On tap at Taphouse 15, coconut-daubed tropical fruiting brightens yellow-hazed, moderate-bodied, Mind Haze offshoot. Lightly vanilla-creamed coconut adjunct offers only subtle sweetener to lemon meringue tartness, zesty lime souring, salted mango-papaya-guava juicing, mild pineapple bittering and orange vodka sharpness.
Soft-toned Helles-styled lager brings maize-dried herbal snatch and wheat-floured French breading to politely astringent Hallertau-hopped pilsner malting with flattish restraint.
On tap at Ambulance, smoothly creamed bourbon-aged Velvet Merkin Stout variant utilizes Puya chili heat to impact bourbon vanilla sweetness and cinnamon-spiced cocoa nibs splendor. Mildly chili peppered milk chocolate sugaring spreads thru subsidiary gingerbread, toasted coconut, caramel coffee and cappuccino illusions.
On tap at Ambulance, ‘unique’ Velvet Merlin spinoff adds toasted coconut sweetness and honeyed Graham Cracker sugaring to original versions’ lactic mocha latte richness. Sweet milk chocolate center gains creamy vanilla splendor and frothy espresso tinge.
On tap at Ambulance, tart lemon meringue creaming and sly mandarin orange tang rival mango-skinned passionfruit, guava, kiwi, pineapple and melon rind souring for easygoing IPA (with thick yellow-hazed turbidity). Mild white wheat/ oats spine contrasts grassy hop astringency beneath the surface.
On tap at Morris Tap & Grill, ‘synergistic blend’ of rosewood-embittered French oak barrel aging and lactic microflora-enhanced brettanomyces yeast combine for vinous green grape tannins, sharply soured lemon lime pucker and balmy Seville orange-oiled Earl Grey tea tartness to flourish.
On tap at Andy’s Corner Bar, fantastic bourbon-barrled oatmeal stout soothingly coalesces residual wood flavoring from Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Pappy Van Winkle, Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace spirits. Dark chocolate syrup drapes anise-spiced rum sugaring and brandy-soaked dried fruiting above molasses-sapped oats. Dried-fruited dark cherry, sugarplum and fig illusions deepen friendly cocoa-milked whiskeyed bourbon complexion.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, mild Berliner Weiss aged in French oak foeders brings tannic white grape acidity and salted lemon lime tartness to dry barnyard acridity above easygoing sourdough malts. Sour-milked yogurt spurt reinforces stylish citrus salinity.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, velvety coffee-infused oatmeal stout really hits the spot. Marvelous Columbian coffee roast picks up slickly creamed cocoa nibs influence, vanilla bourbon sweetness, dainty chicory snip and toasted marshmallow reminder while a ‘touch of lactose milk sugaring’ dries out at the mocha-rich finish.
On tap at Biggie’s, briskly sharp hop-forward rye spicing deepens persistent ESB-like earthen grain rusticity and resinous lupulin bittering alongside lemon-seeded grapefruit, orange and pineapple tanginess of 2017 IPA – picking up mild pepper breading at finish.
On tap at Blind Tiger, fine oak-aged 2017 blonde barleywine (with 11% ABV) retains lovely wildflower-honeyed vanilla spicing and coconut-toasted tropical fruiting. Tangy pineapple-peach-orange conflux, caramel-sweetened pale malts and boozy bourbon refrain douse vintage amber-hued dessert treat. Sugar cookie, banana liqueur, syrupy pear, butterscotch, toffee and marshmallow illusions add further luster.
On tap at 381 Main, bold 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA plies zesty lemony orange-tangerine tang to pine-needled hop bittering, dark-roasted wheat malts and mildly creamed sugar spicing. Ancillary grapefruit, mango and peach illusions add fruitful depth.