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Pennsylvania Pale Ale - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Pennsylvania Pale AlePennsylvania Pale Ale

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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 144
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 DevilDogBeer
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
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! (697 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 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 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 HopHeadRyan
4.87/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite pale ale...

Appearance:
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! (1,000 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 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 JunkYardJake
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (503 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 mempath
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

it appears this limited release is now out now...i just picked up a case of bottles (cool, simple label). i've had the PBCo.'s Newbold and figured this would be a milder, british type of pale. no, it's an APA and much more to it than a simple, refreshing classic PA...

ok, looks are a deep, bright copper with massive lacing. a great start. after settling, the surface remains very thick around the perimeter of this tulip with this very-off-white head.

smell is of present but not overwhelming minty, grapefruity, oily hops. nice.

of course, this is no hopbomb, but it's a really tart, unique enough representative of the style. refreshing still to a hop lover. those afraid of even the slightest hint of hop-power should take warning. nice dry finish makes you pick it up and take another swallow. the hoppiness remains and fades slowly thanks to the excellent mouthfeel of crispness and chewiness. spot on.

a good session APA but as always, be careful...these could go fast...though it stands on its own, this would go well with a variety of good foods, grilled or baked. and of course pub fare (1,101 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 Philabeerphia
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pour during the US/Ghana World Cup game.

I'm surprised at the deep orangish copper in my stange glass. Suspiciously close to the ruddy red of Ghana's jersey. Otherwise it possesses a good clarity for light to pass through. A frothy head of soapy, ivory colored bubbles above. A fair amount of sticking lace.

Smell is big. fresh. floral. hops in your face. Sweet, deep tobacco notes behind. One-Two punch. Enough largesse and balance for me to take stock.

With that big nose I'm taken back how light this starts on the tongue... a wisp of piney bitterness just overloaded by a rye grain. bready middle continues... then in a flash appears sweet floral finish. Growing and slightly hot hopiness. A light hop bite fights for dominance with a leaven maltiness in the throat. They go away with a great balance... In the end, the advantage goes to the hops, with a pooling bitterness that hangs for several seconds after the beer is gone.

A touch of additional carbonation could tighten up this package just a bit... things are too sticky for a summer pale. Otherwise this beer is super enjoyable. One of PBCs better (3 or so) hoppy offerings I've tried. (1,173 characters)

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Pennsylvania Pale Ale from Philadelphia Brewing Company
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