Pennsylvania Pale Ale - Philadelphia Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a light copper hue with an off white light khaki head, forms speckled scattered lacing with each sip. Aroma is very nice full of citric and piney hops, really nice floral aspect as well. Fresh hop smell I'm liking this a bit of biscuit pale malts providing some balance to the hops. A strong hop bitterness with herbal/citrus/floral and pine flavors going on, lightly balanced with some malt sweetness not much in the way caramel just some bready/biscuit notes. A bit raw and unbalanced a lot of hop pellet rough hop character, I like more balance and cohesion in my hoppy brews but for a pale ale I like the fact that this PPA is hopped like an IPA. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils carbonation is moderate not too heavy but aggressive enough to carry the light to medium bodied hoppy ale. Drinkability overall is nice I would like to try these beers on cask they seem like they're built for it much like Philly is known for their bars with hand pumps.
07-09-2010 05:49:21 | More by WVbeergeek
3.85/5 rDev +7.5%
Information provided from Philadelphia Brewing Co: Year-Round Brew 5.25% ABV 50 IBU
Color: Amber Dry Hops: Centennial, Amarillo, Columbus Malts: Two-row Pilsner, Carapils, German Munich, CaraMunich
12oz bottle poured into guiness taster glass
A- See-through golden light brown with small almost white head
S- Strong hop smell
T- Hoppy with a bitter finish
D- Very drinkable, exceptional pale ale
I was able to try 6 of the 7 brews offered by PBC at their tour/tasting. They have a great bar upstairs and offer free tastings of all their brews on Saturdays 12-3pm. This american pale ale was my favorite of the bunch. Picked up mix case.
10-03-2010 21:33:51 | More by acurtis
4.4/5 rDev +22.9%
it appears this limited release is now out now...i just picked up a case of bottles (cool, simple label). i've had the PBCo.'s Newbold and figured this would be a milder, british type of pale. no, it's an APA and much more to it than a simple, refreshing classic PA...
ok, looks are a deep, bright copper with massive lacing. a great start. after settling, the surface remains very thick around the perimeter of this tulip with this very-off-white head.
smell is of present but not overwhelming minty, grapefruity, oily hops. nice.
of course, this is no hopbomb, but it's a really tart, unique enough representative of the style. refreshing still to a hop lover. those afraid of even the slightest hint of hop-power should take warning. nice dry finish makes you pick it up and take another swallow. the hoppiness remains and fades slowly thanks to the excellent mouthfeel of crispness and chewiness. spot on.
a good session APA but as always, be careful...these could go fast...though it stands on its own, this would go well with a variety of good foods, grilled or baked. and of course pub fare
07-20-2010 16:55:12 | More by mempath
3.78/5 rDev +5.6%
Pulled this out of a variety case I picked up at Shangy's. The box is stamped July 21 for the bottle date, so this should be nice and fresh. The aroma has a very leafy, floral character. And while the floral hops carry into the flavor along with a kick of grapefruit, the malt creates an intensely nutty (like almonds and walnuts) taste with a bit of toffee. The barley, I think, is a bit much, but there's a lightly peppery and citrus hop finish and overall, this is a fairly interesting pale ale (always a good thing). If you're a fan of the style, check this out.
08-28-2010 21:35:21 | More by tempest
3.3/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, some citrus. Taste is also hop forward, piney, considerable bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not a bad beer, it is a little unbalanced for my liking.
05-16-2012 02:41:19 | More by tone77
3.5/5 rDev -2.2%
A: Poured a flat orange with some rustic highlights. The head was frothy and thick, ivory in color and stood an initial 1 finger high. Visible carbonation was extremely light with intermittent instances of micro bubbles. The lacing left a fairly thick band for a lacing behind on the glass.
S: Flowery pine, grapefruit mingled with a bit of tart oranges with a moderate sense of strength. The malting seemed a bit thin at first.
T: The hops were dry grapefruit and pine with some warm toasted orange peels. Dry citrus rounds things out with a moderate sense of strength. The hops were ample, but I felt the malting was a weak support and thin substance wise.
M: Flat carbonation, light bodied with some alcohol mentions combine with a decent warmth but overall lacked a crispness and was rather flat and lazy on the hold. Some toasted grain dryness but overall felt a bit watery at times.
D: Light session style. The lack of malt substance ensures hoppy results and easy consumption if you don't mind a light drinking and non-discriminatory taste.
10-07-2010 23:02:24 | More by beerthulhu
3.95/5 rDev +10.3%
12oz bottle pour during the US/Ghana World Cup game.
I'm surprised at the deep orangish copper in my stange glass. Suspiciously close to the ruddy red of Ghana's jersey. Otherwise it possesses a good clarity for light to pass through. A frothy head of soapy, ivory colored bubbles above. A fair amount of sticking lace.
Smell is big. fresh. floral. hops in your face. Sweet, deep tobacco notes behind. One-Two punch. Enough largesse and balance for me to take stock.
With that big nose I'm taken back how light this starts on the tongue... a wisp of piney bitterness just overloaded by a rye grain. bready middle continues... then in a flash appears sweet floral finish. Growing and slightly hot hopiness. A light hop bite fights for dominance with a leaven maltiness in the throat. They go away with a great balance... In the end, the advantage goes to the hops, with a pooling bitterness that hangs for several seconds after the beer is gone.
A touch of additional carbonation could tighten up this package just a bit... things are too sticky for a summer pale. Otherwise this beer is super enjoyable. One of PBCs better (3 or so) hoppy offerings I've tried.
06-26-2010 23:24:03 | More by Philabeerphia
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
Initially had a nice fluffy white head, but this quickly faded leaving a thin film on the top. Some very nice lace down the sides. Good presentation. Smell was out of this world! May have been the freshest smelling brew I have ever head. Smell was gooey fresh cut hops, like you broke it off the vine. Very strong as well. Depp piney and citrus, pineapple like tones, with just the right amount of sweetnss, mixed in with a fresh cut grass smell, wonderful. The taste was very nice as well. Very nice, light and hoppy. Hints of vanilla and oak permiatted through and blended well with the terrapins naturally great rye pale flavor. A little thin on the mouth, I thought it would have come out slightly more robust then it did, but it afforded a wonderful long lasting dry finish.
05-03-2011 01:54:13 | More by mikesgroove
Pennsylvania Pale Ale from Philadelphia Brewing Company
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