On tap at Beef Trust, blustery red-wined twist on brewers’ berry-heavy Belgian fruit ale, Fort, loads pureed raspberry, boysenberry, elderberry and blackberry atop rum-spiced brandy warmth, picking up vinous cherry tartness alongside boozy alcohol astringency at the bold whisky-dried cherry coughdrop finish. Candied orange, red grape and clementine illusions dot the back end.
Briskly vinous Reisling/ Viognier grape must gains zesty lemon limed tartness and resinous pine sneer above mild oats-flaked malts of moderately acidic, hazy beige yellowed IPA hybrid. Dry white wine finish stays plush as subtle grapefruit-peeled mandarin orange, passionfruit, melon rind and honeydew illusions push forward its tannic yellow grape souring.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, floral grapefruit-peeled orange tang and mild grassy hop astringency envelop Grateful Dead-inspired granola knockoff. Honeyed almond, oats and cereal grain influence unassuredly secondary to dry pale-malted citrus stead.
On tap at Beef Trust, unspecific hybridized pale ale salutes indie rock heroes, the Flaming Lips, with brewers’ off-center spring ’18 pale ale. Subtle strawberry-kiwi-like dragonberry and bland cranberry-pomegranate-like yumberry tartness combine with neutralized black carrot and pear juices as mild hop phenols rise above its salty bottom. Lightly soured lemon liming, musty cherry dryness and mild green apple pucker waver. Not too dry, sour or sweet; evasive flavor-wise.
Rich oak-aged vanilla beaned 17% ABV Imperial Stout retains syrupy molasses-sugared chocolate creaminess. Deep vanilla essence receives velvety bourbon licks as well as delicate port, sherry and brandy daubs. Setback dark chocolate fudging picks up gooey anise sway and dried-fruited black cherry, rum raisin and plum undertones. A trusty dessert nightcap with loads of gusto.
On tap at Taphouse 15, vibrantly full-bodied Truth Serum spikes juicy pineapple, grapefruit, peach, melon and mango tang with creamily sugared molasses malts. Brisk lemon zest surge encounters mild pine needling and dankly resinous hop oiling. Inspiring.
On tap at Cloverleaf, hybridized weizenbock/ brown ale (8% ABV) lets subtle floury carob pod influence get aged on Madagascar vanilla beans above mildly creamed caramel malting. Bittersweet chocolate-vanilla conflux stays moderate as distant Bailey’s Irish Cream Coffee, Irish whiskey, cacao nibs, earthen truffle and plummy raisin illusions dry out at the chalky mocha finish.
On tap at Growler & Gill, sharp ‘lupulin-loaded’ coconut-centric IPA lets brisk orange-peeled mango, pineapple, grapefruit and peach tang override dehydrated coconut water adjunct and parched wood snip above dry barley-flaked oats. Toasted coconut midst loses potency and weird floral-cologned waft appears while citric bittering ascends.
On tap at Growler & Gill, “liquid soundtrack welcoming warmer weather” brewed with kiwi juice and hibiscus flowers retains floral gooseberry-perfumed citrus spritz, subtle perfumed hop prickle and mildly acidic brininess. Dainty kiwi-juiced lemon, grapefruit, mango and pineapple tropicalia softly settles on the tongue above tranquil crystal malting.
On tap at Amazing Grapes, ridiculously complex and thoroughly gratifying milk stout utilizes rich Guatemalan Antigua cold-press coffee creaming to support syrupy maple molasses sweetness and pig-fatty scrapple flouring. Applewood-smoked barley, oats-flaked roasted chicory, black-peppered cumin spicing and ashen hop char reinforce mighty mocha molasses fortress of fascinating breakfast coffee alternative.
Substantial spruce-infused pale ale contrasts refreshingly pine-needled spruce tip frontage and brisk juniper berry bittering against zesty lemony grapefruit tang and sugary crystal malting. Just below the surface, minty cologne musk and floral marigold-dandelion-lavender-lilac bouquet ride alongside sweet orange peel juicing. Resinous Douglas Fir-like conifer oiling drapes crisply clean citric-spiced finish.
Sessionable beige-yellowed sour ale provides brisk lime peel and black lime adjuncts to coriander-spiced sea salt brininess for interesting Kolsch-Gose-Berliner Weiss blend. Sweet-tart mandarin orange-like effervescence glides across fresh lime parch. Not as dryly mouth-puckering as bigger, bitterer sour ales.