Pennsylvania Pale Ale - Philadelphia Brewing Company
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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
3.05/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
06-16-2011 01:56:52 | More by SFLpunk
4.15/5 rDev +15.9%
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
05-09-2011 22:44:09 | More by MikeRa
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
05-03-2011 01:54:13 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
03-07-2011 11:44:53 | More by DIM
3.83/5 rDev +7%
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.
03-05-2011 18:21:20 | More by sholland119
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
02-26-2011 20:38:47 | More by ambiguator
3.63/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
02-19-2011 23:49:33 | More by keepersj12
3.48/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
12-31-2010 21:22:24 | More by pvsob
3.98/5 rDev +11.2%
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!
12-21-2010 01:56:48 | More by scottbrew4u
3.75/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
12-01-2010 01:30:01 | More by pburland23
3.63/5 rDev +1.4%
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
11-17-2010 07:32:37 | More by DrDemento456
3.25/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
11-02-2010 22:59:18 | More by zoso1967
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
10-24-2010 10:09:24 | More by BARFLYB
3.7/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
10-23-2010 16:24:21 | More by BeerImmediately
3.68/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
10-23-2010 14:48:11 | More by OWSLEY069
3.6/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
10-20-2010 13:56:43 | More by mattgreger
3.83/5 rDev +7%
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.
10-11-2010 15:48:48 | More by rfgetz
4.35/5 rDev +21.5%
*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!
10-10-2010 02:11:01 | More by DevilDogBeer
3.5/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
10-07-2010 23:02:24 | More by beerthulhu
3.98/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
10-05-2010 16:23:11 | More by Stinkypuss
3.85/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
10-03-2010 21:33:51 | More by acurtis
4.88/5 rDev +36.3%
My new favorite pale ale...
Dark gold/light copper. Initial head is 1/2 inch thick, but dissapates to a thin layer quickly, with light lacing.
Smell: Resiny candy-like citrus, with a hint of floral. Nice subtle hint of malt grain.
Taste: Crisp clean hop front end, with medium bitter finish. A little sweetness from the malt makes this supurbly balanced.
Mouthfeel: A pale ale with some body. Slightly heavier body than a typical APA. Probably why I love it so much.
Drinkability: Exceptionally drinkable, but still on the heavier side for a pale ale. Wouldn't drink more than 2 or 3 in a sitting probably.
Overall: A very complex APA. Very well done. It boarders on an IPA, but its a line that is meant to be blurred. Thus far my favorite offering from Philadelphia brewing company (more of an ipa than Newbold). I had a sneak peak of it at the Media Craft Brew Fest back in May, and much to my delight, was able to purchase a case the other day. Hopefully PBC keeps it coming!
09-14-2010 00:12:46 | More by HopHeadRyan
3.9/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
09-01-2010 17:42:42 | More by TheFightfan1
3.78/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
08-28-2010 21:35:21 | More by tempest
4.08/5 rDev +14%
12oz bottle poured into stemless wine glass.
Pours a deep copper color with alot of amber hues. Small head with very little lacing. The nose on this brew jumps out of the glass with some nice hop aromas. Pine, orange and floral scents mix to create a lovely, appealing smell. Taste leans much heavier on the pine hop resin. Also can pick out some carmel and biscuit malts. A little bitter up front and quite dry on the finish. A slam dunk APA in my opinion. Hopefully this becomes a regular beer at PBC.
08-21-2010 13:49:43 | More by JunkYardJake
Pennsylvania Pale Ale from Philadelphia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.