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Penn Overlook IPA - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Penn Overlook IPA
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Stinkypuss on 02-12-2012)
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Photo of jifigz
4.78/5  rDev +44%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

The appearance of this beer is a little lighter than a lot of other American IPA's I have had. It is a pale golden yellow. The head is beautiful and clean white and lingers for a very long time and left great lacing around my glass. The aroma of the beer is solid citrus and floral hop aroma with just hints of malt sweetness shining through. There is a slight tinge of alcohol blended in there, but overall it is a delightful hop aroma. Not overpowering and ridiculous hop aroma (if that can even happen) but a very good smelling beer. Wow, the flavor on this ale is wonderful. It isn't extremely hoppy and in your face, but it is there and it is extremely well balanced for an IPA. The initial flavor is malt sweetness and then a beautiful hop takeover but then, and in perfect timing, the hops and the malt mingle and a beautiful candy hop sweetness ensues. When this flavor fades the beer finishes slightly bitter. The MF is of medium body and maybe a slightly higher carbonation rate than other IPA's, but not too high to be uncomfortable.

I think this is an excellent beer. I find it to be a beautiful marriage between the malt taste and the hop flavor. It is well done, not trying to be extreme, and has excellent drink-ability. I could quaff these all night no problem. The ABV is in a good range and this beer is fantastic. I used to drink Penn Dark all the time in college for 50 cent draft night. I wasn't too familiar with them then and I am not too familiar now, but I am glad I decided to buy their sample case this time.

jifigz, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Antonius08
4.23/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very sad to be drinking my last one--it is such an excellent beer!

Appearance: Very thick, gold color. Cannot see through it. Leaves a decent sized head that retains for a while, but simmers off after a time, leaving a pretty thick lacing.

Smell: Definitely a strong punch of grapefruit. It's a pretty strong scent it's hard to catch much else. This is not a bad thing at all.

Taste: You notice a very strong grapefruit taste. An interesting thing about this beer is the bitterness you feel on your tongue after eating a grapefruit is present in this beer. It lingers quite a time. It has a very earthy taste to it. It is quite a bitter beer but refreshing at the same time.

Mouthfeel--A lot more watery than I was expecting. Very smooth compared to other IPA's I have had.

Overall: It is a really good beer. If I knew where to find more, I would definitely buy this again. It's a very refreshing IPA with a unique taste.

Antonius08, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden orange color, some off white soapy head and lacing. Smells like fresh hops, herbal, cat pee, grassy. In the taste, earthy hops all day, herbal, slightly spicy hop, with some citrus rind flavor as well. Good bite, solid bitterness. There's a light malty body to support the hops. Carbonation is very low, almost nothing. Could be considered almost a hop tea, even for a cask ale its somewhat thin. Overall, this was a pretty good beer in the bottle, and on-tap I think it would be even better.

WoodBrew, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of vwbus7
4/5  rDev +20.5%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Freggs
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Freggs, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev +20.5%

billbeers, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Organic shapes of suspended yeast haze in a light amber beer. Amazing richness to the head. It perked up about two inches. Lacing is excellent.

Bright floral hops with some supporting citrus notes. Grapefruit and bitter orange and hop leaf. Very zesty and very fresh. Ideal hoppiness in the nose. Biscuity pale malts with a hint of sweetness. Nice nose.

Deliciously dry and hoppy. Malts create some grainy balance, but floral hops shine. Notes of lemon, grapefruit, and hop cone leafiness are right there. Such a clean and short finish. Leaves the palate refreshed. There is a very mild note of tropical citrus in the flavor, too. Carbonation is a little spicy. Feel is above-average because of the high drinkability.

Such a surprisingly good IPA from the unlikeliest of breweries.

thecheapies, May 13, 2013
Photo of greybeardloon
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No date

A: good retention and lacing.

S: Herbal hops and, as it gets warm, a touch of cat pee.

T: Herbal, floral hops with good bitterness. Tasty biscuity malt. Not too much malt sweetness, but the malt is still fairly substantial for an IPA.

M: fine

O: A solid IPA

greybeardloon, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +13%

LXIXME, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +13%

jheezee, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.75/5  rDev +13%

LambicPentameter, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of NoProblem
3.75/5  rDev +13%

NoProblem, May 29, 2012
Photo of TequilaTom
3.75/5  rDev +13%

TequilaTom, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of baconman91
3.75/5  rDev +13%

baconman91, May 31, 2012
Photo of nukem5
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a great looking straw color with a thin foamy cap.

S: aroma is of spices and floral very pleasant.

T: taste is a great plunge into the world of hop not the usual Penn offering,not that they brew bad beer,refreshing....mmmm

M: mouthfeel is nice smooth medium bodied with great carbonation

O: overall a very good drinkable beer

nukem5, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Penn Overlook IPA

On cask. Pours a light golden orange color, some off white soapy head and lacing. Smells like fresh hops, herbal, cat pee, grassy. In the taste, earthy hops all day, herbal, slightly spicy hop, with some citrus rind flavor as well. Good bite, solid bitterness. There's a light malty body to support the hops. Carbonation is very low, almost nothing. Could be considered almost a hop tea, even for a cask ale its somewhat thin. Overall, this was a pretty good beer in this format, and on-tap I think it would be even better.

Stinkypuss, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Segelstrom
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - poured into tumbler w/a hazy light copper/orange. not much head nor was it well maintained.

smell - light hoppy/skunky in a nice way

Taste - nice mellow hoppy taste with a slight after bite. somewhat nondescript fruity flavor in the background

Mouthfeel - not harsh or bitter. carbonation level felt about right except for the lack of head retension.

Overall - would buy again but long way from favorite.

Segelstrom, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear light orange color with a big 3" head that lasts a while. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel and an earthy aroma is all you can detect by the nose.

Taste: caramel, some big earthiness, and a little bit of spiciness arrives at the end. Bitterness is bold but not offensive.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp at the start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting earthy aftertaste.

Overall: if you are looking for a big grapefruit and pine bitterness this beer will not fit the needs. The earthy qualities are a nice change up.

Gavage, May 18, 2012
Photo of Omnium
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours out a cloudy gold color, big soapy two finger head, thick lacing.
S - The smell is very dank and skunky, a little bread malt, big time pine and floral hop traits.
T - Follows the aroma very closely, which is unfortunate in a sense, you do get that kinda "cat piss"/skunky flavor, you do get some grapefruit and pine in the end which is actually quite nice, also has this woody kind of flavor thats underneath everything.
M - Dry, soapy, and bitter aftertaste, medium on body.
O - Not the worst IPA at all, but that abrassive dry bitter flavor is intense, and obviously you can attribute that to the Zeus hops. Its a nice change of pace, could use some serious improvement though.

Omnium, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of king75
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

king75, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Hophead21
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Hophead21, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ItsBeer4Me, Jul 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

NJBeer265, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

gjrey, May 20, 2012
Photo of Syncro-Vox
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Syncro-Vox, Mar 18, 2014
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Penn Overlook IPA from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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