Easygoing bourbon barrel-aged ale brings buttery rum-spiced whiskey nip to sweet Knob Creek bourbon licks for muted 9% ABV warmth. Mild oaken vanilla subtlety, caramelized toffee sugaring, meager dried fruiting and cedar-chipped almond wisp stay just beneath the surface. Delicately underwhelming, though maple-sapped whiskey finish is convincingly regal.
Streamlined Belgian-American wheat ale hybrid brings Fat Tire’s mildly creamed caramel-toasted amber ale styling to mild dubbel-like dried fruiting. Understated sugarplum, raisin and date spicing tingles wheat wafer spine. Needs richer template and roundedness.
On tap at Fishheads – Nags Head, blanched SweeTarts candy likeness gains sour gose-like salinity to contrast lemon shandy-like soda pop sweetness of underwhelming collaboration with Mexico’s Cerveceria Primus. Limey strawberry-watermelon Jolly Rancher illusions stay distant alongside wispy hibiscus and agave adjuncts. Murkily chalked fruiting remains nebulous.
Sweet honey creaming drapes Seville orange peel tang, herbal-spiced white peppering and musty Belgian yeast cellar funk of respectable hybridized tripel. In the midst, candied pineapple, peach, tangerine and tangelo fruiting engages honeyed orange theme.
Briskly assertive medium-to-full body placates perfumed grapefruit-peeled orange rind bittering with pine-needled hop resin and wispy onion-chive respite. Zesty citric-bound Mosaic hops balance woody Amarillo varietal while distant sweet-spiced pineapple, peach and mango illusions provide tangy contrast.
On tap at Plank Pizza, likable hemp-seeded IPA with hefty cannabis waft will scare away straight-edge marijuana haters. Dank hemp musk gains leafy hop astringency, desiccated citrus licks and sweet peat mulching over gritty pale-wheat malts.
On tap at The Oath, iconic Fat Tire Amber takes on light-bodied witbier styling with fine results as Seville orange and ground coriander adjuncts embrace proprietary doughy wheat ale yeast. Pleasurable Seville orange tang, sweet coriander spicing and brisk floral-citrus Nugget/ Cascade hop tandem ride above oats-honeyed white wheat malting. Zesty lemon spritz, mild vanilla creaming and white-peppered lemongrass snip add to its effervescent splendor.
Moderate habanero pepper heat and subtle cinnamon spicing receive toasted pumpkin glaze. Sweet pumpkin pie continuance nearly wiped out by habanero heat, leaving only a scattering of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg seasoning at the thickly creamed caramelized pumpkin finish. On tap at Plank Pizza, ’18 version kept the habanero heat on top of pumpkin pie spicing as well as tertiary gourd, yam and sweet potato nuances.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, subtly sweet-spiced mandarin orange influence receives mildly creamed wheat malting for sturdily richer toasted bread spine (than usual IPA fare). Mild orange-peeled peach and grapefruit wisps settle below the surface.
Satisfactory Mosaic-hopped moderation spreads light lemon licks across sugar-spiced pale malts and mild toasted mineral graining, reaching proper stylistic astringency at the dank earthen bottom.
Pleasant lemony grapefruit tang, white-peppered citric hop (Mosaic and Amarillo) bittering, delicate evergreen pining and fresh-cut grass earthiness pick up pithy sugar-spiced sweetness. Orange-peeled pineapple, tangerine and peach illusions barely reach the surface while creamy wheat malts stay safely below. Stylishly slick.