Pennsylvania Tuxedo | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Pennsylvania TuxedoPennsylvania Tuxedo

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Atlanta.
Pours with a sparkling clear amber body topped by a large white head. The head has excellent retention and reasonable lacing.
I am not particularly a fan of spruce or, more generally, evergreen supplements in beer. They are usually overdone for my taste. The aroma suggests that is the case here, with plenty of fresh evergreen notes mixed with bready and caramel malts. This is pleasing but not necessarily in a beverage. The flavor, however, has a generous malt load that balances out the spruce, is only moderately bitter, and leaves a pleasant bready/evergreen aftertaste. Well hidden alcohol" I had no idea this was over about 6.5% ABV. Smooth body with a slight harshness that I incorrectly attributed to the spruce and hops -- it very likely the high ABV.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Pennsylvania Tuxedo"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 10/21/16" and sampled on 01/20/17
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, nice appearance. The frothy of white head slowly settles down into a creamier, but still rocky looking cap. Beautiful lacing is left behind. The body is a mainly a clear deep amber-copper. I get soft pine and caramel in the aroma. The pine is like that of the floor of a pine forest, soft unless it rains: delicate, and almost floral. The same character appears in the flavor with a light bit of fruitiness and some sweetness. It's not the pine that I was expecting - this is really drinkable, and just a little bit unusual. What's the strength? Wow, 8.5%, I wouldn't have expected that. Perhaps that makes it worth a little more in the purchase price. The fruitiness reminds me of red berries and citrus, probably tangerine... it's a little sharp, but just a touch. The pine comes through in the finish, which is dry, but also fruity, grassy, and not really that bitter. I always forget the feel... medium bodied with what seems like a very light acidity, and crisply bristling with CO2. That helps to keep it refreshing. I like it. I like the sweet dollop of sugary almost-burnt sugar malt that's balanced by fruit and pine... it's something different, and yet really a stretch. I wonder what the "dislikes" are for this beer as it seems really well put together: nicely balanced, rounded, and polished.

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Photo of Stooven
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So you think you like piney. How about spruce? In theory, this should be classified as a Christmas beer; whatever the case, it fits Dogfish's MO of leading beers to their logical extremes. Drinkable, but probably best when limited to one per session. The ABV is extremely well hidden, though the lingering semi-sour aftertaste is unwelcome.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle bottled on11/02/16 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Copper coloration with a one finger white head. Head rapidly diminishes until it is just covering the top of the beer.

Smell: Clean hops with a bit of pine at the end.

Taste: Malts, hops, and a thin stand of pine. Pine is not overdone, just enough to make its presence felt. I could not detect any bitterness.

Feel: Lighter mouthfeel pairs with a decent amount of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: A very good beer and a nice change of pace. Definitely will be on my list of winter seasonals again next year.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pennsylvania Tuxedo pours a copper color with a small lacing head. Oakey aroma; lots of spruce. Flavor has an underlying bitterness, with lots of fresh earthy spruce, that finishes both a bitter and a little sweet. Good body and feel. Overall, interesting, but enjoyable, lots of spruce.

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Photo of TH28
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 10/21/16 code date. Appearance: Deep golden brown with a light amber hue, brilliantly clear, with a moderate off white foam head. Aroma: Grassy citrus hop notes dominate. Pine tree aroma getvstringer as the beer warms, and begins to dominate the profile. Overall aroma is moderatelyvstrong for an IPA. Taste: Moderate caramel malt sweetness, with a strong citrus character that instantly runs smack dab into a pine tree. Strong pine mixed with the citrus brings obvious thoughts of Pine Sol to mind. Strong bitterness hits at the finish, but balances well against the malt base. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied for the style, with low carbonation. Finish: Leaves a warm caramel malt and strong pine retronasally. Overall: Quite an interesting beer. Beautiful appearance, strong citrus character, true pine tree aromas, and well balanced. My brain keeps telling me there’s pine sol in this glass, but as the beer warms the balance tips more toward the pine and is very nice.

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Photo of IKnoGoodBeer
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The hype isn't there. I don't get this beer like alot of Dogfish head beer? It's more hoppy then I prefer and for the price it's not worth it. There's better seasonal beers out there.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful Amber leaning towards copper with an off white almost yellow head with good retention.

Floral, pine, earth, citrus in the nose.

Taste is pine up front with a nice nuttiness. Next is spruce with earth notes. Finishes dry with touches of citrus, a little orange.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well, while I may not have a lot of contact with the namesake (I don't hunt), like the hunters' game, and I love this brew.

It opens dark copper with fine foam and just a bit of lacing. It's clear and very pretty. The aroma is malty and pungent hoppy - balanced. The taste is similarly tangy and malty. It's not too bitter at all and somewhat balanced, in an over the top kind of way. The aftertaste is pretty clean yet firmly strong and slightly boozy.

This PA tribute really works. I hope it is not a one time deal, but it reminds me that I am overdue for another road trip to Delaware. HIGHLY recommended.

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Photo of SABERG
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated 11/02/16 into the modified tulip glass.
A - Light amber color, superb carbonation caps out with a fluffy white top.
S - Sweet malt, hint of conifer, hint of piney hops.
T - Starts with a caramel touch, then the spruce and well placed hops take over, superbly balanced.
M - Medium in body, well coated palate reacts to sweet then a swing towards bitter and finally a wonderful citrus
and pine finish.
O - A well designed and executed offering from DFH. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of BjM66
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For those afraid of IPA's I would start with this one. Not to bitter, just the right taste balance and a little bit of spruce on the back end with a slight bitter mouth feel.

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Photo of maximum12
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head. Spruce tips. Me. All over. 12 oz. bottle dated 11/3/16.

The pour is light amber with 100% clarity: unusually pretty. Smells like spruce - not pine - plus peppermint.

Pennsylvania Tuxedo: spruce pale ale. Not sure what more there is to say. The spruce is subtler than I imagined from the aroma, & hoped from the label. Backing pale is moderately bitter, floral, touch of grapefruit. Has a prickly, cola carbonation to it. One? Good.

Tasty, but I was hoping for enough spruce tips to provide me with some carotenoids & magnesium. No such luck. Still a good, solid brew.

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Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/21/16

Pours light creamy thicker head, good lacing, clear amber orange color

Nose plenty of spruce tips, pine but a fruity like and not resin pine, little woody and earthy, sweet caramel candy malt,

Taste again spruce out front, pine with a little sap resin bit more fruity and earthy, pretty earthy in general, fair sweet malt, candy amber malt, little syrupy sweet, bitter spicy earthy hops late, little more pine sap, sweet malt lingering, bit of warming booze

Mouth is med bod little sticky sweet, little warming booze, decent carb

Overall not too bad, spruce wasn't add overpowering as I expected, sweet malts are a little much but balance the spruce and spicy hops.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours an light amberish color. The head is frothy, white, 1-2 finger, and seems to stick around for a while. The nose has a pine feel to it, hoppy. The taste is very interesting. It reminds me of Christmas. It tastes like the smell of something my parents sprayed around the artifical tree when I was a young kid. It's really hard to explain, but it does bring back a lot of memories. While not extremely full bodied, it isn't watery either. Delicious.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into cylindrical glass. It pours a pretty orange-amber color with two fingers of fluffy, milk-white head and lacing with excellent retention. It has a distinct and pleasant smell of spruce, along with lemon peel and sweet malt. The spruce and citrus dominate the taste and give it a distinct and fresh flavor that has almost a mint-like quality. It finishes with a touch of peppery hops. It is fairly light and crisp in body with pleasant carbonation. I didn't immediately notice the 8.5% ABV but by the time I finished I did. There seems to be a wide variation in ratings for this beer. I really enjoyed it and would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very rich pale ale, with tons of spruce shining through in the aroma and flavor. Don't know if I could finish off a pack in one sitting, but a great single to mix things up. Cheers!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. Pennsylvania Tuxedo is an 8.5% pale ale brewed with spruce tips, seems like a perfect beer to enjoy on Christmas Day and it was. The spruce is not overpowering but it is definitely there. Tasty brew.

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Photo of rypkr
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love beers brewed with actual spruce so this gets a higher than otherwise rating. Only gripe is that I wish it were lower abv and more sessionable like yards spruce. It's solid, but a one and done spruce novelty at 8.5%.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber with light effervesce streaming up, producing a foamy, lasting, off-white head that leaves motes, strings & wisps of sticky lacing. Aroma is conifer heavy from the spruce, herbal & earthy, lightly toasted malt, some citrus, grass & spice. The spice is lively in the nose & is reminiscent of the sensation associated with ginger or chili pepper. This may be a product of the spruce. Taste is pale & caramel malt, heavy conifer, earthy herbal, grass & ginger/peppery as in the nose. Maybe a little citrus. The peppery note is prominent in the bitter finish & aftertaste. Drying from midsip into finish. Aftertaste is conifer, malt, earthy herbal & medicinal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, sandpaper prickliness, tongue coating & oily, slightly juicy, dry from midsip into the astringent aftertaste. The aftertaste is the most negative aspect of this brew to me. Unique & quite drinkable to my taste in the way that ginger ale is drinkable though I'm sure that many would not find it so. It's just an opinion as all beer reviewing is but I feel that this is an example of a beer you will either like very much or find cloying & distasteful. Though classed as a pale ale & not as a Scottish Gruit I have noticed this ginger/chili pepper character in a few beers of that style. Some of these have conifer tips added to the brew. It is my guess that it is the conifer contributing this note here.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Layers of white head that have nice cling all the way down. Smell is of citrus, pine, hop resin, and a bit earthy. Taste follows the nose - big citrus punch followed by the spruce tips which give this a unique spine and balanced by a nice malt back bone. Highly drinkable for the ABV and I will definitely be coming back to this.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$ 54.00 (including tax)/case ($ 0.1875/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA
Bottled 11/2/16 at 42 degrees into a seidel
Aroma – conifers, fades slowly
Head average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy settling to creamy, diminishing to an irregular five to eight mm ring and a hyperbolic layer, frothy at the edges and only a tiny bubble thick at the center
Lacing – poor. A few isolated pieces of ring hand dejectedly about the seidel’s internal barrel
Body – light orange with a slight chill haze
Flavor – just lovely! Resinous with spruce terpenes trapping the tongue. Initially a burst of sweetness which quickly turns slightly astringent; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl, just delicious spruce nectar.
Palate – medium, watery, lively carbonation

Just a lovely brew! I really like the resinous flavor and aroma. This is what a spruce beer should be!

Appearance 4, Aroma 5, Flavor 5, Palate 4, Overall 4.5

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz pour on tap into snifter

A: Bright amber orange body with a soapy white head the body has good clarity.

S: Resiny hops, a slight orange rind than a massive amount of pine and a sweetish smell on the end.

T: The first thing that hits you is a citrus resin hoppiness followed by a huge amount of spruce. Then finishes lightly bitter a touch sweet with some maltiness on the end as the spruce lingers.

M: Medium bodied with a light bit of cling on the end.

O: This beer is just fantastic. Huge flavors with a very welcome addition of the spruce in a APA. If you want to try something different you will not be disappointed with this one.

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Photo of KevCan
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a 12 oz. bottle at my parents' house. My dad bought it from Total Wine in south Florida. Bottled 11/2/2016. Poured into a Dogfish Head stem glass.

Look: Nice clear copper color with healthy, off-white, frothy head.

Smell: Hoppy, malty, a bit sweet, Christmas tree, pine, bread, citrus, raisin.

Taste: Very well-rounded with a strong malt backbone, resiny hops, and a sweet, sprucy finish that makes you want more.

Feel: Smooth with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles, medium body.

Overall: Fantastic. I don't like most IPAs but this is great.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper color with a huge creamy dense head that very slowly settles into a super puffy cap. This head has some serious retention.

The aroma of a bready malt with some honey notes. Light grassy hop scent.

The flavor is huge on the spruce. I imagine this is what a Christmas tree tastes like. The malt has a lightly toasted bread flavor. The hops are either grassy, piney, or grapefruit rind. It's hard to tell with the big spruce flavor.

The feel is moderate with soft carbonation. Very nice balance with a slight bitter finish. A bit sticky.

Nice earthy brew. Drinks light and easy. I dig the spruce flavor.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City pint glass.

Fluffy,white,1 finger head.Dark gold / copper in color,very clear and clean looking.Medium / heavy carbonation.

Not much on the nose, I get mostly pine and malt.

The palate follows the nose,lots of pine,with some sweet malts blended in.

The body is thin,with a decent amount of bubbles on the tongue from the carbonation.Borderline wet / dry finish.

This is a solid pale ale,not a go to for me,but I'm glad I at least tried it.

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