Tart red raspberry entry gains lightly coriander-spiced Himalayan sea salting and lemon-squinted cranberry pucker to reinforce its lactic sour edge above a dry white wheat bed. But its mildly pungent washed-out raspberry finish flattens.
Sunshiny orange zest and mildly spiced lemony grapefruit tang lead easygoing tropicalia. Bright citrus luster gains teasing piney hop resin and latent herbal astringency to contrast crisp amber-grained pale malt toasting.
Wintry IPA ups the tropical fruit spicing and lowers the piney hop resonance for ‘end of year hop cycle’ celebration. Lovely floral-perfumed grapefruit, orange, pineapple and peach tang gains ancillary mango-nectarine-tangerine conflux and dry wood tone above mild biscuit base. More like a “gentle spree of hops” and that ain’t a putdown for this relaxingly accessible moderation.
On tap at Biggie’s, floral-fruited summertime moderation eases sharp-tongued orange peel and grapefruit rind bittering into soft-throated hibiscus flowering and mildly creamed sugared malt spicing. Mild piney hop resin and dank herbal nuances seep into mannered tropical mango-papaya-guava-cherry tang after initial clean-watered citric intrigue.
On tap at Taphouse 15, tart Balaton cherry juicing brings sour edge to sweet chocolate syruping, vanilla extract adjunct and oats-dried backbone, forging a sanguine Cherry Cordial warmth. Smoked mocha smidge hits mid-palate, alongside dewy tobacco roast, adding underlying acridity to sour ‘n sweet cherry pie finish.
On tap at Biggie’s, mighty fine high octane 2017 (11% ABV) version of Christmastime Belgian dark ale boasts heightened ethanol esters, darker rub red hue and intensified Bing cherry essence as well as more refined wildflower-honeyed astringency. Distant cinnamon, clove and allspice seasoning sweetens treacly backend alongside sugarplum, cocoa and pine nut nuances.
On tap at Taphouse 15, welcoming hybridized Belgian Dark Ale (sans “cherries and honey” of original Christmastime elixir) retains syrupy dark fruiting and candi-sugared Vienna malt spine. Sugar plum, fig, date and raisin illusions pick up sinewy orange-bruised liqueur warmth. Just a tad dryer and less complex than Troegs Mad Elf.
Brisk pink grapefruit-juiced mango tang gains sour lemon rind pungency and downplayed piney hop bittering above crystal pale malting. Herbal chamomile influence and ancillary orange-peeled guava, pineapple, tangerine and cantaloupe illusions support bittersweet mango tango.
On tap at Growler & Gill, velvety nitrogenated milk stout brings delightful Hershey’s dark chocolate syruping to cocoa-spiced vanilla adjunct above barley-roasted oats spine. Mildly creamed chocolate sweetness delicately caresses soft-watered pleasantry.
Stylish brown-sugared pumpkin pie spicing given ginger-minted freshness as well as a lemony champagne twist (emanating from French saison yeast). Ample cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and coriander seasoning sweetens light vanilla creaming to contrast roasted pumpkin vegetalia.
“Alluringly” rounded tripel-styled golden ale retains candi-sugared Belgian yeast sweetness, abundant rum-spiced fruiting and candied caramel malting to contrast herbal white-peppered hop respite. Luscious sugar-spiced cinnamon apple, orange brandy, banana daiquiri, bruised peach, honeyed pear, pineapple and champagne illusions deepened by fusel alcohol warmth.