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Allegheny Pale Ale - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Allegheny Pale Ale
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Stinkypuss on 03-28-2010)
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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by hyprlt:
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

hyprlt, Jan 19, 2012
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Photo of muskiecf
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
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!

muskiecf, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of frenchblood21
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

frenchblood21, Dec 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

jburchett, Sep 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

briandaube, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 12, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

mrosenfeld32, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

LXIXME, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

WoodBrew, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +7%
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.

tempest, Apr 10, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

DerekP, Dec 28, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Trent, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of tarheels4life23
3/5  rDev -9.1%

tarheels4life23, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

akorsak, May 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Griggsy, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

metter98, Mar 20, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

deltatauhobbit, Apr 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

DES8888, May 02, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

DrinkSlurm, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of crowsnest
3/5  rDev -9.1%

crowsnest, Jul 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

MinorThreat, May 23, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

DrDemento456, Nov 24, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
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

psuKinger, Nov 21, 2010
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

AWS2111, Jan 04, 2012
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Allegheny Pale Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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