Utilizing dried watermelon and honeydew rind to reduce its mild cantaloupe sweetness, above-average moderation will please some fruit ale fans. Lemony carbolic spritz blitzes candied melon tartness at the musty midst, leaving dewy cantaloupe ripeness alongside salted watermelon remnants right above the moldy wheat base.
On tap at Beef Trust, sharp IPA fruiting rides above salty peanut-floured boysenberry adjunct, leaving minor lactose acidity in its wake. Recalling a PB&J sandwich when the nutty resonance upstages the raspy boysenberry tartness as well as pureed blackberry-cherry subsidiary, this slightly askew eccentricity may intrigue the esoteric lunchtime crowd with its unique blend.
Pureed raspberry, cranberry and cherry tartness consumes mildly creamed fruited wheat ale. Soda-like fizz perks up berry-cherry frontage as well as subsidiary cucumber-watered watermelon, pomegranate and strawberry rhubarb tease.
Barren cranberry, cherry and strawberry souring fails alongside sparkling rosé wining as lactic acidulated malts add minor salinity. Aridly washed-out fruiting needs better penetration.
On tap at Fishheads – Nags Head, blanched SweeTarts candy likeness gains sour gose-like salinity to contrast lemon shandy-like soda pop sweetness of underwhelming collaboration with Mexico’s Cerveceria Primus. Limey strawberry-watermelon Jolly Rancher illusions stay distant alongside wispy hibiscus and agave adjuncts. Murkily chalked fruiting remains nebulous.
On tap at Ambulance, extremely tart magenta-ambered moderation brings subtle cherry souring to the surface. Tertiary rosé, raspberry and cranberry illusions reinforce cherry rhubarb pie finish.
On tap at Meddlesome Moth, easygoing summer ale retains tartly blanched cherry pucker as well as sharp blueberry and raspberry rasp. Lemony grapefruit souring and vinous green grape wisp reinforce berry tartness. Residual barley malt sweetness contrasts raw wheat musk and astringent hops beneath.
Tart tangerine peel essence gains sweet ‘n sour candy glaze to contrast mild citric hop astringency. Juicy tangerine adjunct permeates wavered navel orange, clementine and grapefruit tang. Good sessionable summertime fare.
Veritable peach cobbler’s a ‘classic confection’ featuring inconspicuous vanilla bean bittering, lightly sugared cinnamon-nutmeg-clove spicing and earthen Perle hop astringency while retaining a sharp peach tartness. At the finish, mildly lacquered peach syruping picks up wispy cherry snip above caramelized biscuit bottom.
On tap at Grumpy Monk, easygoing summertime ale dumps tart watermelon spritz upon celery-watered cucumber freshness. Lightly brined watermelon rind midst picks up tertiary cantaloupe, honeydew, prickly pear and wild berry illusions above dull white wheat backbone.
“Exotic and juicy” mandarin orange-like yuzu fruiting wispily affects soft-tongued frothily creamed easygoing smoothie. Ginger-honeyed lime, kiwi, guava and papaya undertones confirm lightly floral-herbed yuzu juicing.
On tap at Taphouse 15, tropical session ale re-creates pina colada with its sweet rum-barreled coconut and pineapple influence and lemon limey twist. Fine daiquiri alternative, though its astringent hop insistence may deter lightweights.