On tap at Poor Henry’s, soft nitro-like plushness of oaken vanilla tannins sidle lightly creamed lemon meringue tartness, musky orange oils and dank hop resin. Tertiary apricot, tangerine and Chardonnay illusions waver. Atypical as far as IPA’s go, but quite approachable for more adventurous pale ale buds.
On tap at The Oath, wondrous ‘alchemy of wood and hops’ leaves initial caramelized bourbon vanilla sweetness upon sharp IPA fruiting, resinous pine lacquer, charred oak tannins and rosy floral aromatics. Boozy whiskey, sherry and cedar-chipped rum tones provide lightly lingered alcohol burn to bourbon-soaked orange peel, pineapple, peach, cherry and red grape tang as well as tertiary molasses-sapped coconut, marshmallow and pecan snips.
On tap at Mohawk House, soothingly seductive India Pale Ale fermented in “bourbon barrels with cherry” retains sweet rum-like pleasantry from mild alcohol phenols. Sedate cherry-bruised orange liqueur, pineapple and peach sugaring belies dry whiskey tangent. Tingly bourbon finish lingers ever so softly.
On tap at Growler & Gill, ‘massive’ rye-influenced India Pale Ale aged in bourbon barrels retains soothing vanilla spicing and tangy citrus serenade. Dry rye malting gains Scotch, brandy, and whiskeyed cherry reminders at the calming bourbon vanilla finish.
On tap at Growler & Gill, ‘elegantly dry’ white oak-aged version of high profile IPA brings ‘sleek vanilla, coconut and dill pickling’ to spruce-sugared tropical fruiting. Light tannic oak leathering soaks into floral-daubed grapefruit, orange, mango and peach tang while mild plasticine waxing snags the back end.
On tap at Andy’s Corner Bar, soured oak-aged medium body layers wild brettanomyces funk upon bright IPA-like grapefruit and orange tang as well as salted grape esters and moderate citric hop bittering. Mild mango-clementine and tangerine illusions flutter by.
On tap at Taphouse 15, raspy alcohol burn (from Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace whiskey barrels) inundates bourbon-influenced IPA as orange-peeled grapefruit, pineapple and peach tang gets whisked away. Soft-toned bourbon vanilla appeal and crisp mineral water base contrast strong alkaline acidity.
Polite English-styled IPA lets mild oak-aged Scotch licks, dewy peat sweetness and grassy hop astringency caress zesty lemon snips over light baked bread spine. Earthen pale malts enhance oaken vanilla, crisp tobacco, fungal truffle, dried apricot and sugar glass subsidies. Soothingly smooth sessionable fare.
On tap at Julian’s Restaurant, highly impressive Double Trouble IPA gets aged in bourbon barrels and gains whiskey-daubed oaken vanilla warmth to elevate juicier fruited frontage. Resinous piney hop oiling embitters lemony grapefruit-orange peel briskness while contrasting tropical pineapple, mango, melon, tangerine, peach and apricot tang. Marmalade custard, coconut, almond and butterscotch nuances as well as maple-sugared spruce sapping enhance sweet caramel malting. Corn-sugared bourbon warmth pleasantly infiltrates the bright citric finish.