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.

Added by Slatetank on 06-23-2014

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Ratings: 720 |  Reviews: 228
Reviews by Atlas1:
Photo of Atlas1
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love it when I find a new DFH beer on the shelves. Picked up a pack of this and have enjoyed each one thoroughly.

Pours an opaque amber color with a fine two-finger head that lingers. Excellent retention with good lace. The nose is grassy with citrus and pine aromas. Nice enough, but nothing to stop traffic. But the taste here is where things get really interesting. Malty and bready up front with a noticeable sweetness, it soon moves into a delicious entanglement of heavy spruce and tangy hops. Funky! This beer is deep in a metaphysical way. It forces you to look within yourself for answers to questions you didn't even know existed. And then it settles nicely on the back of your tongue with a fantastic hop/pine aftertaste. The conifer of beers! Damn this is good. Mouthfeel is firm with just the right amount of texture.

This day and age it is awesome to still find a beer that can change the way you look at beer. I love IPAs, but honestly, so many of them begin to blend together these days. Even the good ones. But the Pennsylvania Tuxedo takes a genre (APA) and turns it on its head. It's what Dogfish Head has been doing for years (with mixed results, mind you). This beer is simply phenomenal. That's all there is to it. Thank you, Sam and company, for your continued efforts to push boundaries and challenge our taste buds. Cheers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Epic looking lacing ... all the way down the glass. Clear amber hue showing an active carbonation. Nose full of fresh spruce, some orangey herbal tone and bready malt within. Lush smoothness with some crispness in the back. Big pucker of spruce tips, ample hop character to keep the firm malt foundation in check. Bready and piney with some citrus pith. Warming alcohol, ripe pears, pineapple skin, & tobacco. Lots going on here but stay pretty damn drinkable for a bigger brew that is outside of the box. Long live extreme beer!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

not only the worst beer i have ever had from dogfish head, but also one of the worst craft beers ive bad, supposed to be pretty cool too, a spruce pale ale, but man this is way off. its all sweet and perfumy, but doesnt even smell or taste like spruce, its more like wood glue, chemical and sugary and nothing like what i expected, and hardly palatable. i get notes of nail polish remover in nose and taste, unfermented pale malt sugar, and off flavors all around. for me, this was almost stale, acrid, and diabetic, nowhere did it show me american pale ale, and certainly nowhere did it show me spruce. an utter letdown, but honestly a pretty bad beer. not sure if we got this old or what, but it wasnt happening. golden in color and plenty heady, but thats where it starts going south. floor cleaner and cheap honey, some acid out of nowhere, and an overall messy flavor that doesnt even seem like it could have come from these guys. they are always out there and weird, and they arent all good, but this might be the first from them that was actually bad. an utter failure...

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Photo of woodychandler
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

After yesterday's brief detour onto The CANQuest (tm), I am right back at winnowing down the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I put this one aside for a Friday & then kept getting sidetracked until today, Black Friday, 25 Nov 2016! I am very excited to drink this one and what I have planned to follow it. If you have been paying attention, many recent beers of mine have been themed - brewery, style, something. The theme here is flannel, since this beer is an homage to the outfit of choice for many of my fellow Pennsylvanians. Or should I say, Pennsyltuckians?

From the bottle: "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."

I just love Pop!ping the cap on an absolutely fresh bottle of beer! I was pretty vigorous with my pour and I got two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head for my efforts. I may come to regret that decision since its fantastic retention was keeping me from drinking the beer. On the flip side, the sticky lacing that was beginning to form was nothing less than phenomenal! Nose was so filled with "resinous conifer notes" that I was reminded of going hunting as a lad with my uncle, out of his hunting cabin in Potter County. I have some time to kill awaiting the demise of the head, so I will take the opportunity to tell you about PA's Northern Tier:, the eight (8) counties from west to east, encompassing Erie, Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna & Wayne that form our border with New York state. These, along with Elk, Cameron & Clearfield are where many people have hunting cabins and which caused Henry Rollins to refer to us as "survivalists". The movie "The Road" was filmed up that way during the winter, since that is how many imagine the post-apocalyptic Earth to look like. Ha! Back to the beer. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with PA-quality clarity. We like clarity in our beers here, just as they do in Nebraska. Mouthfeel was big, full & creamy! A dollop of pine and spruce ice cream on my tongue! Bump all the other verbiage, just think resinous, fresh, green, conifer, spruce and you will get the idea. This was a Christmas tree in a bottle! Man, it was superbly tasty. It was very evocative of going out and cutting down our own tree from a strand of them. Finish was dry, but minty, not at all bitter. You gotta try this!

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of cream colored head.

S: Medicinal notes,

T: Follows the nose, also a little grassyness & dryness, plus some lime zest. Spruce tips, a little pear & honey, plus more pine as this warms. Finishes dry, piney, sprucey with a little peat & just a touch of cinnamon

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, nice balance

Nice effort, very drinkable. I love the spruce aspects of this beauty

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear as glass amber beer with a big off-white head that persisted as a cap until the end. Aromas of pine with sweet citric undertones. Tastes of clean sweet malt grains share the ride with a wonderful pine and caramel resin in this hoppy ale. Smooth, fairly light bodied, ample carbonation, and a great aftertaste. Only problem is, there is nothing "American pale ale" about this - both the hop presentation and abv speak more to the IPA style than anything else, so I accounted for that in the overall aspect of my review. Otherwise, whatta great beer!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 10/16/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big spruce, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, bread, herbal, wood, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, spruce tips, and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big spruce, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, bread, herbal, wood, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/woody/piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of spruce, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange peel, pine, light caramel, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, spruce tips, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Nice moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial pale ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, spruce tips, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is nuts.

It smells like a freakin Christmas tree! I poured it, left the room, came back and thought I was in a pine forrest. It is that pungent.

Like most Dogfish Head, this beer defies a category. It is sweeter than an IPA, more piney/bitter than a standard red and certainly more floral and fragrant than...well, anything.

It is a fun beer for the season. Carmel malts, brown sugar and spices are heavy on the front end. The piney bitterness and spruce nose kick you in the palate on the finish. This is a complex brew!

It is worth a shot if you like something different and out-of-the-ordinary. It is certainly unique. For the season, I love it. But I am certain this one isn't for everyone.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I expected to get smacked in the face with pine, but was pleasantly surprised that it melded nicely with the beer overall. I'll get it again for sure.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear coppery color with off-white colored head. Grass, citrus, spruce, and some cereal on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with spruce and grass flavors.

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Photo of Ob512316
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

120z bottle poured into glass.
Look: Amber with a medium white head that lasts. The color does not change in the light
Smell: floral and citrus notes. More sprucey than any thing.
Taste: very woody tasting at first. The pine notes stand out, then grass, and then grapefruit. Sweet malts at the end.
Feel: this beer hides alcohol well. It does not burn.
Overall: Loving the Pennsylvanian hops. Great example of an IPA

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
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 oberon
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer could also be called the northern Michigan tuxedo....Pours into a standard pint a rich amber color with a thinner but well sustained off white head atop.Aromas were lighter with leafy/grassy hops coming thru mainly with a slight caramel note as well.Big spruce flavor on the palate,almost medicinal with a touch of citrus in the back end,not sure if I'am really into the big spruce flavor.I was thinking I would like this more,I have enjoyed other spruce tip infused beers but this just kinda has an off putting lingering finish.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brianf29
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of npala86
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchipper
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to nonic pint.
Foam is amazingly uniform tiny bubbles. Really good to look at. Dark amber liquid anchors this foam. Head lasts about 5 minutes.
Smell, in one word- Spruce, or did the bottle make me say that? No it didn't, for whatever reason I am pretty familiar with spruce sap, and that is it.
Taste almost too much spruce, but not ridiculous.
I don't mind this beer. As someone else said, I think its exactly what the brewer intended. I don't like most of Sam's "experiments" but I love to see him try. This ones not too bad, though I would not seek it out. If someone bought it for me, I would enjoy it. The Wool-rich tie-in is kind of neat, though I know $ is the motivation on both sides. Never heard the term PA tuxedo, so it got a little chuckle from me.

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Photo of Brianw1985
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Madschwaper
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a dusting of an off-white head that leaves lacing down the glass.
The aroma is pine, citrus, and biscuit.
Taste is juicy sprucey, piney and orange. Almost puckering with a lingering resinous bite. As it warms, a bit of sweet basil.
Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky.
Tasty brew,

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Photo of heddar33
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warnerry
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours clear reddish gold with a medium creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet biscuit malt with lots of spicy perfumey spruce.

The flavor is sweet sugary bready malts with a ton of bitter floral spruce and alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, the spruce is interesting but a bit too floral and the beer is a bit too sweet and alcoholic.

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

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Pennsylvania Tuxedo from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 720 ratings