Mow Master
Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,417
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3.63 | pDev: 12.95%
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States
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Notes: The ultimate beer lover’s warm-weather quencher. Crisp, bright, and ultra pale that’s mildly hopped and lightly floral. Definitely a crowd-pleaser as an all-day summer brew.

New! Mow Master’s 2020 recipe is fresher than ever, featuring a Citra Hop flavor profile.
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Solid lacing.

S: Light citrus and grains

T/F: Follows the nose... a bit sweet up front with toasted malts. Light citrusy hop profile... not overly complicated. A little floral/herbal. Modest bitterness. Light bodied and easy drinking.

O: Like the name says... a lawnmower light IPA. Not bad... certainly nothing special. Not one I'd seek out.

Oct 26, 2018
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 3-21-17. Ouch. Nonic pint.

A: pours a hazed yellow-gold with two and a half fingers of fluffy bright white head. Lots of small particulate matter suspended in the beer with a few streams of carbonation flowing up. Pretty decent lacing.

S: very modern hoppy: citrusy, tropical, sweet, tart. Some malt presence lurking behind there. A very tangy citrus - candy like.

T: drier arrival than the nose would suggest, modestly hoppy, some of that tangy hoppiness, then it transitions to a light and satisfying malt, some herbaceous, stemmy, green and floral hops, before ending on a way less bitter finish than the nose portends.

M: solidly midweight with moderate to low carbonation. What bubbles there are feel large on the tongue. Somewhat slick.

O: this is not as light or as crisp as I would like for a true lawnmower beer. But it is a pretty balanced new age American pale ale. Or perhaps golden ale. I'll say it's held up remarkably well for six months old; I can only imagine what that tropical citrus was like new.

Sep 23, 2017
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Rock_Glenn from New York

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I bought this to enjoy after mowing the lawn, and it proved to be light and easy drinking for the occasion. My notes are limited, but it pours an ugly yellow, with limited hops aroma and flavor. Too thin for most occasions, good hops taste, earthy, just could use a higher gravity and an ounce or two more hops.

Jun 18, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Wegmans. I like this. A tasty ale without the hop bitterness of an IPA. Just enough hoppiness to enjoy and refresh. Nice grassy likey!

Nov 20, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased and drank at Clarence Center Coffee Company in Clarence Center, NY.

Pours a clear gold, with some orange tinges. A small half inch head forms that dissipates quite quickly, leaving behind little splotches of lacing.

Smells slightly weak- a bit of grassy hop aromas, and some grapefruity aromas as well.

This one is pretty tasty, and lives up to its namesake as a lawn mower beer. Slight crackery pilsner malt type flavors, fairly dry, with grassy and herbal hop tastes- almost brings to mind a grassy lawn. Slightly spicy.

Light bodied, crisp and very drinkable- goes down quite easily. A slightly higher than medium amount of carbonation.

Not bad, but slightly boring. A good session ale nonetheless with some definite flavor.

Jul 07, 2014
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utopiajane from New York

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright canary yellow. Golden sunshine yellow. Lemon yellow! It's perfectly yellow and hazy with a fat two fingers of cream colored foam that falls lazy and rocky and leaves a thick cap and lace. Nose is lemon and lemon peel. Grapefruit and the pith. A bit of malt sweetness and a sweet grass in the background. some earthy pine but it is terribly light. perfect balance on the nose. The taste is lovely and ultra light. It has only a bit more substance than the session IPA's. But it's there and it is enough to distinguish it. The lemon is bright and sweet, the grapefruit is pungent and earthy. The pine is lightly in the background where I think pine belongs. The malt is just a bit of substance and this finishes a bit crisp and dry with sweet grass to linger and a bit of malt sweetness with all that grapefruit.

Lovely. Another terrific beer from ellicottville. That's three for three that I have tried. I had a hard time rating this. If this is a session IPA then it is in fact, the best one I have tried. if it is a pale ale it is not the best one I have tried. hmmmm.

Jun 22, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Bow-tie Pint

A - Clear straw yellow with half a finger of soapy white head, little lacing.
s - No real potent aroma here, some cracker malt and grass, mild dankness
T - Flavor is good, toasted bread, grass, a little pine, some grapefruit.
M - Clean and to the point. Refreshing beer.
O - Good sessionable beer, medium hoppy flavor thats refreshing and very fresh tasting.

May 29, 2014
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plaid75 from New York

3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell and taste featured a grassy hop, lemony ester and light grain.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a dry finish.

Overall a uniquely estuary APA.

Nov 05, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of grassy and earthy hops in the nose along with some hints of grainy malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has a light amount of bitterness and some hints of fruity yeast.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a little clean and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice easy beer to drink. I would definitely agree with this on being a lawn mower beer.

Dec 24, 2012
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dorianmarley from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is golden with a fluffy white head and nice lacing.

Nose is light hops with soil and salted peanuts.

Taste is light, butery, toasty, with some nuttiness and cucumber water.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, it is refreshing but lacks enough body to give the flavors any real substance.

Aug 03, 2012
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mattbk from New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden, very slight head, does not appear to be very carbonated, and so clear I doubt it is dry hopped. Nice lacing down the glass though.

S: Hmm, a bit cidery, slight lemon, and bready malts.

T: The taste has a lot more hop character than the aroma. Again, very lemony hops (Sorachi?), bitter pine, with a light pilsner-type bready finish. Sessionable.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel which helps the drinkability factor here. Sort of light on carbonation.

O: Tasty, and definitely a nice summer beer. I remember having this last year and thought it was better - but I just noticed that this bottle is about 4 months old, so may have lost some of its hop character. I'll bump it up a bit because I don't want to dock it for age.

Jul 31, 2012
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Celt44 from New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle...

Appearance is a medium yellow. Inch or so creamy head with lacing that lasts throughout...

Aroma - Citrusy and floral - hints of lemon and bread.

Taste - slight hop start and then goes a little metallic. Pepper towards the end...

Mouthfeel - a bit watery...

Overall - I'm not really getting the "ultra" part of this other than the watery mouthfeel connection to Mich Ultra....
The aroma and appearance save this from being a below average beer....Not a bad session beer for the hotter months....

Jul 28, 2012
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hosehead83 from Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. "3/23/12" date of birth on label.
Clear yellow/light gold in color, with a short, bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Faint pilsner malt
Taste-Pale malt, unsalted cracker. Soft little hop bite comes around and lingers to the finish. Easy-drinking and refreshing, but tastes more like a pilsner by far, than an American pale ale.

Jun 25, 2012
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canoehornpoint from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with faint hints of amber. Little to no head or lacing. Aroma was fruity and citrusy, a nice blend. I've always said that it would be nice to find something like Sierra Nevada with just a bit less edge and every so slightly sweeter. I think this is it. The citra hops are a nice blend of citrus and floral taste. This is very drinkable and easy on the palate. Very well done. Now a new glass and see if the next one has a better head.

Jun 10, 2012
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wingman14 from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a thick white head that fades fast. Subtle aroma, with malt, hops, and grain notes. The flavor is subtle but good, starts and ends with the hops and the grain mixed in. A subtle sweet earthy finish with a hint of citrus that really rounds this one out nicely. A nice medium mouthfeel, thicker than expected but definitely adds to the beer. Overall a great summer beer, well done, the flavors are subtle but still big. Would work as a great session beer, would get this again.

May 31, 2012
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Bierguy5 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Clear, old gold color. White head lookis inviting, fading to a thin layer after a minute or two. A few nice spots of lace.

Clean cereal malts, with a slight breast feel. Hop aroma is subtle, slight juicy fruit with a bit of earthyness.

Malt character is very nice here, again cereal grains with some bread. A subtle fruity note with bubblegum. Earthy finish. Bitterness is fairly soft but does linger a bit.

Body is a bit lighter, with nice carbonation. Very well balanced here. Alcohol is not evident. Nice beer, and easy drinker.

May 27, 2012
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another pale hoppy offering right around 5% alcohol by volume, excellent brewery I like many of the Ellcottville beers. This one is about the golden color of a glass of apple juice with nice even carbonation smooth formed head flowing thick with fine speckled lacing. Aroma has bright citric notes with light doughy biscuit malt character going on it's a pretty nice beer. Strong superb Belgian malts add a nice complexity, even flowing carbonation supports the light hoppy summer ale literally perfect for my Craftsman Yard Master Mower. Flavor has light cereal notes with citric herbal hop bursts comig through not very bitter but a nice hop flavor comes across the palate. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied even carbonation flowing fully, a very nice beer being brewed. Overall excellent minimal hops minimal sweetnees but balanced flavors make this beer to be one of those unbelievable beer drinking experiences.

Apr 27, 2012
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ZekemusMaximus from New York

4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light head with a beautiful golden straw color. You could clearly see the carbonation in the crystal clear liquid.

S - Lots of grains and hay like smell. Strangely earthy.

T - The citrus punch that this packs is extraordinary. This beer is super bitter but with the accompanying citrus flavor its a fantastic combo. It's super easy to drink for something so pale.

M - Very light bodied. One of the the most crisp and clean beers I've had.

O - This was super pale and it was a beautiful thing. The combination of the citrus and pale bitterness was great chemistry. This would be a great session beer and something I don't think I'd get tired of. Would be perfect for a hot afternoon or a cool summer night. Remarkable.

Feb 19, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very average beer here. extremely pale ale, most prominent flavors and aromas are pale and crystal malts, and grassy hops. beer is well balanced but leaning towards the malty side of the spectrum. has slight citrus note in the finish. not as refreshing a beer as advertised and definitely not my favorite beer from ellicottville. good drinkability and lighter body, good carbonation. might try it again in the summertime

Dec 30, 2011
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, tight-bubbled head. Leaves plenty of chunky lace--perhaps the most I've ever seen. Strong chill haze, but the color is a cross between straw and gold.

Aroma-wise, this is a beer that belies its color--lots of fresh pale malt with a suitable dose of spicy hop. Attractive and inviting.

Light and sweet pale malted grain flavor up front. There is some hop but I'd describe it more as a spice that balances the beer. Good body for the style while the carbonation is slightly understated.

Despite the name, this is NOT a lawn mower special. Expect a full flavored, well-balanced pale ale.

Sep 11, 2011
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thain709 from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The body was a clear, golden color that showed slow carbonation...a small, white head fell quickly to a small ring...some light lacing was left behind

S - Grainy presence with a sweet malt edge...the hops are coming across as very earthy

T - Again, the grains and sweet malt are at the forefront...the grainy presence goes through the entire beer and the sweet malt provides just enough sweetness for the beer...the best part of the flavor is the citrus hops that come out right before you swallow...they provide another dimension to the body and add that fruit that's needed...the grainy and earthy presence comes back for the finish

M - Light bodied...grainy, earthy, brief hops that showcase a minimal bitterness

O - I'm going against the grain with this one...I was not too impressed...I understand the concept behind an Ultra Pale Ale but you need to have flavor to go with the easy drinking part

Sep 06, 2011
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dogfishandi from New York

3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. date of birth:5/18/11 (2 1/2 months old). "brewed and bottled by the southern tier brewing company for the ellicottville brewing company" written on the side of the label.

pours out a pale golden color with a small 1 finger white head that was gone rather quickly, left some ugly looking patchy foam and a thin ring. just the slightest bit of sediment visible, other than that, pretty good clarity.

decent hops here. nothing too hoppy, but you get some grapefruit citrus mostly with a little tropical fruit and pine. malt hardly detectable in the aroma.

again, a nice hoppy taste, but nothing overly aggressive or too bitter. citrus, pine, tropical fruits balanced by a grainy malt. smooth clean bitterness in the finish, good hop flavors linger on the palate. the taste seems better the colder it is, it kind of takes a bit of a dive as it warms. ive noticed this with some other offerings from EBC.

light bodied beer with a stronger carbonation. just a touch watery, but this makes for such an easy drinking and sessionable beer.

overall, this is exactly what the name suggests it is, super sessionable, thirst quenching, definatly keeps you coming back sip after sip. this bottle went way too quick. for the price, this is totally worth it. glad to see EBC making some worthy beers, this is definatly one of their better ones.

Aug 01, 2011
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale, brassy-yellow pour has a good clarity and a medium sense of visible effervesce that was quickly paced. The head is thin at first, bone white in coloring, and quick to lapse leaving little reminder of its presence it terms of lace. Points here just for being true to style color wise (more on that later).

S: The nose was of medium strength grapefruit pulp, nice and freshly cut open with a soft and perfumy style of delivery. It was complimented by grainy, almost pilsner style scent of pale malts.

F: The flavor was sweet upfront from the grains, mixing and balancing with the fresh grapefruit, like a lightly sugar coated grapefruit for breakfast. Soft and nice level of hops, especially on the close with just the right amount of balance of citrus dryness and soft fresh hay. The label best sums this up as a perfect summer time rider mower drink that will surly replace the American macro in my book as king of the mower beers.

M: Fairly good crispness, nice body and fullness mouthwise. Grainy with a light and playful dry citrus fade.

O: A pale that is finally a pale and lives up to its name, with minimal influence of specialty grains. Nicely balanced, doesn’t try to blow you away with an obnoxious amount of hops nor sweet caramel base, it is what it was originally intended to be, a pale based beer with a noticeable and appreciable amount of hoppiness. Six pack worthy, great summer time quencher that wont set you back to much except maybe in terms of its 5.0% which is nicely hidden. Session material, easy drinking yet highly enjoyable.

Jul 18, 2011
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Kendo from New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is bright golden-yellow with a very small white head that disappears quickly.

S: Florally hops over biscuity malt.

T: Clean, light. Almost pilsner-like; or maybe Helles Lager-like would be a better description. Light fruity malt is finished with a florally, leafy hop bite. Touch of spice lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied, nice carbonation.

O: Good. A very light - or, as the bottle says, an "Utra" - Pale Ale. Good drinker.

Jun 11, 2011
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PeprSprYoFace from California

2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in the refreshing summer BIF. Thanks man.

Poured into a shaker pint. Has a super clear golden honey color. Had a thin white head but dissapated to a film. Ok lacing.

Aroma is kinda funky. Not sour funky. Like a slight rotten egg. But also has a nice hop aroma. Kinda grassy.

Taste is also kinda weird. Kinda a weird plant taste. Some hop flavor. Slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel is coating in the finish. Low carb.

Overall I don't think I'll be grabbing this beer again. Maybe I got a bad batch or something. Hopefully.

Jun 10, 2011
Mow Master from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 96 ratings