Pennsylvania Tuxedo | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.9/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A pale ale brewed with Pennsylvania spruce tips."; "Pennsylvania Tuxedo pays homage to the flannel-suited hunters and gatherers who dwell deep in the backcountry of north-central PA. Brewed in collaboration with family-run outdoor clothing company Woolrich, Pennsylvania Tuxedo has a grassy citrus kick complemented by the resinous conifer notes of fresh green spruce tips.

Added by Slatetank on 06-23-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,359
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
693
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
4.01
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
205
Trade:
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Photo of Gdobber
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful peach like orange with a 1 finger dense white head. smell: honey, musty, floral, Taste: wow, very interesting, spicy, slight hop, juicy, a bit of fruitiness, Feel is crispy and light but with warmth. Overall, Very good. Might be the best Dogfish Head I've had.

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Photo of JonB25
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ego
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

eyes....
3 fingers of fluffy white foam on an easy pour (literally easy like a sunday morning, technically), clear orange with plenty of bubble action swinging about, sticky sticky lacing clings all about

nose...
piney.. hmmm, wonder why. smells a little more normal than I thought it would, has a touch of grassy/earthy tone in the bottom under the obvious notes

taste etc...
really smooth, the carbonation does not bite here.. it slides by like a cold pennsylvania brook over rounded stones, easy to drink, it has a hop resonance but not the kick (bitter wise), in a way the spruce reminds me of some european hops flavor wise, the high alpha smell is there but the flavor seems more... subdued (not a complaint), this finishes with a nice malt sweetness with just hints of bitter right in balance, and wow... the ABV is almost not detectable

verdict?
I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive about this one, but I should trust DFH by now (stupid me), I think this would be an excellent winter IPA if there is such a thing... tonight is a cold miserable rainy night here and this beer was just the right call for sitting out on the deck with the dog watching the rain come and go

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Photo of bdiiorio
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has lots of fine particulates visible floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and coating the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of coniferous spruce tips are present in the nose. Hints of toasted malts become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell but has underlying hints of caramel and pale malts. The spruce and pine resin-like flavors linger into finish. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer initially seemed like it would be a spruce bomb, but it mellowed out as soon as it started warming up. There are enough underlying malts to prevent the spruce from being overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of craigbelly
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big pine aromas up front. A grassy citrus kick helps compliment the pine. A dry doughy malt backbone lets the hops and spruce shine while balancing out the bitterness. Sweeter than expected. Moderate body, dry finish.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ignatiusthan
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ppavlick
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bit too resinous for my taste...

Being that my wife and her family are from PA, when I saw this I had to pick it up. Unlike those hillbillies from PA - sweet, giving types - this beer is somewhat the antithesis of at least the western side of the state. Though the hazy look of the beer with its thick foamy head and decent lacing started off quite appealing, the rest of this brew left me a bit wanting (and frankly disappointed for my wife's home ground.)

The smell was mostly reminiscent to a hoppy brew with a distinctive piney scent. Not quite the natural pine scent I like, but close enough. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a dry-finish and the taste was all pine - not my cup o'tea. Overall, this is a decent beer, but not something I will be looking for moving forward.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a tulip to a deep golden orange topped by a finger of dense cream colored head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of peaches and stone fruits with some evergreen notes, hint of resin and some caramel as well
T: Tastes like drinking a pine tree. Slight caramel sweetness but a lot of evergreen and spruce flavors leave this one a little one dimensional. Swallow is more spruce tree and hop oil.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly slick feel on the palate. Carbonation is just below prickly while the beer has a semi-dry finish.
O: This one is just a little too tree flavored for my liking. I like things that taste kind of christmasy but this tastes like drinking a christmas tree. Very different and worth a try if drinking a beer that may taste like a tree smells then this one may appeal to you,

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Photo of Chrisjack6969
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tuegr8
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Inpraiseoffolly
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Teku glass. Bottled 6 October 2017.
4.5/3.75/4.5/4.25/4.25
Tall head crowns a hazy auburn bottle with lots of effervescence. Sticky lacing.
Smells like pinestraw, Christmas trees, and malt.
Tastes sweet at first, with a mouthpuckering finish taking me completely surprise. The spruce kicks hard, and - strangely - I like it! An almost fruity roundness lurks around with lemon zest. The malt is sugary, spicy, and holiday dessert-like.
A very robust mouthfeel with aforementioned, never-quite-astringent oomph.
Not sure how you justify calling an 8.5% plant beer an APA, but whatever, this is great.

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Photo of JVasky
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefz1
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisCharles
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stevem1206
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LJWalker
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

BOTTLE nabbed at WhichCraft, Austin, TX for ~$2.00 USD.

I love the commitment to the spruce - it's really vivid and expressive and great. But, like, where's the rest of the beer, man?

Hops are there but barely, bringing generic floral and vague citrusy notes to a party that spruce is the life of. Pale malt/2-row. That's it, really. The resinous slightly oily spruce flavour dominates, and it's lovely, but I can't help but think that it's better suited stylistically to something like a Cascadian Black Ale than an (india) pale ale.

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, not unrefreshing, well-carbonated. Hides its ABV well.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of Suds
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a completely clear, amber colored liquid with a tall white head. Hoppy, resiny, woody aroma. Earthy and musty. I do get the spruce that is noted on the label. Full in body. Dryish in taste. It is an interesting, warming, and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of KShophead
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tjones43
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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