ABV: Gen Braddock’s IPA // Brew Gentlemen’s flagship stays the course

Many words of praise have been written about the smooth, soft and steady General Braddock’s IPA at Brew Gentlemen in Braddock. Here are ours.

by Aadam Soorma
May 28, 2020

UPDATE: One year to the date from when we tipped our hat to General Braddock’s IPA, the Brew Gentlemen team dropped their first batch of cans – and the General is looking sleek (and slim).

ABV is our weekly series that highlights a different beer from a local Pittsburgh brewery every week. Check out our past picks here.

What some call ‘routine,’ others might refer to as a ‘mainstay’ or a ‘pillar’ of day-to-day life.

Today’s edition of ABV is a shoutout to the romance of clockwork regularity; a hat tip to the creatures of habit among us. The steadiest of steady.

The beer we are choosing to spotlight this week is damn near ALWAYS available at Brew Gentlemen and it is called General Braddock’s IPA.

If you haven’t already, we highly recommend giving it a try.


ABV, volume XVII

General Braddock’s IPA – available at Brew Gentlemen

Beer Name: General Braddock’s IPA

Style / ABV:  American IPA, 6.8% ABV

Photo credit: Untappd.

Why we recommend it: Brew Gentlemen has built a loyal following around its flagship IPA. They say it’s “soft, balanced and elegant” and they’re spot-on. For folks who remember BG’s first forays into craft beer, they’ve been holding steady – five years and counting – with General Braddock’s IPA.

A hazy, orange-yellow body with a fluffy white head, this beer is a polished, refined New England Style IPA, or NEIPA. You can expect to taste ALL the floral and tropical notes – orange rind, grapefruit flesh, tangerines and clementines, with subtle hints of pineapple, apricot and mango – as you make your way through the glass.

It finishes dry and leaves you wanting a second, or third, pour.

When is it available: As mentioned earlier, General Braddock’s IPA is BG’s flagship beer. You can expect to get it on draft at their taproom year-round.


Honorable Mention Beer: If you’re able to make it out to Braddock fairly soon, try their Vor five, which celebrates Brew Gentlemen’s fifth anniversary. It’s an imperial porter aged in bourbon barrels and it’s available on-site in a 6-oz pour.

Just a heads up, V, or five, is a heavy hitter (weighing in at 10% ABV) and is currently the strongest beer on the brewery’s taplist.


Visiting Brew Gentlemen

First Time Visitor?

Parking: BG’s free parking lot is unmistakably marked by, you guessed it: General Braddock’s IPA.

The flagship beer and its accompanying logo are emblazoned on the side of the brewery. You literally can’t miss it as you approach Brew Gentlemen along Braddock Avenue, where it intersects with Fifth Street. (see header image)

Public Transit to Brew Gentlemen

Bus: Take the 61A or the 61B. Pickup and drop-off are within one block of the brewery.


Brew Gentlemen is open Wednesday through Sunday every week. It offers a fantastic rotation of food trucks during those days. Visit the food section of Brew Gentlemen’s website for their weekly mobile food lineup.

Brew Gentlemen
Getting there
512 Braddock Ave, Braddock, PA 15104, USA
Mon-Wed Closed
Thu-Fri 4–9pm
Sat 12–9pm
Sun 12–5pm
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This story was originally published on May 28, 2019, and has been updated. 

In 2012, Aadam moved to Pittsburgh. He's currently parked (sans chair) in Lawrenceville and plans to stay a while. On the weekends, you'll find him driving a small green bus (Porter Tours) as he leads tours at local breweries. Got a fun story idea? DMs are open: @asoorma.

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