Sublimely soft-toned Belgian strong ale (or souped-up amber ale) aged in rye, vermouth, port, rum, bourbon, red wine, gin and brandy barrels brings subtle complexities to the fore as recessive oak tannins create lightly vinous backdrop for caramelized dark fruiting. Black cherry, sugared fig, red grape, green raisin and plum illusions soak up brandied rum sweetness contrasting Scotch whiskey dryness.
Stylishly mellow Imperial IPA celebrates West Coast brewers’ 22nd anniversary with soft-tongued approachability. Lemony grapefruit-orange tang comes as expected, livened up by pineapple, mango and peach tropicalia as well as dank pine resin and herbal notions. Mild caramelized oats create gentle base.
On tap at Beef Trust, ‘heavily oated’ dry-bodied Imperial IPA utilizes resinous Apollo hop pining and juicy-fruited Citra hop zesting to zing the tongue. Piney grapefruit frontage enjoined by candied orange-pineapple tartness above moist earthen midst.
On tap at Beef Trust, worthy plum puree conditioned version of Weekend At Bullie’s IPA gains sour mustiness as tart plum, peach and passionfruit adjuncts recede for bruised lemon acidity above mildly creamed oats sugaring. A unique plum-soured IPA hybrid.
On tap at Beef Trust, ambitious sea-salted ‘Sea Spray IPA’ lets zesty Lemondrop-Motueka hop bittering lead the way over peculiar gin-soaked wood lacquering. Orange-juiced mango and pineapple tropicalia picks up candied malt sugaring and mild floral aspect to contrast dissolving acidic salinity.
On tap at Beef Trust, this puckered ‘twist’ on Bolero Snort’s Cannonbull (pictured below) utilizes lemon zest, lime juice and watermelon to create a dryly hybridized IPA. Spritzy grapefruit, orange and pineapple tropicalia as well as mild pine lacquering nearly eclipse lemon-limed watermelon adjunct above the sedate oats base.
On tap at Taphouse 15, soft-toned blueberry jam tartness receives lemon-soured curacao orange tang above light white wheat base for slightly deficient amber-pinked moderation. Mild woodruff syruping seems to sweeten blueberry cereal aspect, contrasting its wispy citric-licked pink peppercorn reminder.
On tap at Taphouse 15, salt-licked sour lambic with eye-grabbing pinkish rose hue brings lemon-limed acidity and oaken vanilla tannins to tart Montmorency cherry resolve. Aggressive Belgian kriek!
On tap at Ambulance, mild gin influence barely registers alongside crispy cucumber watering and salty lemon-limed Berliner Weiss respite. Musky botanical snips increase gin-soaked peppercorn herbage, but tepid pale malt spine falters. A true acquired taste that’s wholly original despite limited appeal.