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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
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From Pennsylvania - "Keystone of the Nation" - comes a truly classic American pale ale with a robust flavor. Brewed with a combination of delicious hops and lightly toasted malts, this amber brew will have you singing the virtues of liberty and independence.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8012) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Draft with a bottle chilling. Pours dark straw with white head. Nose is lemongrassy hops, pale malt with some slight fruit and peppery notes. Tastes pale malty, with slight caro syrupy hints, decent citric hops, mild florals and peppery notes, and a smooth finish.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2011
In short: A acidic pale ale with many problems.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh a few weeks after purchase somewhere in PA
The look: Partially cloudy golden body topped by a medium off-white head with good retention
In long: Smooth nose of citrusy hops over soft bready cereals. Taste is a bit weird. There is a smooth chewy bready malt backbone but then there is something terribly acrid in the taste along with some band-aids. Citrusy hops are overwhelmed by this acidic and plastic flavor that I have a hard time to put into words. It even felt salty and was unpleasantly very astringent. Finish was more acidic than bitter. Not sure what to make of this one. It didnít tastee infected or anything, just totally wrong. This was a terrible beer. But remember, when you get a bad bottle like this one it is easy to put the blame on the poor hard-working brewer. And thatís no reason to stop.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5385) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
[Draft @ EB&B] Amber with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, toast, and citrus. Taste of pine, citrus, toffee, grass, and light grapefruit in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5224) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Clear orangey copper, with a frothy beige head. Smells like a nice mix of citrus, pine, a touch of honey, and brown sugar. Flavor is a nice mix of piney hop bitterness and smooth, sweet, toasty malty. Pretty simple, but tasty.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5069) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle. American hops dominate the nose, citrus and some classic PNW tones though a little queasy. Hazy orange-amber pour with a foamy beige head. Taste only lightly sweet with some rindy, astringent bitterness (medium), an thereís some scratchy yeast way at the bottom that might indicate the primitive stages of an infection, but regardless, the malt is thin and the crystal unrounded. Like the extra warmth from the increased abv but the gritty mouthfeel detracts.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5063) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear light copper body with a large frothy off-white head that took for ever to settle. Head like this makes me hope thereís not an infection. The nose seems OK though, some light citrusy hops over a slightly sweet and toasty caramel malt base. The flavor is pretty unexciting, lightly bitter citrusy hops with a toasty malt base. A little sweetness, but itís pretty well kept in check. Finishes with some minimal bitterness and some husky grain. Light bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. About what Iíve come to expect for the style, rather bland and boring.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2010
Draught at TJís: Aroma of hops, citrus, pine, and slight grapefruit. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, light resin, rye, and Amarillo hops. Medium body. Slightly tingly texture. Average carbonation. Medium bitter hop and rye finish. Surprisingly good for PBC.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4524) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Tap at Opening Tap, PBW2010. Pours a golden amber with a medium white head that laced.. Aroma of pine, floral notes and citrus. Flavor was getting the same hop provile with some caramel malt.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheap (4172) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2011 From a bottle. Smells almost like an IPA with its floral sweet hops. I must say tho, it does smell quite attractive. Looks pale yellow a little darker than a lager. No head and very little indication of CO2. Yes, quite bitter on the tongue, too. It definately borders on IPA territory. Even tho there is no indication of CO2 visibly, it has a decent amount of it, something that many IPA do not. Long bitter IPA linger. Mouth coating chewing on grapefruit green rinds. Oh yes, lasting long bitter finish. I know this is listed as an APA but I bet a few of you would call this an IPA. Number shnged from 1.9 to 2.2 in 2011 when I had it from a draft.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4168) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2010
12 oz bottle from Oak Tree. Poured a clear slightly thin orange body with large clinging carbonation and an average sized foamy white head. Original aroma is orange marmalade covered toast and fresh cut grass but upon closer inspection a vegtable soup aroma is easily detected. Palate is fuller then I was expecting with a full mouthfeel and linely carbonation followed by a medium duration bitter aftertaste. Flavor of citrus rind, toast crusts and amber malts. Except for the touch of vegtable aroma this is a solid beer.


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