Pennsylvania Brewing Company - Overlook IPA

Pennsylvania Brewing Company - Overlook IPA

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Pennsylvania Brewing Company - Overlook IPA

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  • Suggested Glassware:

    Pint Glass or Mug
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    2 Row Pale, Caramel, Biscuit, Vienna
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A new spring seasonal, Overlook IPA pours a golden copper color with a bright cap of foam that leaves nice lacing as you drain your glass. On the nose, expect sweet malty aromas overlaid by hop notes offering up lightly fruity, herbal, and spicy tones, with a bit of a woody, earthy impression. We found the beer quite bright and forthright in the mouth as the pure Zeus hops come through resinous, herbal, and somewhat spicy, with a bit of citrus as it warms. The malt backbone provides tasty light caramel and toasty notes. In addition to its attractive aroma profile, Zeus, which is closely related (some say identical) to Columbus and Tomahawk, is an awesome bittering hop, with alpha acid levels often as high as 17%. It’s no surprise then that Penn has amped this IPA up to 70 IBUs, with the bitterness taking hold early and continuing to cling to the palate through the finish and into the fade. An excellent pairing with fried calamari with mustard tartar sauce or a blue cheese chicken sandwich. Cheers!

Pennsylvania Brewing Company founder Tom Pastorius developed a taste for real, authentic beer during his service with the U.S. Army in Germany.  After coming back to the U.S. and earning a Master of Business Administration degree at Penn State University, he returned to Germany where he lived for some time in the ‘70s, incorporating beer into his diet just like the Germans for whom beer has been as much a staple as bread for hundreds of years.  Many an American has come home from living in Germany only to be sadly disappointed by the bland, poor quality, rice- and corn-laden products commonly referred to as “beer” here in the States, and that’s exactly what happened to Tom when he returned to the U.S. in 1981.  “Beer tastes better over there.  I just missed the beer…,” he recalls.

His thirst unsatisfied by the commercially available beer choices, and in need of work, Tom made the bold decision to start a brewery.  In 1986 he bought an abandoned brick and stone brewhouse for $225,000, and launched a laborious $4 million, 3-year restoration project on the nearly 150-year-old building.  Tom’s focus for the new-found Pennsylvania Brewing Company was to brew traditional, authentic German-style beers using German-sourced ingredients and equipment, and he’s been wildly successful.  These days he’s considered a true pioneer in the microbrewing revolution.

For more information about the brewery, scheduled tours, or their attached restaurant, call 412-237-9400, or visit their website at

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