Enchanting lupulin-powdered medium body in a can (not far removed from a Belgian Golden Ale with its funky white-peppered herbal yeast profile) contrasts effervescent yellow grapefruit tang against raw-honeyed lemon souring. Wispy Citra-hopped curacao orange, mandarin orange and tangelo illusions provide subtle hard-candied tartness.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, versatile nickel-hazed East Coast India Pale Ale satisfies lighter pale ale thirsts as well as hardcore IPA heads with its soft-toned fruit-juiced effervescence, sugar-spiced caramel malt subtlety and mild piney hop resin. Candied orange, pineapple, peach, mango, tangerine, yellow grapefruit and lemon tang brightens crisply clean moderate-to-medium-bodied enlightenment.
Experimental Denali hops prop up sunny ‘pineapple and citrus’ tropicalia as well as prickly sugar-spicing, light floral-perfumed licks and resinous pine oiling above biscuity pale malt base. Moderate grassy hop bitterness lingers at zesty fruit finish.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, well-done rauchbier/ IPA hybrid (in collaboration with local Colorado brewers, Ska) brings smoky campfire, beechwood and mesquite tones to crisply clean citrus fruiting. Barley-smoked cured meat pleasantry keeps rauchbier likeness lingering longer and stronger than casual orange, grapefruit, peach and apricot illusions.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, peculiar 9.5% ABV collaboration with New York’s Finback brings raw-honeyed plastique nature to mild wood-dried hop bittering and dank hemp oiling, leaving orange-peeled grapefruit and pineapple tang in its wake.
Pleasantly streamlined ‘New England-styled IPA’ utilizes Mosaic, Citra and Lemondrop hops to acquire well-balanced pineapple, peach, orange, tangerine and grapefruit tang. Moderated astringent hop bite crisply cleansed by mildly ‘citrusy’ tropical fruiting above mellow crystal-pale malting.
Easygoing subtlety laces soft-tongued citric candied tartness with light piney hop bitterness and delicate sugar-spiced crystal malts. Sweet ‘n sour hard-candied orange, pineapple and grapefruit piquancy gains minor floral aspect over time.
On tap at Ambulance, wholly appealing Imperial IPA brings bright citrus tang to floral orange blossom adjunct and light pine-oiled grassy hop bite. Zesty lemon, yellow grapefruit and orange rind bittering gains perfumed mango, papaya, guava and pineapple tropicalia for absolutely fruitful delight.
On tap at Arooga’s, rousing orange-peeled lemon seed bittering and brisk yellow grapefruit tang provide hard-candied sweet ‘n sour profile. Tertiary tangerine, clementine and pineapple illusions allow fruitiness to expand above moderate pale malt base. Aggressive Citra hop briskness anchors 8% ABV DIPA, deepening its juicy citrus frontage and resinous pine hind.
On tap at Ambulance, atypical Imperial IPA-fruited sour ale lets mild brettanomyces yeast affect floral-dried lemon pit entry and yellow grapefruit tartness over resinous hop fade.
On tap at Plank Pizza, wood-lacquered Simcoe hop bittering seeps into lively lemon-seeded peach, mango, grapefruit and pineapple tang as well as raw-honeyed pale malting. Light floral remnant picks up currant-like pizzazz at fruitful off-dry finish.
Bolder and more assertive than typical watermelon-flavored brews, though its featured fruit loses luster against citric-spiced IPA bittering and minor fusel alcohol burn (10% ABV). Acrid watermelon rind astringency contrasts candied watermelon sugaring above rich barley-roasted cookie dough malting. Tart orange-peeled yellow grapefruit, pineapple and mango illusions waver.