Taut pale ale given briskly fruited hazy NEIPA styling that resonates with orange-peeled yellow grapefruit tanginess and lightly pungent resinous hop bittering. Pasty pale malts contrast herbal musk to fortify the back end while subtle peach, mango, tangerine and illusions reinforce the juicy citric frontage. Betters less fruitful, more astringent pale ales.
On tap at Growler & Gill, eggcream-inspired soda-styled milk stout needs deeper mocha resonance. Milk-sugared cocoa nibs gain slight chocolate syruping as passive caramel-burnt coffee and vanilla tones come and go – finishing like a chocolate custard/ pudding.
On tap at Taphouse 15, fudgy ‘vanilla shake’ with sweet bourbon blitz spreads mighty brown chocolate creaminess across Beer Geeked French-press coffee tones. Mocha-glazed bourbon vanilla piquancy gains latent marshmallow, coconut, anise and toffee licks atop the molasses oatmeal base for lusciously decadent dessert.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, rounded tropical fruiting graces creamy vanilla-frothed caramel malt base of delightful Imperial IPA dedicated to flashy Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury. Evenly spread grapefruit, orange, tangerine, peach, mango and pineapple tang perked up by sweet floral perfumed notions contrasting light piney hop astringency. Heady 9% ABV hidden well.
On tap at Ambulance, fantastic velvety smooth oak-aged version of Beer Geek’s oatmeal stout series serenades fudgy cocoa beaning and French press coffee persuasion with sweet bourbon vanilla warmth. Whiskeyed chocolate battering gains ancillary café latte, Baker’s chocolate, espresso and toasted coconut illusions as well as dried cherry nuances. A perfect wintry nightcap.
On tap at Beef Trust, sessionable dry-hopped New England-hazed IPA leads with zesty Mosaic-hopped grapefruit peel bittering rising above sticky Simcoe-hopped pine resin while contrasting mild oats sugaring. Floral-bound lemony orange briskness complemented by tropical mango-cantaloupe-tangerine-pineapple tang.