On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, floral grapefruit-peeled orange tang and mild grassy hop astringency envelop Grateful Dead-inspired granola knockoff. Honeyed almond, oats and cereal grain influence unassuredly secondary to dry pale-malted citrus stead.
On tap at Ambulance, sassy sessionable sureshot (with cool cartoon label) coalesces bright citrus zest with dank bark-dried wood tones, grassy herbal notions and tingly spicing over dry cracker-like pale malts. Lemony orange, clementine and tangerine tang picks up ancillary pineapple, peach, mango and tangelo illusions.
On tap at Taphouse 15, easygoing beige yellow-hazed pale ale pairs perfumed yellow grapefruit tanginess with musky hop-oiled astringency, slowly gaining mandarin orange, tangerine and pineapple illusions above sweet grain malt bottom.
Pleasant moderation blends mellow yellow grapefruit tanginess with subtle orange-tangerine linger, floral lemon dusting, grassy hop astringency and bready pale malts. Well-crafted mainstream fodder.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, straightforward moderation retains lemony grapefruit tang, orange-dried tartness and grassy hop astringency above pilsner-malted wheat breading. A tad bolder than usual pale ale fare.
Basic easygoing pale ale designed for 30th Anniversary celebration in conjunction with Star Trek: Next Generation. Dry orange-spiced tang and honeyed lemon herbage struggle to the fore above biscuity caramel-Vienna malting, picking up a sour citric edge when warmed. Stylistically unresolved but quite quaffable.
Subtle cranberry adjunct guides pinkish amber pale ale hybrid (with billowy white head). Full-blown sour candied citrus assault boasts sharp lemony grapefruit-seeded orange peel entry that bitterly lingers. Tart cranberry juicing lays low alongside unripened papaya-pineapple-guava souring, revealing sourer India Pale Ale comparisons. Setback piney hop oiling contrasts mild oats malting.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, crisply clean pale ale enlightened by IPA-styled citrus bittering and herbal hop astringency. Yellow grapefruit essence rises above orange rind bittering while mild pale malt sugaring guards the biscuity spine.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, turbidly amber-yellowed medium body adds sour lactose acidity to salty lemon pith bittering, dry-hopped passionfruit puree tartness and zesty mandarin orange wisps. Below the soured tropicalia lies grouty fennel, lemongrass and celery illusions.
Well-realized and stylistically bold pale ale (dedicated to former San Diego baseball star, Tony Gwynn) places tangy grapefruit-orange-pineapple juicing upfront as resinous hop pining contrasts cereal-grained caramel sugaring. Tertiary mango, peach, clementine and tangerine fruiting adds further luster.
On tap at Growler & Gill, crisply clean freshwater flow provides smooth setting for interesting pale ale turnabout. Zesty lemon burst furnished by abstruse floral herbage, oily pine hops and sugared pale malting. Delicate pineapple, mango, passionfruit and mandarin orange illusions add zing to offbeat eccentricity.
Toasted Vienna-malted pale ale sets wavered caramelized sweetness against slick floral-citric spicing, leafy hop astringency, gluey cardboard riffs and earthen fungi mustiness. A bit unbalanced and stylishly nebbish.