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Pennsylvania Pale Ale - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Pennsylvania Pale AlePennsylvania Pale Ale

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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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2/5  rDev -44%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44%

DanMolony, Feb 29, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44%

thatdirtymick, Dec 28, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

SoberPhobic, Oct 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

baconfromwalmart, Jul 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

TheBigBoy, Nov 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

ejimhof, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of MrOH
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

MrOH, Oct 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16%

JMS1512, Feb 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

jdaddy, Oct 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

IPAchris, Jul 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

ROGUE16, Sep 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

scottDC, Jul 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

beerhast, Sep 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

barneysdad, Apr 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

JustinMatthew, Sep 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

Rickyd, Jul 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

HRamz3, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of ColdWaffles
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

ColdWaffles, Dec 31, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

SFLpunk, Jun 16, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Sachsenfreude, Jun 23, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Alkey, Jul 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Noelito76, Jan 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber that has a bit of a bright copper character to it. This beer is very clear and carries a nice, ever so slightly off-white head that fades quickly, but leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is dominated by orangey floral hop character. I had a suspicion that this beer used Amarillo hops, and a quick Google search confirmed that. I am all about Amarillo hops, and it's a nice character that is change of pace from the big grapefruit punch you get with many other APAs. There is also a bit of sweet sugar cookie malt to the nose and a slight nutty toastyness.

The flavor is very similar to the nose with a pretty sizable amount of bitterness. As I sip the beer my tongue is met with floral orangey hop flavors and more of that sweet, slightly toasted cookie like malt before being assaulted by a sizable bitterness. It would be my opinion that this beer is far too bitter, and very unbalanced. Still, it does have some nice flavors in there.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a good amount of carbonation. The bitterness once again seems to spoil a bit and the finish of this beer is super sticky dry with hop bitterness weighing heavily on my palate.

This would be a very drinkable beer if not for its unbalanced nature. I love hops and bitterness in beer, but this one is a little bit out of control. Perhaps if they dialed back the bittering hops a bit it would be more enjoyable.

zoso1967, Nov 02, 2010
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Pennsylvania Pale Ale from Philadelphia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.