On tap at Amsterdam Ale House, reliable lightly yellow-hazed moderation conjures New England-styled IPA with its bright yellow grapefruit tang and lemony orange zest, despite easing up on the lactic souring and being void of any wood tones. Sunny citrus spicing and wispy mango-pineapple-papaya tropicalia spread across mild grassy hop astringency above sugary pale malts.
Stylishly robust, copper-hued, “hoppy” amber ale combines spiced-up lemony orange peel tanginess with moderate piney hop bittering, leafy autumnal foliage and light herbal peppering above caramel-toasted barleymalts.
On tap at Andy’s Corner Bar, mildly creamed vanilla bean influence sweetens chalky chocolate-cocoa malting and mild nuttiness. Light-roast coffee bittering, chocolate custard pudding crusting and burnt caramel sugaring increase milky chocolate-vanilla theme.
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.