On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, smoothly creamed malt-smoked Bakers chocolate tone gains syrupy raw molasses bittering and nutty espresso enticement, inducing mild port, burgundy and bourbon illusions above oats-charred base. Re-tasting at Taphouse 15 revealed tertiary dark cherry, toasted coconut and vanilla bean whims as well.
On tap at Taphouse 15, soft-toned pilsner malts and straw-dried rye, oats and wheat graining underscore zesty lemon-licked orange, pineapple, mango and grapefruit tang for mildly boozy (8.4% ABV) Imperial IPA. On the bitter end, juniper and currant illusions fortify moderate piney hop bittering.
On tap at Midland Ale House, well-rounded dry-hopped medium body brings floral citrus pleasantries to the fore as its moderate piney hop bite contrasts candied caramel malting. Brisk orange-peeled grapefruit rind bittering gains tangy mango-peach-cantaloupe subsidy.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, tangy orange and tangerine juicing receives tart pineapple, peach, mango, guava and pear subsidy above grassy-hopped pine resin. Dry-hopped tropical fruiting spread by Mosaic-Mandarina varieties.
On tap at Andy’s Corner Bar, worthy quad drapes dark crystal-malted rye wheat sweetness atop brown-sugared raisin, prune and plum influence as well as sour black cherry subsidy. Calmly caramelized vanilla, banana and cocoa whims slip thru peaty bottom.
On tap at Amazing Grapes, updated 2016 version of Kane’s Drift Line crisply integrates peanut-shelled walnut sear with coffee-oiled black chocolate bittering. Ashen tobacco, chalky cocoa and musky Brazil nut undertones reinforce hop-charred mocha frontage.
On tap at Barcade, approachable American brown ale brings soft Vienna-malted sweetness to oatmeal-toasted hop char. Dry ashen nuttiness shelters cocoa-buttered dark chocolate midst and oily coffee drift. Hazelnut, walnut, praline and pecan illusions reinforce lactic medium body.