On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, summery citrus splendor shines brightly as tart lemon-candied blood orange adjunct gains lively pink grapefruit influence and subtle Sauvignon Blanc souring above light pale malting.
Frail skinny-canned aluminum yellowed dry body with delicate white webbed lace stays unassumingly vapid. Meager corn-starched lemon licks, wispy mandarin orange smidge and distant vegetal nuance remain barren over white-breaded pilsner malting.
Glowing yellow-hazed New England-styled pale ale (sans piney IPA resin) brings floral citric-spiced banana sweetness to spritzy lemon zest and light herbal snip for easygoing drinkability. Tangy orange, tangerine and pineapple juicing counters grassy hay astringency at brisk pale malt-sugared finish.
Casually unassuming and likably straightforward, dry-hopped moderation never goes out of its way to be anything other than a world class pale ale. Sunny yellow grapefruit tang, zesty lemon spritz, brisk navel orange sweetness and pale malt spicing contrast dank pine resin in crisply clean mineral water setting. Mild peach, mango, tangerine and guava tropicalia provides further depth.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, heftier version of brewers’ renowned Boat Beer (masking heightened 8.4% ABV) emboldened by plentiful IPA-like citrus fruiting, grainier pale malt spine and powdered lupulin oils (instead of hop pellets). Lemony grapefruit zest and ancillary guava-papaya tartness grazed by resinous hemp dankness and delicate lemongrass herbage above doughy dry malting. Sunshiny summertime fare with a solid hop-grained redemption.
On tap at Amsterdam Ale House, reliable lightly yellow-hazed moderation conjures New England-styled IPA with its bright yellow grapefruit tang and lemony orange zest, despite easing up on the lactic souring and being void of any wood tones. Sunny citrus spicing and wispy mango-pineapple-papaya tropicalia spread across mild grassy hop astringency above sugary pale malts.
On tap at Ambulance, dry orange blossom-honeyed citrus serenity rides above dewy pale malt base. Advertised cantaloupe and elderflower illusions stay recessive.
Roasted pueblo-serrano chili peppering extends the heat to slightly pungent herbal hop grassiness and rice-y pale malt dryness. Green chili pepper burn stays toned down so zesty lemon spritz could spread a little sunshine.