Pennsylvania Tuxedo | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Slatetank on 06-23-2014

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours copper amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a dense layer and leaves some thick globs of lacing.

S: Spicy, pine, a bit earthy, deep toasty bready malt and dark sugar sweetness like brown bread,

T: Pine and spice, eucalyptus, almost gingery, allspice, nutmeg, citrus, candied orange, lemon, slightly toasty bready malt, toffee sweetness and faint tropical notes on the finish..

M: A bit on the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Feels like you're drinking in the cold season back east. Very well done beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice copper color. Great pine and malt aroma-bordering on an almost syrup like quality. Nice malty and spruce flavor. Really goes down well. Smooth as silk. I wasnt too sure of this on my first bottle. Then I decided I love it and bought another 2-4 packs. Really well done. Couldnt make an evening of it but would look forward to this as a tremendous Fall seasonal.

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Photo of cl3
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear deep amber in color.billowy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells like pine needles (duh), pitch, and a little bit of sweet. Taste is sweet, citrus, and pine. It reminds me of christmas. A little. Very little carb on this guy. If I hadn't seen the bottle I would never believe this is an 8% beer. I definitely couldn't an entire sixer of these but could easily buy a few more singles in the future.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper hue, bright, clear, low to no carbonation, micro thin white lacing.

S - Intense pine and juniper with a small roasted caramel base.

T - Eucalyptus, pine, delicate pine bitterness on the back end and light citrus to balance out the malt. The ABV is well hidden.

M - Medium body with low to no carbonation texture.

O - Interesting and very good.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a dusting of an off-white head that leaves lacing down the glass.
The aroma is pine, citrus, and biscuit.
Taste is juicy sprucey, piney and orange. Almost puckering with a lingering resinous bite. As it warms, a bit of sweet basil.
Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky.
Tasty brew,

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Photo of zac16125
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass
No Bottled on dates

A: Crystal clear, dark amber with 2 fingers width of slightly off white colored head, good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing.4.25

S: Fairly muted aroma, piney, floral notes, some soapy hops, balancing malt. 3.5

T: Very malty, not very hoppy, pretty sweet. Almostly smokey malt character. 3.25

M/D: Fuller side of medium body, carbonation on the higher end, fairly smooth, drinkability is average. 3.5

O: Pretty meh. 3.25

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/16/15.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, pine needle, herb, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with spruce tip, pine needle, earth, wood, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic spruce tip flavors that stand out much more than the aroma to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear burnt orange with a two finger foamy white head. The head leaves tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is pine, orange, grapefruit, and a subtle dankness.

T - The taste starts with strong spruce notes followed sweet caramel malts and some light citrus. Finish is clean with the ABV being well hidden.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - A very nice well balanced Pale Ale. I would be happy to see Dogfish Head keep this in rotation.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a nice full amber, crystal clear and topped with a cream-colored one finger head. The head lasted the entire glass, and left prodigious lacing on the glassw.

Aroma was grassy with definite pine character. Some white bread came through underneath the hops.

Taste was initially bitter, but that subsided quickly. Full caramel and pine flavors came through, each evident but not interfering with each other. It reminded me of my younger days when some friends and I would drink while walking through the woods (mostly white pines).

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Pure awesomeness. Not overly carbonated.

Overall I was initially nervous, remembering Alba pine ale. But this one was well balanced and in all, a solidly done beer that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper with a nice, fluffy white/cream head.

Smells like someone opened a bag of ganja, no two ways around it. Mouthfeel is thicker than I expected, but its also pretty highly carbonated so that's not too surprising. Was expecting a lot of bitterness, but its actually pretty mild.

Taste is less dank, and a lot more of the pine. Like, I feel like I'm eating Christmas. It's strange and its kind of dry, but its also kind of refreshing and has something of an aroma-therapy quality to it. 8.5% abv you say? Never would have guessed. Exceptionally smooth beer.

Overall, this beer isn't going to be for everyone, but I really really like it, and while I only picked up a single, I think I'll have to go find some more to keep in the fridge.

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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong spruce, citrus hops, slight pine, hint of alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong spruce, slight pine, slight citrus hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body; the spruce is especially amazing.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Two and a half fingers of pillowy head top the PA Tux. The foam is white and fluffy, leaving big clumps of suds on the side of the glass as it slowly falls. The liquid underneath is a burnt orange with a very slight haze. Bubbles rapidly rise from the sides and bottom of the glass. The lacing is strong, covering more towards the bottom.

SMELL: With the head so intact for so long I expected a stronger aroma. What is there is heavy on the spruce tip with some pine and citrus (mostly lemon) rounding it out.

TASTE: The spruce and pine notes come through strong and mingle very nicely with the big, amber and caramel malt. Lighter citrus flavors, lemon and grapefruit, dance around the edges.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer seems like it should be sweet, with the amber color and caramel flavors, but it’s actually relatively dry. The same sweetness makes it seem like it should be stickier and bigger bodied, but the body is light to medium while the carbonation is strong with a nice, solid sparkle.

OVERALL: I’m a pretty big fan of spruce in beer, so it’s no wonder to me that this one goes down very easy, but I’m still quite surprised and impressed. This is extremely drinkable and oddly, and of course, being from Dogfish Head, uniquely, satisfying.

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Photo of larryi86
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, dated 10/16/15, poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber with a two finger white head, nice lacing.

S- Spruce, grapefruit, citrus, some oranges, hints of pineapple, earthy pine, nice malt backbone.

T- Tons of spruce/pine, earthy, some citrus, hints of grapefruit rinds, sweet caramel malts.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Smells great, tastes good but spruce is too much.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours amber orange with a lot of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: An earthy and juicy aroma with a big scent of spruce, pine, and citrus. Upfront presence of spruce tips giving hints of pine resin and wood. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and lemon zest. Also some mint like hints. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Pale malt with hints of grains, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and juicy IPA like taste with notes of spruce, pine, and citrus. Big presence of the spruce tips upfront with some pine resin, wood, and mint notes. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. Some grassy hops as well. Pale malt with notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Nicely oily and juicy. Alcohol is masked well.

Overall: A very good spin on a Pale Ale. The spruce adds some nice piney flavor along with the citrus and caramel.

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Photo of puck1225
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer! A beautiful pour from the bottle into a pint glass. Nice thick, creamy head with great lacing. The smell is very pleasant, piney and sweet. The tastes is great with a piney hop forward taste that is a great balance between a pale ale and a hoppy IPA. Will buy this again!

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A balanced pale ale with a huge spruce flavor, I'm not really familiar with the flavoring of spruce though, my palate tasted a lot of ginger, almost ginger beer level with a similar mouthfeel. I really enjoy this beer the taste is more concentrated than the nose for sure. Little bit of maple syrup on the finish.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The PA Tuxedo was a good beer.....brewed with spruce tips. It poured a copper clear with no head and no lace. The scent and taste was dominated by pine/spruce. The mouthfeel was lighter in body and had decent carbonation. This beer had good flavor and I am on the fence as to whether its sessionable. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle enjoyed on New Year's Eve.

Deep amber color with great clarity and white head with decent retention. The spruce is definitely noticeable right off the bat, but it is not overly intense. Piney hops as well, but that could be partially because of the spruce, and some citrus. Light caramel malt provide a solid base for the hops and spruce to play off of. The flavor is bitter, yet there is a sweetness to it as well. Medium-full body with a dry finish.

I wish this was more of a pale ale as opposed to an IPA. Lowering the ABV a bit would increasing drinkability and make it easier to have more than one. It's a nice beer though, glad Dogfish Head decided to keep this in their lineup for 2016.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Remarkably tasty and complex, despite the overwhelming pine flavor as being the main character in this bottle. It's a bit sweet and fruity with some nice apricot and mango flavors coming from the hops and richly sweet from the malts, but those pine tips make it taste like you're drinking the Pocono Mountains. Light and crisp body and compulsively drinkable, I will be a happy man if this ever gets heavier distribution!

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Photo of Sabtos
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vibrant ruby and amber.

Floral and fruity, the contribution of the spruce tips is a profile that is hard to pinpoint, but is really prevalent, in a good way. I've had spruce tip brew in Alaska that didn't come anywhere close to this, it was undetectable. But in Pennsylvania Tuxedo, there is this not-quite piney, dragonfruity aroma.

The piney, dragonfruity aroma carries over into the taste, as well as a contribution of shockingly fresh, citric but not bitter hop flavor, and some smoothing, rounding malt sweetness.

This is really quite a unique, delicious beer.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear straight amber with a medium head that quiets down quickly. nose; lemon pith, sugar, caramel, pine needle, maple, grapefruit pulp and grassy hops. a very herbal nose, but heavily portends a sweet beer. taste; sugar-sweet malt, bright citrus hops, caramel, citrus and stone fruit sweets/syrup (grapefruit, lemon, pineapple & mango), and a resinous pine. high carbonation and medium mouthfeel. the spruce adds an interesting conifer needle character and there's lots of roving sweet notes, but it's a touch pass where i'd like them dialed in. this is listed as a pale ale, but at 8.5% abv and tasting like a citra-zest & hop-infused sweet pine sap, i wonder what technicality prevents the ipa label. still, a pretty unique and compelling brew that's made with tree tips. dogfish head yet again with the wackiness! ;)

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On: 10/16/15.

Appearance: Pours a lightly coppery, bubbly body with a thin, loose-knit, off-white head. Scant lacing.

Smell: Fragrant, fresh spruce aroma with a backing of citrusy, lightly herbaceous hops overtop of the bolstered pale malts. The snappy spruce fits the season, perfectly matching my farm-fresh Christmas tree and accompanying wreath.

Taste: Pale malts with a lick of sugary sweetness. Oily citrus rinds, a mild grassiness, and then the spruce starts to creep in with tastes of sap-sticky, tangy pine needles, fresh-clipped rosemary. Solid bitterness. Still a little rock candy hanging out near the finish. A modest showing of warming alcohol. Finishes bittersweet with a lingering spruce flavor and juicy citrus taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, a bit lively.

Overall: It's okay, it's better than anticipated and now I'm spruce fresh, baby!

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Photo of enrique_m
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this brew is tastier than i imagined, it is a amber color that is very clear that you can see the tiny bubbles and it has very nice lacing. it has a beautiful hoppy and piney smell that is well balanced. the taste mellow with a hint of sweetness and you get the spruce, pine, hay, and it finishes off a tad bittersweet. this brew feels good on the tongue too, since it smooth and effervescent. overall this is one of my favorite brews, just wished it was brewed in the summer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

​The beer pours a slightly creamy white head. The beer itself is a clear copper amber color with orange notes. The overall look is pretty good even if it is a bit dark for the style.

The beer certainly has an interesting smell. The smell has some strong raspberry notes that smell like actual raspberries and a bit sugary too. The smell also has a bit of spruce to it but comes in more at the end. Overall, it smells outdoorsy when the hops come out as grassy.

The taste is also pretty good and as good as the smell. The grassy hop notes come out a bit when the raspberry taste is gone. The aftertaste is a bit more bitter and herbal than the smell. The raspberry is still present but not as strong as the smell. The beer has a much stronger spruce note and a great overall taste.

The is good even if it is a bit heavy for the style. The beer is smooth with light biting carbonation. The beer has a medium body,

Overall, a fantastic and very interesting beer. Its easy to drink and the flavors certainly captured what the brewer intended.

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Photo of CHickman
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear amber color with a solid 3 finger foamy beige head that did not budge, dissipating very slowly while leaving craters as it went down and excellent foamy lacing clinging to the sides. The rings of foamy just stuck like etched glass.

Smells of pine cone, spruce, piney hops, dry flowers, light biscuit, coriander, perfume and potpourri. It almost smells hoppy, but the spices are overpowering and make it almost seem like an air freshener. It's alright and achieves the nose they were trying to project with the outdoors theme, but it just doesn't smell great or pleasing to me.

Tastes just like it smells: pine cone, spruce tips, strong/fresh piney hops, dry flowers, biscuit, toasted grains, coriander, allspice, cinnamon, perfume and potpourri. Seems like lemon zest, orange peel shavings and some grapefruit juice joined the mix in the flavor, but there were more spices and I feel the spices should have been dialed back to make it more APA and less spice beer or winter warmer style. Like the nose the flavor hits the novelty beer mark and seems like spruce tips and in the glass, but I wish it wasn't so spicy and earthy so it could actually be somewhat easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is decent enough and this hides the ABV completely, but the spice use was too over the top for me so this is a one and done. Not awful, but not something I'd drink again. I will salute DFH for making another unique beer that nails the outdoors theme with pine and spruce tree representation. It was like drinking in hunting season. Extra credit in the 'overall' rating for pulling off the flavor of the woods.

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Pennsylvania Tuxedo from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.