Pale Ale
Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,862
Ranked #34,759
3.71 | pDev: 11.05%
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 116 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of mattcrill
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Strong pine up front. Lemon rind notes persist. Light bready malt character that is subdued. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with hazy gold edges. Moderate white foam stand.

Flavor: More pine and lemon notes. Biscuity and doughy malt background. Balance is nearly even but the bitterness starts to dominate as the beer warms up. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied with moderately high carbonation. Slightly oily with no heat or astringency noted.

Overall impression: A clean, hoppy pale ale with an accent on pine and lemon notes. Well done.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a nice golden yellow with a mild orange hue and excellent head and lacing. Swell fairly sweet with a good level of hoppy bitterness, pale malts, and malt sweetness. I expected just another pale but was surprised with the citrus hops and sweet malts of this beer. Maybe it was the two nugget nectars I had but it in no way got too bitter. Mouthfeel was good giving me a light to medium bodied drinking experience. Overall I enjoy most beers by these guys but have no access to them since they distribute to NY, but may consider getting another bottle if I get another offer from Halftime

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Photo of sniper061
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of those beers where it looks great, smells great, and has a nice thick head that laces beautifully. With that being said I didnt love it, I wanted too, I have had it in the past at a bar after many too many other beers and didnt think I should rate it then. I stopped in for dinner at the Beef and Barrell in Olean NY and ordered the Beef on Weck platter, which included potato salad and coleslaw. The hoppiness of the Pale Ale seemed good at first but then started turning everything I ate bitter. I love beer and I love food and I think I made a poor choice with the pairing. I will say though that when I added horseradish to my sandwich and then took a draw from my beer the citrus notes popped and cleared my pallet. I will try it again with another food sooner or later and do another review.

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Photo of dudelove7485
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber with a one finger tiny-bubbled head. Lacing is very thin and trails throughout. The aroma is by far the most satisfying part of this beer: flowery hops, grapefruit, apple cider, honey-sweet malt. I wish I could say that the taste is as satisfying. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with it; it is a decent balance of citrusy hops and sweet malt, but it doesn’t live up to the aroma. The mouthfeel is a little too watery to be satiny and so it’s kind of flat on the taste buds despite the medium carbonation. It is satisfying and drinkable despite its lack of complexity from a taste standpoint. This was the first Ellicottville that I’ve tried, and although I wasn’t wowed, I’m making a mental note to pick up a sixer of another one of their beers. Not bad.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, clear liquid with very little carbonation, but a nice white head that has an okay retention.
Smell is very nice for a pale ale, almost smelling stronger than a pale ale, more like an IPA. Strong citrus smell consisting of a good orange smell.
Taste is a very nice pale ale. Very well-balanced between a very nice orangey hop taste and a slight caramel malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel has a nice thicker mouthful than I am used to in a pale ale. Good, full sip than goes down easy.
Drinkability is great on this pale ale. Ellicotville does a great job on this pale ale. It has a lot of balance along with some very nice taste and goes down so quickly and smoothly that it could really get me into trouble. Great pale ale for any season.

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Photo of crhensel
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass (5/24/10)

Poured a clear amber with a very small off-white head that fell quickly. Nose was of malts and general fruit, with a very light hint of the hops. The drink had a bit carbon but that did not diminish from the taste. The drink was slightly sweet with the barely discernible undertone of a hop bitterness. Overall, it was refreshing, but nothing was here to make it really stand out to me.

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Photo of DrewV
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at 45 degrees out of the beer fridge into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass. I'll probably always have a soft spot for this beer, as it was one of the first craft brews that I ever tried.

A: Golden yellow in color, an aggressive pour yields a 1-finger head. Very little lacing, if any.

S: Cascade hops up front with a hint of maltiness hides behind the hops that shows some depth. I almost like the aroma better than the taste.

T: Follows the aroma with grapefruit up front, nice transition to other citrus flavors, very light. While this is certainly nice and bitter at the finish, it fades to a slightly chalky aftertaste in the finish that doesn't really cleanse the palate.

O: A solid APA that looks to be a nice summer beer. Nothing shockingly great here, but it is solid brew that is a welcome change of pace from porters and stouts. (Another suggestion is SA Noble Pils if you prefer pilseners.)

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Photo of Morey
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper orange in color with a fluffy two fingered white head following an aggressive pour. Head is leaving behind some nice lacing. There's a slight haze in this beers appearance.

Smell is grainy and rather mild. Very little in the way of hops in the nose.

A slight bitterness up front, but it's short lived. The malts quickly drown out what little hop-flavor there was. Has a definite homebrew feel going on. The finish has a slight metallic flavor.

Rather thin mouthfeel with a low carbonation.

I could drink several if I had no better options available.

Morey's Bottom Line: I had this on-tap once before, and it was considerably better. I'm a bit disappointed here. It's Ok, but I wouldn't spend money on it again as there are SO MANY better options around.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o any freshness info. offered.

Pours cloudy, orangy amber, a bit buisy carbonationwise, with a lot of bubbles rising. 1/4 inch head goes flat quite quickly, lite tan, medium sized bubbles. Leaves a thicker collar, patchy film and fine bits of lacing.

Faint cascade infused nose, gritty hops and a hint of fruit.

Dry cascades again on the tongue, quite dry and exhibiting a decent presence/feshness. Some fruityness, and medium malting on the underbelly, lubricating the palate. In general seems a bit on the thin side with respect to flavor.

Nothing real special going on here. Drinkable? yes, sessionable? yes. Gonna blow anybody away? Def. not.

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Photo of NuggetNectar22
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is delicious. I have had this beer on tap and in bottles many times. It is easy to drink. It is brewed at a local brewery in Ellicottville, NY. The home of Holiday Valley Ski Resort. There is nothing better than having a beer after a long day of skiing!

This is a nice golden pale ale. It usually has about one finger worth of head. Good carbonation. You will pick up hints of floral aroma's with this brew. Great mouthfeel and it tastes great. Enjoy the slopes and a few of EBC's fine brews!

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Photo of jpmclaug
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my COAST pint glass. Got this as an extra from dogfishandi. Thanks!

A - Yellow/orange body with a tiny layer of white head resting on top. Clear as day with a ton of bubbles running up the middle

S - A light floral hop flavor with a big malt backbone. A slight euro lager skunky flavor as well.

T - Balanced. Follows the nose to the tee. A slight floral hop flavor and a big pale malt body. I'm also picking up the fkunky flavor I picked up in the aroma but it doesn't really kill the beer.

M - medium to light bodied with a good amount of carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable. I'm not sure what is up with the slightly skunky flavor but it doesn't really ruin the beer. Overall a slightly below average Pale Ale. I'm glad I got to try this but I wouldn't really seek it out.

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Photo of cpolking
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light copper color. The aroma has malt, sweetness, fruit, and hops. The flavor is lighter than I expected from the aroma, a definite fruity malt sweetness and some floral hops with slight bitterness on the finish. The flavor is good, it just seems to lack something in its weight.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no freshness date, poured into a standard pint glass. on the side of the bottle it state "brewed by the southern tier brewing company for ellicottville brewery"

pours a very clear golden orange color with about a one finger of white head. good retention, but just tiny bits of lace.

not a huge aroma. hops are not very noticable, but they are there. maybe some mango and light citrus and a touch of pale malts evident.

the taste makes up for what the flavor lacked. still a little light in the hops. a decent amount of bitterness is there. mango and lots of grapefruit citrus balanced by a nice tasting pilsner/pale malt. just a hint of a skunkiness, but that could be a result of the bottle, you never know what happen to it at the store before i got it.

a nice crisp refreshing light body, good feeling carbonation.

goes down very smooth and easy. this is one of my go to pale ales as it is locally produced and easily available. worth a drink if you can get it.

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Photo of deapokid
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a wild carbonation that calms overtime. Thick head of foam is gummy, meaning that it's sticky and heavy enough to coat the glass. Visually, its sunburnt look and foam are quite appealing.

Scent is sunny and warm, carried by a big and refreshing orange aroma. Hops aren't easy to nose out, but a touch of yeast rears its head after a few moments of searching.

Flavor is malty without being rich or sweet. Doughy notes (not unlike an ESB) are followed by the mildest of hop bursts in the conclusion. It seems like a hybrid of American and English pale ales and it manages to bring the better qualities of both styles to mind.

One of the most notable aspects of this beer is the balance. Sweet and sour notes of citrus seamlessly blend with a milky doughiness and hop dryness, creating a smooth liquid that is hearty without being cumbersome.

It's a drinkable and well-crafted APA with flavors that are nicely pronounced and a delicate balance.

This was one of my go-to beers in college, especially since the brewery was a mere 30 minutes away. It was one of the best beers a St. Bonaventure student could find locally and it's good to see that it's still in top form.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Limp Lizard BBQ in North Syracuse NY, July 23 2010. Served in a plastic cup. Review transcribed from notes.

Nice foamy light tan head with good retention. Smell is orange, mixed citrus, maybe a little spice (but that could be from the BBQ aromas coming from the kitchen). Not much hop. Taste is a good dry hoppy pine and grass bite, bitter citrus rind, just enough malt to back it up w-out it being malty. Well balanced. Feel is dry with sparkling carbonation cutting through. Tasty and refeshing, very good! I would drink this regularly if it was available in my area.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in the BotM shipment.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear burnt orange/copper color with 1 1/2 finger of head. Spotted sheets of lacing.

S: Fairly juicy for an APA. Mango, citrus, and grapefruit hops. A little sweet malt and a hint of alcohol on the back end.

T: Nice bitterness upfront, with some grapefruit and citrus noted in the hop flavor. A fair amount of malt here tones down the bitterness. Also some type of caramel or burnt coffee on the finish that takes away from the hop profile.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Hops are faintly resinous.

D: Above average APA, but nothing too memorable. The smell was the best part of this beer IMO. Could still drink a few of these in a sitting though.

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Photo of dnjmed
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange pale ale color with a beautiful white head about two fingers thick.

get some nice hops in the nose, with noticeable citrus.

in the taste it's a bit unbalanced towards the hops, but that's the way the style should be. there are definitely a good amount of grains here but the hops are nicely strong.

a classic american pale, yum!

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Photo of chaz01
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle from the beer of the month club, served into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with lots of tiny bubbles rising from the glass. Nice foamy head produces lots of lacing.

S: Big piney lemon aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle - very pleasant!

T: Burst of hops up front -- piney and citrusy with a bit of malt sweetness lingering in the background.

M: Medium bodied, very well carbonated. BOMC write up suggests that the carbonation helps sharpens the bitterness, but I'm not so sure, and might like to see just a little less carbonation.

D: Despite the carbonation, this is a fine beer that I really enjoyed and a good example of why I enjoy the BOMC. Most of the beers are pretty decent, and occasionally you get a real winner like this.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark copper with a half inch thick head. Some lacing.

S - Clean grapefruit mostly. Sweet malt coming through stronger and stronger as it warms.

T - Sweet ruby red grapefruit. The malt is very timid in the middle. It finishes pretty bitter at the end, which is very welcomed.

Medium bodied pale with lots of citrus hops, which kind of dominates every thing else. Despite the fact that it's unbalanced this is a very good beer. It's just clean and crisp. You could belch in someone's face after drinking this and they would say, "Thank you sir/madam, may I please have another."

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Photo of dtivp
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber,gold color with a nice white head.

Aroma dominated with hops and a slight citrus.

Taste matched the aroma, citrus came out more at room temperature.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

Pale ales are not my favorite style beer, it is drinkable but slightly above average in my book.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear copper color with a thick head that settles a little but fairly well retained

S - American hop aroma in the form of pine and citrus, malt hiding in the background

T - American hop from start to finish with a nice moderate bitterness at the end; the malt is in a supportive role and is adequate; some yeast esters present, but subdued

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - Overall, this is an above average APA. It's well done with plenty of American hop flavor without overdoing it.

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Photo of sbw138
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from my Beer of the Month Collection

Apperance - A slightly cloudy amber appearance. Had a big foamy head, that reduced quickly, but did not entirely disappear.

Smell - After allowing the beer to slightly warm, and the foamy head to start to die down (which it never did completely) i could smell nice crisp clean citrus hop nose.

Taste - Initial taste i get a well balanced malt to hop profile, maybe just a small lean toward the citrus/grapefruit/floral hop side, but not much. Midpalate there is a slight bitterness that i cannot attribute to the hops, more like an aspirin bitterness, perhaps from the carbonation issues. It also has an ever-so-slight metallic aftertaste that is again likely related to overcarbonation. The taste though, overall, is not unpleasant and still okay by me.

Mouthfeel - It felt a little too overcarbonated at first, but it began to settle the more I drank. Not bad.

Drinkability - I could drink a few more of these, and if the carbonation problem was fixed this would make a very fine session beer.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The final of a selection of 4 BOTMC brews, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a mix of citrus hopping and earthy hops like hallertaus. Colour of the pour is a orange bronze, nice multi-sized bubble head with pilow top. Head recedes slowly and laces nicely. Taste of this brew is in line with the smell. Great fresh taste, hops bite up front, again more earthy than citrus however with presence of both. Malt backbone is good leading to a good mouthfeel with carbonation spot on. The brew is mostly balanced but leans a little more towards being hopped up. The hops are intriguing, I'm thinking Goldings or Fuggles, English or European. A very tasty brew. A go to pale.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice head that leaves some stickage

Smell: Plenty of toffee malt, but underneath there is some pith and pine

Taste: Toffee malt, up front, with a developing pithy/piney bitterness that comes to dominate by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a sweet resurgence that creates an overall bias toward the sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Though it is sweeter than I like my APAs, the beer goes down easily

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Photo of zebco
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rolls in with a clear, burnt orange, amberish color. Lively carbonation. A nice creamy head. Very hoppy, piney, woody aromas. Hops with the flavor with some citrus in there as well. Slightly bitter. GOOD! I really like this. Medium bodied to me. Not too heavy but I felt like I could taste some alcohol. The hops linger in a very nice way. Quite impressed with this APA. Very easy to drink. It made me thirsty for another. I will pick this up again if I see it around. For sure.

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Pale Ale from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
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