A coffee shandy anyone? Tart lemon-candied pucker usurps polite light roast coffee influence for uniquely hybridized American IPA. At times like a ginger-herbed lemonade, this lightly soured sucker casually caresses its lemony center with mandarin orange and tangerine wisps. Probably should’a upped the coffee tones, but needless to say, this works fine.
On tap at Ambulance, assertively bittersweet Ethiopian coffee bean adjunct provides initial robustness, leveling off alongside zesty lemony grapefruit twist and teasing blueberry daub after a few sips. Juicy citric hop bittering and lemon meringue tartness gain strength against creamy milk-sugared coffee finish.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, rich cold-brewed Stumptown coffee roast seeps into dry piney citrus hop bittering with full force. Glorious java influence ascends above candied grapefruit, lemon and orange tang as mocha-defined caramel latte, cocoa powder and espresso illusions flutter softly.
Well-balanced array of Simcoe-hopped piney yellow fruiting and cold-brewed Ethiopian coffee bittering. Dark-roast mocha malting brings cocoa nibs influence to the fore as lemony grapefruit-mango confluence increases.
On tap at Growler & Gill, “decadent” mocha-affected India Pale Ale overloads the sharply perfume-hopped yellow grapefruit spicing and lemony orange respite, allowing the creamy black coffee and dark chocolate blend to diminish more than expected.
On tap at Ambulance, velvety mellow-toned hybrid connects light lemon-juiced brettanomyces acidulation and herbal lemon rind tartness to mild chocolate-nipped ground coffee adjunct. Thin lemon-peeled espresso finish picks up dry bark parch. Soft, thin…wispy.
On tap at Doherty’s, impressive java-powered version of Ithaca Flower Power utilizes nutty Tanzanian coffee to contrast orange-peeled tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach and melon tropicalia as well as dry pine bittering. By the finish, its IPA fruiting overpowers the casual coffee caress.
Ambitious trend towards enticingly ‘intense’ coffee-infused India Pale Ales continues with aggressive hop-forward full body from the good Captain. Stumptown cold brewed java brings surging green bean coffee bittering to less prominent fondue fruiting and sedate pine-hopped nuttiness. Delightful roasted coffee finish picks up tangy grapefruit, peach, tangerine and clementine illusions as well as mild peppery sensation.
On tap at Jimmy’s No. 43, bold amber-coppered hybrid fuses resinous wood-dried citrus tang with light-roasted Costa Rican coffee beans. Intense hop-oiled coffee roast deepened by brown-sugared dark chocolate creaming to counter lemony grapefruit, orange and pineapple sharpness.
On tap at Draught Industries, well-wrought collaboration with Death Wish Coffee contrasts smoky dark-roasted black coffee bittering with ample India Pale Ale fruiting. Orange-peeled grapefruit, pineapple and peach tang seeps into chocolate-roasted coffee nuttiness with mighty affirmation. A winning formula.
Gregarious bittersweet coffee entry picks up subtle dark fruiting over barley-flaked hop oils. Exceptionally smooth java theme really overwhelms distant pink grapefruit, lemon rind, blueberry, raspberry and tangerine twang. Lovely coffee roast convincingly soaks into resinous wood-toned Tomahawk hop splotch.
Revolutionary amber-coppered coffee-doused India Pale Ale leads the way for collaborative Chicago-bound gypsy brewer. Densely bittersweet fresh-roasted coffee bean theme usurps tropical-fruited grapefruit, mango, pineapple and guava regalia. Piney hop-charred resin deepens dark-roasted chocolate malt base. Espresso, hazelnut and molasses undertones complement bold black coffee flavoring. Uniquely compelling and worthy of its hype!