Steph’s New Brew Review: Pennsylvania Tuxedo

Steph’s New Brew Review: Pennsylvania Tuxedo

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Pennsylvania Tuxedo, an 8.5% ABV Pale Ale with Pennsylvania Spruce Tips

Appearance Golden amber color with a long-lasting off-white head.
Aroma Earthy, piney aromas with hint of citrus.
Taste Spruce is prominent with hints of citrus, bready malt, and juniper.
Mouthfeel Bright carbonation, medium-bodied.
Overall Unique, delightful, and tasty.

As many Pennsylvanians may (or may not) know, the “Pennsylvania Tuxedo” is the nickname for the red and black hunting outfits popularized by Woolrich, The Original Outdoor Clothing Company, since the late 1800’s.

Pennsylvania Tuxedo is also a pale ale brewed with spruce tips from Dogfish Head Brewery. The beer was brewed in collaboration with Woolrich, the family-owned outdoor clothing company based in Woolrich, Pennsylvania and “pays homage to the flannel-suited hunters and gatherers who dwell deep in the backcountry of north-central PA.”

According to Sam Calagione in an interview with philly.com, the inspiration behind the brew was diary entries written by Woolrich founder John Rich’s in the 1840s. Rich claims to have nearly died after falling off rafters during a barn raising because he drank too much of his home-brewed spruce beer.

Pennsylvania Tuxedo combines a grassy citrus kick with the resinous pine notes of fresh green spruce tips, which were picked from forests of north-central Pennsylvania and Georgetown, Delaware. The dry, malt backbone bring the hop and spruce note to the forefront, while balancing the bitterness.

This year marks the first time Pennsylvania Tuxedo is available outside Dogfish Head’s brewpub in Rehoboth, Delaware. The beer is available on tap and in bottles in 31 states across the country.

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