Brick Biergarten IPA
Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,940
Ranked #45,598
3.46 | pDev: 12.14%
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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Jon_Hendricks from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed copper color.

Overall: The aroma is dry, floral, and grassy. Starts moderately sweet with a slight grapefruit character. Big hop flavor and bitterness throughout. This beer has a solid balance and is a fairly good IPA.

May 05, 2016
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a barely expired case for $9.99 - Penn is decent so it was worth the try.

Poured into a standard pint/shaker - color is hazy copper, a little dense - noticeable sediment in the bottle so its expected, as noted with some dry hopping; head is off white to light tan, blend of bubble sizes from fine to medium, great lacing and texture on the glass, head remains present for some time.

Smell is balance of malt and hops: malt is noticeably caramely, not detracting but noticeable; hops are across the board from fruity to piney, but not overpowering - just a solid blend.

Taste leans more malt forward, caramel malt notes and some toast/biscuit; hops are neutral with some grass/pine/grapefruit noticeable.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry on the tongue, somewhat likely with the extended age of the brew. Otherwise lingering qualities lean to the sweeter side on the sides of the mouth.

Overall, a solid IPA that blurs the lines of american and british styles. I'll look for it a bit more fresh to see if there is a difference in taste.

Feb 05, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pennsylvania Brewing Co. "Penn Brewery Brick Biergarten IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating

Although I don't find much Penn Brewing available in my area (which is odd given that Philadelphia is not far from Pittsburgh), they're a brewery that can always be relied upon.

Their "Brick Biergarten" pours a slightly hazy deep-amber and copper colored body beneath a full-sized head of creamy antique-white that holds for seemingly forever, and leaves walls of almost solid lacing behind. Given that the haze is probably coming from dry-hopping, you could hardly ask for a better looking glass of beer.

In the nose it's hoppy, and somewhat fruity. It's bright with hops, but at the same time non-distinct, probably because they're using seven different varieties. It's fruity (which may be the yeast as well), gently citrusy (mild grapefruit), lightly spicy, piney, herbal, and even a touch earthy. Some caramelish and grainy malt comes through, and although it's not bombastic like many IPAs these days, it's solid and welcoming.

The flavor displays the hops much more fully, opening up more notes of tropical and citrus fruit (melon, papaya, and lemon), and an herbal, grassy, and spicy side. As usual for Penn, it's nicely balanced against the malt so that neither component over-rides the other; and it's backed by a solid bitterness that never becomes too bold. The malt is fairly rich in character, yet it's not sweet, and it still finishes dry with a little bit of residual caramel, some spiciness, a pineapple/apple/citrus like fruitiness, and some dusty earthiness.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge, and a very fine-bubbled median carbonation that leaves it smooth yet crisp at the same time.

The use of Hopunion's Falconer's Flight 7 C's would seem to imply that they were going for an "American" IPA, but that's certainly not the case here: the malt is too rich and caramelish, and the hops are not forward enough. Neither is it British, really in any way, other than that it utilizes 'crystal' malts. No, this one is unique. Try it without any preconceived notions, hedonistically, and I think you'll find it quite charming.

Aug 06, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

5/3....pours cloudy copper with patches of white foam. Malty pine nose, not powerful. Taste is a strong funky bitter. Burnt malt blends in with a heavy bitter.

May 31, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

enjoyed chilled in an IPA glass from the 12oz bottle

The color is dark golden with amber hue aand 3 finger cream head with very fine bead and spots of lace stick with very good retention. The smell has lightly herbal hop odor with mild citrus and light vegetal smell with earthy tropical melon-like aroma. The feel is spicy with moderate carbonation and medium body with malt balanced with low bitterness and sweetness with slight oxidized dry texture in the finish.

The taste is tangy with fruity and spicy entry with caramel maltiness and slight earthy and sweet taste with mild herbal tea-like flavor with grassy bitter flavor and slight alcohol taste in the finish. Overall this is not awful, but not a beer I would want to drink again unless I know it is fresh even then it is questionable since it is just an average beer in a sea of very good IPA's to much bitterness from the hops without enough hop flavor and malt is caramel in a light oxidized flavor.

May 22, 2015
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Bone53 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drink world class IPAs on a regular basis, so this is easily one of the worst ones iv had. Way too malty, herbal, and spice. Unrefined and overall quite the opposite of what i imagine a great IPA should be like

Apr 25, 2015
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Doctor_Bogenbroom from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an acceptable IPA, but there is nothing really special about it. The aroma and flavors are actually quite mild. I was expecting a lot more hops and bitterness. That being said, it's fairly smooth, and the mouthfeel is not bad. The color is bright amber with a fairly decent head. I wouldn't turn down another, but I wouldn't run after it either.

Dec 01, 2014
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TeamMathis from West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance: Copper. Nice frothy head. Lots of stuff floating around. Looks great.
Smell: Light pine and light malt.
Taste: Pine and pepper.

This was good. It's great to look at. The bottle looks like it came labeled from a home brewer. The head was great, and it left a nice lace. The smell was completely lackluster. You could detect a little bit of pine and malt, but just barely. The taste was decent. It was more pronounced than the smell with pine, and added a bit of pepper with a touch of sweetness. I wouldn't get it again, but it was enjoyable.

Oct 22, 2014
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

A - Not looking good so far a very dirty cloudy amber brown with a ton of floaties and a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head a top which sticks around for a bit.
S - Medicinal with some metallic but mostly herbal hops with a malty bit of something.
T -Taste is very dry and herbal which leaves an uncomfortable bitterness on the tongue. Repeated sips are a bit better since it is abrasive but mild it kind of cancels the medicinal hops out. Light malty sweetness.
M - Light to medium best part of the beer its easy to drink but flavor could be better.

Overall it is a decent IPA with questionable hop bitterness but I really couldn't see getting another. Just going to keep drinking the Penn Dark that stuff is amazing.

Oct 02, 2014
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Lightly weathered copper orange in color with a viscous, murky appearance. Poured with a short, bright white foam that reduced to a wispy cap that left rows of sticky lacings down the glass. Very light citrus and herbal aromas with caramel malt beneath. Medium bodied with tight, tangy carbonation through the middle and a semi-dry finish. Herbal and pine hop flavors with a nice malty backbone. Minty, herbal flavors at the end as this finished with lingering mint and pine hop bitterness. Hop aromas were very light and hop flavors were purely bitterness without much flavor.

Jul 26, 2014
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An IPA from Penn Brewing seems to make about as much sense as buying a jock strap from Victoria's Secret.

Pours clouded. Mild citric nose. Flavor brings mild and muddled tones of citrus and pine. Overall it's an okay beer. Nothing mind blowing, but not a disaster or anything. It's just...there. Nice enough to try, but definitely moving on.

Jul 17, 2014
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ChrisC1970 from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful burnt orange color, a definite attraction point if you were sitting next to someone drinking it. Solid hop presence, remains on the tongue just the right amount if time. Easy mouthfeel, not overbearing but a definitive American IPA. The finish is incredibly smooth & crisp. I would buy this in 6, 12, or case and might be a favorite IPA of mine.

Jun 16, 2014
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown-red copper with about a finger of head that dissipated quickly. The nose had a light hop essence but also was malty. The flavor profile followed the nose. This offering was surprisingly drinkable and I would recommend it to folks who do not like the strong hop bite of most IPAs.

This beer is closer to an English IPA than an American IPA. Frankly, this might be yet another type of hybrid “IPA” – the German IPA. Why not? Apparently, everybody must have an IPA these days!

Jun 14, 2014
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a copper color with a sudsy froth. The aroma is lightly hoppy with some herbal notes. The taste is solidly bitter, with onion like flavors as well. The malt body is toffee like perhaps caramel and other than that its a little buttery. Earthy, dirty hop dominates the beer, thankfully, and after a few sips it builds nicely. Light bodied, decent carbonation, a little thin. Overall, a decent IPA, pretty mundane but easy drinking.

Jun 01, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Nice clear gold with two finger of soapy white head, thick lacing.
S - There's no real hop presence in the aroma, you get some sweet caramel kinda malt scents, a little earthy tones out of it, but its really lacking.
T - Herbal and earthy hop bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malt. Basic and boring.
M - Medium feel, chewy, mild bitter aftertaste.
O - Being the disappointment that Overlook IPA is when it comes to style representation, I don't understand why Penn felt the need to make another generic IPA. Either stick to German styles or expand the right way with some creative thinking. This is just the same American IPA that every other brewery makes or has made.

May 25, 2014
Brick Biergarten IPA from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 57 ratings