On tap at Ambulance, joyous Imperial IPL brings clean mineral water crisping to lively fruited hop tropicalia and biscuity cereal grain toasting. Zestful lemon-limed yellow grapefruit briskness and spiced-up mango-peach-pineapple conflux brighten up perfectly designed ‘big’ lager.
“Freakishly tasty” India Pale Lager combines the bitter fruited hop bite of an IPA with the pale malt smoothness of a light lager. Sunny grapefruit-peeled lemon tang and bitter orange peel surge pick up light herbal-hopped pining and wispy floral perfuming to contrast mild sugar-spiced malt creaming.
Light lager yeast allows doughy white breading to subtly influence IPA-like lemony grapefruit-seeded orange rind bittering and mildly pungent herbal hop astringency. Floral-bound pine resin seeps inside brisk citrus finish.
On tap at Plank Pizza, refreshingly summery Imperial IPA (with well-disguised 8.5% ABV) balks at expectant ‘extreme’ hop bittering. Instead, brisk lemon zest and light sugared spicing provide smooth mouthfeel. Floral grapefruit-peeled tangelo, pineapple, orange, mango and peach tang reinforces brisk lemon-dropped Sorachi Ace hop sharpness. Lemon pith souring, fresh-cut grass astringency and faint lemongrass herbage fortify dank citric back end.
On tap at Ambulance, mildly aggressive dry-hopped pale lager brings wood-parched IPA fruiting to sugar-spiced crystal malting. Chinook, Centennial and Simcoe hops create sharp hardwood astringency for lemony mango, guava and pineapple tang.
On tap at Growler & Gill, crisp German pilsner-malted moderation with tangible dry-hopped Imperial Pale Lager fruiting picks up light floral spicing and relegated honey malt sweetness. Sharp lemon-soured yellow grapefruit tang gleefully brightens all corners. Just a tad phenol.
On tap at Ambulance, respected hop-forward India Pale Lager drapes sticky hop oiled resin all over herbal-pined citrus bittering and well hidden 7.2% ABV astringency. Lemony navel orange, clementine and tangerine expectancy heightened by dry pine freshness and aromatic floral bouquet.
On tap at Ambulance, wavering Imperial Pale Lager brings IPA-like piney fruiting to grouty citra hop astringency and musky vegetal herbage. Crisp pilsner malting saddles bitter lemon tartness, candied pineapple-strawberry conflux and light fennel snip.
On tap at Ambulance, ambitious dry-bodied Imperial IPA tosses lemon-peeled orange, grapefruit and pineapple bittering at sugary peach, mango, tangerine, nectarine and cantaloupe sweetness (as well as submerged celery watering). Resinous Cascade hop bittering brings astringency to tropical-fruited finish.
On tap at Ambulance, ultra-dry hop-headed collaboration (between Ohio’s award winning brewery and upstart New York City distributor Sarene) brings lingered yellow grapefruit bittering and mild reedy pining to zesty citric hop pungency. Honeyed crystal malting stays in the distance as bitter juniper berry influence gains embittered momentum.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, high-octane 2014 Imperial is Founders first lager in 12 years. Mighty 8.7% ABV provides strong ethanol influence to tropical India Pale Ale-like fruiting and resinous pine needling. Grapefruit peel-embittered orange rind, pineapple, nectarine and apple tang receives fragrant floral-perfumed waft. Sugary crystal malting sweetens loud citric-pined finish.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, subtle Imperial Lager inspired by Guided By Voices underground rock classic, “Bee Thousand,” ties peaty Scotch licks to varied fruited nuances. Wafting perfumed hops delicately enhance soft-toned apple, peach, strawberry and banana illusions as well as vinous grape wisp. Fusel alcohol nip spikes sweet Scotch frontage.