On tap at Morris Tap & Grill, wintry 2017-derived Belgian pale ale brings cidery champagne effervescence to spicy candi-sugared dried fruiting. Buttery Chardonnay, desiccated orange, banana bread and apricot illusions placate Vermouth-dried vodka expanse of strong blonde.
On tap at Ambulance, dry-hopped hibiscus petaled tropical fruiting picks up estery green grape tartness and leathery oaken cherry snips above honeyed pale malting. Mildly acidic lemon-dropped hibiscus flowering zestily represented.
Streamlined Belgian-American wheat ale hybrid brings Fat Tire’s mildly creamed caramel-toasted amber ale styling to mild dubbel-like dried fruiting. Understated sugarplum, raisin and date spicing tingles wheat wafer spine. Needs richer template and roundedness.
Staid Belgian blonde never catches fire as candi-sugared banana-clove sweetness fades as fast as its negligible orange-spiced piquancy and soured lemon snag. Mild herbal hop astringency contrasts wispy wheat wafer sweetness.
On tap at The Oath, lively Belgian Pale Ale uses subtle wit yeast and honey-spiced pilsner malts to soften its juicy orange rind-embittered grapefruit tang. Mildly pungent resinous hop bittering gains floral fruited vibrancy from Magnum-Cascade-Citra combo. Zesty lemon, peach, tangerine and mandarin orange subtleties fit right in.
Engagingly chameleonic Belgian-styled IPA (from French Canada)lets musty white wine esters enter the fray alongside tangy grapefruit-pineapple-tangerine sweetness, orange-bruised banana tartness and lemon rot souring. Its lively floral-spiced fruitiness lies above cereal-grained Scotch malts and wispy herbal fungi.
On tap at Growler & Gill, wildflower honey-spiced lemon licks pick up dried ginger herbage and perfumed cologne musk – defying usual Belgian Pale Ale styling. Towards the finish, misty perfume-oiled citrus spritz gains chai tea-spiked oregano and sage nuances.
Moderate white-peppered herbal citrus penetration gains zesty lemon spicing and ancillary yellow grapefruit bittering over mild oats-dried spine. Lively Belgian yeast adds spunk to delicately complex pale ale.
On tap at Mellow Mushroom, soft-toned Belgian pale ale gathers sweet banana-clove-vanilla conflux, lemon meringue tartness, estery grape souring and orange-dried apricot murk to contrast earthen fungi-like herbage and mild white peppering to its biscuit-y malt bottom.
On tap at Ambulance, sessionable Belgian pale ale (brewers’ lighter alcohol version of Burly Monk) retains crisply clean grapefruit-juiced hop-oiling above honeyed malt piquancy, but laid-back herbal hop bittering never fully suffices.
On tap at Taphouse Grille, enticing honey-spiced Belgian pale ale layers creamy vanilla sugaring atop juicy lemon-bruised orange tang and mild white-peppered herbal hop bittering, picking up honeydew, cantaloupe and melon illusions. Sweet fruited piquancy contrasted by fusel alcohol warmth at busy finish.
On tap at Benny’s Beer Barrel, ‘rowdy’ pale ale lets subtle candi-sugared Belgian yeast further sweeten tropical mango-peach-pineapple punch above lacquered pine hop oiling, sedate floral notions and pale rye wheat malts. In the backend, phenol lemon-peeled herbage merges with mildly oxidized astringency. Not as untamed as advertised, but enjoyably fruit-juiced.