Pale Ale | Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Pale AlePale Ale

Brewed by:
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 114
Photo of RickS95
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a bronze-gold color with a good-sized white cloud of a head.

Lots of citrus in the nose, a cross between orange and lemon.

Has a woody, flowery taste to it. Lots of lacing.

Very bitter mouthfeel, not helped by the carbonation; but refreshing nonetheless.

The subtle citrus flavor comes out as the beer warms, but does nothing to soften the bitter.

I wouldn't want to drink this all the time, but is nice in warm weather months.

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Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold, moderate carbonation, very bright, big white head that hangs around and leaves some lace.

S - Lot of citrus and pine hop notes with some caramel and toasted malt.

T - Big citrus hop flavors that are balanced by a nice bready malt falvor without too much caramel. Very balanced.

M - Right on for an APA, pretty light but a nice smooth finish.

D - Very good APA, very drinkable and balanced.

This was a very solid APA, one I will miss when I run out.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a botmc. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours a clear straw/gold with a long lasting 2 finger white head. It has a nice pine aroma with a touch of sweetness. The taste is piney with a lingering bitter finish. It has a medium body, average carbonation and goes down nice. A good pale ale.

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Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice drinking pale ale. Bright citrus on the aroma and the taste. The aroma also displays an interesting toasted maltiness.

The body is light side of medium...carbonation is a little prickly....plenty of citrus bitterness for an APA...not as much toasted maltiness on the flavor.

Solid, but not special. I'd drink it any day but could also live without ever having it again. APA's are kind of like that with me. Only a few make big-time impressions on me and this isn't one...but it is solid..

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came with the Beer of the Month Club.

Pours clear amber in color with a foamy 1/2 inch off white head that lasted for a minute; decent lacing that left rings.

Smells very hoppy, with floral and piney hops up front on the nose, followed by cirtus, sweet malt, caramel and orange peel.

Very nice aroma, followed by a very nice taste which includes floral hops, piney hops, grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel, light hop spices, light toasted grains and then some more hops which trail with a bitterness. Very tasty beer, that is light, crisp and refreshing. The hops in this beer have a sharp flavor that really smack the palate in a nice way.

The mouthfeel is crisp and on the creamy side with very high carbonation, and the overall feel is light and it almost goes down watery even though the body is light to average in feel.

This brew leaves a little tingle on the tongue and is pretty hoppy for a pale ale. It was very good, refreshing and enjoyable. I recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of bark
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is cold amber; the low white head is airy. It sinks slowly to a thick ring.

The smell is fruity-hoppy with a touch of mint. Flowery notes, but no sweetness. Hints of tobacco and lemon juice.

The taste is very dry and hoppy with citric notes. Dried fruits and some chemical sourish notes. The aftertaste is balanced with hints of liquorice, apricots and lemon sweets. It is dry without any alcohol. Medium body. Lots of hops in the finish.

The carbonation is light with some rather sharp small bubbles.
A fine APA with a very interesting dry profile. Fresh and refreshing!

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Photo of deereless
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Thin layer of tightly packed head, medium gold in color with hint of ruby, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Pleasant citrus and bubblegum, pale malts and caramel, slight toastiness - 4.25, T: There is a muted sweetness as well as some grapefruit on the tongue, slightly on the dry side, unfortunately I also perceive a very slight metallic flavor on the beer that takes away from the beer - 3.00, M: Body is light to medium - 3.00, D: Besides for the slight metallic flavors, a decent beer all around - 3.00

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Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden amber color with a modest white fluffy cover with solid lacing. The aroma is a polite citrus hop and malt cereal which even suggests a musty rye that I kind of like. The taste offers clear dry grass piny hop, less of the citrus noted than the aroma but upon rumination I do pick up some nice orange biscuit. There's some cherry toffee but the dominant force is an acrid dry hop with persistent fine carbonation. It's pretty drinkable and leaves a temporary sheen of hop dryness across your tongue. Very decent.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: A little cloudy, light amber color. Little head that left no lacing. No film on the glass either. Looks fairly flat as well.

S: Very hoppy. Very floral in hops with a citrus undertone.

T: Bitter, hoppy without much of the citrus detected.

M: medium bodied beer that leaves an oily trail behind. Very bitter and the oily feel afterwards doesn't help it any.

D: I think this may be too bitter of an aftertaste to enjoy more than one. Could just be me though.

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Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - A bright amber body with lots of carbonation off white head forms...about 2 fingers...and falls slowly retaining nicely...good lacing

S - Some sweet notes are detected along with bright citrus hops

T - The taste goes back and forth between the sweet malts and the bright grapefruit hops...every time it starts sweet (caramel flavors) but you never know how it's going to end...sometimes it stays sweet with no bitterness...other times it shines with a subtle bitterness and nice citrus hop flavors...I like the when the hops win the battle

M - Light bodied...wonderfully crisp and refreshing...comes up a bit watery at points

D - This beer is extremely drinkable...weighing in at 4.2% and a solid pale ale flavor makes it a winner...recently I've been having two or three of these in one night...a solid pale ale

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" beige over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Pillowy head recedes ever so slowly, with large chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet and citrusy. Taste starts with pale malt sweetness, a peek of lemon in the middle, and a moderately crisp hoppiness to close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Refreshing clean brew.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright pumpkin orange with a patchy off white head that quickly dissipated rather quickly without leaving much of an impression or lacing. Visible carbonation was very faint with perhaps only a dozen or so micro bubbles lazily rising at any given moment.

S: bright with fresh oranges and a light lemon floral hopping. More sweet and citrusy then bitter, overall the strength was average as well the rating.

T: The flavor surprised me, opening up with a edginess of pale orange skins and a fresh lemon flower hopping. Slightly bitter overall with a good lingering fade of lemon grass could be found on the finish and fade. Overall had a nice level of bitterness though it lacked complexity.

M: softly carbonated, light bodied with a slick and very smooth texture. The lack of carbonation hurts the crispness here.

D: Overall drinkability was decent, though nothing to write home about. The lack of carbonation does make this go down easy. The hoppiness saves this somewhat but overall is still a mindless downer and one that can be quickly overlooked in a crowded and competitive field.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ellicottville- Pale Ale

A- Golden copper orange with a thick frothy white head. Thick soapy lacing along the top half of the glass.
S- Light citrusy hops and a sweet caramel malt.
T- Light sweet sugary grapefruit hop intwined with sweet caramel/ butterscotch malt.
M- Sweet and crisp with a dry sugary citric hop and tea leaf finish.

Overall- Light, sweet, and crisp. An easy drinker!

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear light amber, with a sticky but small head. Nose has some citrus, faint soap, some maltiness and fruit. Pretty middle-of-the-road pale ale flavour. Good balance with solid malt body and a fresh hoppy touch that isn't over-the-top. Sweetish, with some tangerine and grapefruit. Hints of acidity seem to come in and out up front, and the finish is lightly bitter with decent staying power. Smooth, sessionable, solid APA here.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a thin head that lasts. Trailing lacing leaves some stickage.

The smell is of citrus, pine with grain.

The taste is citric with grainy sweetness right behind it. Herbal bitterness mixes with a grainy sweetness in the finish.

Light to medium bodied. A bit thin, but a dry bitterness lingers.

A nicely balanced, easy-drinking, refreshing dry APA.

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an orange / amber color with a two finger head. Some moderate lacing develops.

Smell: caramel, citrus, and some floral bitterness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, soft lemon zest and mild grapefruit tones, mild bitterness and some soft ripe fruit sweetness arriving late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, and bit less crisp late. Aftertaste is short as the flavors leave the tongue quickly.

Drinkability: easy to drink this beer, a definite session ale. This beer is also nicely refreshing.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- The body on this beer is orange /red amber with just a little bit of bubbles. Both the head and lace were thin.

Smell- Great floral bouquet with some citrus tones. It has a mildly malt like aroma as well.

Taste- I felt there was a good use of hops in this beer. It is very floral and some what pine, herbal like. It might be close to being overdone for this style but it still has good flavor.

Mouthfeel- Light but sharp.

Drinkability- I enjoyed it and I would drink it again.

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Photo of tayner
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of BuckeyeNation

Poured cold very gingerly into a pint glass and got more than half a glass of foam atop a slightly cloudy amber liquid. Gusher is an understatement.

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.

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.

Overcarbonated but still reasonable body and weight to this. the carbonation did not make it too watery feeling.

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 BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Raucously bubbled tangelo with four fingers of ginger colored foam despite a slow and easy pour. Looks like this one will have to sit for a bit to give the carbonation plenty of opportunity to dissipate. The head is firm and rocky as it melts, leaving little dots of sea foam lace in the process.

The nose seems unaffected by all those bubbles. It's wonderfully Cascade-like, featuring loads of white grapefruit and lemon. There isn't much of that aged hop cheesiness and there isn't much ganja-like weediness. Doesn't matter to me since I like these guys both bright and fresh, as well as on the funky side.

I hate it when I have to factor out excessive carbonation, because the sensory overload makes it hard to concentrate on the flavor for its own sake. All that CO2 adds a crushed aspirin bitterness that isn't the good bitterness of fresh hops.

The malt tastes mostly pale, with a hint of toasted bread and caramel, while the hops deliver a modest amount of grapefruit pithy flavor and bitterness that is overly simple. Then again, APAs aren't known for their complexity. In the end, this brew is a slightly better than average version that has some potential.

Given the still kickin' bubbles and no more than light-medium heft, average is a generous mouthfeel score. I've decided to go with the mouthfeel of the bottom third of the bottle rather than the top two-thirds.

Ellicottville Pale Ale didn't reach me in optimal condition. However, since my brother bought the six-pack at the brewery two months ago and brought me two bottles last month, its problems aren't due to age, but to improper bottling (that is, improper carbonation). Another chance on another day seems the least I can do.

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Photo of PBBC
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange with some light red highlights. Nice clarity.

Aroma, light toasted aroma, with an accompanying delicate hop aroma.

Flavor and Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little higher than I'd expect, very crisp. Taste is well balanced, slightly biscuity, light toasted flavor, finishes clean, but with a little lingering sweetness. The sweetness is very well balanced with the hop level, this beer would satisfy hop lovers and malt lovers. Balance.

Overall, nothing extraordinary, but a solid flavorful beer for almost any beer drinker's tastes.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes

Picked up a 6 pack of this recently in Olean NY, on my way home from visiting my girlfriend at college. Olean is a few miles away from Ellicottville. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer is a clear, medium golden.copper color. the white head is a good inch when poured. Settles to a nice surface layer with decent lace. Has a toasty malt aroma along with some definite hops. Has a sweet and malty flavor upfront along with so cascade hops. I think the hop flavors fades a bit as the beer warms up. A good, simple taste here indeed. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable indeed.


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Photo of iceball585
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden amber color, semi-clear, very thin white layer head, few tiny carbonation bubbles rising throughout

S- Toasted pale malts, hint of cascade hops

T- Mostly hops, fairly bitter, toasted malts, grains, slightly fruity

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth start but dry bitter finish

D- Good session beer

This is a pretty good american pale ale. This beer is pretty strong on the hops but not too strong to offend the average beer drinker.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark orange. Looks thick. Decent rocky head. Good amount of carbonation cuts through the haze. Frosty lace.

Excellent pale smell with a sweet, estery hops smell befitting a mild IPA. It's a pale for sure, but with a good hop aroma.

More bitter than I expected. Bitter right off the top. Pale malt is a very nice balance to the hops, which get more bitter as it warms up.

Dry, pale malt feel. A tad ashy, but doesn't detract. Medium thickness. Smooth as it warms. Bitter, slightly sweet, balanced. A good value. A rare bitter "repeater."

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Photo of Nipitato
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle at Premier Gourmet in Tonawanda, NY.

A: Light and lively amber hue. Brilliant clarity. Patchy, thin off white head.

S: Big, very big, grapefruit hop aroma is dominant. Sweet malt aroma lingers in the background taking a backseat o the strong hop aromas.

T: Poorly balanced flavor entirely devoted to hops. Hop flavor is grapefruit. Lack of malt flavor leaves the beer tasting flat, overly bitter, and one dimensional.

MF: Thin watery mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Kind of soapy.

D: One dimensional American pale ale. Where's the malt support. I wouldn't drink this again.

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Photo of aaronh
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brilliant copper colored body topped by an eggshell head. Head shows fairly good retention, never completely disappearing, but just by the faintest layer. Hoppy aroma is evident from a distance. Smells like Cascades, but maybe a bit more floral in there as well. Could be some malt coming through as well. In any case, it's a really inviting nose. Flavor has some crisp bitterness up front, letting a solid biscuit malt flavor through, then reasserts it's bitter personality. Really nice, and great with food too. Mouthfeel is solid, but refreshing. Enough body to maintain a presence, but crisp enough to go down really smooth. Drinkability is very good. This is the first beer I've had in a while I would consider buying a six-pack and drinking it the same night - all six beers. A really delicious beer.

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