‘Variation of Anderson Valley Solstice” adds cardamom, star anise and vanilla to orange-peeled ginger, black-peppered herbage and sugary crystal malts, creating a honeyed chai tea experience. Tertiary chestnut, chamomile and cinnamon illusions add further complexity of worthy medium-bodied herbal spiced mélange.
On tap at Taphouse Grille – Wayne, superb nitro version of highly respected summer ale heightens softly creamed éclair mouthfeel and kettle corn-buttered caramelization while lessening tropical fruiting. Mild lemon meringue, mandarin orange, white peach and fig illusions delicately linger behind.
On tap at Eli Cannon’s, impressive pinkish golden framboise-gose hybrid brings kettle-soured raspberry tartness to salty lemon-peeled acidity and hibiscus-like rose hips adjunct. Vinous green grape tannins, oaken cherry bittering and mild cranberry pucker reinforce lovely sour-candied raspberry puree tanginess.
Botanical gin and tonic-inspired gose allows perfumed juniper berries to further embitter orange-peeled grapefruit rind oiling, acidic green grape esters and sea-salted brininess for mouth-puckering goodness. Tertiary lemongrass, grains of paradise and coriander licks add splendor to ‘juicy lemon-limed’ tartness.
On tap at Growler & Gill, tropical fruit punch gains resinous pine hop aggression above lightly creamed crystal-pale malting. Juicy orange-peeled pineapple, peach, tangerine, nectarine, guava and passionfruit tang smacks the lips while moderate vodka-like snip consumes the fruitful finish. In the can, zesty lemon-juiced yellow grapefruit and orange peel bittering reinforced sweet tropical fruiting above mild wood-toned pungency and rustic hay-dried astringency.
On tap at Triton, sessionable ‘slightly sour’ wheat ale brings light brettanomyces acidity to tart lemon rind bittering, puckered white wine vinegaring and musty horse-blanketed raw wheat acridity. Subtle oaken dryness affects lemony orange sourness at mildly lactic finish.
World class gose combines briny sea-salted melon rind dryness with lightly acidic lemon lime pucker and brief cucumber-watered watermelon, cantaloupe, passionfruit, guava, kiwi and pomegranate pleasantries. Spritzy lemon-limed crisping retains sour fruit-brined acridity. A bit unspecific with its ‘melon’ influence, but lingeringly memorable.
Opulent brown chocolate richness saddles exquisitely detailed Wild Turkey-barreled bourbon vanilla sweetness. Just below the bold molasses-sapped mocha surface, its cigar-leafed cedar char spreads into subsidiary cocoa, coconut, toffee, marshmallow, burgundy and hazelnut illusions while brown-sugared fruitcake recession brings subdued raisin, date and plum undertones.