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Pennsylvania Tuxedo - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Pennsylvania TuxedoPennsylvania Tuxedo

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33 Reviews

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 131
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 26.6%
Wants: 12
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Slatetank on 06-23-2014

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 131
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle on November 28, 2015. Look is clear bright amber with a medium head and spotty lacing. Smell is fresh cut pine and dry cedar with faint caramel malt notes. Taste is sharp pine resin, bitter citrus and subtle caramel malt flavors. Feel is medium in body that is sharp and dry on the palate and bitter in the finish.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.46/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from a Lazy Dog.
Crystal clear deep golden color with a decent sized long lasting bubbly white head that persists. Aromas of earthy spicy pine hops and a bit of an herbal element that I assume is from the spruce. Oh damn that flavor is horrible somewhat of a mix between lemon pledge and raw rosemary, it overpowers everything in the beer and I can't easily get it off my tongue. I keep salivating, but it lingers. Not a Fan!

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Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 1/2" head that falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: caramel and some hop bitterness is all that is detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, some earthy tones, and a mild evergreen flavor comes through at the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this was an enjoyable brew and it goes well in the cooler weather that is setting in.

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Photo of mactrail
2.71/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Clear orange-tinged amber with a modest foam in the snifter. Thickish mouthfeel is pleasant but the aroma is like some kind of liniment. I believe some would say it smells like a Finnish sauna. Winey and medicinal.

In a word, "overpowering." Well, if you want to taste spruce needles this is the ticket to ride. I am wondering how some reviewers taste hops in this stuff, or find the spruce "subtle." A few sips and back into the refrigerator this goes. I hate to just dump it, but it may be a couple of days before I forget the sensation enough to try it again. I think Dogfish Head has let this crazy beer persona get out of control.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is basically a Christmas tree in a bottle. The spruce tips are pretty strong and would be off putting some. I enjoyed the flavor and it put me in the Christmas spirit.

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Photo of Chris33
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clarity is phenomenal! sprucy pine is spot on for flavor on this. Its subtle but really makes this beer stand out. I was overly impressed with this. DFH did not disappoint

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Photo of puboflyons
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz bottle with a bottling date of 10/16/15. Sampled on November 25, 2015.

Attractive looking copper-amber pour under a lingering, foamy cream colored head.

The aroma is actually on the subtle side with some spruce and pine esters and caramel malts. basically clean scent.

The body is medium to better than medium.

The taste caught me off guard. I got a ridiculous spruce taste but I hated to say it but it reminded me of Pine-Sol floor cleaner. Not that I drink that. Almost tasted chemical. Big bitterness at the finish.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(bottled Oct 16 2015, poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: burnt-orange-amber liquid with brilliant clarity... beautiful tight tuft of aged-white foam... really just pretty to look at... average lacing and sub-par head retention

S: I smell hops, overwhelmingly so - not even barely a subtle overtone whiff of spruce... why bother adding spruce tips if you're gonna essentially make a double IPA to add them - just dumb (perhaps a lame compromise to the Woolrich crew)... as it warms, some menthol (the spruce?) and a mild booze pokes through... a different angle to the green plant aroma for sure - I would personally enjoy it more if they scaled back the familiar hop-load scent

T: okay, the spruce is definitely present, a tasty semi-potent pop up front, with a pleasant, mellow vein running through, softly lingering on the palate far past the finish - so the level spruce level and balance with the (as the label suggests) grassy, lemon-peel-y hops is pretty nice... that said, the hopping is aggressive in its flavor while merely moderately bitter and mildly peppery... touch of a toasty malt husk in the aftertaste and perhaps some of the spruce wood... quite dry indeed

F: relatively light-bodied, lean, and dry - just about perfect for the abv... a polished flow - very little dextrinous curvature, if any... subtle fizz, light-medium alcohol heat...

O: this was an impulse buy, having only noticed '...pale ale... with Pennsylvania spruce tips' on the label (I'm a gruit freak, so any alternative plant billing suckers me in)... a bit disappointed that it's basically a double IPA - and while I'm tired of seeing so many interpretations of and labeling things IPAs these days, I kind of wish they would have just labeled this and IPA - 'pale ale' was a tad misleading - didn't even notice it was 8.5% until I got home (my fault, but still...)... that said, it's still a lovely beer, and I suppose I haven't come across another like this yet, so there's that... supremely-drinkable construct, if merely textbook flavoring

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Photo of KSOZE
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blech. More sap, less pine from the "spruce tips". Sticky in an unpleasant way. Malt backbone adds to the sweetness of the strange sappy-ness from the flavor additions. Tasted like a malt heavy pale ale with a dash of gin, sap and Christmas tree water.

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Photo of Lukass
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pour on this one with a thick white creamy head. Smells sweet, citrusy and malty - a lot like DF American beauty. Tastes citrusy and piney at first from the hops, then transforms to a zesty, resinous pine sap flavor on the back end. I don't know if I'm just more sensitive to the spruce than others are, but this is like drinking a liquid Christmas tree. The fresh spruce tips, bittering from the hops and sweet malt work in unison very well here. Really interesting brew, as always from DFH!

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: More of a copper color with a thin white head. S: Spruce, some sweet malt and a little citrus. T: A nice hit of the spruce flavor at the front. Leads into a hint of citrus and some malty sweetness, almost leaves a lingering peachy flavor. M: Creamy, medium mouthfeel. O: This is a great beer. Well crafted and some nice flavors. Great job DFH on this one

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Photo of scottyg354
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking beer. In line with most Pale Ales. Copper with a nice lasting head, lacing is really nice as well. Not to much on the nose except some malt and pine. Taste up front piney hop character with some biscuity, bready malt notes. Since I never tasted spruce tips I had no clue what I was looking for, I took about half the beer until I picked up on it, when it did it tasted exactly like a pine tree, something I didn't think I would like but actually find as a nice addition to this beer. They feel is typical pale ale, medium light body with nice carbonation. Overall a different but enjoyable beer. Exactly what I would expect from Dogfish

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Photo of MikeB20
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle into a DFH glass.

A: Pours clear amber with a two finger white head.

S: A ton of pine with some malt sweetness.

T: Smooth and full, with massive pine/spruce flavor. There's a good bit of bitterness with this Pale Ale but in typical DFH style, there's a lot of malt to back it up. Enough ABV to be slightly warming. The pine flavor is two fold, first you get it from the hops and then it finishes with a brighter, fresher flavor from the fresh spruce tips.

M: Moderate carbonation, smooth, coats your mouth.

O: I've had spruce beers in the past and didn't care for them but Dogfish did a nice job with this one. A good blend of hops, spruce and malt and the 8.5% ABV give it a nice warmth.

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Photo of BB1313
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/16/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent copper with great clarity; fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great retention and very sticky lacing. Bubbles racing upwards. Looks great. The aromas are floral with some sweet malts. Some fresh bread. The flavors seem to follow the nose. Pretty earthy. The spruce is definitely present, but not overwhelming. Some caramel malts in the mix. Some pine as well. Syrupy. Subtle warmth in the finish. Some fresh dough to round things off. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied and extremely creamy with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

This is a solid brew. They definitely stay true to the "pale ale" style. It's unique, but nothing "weird". It's nice to see a new DFH product on shelves.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not to be confused with IPA, Dogfish Head's latest imperial pale ale shows a juicy malt, even-keel balance between sweet and bitter, but better yet it showcases the classic bitter character of America's earliest hops- pine.

Pennsylvania Tuxedo pours a bright dark copper that sparkles like a brand new penny against the light. A swath of tarnish white sea foam crowns its rim while those vibrant and perfumy pine fragrance wastes no time getting to work. Seeming dipped in caramel and honey, the early palate portrays a rich toasted malt flavor with nutty, honey and a biscuit-like lead.

Where sweet to start, the middle palate shows a palate shift where the malt sweetness loosens and the hops and pine begin to work themselves into a bitter and resinous lather. Spices of freshly shaven pine, mulled spruce tips and the sticky sappiness of pine cones. While the ale carries a bracingly bitter and spicy bite, there's an English-like ale character of field-fresh tobacco and apricot jam that soothes the resins and keeps the late palate softened slightly.

Medium-full on the finish, the beer's sticky sweetness is a far cry from barleywine, but has a robust pale ale taste and tactile sense. As the character of pine certainly exacerbates the natural resinous nature of hops, the ale is quickly overwhelmed with its spicy gin, juniper and Christmas tree aspirations and with an afterglow of honey and sap.

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Photo of Jason
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Epic looking lacing ... all the way down the glass. Clear amber hue showing an active carbonation. Nose full of fresh spruce, some orangey herbal tone and bready malt within. Lush smoothness with some crispness in the back. Big pucker of spruce tips, ample hop character to keep the firm malt foundation in check. Bready and piney with some citrus pith. Warming alcohol, ripe pears, pineapple skin, & tobacco. Lots going on here but stay pretty damn drinkable for a bigger brew that is outside of the box. Long live extreme beer!

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Photo of Pahn
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Translucent amber with lots of rising bubbles. Frothy offwhite head with sweeping lacing.

Smell: Smells hoppy. Mild citrusy hops, maybe a little grassy (Cascades?). Hint of spruce and sugar candy.

Taste: Starts out like a fresh 60 minute IPA (nice orange/citrus hops) with a streak of spruce, then explodes into Wintery, pine tinged with malt sweetness, with a perfect burst of carbonation and a soft finish.

I love spruce so I had highish expectations for this. I thought it would be overly dry, gimmicky, but giving me a flavor I wanted. In fact it's perfectly balanced to deliver that spruce, with just enough fresh hop kick up front and softening malt sweetness in back. Well thought out and delicious.

Additionally 8.5%?? This beer is so not hot. I'm feeling it deep into the glass, but the flavor and feel alone say < 6%.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. High side of moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish--any dryer and the spruce tips would be out of control. Not a lot of IBU bitterness, presumably for the same reason. Very soft feel overall. Great.

Overall: I love this. Perfect seasonal beer, they should bring this back every Fall/Winter. Hard to imagine something more appropriate than bringing 4packs of this to gatherings where you eat seasonal Fall/Winter food. One sip immediately puts me in mind of snow, pumpkin pie, butternut squash, chimneys, and all other kinds of New England Winter nonsense.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to nonic pint.
Foam is amazingly uniform tiny bubbles. Really good to look at. Dark amber liquid anchors this foam. Head lasts about 5 minutes.
Smell, in one word- Spruce, or did the bottle make me say that? No it didn't, for whatever reason I am pretty familiar with spruce sap, and that is it.
Taste almost too much spruce, but not ridiculous.
I don't mind this beer. As someone else said, I think its exactly what the brewer intended. I don't like most of Sam's "experiments" but I love to see him try. This ones not too bad, though I would not seek it out. If someone bought it for me, I would enjoy it. The Wool-rich tie-in is kind of neat, though I know $ is the motivation on both sides. Never heard the term PA tuxedo, so it got a little chuckle from me.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's precisely what the brewer intended. I like pale ale with loads of spruce. It's like drinking a chrismas tree in a good way. A very different brew.

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Photo of TheWolf
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look. Copper slight haze. Off white head. Good retention.

Smell. Unique. The pineyness of the spruce tips balances the sweet malt backbone excellently.

Taste. Uhh too much spruce. Blah. Yuk.

Feel. Can't get the spruce out of my mouth to concentrate on feel.

Overall. I appreciate unique and outside of the box that dfh brings to the table. This isn't for me.

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Photo of JKeene81
2.69/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Very dissapointed, I had this at the brewery and the taste and aroma were wonderful. After bottling, not so much. High alcohol taste and not much else

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a burnt orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves some decent lacing

S: Spruce and pine, some fruitiness, and some grassy notes make up the nose. A bit of caramel maltiness in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a strong wall of spruce followed by some light citrus, fruitiness, and caramel notes. Finishes with light bitterness from the spruce and some light malt notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely invokes the name, with the focus solely on the spruce tips and with the back woods in mind. Surprisingly easy to drink given the 8.5%, it really sneaks up quite quickly. Interesting and different for sure, so it's right in DFH's wheelhouse. Worth a couple pints, but not much more after unless you really like spruce and its unique flavor

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps it's just the name that throws the palate, but it tastes like I imagine an evergreen would. Looks like a good beer, aroma is good but more subdued than expected. Tastes is ok but not one I want to seek out.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep golden amber. clear. almost tan head. tight bubbles.

S: Pine, resin, tree needles. faint sweet malt.

T: This taste like a Christmas tree. lots of bitter resin pine hops. tons of spruce.

F: clean and crisp. hard bite to finish.

O: Pretty decent. Different but worth a try.

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Photo of A_bit_of_the_Sacrament
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great appearance poured in to a pint glass with a light copper color. Generous head that quickly dissipates to one finger's width that lasts lacing the glass for the duration. Smell strongly of pine and spruce. Some citrus notes are tasted but quickly swallowed by the conifers. Pretty good, not great. Still worth the try.

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Pennsylvania Tuxedo from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.