On tap at Growler & Gill, ‘massive’ rye-influenced India Pale Ale aged in bourbon barrels retains soothing vanilla spicing and tangy citrus serenade. Dry rye malting gains Scotch, brandy, and whiskeyed cherry reminders at the calming bourbon vanilla finish.
On tap at Morris Tap & Grill, perplexingly elaborate bourbon-barreled candi sugaring sweetens ripe dried fruiting as well as ginger, star anise and orange peel adjuncts (of cathedral-sized 12.5% ABV elixir). A polite molasses-sapped bourbon whiskey whir penetrates stewed prune, sugarplum, fig, date and black cherry serenity above brown chocolate-spiced malts. All tangible complexities line up rightly.
On tap at Growler & Gill, tropical fruited Enigma hop (similar to Galaxy hop) provides ‘guava’ and ‘hints of pine,’ as per label. But its grapefruit-sugared lemon peel tartness, orange-candied souring and grassy respite come forth more vibrantly for sunshiny medium body.
Bright grapefruit zing provides lively tang to wintry coniferous briskness and mild floral herbage. Sharp grapefruit peel and pith bittering gains sweet peach tone to contrast dry Huell Melon-hopped guava, mango and kumquat illusions at the midst. A fine collaboration with Chicago’s popular Pipeworks.
Frisky floral fruiting settles above dank piney hop resin and lingering fresh-cut grass astringency. Moderated grapefruit-embittered orange peel acidity contrasts tangy peach, mango and tangerine sweetness to its biscuity bottom.
Bright grapefruit-peeled orange zest and casual peach-pineapple-mango tang pick up lemon rind bittering above creamy cookie dough malting. Spritzy citrus pep levels off light piney hop musk.
Engagingly chameleonic Belgian-styled IPA (from French Canada)lets musty white wine esters enter the fray alongside tangy grapefruit-pineapple-tangerine sweetness, orange-bruised banana tartness and lemon rot souring. Its lively floral-spiced fruitiness lies above cereal-grained Scotch malts and wispy herbal fungi.
A coffee shandy anyone? Tart lemon-candied pucker usurps polite light roast coffee influence for uniquely hybridized American IPA. At times like a ginger-herbed lemonade, this lightly soured sucker casually caresses its lemony center with mandarin orange and tangerine wisps. Probably should’a upped the coffee tones, but needless to say, this works fine.
Bright grapefruit tang leads the way for splendid tropical-fruited medium body, picking up sharp lemon souring and mild earthen pining to contrast underlying candy-spiced malt sugaring. Orange-peeled pineapple, mango, papaya and peach glaze its grapefruit-forward surface.
On tap at Growler & Gill, ‘traditional English India Pale Ale’ lets tropical Mosaic hops infiltrate dewy earthiness, creamy pale malting and herbal nuances. But its distant pineapple, mango and orange illusions should be brought forth more to improve its multi-tiered English mosaic.
On tap at Growler & Gill, pleasant straightforward IPA with moderate citric-juiced piney hop bitterness lets mildly creamed crystal malt spicing sweeten the backend. Lemony grapefruit tang receives tertiary pineapple, mango and papaya tropicalia.
On tap at Seven Lakes Station, candied pineapple sugaring plus orange-peeled mango, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine and peach tang add juicy fruiting to mildly bitter piney hop briskness. Efficient.