On tap at Poor Henry’s, dryer-than-expected Belgian Pale Ale/ India Pale Ale hybrid leads with bitterly tart lemony grapefruit rind bite and piney hop sharpness. Seasoned hop heads will rejoice at desiccated wood-dried citric pungency, but lighter thirsts may balk at candi-sugared Belgian yeast spicing hastily retreating, causing a slight imbalance towards the dry side.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, ill-defined Belgian IPA tastes more like a citric-dried American pale ale with its parched wood tone and bitter grapefruit rind tartness guarding sweet orange-peeled lemon, clementine and tangerine crisping. Light crystal malting and subtle coriander spicing sweeten backend of sessionable summertime dry body.
On tap at Ambulance, easygoing ultra-dry Belgian Imperial India Pale Ale maintains pleasant citric hop moderation over mild crystal malting and subtle white-peppered herbage. Bitter yellow grapefruit and orange rind sedation contrasts floral sugar-spiced sweetness. Zesty lemon, pineapple and tangerine illusions surface at the serene citric finish. But expectant Belgian yeast influence lacks clarity.
On tap at Ambulance, uniquely designed crossbow-named hybrid drapes sweet bourbon atop yellow-fruited candy sourness and spice-hopped Belgian yeast. Oaken vanilla influence uplifts bourbon spirit, leaving vodka, vermouth and Chardonnay traces. Tart lemony orange zest ultimately battles back bourbon whir.
Tempting ‘tripel crossed with an American IPA’ opens with zesty grapefruit-peeled effervescence gliding easily into lemon-candied clementine, tangerine, pineapple, mango, tangelo and nectarine tang that contrasts musty orange-rotted souring. Black-peppered Belgian ale yeast creates herbal underbelly for sweet-spiced citric snazz.
A cornucopia of bittersweet tropical fruits gain affluence above advertised ‘caramelized apricot’ tartness serenading hybridized Belgian IPA. Ancillary lemon-dried mango, kiwi, papaya, grapefruit and peach tones contrast assertive hop-charred ethanol bittering. Herbaceous black-peppered Belgian yeast funk grazes acrid alfalfa, wheat straw and hay backdrop.
Imprecise and unconventional moderate-bodied Belgo-American hybrid needs more emphatic Belgian yeast funk, better caramel-spiced sweetness and more specific herbal fruiting. Closer to a helles lager with its wavered biscuit-y cracked graining, cereal oats sugaring and doughy croissant buttering.
Despite bold 9% ABV and hefty 118 IBU hop measure, hybridized Belgian-styled Imperial IPA features mildly embittered lemon-pitted yellow grapefruit tang above lightly pined florality. Gentle clementine, tangerine, lemon meringue, apple and pear illusions vie for ancillary space alongside wafting rose hips, rosebud, lilac and wildflower subtleties. Soft doughy biscuit breading provides delicate bottom.
On tap at Copper Mine, off-dry Belgian-styled Imperial IPA’s as interesting as its wildlife-inspired name. Initially, lemony orange-peeled grapefruit bittering crowds the setback piney hop resin and contrasts the sugary caramel malting. Tertiary coconut, banana and marmalade illusions contrast vinous green apple souring. A hint of sweet whiskey emerges.
Experimental dwarf hops (with dense cones) bring forth zesty lemon-polished grapefruit peel bittering, but unassuming Belgian wit influence and Seltzer-like phenolic fizzing may confound lighter thirsts. Floral-spiced herbal hops and sharp wood tones provide dry botanical backdrop for sizable citric spritz. Orange-peeled peach, apricot and pineapple fruiting adds depth. Aggressive carbolic fluff may denigrate salted citrus finish.
Despite unspecific Belgian styling, nifty wet-hopped IPA blends spicy citric-pined hop expectancy into novel banana sweetness and sugary caramel malting with fine results. White-peppered grapefruit, peach, orange, pineapple and melon illusions override damp barnyard rusticity.
Bastardized ‘triple pale ale’ closer to Belgian IPA with its sweet candi-sugared yeast and lively herbal fruiting. Lemon meringue, orange marmalade, yellow banana, green apple, black cherry and blackberry notions sweetened by creamy caramel malting. Resinous hops fortify front-loaded fruiting, honeyed tea scamper and tannic grape souring. Gritty Beefeater gin alcohol burn seeps into ’ecumenical mash-up.’