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Pennsylvania Pale Ale - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Philabeerphia on 06-26-2010)
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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.88/5  rDev +36.7%

My new favorite pale ale...

Appearance:
Dark gold/light copper. Initial head is 1/2 inch thick, but dissapates to a thin layer quickly, with light lacing.

Smell: Resiny candy-like citrus, with a hint of floral. Nice subtle hint of malt grain.

Taste: Crisp clean hop front end, with medium bitter finish. A little sweetness from the malt makes this supurbly balanced.

Mouthfeel: A pale ale with some body. Slightly heavier body than a typical APA. Probably why I love it so much.

Drinkability: Exceptionally drinkable, but still on the heavier side for a pale ale. Wouldn't drink more than 2 or 3 in a sitting probably.

Overall: A very complex APA. Very well done. It boarders on an IPA, but its a line that is meant to be blurred. Thus far my favorite offering from Philadelphia brewing company (more of an ipa than Newbold). I had a sneak peak of it at the Media Craft Brew Fest back in May, and much to my delight, was able to purchase a case the other day. Hopefully PBC keeps it coming!

HopHeadRyan, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of mdtnelson
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

mdtnelson, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of wayngrove
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

wayngrove, May 30, 2013
Photo of blameo
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

blameo, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Gatordaddy, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of mempath
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%

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

mempath, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%

*Appearance:This beer popped the top withou over carbonation or off odor. The poor was smooth and even with q nice 2 finger head forming in the glass. The color is q nice copper with carbonation rising throughout the beer. Even after the head settled it was a 1/2-3/4 finger of white small bubbles that laced the glass
*Smell: distinct aroma of hops and yeast, nothing off base bu I could detect a tinge of tannin found in many micros
*Taste: Great! It had a nice hop character in
the nose as the glass came to the mouth, a well balanced sip, and a nice citrus hop aftertaste after the drink. Very nice!
Mouthfeel: Not too heavy or watery and a good aftertaste
Drinkability: Easy and non-filling!

DevilDogBeer, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of B00ZER
4.25/5  rDev +19%

B00ZER, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +19%

JeffTheJuice, May 18, 2012
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%

Picked up a case shortly after release, finally tasting...

Appearance is a great coppery brown with good head that dissipates, but laces well.

Smell is mild citrusy hops with some great mildly roasted, carmelly malt scents.

Taste is very well balanced, solid caramely, biscuity malt and citrusy hop flavors that do well together.

Mouthfeel is great, completely solid front to back good carbonation and flavor profile.

Exceptionally drinakable, one of the best Philly session beers in a few years

mvanaskie13, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of MikeRa
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%

A: This beer has a excellent clear pale golden color to it

S: This beer has a nice malty smell from the Pilsner and Crystal malts

T: This beer has a nice caramel and nutty taste to it

M: This beer is neatly balanced and goes down smooth

O: This is a beer that I will drink again

MikeRa, May 09, 2011
Photo of JunkYardJake
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%

12oz bottle poured into stemless wine glass.
Pours a deep copper color with alot of amber hues. Small head with very little lacing. The nose on this brew jumps out of the glass with some nice hop aromas. Pine, orange and floral scents mix to create a lovely, appealing smell. Taste leans much heavier on the pine hop resin. Also can pick out some carmel and biscuit malts. A little bitter up front and quite dry on the finish. A slam dunk APA in my opinion. Hopefully this becomes a regular beer at PBC.

JunkYardJake, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

mikesgroove, May 03, 2011
Photo of ambiguator
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

The latest pale ale from PBC is a refreshingly tasty beverage.

The color is a little hazy, but it's got the nice almost-IPA hop bite with a solid malt back. Overall very impressive offering from a typically middle-of-the-road brewery.

It's a pretty blatant attempt to clone Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale, and it's almost spot-on. I'm more than happy with this addition to PBC's usual suspects, and I'm always more than willing to pay $3 or $4 for a pint of this local brew.

ambiguator, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of HollandTunnels
4/5  rDev +12%

HollandTunnels, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

Bdel34, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +12%

PaBeerLover, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +12%

ssimpson89, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of NikD
4/5  rDev +12%

NikD, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

mquinn919, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +12%

Light orange in color with a yellowish hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Aroma is a nice combination of citrus orange hops and caramel malt. Medium bodied with tangy hop bitterness through the middle and light, rich carbonation. Bready, caramel malt sweetness down the middle with hop bitterness around the edges from start to finish. Citrus orange hop bitterness up front with bready caramel malt sweetness underneath. Citrus and light floral hop flavors near the end. Finishes with a lightly crisp, bitter hop aftertaste.

IronLover, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

HumphreyLee, Sep 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

wertschy, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

KimbarkBrewCrew, May 11, 2012
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Pennsylvania Pale Ale from Philadelphia Brewing Company
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