Pennsylvania Pale Ale - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Pennsylvania Pale AlePennsylvania Pale Ale

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 145
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | 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 MrOH
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.06/5  rDev -18%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of Alkey
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (1,420 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of pvsob
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. The liquid appears bright orange/gold with some bang to it and a nice head that left it's marks going down. Smell is malty grainy hoppy somewhat bitter with small citrus. Pale is the word. Taste is nice for a local pale. Malts up front with some faint sweet tones, grass in the middle followed by a faint bitterness with underlining citrus. Feel is less than medium with lively carb, a sharp prick. I'll be going for this when Im in a bind and I know it's super fresh, this will probably go downhill sooner rather than later. (556 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
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 (282 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of mattgreger
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a bright gold/orange color with some amber/copper colored highlights. Very small head capped the beer, with just some small beads of lace that stuck to the side of the glass.

The aroma that hits at in the front is some citrisy hops and roasted, caramel malts. Its followed with some orange and floral nodes that give it a nice bite to the nose.

Few things with the taste. First off, as always suggested don't drink this brew very cold. I mistakenly did and I almost gave it a lower rating. However, I would have been doing this brew an disjustice. Its got some great hops flavor up front, with a nice smooth bready feel as you dive in more. The citris hops present, help balance out this brew with a nice smooth finish.

In relation to other APA's this brew is pretty good. I do have to say it loses a point in my book, because its pretty flat when it comes to the carbonination. Though APA's aren't always loaded with it, I need some, and this one was lacking a bit. Overall though, the rest of the brew did end up pretty good. The mouthful is smooth with some floral bitterness, which helps give this brew a nice complexity. Kinda running the lines of a IPA, but a good APA overall.

Drinkability is very easy. Not a very heavy brew, so could be consumed decently well. It could be a session beer, the ABV is at 5 so a more then one is very possible. I would pick this brew up again. Still planning on trying more of Philadelphia Brewing Company's other brews. (1,481 characters)

Photo of keepersj12
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (548 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of pburland23
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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 (503 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (614 characters)

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