Variant India Pale Ale brings peculiar eye-squinting citrus rot tartness (reminiscent of an acidic Berliner Weiss) to the fore. Brisk yellow grapefruit, mango and pineapple tang curiously turns to ‘kettle-soured’ lemony white wine tartness above compost-like sourdough spine. A newly hybridized ‘tart IPA’ that’s truly an acquired taste.
Inviting edible flowering provides temptingly particular vibrancy to intriguingly complex saison. Tart lemon frontage gains herbal chamomile spell for refreshing lavender-calendula bouquet. Light white-peppered hop bittering contrasts honeyed pale malt sweetness as lively lemon meringue, lemon custard and lemon basil illusions tingle the tongue.
On tap at Doherty’s, interesting novelty combines light aji panca chili peppering with sweet potato and purple maize adjuncts, but curiosities get stifled by ashen black chocolate-malted cocoa powdering and sour coffee murk. Dry cola, walnut and Brazil nut illusions drift by. In canned version, dry cocoa-dried black chocolate malting gains strength against less obvious chili-peppered potato and maize influence.
Luxuriously creamy Ethiopian-Sumatran ground coffee richness gathers syrupy black chocolate malting to contrast tarry hop-charred bittering above brown-sugared oats malting. Medium-roast coffee essence gains dry espresso, cocoa and vanilla tones. Fizzy carbolic Seltzer spritz tingles tempting java stout.