Penn Harvest Rye PA | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by OWSLEY069 on 10-15-2011

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of brother_rebus
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very dark amber. Not much of a nose at all, a little rye hint. Tastes malty and somewhat sweet, rye presence. Heavy body; pretty dense beer. Overall not anything offputting. And nothing onputting either. Thats the problem.

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3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Mad Mex at South Hills Mad Mex.

A: Served with a half-inch creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Reddish brown color.

S: Subtle hop and bready aroma

T: Subdued hop presence with a smooth finish.

M: Moderate carbonation, very drinkable

O: Overall this is an unspectacular but satisfying brew, however I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out again.

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3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a amberish orange color with a small slightly off white foam head with not much retention. There is ample lacing.

S: A decent amount of rye spices, caramel, wheat toast and a surprising amount of citrus hops.

T: Starts off with a small amount of rye spices, very faint. In the middle there is some more rye and citrus hops. Both flavors are tasty but they seem to be fighting each other. On the back end the caramel and toast come out more overpowering the rye and hops.

M: A medium bodied beer that is kind of dry. Leaves a hodge podge of flavors on the palate. Some bitter hops, thick malts and some bourbon.

O: Not my favorite offering at all by the Penn Brewing Company. The flavors are all there but it is but not in balance. It is a quite average IPA.

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Photo of Child_Pugh
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a orange-ish to deep amber color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, fresh hops and dry rye. In the taste, dry hops, fruity rye, and a nice dry hopped end. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied outhfeel, with a dry fresh hop in the aftertaste. A bit thin and dry for the style, decent though.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been nothing but disappointed with Penn since their reopening and subsequent old man ass whooping, but I couldn't resist buying this to give me some small connection to the motherland of Steel City. Anyway, hopefully this will change my view.

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear, deep orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a large ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Quite a peculiar, but welcoming nose. Spicy and herbal hops with hints of citrus. The rye opens up as it warms to add the signature "spicy earthiness." Caramel malts and neutral malt sweetness add good balance. Whether from the rye or the hops, it almost seems like there are some pumpkin spices, along the lines of cinnamon and nutmeg, in here.

3.0 T: Despite what the nose suggested, the taste falls flat. The spiciness, the hops, and especially the malts are subdued. Moderate bitterness with just a touch of spicy and earthy hop flavor. The rye gets lost under the bitterness. The malts aren't as sweet as I thought they would be and the balance is lost.

3.0 M: Medium body. A bit too much carbonation and a bit too chewy, especially for the body. Finally, the finish leaves a drying bitterness.

3.0 D: Again Penn lets me down. They need to stop beating up old men and brewing these experimental disasters and get back to basics - stellar German beer.

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3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Not the prettiest IPA I seen more like a brown ale or even stout in darkness. Head is also very minimal with only a slight lace ring but it does have a redeeming bit of stickiness.

S - Well the rye is definitely in the nose very spicy with a touch of hops and sweet bready malts. Wow that smells good.

T - Starts off with an aggressive bit of bitterness which flies right over any sweetness or spicy rye flavors and finishes bitter and dry with the flavors of pine lingering on the palate. Could use more balance...

M - With such a dry flavor it's kind of hard to enjoy but pretty easy to drink. Sipper for sure.

Overall after enjoying the imperial pilsner I am perplexed on this beer. It is an IPA by standards but one bitter hoppy hoppy bastard with little balance from the malt or rye. I know it's a harvest "wet hop" ale but if they toned down the hops or balanced with a better malt it could be more enjoyable for sure. Recommended the Imperial Pilsner instead...

ARGH and I have to finish a bomber!

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3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a dark brown/red, which is partially clear. There is a nice two finger tan head and fairly thick lacing which stays on the glass until the end. Remnants of the head also stay on top of the brew until the end.

The smell is malty and piney. There is also the peppery rye smell. There are bready and caramel malt smells as well.

The taste starts with roasted malts moving to a bready, peppery rye taste, caramel then piney hops on the backend. There is a dry bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is thick bready and chewy.

Overall this a decent rye beer. It is not quite as hoppy as a rye IPA but that might be good for some people who don't like an overload of hops but to tell the truth the rye is not all that strong in this brew either. If you want to try a rye beer that is not too bitter then try this one. If you want a rye IPA there are better ones out there such as Ruthless Rye from Sierra Nevada.

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3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's something weird about this beer. If its supposed to be an IPA, it's an odd one. There certainly are a lot of hops in this one, judging from what I'm seeing as my hop allergy kicking in. But the body is all wrong and too soft and just not bringing it. Which I could say for the beer as a whole. Not sure what the goal was here, but it isn't quite working.

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3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper to sienna in color. Hightop pour leaves a tiny quarter-inch glossy head. It STILL laces with elegance.

Very rye spicy and pine and earthy hops. Smells a little herbal. Very toasty for a rye IPA.

Rigorous rye with both pine and pithy citrus hop notes. Dextrinous and chewy. Bitter, but still retaining some wort-y grain sugar. Browning apple, maltose, and caramel malts. Hops lose the battle in the finish. Hefty rye maltiness all throughout. Finely-tuned carbonation creates some graininess on the tongue. Doesn't drink down any better than the next beer.

If you like unadulterated rye malts in your rye beer, this is for you. The hoppiness is dumbed-down, but enjoyably complementary.

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