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NANUET, NEW YORK

Since its Grand Opening, June 12, 2014, AMBULANCE BREW HOUSE has fascinated local beer geeks and curious out-of-towners. Located at a refurbished red brick ambulance facility on Main Street in the bohemian village of Nanuet, this amiable small tavern relies on fabulous rotating taps, take-out growler fills and light pub food to attract its avid followers.

Inspired by Taps Bar & Lounge (a busy beer pub near the Tampa Convention Center) during a 2011 business trip, entrepreneurial …

Rating: 4

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On tap at Ambulance Brew House, distinctively hybridized ‘quadrupel stout’ combines fruity Belgian yeast spicing with heavy mocha influence. Black chocolate milking soaks black cherry-bruised fig, date and plum sweetness as well as dark floral nuances. Wispy cocoa undertones reinforce mighty mocha foundation.

Rating: 5

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On tap at Ambulance Brew House, outstanding bourbon barrel aged English barleywine fortifies soft-toned honey fruited spicing with mild bourbon licks and oaken vanilla phenols. Dried-fruited red cherry, currant raisin and plum tones ascend above toffee-sweetened caramel nuttiness. Perfect dessert treat for experienced quaffers.

Rating: 3.5

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On tap at Ambulance Brew House, sharp piney fruited glaze picks up astringent alcohol pungency and perfumed cologne whim for ultra-dry India Pale Ale. Yellow grapefruit-peeled orange rind bittering makes bold impression as tropical mango, peach, pineapple, papaya, passionfruit and kiwi illusions fill the gaps.

Rating: 5

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On tap at Ambulance Brew House, well-rounded Imperial Red Ale contrasts vibrant fruitiness with sharp juniper hop respite and resinous pine needling. Tangy red apple, brown pear, peach, mango, tangerine, pineapple and mango sweetness contrasts brash orange-peeled yellow grapefruit bittering above light caramel malts. A delightful elixir perfectly perched between an emboldened pale ale and resilient India Pale Ale.

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Rating: 4

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On tap at Ambulance Brew House, excellent Belgian strong pale ale brings abundant honey sinew to sugary fruit juicing, contrasting gin-like alcohol burn. Banana-bruised peach, cantaloupe, nectarine and tangerine sweetness creates luscious blend atop toffee-candied caramel malting.

Rating: 4

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On tap at Ambulance Brew House, uniquely soft-toned farmhouse ale loads white peppercorn herbage, kaffir lime tartness and mild coriander spicing into subtle citrus zest. Lemon-rotted souring initially overrides floral grapefruit-orange tang and lacquered wood drift. Thereafter, wispy mandarin orange, curacao orange and orange blossom illusions add ephemeral niceties.

Rating: 5

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On tap at Ambulance Brew House, highly expressive Imperial IPA (with well-hidden 11% ABV) provides syrupy caramel malting and peaty Scotch undertones for marvelous floral-fruited bouquet. Brisk orange-peeled yellow grapefruit, red apple, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, melon, cantaloupe and passion fruit illusions reinforced by perfumed hop bittering as well as resinous pine sap. An undeniably majestic West Coast medium-full body.

 

Rating: 2.5

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On tap at Ambulance Brew House, dismissive German-styled pale lager relegates red-orange fruiting to funky vegetal spoilage and starchy corn malting. Toasted white bread spine falters.

Rating: 4

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On tap at Ambulance Brew House, vintage bourbon-barreled strong ale (circa 2014) combines brewers’ Scarface Imperial Stout with Old Godfather Barleywine and less dominant elixirs. Mild bourbon overlay secures bittersweet black chocolate territory. Ancillary vanilla, cocoa, molasses and cookie dough illusions sweeten the mocha-laden front end while its coffee-stained hop char deepens the bitter backdrop. Bruised black cherry, blackberry, blueberry and brambleberry fruiting finds tertiary space.

Rating: 3

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On tap at Ambulance Brew House, indistinctly hybridized pale lager loads bacterial brettanomyces souring atop subtle hibiscus flowering and wispy black currant nuances. Sour green apple, cherry, lemon and lime tartness as well as vinous green grape tannins usurp mildly pungent lactic acidity. Just needs clearer stylistic definition and deeper resonance.

Rating: 4

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Impressive Berliner Weisse spreads soured wild yeast and leathery brettanomyces bacteria across puckering lemon-candied tartness. Granny Smith apple sharpness, lemon-juiced white wining and ester-y white grape tannins pick up light balsamic vinegaring at the ultra-dry finish.

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