Allegheny Pale Ale - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Stinkypuss on 03-28-2010

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Photo of muskiecf
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light bodied. Nice yellow color. Minimal carbonation....just enough to make it fizz but easy to drink. A nice hop flovar that is balance by the malt. Smooth. Has a mild hop aroma. It almost reminds me of a English version Pale Ale. Interseting and nonetheless tastey! Cheers!

Photo of frenchblood21
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Dark straw colored with a thin white head.

Smell- Citrus and hops jump right at you. Grapes in the back end.

Taste- Great fresh pale ale flavor. This bottle tastes like it just came off the production line. Mostly bitter hops but lime and lemon are in there too

Mouthfeel- Good feeling...Its almost like your chewing on a hop (in a good way) Pretty thick for a pale ale.

Overall- I do not know much about Penn Brewing Company, but if all their beers taste this good, I'm gonna know more soon. I will seek this beer out in the near future.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time I've seen this new style from Penn bottled, so I had to grab one from the Beer Store. Pours a slightly hazed pale copper color wih a bright white large bubbled head, fine speckled lacing scattered. Aroma has a slight metallic note about it with herbal/floral hops going on in the nose. Label states they use perle, columbus, and chinook hops...I'm getting more earthiness and maybe a hint of citrus. Nice cereal grain malt room going on amongst the hops here this seems like an approachable training wheels pale ale so far. Nothing wrong with that aspect, figure from a traditional German style brewery it's nice to see a nice drinkable APA. Welcome fruitiness in the flavor with ample ctrus/floral hop flavors a bit of earthy dry quality about with some nice pale malt sweetness. Again it's not a world class pale but it's solid and shows promise for other beers to come out of Pittsburgh, definitely a wise decision to bottle this one as well nice shot of the point with the skyline of the Burgh on the lable. Mouthfeel is nice mellow carbonation light to medium bodied slight trace hop oils on the palate but never cloying or sticky. Drinkability is solid a nice session refreshing hoppiest beer from Penn you'll ever come across.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Abe's. This is a basic, maybe classic, American pale ale. There's a medium, citrus flower aroma with a catty Pacific Northwest touch. The malts provide dry bread crust and toffee balance to the hops. I can see this being a great cask beer, but the character is pretty mellow compared to most pale ales. If the alcohol were a touch lower, this would make a fine session beer.

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub in a tumbler.

A: The pale ale is a coppery amer color, translucent nonetheless. A steady stream of bubbles provides sustenance for the half finger of white head.

S: The nose has a grainy aroma, hoppy but not abundantly so. An interesting divergence from Penn's German line-up. Run of the mill in terms of APAs.

T: Malty, biscuit primarily with caramel later on, the ale is slow to generate a hop profile. When it does emerge, the vegetal hops have an earthy citrus flavor that doesn't stand out. The flavor isn't lacking and I think that I am still awestruck by the German departure, but I definitely prefer an authentic German brew.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, more malty than hoppy. Not my preferred pale ale, but it was a nice beer to drink in the Penn beer hall.

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber in color, the beer has a light amount of visible carbonation and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of malty sweetness.
T: The beer has a light amount of bitterness and flavors of citrusy hops, toasted hops and notes of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down smoothly and is easy to drink.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a winter mix pack.

Pours a golden color with a thin white head, fades quickly, minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell is very weak for even a pale ale, picking up mostly sweet malt, hops have essentially faded in the nose.

Taste still has some hop bitterness left, starts out with a musty grapefruit hop bitterness, sweet malt creeps in and balances things for a bit, finishes dry with a mild lingering bitterness.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into NB Globe. Bright copper color with really froathy sticky head..it actually looks pretty good. Smell is nice floral but subtle hop and some sweet caramel malt. Very nice mild hop and malt aromas, but very well balanced. Nice easy brew, mild, but good all around flavors. Maybe a little more hop-forward APA than usual.

I had very low expectations on this after reading some of the reviews, but I was actually surprised on how tasty this was. Dont be turned off by other reviews, this is a good APA.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.61/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How about this for distribution, this is the first time I ever seen this brew in my life and live in PA all my life!

A - Light and clear amber yellow with a half inch of creamy head that leaves a nice bit of lace.

S - Light pine and citrus hops, pale malts and a bit of sweetness. Nothing really stands out though.

T - Taste is a bit better starts off with a mild pine then quickly turns to pale malts and a sweet finish. One dimensional but tasty.

M - Light and sessionable.

Overall if I ever went to the brewery I would have a few of these but outside the area my favorite is still Headwaters.

Photo of psuKinger
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I selected "bottle" for serving type, but I actually had one bottle of this in my refridgerator and a 1/4 barrel keg of this loaded into my kegerator, and I decided to compare/review them head-to-head. I'll score the bottle pour here, as I scored and submitted the draft a few minutes ago. My comments about Appearance, Smell, Taste, Mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty similar to what I noted before but resubmitted below for convenience. In summary, I preferred the bottle over the draft this time around.

A: The bottle poured less transparent than the draft, but didn't provide nearly as much lacing on the glass.

S: The bottle has a slightly more distinct aroma of hops, but neither had a strong presence in the nose.

T: Very hop-forward. Good bitterness present up front. The finish has more consistency to it than the draft pour did. This tastes somewhat like the "classic American beer" that just has more of a hop-bitterness than the standard Macro. It's good, but not "great". Kind of nondescript. There's no grapefruit/citrus characteristics to these hops that I so crave but find so rare in East Coast Pale Ales and IPAs.

M: The beer leaves a good oily hop coating in your mouth as your work your way through the glass. The mouthfeel of the bottle is superior to that of the draft, as the draft had a slightly watery finish to it as noted below.

D: This is drinkable. I could put down several of them if this was all that was available. But if a great deal of selection was made available to me? I'd have one and then move on to something more interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

Photo of hustlesworth
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- clear 'amber' colored amber, golden highlights and a thin, finely bubbled head. tiny dots of lace. nothing spectacular.

S- pleasant floral hoppy aroma with mostly orange, followed by lemon and grapefruit and a little bit of cheese. buttery caramel british smelling malt sweetness lingers in the background.

T- mostly clean, lemony grassy bitterness most likely from the perle is overlaid on a rather bland biscuity malt background. some floral character and little to no sweetness.

MF- aggressively carbonated, dry body and rather light. easy to drink and refreshing.

D- not blown away by this one. would favor a SN or burning river any day.

Photo of AgentZero
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale copper colored beer that is fairly transparent and a decent amount of carbonation. Nice lacing on the glass.

S - Some citrus, little pine resin, bit of hops. The malt backbone comes through. I like hoppy APAs and this smells pretty solid.

T - Some light malts, little bit of a resin. Clean finish, decent bittering on the end. Nothign ground-breaking, but this isn't bad. A little light on flavor.

M - Medium bodied, higher carbonation.

O - Decent little APA from Penn brewing. Sessionable, but nothing I'd seek out. Also wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, pine like hops. In the taste, pine to orange citrus like hops, with a mellow malt backing. A hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry abrasive hop in the aftertaste. Nice pine and hint of citrus, although, very lager like.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.33/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 2/23/12

Pale, browned gold with a layer of haziness. Two finger white head is in no hurry to drop though as it does, it leaves swaths of bubbly lace.

The aroma is orange peel, lemon zest and toasted bread. Grass and herbal overtones unfold as the beer warms. It has a lemon-lime twinge and a slight musty smell to it. Thin, watery feel with a low-slung fizzy carbonation are lent to a dirty, bitter, medicinal flavor that overcomes the beer. Rotten orange peel, grass and toasted grains are an uncomfortable, failure-destined pairing for the aspirin-like bitterness.

Perhaps this could be decent but for the scathing bitterness. I would never expect such brute out of such an unsuspecting package.

Photo of keeganfrank
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber-colored beer with a foamy head that I only achieved by vigorously pouring the last third of the bottle. Aromas of breads, berries and sweet citrus. Tart citrus rind dominates the flavor and leads into sweet breads and herbiness. This is a solid ale with some great hops.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penn Brewing is back in business with its first ever ale. The once defunct brewery is currently only producing kegs and growlers. On to the review.

Appearance: A rich amber in color. Soapy, bubbly head and plenty of lace.

Smell: Bready malts and some citrusy hops lying underneath.

Taste: Light malt and some subtle earthy and resinous hops. Not very fruity, bitter high alpha hopping. Balance is perfect. Clean and refreshing. Unoffensive and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good stuff from Penn. American pale ales (APAs) are a dying style but this one is very well done. I also highly reccommend the draught version of Penn Weizen right now which is also delicious.

Photo of trumfisher
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

To be fair, I am a north east Ohio resident whose maintstays are from Great Lakes Bewing. Burning River is my comparison standard for an APA.

I found this very drinkable, but unimpressive.

It has a pleasing malt and hops flavor. But for an APA it is a bit light on the hops for my tastes.

It also lacked much of head. A local microbrewer claims that their brew master learned his craft at Pennsylvania Brewing Comany. I also find the head on their brews lacking.

It would make a nice intro into APAs for the mass market beer crowd, but would probably be unimpressive to many craft beer and APA or IPA fans.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours amber gold with a thin white head.

Smells of light caramel malts and mild piney hops.

The flavor is of piney, slightly fruity hops up front, with a mild bready caramel malt follow-through.

Medium to light body with a soft carbonation.

An average APA, nothing special but nothing wrong with it either. Fine, but I actually might prefer one of their pilsners to this. Worth a try, but maybe not multiple tries.

Photo of JamesS
4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Had on-tap at PNC Park, Cubs vs. Pirates, May 4th, 2010. Cubs lost, 3-2.)

Poured a very nice semi-deep copper color with some very nice head and very nice lacing throughout. Nice scent, decent malt backbone with a nice hit of hops in the nose; fairly neutral hops, a bit floral and grassy. Very nice taste, a good hop front with a very nice lingering bitter aftertaste, with a nice malt sweetness underneath. Went down very, very nicely at the game.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewery.

A: Pours a light clear copper color. Provides a small white head and some decent lacing.

S: Not an overwhelming amount of hop, but there was some floral hop character. There is a slight whiff of bready malt character and there is also a metalic twinge to it.

T: The slight bitterness of the floral hops hits the palate first. Throughout the rest of the tasting, the malt bread and caramel malt character comes out more, balancing the beer.

M: Leaves a slighty bitter taste on the palate.

D: This is a nicely balanced and easy to drink APA.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allegheny Pale Ale has a clear, copper colored body. The light tan head is soapy with solid retention and lacing.

The aroma isn't what I expected from an APA, but it's interested. A mixture of light malts and darker malts greet my nose, but what surprises me is the glassy, floral hop profile. I was expecting American hops from an APA, not noble hops. Now that I think about it though, it makes sense that Penn would use noble hops like they use in all of their other beers.

Allegheny Pale Ale's malt profile seems to have two layers of malt; the first is pale malt that have a light, crackery flavor to them, and the second is a slightly darker, sweeter malt that has more of a caramel flavor to it. Of the two malts, I would say the pale malts are a little more pronounced. After the malt comes a pretty aggressive amount of noble hops that are earthy and grassy. The finish has a good dose of hop bitterness to it.

The body is middle of the road, and there is perhaps a touch higher than average carbonation.

I wasn't sure what to expect from an American style Ale from Penn Brewery, who in my opinion make the best German beer in the United States. What I got was pretty good, and although it is brewed to style, this beer definitely has Penn's German-inspired fingerprints on it.

Photo of BastardFromABasket
3.02/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a huge foamy off-white head. I could only pour about half of the bottle. It even foamed up inside the bottle. For a pale ale it's not particularly pale. More like a dark amber or copper ale. Smells a bit malty and bit like play-doh. No hop character came through in the aroma. Taste is a bit sweet with a very slight hop bite. I'm not getting the Chinook, Columbus or Perle that the label mentions. Mouthfeel is a bit foamy and slippery. Overall a drinkable ale.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very well balanced beer. Nice lacing and a decent head. Medium bodied, not overly hoppy. Kinda oily, with not much kickback, but that doesn't mean it is not a really nice session beer. Very smooth and easy to drink. Pours a straw-like color. Pretty good for a german beer brewing company.

Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Al's of hampden -shared with abru17, poured into a willybecker.

The color is a peachy amber w/ good clarity, visible carbonation and a quickly settling sandstone head w/ tight beading. The nose is slightly pine scented with slight citrus notes from the hops and gentle sweet malt hints.
The feel is moderately bitter and clean with a subtle sweetness and semi-dry finish. The flavor is good and it kept me satisfied with some nice hop flavor which is fresh and the bitterness is smooth. The beer is drinkable and I was pleasantly surprised with the taste of this brew from a brewery more known for german style lagers than American ales.

Photo of Shibbykaiyai
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend bought a 12 pack sampler to a recent party, so I have now been initiated into Penn Brewery brews.

Poured nicely, a nice copper color. As one poster earlier noted, this seemed like a stretch for a brewery that seems to stick more to Germanic beers, but in no way a bad APA.

Now that I have a Smokey and the Bandit style hookup for Western PA, I will have her bring more of this back. It was a pretty standard APA, but still very enjoyable.

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Allegheny Pale Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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