This past weekend we had the pleasure of meeting two local Philadelphia Twitter beer geeks, Kelly and Brendan at Craft Ale House. We wanted to do a group tasting and put it into review. We all agreed upon the Rye IPA at 7.2% ABV by the very local Dock Street Brewing Company out of West Philadelphia.
I’m going to lay out this review a bit differently since we’ve got different thoughts on the look, smell and taste from four different people. We all consumed this brew from a 12 oz standard pint glass on draught.
- Shane – Look: Amber-red, semi-cloudy with an off-white tiny head. Smell: Sweet caramel malt up front, followed by a crisp and dry hoppyness, lingering sticky caramel flavor with some floral hop notes in the backbone and finish.
- Nick – Look: Sunset amber. Smell: Grassy hops. Taste: Sharp and bitter hops
- Kelly – Look: Amber. Smell: Dry hops. Taste: “All it is for me is bitter,” hints of lemon citrus at the finish. Agreed with Shane about the sticky caramel flavor, too.
- Brendan – Look: Dark amber-red. Smell: Crushed up hops, nice and bitter. Taste: Good balance, borderline bitter.
As you can see, everyone had a bit of a different taste, and that’s okay. Realizing everyone has a different palate is key and being honest with your smell and taste, is the essence to a good review. I wanted everyone to be honest and Kelly opened up and said she tasted lemon citrus. I asked everyone to give it a rating according to the scale we use at Passion Beer and here were the results:
- Shane – Overall: 7/10
- Nick – Overall: 7.5/10
- Kelly – Overall: 7/10
- Brendan – Overall: 6.5/10
So, there you have it. Four different opinions on the same beer. I want to say a big “Thanks!” to both Kelly and Brendan for stopping out and having a tasting with us. We’d love to do this again, so if you’re in the Philadelphia area – let us know! And remember, we buy the round!
Title photo from: University City
Shane Holland is the Editor-in-Chief for Passion Beer.
He is a self-proclaimed craft beer geek and an all around lovable dork. He loves homebrewing, everything Philadelphia, traveling and enjoying the pleasures of life.