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Is this America’s first great ‘craft’ beer? Brewed since the 19th century, it’s not overly aggressive or too hop-forward, allowing a wider range of palates to explore. Like most modern IPA’s, juicy grapefruit-peeled orange, peach, mango, tangerine and pineapple tang contrasts crisp piney hop bittering. Further sweetness derived from almond, praline and pecan nuttiness as well as creamy crystal malting and honeyed cereal grain spine. Standing up to newer microbrew recipes without overstating its piney citric bittering, ale connoisseurs of …

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Outré Scotch-sweetened barrel aged wee heavy picks up yeast-thickened bourbon influence over brown-sugared caramel malting, bruised apple spicing, dry-hopped rye affluence and cocoa-sugared marzipan creaming. Dark-toasted oaken vanilla backdrop reinforces tertiary rum, brandy and sherry boozing.

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Sweet rum barrel-aged elixir picks up light bourbon vanilla influence to elevate molasses-sapped milk chocolate theme. Ashen piney hop roast softly embitters the silken mocha contingent. Tertiary cola nut, hazelnut and walnut toasting works its way into the mix alongside port-wined black grape wisp.

 

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Easygoing 19th anniversary India Pale Ale offers zesty Chinook-citra hop briskness to sugared cara-pils malting and mild floral herbage. Crisp orange-peeled yellow grapefruit tang, juicy lemon freshness and tingly pineapple tartness combine for highly sesionable moderate-to-medium body.

 

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Ordinary English-styled India Pale Ale brings dewy peat mossing, herbal green-black tea bittering, resinous cedar pining and earthen Goldings hop crisping to desolate crystal malt sweetness. Brown pear, brown apple and citrus notions simply fade away. 

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Prolfic, ever-evolving IPA series presents decisive Batch 3, a Belgian-styled India Pale Ale better defined as a typically fine West Coast knockoff. Soft-toned lemony grapefruit tartness crisply picks up white-peppered Citra hop spicing above sugary crystal/carapils malting and buttery biscuit spine. Peachy tangerine, pineapple, cantaloupe, mango and melon tang gets juicier by illustrious floral fruited finish.  

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On tap at Growler & Gill, briny lemon-limed sourness pleats hard-candied cherry pucker. Tart raspberry rasp, vinous green grape esters, mild green apple snip and Jolly Rancher watermelon nuance provide further souring. Residual sugar sweetness hidden below the oaken cherry surface. ’Sublime,’ indeed.

 

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On tap at Ambulance, stylishly easygoing Imperial IPA (2015 limited edition version celebrating 4-20 pot icon Waldo) brings subtle floral-perfumed botanical herbage, moderate piney hop resin and dank hemp oiling to tropical fruited sensation. Sharp grapefruit-peeled orange and pineapple bittering contrasted by tangy peach, mango, apple and nectarine sweetness. 

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On tap at Ambulance, winning collaboration between two Brooklyn brewers brings zesty tropical fruiting and honeyed malting to astringent citric dry-hopped bittering. Bruised orange, grapefruit and lemon illusions sweetened by caramel corn sugaring.

Other Half/Threes Grand Scheme Beer

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On tap at Ambulance, pungent grapefruit-peeled orange rind musk and brisk lemon prickle recline over sticky pine-oiled bittering pervading massive hop bomb. 

Other Half Hop Showers IPA Beer

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On tap at Ambulance, dank citrus musk crowds astringent hop bittering of arguably ‘sessionable’ Money IPA knockoff. Retaining all the original brew’s grain alcohol coarsening and lemony orange pungency (minus the fruit rotted aspect), its light sugared spicing takes away some of the bitter edge, but not enough for lighter palates. 

Barrier Money IPA with Nectarines and Cascade Beer

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Approachable wild ale brings light brettanomyces funk to sour green grape and Granny Smith apple pucker. Delicate mango, guava and papaya tartness hidden by earthen barnyard astringency (and light herbal touch). Sugared malt spicing, usually lacking in sour ales, provides mild contrast. Easygoing crossover will please lighter conventional ale thirsts since the acidic sourness is never overdone.

 

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