“Celebratory” winterized wheat ale brings sweet hefeweizen-like banana, bubblegum, clove and coriander template to lightly lingered white-peppered citric hop bittering and mild herbal notions over tempered torrified wheat base. Zesty orange-peeled lemon spritz picks up sugary vanilla creaming and holiday-spirited nutmeg niche to boost spicy banana luster.
Duping a classic German confection with mixed results, pithy black cherry influence never takes hold as equally bittersweet dark roast chocolate malting gets mired by distractingly astringent oily hop resin. Needs more focused Black Forest Cake likeness. Dried cherry blurt gains subtle cocoa, prune and grape wisps.
“Tastefully tart twist” on brewers’ Golden Monkey tripel retains ‘sweet fruity essence.’ Light brettanomyces souring gently affects up-front lemon bruise pucker, vinous green grape esters, dry green apple tartness, oaken cherry musk and raspberry respite over musty barnyard funk.
On tap at The Oath, amplified winter wheat ale coalesces Citra-hopped lemony orange tang, mild banana-clove-bubblegum sweetness and light white-peppered herbage above terrified wheat spine, picking up estery white grape remnant as well as wispy peach, pear and quince illusions at jubilant citric-spiced finish.
On tap at City Tap – Cleveland, fine mocha nutty resilience spreads atop maple-sapped oats toasting and mild hop char. Dark chocolate, toffee, burnt caramel and cocoa illusions sweeten sassy hazelnut adjunct.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, wholly enjoyable cold-brewed coffee ale retains creamy mocha resonance over mild citric rind bittering. Ground coffee continuance maintains strength while tertiary vanilla bean, cocoa and mocha latte illusions serenade the backside.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Hoboken, easygoing moderate-to-medium body brings lemony orange-pineapple-grapefruit tang to mildly pungent floral-herbed piney hop bittering. Pleasant sugar-spiced citrus continuance and dainty carapils malting will please pale ale enthusiasts.
On tap at Growler & Gill, unassuming 21st Anniversary India Pale Ale’s bright lemony grapefruit uprising gets supported by mild carapils malting, astringent hops, floral accents and resinous pine, but indecisive fruit paste finish beckons.
On tap at Taphouse 15, fascinatingly full-bodied stout layers dark-roast coffee frontage with distinct bourbon vanilla sweetness, gaining contrastive hop-charred bittering above barley-roasted mocha malting. Chewy molasses syruping, rich Black Forest caking, relaxing port-burgundy wining and latent hazelnut snip reinforce loud black coffee thunder.
On tap at River Of Beer, updated 2016 All Malt Lager stays sessionable as sticky honey malt sweetness enhances perfumed citrus hops. Just too obvious and oblivious style-wise, perhaps.
On tap at River Of Beer, easygoing moderation utilizes subtle bacterial brettanomyces souring to affect light pilsner malts, dry-hopped earthen wood tones and wispy barnyard acridity. Lemony white grape illusions sneak in the back end.