Penn / Church Brew / Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh / The Brew Gentlemen Fakin’ the Funk

RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 2.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Collaboration between Nick Rosich and Dave Cerminara (Penn Brewery), Justin Viale (Church Brew Works), Jake Lyons (Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh) and Asa Foster (The Brew Gentlemen) for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week.

American Wild, brewed with a variety of malts, Willamette hops, and French oak chips.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (3046) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Draft at Moriartys. Dark clear orange copper pour with a tight off-white foamy head. Malty dark red fruits with a touch of funky sour. Taste is much "cleaner" (read less body, less funk) than most Flemish Reds but it otherwise works in that category. Richer fruit flavors than expected. Pomegranate. Dark purple plums/prunes. Concord grapes. Dried blueberries. Cherry cordials. Some minor dark chocolate and liquorice notes play along. Much better than expected. Missing gravitas, but nicely complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2013
had on tap at blue dust during 2013 PCBW. Pour is transparent copper with tight bubbled light tan head. Nose has a lot of spicy rye, light sour note, a bit vegetal, notes of grain behind and some dark berry very light. Taste has rye up front, a fair amount of grain and light dough. A bit stronger cherry note, faint touch of sour. Body is light, softly carbonated, a touch syrupy in the feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
j12601 (10089) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Had this at Where The Wild Beers Are. Pours a clear brown amber with a thin white head. Licorice, roast, toffee and old chocolate. Tastes like old flat chocolate wine. Faint acid, funky cheese. Light cocoa. Old chocolate, light acid. Weird, finishing with some lingering plastic tones.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jredmond (8049) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Bottle sampled at WtWBA Brooklyn 2013. Pours an amber body with thin lacing. Aroma is grain and malt, overall pretty muted. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of crackery grains, caramel malts, and a light fruitiness in the finish. Overall, not sour or tart, or remotely funky. Yo, Penn’s Fakin the Funk.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2013
On tap at Piper’s. Light woody tart nose and not much else. Coppery amber clear with lacing head. Medium body with medium-light carbonation. Watery tart with mild woody notes and medium acidity. Dry nutty finish with dry after.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Amber pour on draft. Hardly had any aroma, light body, thin feel, lively co2, Like Cheap said before me, definitely a tart flavor of fruity hops, and sour tart finish. Clean crisp brew, overall decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cheap (5704) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Impressed with a mug of this on tap at the bocktown. barely any aroma, but what exists is a little metallic. Slightly darker than pale ale. A little more brown. Has some tartness in it fer sure. Leather at times. good co2. there is a slight bitterness that develops as the session continues. quite tasty fer sure, easy to like. enjoyed this brew and the finish was quite acceptable as well. good overall regional rate beer experience.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mtbackma (7) - - MAY 3, 2013 does not count
Tasted at Birmingham bridge tavern on draft. Low aroma, low head but creamt white. Cherries, dates in flavor. Slight sour aftertaste, could be stronger to be much better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (13300) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Draft at Bocktown - Robinson. Pours a clear dark red color with a medium sized creamy head. Good head retention. Aroma of tart berries, citrus, caramel. The taste is caramel, cranberries, plum, very faint chocolate. Medium bodied. Pretty much seems like a fruit beer to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1546) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2013
Draft at Penn brew. Notes. Amber color. Medium head. Aromas of green apple, sweet molasses. Medium sweetness. Average carbonation. Light sour notes towards finish. Decent stuff.

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