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Beer #74 – March 18, 2010: McSorely’s Irish Pale Ale

March 19, 2010

Beer: McSorely’s Irish Pale Ale

Brewery: McSorely’s Brewery, Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Style: Irish Red Ale

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $7.99 / six-pack

Availability: Year Round

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 5.5% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: This is the first beer in this “Year of Beer” that I just honestly do not enjoy

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Clear deep red-copper with a foamy white head and audible fizz.

Aroma: Caramel corn

Mouthfeel: Thin and fizzy

Taste: Lightly sweet, followed by a very musty, slightly sour taste.  A mothball flavor comes through, followed by a mineral-like short, dry finish.

Pairing: None.

Trivia: Despite my thoughts on this particular beer that bears the McSorely’s name, McSorely’s Ale House in New York City is a true beer-drinker’s landmark.  Established in 1854 (and probably never dusted since), though it adds to the character), its patrons span American history from Abraham Lincoln to e e cummings to Woody Guthrie.  Bartenders serve up half-pint mugs of either “light” or “dark” ale, carrying nearly a dozen at a time to tables surrounding a pot-bellied stove and no TV’s in sight… an atmosphere not much different than that back in the 1800’s, other than the fact that there are now women patrons… only allowed entrance since 1970.


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