Iroquois Pale Ale
Adirondack Pub & Brewery

Iroquois Pale AleIroquois Pale Ale
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American IPA
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Ranked #35,779
3.7 | pDev: 9.73%
Adirondack Pub & Brewery
New York, United States
Iroquois Pale AleIroquois Pale Ale
Notes: "A big, American-style India Pale Ale with a beautiful deep orange hue. American malts and enormous Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, and Crystal hop additions give this beer a crisp flavor with a huge citrus aroma. Silver Medal winner at the 2016 TAP NY Brewer's Festival.

70 IBUs
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 139 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Roguer
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good head production and OK retention. Body is crystal clear and light amber in color.

Nice WC-IPA style nose, with big tones of citrus, a touch of pine, and a backbone of caramel malt. Just a touch of tropical fruit and pungent dankness, but the emphasis is on lemon, ruby red grapefruit, pine, and citrus peel.

Promise of the aroma holds true on the palate. High bitterness; citrus and pine, supported by a hearty dose of caramel malt. Fairly dry and effervescent finish, mildly puckering, and clearing the way for the next sip. Hop oils linger on the gums.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly nice IPA from a brewery that’s new to me. No date printed on bottle. Pours a slightly darker golden color with a little fluffy white head that slowly faded and very scant lingering lacing. Smells of muddled fruity tropical hops, malt, vanilla, bread and caramel. Also some floral hops in the background. Taste follows the nose, lots of grapefruit, pineapple, melon and orange. Quite crisp and a decent hit a bitter hoppiness. Smooth mild mouthfeel with a good carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of akaizer
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a beer of the month club. Poured orange-peach colored with a very fluffy head of white foam that slowly (several minutes) settled down. Scent comes across with melon, tropical fruits, and a bit of pine. Taste follows, but the more traditionally hoppy pine is more evident. A pleasant malty backbone helps to take some of the edge off. The feel is medium-to-full bodied with a linger bitterness in the aftertaste. Enjoyable, but not my preferred type.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is a hazy gold translucent beer with a 3/4" head. Smell is citrus hops, and not much else in the scent. Taste is yeast, spice, and hops in the end. Hops were not as pronounced as the scent was. Feel is adequate carbonation, very even mouthful. Hops are not as powerful as perceived, but the citrusy taste along with the bitter tastes come thru. Beer also has a light feel overall with a small aftertaste that remains, mostly hops.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying a bottle of this beer at my good friend and old neighbor from Oswego house. The beer poured a clear golden with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had bold pine hop notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with pine resin flare. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of lastmango
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orange yellow haze with a very thin off-white head. Heavy lacing is present. Carbonation visibility is light and obscure. Aroma is very faint citrus and malt. Light caramel malt forward taste followed by a citrusy hop bite that overpowers the malt. But, the feel overpowers the beer from the first sip. This brew is thick . . . a medium heavy body with light carbonation feel that confuses. Not what I expected for an IPA.

Revisited on 3/25/18. Upgraded the look and taste.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours bright copper color with foamy off white head with great lacing.

Aroma - Big malt aroma, caramel, pine, grapefruit.

Taste - Taste mimics the aroma malt, caramel, pine, grapefruit with a hint of sweet orange.

Feel - Medium bodied soft carbonation dry bitter finish.

Overall - A middle of the road IPA decent flavors but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a shaker pint glass; no production information evident.
A: Pours a hazy amber color with a quarter inch, white head, low retention, and soapy lacing.
S: Fruity bouquet. Aromas of citrus (?lemon), caramel malt, and sweet cookie evident. Maltier as it warms.
T: Caramel and bread flavors predominate. Bitterness very strong at first, resolving as warms to provide a clean finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.
O: An enjoyable drinkable American IPA, somewhere between EC and NE is style.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is rather hazy orange yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass as well as a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with strong underlying notes of caramel malts. Only a light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Unlike most of the IPAs on the market today, this beer offers more of a balanced taste between the hops and malts.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bold in your face IPA pours bright orange-copper topped by sticky foam as it recedes. Super aromatic nose; hop notes of tropical fruit, melon, pine and floral spice notes. 70 IBU / 7% Alcohol. Good stuff!

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Photo of Gajo74
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with a modest but decent frothy lace. Citrus aroma, followed by biscuity malt and floral tones. Sweet malt forward taste followed by a big piny and resiny hop finish. Good balance between the two. Not the hop bomb that other IPAs are, but still modestly powerful. Medium bodied, very low carbonation, slightly thick and caramel like.
A pleasant and tasty IPA.

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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a orange color.

The aroma offers familiar American hops of grapefruit, floral, hints of pine, bready sweetness.

The beer follows on the palate with grapefruit, lemon, citrus peel, a bready sweetness in the middle along with some floral qualities and a light pine bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Named after the 2nd highest peak in the 'daks. Golden orange with a frothy white head. Big citrus with a some biscuit malt peaking out as it warms. Big citrus and prickly pine dominate the platte with a little bit of tobacco leaf in back. Big, sharp bitter. Good stuff.

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Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Beautiful full white head with nice lacing. The body of the beer is of a honey-colored golden hue. The smell of sweet pine wafted above the glass. I tasted grapefruit and tangerines on the first sip, followed by the requisite bitterness of the mixture of Centennial, Cascade and Amarillo hops. Crisp finish leaves me wanting another!

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Photo of CTHomer
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pretty clear; honey colored; 1 finger head that receded over a couple minutes to a thin film; sheets of lace;

S: more than anything, I smell strawberry; with tropical fruit in the background; there is another smell that I can't place that is a little off putting;

T: pine that stays all the way through the finish; citrus is there as well; well balanced; moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: very drinkable; a little too much pine for my taste and I just can't place the smell;

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: An aggressive pour into a pint glass only yielded a 3/8 inch, off-white head, which lasted for 5 seconds. Non-transluscent amber-orange color.

S: Sweet and malty, bordering on buttery. Overwhelmingly 'wild' aroma probably due to addition of Amarillo hops. There is no 'citrus aroma' as the label suggests.

M: Full and cloying, for an IPA. Not very crisp, but smooth.

T: For a beer toting 71 IBUs, the bitterness is very subdued, and provides a supporting backbone to overwhelming buttery sweetness. The initial burst of lemon is quickly overcome by a sweet caramel flavor. As the beer warms, there is a nuttiness as the sweet blends with the bitter. The bitterness will remain in the aftertaste for awhile.

O: It reminds me a lot of Bell's Two-Hearted, which I'm not a fan of in terms of what I savor when it comes to IPAs; I just don't like to taste caramel in my IPAs.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a 32oz. growler into a pint glass. Pours a clear, golden brown color like grade A fancy maple syrup. A little head with minimal lacing.

S: Great hop aroma up-front with some light bread notes throughout. Bright citrus rind, pine sap, wildflowers, and a touch of dirt are the inviting aromas wafting out. Inviting, and without any hint of bitterness.

T: Tastes like a hoppy toasted biscuit. A nice bitterness on the end, with a warm malt backbone and some light hop aromatics floating on top. Grass is a predominant flavor, with some rye bitterness, a touch of nuttiness, and some tasty pine hop on the swallow. It's a dry, bitterly aromatic IPA.

M: Smooth, crisp, but a bit flat (could be the growler...) with a bitterness that hollows out your cheeks. Overall it's not overpowering in the mouth, but leaves with a kick.

O: I've had this beer many times before, and this is the first time I've reviews it under it's new name (formerly Indian Pale Ale) but I've been less impressed this time around. Perhaps it's the keg I got it out of, or the trip home making it flat, or perhaps I've never really sat down and tasted this beer with a critical eye before. Either way, it's a solid, local New York IPA that should be tried. Unfortunately, this go-round wasn't the best. I'll update if I have another batch that knocks my socks off.

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Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy gold/blonde color with a huge white head into my glass. Reminiscent of "hop juice" in a sense.

Aroma is pretty strong after pouring it out of the bottle. A good balance of citrus in the nose with buttery malt underneath. I love the hop combination used here (Centennial, Cascade and Amarillo).

Huge citrus bite greets the taste buds, quickly warming up the mouth. Crisp and tasty, buttery malt are there as well. Wow.

The flavors do a great job of filling the mouth. At room temperature, the carbonation can be overwhelming.

Very enjoyable pale ale. More than I was expecting as well. I would definitely pick this up again if I were in that corner of NY State.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a fine copper hued ipa from the lake George area, probably the best or one of the best beers from these guys to date. it has a lacey white head with good retention, and a nose of bitter citrus hops, centennial for sure, and some others. pretty big malt body on this too, English and American pale malts give it some real depth. the flavor is massive, and the hops trump the malts, although balance is achieved here pretty well. I like the caramel sweetness just before the bitter kicks in, its quite the contrast. the alcohol is well hidden, and the beer feels like it should, with a fuller body and excellent carbonation that makes it feel really bright. this is a nice big ipa, not one I need to drink a sixer of, but a good couple of beers worth for sure. id like to see Adirondack move in this direction.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy orange, two finger head, well carbonated, some sediment and lacing.

S-Good deal of hops, citrus, grass, vanilla and grapefruit

T-Grassy, some pine, citrus, vanilla and some bitterness. There is something else that I can't seem to place though that is slightly off putting.

M-medium bodied, some carbonation and smooth.

O-A good IPA but that taste I couldn't place was slightly off.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice clear light orange into my DFH glass. One finger head that disappears rather quickly but leaves a nice bit of lacing.

S- Nice notes of tangerine and fresh cut hay. Little grapefruit, some mango and pineapple. Not a big California citrus bomb, but it's definately there for the taking. Decent blend of pine and sweet malts.

T- Bitter citrus is the first thing, followed by a sweet malty tropical fruit. Fresh cut green grass, tangerine and grapefruit pith. For an upstate NY IPA... it's not bad.

M- Really bitter! I wish it had a touch more citrus fruit instead of citrus rind.

O- Unfortuanately it looks better than it smells, tastes, or feels. I wish they would release their IIPA! I've had that on tap a few times and it's really good. I was hoping this would be more like that... sadly it's not! Definately drinkable, but the bitterness overwhelms without letting the citrus and pine bloom. Really nice aftertaste after the bitterness lets go tho.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a perfectly clear golden color with a slight orange hue and plenty of carbonation bubbles, pours with more than two fingers of white head that is quite foamy with large bubbles and lingers for a long period of time, leaves a ton of lacing all over the glass
S: really great hop scent, plenty of grapefruit character and a nice floral and earthy note
T: begins with really fresh hop notes then moves into a bit of smoothness in the middle and ends with a great bittering depth that really lingers long on the palate, just what i like to see in an IPA
M: gentle carbonation, leaves the mouth feeling dry, almost a bit too dry but it is what is to be expected with an IPA
O: they really blew me away with this one, sure you can tag me as a culprit of homerism in this case but i dont care this is a damn good brew, great IPA taste

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Photo of musicforairports
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. I've had their IPA on tap at the restaurant, but this is a different beer. Always glad to try something local.

Golden and slightly hazy, with a fluffy head that laces nicely.

Smells of pine and juicy grapefruit and orange.

Taste is mostly juicy citrus hops. Some malt backbone here. A bit thick, but not sweet. Overall, the flavor is quite good, if somewhat understated and muted in the finish.

Mouthfeel a bit thicker than average, but not off-putting.

Overall, this is a tasty, citrus-y IPA, and one of the best beers I've had brewed within an hour or two of me. I will definitely buy this again, and I hope the brewery is successful in their relatively new bottling operation.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, golden amber hue with small white head. Nice nose full of grapefruit. Malty sweetness is only slightly peirced by hop bitterness. Grapefruit is inviting on the finish. Mouth is light and buttery. Yum. More malty than most IPAs but enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full blown piney hop and a light malt sweetness.

The taste consisted of an upfront piney hop spice. Certainly a solid malt acted as the substrate for this hop explosion.

The mouthfeel was slightly thin for the style.

Overall an intensely hoppy AIPA.

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