Retaining the bright citrus nature of a dry IPA, brisk pale ale lets piney fruiting run thru musky hop phenols and arid pale malts. Lemony yellow grapefruit stead allows ancillary orange-peeled pineapple, green mango and papaya tropicalia to spread.
On tap at Taphouse Grille – Wayne, extremely dry fruited sour with bitter lemony cranberry pucker, tannic green grape vinegaring and tart guava snip atop acidulated malts.
Dry golden-glowed cumulous-headed Italian-style pilsner offer mild husked maize rusticity and musky herbage to spritzy lemon spicing above French-breaded pilsner malting. Leathery straw hay astringency adds to raw grained earthiness.
On tap at Seven Tribesmen, lovely mocha-induced full body links creamy milk-sugared coffee richness with fudgy dark chocolate and vanilla. Recessive cappuccino, hazelnut coffee, caramel latte pick up polite hickory smoked cedar scamper. Capacious cocoa coffee creaminess charms sweet-toothed minions.
On tap at Kitchen & Beer Bar, coppery moderation with lightly kilned melanoidin malt starching gains tepid caramel roast, wavered floral spicing and buttery apple tinge as herbal Noble hop musk nips at the withered brown bread finish.
On tap at Taphouse Grille – Wayne, dryer stylistic hefeweizen relies on floral-daubed Barbe Rouge hops to provide wayward raspberry currant influence for standardized banana-clove expectancy and tidy herbal recess. Sharp lemon bittering persists.
‘Aggressively hopped’ NEIPA could use juicier tropical fruited frontage. Yet its tangy orange, mango and pineapple spicing and herbal lemon souring never fail to gently entice above cereal grained pilsner(?) malting.
Soft-toned German-styled pilsner offers zesty lemon spicing, dried maize astringency and musky herbal daub to sweet cereal grained pilsner malting for easygoing appeal.
Nicely peculiar smoked saison (collaboration with Long Lot) plies pickled jalapeno, habanero and poblano peppering to stylish fruit-spiced cultured yeast esters. Mild pepper burn slowly sears thru lemon-sliced cucumber watering and acrid barnyard rusticity.
On tap at Taphouse Grille – Wayne, velvety lactose-infused IPA lacks creamy marshmallow-vanilla milkshake thickness but retains juicy mangosteen-lacquered peach, banana and lychee tang over buttery wheated oats.
WAYNE, NEW JERSEY
Just off Route 23 in Wayne at a green-shingled, maroon-sided Victorian farmhouse, SEVEN TRIBESMEN BREWERY opened for biz during springtime 2020. Owned by a dedicated Hungarian-American clan, Seven Tribesmen makes some of the most approachable brews in northern New Jersey.
The vintage wood-floored pub is bursting with antiquity, featuring a quaintly elegant side dining room (detailed by a wall-length nomadic cavalry mural) leading to a stately community-tabled barroom (with twelve draught handles at the pale green-tiled wall and a large blackboard beer list). In the back are several sterling stainless steel brew tanks.
My wife and I bring Roscoe the dog and grab a wooden bench at the mulch-grounded back patio to quaff eight easygoing suds on a sunny Saturday afternoon, March ’21.
Dry raw honeyed citrus sedation and mild pale malt spicing stayed polite for Morning Star Blonde Ale, an easygoing opener.
Crisp Czech-styled dry body, Packanack Pils, greeted citric-spiced mineral graining with musky Noble hop herbage.
Easygoing pale golden light body, Pompton Rye Lager, let subtle honeyed rye spicing drape pasty cardboard malting.
Sweet honeyed wheat breading anchored the sharp (Amarillo-Citra-hopped) yellow-orange fruiting and dainty herbal spicing of Alpenstock, a supercharged pale wheat ale.
Slightly sour yellow fruit-spicing engaged Rhineland Kolsch, a crisply clean moderation with biscuit-y pilsner malts.
Sweet red-peppered Hungarian paprika earthiness consumed transcending offbeat spice ale, Paprika Specialty Amber, a dry pale malted moderation with herbal parsley-sage-rosemary whims.
Orange-spiced lemon meringue tartness shielded candi-sugared rum spicing, sweet banana breading and white-peppered herbal licks for medium-bodied Belgian pale ale, Upshot Tripel.
Dry black malt-driven Dragan Irish Stout retained a flattish coffee bean roast, mild dark cocoa remnant and tarry hop-charred nuttiness.
Upon September ’21 mid-afternoon swing, discovered six more Seven Tribesmen brews.
Tartly sour blueberry spicing gained a lemon twist over the cushy white wheat bottom of Jersey Delight Blueberry Ale, leaving mild raspberry-cranberry snips upon its pureed blueberry adjunct.
Blood orange tartness greeted candied tangerine piquancy for Blood Oath Blonde Ale, an easygoing citric affair.
Salted pink guava, passionfruit and caruba tartness swayed Sea Chanted Fruited Sour, propping up slightly acidic lemon lime licks and distant rhubarb compote saucing.
Vibrant Cathedral Grove IPA brought lemony yellow grapefruit, mandarin orange, peach and mango zesting to clay-like hop stead, picking up subtle passionfruit-guava tartness and delicate pine tones at the brisk tropical fruited finish.
Sunny NEIPA, Hop Gambit, let lemony orange-peeled grapefruit zesting seduce its mildly creamed wheated oat base.
Sweet hazelnut coffee-glazed dark chocolate roast inundated Campfire Tales Chocolate Hazelnut Porter. Served with skewered marshmallow, its rich Nutella-like cocoa, hazelnut and vanilla scheme and slight coconut toasting reached the honeyed Graham Cracker base.