Tasting: July 15, 2012
Another beer from my stop at Stoudts Brewery. This time a brew made for McGillin’s Olde Ale House of Philadelphia. This tavern was opened the year Lincoln was elected president in 1860 (hence the name). According to their website, it is the oldest “continuously operating tavern” in Philadelphia. City Tavern, also of Philadelphia, claims 1773 as their first year of operation. However, the building that housed that tavern was demolished in favor of brownstone stores in 1854 (some things never change do they?). I’ll assume that the name City Tavern was re-kindled at a later date, yet they’ve held onto the founding date. The oldest tavern in America? Well, according to multiple websites, that honor goes to White Horse Tavern in Newport, RI — circa 1673. Here again, many argue that it may not have been a tavern when it first opened and may not be worthy of holding that title.
the tavern marked its 150th Anniversary (in 2010) with the launch of its own beer, called McGillin’s 1860 IPA. It is made by Stoudts Brewing, brewer of the tavern’s two house beers: McGillin’s Real Ale and McGillin’s Genuine Lager. McGillin’s 1860 IPA, is unfiltered, as it would have been in the 1800s, and is made from a secret recipe with multiple hop varieties including centennial and amarillo. A crisp hop flavor and aroma with a slight maltness and medium body round off this quaffable ale.
Stoudts 1860 IPA
Although the IPA is unfiltered as it would have been in 1860, I suspect that this isn’t an old recipe since the hops they’ve used weren’t developed until one hundred years after the tavern’s opening. Both hops described are moderate and are used as “aroma” type hops. So, I’ll expect only moderate to mild bitterness. Not all India Pale Ales (IPA’s) are big hopped — that’s really an American variation. English IPA’s were ales with elevated alcohol contents meant to survive the long trade shipments to India. This one has an ABV of 6%.
Ever so subtle nose. First sip is of biscuit malts and a mellow herbal/grassy hop. As expected only moderate bitterness. A little fizzy and a little funky finish as the hop flavor bombards a mustiness moments after I swallow. It’s okay, certainly not memorable and I’ll put it at an 83.