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Pennsylvania Pale Ale - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Pennsylvania Pale AlePennsylvania Pale Ale

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137 Ratings
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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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Photo of acurtis
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

acurtis, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

mikesgroove, May 03, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

mdfb79, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -2%

InspectorBob, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

tempest, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -23%

ejimhof, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

BARFLYB, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  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.

Stinkypuss, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -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.

beerthulhu, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -2%

rolltide8425, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

tone77, May 16, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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

DrDemento456, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -16%

IPAchris, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

OWSLEY069, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -2%

LoveStout, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -16%

ROGUE16, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.5/5  rDev -2%

ColForbinBC, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  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.

rfgetz, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -2%

whartontallboy, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -2%

deapokid, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Gatordaddy, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.25/5  rDev -9%

millerbuffoon, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

jmdrpi, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -2%

IdrinkGas, Apr 28, 2013
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Pennsylvania Pale Ale from Philadelphia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.