Pennsylvania Pale Ale - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Pennsylvania Pale AlePennsylvania Pale Ale

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Philabeerphia on 06-26-2010

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.87/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of mempath
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.36/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

*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!

Photo of MikeRa
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ambiguator
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear, pale golden color. It poured with a large, sticky cap.

s: Pale malts, biscuits, and lots of flowery hops.

t: Very lightly sweet up front with a finish of biscuits, aspirin, and bitter, spicy hops.

m: Slick bodied with creamy carbonation.

d: Very solid APA, these guys continue to impress.

Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
4/5  rDev +12.4%

A: A very cloudy look, especially for a pale ale. Not pale at all in comparison to other pale ales. Medium golden-brown
S: Smells like a typical pale ale, slightly more alcoholic and hoppy than you would expect
T: Does not tast every alcoholic, as it gives off a very crisp but fairly malty taste despite its attempts to be a pale ale
M: The cloudiness shows its nice consistency. Perfect viscosity, and if this was the older scoring system the mouthfeel would be like a 4.5
O: More than solid beer that should be respected not only by Philadelphian's but beer drinkers everywhere. A great go to beer that could easily be a session beer because of its drinkability but unique take on malts for a pale ale

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beer has a slight haze when poured and is orange to light amber in color with a thin white head.

S: Aromas of grapefruit, pine, toffee, bread and some toasted malt with a touch of honey.

T: Hops hit first with grapefruit and citric intensity, some floral, some fresh pine, and tropical fruit. The malt is clean and provides some balance with a light roast and some breadiness and a bit of toffee.

M: Light to medium body with thin crisp carbonation.

D: This Pale ALe is right up there with Sierra Nevada Pale. Very crisp and refreshing with aggressive hops but nice malt balance. You can hardly stop at just one of these. It is a great east coast pale ale!

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright copper, some lace. Good clarity. Aroma is floral and hoppy. Biscuity malt and herbal/piney hop presence. Leans more on the hoppy/bitter side. Just a hint of malt sweetness. A solid pale ale that drinks more like an IPA. The best offering that Ive tried from Philadelphia Brewing.

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/27/12 notes. Had this on tap at Dirty Frank's in Philly. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, pine hops, light citrus, bready malts. Lots of pine and fruit, very nice nose.

t - Taste follows the nose. tastes of pine hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, citrus, bready malts. A little hoppier than the nose; again, quite nice.

m - Moderate carbonation and medium body. No bitterness, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice local pale ale. Some nice fruit and pine hops to it and easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hulmeville Inn filled up my growler with this bad boy or girl.Poured into a perfect pint glass. Pours a nice copper color with nice off white colored heading. LEft very good lacing all throughout the tasting. Heavy head retention as well stayed in tack.

Smell is mostly of a sweet toffee aroma. A decent floral aroma nothing really standing out.

Taste is a bit more of the same.Extremely sweet toffee malts that actually hurt my cavities. Quickly followed up with a very green floral taste that just destroys the palate. After a few gulps a gentle spice come into play and binds thing's together.

Mouth is smooth and bubbley.Nice medium body feel with a good floral bitterness.

This one caught me by surprise. A great pale ale but nothing really jumping out. Simple and solid.

Photo of nofalltoofar
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Actually rather dark for an IPA style. Amber with a thick cloudy head that stays

S: Citrus and flowers, very sharp

T: Citrus, grains, potent bitterness with a sweet immediate bite as well, strong bitter aftertaste

M: Smooth, not excessively carbonated, not too oily

This beer is honestly one of the cheaper decent IPAs I've encountered. I'm not a natural fan of IPA. I tend to like darker beers, but this one is interesting and tasty, if not necessarily easy to toss back. What it lacks in crowd-appeal it makes up for in complexity

Photo of acurtis
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean and clear pale yellow gold color with cap of frothy and soapy white head. Minimal lacing. Scent is a nice whiff of piney and grapefruity hops, not powerful but plesent, malt background smells of musty and slightly damp dried grains. Taste brings a crisp clean and semi-bitter bite of the hop notes - floral, pine and grapefruit, all backed up by a slightly musty malted grain presence. Lighter side of medium bodied, slightly over carbonated. All in all a plesent suprise, not as clean and as well composed as Yard's Philly Pale Ale, which its attempting to duplicate, but a good drink none the less.

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sholland119
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours an absolutely crystal clear honey color, with virtually no head. Carbonation appears quite light.

S-Grassy hops, lightly toasted grains. A bit light for the style.

T-Taste is pretty good. Lightly sweet in the front with a nice caramel malt presnece and some nutty grains. Hops are grassy and moderate. Finish is lightly, pleasantly bitter.

M-Light bodied, crisp, though surprisingly undercarbonated.

D-A pleasant sessionable quaffer. Nothing memorable or outstanding, but perfectly nice.

HV

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pburland23
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle, but the case had a bottled on November 10, 2010 stamp on it. Love drinking fresh, local craft beers.

Pours a very clear orangey amber color with about a finger of off white head. The smell is a little underwhelming. It's a mix of citrusy hops and some grassy malts. The taste is well balanced. Nice hops taste up front followed by a strong malt backbone. It's a pleasing and smooth tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is fizzy. I think this beer is a touch over carbonated. As for drinkability, this isn't the best APA I've ever had but it's a darn good one. You can definitely enjoy several of these in succession, it's a pleasant, enjoyable representative of style.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass at around 50 degrees.

Pours with a very short off-white head over a very clear amber body with almost no carbonation present. Looks thin.

Aroma is fantastic - juicy citrus hops greet you up front, with a slight rye bread quality in the way back.

Pretty creamy up front on the palate, and sharp in the finish. Flavors feature strong grapefruit hoppyness, lightly charred biscuit, and slightly metallic finish - not offputting. Mouthfeel finishes on the watery side, but not too bad - it has plenty of body for a 5% APA.

Drinkability is solid - this one had plenty of character, and decent flavors.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a gritty, grapefruity hop. In the taste, grapefruity hops and a dry maltiness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small, dry, grapefruity hop in the aftertaste. Nice beer, but a bit hoppy for a pale, not complaining though.

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Pennsylvania Pale Ale from Philadelphia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.