Allegheny Pale Ale | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Stinkypuss on 03-28-2010

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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 35
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4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of JamesS
4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Had on-tap at PNC Park, Cubs vs. Pirates, May 4th, 2010. Cubs lost, 3-2.)

Poured a very nice semi-deep copper color with some very nice head and very nice lacing throughout. Nice scent, decent malt backbone with a nice hit of hops in the nose; fairly neutral hops, a bit floral and grassy. Very nice taste, a good hop front with a very nice lingering bitter aftertaste, with a nice malt sweetness underneath. Went down very, very nicely at the game.

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Photo of jeremy_zeman
4.08/5  rDev +24%

Photo of ordybill
4.04/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Thus is a nice slightly cloudy copper colored beer. It has a small white head and a nice hippy aroma. A good pale ale

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Photo of TurboBrew
4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of muskiecf
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light bodied. Nice yellow color. Minimal carbonation....just enough to make it fizz but easy to drink. A nice hop flovar that is balance by the malt. Smooth. Has a mild hop aroma. It almost reminds me of a English version Pale Ale. Interseting and nonetheless tastey! Cheers!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Al's of hampden -shared with abru17, poured into a willybecker.

The color is a peachy amber w/ good clarity, visible carbonation and a quickly settling sandstone head w/ tight beading. The nose is slightly pine scented with slight citrus notes from the hops and gentle sweet malt hints.
The feel is moderately bitter and clean with a subtle sweetness and semi-dry finish. The flavor is good and it kept me satisfied with some nice hop flavor which is fresh and the bitterness is smooth. The beer is drinkable and I was pleasantly surprised with the taste of this brew from a brewery more known for german style lagers than American ales.

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Photo of bobpgh
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of IronLover
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange in color with a reddish hue and a deep, viscous haze. Poured with a short, soapy white foam with low retention. Medium low malt aromas with ripe citrus orange and earthy resinous hop aromas. Medium bodied with a light creamy feel and medium low carbonation. Medium malt flavors up front followed by medium light ripe citrus orange and herbal mint hop flavors. Medium hop bitterness through the middle to the end. Well attenuated, crisp and dry through the finish. A well balanced pale ale that features lighter malt and hop characters. Very refreshing, crisp, dry, and drinkable.

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Photo of tankg
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rarely weigh in on beers that are fairly middle of the road, preferring the real highs or real lows, but the D+ grades on this (and one from a Cleveland person! but hey, I'm on board with Great Lakes) caught my eye. Actually, I have had this beer on draft at PNC Park a few times before trying a bottle, and found the draft to be bad, even D+ bad...(maybe the $8 charge was a factor!) but then I received a case from Holiday beverage in Indiana PA, and bottled, it's become kind of a favorite beer for after grass-cutting and for macro company - not to mention easing into a tailgate party. Very drinkable,nice head, and nice color, and with a much better taste than in a bottle. I think some of the reviews are affected by the IPA and DIPA trend, which I'm into for sure, but it's a different style. It's far from my favorite allegheny brewery beer (St Nick's, Penn Dark, Penn Pilsner, Weizen, etc,) but in a bottle anyway, it's not a D+. Also surprised with the small number of reviews. Oh well, we're a small town. I've heard that the brewhouse is back open - if so, get to the north side if you venture to the steel city. A Salud!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penn Brewing is back in business with its first ever ale. The once defunct brewery is currently only producing kegs and growlers. On to the review.

Appearance: A rich amber in color. Soapy, bubbly head and plenty of lace.

Smell: Bready malts and some citrusy hops lying underneath.

Taste: Light malt and some subtle earthy and resinous hops. Not very fruity, bitter high alpha hopping. Balance is perfect. Clean and refreshing. Unoffensive and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good stuff from Penn. American pale ales (APAs) are a dying style but this one is very well done. I also highly reccommend the draught version of Penn Weizen right now which is also delicious.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allegheny Pale Ale has a clear, copper colored body. The light tan head is soapy with solid retention and lacing.

The aroma isn't what I expected from an APA, but it's interested. A mixture of light malts and darker malts greet my nose, but what surprises me is the glassy, floral hop profile. I was expecting American hops from an APA, not noble hops. Now that I think about it though, it makes sense that Penn would use noble hops like they use in all of their other beers.

Allegheny Pale Ale's malt profile seems to have two layers of malt; the first is pale malt that have a light, crackery flavor to them, and the second is a slightly darker, sweeter malt that has more of a caramel flavor to it. Of the two malts, I would say the pale malts are a little more pronounced. After the malt comes a pretty aggressive amount of noble hops that are earthy and grassy. The finish has a good dose of hop bitterness to it.

The body is middle of the road, and there is perhaps a touch higher than average carbonation.

I wasn't sure what to expect from an American style Ale from Penn Brewery, who in my opinion make the best German beer in the United States. What I got was pretty good, and although it is brewed to style, this beer definitely has Penn's German-inspired fingerprints on it.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2013-10-01 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost clear golden-orange with a 1-finger white head from an aggressive pour. Good lacing.

S - Bread, lemon, orange, grass. Not very aromatic.

T - Lightly toasted bread, fruity with bits of lemon/lime and a musty grape skin. Finishes lightly tart with some orange zest bitterness that hangs around. Light on the malt. Not very sweet. Dries nicely. Unassuming but tasty.

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp with some body. Refreshing.

O - I enjoyed this brew. It's definitely in the APA , not IPA, category. I'd rather have a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but wouldn't be disappointed to be presented with one of these. I'llhave it again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.61/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How about this for distribution, this is the first time I ever seen this brew in my life and live in PA all my life!

A - Light and clear amber yellow with a half inch of creamy head that leaves a nice bit of lace.

S - Light pine and citrus hops, pale malts and a bit of sweetness. Nothing really stands out though.

T - Taste is a bit better starts off with a mild pine then quickly turns to pale malts and a sweet finish. One dimensional but tasty.

M - Light and sessionable.

Overall if I ever went to the brewery I would have a few of these but outside the area my favorite is still Headwaters.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very well balanced beer. Nice lacing and a decent head. Medium bodied, not overly hoppy. Kinda oily, with not much kickback, but that doesn't mean it is not a really nice session beer. Very smooth and easy to drink. Pours a straw-like color. Pretty good for a german beer brewing company.

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Allegheny Pale Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 17.6% out of 100 with 102 ratings
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