer. However, it isn't really all that strong, and nowhere near as strong as some of the more robust APA's. There's a breadiness underneath providing some secondary balance. Decent bitterness on the finish, though, leaving a good bite on the end.

Pretty straight forward, average APA here. It tastes pretty good, but it won't blow anybody's doors off. Probably even a good entry beer for somebody getting into the style.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, off-white head. Aromas of citrus and caramel blending, with a slight hoppy blending. Flavors of peppery and resiny hops forward on the initial tongue with a slick, caramel rich backbone. The aftertaste is roasty and bitter, with a rich, bitter finish. Good, solid lacing along the glass as you go. Decent, but middle of the road at best.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/10/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear dirty orange with a small white head. Aroma is quite malty, lots of caramel malt, some raisin. Flavor of more bland caramel malt, some light citrus hops and tropical fruits in the finish. Decent and drinkable, better than the average suggests (sure, it's not spectacular but it's pretty solid).

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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hi bitterness, like an English bitter. That's good. Good sized White head on yellow body. There is citrus taste, caramel, not that balanced but quaffable. Medium or less mouthfeel. One-dimensional hop fix. Buffalo racetrack beerfest. Run-of-the-track.

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Photo of CHickman
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber color with a small 1/4 white head; smells of floral hops, sweet malt, piney hops, grass, caramel and citrus.

Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, piney hops, grass, caramel, citrus, orange peel or grapefruit, grains, biscuit, light spices and a very faint alcohol feel. The hops jump out up front, but the malt and caramel take over and lead to the crisp finish that's a bit tart. Medium to mild carbonation and an overall medium feel in the mouth and on the tongue. Beer gets sweeter and maltier as it warms.

Overall it's an OK pale ale that has medium flavor and a decent balance that borders on being too malty, just nothing exceptional as far as taste goes. Worth a try as it was pretty drinkable.

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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 philbe311
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of dense frothy slightly rocky off white head... Excellent retention by American Pale Ale standards... Loaded with small bubbled quick paced carbonation which starts quick at the bottom and accelerates as it races towards a top... A slightly tarnished light bronze color... A little bit of foam clings to the glass...

S - The combination of warrior, columbus, cascade, and centennial hops provide an subtle yet assertive nose... The hops mix with bready undertones and minor touches of caramel...

T - The flavors alluded to by the nose materialize on the palette but in a much more muddled fashion... The hops are the leader in the clubhouse but are still fairly subdued... Everything else takes a distant backseat...

M - The rich delicate foam touches the lips first... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Fluffy... A slight carbonated kiss... Crisp and refreshing...

D - The appearance and nose are the most redeeming qualities of this other unremarkable offering from Ithaca... Not a bad beer, just not a memorable one... I would drink again if offered, but stop short of recommending it...

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very light brown and a bit cloudy. Nice small size head that seems to last for a bit. Smell is a bit light but nutty and earthy. I really expected some hops to come through but I don't really get anything.

The flavor at first, does not remind me of a pale ale. More like a brown ale I would say as the malty-nutty flavors seem to dominate. The hops are really very mild all that way through. The aftertaste does seem to have some hops, but not many. A bit of the citrus-floral notes come through.

It seems like I am bashing this ale but I am not. A well made ale that I would buy again.

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Photo of Risser09
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by dec. 2009

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with yellow edges and plenty of effervescence. The ivory head goes to 1.5" and shows good retention. Some tentacles of lace remain in the wake.

Smell: Fresh, floral and citrusy aroma of pine and grapefruit along with roses and hyacinth. An overall sweet smell, with some pale malt aroma.

Taste: A fresh pine burst of bitterness is not cloying, and actually relinquishes after a few seconds. Malt takes over and is fresh as well. This tastes like a young beer. Plenty of sugar for me to chew on.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, bitter forefront, sweet feel and some decent alcohol in the finish. A pleasant beer with nice balance.

Drinkability: A decent pale ale that is a bit sweet for me. It needs to attenuate out some more and tweek the hop profile. Decent.

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