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Penn Overlook IPA | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Stinkypuss on 02-12-2012

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3.51/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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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.

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3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Penn Overlook IPA from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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