Allegheny Pale Ale | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of muskiecf
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
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 +13%
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 IronCitySteve
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewery.

A: Pours a light clear copper color. Provides a small white head and some decent lacing.

S: Not an overwhelming amount of hop, but there was some floral hop character. There is a slight whiff of bready malt character and there is also a metalic twinge to it.

T: The slight bitterness of the floral hops hits the palate first. Throughout the rest of the tasting, the malt bread and caramel malt character comes out more, balancing the beer.

M: Leaves a slighty bitter taste on the palate.

D: This is a nicely balanced and easy to drink APA.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time I've seen this new style from Penn bottled, so I had to grab one from the Beer Store. Pours a slightly hazed pale copper color wih a bright white large bubbled head, fine speckled lacing scattered. Aroma has a slight metallic note about it with herbal/floral hops going on in the nose. Label states they use perle, columbus, and chinook hops...I'm getting more earthiness and maybe a hint of citrus. Nice cereal grain malt room going on amongst the hops here this seems like an approachable training wheels pale ale so far. Nothing wrong with that aspect, figure from a traditional German style brewery it's nice to see a nice drinkable APA. Welcome fruitiness in the flavor with ample ctrus/floral hop flavors a bit of earthy dry quality about with some nice pale malt sweetness. Again it's not a world class pale but it's solid and shows promise for other beers to come out of Pittsburgh, definitely a wise decision to bottle this one as well nice shot of the point with the skyline of the Burgh on the lable. Mouthfeel is nice mellow carbonation light to medium bodied slight trace hop oils on the palate but never cloying or sticky. Drinkability is solid a nice session refreshing hoppiest beer from Penn you'll ever come across.

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Photo of nukem5
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes 4 Days Ago :

A: Light amber in color nice head.

S: Nice hope aroma nothing great or large scale but...Maltey and smooth .

T: Easy on the buds, light hops and little malt. everyday beer nothing to off the wall here or great just good.

M: medium body smooth light esters.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of jagoffyinzer
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a dark copper color suprising for a pale ale. very clear but no head or carbonation.

S: not a whole lot there. you really need to snort this to get anything. some sweet malt and some yeast, very bready but no hop aroma.

T: very suprised how bitter this is. intially it seemed to be overly bitter. had has some bread qualities with a grassy bitter finish. at the end a slight sweet malty flavor. not a whole lot here.

M: light not very heavy. slightly dry.

D: smooth and easy drinking.

so glad to see penn branch out to other styles. not a huge fan of this but it is a step in the right direction.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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 DIM
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This was on the dark side for an APA, a clear coppery color. It was served to me with a decent sized white frothy cap.

s: Lots of caramel malt and some grassy bitterness. Not bad.

t: Sweet caramel up front, which is fine. The finish, however, is a bit rough. The bitterness isn't very flavorful while the caramel sweetness gets a jagged edge to it.

m: Medium bodied with light, creamy carbonation.

d: Not my favorite pale, but this was okay.

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Photo of JamesS
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
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 Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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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