Woolrich Pennsylvania Tuxedo
Review By Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier
The Woolrich Pennsylvania Tuxedo is a beautiful brew. The first thing you notice is its bright, copper color. The Tuxedo has a fluffy, three finger light tan head.
On the nose, the Woolrich Pennsylvania Tuxedo has powerful aromas of red grapefruit, pine sap, and white pepper. Once you take the first sip, you will instantly notice that hops are leading the charge, bringing hints of red grapefruit and pine sap. You can easily identify the Pennsylvania pine characteristics, as described on the bottle.
The finish is dry with hints of rosemary and a touch of ginger. The Woolrich Pennsylvania Tuxedo is a rich beer with a lot of complexities and interesting tasting notes, however it may be hard to drink more than just one in a single sitting. Learn more about Woolrich and Dogfish head below.
Tansey’s Blind Rating – 88 points
The Break Down
Beer Selection – Woolrich Pennsylvania Tuxedo
Style – Pale ale brewed with Pennsylvania pine sap
Producer – Dogfish Head
Region – Delaware, USA
Hops – Unknown
Malts – Unknown
Alcohol – 8.5%
IBU – 50
Food Pairing – Wild game meat, venison stew, smoked salmon.
The story of the Woolrich Pennsylvania Tuxedo
spruce-infused pale ale, the Woolrich Pennsylvania Tuxedo pays homage to the flannel-suited hunters and gatherers who dwell deep in the backcountry of north-central PA.
Brewed in collaboration with family-run outdoor clothing company Woolrich, Pennsylvania Tuxedo is a sessionable concoction with a grassy citrus kick complemented by the resinous conifer notes of fresh green spruce tips. We went into the forests of north-central Pennsylvania and Georgetown, Del., to pick these fresh tips ourselves.
A dry yet doughy malt backbone lets the hops and spruce shine while still balancing out the bitterness, making this one an easy sipper. https://www.dogfish.com/brewery/beer/pennsylvania-tuxedo
What is a Pale Ale?
Pale ale is ale made with pale malts versus darker brown and roasted malts, and they have more citrusy hops that give the beer more floral and tropical characteristics. Browner ales tend to be sweeter with caramel and molasses-like characteristics and woody undertones, but pale ales are more bitter and citrusy, with tropical melon and yeasty undertones. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier