Washed-out seasonal hefeweizen (a.k.a. blonde vanilla coffee ale) needs deeper vanilla-creamed light roast coffee adjunct plus sweeter banana-clove penetration and tarter lemon-licked pilsner malting for better low-key affectation. Sugar cookie, vanilla wafer, lemon meringue and sourdough bread illusions stay distant.
On tap at Taverna Rossa, respectable stout-inspired golden ale succulently combines creamed coffee capaciousness with sweet maple-sugared vanilla and bittersweet black chocolate malting for rich pancake-battered brunch time dessert. Ancillary toasted coconut illusions waver.
On tap at Ambulance, cold-brewed Ethiopian coffee integrated with citric lemondrop hops for mellow hybridized pale ale. But nutty java influence fades almost immediately, leaving reluctant lemon twist to carry the moderate-bodied load.
Modest yellow-hazed pale ale with mild coffee-beaned nuttiness and lemon rind twist fades fast as lightly embittered reedy hop astringency advances slowly. Tidy rye, carapils and pale malts provide delicate backup to underwhelmed espresso coffee finish.
On tap at Sogo, tranquil Sumatra coffee bean-induced blonde ale retains mild citric hop bittering and wispy oats-flaked pilsner malting. As moderated coffee roast and dark chocolate whim simmer down, lemony key lime pie and yellow grapefruit tartness seeps thru. Casual citric-spiced coffee tones dissipate a tad early.
On tap at Liberty Craft House, easygoing coffee-infused pale ale is first Southern Tier satellite brew for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. Smoked coffee bean entry gains mild lemony orange tartness above dainty mocha malting.
On tap at Ambulance, fantastic St. Patrick’s Day Celebrator aged in whiskey barrels with cold-brewed coffee and Madagascar vanilla beans penetrates deeply with its smoothly creamed Irish coffee warmth. Spiced black chocolate, caramel latte, hazelnut crème, dark toffee and crème brulee illusions elevate luxurious whiskeyed coffee prominence above teasing hop-charred bitterness. Elegance personified by newly minted Mamaroneck brewer.
On tap at Taphouse 15. A bit slick compared to richer coffee-infused golden ales making the rounds circa ’17. Moderate cold-brewed coffee tone gains mild lemon rind bittering and distant cola nuttiness to contrast mellow milk-sugared sweetness.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, wholly enjoyable cold-brewed coffee ale retains creamy mocha resonance over mild citric rind bittering. Ground coffee continuance maintains strength while tertiary vanilla bean, cocoa and mocha latte illusions serenade the backside.
Lovely “fruit-forward” Ethiopian coffee roast rides above sugary pale malt base of elegant yellow-hazed moderation. Crisp lemony hop spritz provides smooth respite to lightly creamed coffee continuance as nutty vanilla-chocolate undertones add depth.
Cold-press coffee endows soft-toned farmhouse-styled moderation, subtly hovering above wheat-flaked honey malting, teasingly tart lemon souring and desiccated barnyard minerality. Try in lieu of a lemon-peeled espresso for soothing after dinner retreat.
Alluring gold-hazed ‘blonde ale’ with tantalizing Tanzanian French roast coffee and Ghanian cocoa nibs placed over fizzy citric spritz. Capacious creamed coffee continuance dominates dark-roast chocolate subtlety over subtle hop-oiled cola nuttiness. Like a coffee spritzer!