Penn Rye IPA
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Andy and Nick have also been busy creating some special new beers for Penn’s “Brewmaster’s Choice” series for fall. Andy’s harvest rye IPA is slated to debut on October 2. “Our rye IPA will be brewed with a blend of rye and two-row barley Pilsen malts,” says Andy. “This red ale will feature a malty balance with a pronounced hop bitterness and aroma,” he adds. The limited-edition seasonal ale will be available on draft at Penn Brewery and other select bars and restaurants around town.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (6325) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
This poured a medium amber color with a white head. Aroma was herbal and spicey hops, light rye and some caramel malt. Flavor was light spicey and herbal, not very juicy or fruity, and some cracker notes. Somewhat boring, but nothing bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1551) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2011
"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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
matthewjk (1069) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (3235) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1549) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2011
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.

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