Unspecific centrist fare lacks bright citrus foundation and brisk hop snap of better, busier India Pale Ale rivals. Bland orange-peeled grapefruit, tangerine and lemon tang barely rises above grassy hop astringency, mildly resinous pining, delicate floral spicing and latent caramel malting.
Mildly smooth espresso-beaned pumpkin ale may be a tad thin, but its subtle flavor profile will please softer thirsts. Brooklyn’s Cafe Grumpy espresso beans provide back end pleasantries for sweet pumpkin pie-spiced gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and clove illusions as well as vanilla-sugared coconut toasting and wavering smoked black peppering. But lemony carbolic spritz brings intrusive phenol aridity and vegetal squash-zucchini earthiness seems undefined. On tap at Growler & Gill, better 2017 version found subtle espresso bean exuberance caress pumpkin pie spicing and light lemon rind bittering.