Sunshiny yellow grapefruit tang gains brisk orange rind bittering above rye-dried pale malt backbone as bark-dried pine needling increases. Tertiary pineapple, peach and tangerine tones recede alongside recessive sugar spicing. Astonishingly well-hidden 11.4% ABV spikes raspy citric-pined delight hop-heads will highly regard.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Hoboken, hilariously sexually charged moniker somehow suits this ‘panties dropping’ high energy (10.6% ABV) strong ale. Its murky copper-dirtied hue will scare away lighter thirsts upon sight. However, well-balanced and enduringly fruity India Pale Ale hearkens to a syrupy malt-enriched Sangria-bound barleywine. Luxurious pink grapefruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, cherry, mango and tangerine tang sweetens alongside sugary pastry confection and above pungently resinous piney hop bittering. Undeniable.
On tap at Amazing Grapes, captivating 19th Anniversary Imperial IPA unloads six hop varieties onto malt-heavy 9% ABV full body. Caramel-candied apple, bruised orange, lemon meringue, pink grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peach, cantaloupe, honeydew and melon melange absorbs dank pine resin, sweet spruce sugaring and plasticene clay quirk.
On tap at River Of Beer, durable dry-hopped IPA (with latent 10.3% ABV surge) brings softly perfumed citrus spree to stinky piney hop resin above light sugar-spiced honeyed wheat backbone. Yellow grapefruit, pineapple and orange rind bittering contrast lesser apple, melon and berry illusions. Be prepared for ethyl alcohol ascension at briskly fruited finish.
On tap at River Of Beer, mighty hop bomb gathers dry Chinook-Cascade-Centennial-hopped fruit zest, resinous pine dankness and pale wheat malting. Zesty lemon, grapefruit, orange and peach tang awakens subtle sugar-spiced sweetness to contrast ascending oily hop bitterness.
On tap at Ambulance, “aggressive” Mosaic-hopped bittering provides zesty citrus tang for honey-spiced pale malt sweetness and mild buttery creaminess. Brisk yellow grapefruit, pineapple, orange, tangerine and mango illusions crest above dank earthen bottom.
“Holiday Road”-derived Vacation comedy inspired approachable Imperial IPA. Orange-bruised yellow grapefruit tang saddled by floral-daubed peach, nectarine, tangerine and cherry conflux above sugar-spiced marzipan malts. Cookie dough yeast sinew contrasts moderate pine hop bittering at syrupy fruit finish.
On tap at Doherty’s, bittersweet perfume-spiced citrus essence gains botanical edge as sharp piney hop affluence rolls over mild rye-dried pale malting. Distant cologne waft picks up sleepy alcohol whir that further embitters its zesty citric luster.
On tap at River Of Beer, luscious 20th Anniversary celebrator lacquers tropical pineapple, grapefruit, orange, cantaloupe and mango tang atop creamily rum-spiced sugar malts. Crisp, clean and refreshing, hiding intense 10% ABV astringency, oily pine resin and mild floral bouquet beneath fruitful splendor.
On tap at Julian’s, fine West Coast Imperial IPA takes on richer malt-sugared profile than usual citric-pined hop-forward fare. Bitter lemony grapefruit-orange expectancy balanced abruptly by honeyed pineapple, mango, peach and papaya tropicalia as well as light floral herbage.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, aggressive 2016 limited edition Imperial IPA proves original as brisk citra-hopped avocado flower honey heightens floral-sweetened fruit juicing over chewy whiskey-daubed caramel malting. Capacious pink grapefruit, Valencia orange, red cherry, mango, pineapple, papaya, guava and apple bouquet really sings out! Minor earthen pine resin adds light astringency to the underside of ambitious avocado-honeyed 20th anniversary hybrid.
On tap at Amazing Grapes, soft-toned saison-influenced citrus souring and farmhouse-dried barnyard leathering affect lemony IPA-like yellow grapefruit and orange rind bittering above polite honeyed malt sweetness. Tropical Nelson Sauvin hop influence reaches fruition at the brisk mineral-watered citric finish.