On tap at Ambulance on St. Patrick’s Day ’18, lightly barrel-aged porter retains dry dark chocolate-cocoa conflux and mildly molasses-smoked hazelnut, walnut and peanut illusions above steady hop-charred bittering. Oaken wood influence undetermined, but rich mocha capacity undeniably uplifting.
Effervescent yellow-cleared bantam relies on active saison yeast to awaken its wafting floral-perfumed rose petal sweetness, crabapple-like rose hips tartness and lime-dried lemon hop souring. Mild barnyard acridity and slight cellar musk found beneath the surface. Lovely red rose luster also benefits from citric-spiced lemondrop, mandarin orange and tangelo illusions.
On tap at Valhalla, mild Citra-Mosaic-hopped India Pale Ale lets tart raw-honeyed passionfruit, guava, mango and gooseberry souring lead the way. Sedate grape esters and mandarin orange tease add to poignant tropicalia. Soft mineral-grained hop bottom lightens the load.
On tap at Valhalla, subtly spiced rye malting receives lemony floral musk and mellow grassy hop astringency. Better-than-average dry-bodied lightweight.
On tap at Ambulance, hybridized black-bodied stout brings juicy orange tang and earthen truffle nuttiness to reclining black chocolate fudging. Minor fungi must, teasing cocoa powdering and soy-sauced splurge lean towards the dry side. Orange puree, orange marmalade and orange liqueur illusions relegate chocolate finish.
On tap at Ambulance, straightforward tropical fruiting streamlines flaked rye malting of somewhat stylistically unassuming 10% ABV barleywine. Continual citrus-spiced spritz overrides dry rye spine (and resinous pine snip). Serve to IPA fans.
On tap at Ambulance, velvety brown-hazed full body retains creamy raspberry fudge truffle theme over cookie dough-laden chocolate malts and drifting vanilla sweetness. Muscovado-sugared raspberry puree tartness deepened by syrupy dark chocolate thickness, bringing Mudcake, molasses cake, Black Forest cake and brownie richness to the surface. Subtle dried-fruited blackberry, black cherry, blueberry and huckleberry illusions resonate below hefty raspberry contingent of complex dessert treat.
On tap at Ambulance, adequate Imperial Porter may lack pertinent salted caramel influence but easy flowing dark-roast mocha setting picks up mild dry cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and molasses illusions that linger softly.
On tap at Ambulance, tantalizing tropical fruiting sits atop creamy crystal malting and dankly pined Galaxy-Centennial-Equinox hop bittering of durable West Coast ‘triple’ IPA. Zesty pineapple, grapefruit, orange, tangerine and mango tang retains brisk juiciness.
Soft-toned Mosaic and Citra-hopped IPA lets wildflower-honeyed mango adjunct lightly affects lemony grapefruit, orange and pineapple tang. Moderate piney hop bittering contrasts mango-jangled tropical fruiting.
On tap at Seven Lakes Station, admirable Big Lebowski-inspired White Russian knockoff abides. Old-fashioned cocktail inspired by classic cult flick retains proper coffee liqueur creaming, rum-sugared vodka swipe, vanilla-beaned cacao nibs ripple and syrupy sweet milkiness. On second passing, cinnamon-sugared Graham Cracker illusion found. Gimmicky dessert treat for sweet-toothed dudes high on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s trippy ’69 homeward retreat, “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.”
On tap at Beef Trust, distinguished Mosaic-hopped pale ale embraces sharp IPA-like fruiting with its floral-daubed grapefruit, orange, pineapple and mango tang fronting light piney hop pungency and subtle caramel malting. Brisk lemon-limed carbolic spritz brightens the load.