“Unorthodox” limited edition (2019) West Coast/ New England-styled IPA merger slightly overstates its ‘experimental’ aspect. Though bright lemon-peeled orange and pineapple tanginess brings solid West Coast influence, its sourly acidic New England styling seems adrift as limey passionfruit, vinous green grape tannins and candied pineapple tartness never fully integrate. Mild lemongrass snip also informs mildly hopped moderation.
“Aggressively laidback” India Pale Ale with tart blood orange juicing receives mildly sour lemon pucker. Sedate pineapple, mango and guava tropicalia secures blood orange adjunct sufficiently while sugary vanilla respite sweetens the back end.
On tap at Curley’s, lovely golden-hued mocha stout cushions fulsome Guatemalan coffee roast with flaked barley-oats and dark chocolate malting. Fertile creamed coffee decadence lingers way above astringent hop char. Golden delight.
Stylishly thin canned India Pale Ale maintains “aggressively laid-back” temperament, mildly black-peppered piney hop bittering and dainty floral respite. Light yellow grapefruit, orange, mango and lemon zestiness brightens the overall tone.
Sunshiny ‘Belgian summer ale’ brings sour lemon bruise to sunny orange-peeled grapefruit tang above mild pilsner wheat malting. Light chamomile herbage and coriander spicing get sweetened by subsidiary mandarin orange, peach, pear and banana fruiting.