On tap at Kitchen & Beer Bar, divergent hopped-up West Coast IPA (with unassuming 9.7% ABV) stays dry as dank pine resin seeps into dehydrated grapefruit-mango conflux, raw-honeyed orange blossom musk, dark floral mustiness and mild black peppering. More abstruse than complex.
On tap at Kitchen & Beer Bar, ‘recklessly hoppy recipe’ celebrates 10 year anniversary of fabulous Ruination. But its muskily citric Centennial-Citra hop blend and the original’s piney floral perfuming are lacking. Instead, its candied orange stead never overcomes the iodine-stiffened boozy ethers.
On tap at Kitchen & Beer Bar, blending an old strong ale with a lower gravity new beer in a red wine oak foudre, glassy vodka-fruited 8.8% ABV strong ale recalls an English barleywine for a sec with its toffee-spiced caramel alacrity. But then tannic oaken red wine esters, dry sherry leathering and barnyard acridity stumble into lemony grapefruit and orange briskness.
On tap at Jealous Monk, crisply easygoing Baja-inspired Mexican lager places sea-salted lime zesting next to peppery agave perfuming in dry corn malt setting.
On tap at Kitchen & Beer Bar, overloaded 25th anniversary India Pale Ale blends seven hop varieties and marmalade-fruited expanse into hidden 12.5% ABV boozing. Tangy orange marmalade, peachy apricot jam, salted pineapple, tart lemon meringue, sweet cantaloupe and toasted coconut illusions ride above lightly creamed vanilla-daubed pale malting as dewy compost-wafted earthiness, lightly embittered pine resin and herbal lemongrass-peppercorn snip provide counterpoint.
Somewhat blandly ordinary reduced-gluten IPA lacks specific stylistic piney fruiting as gritty raw graining overwhelms lemondrop-candied tartness and orange-dried grapefruit spicing in mannered tea-like setting recalling a desiccated British IPA.
On tap at Andy’s Corner Bar, zestful orange-peeled grapefruit bittering and peachy tangerine licks gain resinous spruce-tipped pining and grassy hop astringency over caramelized pale malts for dry West Coast-styled IPA one step better than middle-of-the-road pack.
Balancing “dank and fruity” hop varieties, unfiltered 9.4% ABV India Pale Ale maintains lightly creamed caramelization for intensified lemony grapefruit-orange tang and candied peach-pineapple-tangerine sweetness, leaving mild alcohol warmth on the smoothly clean mineral grained back end.
Lavishly rich amber-hazed tripel/ IPA hybrid guides white peppered floral-spiced Belgian yeast thru effervescent American-hopped citrus zesting and vanilla-creamed banana and clove niceties above cinnamon-toasted cookie dough malting, leaving rum-sugared vodka nip on tannic green grape esters at the durably fulsome finish. Lemon meringue, tangy pineapple, bruised orange, honeyed peach and salted mango illusions spread across epic landscape.
Sharply bold tangerine pureed IPA with tart pineapple twist gains clean vodka boozing and bitter hop resonance. Juicy tangerine-pineapple tandem given tangy orange-peeled mango and grapefruit splurge at pine-dashed tropical finish.
On tap at Sogo’s, robustly “sinful delight” (with unassuming 10.6% ABV) spreads coffee-roasted espresso bittering atop ashen hop-charred nuttiness with assaultive brevity. At the bold finish, thick dark-roast coffee tones gain cacao-nibbed black chocolate insistence and mild burnt wood fray.
On tap at Growler & Gill, calmly reserved ‘tropical lager’ wrangles lemony yellow grapefruit spritz out of zesty Citra-Mosaic hop sunshine. Vinous white grape subtlety underscores lightly embittered orange rind midst where sweet pineapple-coconut tranquility contrasts mild pine resin subsuming divergent India Pale Lager.