On tap at Tapastre, tranquil red wine-barreled farmhouse ale stays extremely dry as vinous red grape tannins create mild Sauvignon-pinot warmth activated by wild lactic yeast. Lemon-licked peppery hop bite adds moderate bitterness and scorched earth snip provides slight acridity.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, impressive Imperial Stout aged in Heaven Hill and Wild Turkey bourbon barrels receives mildly syrupy vanilla-sweetened milk chocolate malting and hop-charred medium roast coffee restraint. Despite hefty 9.6% ABV, elegant bourbon chocolate warmth overrides any boozy astringency.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, moderate lactic acidity gets loaded upon mildly spiced tropical fruiting and light Amarillo hop woodiness. Crisply clean water profile crystallizes lemony grapefruit, mango, peach and orange tang as advertised ‘lemon cookie, lime custard, mango and peach’ illusions rise to the surface.
On tap at Sogo, velvety rich limited edition Valentine’s Day twist on red velvet cake regales creamy black chocolate, dark cocoa and Madagascar vanilla bean scheme with understated blueberry tartness over Mosaic hop-charred bittering. High lactose concentration deepens caramel-burnt mocha penetration as spiced blueberry, black cherry, black grape and raspberry illusions flutter way below the surface.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, versatile nickel-hazed East Coast India Pale Ale satisfies lighter pale ale thirsts as well as hardcore IPA heads with its soft-toned fruit-juiced effervescence, sugar-spiced caramel malt subtlety and mild piney hop resin. Candied orange, pineapple, peach, mango, tangerine, yellow grapefruit and lemon tang brightens crisply clean moderate-to-medium-bodied enlightenment.
On tap at Taphouse 15, easygoing yellow-hazed India Pale Ale contrasts resinous Simcoe-hopped woodiness and tart lime zest with sugar-spiced lemon meringue alacrity above delicate malted spelt backbone. Soft-toned moderation may lack punch but its lemon-limed linger provides minor stylistic originality.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, bold 9.6% ABV lactic stout ferments tart Montmorency and Balaton cherries for bittersweet Madagascar vanilla bean adjunct and syrupy black chocolate malting. But its dried-fruited black cherry, blackberry and black grape influence gets buried by creamy chocolate-vanilla density at the charcoal-smeared mocha finish.
Smoothly crisp moderate-to-medium body maintains lemony yellow grapefruit tang to juice up sweet orange-peeled peach, mango and pineapple respite. Nelson Sauvin hops add piney gooseberry-kiwi bittering to contrast soft Vienna-wheat malt spine.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, zesty yellow grapefruit and orange tang prevails above resinous pine stead. Dry-hopped Citra influence and wispy floral nuances elevate crisp, clean finish.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, soft-watered pale ale brings lemony orange-grapefruit-mango tang to light rye-oats spine as leafy hop respite and fresh-cut grass earthiness emerge.
“Heavy-handed oats” bill picks up light wood char to deepen black-malted dark chocolate richness. In the midst, dark-roast coffee upends black cherry puree tartness and musky earthen residue.