1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pennsylvania Pale Ale - Philadelphia Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Pennsylvania Pale AlePennsylvania Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

136 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 136
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Gatordaddy, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +12%

MerkurKing16, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +12%

victory4me, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +12%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
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
Photo of jwhancher
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

jwhancher, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
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
Photo of SFLpunk
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
Photo of MikeRa
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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

MikeRa, May 09, 2011
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 DIM
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

DIM, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of sholland119
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

HV

sholland119, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of ambiguator
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

ambiguator, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of keepersj12
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

keepersj12, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of pvsob
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

pvsob, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

scottbrew4u, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of pburland23
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

pburland23, Dec 01, 2010
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 zoso1967
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
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 BeerImmediately
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

BeerImmediately, Oct 23, 2010
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 mattgreger
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

mattgreger, Oct 20, 2010
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 DevilDogBeer
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

*Appearance:This beer popped the top withou over carbonation or off odor. The poor was smooth and even with q nice 2 finger head forming in the glass. The color is q nice copper with carbonation rising throughout the beer. Even after the head settled it was a 1/2-3/4 finger of white small bubbles that laced the glass
*Smell: distinct aroma of hops and yeast, nothing off base bu I could detect a tinge of tannin found in many micros
*Taste: Great! It had a nice hop character in
the nose as the glass came to the mouth, a well balanced sip, and a nice citrus hop aftertaste after the drink. Very nice!
Mouthfeel: Not too heavy or watery and a good aftertaste
Drinkability: Easy and non-filling!

DevilDogBeer, Oct 10, 2010
Pennsylvania Pale Ale from Philadelphia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.