On tap at Beef Trust, Carton’s highly exulted Regular Coffee Imperial Cream Ale gets soaked on Irish wood and given a peppermint twist. Creamy milk-sugared coffee frontage picks up sweet vanilla-chocolate tones, wispy green creme de menthe freshener and distant cappuccino, caramel latte and espresso macchiato snips. A richly fulfilling dessert treat.
Definitive old school wood-aged Newark IPA recipe utilized for cream ale malt bill and swampy Bullion hop oiling. Oaken-whiskeyed vanilla tannins subtly ascend above sharp orange-peeled yellow grapefruit tanginess, dainty spice tingle and mild phenol bittering.
Robust dark-roast chocolate malting upends wood-dampened hop char dried out by raw molasses bittering. Oncoming black coffee sway picks up singed walnut tinge. For bold thirsts only.
Perfectly centrist moderate-medium body unites piney tropical fruiting with creamy cereal-grained barley malting. Resinous pine-lacquered grassy hop astringency contrastingly lingers alongside juicy pineapple, peach, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, mango and clementine tang. Slight alcohol burn exists at zesty citrus-candied finish.
Complex pinot noir-influenced winter ale. Creamily caramelized toffee and brown chocolate sugaring receives affable dried fruiting contrasted quickly by sour purple grape tannins. Burgundy-licked raisin, fig and prune tartness sweetens over toasted barley malts, leaving prickly noir traces on the back of the tongue. A tad thin stylistically, yet wholly festive.
Crystalline Maine water provides brisk crisping to fruitful gold-cleared moderate-to-medium body. Vibrant floral-daubed pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, pineapple and mango tanginess gains mild orange-candied lemondrop tartness and spicy respite to contrast resinous piney hop oiling and earthy herb-nipped cannabis dankness. Delicately creamed orange marmalade froth tickles the tongue up-front while its dough-sugared barley-wheat spine pleasantly sweetens the backend. A soft, cushiony splendor.
“Sublimely intense” moderate-medium body overwhelms advertised blackberry tartness with sharp orange rind, grapefruit and pineapple tang that’s embittered by herbaceous dry-hopped astringency and refreshingly coniferous earthen musk. Sweet peach, mango and tangerine illusions fill out the backdrop nicely.
On tap at Beef Trust, sharp IPA fruiting rides above salty peanut-floured boysenberry adjunct, leaving minor lactose acidity in its wake. Recalling a PB&J sandwich when the nutty resonance upstages the raspy boysenberry tartness as well as pureed blackberry-cherry subsidiary, this slightly askew eccentricity may intrigue the esoteric lunchtime crowd with its unique blend.
Adequate American IPA/ Belgian wit mix nearly lost in nebulous phenolic blur as bubbly lemon-spiced fizziness riddles herbal perfumed floral whim above frail white bread spine. Carbolic citric finish gets a tad soapy, but there’s enough hop resin to reinforce its brisk lemony orange tang.
Crisply dry Vienna-malted Mexican-styled lager brings salted agave-limed adjunct to cologne-perfumed lemon zest and mandarin orange tartness. Ginger-leafed freshness stays below surface.
On tap at Bronx Alehouse, ‘super clean’ extra dry Berliner Weiss lets casual lemon acidity spread across all-too-subtle kiwi, strawberry and blackberry tartness to lightly vinous finish. A bit unassuming, but fine for lighter sour ale imbibers.
Pervasive eye-squinting white grape vinegaring, salty lemon liming and mild gooseberry tartness receive tartly kettle-soured lactobacillus yeast to further desiccate the front end of moderate Berliner Weiss. Beneath the surface, acidulated malts increase lactic thrust. Tertiary lime zest, green apple and melon rind illusions whir.