Distinctly offbeat bluish-tinged amber yellowed IPA brewed with butterfly pea flowers retains briskly sharp citrus blitz and light juniper licks, gaining a bitter blueberry remnant at the bold finish. Lemon-salted grapefruit and orange peel zesting stays prominent as sassy butterfly peas add lemongrass tea nicety to Brut-ish champagne yeast base of just slightly atypical medium-bodied hybrid.
BLAUVELT, NEW YORK
An outgrowth of Andean Brewing’s quirkily cherished maca root-derived Kuka brand, NAP TIME LIQUID CREATION came to fruition late 2017. Directed by proficient Kuka brewmeister, Alex Coronado, Nap Time’s rangy elixirs sometimes stretch stylistic boundaries, but just often reach a comfort zone for Blue Collar pilsner-lager lovers as proven by the two fruitful offerings quaffed during my two-hour June ’19 excursion.
Nap Time’s cozy interior featured a few tables, couch, regal black-and-white paper cut wall art and slate-topped serving station with four draught handles. A few black metal patio tables near the entrance add extra seating.
Sunshiny IPA-like citrus spicing and dank wood musk fronted dry-hopped The Dreamer Light Lager, leaving herbal snips upon its juicy grapefruit-orange tang, mild lemon spritz, latent Hallertau Blanc green grape tannins and teasing Hull Melon gooseberry tartness.
Similarly bright and lively moderation, Incantation Pilsner let lemon-peeled grapefruit zesting and delicate mandarin orange sweetness appease herbal barnyard-dried grassiness and white breaded pale malting.
Heavenly Lick The Mind Of God, a Mosaic-hopped Imperial IPA, brought tangy pineapple juiciness to sweet orange, red grapefruit, mango and peach tropicalia, contrasting its light resinous wood tones.
Dark-roast chocolate and bitter coffee coalesced for easygoing stout, Floating Into The Night, bringing molasses-draped cola, hazelnut and Brazil nut illusions and pureed black cherry daubs into the fray.
Ugandan vanilla beaning and roasted coffee tones guided clean-watered Swedish-inspired milk stout, Fika, a terrific dessert treat utilizing cardamom-spiced cinnamon toasting to caress its minty brown chocolate surge and vanilla-sweetened java finish.
On tap at Ambulance, dark-roasted black chocolate bittering confronts brazenly walnut-seared peanut shelling over ashen piney hops. In the backdrop, light cocoa-seeded pungency contrasts tingly fennel-seeded spicing for nutty tough guy.
On tap at Ambulance and brewed in collaboration with Sierra Nevada to support Camp Fire Relief Fund, Naptime’s version seems directed at typical middle-of-the-road IPA lovers. Sharp citrus fruiting and reserved earthen pine resin override dry pale malt base. Lemony grapefruit-orange-tangerine tanginess and honeyed cantaloupe sugaring sweeten the midst.
On tap at Ambulance, Andean Brewing (known for its Kuka line) crafts Naptime’s durable Imperial Stout circa 2018. Creamy cocoa-powdered dark chocolate malting picks up sugary molasses tone to contrast ashen nuttiness and mild coffee snip as mild dark-roasted hop bittering deepens its resilience.