Pale Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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81
good
259 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:
259
Reviews:
143
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 259 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jk3
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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

This pale ale arrived a cloudy golden yellow with a short head leading to a nice island laced, yet thin crown. The carbonation is very lively throughout the consumption. The aroma has a resinous like quality to it.
The taste has a thin malty/grainy beginning which is short lived and quickly replaced by the hops which keep on "kickin" for the duration.
Mouthfeel of a full bodied and smooth pale ale.
A very nice 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 lccrunchy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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 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 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 Bill235
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of juliusseizure
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BodiesLexus
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Schmuckles
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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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Photo of magine
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of TonyY
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kbnooshay
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head here shrinks very quickly but the body is a really nice light orange-amber color. The aroma here is nice and piney. The taste is also piney but some fruit is in there too, others haev said apple, i think i might go with that. THe pine hops rocks but the malts are there too. The mouthfeel is moderate slightly sticky. It is quite drinkable. With Southern Tiers offering locally available which has more alcohol, hops, and that amazing pined up crazyness I don't really need this but there is something nice about it. It goes down easier than one of those.

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Photo of throwback
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Wortman1998
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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 TheDeuce
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Finger Likes Pale Ale....

Appearance-pale gold with some darker streaks, medium sized head, fizzes and comes down.

Smell-dry hop aroma, more reminiscent of an IPA than an APA. Alcohol appears as well, very aromatic.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hops appear quickly, heavy body and alcohol, there is a lot going on here but it isn't all put together.

Drinkability-interesting cross between an APA and and IPA but it doesn't really work all that much.

Overall-doesn't know whether it's an APA or an IPA, kind of mashed together, didn't impress me. Try your luck elsewhere.

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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 erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Solid reddish copper in color with a very good looking fluffy white head of big bubbles. A bit hazy. No retention.

SMELL: Not much nose, but what is detectable is malt and sweet brown sugar.

TASTE: Quite hoppy, even for a pale ale. While there is a hint of malt up front, it is quickly overwhelmed by the hops which remain throughout the sip. I saw in an earlier review someone mention that there is a spicy aftertaste and that is certainly true, although the spice seems to be present earlier as well.

MOUTHFEEL: Rich and a touch oily, this would make a fantastic beer for one of those freezing cold nights in Ithaca.

OVERALL: I've been surprised to see so many lower rated reviews. When I visited the brewery this was one of the highlights (to be fair, I really enjoyed most of their beer - I was very impressed). It is a bold and different take on the pale ale that just appeals to me. I like hops, I like spice and therefore, I like this beer. The only drawback is the near lack of a smell.

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Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 259 ratings.
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