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Pennsylvania Pale Ale - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Pennsylvania Pale AlePennsylvania Pale Ale

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 145
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | 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

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Beer added by: Philabeerphia on 06-26-2010

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Photo of Ricochet
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark orange, no foam, small lace, mild carbonation
S: Raisin. Not strong.
F: Mild foam. Dry finish. Bitter in front. Candy aftertaste.
T: Light to medium bitter. Slight grapefruit. Thin and candy like
O: Reminds me of JW Dundee Pale Ale. Pretty much the same profile of a cheaper but pretty good pale ale.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(20 oz pour into a clear plastic cup - I've had this a few times before though)

L: Real hazy, light orange-amber in color... messy foam

T: Week-old, thick-pulpy but dried-out grapefruit flesh... mess of citrus slop atop a staling-like, mildly graham-cracker malt undercurrent

F: frothy, fluffy... light, but not crisp... not the least bit weighty

O: this is all about citrusy hops blanketing the malts and your palate... does this trick if you need a hop fix, but ultimately comes across as a rushed, sort of hobby-like American pale ale or a slightly scaled-back IPA.

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Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

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Photo of MDDMD
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-orange amber color with a decent white head and little leading

S-citrus, bready malt, light pine, hint of floral

T-grains, malt, citrus, little pine, mild bitter finis

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-average APA, nothing stands out, but easy drinking

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Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Pours an orange/gold color with a moderate white head that doesn't last long. Light lacing.

Smell: Citrusy, inviting.

Taste: Does absolutely nothing to stick out from the pack. Citrusy, with some okay hops and an okay caramel malt. Kinda bland, all things considered.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, kind of watery. Lackluster.

Probably PBC's weakest offering to me. Doesn't bring anything interesting or different to the table, and it competes with Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale, which is phenomenal in my book.

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Photo of nofalltoofar
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Alkey
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear light amber color with small white head, lots of tiny bits floating about. Aroma is faint with toasted malt and floral hops. Taste and feel is thin with a bit of malt up front then turns a bit dry floral bitterness that sticks around. Overall very light tasting easy to drink brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears a hazy golden copper color with 1/2" white head. decent lacing, good retention. hoppy aroma, a bit citrusy, but not as much as a typical West Coast pale ale.

taste has a decent malt backbone underneath, with decent hop bite. medium body. carbonation is strong, fizzy.

overall - a nice standard pale ale.

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Photo of MrOH
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep gold bordering on light amber. Thin white head with no retention.Some lace.

Citrusy, grapefruit hops with a caramel backbone. Some blackcurrant.

Some grapefruit hops, some caramel malt. Not very much of either, though.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

An inoffensive, everyday beer. Pretty good, but I prefer other local options to fill that role.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold, light amber in color with okay white head that fades down to a thin lacing. Smells of sweet malts. A little syrup like with some citrus hops thrown in. Tastes rather sweet with mostly caramel & some melanoidins. Some citrus hop flavor. Tastes a little medium full due to the sticky sweet malt & hops. Overall, an above average pale ale. A good sessionable beer.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance; clear copper, with a white head that quickly dissipates to a delicate foam with thicker patches.

smell; really strong resiny hops with hints of grapefruit. The malts don't have much chance to poke through but I think they are hay-like. The balance is kind of off.

taste; at first a hint of malt sweetness but powerful hops very quickly dominate with flavors of grapefruit rind and fir sap. Sweet malts come back in the finish but hop bitters dominate the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; on the heavier end of light bodied. Very crisp and dry in the finish, leaving a puckered palate.

overall; pretty good but a bit hoppy for my palate, it depends on what one looks for in an APA, this is more of a nicely balanced Ami-IPA to me, which I could happily live without.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike & Sarah for this one! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Long code around the bottom edge.

Pours nicely with a deep dark golden hue and thick khaki head that recedes quickly. The nose is lightly piney but dominated by biscuit's and molasses aromas.

Palate is roasty and very much Red-ale like in the malt character. Pleasantly bitter with some citrus flavors, but malt drive for sure.

When did the Pale Ale become so much like a Red Ale? Not impressed with this beer or this "style" of APA.

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Photo of MikeRa
4.16/5  rDev +13%
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

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.


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Photo of ambiguator
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of keepersj12
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is under rated and coming from a non fan of this brewery. This beer however is what it says it is and nothing more nothing less. A classic American Pale Ale with an amber pour with a pillowy lacing head. The aroma is grass, hay,wheat, Schuylkill River and everything else Philly, soft pretzels, cheesesteakes, piss at City Hall. And yet it has a somber finish, forget about the taste. Classic Philadelphia and if you don't like like, take a hike.

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Photo of pvsob
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light amber color with a large, two-finger head that has great retention. Recedes to a thin film and leaves above average lacing.

S- Grass, light grains, some pine, and citrus. Citrus aromas are mainly orange.

T- Grainy malt upfront followed by a pretty assertive (for a APA) citrus bitterness. A nice bitter finish with just a touch of malt coming into the picture.

M- Medium with prickly carbonation.

D/O- A surprisingly drinkable APA from PBC. Well done guys. I'll more than likely think about this beer when I'm out looking for a tasty, local Pale Ale. I'll be revisiting this beer. Cheers.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of pburland23
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice semi-Dark Amber with an inch or less of fluffy white head.

S - Mostly grains, malts, and grass which seems to be a hop character

T - I liked the bitterness of this pale ale. Made it very drinkable after a few beers. Still it was pretty cloying with the grains and such, not the sweetest pale ale but not the worst.

M - Light and good.

D - As far as pale ales go this one is OK. I got it kind of late which is surprising due to the fact that it's a PA brew but it was pretty nice. I like stouts so I will not seek this out again

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Pennsylvania Pale Ale from Philadelphia Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.