On tap at Poor Henry’s, stylishly light alcoholic (7% ABV) strong ale lacks spicy holiday spirit its name implies. Instead, an Imperial Red Ale-like caramel fruiting leads the way as red grape, brown apple, peach, fig and plum illusions pick up a sharp hop spicing as well as toasted nut whim, resinous pine notions and earthen grape stem phenols. In the bottle: parched dried-fruited acridity, astringent hop tannins and crisp tobacco roast desiccate ginger-spiced burgundy, raisin, prune and fig illusions and wispy black cherry pureeing.
On tap at Doherty’s, crisply dry Northwest-styled IPA loads sharp piney hop resin alongside lemony orange-peeled grapefruit rind bittering. Tertiary sugar-spiced pineapple, mango, tangerine and peach tang provides light contrast to bold citric pining.
On tap at Doherty’s, sharp fruit-hopped IPA lets zesty lemon spritz freshen floral-wafted yellow grapefruit peel and orange rind bittering to contrast sugar-spiced pale malt sweetness. Brisk piney citrus finish retains clean crisping. Tertiary pineapple, mango, clementine, tangerine and passionfruit illusions flutter lightly.