On-tap, Sansom Oyster House, Philadelphia.
Absolutely crystal clear appearance, to the point of being clinical, golden, pale yellow color, small tight head with a minimal amount of lacing.
Hops dominate the smell, and I certainly agree that there is a pepper/spice/herbal note to them.
Some creaminess in the mouthfeel.
It drinks exactly as you would expect. Clean, bitter, hoppy and peppered. Some Saaz like bitterness in the finish and aftertaste too.
Good thirst quenching characteristics, but not eye-catching rather just a very solid example of the style. Often quoted as the quintessential example of an American version of the style, it’s hard to argue with that opinion.