Dainty brown-sugared cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice holiday seasoning plus subtle vanilla spicing, drizzled cherry molasses and mild chestnut snip seep into honey roasted caramelized chocolate malting of dewy Christmastime elixir. Just a tad thin.
Inspired by confectionery wreath-shaped King Cake, lactose spiced ale with sugar-frosted glaze plies wintry cinnamon-nutmeg seasoning to zesty orange-peeled lemon spritz for Mardis Gras celebration. Wispy light-roasted chestnut, butternut squash and pecan pie reminders bump up against Churro-like fried dough sweetness at pastry-like finish.
Sweet wintry-spiced frosted sugar cookie knockoff topped off with iced vanilla buttercream frosting and pancake battered cinnamon toasting buries phenol Columbus hop astringency beneath oncoming cotton-candied marshmallow licks, fried banana snips and distant nutmeg wisps coated by mildly maple syruped oats flaking. Cream vanilla spice caking crowds the sugar cookie finish.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, quirky ginger-limed vodka cocktail knockoff truly suffices as summertime refresher. Lime-peeled bittering draws ginger-spiced lemon spot and zesty orange nip into its dry rye bottom. Intriguing eccentricity.
‘Variation of Anderson Valley Solstice” adds cardamom, star anise and vanilla to orange-peeled ginger, black-peppered herbage and sugary crystal malts, creating a honeyed chai tea experience. Tertiary chestnut, chamomile and cinnamon illusions add further complexity of worthy medium-bodied herbal spiced mélange.
On tap at Valhalla, “pleasantly askew” Christmas-spiced moderation brings lemony green tea aspect to tingly nutmeg-cinnamon piquancy. Sugary vanilla-creamed corn malts provide sweet backdrop.
On tap at Morris Tap & Grill, mildly creamed lactose-sugared vanilla icing coats cinnamon-toasted pastry sweetness of well-designed winterized dessert treat. Cinnamon apple pie crusting nearly conceals holiday-styled gingerbread, nutmeg and mulling spice illusions.
On tap at Seven Lakes Station, thin barrel-aged sour ale infused with ginger and mint knocks off a Mint Julep. Lemon-twisted souring adds candied coating and outlasts ginger-mint combo. Serve as accessible crossover to poo-pooing sour ale contingent.
‘Hazy, crisp and bright’ gold-hued Xmas ale lacks full-blown seasonal resolve, becoming slightly arid by the citric-spiced finish. Refreshing orange-peeled lemon zest sparks ginger-minted cinnamon and nutmeg spicing as well as dainty currant and juniper illusions above meager wheat-dried pale malting.
On tap at Growler & Gill, warbling egg nog-like milk-sugared whipped creaming fades as sugar-spiced IPA fruiting (lemon, grapefruit, clementine) gains sharp hop bite. Wintry cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla accents bring gingerbread reminder to moderate-bodied winter warmer.
On tap at Plank Pizza, sugary cinnamon apple spicing and mild gingerbread stint gain pastry-like malt sweetness to contrast lingering astringent hop bitterness of well-designed hybridized IPA.