Yesterday, my sister and I went into Philadelphia for the day. We started the day at Reading Terminal Market, which being a foodie, was right up my alley. I’ve been there before, but this was before I really cooked a lot. We got a few spices that I had been looking for, picked up some awesome looking chicken sausages and ended our visit there at their beer garden. They actually had a few local beers on tap. But, since I was thirsty, I went for my old standby, Victory Hop Devil. We then made our way to McGillin’s Ale House, just by chance. I paired this beer with their Old Bay fries, which by the way, were outstanding.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to McGillin’s website, “Shortly after the Liberty Bell cracked and long before ground was broken for City Hall, McGillin’s Olde Ale House threw open its doors. Its beer taps have been flowing since 1860 — making it the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia. McGillin’s has outlasted Strawbridge’s, the Civil War and even Prohibition. McGillin’s celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010.”
Random: I think I would try anything if there was Old Bay seasoning on it.
I chose this beer as it is the beer specifically brewed for the bar. You know, the whole “when in Rome…” thing. This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that left some lacing on the glass. Since the bar was pretty dark, what I could see of the beer looked like a clear orange color, but I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose was definitely subtle grapefruit, but I really had to search for it. The taste had a bit more thickness than I expected. It also presented with more carbonation. I got a lot of grapefruit with some malt sweetness to back it up. But, this wasn’t a hop bomb by anyone’s standard. It was well-balanced with the sweetness. After a few sips, I also got some floral notes. I would have thought that this was an English IPA, but after some research, I found that I was wrong. I would assume that this is a pretty low alcohol brew (5-6%), but I can’t find anything online to confirm that. This is a brew that goes down easily with a slightly bitter finish. It was also served in a nonic, which gives a beer instant sexiness to me. I would have this again.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0