Penn Overlook IPA
Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #7,018
Ranked #46,914
3.37 | pDev: 17.51%
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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SPThirtyThree from Colorado

3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured cold, around 40°F, because I knew from the previous two bottles this would be overcarbonated. Still, ridiculously overcarbonated, and even being as delicate as possible, I only got just over half the bottle into the goblet before I had to stop and wait for the head to settle.

Huge clumps of bubbly, eggshell head collapse before my repour leaving a thicker, denser cap of foam atop sudsier bubbles. It's bottle conditioned, and this bottle had a lot of sediment in it. Before the second pour I could see about halfway through the straw- and nectarine-colored liquid, but after topping up my glass, the liquid is clouded and murky. I still haven't managed to get all 12 oz. out of the bottle, but as I wait for the head to fall, it collapses with a central spire of foam surrounded by jagged arches that lead up to a ring that condensed around the rim of the glass.

Even cold, the smell hints at harsh off-flavors, but it's a pungent, west-coast hop atop sweet, vegetal malt. I'm guessing the hop is Chinook, because it smells a little like cat piss.

As it warms, the nose presents subtle, fruity notes of grapefruit, and some lemon zest, but it's also a little skunky. This beer came through the mail, though, so it may have been lightstruck by the sender. The nose is a little hot and solvent-y.

The flavor is a light, sweet malt, a faint burn of alcohol, and a heavy dose of astringent hops. It's juicy, but the hops are harsh.

The mouthfeel is very full, and carbonic. The overcarbonation causes aggressive foaming and adds to the bite from hop astringency. There's a chalky, dry-hop feel that also contributes to the sharpness and stickiness, and the hop lingers through the finish with a mild sting.

It's hard to have a good overall impression from an overcarbonated, sediment-laden beer. I like a good, sharp IPA, but the hop variety chosen for this beer is a bit abrasive. It's a decent beer overall, but given the abundance of better IPAs from local breweries, I probably would never buy or recommend Overlook IPA.

Nov 02, 2013
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours out a cloudy gold color, big soapy two finger head, thick lacing.
S - The smell is very dank and skunky, a little bread malt, big time pine and floral hop traits.
T - Follows the aroma very closely, which is unfortunate in a sense, you do get that kinda "cat piss"/skunky flavor, you do get some grapefruit and pine in the end which is actually quite nice, also has this woody kind of flavor thats underneath everything.
M - Dry, soapy, and bitter aftertaste, medium on body.
O - Not the worst IPA at all, but that abrassive dry bitter flavor is intense, and obviously you can attribute that to the Zeus hops. Its a nice change of pace, could use some serious improvement though.

Sep 08, 2013
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Organic shapes of suspended yeast haze in a light amber beer. Amazing richness to the head. It perked up about two inches. Lacing is excellent.

Bright floral hops with some supporting citrus notes. Grapefruit and bitter orange and hop leaf. Very zesty and very fresh. Ideal hoppiness in the nose. Biscuity pale malts with a hint of sweetness. Nice nose.

Deliciously dry and hoppy. Malts create some grainy balance, but floral hops shine. Notes of lemon, grapefruit, and hop cone leafiness are right there. Such a clean and short finish. Leaves the palate refreshed. There is a very mild note of tropical citrus in the flavor, too. Carbonation is a little spicy. Feel is above-average because of the high drinkability.

Such a surprisingly good IPA from the unlikeliest of breweries.

May 13, 2013
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Segelstrom from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - poured into tumbler w/a hazy light copper/orange. not much head nor was it well maintained.

smell - light hoppy/skunky in a nice way

Taste - nice mellow hoppy taste with a slight after bite. somewhat nondescript fruity flavor in the background

Mouthfeel - not harsh or bitter. carbonation level felt about right except for the lack of head retension.

Overall - would buy again but long way from favorite.

Apr 05, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a very earthy toned ipa. It does strike me as more of an English ipa as the hop influence is not so severe, or even firm. Strong herbal tones with some mint on the edge as well. Feel is quite smooth, which I like. Almost seems like a cask presentation. A pleasant drinker. I don't know why, but I just might go for this again. Especially if it were on cask.

Apr 05, 2013
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden orange color, some off white soapy head and lacing. Smells like fresh hops, herbal, cat pee, grassy. In the taste, earthy hops all day, herbal, slightly spicy hop, with some citrus rind flavor as well. Good bite, solid bitterness. There's a light malty body to support the hops. Carbonation is very low, almost nothing. Could be considered almost a hop tea, even for a cask ale its somewhat thin. Overall, this was a pretty good beer in the bottle, and on-tap I think it would be even better.

Nov 24, 2012
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks go to my boy Eric for hooking me up with a couple Penn brews that I havent had yet. This brew appears a hazed golden orange color with a finger of yellowish stained froth about a finger strong. The cap retains fairly well and slowly recedes leaving a wall of lacing effect sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives just shy of a finger back to the surface.

The aromatics are decent considering I have no idea how fresh this offering is and it spent a couple weeks in my fridge. The hops present themselves with mostly an herbal feel that flirts with being rindy, pulp-like and with some citrus zest. There is a touch of lemon essence here that is quite intriguing along with almost a candy-like sweetness to the nose. A swirl releases a tinge of sulfur quality.

It takes a few sips for the palate to become accustomed to what is going on here. At first it seems a bit malty and sweet but a few more sips bring on a solid focus of herbal to pine hop character that is modestly bitter. Some sulfur and grass is evident with a pretty solid focus on more catty to herbal hop quality. Just like the aroma indicated, there is a bit of lemon zest to bitter pulp and rind flavoring.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is well integrated here and overall it is a decent brew. I would love to have fresh to see what it's real potential is. By all means, this isn't a stand out brew, but I would have it again regardless of a few flaws being worked out or not.

Sep 26, 2012
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jifigz from Pennsylvania

4.77/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

The appearance of this beer is a little lighter than a lot of other American IPA's I have had. It is a pale golden yellow. The head is beautiful and clean white and lingers for a very long time and left great lacing around my glass. The aroma of the beer is solid citrus and floral hop aroma with just hints of malt sweetness shining through. There is a slight tinge of alcohol blended in there, but overall it is a delightful hop aroma. Not overpowering and ridiculous hop aroma (if that can even happen) but a very good smelling beer. Wow, the flavor on this ale is wonderful. It isn't extremely hoppy and in your face, but it is there and it is extremely well balanced for an IPA. The initial flavor is malt sweetness and then a beautiful hop takeover but then, and in perfect timing, the hops and the malt mingle and a beautiful candy hop sweetness ensues. When this flavor fades the beer finishes slightly bitter. The MF is of medium body and maybe a slightly higher carbonation rate than other IPA's, but not too high to be uncomfortable.

I think this is an excellent beer. I find it to be a beautiful marriage between the malt taste and the hop flavor. It is well done, not trying to be extreme, and has excellent drink-ability. I could quaff these all night no problem. The ABV is in a good range and this beer is fantastic. I used to drink Penn Dark all the time in college for 50 cent draft night. I wasn't too familiar with them then and I am not too familiar now, but I am glad I decided to buy their sample case this time.

Sep 25, 2012
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AtrumAnimus from Texas

2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a blonde golden color that is slightly opaque and has some cloudiness to it. I prefer a little cloudiness as opposed to an overly filtered beer. The head is effervescent and short lived. White with almost no lacing down the glass.

The nose is weak with some sweet malt, pine and bread notes.

The beer is almost all hops in the flavor. Taste like it was made more to show how much hops someone could fit in a beer without making it a good beer.

I am a hop head and I am disappointed. This is like a lot of other typical American IPA’s in that it is hopped for the sake of hopping as opposed for the sake of balancing complex flavors. I can get a sense of what is likely a very good beer recipe that has been drowned out by excessive hopping. The balance is completely blown and the finish is extremely bitter and lingering.

The hops don’t match the malt with has some fruitiness if you really focus and think about it. But the hops just drown out every other flavor.

Overall this is not a good beer and it is seriously lacking in craftsmanship. I will pass on this in the future and try to pass the rest on to other people.

Sep 17, 2012
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greybeardloon from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No date

A: good retention and lacing.

S: Herbal hops and, as it gets warm, a touch of cat pee.

T: Herbal, floral hops with good bitterness. Tasty biscuity malt. Not too much malt sweetness, but the malt is still fairly substantial for an IPA.

M: fine

O: A solid IPA

Jun 24, 2012
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Antonius08 from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very sad to be drinking my last one--it is such an excellent beer!

Appearance: Very thick, gold color. Cannot see through it. Leaves a decent sized head that retains for a while, but simmers off after a time, leaving a pretty thick lacing.

Smell: Definitely a strong punch of grapefruit. It's a pretty strong scent it's hard to catch much else. This is not a bad thing at all.

Taste: You notice a very strong grapefruit taste. An interesting thing about this beer is the bitterness you feel on your tongue after eating a grapefruit is present in this beer. It lingers quite a time. It has a very earthy taste to it. It is quite a bitter beer but refreshing at the same time.

Mouthfeel--A lot more watery than I was expecting. Very smooth compared to other IPA's I have had.

Overall: It is a really good beer. If I knew where to find more, I would definitely buy this again. It's a very refreshing IPA with a unique taste.

Jun 21, 2012
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Alkey from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my glass a yellow golden color with two finger head that leaves some sticky lace. Lots of slow rising bubbles.

Smell is mostly floral with some sweet grapefruit.

Taste starts with some malt and watery feel but quickly turns to a very dry floral earth like hop bitterness.

Overall a smooth easy to drink IPA but a bit to much towards the grassy dry hop bitterness for my tastes.

Jun 12, 2012
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Gavage from Nevada

3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear light orange color with a big 3" head that lasts a while. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel and an earthy aroma is all you can detect by the nose.

Taste: caramel, some big earthiness, and a little bit of spiciness arrives at the end. Bitterness is bold but not offensive.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp at the start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting earthy aftertaste.

Overall: if you are looking for a big grapefruit and pine bitterness this beer will not fit the needs. The earthy qualities are a nice change up.

May 18, 2012
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nukem5 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a great looking straw color with a thin foamy cap.

S: aroma is of spices and floral very pleasant.

T: taste is a great plunge into the world of hop not the usual Penn offering,not that they brew bad beer,refreshing....mmmm

M: mouthfeel is nice smooth medium bodied with great carbonation

O: overall a very good drinkable beer

Apr 21, 2012
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Penn Overlook IPA

On cask. Pours a light golden orange color, some off white soapy head and lacing. Smells like fresh hops, herbal, cat pee, grassy. In the taste, earthy hops all day, herbal, slightly spicy hop, with some citrus rind flavor as well. Good bite, solid bitterness. There's a light malty body to support the hops. Carbonation is very low, almost nothing. Could be considered almost a hop tea, even for a cask ale its somewhat thin. Overall, this was a pretty good beer in this format, and on-tap I think it would be even better.

Feb 12, 2012
Penn Overlook IPA from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 58 ratings