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:
0
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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 259
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 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 rlee1390
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy amber/orange with a 1 finger head. Leaves behind some lacing

S-Some hops, not real strong. Along with floral notes.

T-Citrusy-sweet to start and ends with a slight bitterness.

M-Light with little carbonation

D-Quite drinkable, the lack of hops make it an easy drinker,

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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 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 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 tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy amber color with creamy white head. Great retention and attractive lacing noted.
Smell is strongly of hops, both grassy and piney. Very nice.
Taste also shows a strong hoppiness with some bready maly in the background.
Finished moderately dry with some light malt present.
Well made beer, easy drinkability. Would be nice to session.

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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 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 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 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 ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malt with some strong citrus hop notes. There are also some other fruity esters mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and some citrus hop flavor and bitterness. Through the middle, some beady malt flavor and bitterness come through. The finish is a mix of citrus lemon and some bitterness that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and crisp without a watery feeling. The bitterness creates a really dry mouthfeel, especially at the finish.

D - Very drinkable. Feels balanced and has enough flavor to stay interesting. The hop profile is pretty solid and the malt hop balance is nice.

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

It should be mandatory to call your pale ale something else other than "Pale Ale"...a bit boring, innit?

Head is a soapy inch-thick thing that sizzles and settles a good bit, thinning fairly rapidly. Looks sort of like frothing dishsoap once it thins to a skim. Color is coppery with good clarity. Run of the mill but par for the course.

Aroma is light hops, light malt...nothing special, but certainly true to style and clean with no offending traits.

Flavor is a solid, solid balance of malt and hops...nice lingering bitterness in the finish. Hops seem remarkably flowery, fragrant, and a bit bold thanks to that hefty malt backup. Malts give a little nuttiness right before that finish takes over.

Crisp and well-carbonated in the mouth, but not overly so.

Solid and dependable. Nothing out of the ordinary whatsoever, but very likeable and well brewed.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with brillant clarity.
A smallish white head sitting atop this lightly carbonated ale leaves behind some fine lacing.

The aromas of hops and malts are nicely balanced.
Hops have a slight citrus bouquet while the malts play even with s soft sweetness.

Taste is light and flavorful with the hops having a smooth citrus flavor not overpowering in the least. Malts have a smooth sweetness and also some toasted malts towards the end.

This smooth medium body ale is flavorful and easy drinking and would work perfectly as a long evening ale.

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

Copper colored, translucent body with a small off-white head that leaves some really good lacing behind.

The aroma is hoppy, with a smack of citrus, a touch of a buttery and some graininess.

The flavor has plenty of hops for an APA; noticeable grapefruit and pine flavors with some bitter bite to them. A little buttery, and sweet malts on the back end. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel; not much to say here, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Pretty drinkable beer that is normally one of the craft choices on tap at non-beer places around town. I've only tried this at the brewery or on-tap a couple of miles from the brewery, so I've probably had the best experience possible with it.

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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 schoolboy
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, I've been singing the raises of Ithaca brews ever since I first tried their whateverZilla last summer. Now that I found a bunch and got to try them I am a bit numb to it.

This beer is consistently good like all their others, and being one of my favorite styles, one I would definitely buy again. It has a boatload of FIZZ! Burp.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this and definitely worth your consideration. Congrats to the Ithaca folks for their outstanding product.

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

Off tap this beer was an apricot-color with a foamy, white head that descended to a white trim that left good lacing. The aroma was quite hoppy in good ways (floral notes, citrus notes, pine notes) reflecting the dry-hopping- taut and sharp. The flavors were similar with a big, acidic, vigorous hoppiness along with some mustiness. The sharp/musty combination was reminiscent of an aged cheese (but this was a good thing). The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation perfect. A solid offering for the style and a good, readily-available, American IPA.

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Photo of Omnium
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours hazed yellow two fingers of foamy white head, thick lacing
S - Pine dankness some grapefruit, bready malt.
T - Not as much hop presence and you'd want, some slight tart apple flavor, light citrus, bready malt.
M - Nothing great.
O - Its an ok Pale

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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 soju6
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small head that fades and some lacing.

A: Has an aroma of fresh grain and citrus. Quite clean.

T: Has a nice citrus bite with a bit of sweetness. Anice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp and refreshing. Quite smooth with a nice balance.

O: Easy drinker. Nothing fancy just a nice pale ale to relax with. No problem putting back a few.

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Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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