This past Tuesday I was on my way home to Buffalo from a business trip to Chesapeake Bay, via the Philadelphia airport. The airline had switched my flight time from Baltimore to Philly to two hours earlier, and then once I got to Philly my next flight was delayed for another two or so hours.
Needless to say, I had some time to spare.
Luckily for me, I was in Philly Airport’s Terminal B, where there just so happens to be a Jet Rock Bar. Not just any Jet Rock Bar, mind you, but the best one in the whole place; 48 taps, fresh food (I drank my lunch, but whatever), tons of football coverage and surprisingly fast and friendly service.
Since I didn’t have a chance to pick up some local craft beer while I was on my trip (bad Hannah) I decided I simply had to treat myself to some PA beer while I was sitting around for hours, waiting for my flight.
Enter Dock Street Rye IPA, freshly brewed and on tap at Jet Rock. Just what I was looking for.
Appearance: Deep amber with a chilled haziness and a finger of cream-colored head.
Aroma: Citrus hops with a sweet malt backbone; caramel, I’d say. Rye spiciness also present here (go figure!).
Taste: I was surprised to read that many people on BeerAdvocate.com said they didn’t notice much flavor from the rye – I had a very different experience! On the front of the palate was pine and citrusy hops, followed by that sweet caramel malt I noticed in the aroma, and finishing with a lovely peppery spice that I truly attribute to the rye. Quite delicious. Another thing to note is that the 7.2% ABV was extremely well hidden. I didn’t notice any heavy alcohol flavor at all.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, almost to the point of chewy (in a delightful way – don’t be put off by this) with a fair amount of carbonation to keep it drinkable.
Overall: I was quite pleased with this little rye gem at Jet Rock. Thanks to Philly for making my travels that much more enjoyable! I’ll have to make sure I have connecting flights through there more often.
[techtags:BEER REVIEWS, RYE IPA, RYE BEER, DOCK STREET, JET ROCK, PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT]