Toasted barley-oat nose unusual for cherry-hued red ale, as is maple-sapped pine-nut theme lingering thickly on red apple-bordered fruited plane. Though tamped-down hops enhance orange peel bitterness, impenetrable caramelized quince finish upsets initial promise.
Rich mocha malted creaminess firmly centers dry roasted hop bitterness, ticklish chocolate fizz, cookie dough vestige, and wood burnt undertow. Exemplary coffee-nut finish settles into beautiful off-dry milk chocolate aftertaste flanking fruit esters.
Wood-toned sour malt aromatics juxtapose sweet Scotch mouthfeel interrupting muted hop-spiced dryness. Cedar-chestnut finish loses grip after several passes.
Terrific ruby-browned lactose porter mounts loud chocolate-toffee profile atop caramel pecan buttering and cookie dough intimation. Roasted coffee-nut coarseness increases frothy mocha depth and earthy peat tinge to dry-hopped smoked grain finish.
Versatile hazy rust-glazed humdinger tactfully blends bitter pine with sweet spruce, nicking impending butterscotch notch. Rising orange peel, grapefruit, and pineapple tang permeates roasted chocolate malting. Perfumed hops enlighten residual pepper spicing, floral dash, citrus tingle, and resinous pine flank deepening non-obtrusive alcohol-licked finish. Mango-pineapple illusions await patient tipplers.
Indistinct Belgian-styled pale ale lacks efficient character and resilience. Dry barley-hops bring lame biscuit-y nuance to coarse nuttiness and inconsequential citric (apricot-grapefruit) slumber. Musty earthen vegetal base congests insipid caramel malting.
Well-balanced copper-hazed marzen-styled autumnal coaxes candi-sugared toasted almond teaser from honey-dripped barley-roasted center, leaving Graham Cracker imprint to facilitate barren orange-dried fig-date-plum brink, bruised cherry slink, and buttery Chardonnay wink. On tap, biscuit-y oats sweetness ascends.
Piney sap nose embellishes deep-grained spruce-malt stickiness and bitter floral spicing. Strong alcohol influence increases robust finish, picking up minor grapefruit, pineapple, and lemongrass notes.
Bright berry waft amplifies sharp floral-spiced tropical fruit profile enlivening spruce-maple contour. Creamy chocolate raisin sweetness counters bitterly resinous piney hops at bold finish. Only minor astringency keeps this from sheer perfection.
Chaotic fizzy grained sweetness merely gets in the way of off-dry mild hop bittering and thin berry afterburner, becoming too predictable by dissolving cracked wheat finish. Grapefruit-orange peel souring needs sharper identity.
Soft malt caress weaves through ester-y citric fizz, allowing nutty chocolate cadence and distant caraway spicing to imbibe non-traditional light-bodied brown ale. Juicy raspberry, blueberry, and apricot fruiting contained by polite black currant bittering, barely redeeming slim buttery finish. Slight enough to entice lightweight pilsner fans.
Veritable ‘hophead fave’ with tingly mandarin orange, pineapple, apricot, and honeysuckle tang gains lively floral spicing seeping into quinine water-crisped herbal mint twinge of dependable anniversary ale.