Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo

Posted: February 23, 2016 in American Pale Ale, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Reviews

This beer is one that everyone has been reviewing and the blog reviews are very mixed. I tend to love beers with spruce or juniper notes, so hopefully it’s a good one.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A spruce-infused pale ale, Pennsylvania Tuxedo pays homage to the flannel-suited hunters and gatherers who dwell deep in the backcountry of north-central PA. Brewed in collaboration with family-run outdoor clothing company Woolrich, Pennsylvania Tuxedo is a sessionable concoction with a grassy citrus kick complemented by the resinous conifer notes of fresh green spruce tips. We went into the forests of north-central Pennsylvania and Georgetown, Del., to pick these fresh tips ourselves. A dry yet doughy malt backbone lets the hops and spruce shine while still balancing out the bitterness, making this one an easy sipper.”

Random: I’m sorry, but how is 8.5% ABV sessionable?

This beer poured with a three finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was clear and the color of maple syrup. It had light carbonation visible. The nose was potent. It had a lot of hops and pine notes, but not spruce tips. Some citrus came through too and it was really hoppy. The taste had the spruce tips that I was missing in the nose and they dominated the flavor. It bordered on being a bit too much. The pine hops and citrus came through, but were mild in comparison to the spruce. Bready and lightly toasted malt was at the end of the sip. As I find with most beers from Dogfish Head, the booze was hidden. The beer drank with a very heavy body for the style, and the spruce flavor increased that feeling. It had the same light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with spruce tips and toasted malt. It was $2.42 for a bottle ($.20 per ounce). This beer was definitely interesting and I liked the addition of the spruce tips, but it needed to be dialed down a touch to be an outstanding beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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