Penn Overlook IPA - Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
11-24-2012 16:39:45 | More by WoodBrew
3.38/5 rDev +1.8%
12oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks go to my boy Eric for hooking me up with a couple Penn brews that I havent had yet. This brew appears a hazed golden orange color with a finger of yellowish stained froth about a finger strong. The cap retains fairly well and slowly recedes leaving a wall of lacing effect sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives just shy of a finger back to the surface.
The aromatics are decent considering I have no idea how fresh this offering is and it spent a couple weeks in my fridge. The hops present themselves with mostly an herbal feel that flirts with being rindy, pulp-like and with some citrus zest. There is a touch of lemon essence here that is quite intriguing along with almost a candy-like sweetness to the nose. A swirl releases a tinge of sulfur quality.
It takes a few sips for the palate to become accustomed to what is going on here. At first it seems a bit malty and sweet but a few more sips bring on a solid focus of herbal to pine hop character that is modestly bitter. Some sulfur and grass is evident with a pretty solid focus on more catty to herbal hop quality. Just like the aroma indicated, there is a bit of lemon zest to bitter pulp and rind flavoring.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is well integrated here and overall it is a decent brew. I would love to have fresh to see what it's real potential is. By all means, this isn't a stand out brew, but I would have it again regardless of a few flaws being worked out or not.
09-26-2012 02:37:35 | More by stakem
4.78/5 rDev +44%
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.
09-25-2012 19:39:36 | More by jifigz
2.25/5 rDev -32.2%
Pours a blonde golden color that is slightly opaque and has some cloudiness to it. I prefer a little cloudiness as opposed to an overly filtered beer. The head is effervescent and short lived. White with almost no lacing down the glass.
The nose is weak with some sweet malt, pine and bread notes.
The beer is almost all hops in the flavor. Taste like it was made more to show how much hops someone could fit in a beer without making it a good beer.
I am a hop head and I am disappointed. This is like a lot of other typical American IPA’s in that it is hopped for the sake of hopping as opposed for the sake of balancing complex flavors. I can get a sense of what is likely a very good beer recipe that has been drowned out by excessive hopping. The balance is completely blown and the finish is extremely bitter and lingering.
The hops don’t match the malt with has some fruitiness if you really focus and think about it. But the hops just drown out every other flavor.
Overall this is not a good beer and it is seriously lacking in craftsmanship. I will pass on this in the future and try to pass the rest on to other people.
09-17-2012 01:54:03 | More by AtrumAnimus
3.85/5 rDev +16%
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.
O: A solid IPA
06-24-2012 01:18:10 | More by greybeardloon
4.23/5 rDev +27.4%
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.
06-21-2012 22:13:34 | More by Antonius08
3.43/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured into my glass a yellow golden color with two finger head that leaves some sticky lace. Lots of slow rising bubbles.
Smell is mostly floral with some sweet grapefruit.
Taste starts with some malt and watery feel but quickly turns to a very dry floral earth like hop bitterness.
Overall a smooth easy to drink IPA but a bit to much towards the grassy dry hop bitterness for my tastes.
06-11-2012 23:23:01 | More by Alkey
Penn Overlook IPA from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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