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Pennsylvania Tuxedo | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good
97 Reviews
Pennsylvania TuxedoPennsylvania Tuxedo
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Slatetank on 06-23-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
351
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
20.41%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 351
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -22.7%
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 superspak
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | 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 woodchipper
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Madschwaper
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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 warnerry
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of juicebox
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours amber orange with a lot of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: An earthy and juicy aroma with a big scent of spruce, pine, and citrus. Upfront presence of spruce tips giving hints of pine resin and wood. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and lemon zest. Also some mint like hints. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Pale malt with hints of grains, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and juicy IPA like taste with notes of spruce, pine, and citrus. Big presence of the spruce tips upfront with some pine resin, wood, and mint notes. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. Some grassy hops as well. Pale malt with notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Nicely oily and juicy. Alcohol is masked well.

Overall: A very good spin on a Pale Ale. The spruce adds some nice piney flavor along with the citrus and caramel.

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Photo of briandaube
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer21
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cmwilliq
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nuebs
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BamfBacon
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of secondtooth
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clean amber, with a solid head of off-white suds and a fair wall of lace.

Aroma: Caramel malts, some citrus hops, and a subtle touch of pine-spruce. Nice.

Taste: Nice and hoppy, but with the spruce tips there’s a warmth that’s unique and plays well against the hops. It’s a striking balance here, with the pine and hops working in tandem. This isn’t an over-the-top beer, but a wonderful melange of unexpected flavors. And the alcohol isn’t too “hot”, either. Delicious.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The PA Tuxedo was a good beer.....brewed with spruce tips. It poured a copper clear with no head and no lace. The scent and taste was dominated by pine/spruce. The mouthfeel was lighter in body and had decent carbonation. This beer had good flavor and I am on the fence as to whether its sessionable. Definitely worth a try.

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Pennsylvania Tuxedo from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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