On tap at Poor Henry’s, heftier version of brewers’ renowned Boat Beer (masking heightened 8.4% ABV) emboldened by plentiful IPA-like citrus fruiting, grainier pale malt spine and powdered lupulin oils (instead of hop pellets). Lemony grapefruit zest and ancillary guava-papaya tartness grazed by resinous hemp dankness and delicate lemongrass herbage above doughy dry malting. Sunshiny summertime fare with a solid hop-grained redemption.
Interesting (if not totally convincing) bock hybrid layers medium-roast Blue Moon coffee beans above coarsely dried-fruited peat malts, leaving sweet vanilla and dark chocolate tones in the lurch. Using green Bali coffee beans instead of dry hops, its subtle berry-cherry notions fade too quick while black licorice, cola nut and hazelnut illusions merely waver in an unbalanced mix that’ll satisfy coffee lovers only at the beginning.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, briskly clean wheated pale ale spreads light citrus spicing across grassy hop astringency, dry pale malting and slight barnyard acridity. Polite Citra-hopped tingle pervades lemony clementine, navel orange and tangerine tang above wheat cracker base in highly sessionable manner.
On tap at Beef Trust, frothy whipped cream head settles atop milk-sugared French roast coffee sweetness of orange brandy-barreled Regular Coffee derivation. Soothing Grand Marnier illusions promote sharp citrus bruise and mild grape tannins to envelop vanilla-dipped cappuccino, caramel latte and crème de cacao riffs. Just a tad too liqueur-sweet for perfection, but a wonderful brandy nightcap alternative nevertheless.
Stiff vodka kick rampages alongside candy-glazed tropical fruiting and understated clay-hopped pine needling. Advertised wet-wooded hop ‘dankness’ is nearly a misnomer. Instead, sugar-coated grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple and mango tanginess battles back rubbing alcohol burn (13% ABV). Musky fennel, rosemary (?), hibiscus and ethyl undertones go awry.
On tap at Beef Trust, subtle kiwi and strawberry sweetness embraces light ‘acidic bitter coffee curbed by milk and sugar’ of fabulous fruited version of Basic Coffee Imperial Cream Ale. Milk-sugared coffee goodness also caressed by cinnamon, vanilla, blueberry and several anonymously wondrous illusions. Naturally recommended.
On tap at Plank Pizza, crisply smooth citrus-juiced Sam Calagione (of Dogfish Head) tributary retains centrist appeal while remaining stiff enuff for avid hop-heads to enjoy. Throughout, lingered lupulin oiling contrasts crystal pale malt sweetness. Juniper-nipped pine resin politely embitters lemony grapefruit, pineapple and orange tang plus dusty herbal residue.
Bustling carrot cake-inspired porter (in collab with Bolero Snort) goes way beyond rarefied hybridized style. Creamy dark chocolate syruping adds bittersweet crescendo to carrot-sugared walnut flouring. Ancillary Sambuca, Kahlua, creme brulee, Turkish coffee, cinnamon bark and vanilla illusions as well as cherry-pureed dried fruiting climb aboard in the midst above lactic milk-sugared oats base.