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Pennsylvania Pale Ale - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 145
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | 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 acurtis
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (779 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 mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (653 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 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 Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (292 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 DIM
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (313 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 TheFightfan1
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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. (784 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 scottbrew4u
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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! (663 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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 (500 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 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 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 IronLover
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (582 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)

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