On tap at Taphouse 15, honey-dripped IPA fruiting meets dewy pale-malted lager yeast and grassy-hopped pine resin. Bitter orange rind persistence gains zesty orange-tangerine-mango tang. Despite heady 7.8% ABV, ethyl astringency is low.
‘Delicate’ soft-tongued tripel (with astoundingly quiet 9.5% ABV)needs richer malt profile and more up-front resonation as tart beet-sugared crystal malting never sweetens enough. Dryer than most stylistic competitors with daintily candied Belgian yeast influence and blanched pilsner malts needing a push forward.Mildly perfumed banana tartness pick up desolately spiced pineapple, mango and orange tropicalia.
Updated version of brewer’s Pilzilla (circa 2017) relies more on earthen tea-like herbal musk than dry piney grapefruit sustenance. At the finish, grassy hop astringency upends tart lemongrass spurt (and subdued leafy foliage).
On tap at Taphouse Grille – Wayne, luscious nitro stout provides fudgy chocolate cake sweetness to light-roast coffee, creamy vanilla and milk-sugared oats as its mild earthen cellar dankness creeps up behind. A veritable chocolate pudding.
On tap at Andy’s Corner Bar, rich, creamy, increasingly popular ‘black ale’ heightens chewy black chocolate syruping with light oak-staved bourbon sugaring to contrast mildly hop-charred dark cocoa, vanilla bean and espresso bittering. Dark-roasted mocha malting gains sinewy molasses sweetness and distant wood-burnt singe as wispy raisin, prune and date illusions flutter beneath. Despite hefty 12% ABV, velvety smooth ‘Big Black’ full body goes down easy.