Green Flash Palate Wrecker (San Diego, CA; $7/12 oz). This imperial IPA has strong grassy and citrusy hop aromas. The flavor is full-bodied, with just enough caramel hops to balance the huge hop presence. 9.0% ABV.
Le Bilboquet L’Affriolante (Saint-Hyacinthe, QB; $6/16 oz). This spiced ale smells like a red ale spiked with maple syrup. The taste is of slightly toasted amber malt with a hint of honey. The clean finish keeps it from leaving too much sweetness behind. 7.0% ABV.
Napa Smith Bonfire (Napa, CA; $6/12 oz). This imperial porter has a medium-full body, with complex coffee, chocolate and dark caramel flavors. The smooth, robust texture will remind you of the winter that never was. 8.0% ABV.
Peak Organic King Crimson (Portland, ME; $6/12 oz). This imperial red ale is loaded with hops, along with plenty of malts and a touch of maple syrup to give it a buttery smoothness. Flavors of caramel, fruit, and toffee give way to a bittersweet finish. 9.3% ABV.
Stone Vertical Epic 2011 (Escondido, CA; $6/12 oz). The latest installment in Stone’s Vertical Epic series is a Belgian-style amber ale brewed with cinnamon and Anaheim chilies from New Mexico’s legendary Hatch Valley. The Belgian yeast produces some banana and clove flavors up front, while the Pacific Jade hops and the chilies provide a warm spiciness at the end. 9.4% ABV.
Come by soon to get a taste of these. They won't last long!