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B.P.A. - Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2002)
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Reviews by maybrick:
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4.4/5  rDev +15.2%

Not only does the beer give you the hopped taste but also the nose. Wow! Even better was having this brew on Tuesday, and then returning Thursday the same week to have it on the hand pump!

Color is golden - like the sunset on the walls Ivy covered U Penn Campuses in late summer. The nose well- big bad cascade hops permeate like how horseradish can clear ones sinuses. The taste is even better.

I like cask brews and this one in particular translates from gas to hand pump very well.

05-09-2004 22:39:41 | More by maybrick
More User Reviews:
Photo of Marty


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

This pale ale was not as hoptastic as the restaurant's beer list made it out to be. The beer was poured with very little head and lacked carbonation in general. B.P.A. was bitterer than your average pale ale, but in the end it was not an interesting beer. Then again, maybe my taste buds are just ruined after trying Stone IPA. At any rate, next time I go back to Nodding Head, I'll try something else.

03-27-2003 10:29:18 | More by Marty
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4.05/5  rDev +6%

Honey colored with a tightly bubbled beige head of foam. Aroma of floral and tangerine hops, with some biscuity malt in the background. Flavor is intially bright and tasty hops, very refreshing and crisp. Mostly citrus, some floral notes, and a definitely solid malt backbone riding beneath. Mouthfeel is even, not too full, not too dry or overly carbonated, but well balanced. Really enjoyable, highly drinkable.

10-08-2007 15:06:09 | More by far333
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North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

02-28-2013 23:47:40 | More by twowheelssoar
Photo of tempest


3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured at the brewpub.

The beer list calls this a more balanced pale ale and while it just looks darker than the average APA. There is a nice balance of malt and hops, but the mellow caramel seems a like weak and isn't very clean for an American pale ale. The hops are citrusy and crisp, but just not strong enough. Like they just don't feel right. They smell great, but just can't deliver a full-mouth flavor or bitterness.

01-28-2008 04:02:47 | More by tempest
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3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

On cask, via hand pump, @ Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant (Philadelphia, PA) on 4/2/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a finger of creamy bright-white head. This retains with a rich creaminess, leaving back tons of sticky lacing. The aroma is grassy with some ripe fruit character, as the malts here are giving off a mix of eggy smelling proteins and notes of fresh baked biscuits in the nose.

The taste is grassy, bitter, and tangy in the mouth, with a sticky mix of green citrus, bread, and caramel malts. The hops finish this with a dry and earthy bitterness that lingers with some strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a light prickle to the carbonation but then gets much more thick and chewy underneath. This feels like it could use some more crispness to help give this more of a quenching feel.

Not bad. The hops gave this some bite but that body here on cask just kind of left me hanging when it came to the type of crisp and refreshing feel that I'm looking for in a good APA. This was decent enough but I ultimately wished that I had gone for something else here for my first beer from these guys.

04-05-2011 17:04:25 | More by Kegatron
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New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

A: Poured a bright coppery-orange 1 finger foamy white head that left a slight lacing.

S: On the nose was sweet malt and a huge grapefruity aroma with light fresh pine needles.

T: The initial flavor had a nice caramel backing with a big cascade citrusy hopping. The bitterness was strong but very smooth and crisp. On the finish was a nice wet citrus kiss and a light grassiness.

M: average, slightly dry with a light-medium carbonation.

D: Ok drinkability, making for a decent session.

07-17-2008 23:02:29 | More by beerthulhu
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

A pint served at the Philadelphia brewpub.

A: The BPA is a beautiful copper color with orange as the dominant color. A finger or so of head is a nice insulator to the ale.

S: The aroma is thick with citrusy herbal hops and caramel malts. The strength is far more IPA than APA and I like it.

T: The taste is a nice compliment to the nose, fully of zesty hops with a strong backbone to boot. First the hops, they are citrusy, grassy and herbal, with a pleasant orange rind element. The bite is strong but not overwhelming (that is saved for the 3C Extreme). The caramel backbone is up to the challenge of the hops, meeting them pound for pound with a touch of cereal. Nice hop finish sees the beer away.

M: A nice pale ale that throws a lot of hops at you. I personally like that kind of pale ale.

D: A very approachable and inviting pint, the hops may be too much for some pale ale fans. I have a newfound appreciation for it.

04-26-2008 22:34:13 | More by akorsak
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

From January notes...firkin @ Capone's
Appears a copper toned, transparent orange with a soapy, white head that quickly dissolves into a bubbly collar.
Smell is of tea leaves, yeasty, bready biscuits, sweet notes of fruit, citrus, and pine.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. To me, it's a bit English-like in flavor with the floral, herbal, & tea like hop notes.
Mouthfeel is smooth, mildly bitter & yeasty, with a gentle hop bite at the end that fits well with what they wanted.
This one was nice and drinkable. Very decent session ale without that keeps things simple and solid.

02-13-2007 17:36:44 | More by weeare138
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured a light copper pint with great aromatic head. Fruity hops and a slight maltiness. Taste was complex with a solid malt presence which lets some great crisp hops come out to play on the backend. Very refreshing and well balanced brew. A much better APA than I'm used to having at a craft brewery, they don't attempt to overwhelm with the style, but hit the bullseye on taste and drinkability.

12-03-2006 14:26:46 | More by kernalklink
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I thinks it does better as it warms up. Served a tad too cold from the firkin. It is a solid hoppy American Pale Ale.

Appearance: Served a golden light orange color with a thick white head that quickly faded to a cap of froth. Lacing is moderate.

Smell: Pine hops and biscuity malts give it a balance that is simple friendly and flavorful in the aroma.

Taste: Hoppy. It is one of those APAs that skirts the line bordering IPA. It does have a bit of the butterscotch sweetness of an APA with the floral hops, pine and grapefruit. Very nice. Particularly after it warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Juicy with sharp prickly hops.

Drinkability: This is a hopheads delight. Easy drinking hop tea.

Hope this is helpful.

01-18-2007 22:48:54 | More by Phatz
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-28-2011 00:23:34 | More by YoItsBeerTym
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

07-01-2014 04:42:30 | More by soulcougher
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4.7/5  rDev +23%

Tasted On-Tap 03/08/06 & 03/09/06 at the Nodding Head brewpub.

Solid golden color with a nice off-white head and good carbonation. Prominent grapefruit citrus hoppiness in both the nose and mouth. Very hoppy as expected with a very nice malt backing. Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy with a nice hop finish.

Even though this is a common style, this could be their best beer in my book.

A solid very hoppy American Pale Ale that seemed hoppier, or at least much better balanced in every way, than their Double IPA (3C Extreme). If you can only have one or the other go with this one !

Per NHB website: BPA = Bill Payer Ale.

05-10-2006 16:26:18 | More by RBorsato
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Ontario (Canada)

1/5  rDev -73.8%

11-06-2012 19:44:41 | More by cfalovo97
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Inspired by the "left coast" Pale Ales, this one looked good when it arrived, and this was its best quality. It was a lovely amber color with a medium head. The aroma revealed hops only. The taste was less than expected as the hops simply overpowered the malt. The mouthfeel was far thinner than other Pale Ales, and the carbonation was weak. Drinkable, but not as satisfying as it looked.

10-07-2003 22:37:48 | More by Gavage
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-07-2011 12:35:14 | More by ROGUE16
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-28-2012 16:56:44 | More by srw
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-19-2013 15:15:12 | More by InspectorBob
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +17%

The beer pours a gold/light amber color with a 1/4" creamy white head. The aroma is great! It has a very intense floral hop scent with a nice malt balance. The taste is great as well. It has a nice malty base which is overpowered by an awesome hop flavor. The beer finishes creamy with a fine mouthfeel. This is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks very well. It has good body, tremendous aroma, and flavor.

03-31-2004 19:52:12 | More by WesWes
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

This beer was a nice dark gold color with a bit of an amber hue to it. It was served at a beer dinner via pitcher to wine glass, so I cannot rightly comment on the head, as it was not really poured as to have one. This beer's aroma truly smelled like freshly cut hops. I do not know what form of hops they used, but it smelled about as fresh as I have ever smelled out of a glass. The taste was very floral to me, more so than citrusy. There was really no bitter bite to it, so it would seem most of the hopping was for aroma and not as much for actual bittering. The mouthfeel was very nice and it left a nice fresh clean aftertaste. This is a very drinkable beer to me, and if a candle could be made to smell like this, I would be burning it all the time!

03-20-2004 00:02:33 | More by gueuzegeek
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

Had on draft at the Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA.

A- Pours a nice deep orange-amber, nice off white head, some minor haze.

S- Very floral hop aroma, nice and inviting.

T- Very fresh hops balanced with a nice malt background.

M- Very well carbonated, no CO2 bite, medium body.

D- This is a good beer for standby, it is well balanced and flavorful.

07-13-2008 18:18:49 | More by cichief
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-19-2011 03:43:17 | More by notdriving
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

06-04-2013 04:27:47 | More by BARFLYB
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

It pours a clear and carbonated coppery orange. A fat finger of tight white head sustains some time. Braille lacing traces the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a medley led by the malt section, with biscuit, caramel, and a mild sweetness. The hops represent lightly but well, with pine, dry citrus, and a very brief floral hint.

Upon tasting, the fairly sweet caramel malt lofts a feather of berry. The hops are again balanced capably against the grain, with measures of grapefruit, resiny pine, and even a flicker of orange. Biscuit malt recurs near the close, coming off as well-baked and crusty. The finish dries whatever's left of the sweetness, and the final crisp push is a comfortably bitter sign-off. It's a good soldier, up to the task and well-crafted.

Light bodied, the malt joins the hops to lend a slick but flowing presence on the palate.

While there's nothing astounding or revolutionary here, if every APA were as well done as this one, the world would be a better place. It's balanced, but not at the expense of any component. It's refreshing, and it drinks easily and happily, mating well with any number of culinary choices. I enjoyed the first sip, and I enjoyed the last sip, though yes, I was sorry to see it go, so more will be coming one day soon.

05-07-2007 17:10:12 | More by Foxman
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