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Penn Ginger Beer - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Penn Ginger BeerPenn Ginger Beer

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 23
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 29.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: 57md on 06-14-2014

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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 23
Reviews by Johnwf110:
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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of brother_rebus
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of ginger, little else. Taste is ginger, light malts, a bit of an unusual aftertaste. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall a mediocre beer, nothing terrible, but one is enough for me.

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Photo of Brock915
4.6/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light champagne-like color (basically it looks like ginger ale soda) with plenty of fizz but little head. The nose has the distinct essence of real ginger – definitely not the fake smell one gets from ginger ale soda. The ginger also dominates the flavor profile but the distinct bite of hops comes on in the end to break up the ginger spiciness.

This offering is very light-bodied and highly drinkable. I’d recommend this for a summer picnic as a far better choice than the fake tasting “malternatives” that are mass produced by the big commercial brewers.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: The 12 oz bottle pours a golden liquid a few shades darker than a ginger ale. Carbonated bubbles rise to the top busily.

AROMA: Ginger ale and malts. Definitely can smell the aromatics of ginger amongst the grains. Perceived sweetness is high from the nose.

TASTE: Ginger is the dominant taste with powdery malts and a twang of hop bitterness. Suggestions of honey and citrus. Slight earthy thing going on. I like ginger, so I like this. Would pair excellent with Sushi or any Asian cuisine for that matter.

FEEL: Medium bodied, highly carbonated brew. Lingering flavor of ginger and hop bitterness.

OVERALL: This is an interesting brew here, I've had a few ginger beers and this still reminds me of a Penn Beer, though of course heavy on the ginger. Rating this as an alcoholic ginger beer.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of classixIII
2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Interesting, but.....not really for me. I got a little more than a just hint of ginger and and not much of the beer. Over all it was well carbonated and very light but to be honest I've had non alcoholic ginger beer that was way more flavorful than this..maybe I should try it in a Moscow Mule! Sorry Penn, I'm a big fan but this one missed the mark for me.

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Photo of taylor714914
2.56/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Watery and very little ginger. A big letdown

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Photo of IronLover
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pale yellow in color with a light haze. Poured with a short white foam that reduced to a wispy cap. Pleasant aroma of ginger with light malty notes beneath. Medium light bodied with medium high, but soft carbonation. Medium high ginger flavor with light malt beneath. Maybe a blonde ale base beer with ample amounts of ginger flavor. The ginger is a bit overwhelming as the malt from the base beer is almost undetectable. Light hop bitterness near the finish. Hot ginger spiciness carries through the finish resembling a light astringency that puts a dent in the drinkability of this one for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Slatetank
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this chilled from the 12oz bottle in a mug.

The color is golden with good clarity and thin white head with fine bead with spotty lace. The smell is semi-sweet with light woody spicy aroma of ginger. The feel is malty with sweetness balanced by the spice and moderate carbonation level with dry toasted grain in the finish.

The taste is nicely spiced with ginger medium low malt sweetness in the middle with a slight alcohol accent with mild grainy flavor with semi-fruity yeast and ginger in the finish which is spicy and dry. Overall this is okay, a nice ginger flavor yet light ale body which supports without any off taste to speak of.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.64/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was just at the Three Rivers Arts festival in downtown Pittsburgh and along with their three stages of bands, a gazillion art booths/vendors selling wares/food the Wyndam Hotel had a bier Garden out in front of the hotel. It was for the Penn Brewery and featured four of their beers. The Biergarden IPA, Penn Gold, Penn Pilsner and this Ginger Beer. As far as I can tell it is a newer brew and it was very summery and perfect for this outdoor venue. The bartender served it to me in a plastic cup ofcourse because it is outdoors. The appearance is a slightly darker gold color with a thin white head and some small lacing. It has the smell of ginger, bready malts, grains, and a dry finish. It is light on the moulth, but the spice and grains give it a good body. The spiceyness of the ginger is quite apparent and I thought it was more than enough without going into the realm of being a hot spiceyness. It is really a good option if you want the ginger qualities of a ginger beer soda without the higher sugar content. I have had some gingery beers and the ginger was alot weaker. I will certainly have this one again.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma initially of a lager then the ginger comes through
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring and spotty frothy layer
Lacing none
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor very weak of ginger, weaker than most (non-alcoholic) ginger ales. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. The weak ginger flavor does have a long hang time.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.25

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2.56/5  rDev -26.4%

Penn Ginger Beer from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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