Inspired by brown-sugared oatmeal cookies, rich mocha-bound nightcap picks up cinnamon-toasted vanilla and nutmeg sweetness as well as chewy anise spicing to counter sharp roasted hop bite. Dark chocolate syrup drapes molasses-baked oats, cookie dough malts and recessive raisin or black cherry illusions.
Sweet ‘n sour blueberry (huckleberry) tartness spreads across light white wheat malting of fizzy summertime moderation. Lemony gooseberry, curacao orange and white grape tang plays backup to juicy blueberry invigoration. Easygoing session ale.
On tap at The Oath, middling golden ale brings mild floral-spiced fruiting to subtle herbal hops and white wheat base. Lemon meringue, grapefruit, banana and mango tropicalia needs deeper penetration.
On tap at Growler & Gill, mango-infused pale ale brings sour-candied tartness to grassy hop restraint and dainty crystal-pale malting. Perfumed sweet ‘n sour mango adjunct receives sharp-hopped carbolic spritz as subtle lemon, peach and pineapple subsidies waver.
Streamlined 2016 version of Harpoon’s IPA features ‘hoppy, floral, crisp’ tagline. Easygoing floral-hopped orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple and peach illusions pick up minor acidic astringency and fresh-cut grassiness to contrast light sugar spicing.
Predictably fine moderate-bodied pale ale with IPA aspirations brings floral-bound orange-peeled pineapple, grapefruit and mango tropicalia to the fore as light piney hop bittering settles below at soft white-breaded bottom. Subsidiary tangerine, mandarin orange and clementine illusions waver. On tap, citra-hopped version retained refreshing floral citrus spritz.
On tap at Doherty’s, colossal whiskey-bent espresso warmth (and mighty 18% ABV burn) secure French roast coffee continuance of remarkable stout. Below the surface, dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla bean and molasses sweetness pleasantly contrasts sour-milked espresso bittering.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Hoboken, candied raspberry entry picks up mild lemon rasp and wispy floral nuance above light white wheat backbone for soft-toned, off-dry hefeweizen hybrid. A bit soapy by the dissipated raspberry finish.
Robust dry porter brings roasted poblano and ancho chili peppering to dark chocolate-bound cocoa nibs center. But peppery roast loses steam as syrupy Blackstrap molasses sapping invades briny (oyster-shelled?) mocha creaminess.
Well-designed 2015 limited edition collaboration with Oregon’s Deschutes utilizes locally sourced sage and thyme as well as employee-grown hops to spice up toasted caramel malts, fig-sugared dried fruiting and dewy cereal-grained sweetness.