DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’ve been nothing but disappointed with Penn since their reopening and subsequent old man ass whooping, but I couldn’t resist buying this to give me some small connection to the motherland of Steel City. Anyway, hopefully this will change my view.
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Clear, deep orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a large ring of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Quite a peculiar, but welcoming nose. Spicy and herbal hops with hints of citrus. The rye opens up as it warms to add the signature "spicy earthiness." Caramel malts and neutral malt sweetness add good balance. Whether from the rye or the hops, it almost seems like there are some pumpkin spices, along the lines of cinnamon and nutmeg, in here.
3.0 T: Despite what the nose suggested, the taste falls flat. The spiciness, the hops, and especially the malts are subdued. Moderate bitterness with just a touch of spicy and earthy hop flavor. The rye gets lost under the bitterness. The malts aren’t as sweet as I thought they would be and the balance is lost.
3.0 M: Medium body. A bit too much carbonation and a bit too chewy, especially for the body. Finally, the finish leaves a drying bitterness.
3.0 D: Again Penn lets me down. They need to stop beating up old men and brewing these experimental disasters and get back to basics - stellar German beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-03-2011 00:40:33
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy at Andy’s New Years Eve party/tasting/Fluxx tournament. Pours a clear orange tinged dark amber with a medium sized wheat to beige head. Soft hops and earthy rye, light citrus. Medium bodied, earthy rye and grain. Light bitterness on the finish, good malty backbone. Easy drinking.
Tmoney99 (12725) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured clear brown color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lated with fair lacing. Moderate toasted rye and sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.
dpjuart (1093) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Coney. Pours red with akindle chocolatey brown center. White, frothy head with great lacing. Cream soda nose with caramel and spicy rye notes. Caramel with rye dryness and solid bitterness. Nice rye dryness
lamas (1526) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Penn Harvest RyePA" draft at Sharp Edge Brasserie, McMurray, PA on 11/18/11. Came to the table a clear reddish amber color with a thick beige head. A pleasant aroma of spicy rye, pine, grapefruits, caramel, and an ample roasted maltiness. Went down relatively medium-bodied. No surprises taste-wise - lots of caramel and big roasted malty qualities upfront. Spicy rye and grapefruits at the end. Well-balanced, pleasant, and drinkable.
matthewjk (1021) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
First try from Penn Brewing - poured from 22oz bottle - I like beers made with rye and I have tried some good ones--this one is average. Fantastic ruddy appearance; sticky lacing; little on the bitter side. Balanced? Maybe, but I would like a little more malt in there to balance out the rye that can desiccate your mouth. Full, creamy texture. Not bad.
LinusStick (3072) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An average rye pale ale. Aroma was dank and stale hops with a little roasted malt. Pour was a nice murky dirty amber with lots of rising bubbles and a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was usual rye ale. Slight and distant spiciness from the rye which is quickly overpowered by earthy hops and a slight roasted malt. Dusty aftertaste. Nice carbonation.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish brown, beige cover. Aroma is lots of C-hops, some spicy, grapefruit tones, then lots of peppery rye malt. Taste is similar, the rye seems to dominate at first, but then the bittering hops power through at the end. In my opinion, it is too much of either the rye or the hops. I would prefer to see one toned back and not clash as much with the other.
kassner (1468) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
ON Tap at 3 Sons. Very nice beer. Wonder why it took Penn so long to make one. Amber color, very nice head, full IPA impact with that spicy effect from Rye.
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Mad Mex, McKnight Rd. Medium hop aroma, herbal, and lightly spicy. Sweet roasted character, light grainy notes but can’t detect a lot of rye in the nose. Deep brown-amber clear with thin creamy lacing off-white head. Medium body and carbonation. Starts with medium roasty sweet flavor with brown sugar, fresh hops, and light rye spiciness. Light bitter character that becomes more pronounced towards the finish. Gets drier, too. Spicy hop notes and dry bitter after.