On tap at Biggie’s. Fudgy S’mores knockoff places dark chocolate syrup atop crushed Graham Cracker sweetness to counter moderate hop-charred bittering. Beneath the rich cocoa nibs-derived surface, its marshmallow-melted honeyed wheat adjunct fades quickly as tertiary bourbon vanilla, black cherry puree, crème de cocoa and port wisps waver.
“Soft” hop-forward IPA maintains lightly creamed crystal malt spicing for juicy grapefruit, orange-peach, pineapple and tangerine tanginess, mildly phenol green grape esters and finishing grassy hop astringency.
Sessionable New England-styled IPA stays gentle on the tongue as spicy citrus tang tingles above grassy hop astringency and dry pale malting. Spritzy lemon briskness saddles juicy mandarin orange, yellow grapefruit and pineapple ripeness.
Frothily foamed creaminess of diluted milk porter gets spongy as lactic soft-tongued toffee fudging and mildly embittered dry chocolate nearly snuffed out by musty peat soiling. Impermanent black chocolate, cocoa, cola, fig mold and anise swipes need more resonance.
Rotating hop series (brewed for can at Andean) features woody Amarillo variety. Soft-tongued moderation provides sunny lemon-grapefruit-peach tang above wheat cracker spine. Dry pine hops soak up celery-watered salting at its lightly soured citrus finish.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, streamlined grapefruit, orange and pineapple tang retains hard-candied center, light crystal malt creaming and light floral bouquet. Lightly lingering citric hop bittering (Simcoe-Mosaic-Eldorado varietals) highlights fusel 8.9% ABV astringency.
On tap at Biggie’s, heady American Amber Ale brings sharp phenol hop bittering and ethyl alcohol astringency to briskly spiced red-orange-yellow fruitiness above toasted rye malt base.
Marking its one year anniversary, leisurely limited edition 2016 amber ale takes easygoing approach as subtly phenol-hopped grapefruit, pineapple, orange and passionfruit tang rises above caramelized crystal malting as brown-sugared raisin nuance fades away with nary a trace.
Dry-hopped jet black Cascadian Dark Ale’s cask-like soft tone lightens dark chocolate influence as well as dried-fruited raisin, fig and date nuances and latent black currant snip.