Throwback Thursday: Fish Brewing Company FishTale Ales Beyond The Pale Pale Ale

Originally posted Monday, July 4th.

The other day I was in a Borders Books and bought a few magazines and one of them was volume one of the 2015 World Beer Awards. This magazine has all the winners in every category and their respected countries, great magazine. But this is not a review of that magazine, no, it’s a review of the worlds best beer 2015, Fish Brewing Company FishTale Ales Beyond The Pale, Pale Ale, 5.0% ABV. This is from Olympia Washington. So I had to try it. Beyond The Pale pours a deep orange color with t foamy two and a half finger white head that dissipates at a nice pace while leaving behind some average lacing. The beer is not to clear so some light is coming through. The aroma is a bit earthy and citrusy with grapefruit and faint hints of orange.  Now the taste is nice with grapefruit bitterness and a few hoppy earth notes and towards the middle and back of the tongue, it is slightly malty. The bitterness becomes stronger as the beer warms a bit but nothing too bitter or overwhelming. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice bitter finish and a good malt bitter aftertaste with a slight lingering of bitter citrus fruit. I see this beer trying to be a more than a pale ale without stepping into IPA territory which some pale ales tend to do and for me, that is not what they should do. IPA’s should be IPA’s; Pale ales should be Pale Ales. Beyond The Pale Takes the pale ale style and adds some IPA qualities to it without it tasting like or being an IPA. With the huge popularity of IPA, I see why some brewers what to make a pale ale as close to an IPA. That’s cool, just don’t make an IPA with bigger malted flavors and say here is our pale ale. Fish Brewing FishTale Ales Beyond The Pale is an A. I enjoyed it and would have it again. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

The Beer News

Here is this week’s news & events happening in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!

  • Wednesday, August 26th. Pils of Funk Release – Foeder Aged Pilsner. Triple C Brewing Company, 4 pm-9 pm.

Another 8th Anniversary Release! All the qualities of a crisp hoppy lager combined with the qualities of a funky foeder-aged brett beer. This Brett Pilsener is both refreshing and complex. Draft and 500 ml bottles.

  • Thursday, August 27th. Lemon Tangerine Shandy. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm.

Our 3rd 8th Anniversary Week Release! Lemon Tangerine Shandy – A wheat beer brewed with lemonade and tangerines. Aromas of fresh squeezed lemons, citrus, and fruity tangerines. Easy drinking with a bit of sweetness from the lemonade on the finish, perfect for the hot Carolina summer.Draft and Crowlers.

  • Friday, August 28th. Duel Can Release: Rathaus Festbier and Stellar Evolution Hazy Pale Ale. Town Brewing Company. 2 pm-10 pm.

Join us for a dual release. Both of the below beers will be available in cans (16oz – 4pk) and on draft on Friday, August 28th.Rathaus 
Festbier Lager
5.8% This German-style festbier lager features soft, smooth, bready notes from Bavarian grown barley – malted locally by our friends at Epiphany Craft Malt in Durham, NC. Pleasant noble hop character provides the perfect balance to the bready, toasty malt. Crisp and refreshing, we lagered our festbier during this brutally hot North Carolina summer to produce an insanely smooth, flavorful festbier to welcome in the Fall.4 pks – $13.99Stellar Evolution 
Hazy Pale Ale
5.5% Hopped up with a heavy dose of Galaxy and Cryo Citra hops, this hazy pale ale features an explosion of tropical, citrus, and stone fruit aromas. In addition to a healthy dose of flaked oats, we added just a bit of lactose to give this juicy brew a silky mouthfeel. 4 pks – $14.99

  • Friday, August 28th. New Release Worth Wait IPL! NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm.

Hopped like an IPA and fermented like a lager…Worth The Wait India Pale Lager is an interesting brew with a blend of crisp, clean lager backbone that is hopped aggressively with tropical, piney, and resinous American hops like you’d find in a West Coast IPA. This India Pale Lager is kettle- and dry-hopped with Galaxy, Strata, Mosaic, and Experimental 10416 hops to give it a complex and bright character on top of a clean lager brewed with local malts and fermented on Pilsner yeast. Worth The Wait IPL will be available in cans and on draft at our North End taproom on Friday, August 28th. Look for it in grocery stores and retailers on September 1st.This hoppy treat is well worth the wait!

  • Friday, August 28th. Greenway IPA Can Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. Our rotating hop hazy IPA returns with Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe, Amarillo hops! Soft on the palate with a touch of bitterness.

Burial Beer & Modern Times Beer Celestial Altar

Here is a collaboration Burial Beer & Modern Times Beer Celestial Altar IPA, 7.3% ABV brewed with rye malt, double dry-hopped with Galaxy, hand selected Cashmere, Citra, and Cashmeres Cryo. Modern Times Beer is over on the west coast, San Diego, California. Celestial Altar pours a hazy brown hued yellow with a one and half slowly fading white head. The nose of Celestial Altar is with nice aromas of tropical fruits, citrus orange and grapefruit with a bitterness, some nice light sweet notes. Taste is tropical and sweet with orange and bitter grapefruit citrus with a creaminess, medium thick mouthfeel that finish bitter and hoppy with nice lighter tropical notes and has a bittersweet orange, grapefruit tropical aftertaste. Burial Beer & Modern Times Beer Celestial Altar isn’t bad getting a high B+. I found the balance of tropical sweet fruits and bitter citrus fruits to be tasty delicious. Burial Beer & Modern Times Beer Celestial Altar is a beer that I would recommend if you are into hazy IPA like this. I would go fr this again but the mouth feel was a little thicker than I would have like for this style of IPA, but it was good otherwise Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Hopfly Brewing Company Freestone IPA

Brewed in Rocky Mount, North Carolina Hopfly Brewing Company Freestone IPA, 7% ABV is brewed with Ella, Citra and Galaxy hops. Freestone pours a cloudy yellow color with a one and a quarter slow fading white head with creamy tropical citrus aromas with a nice touch of sweetness waffting the nose. Taste is tropical with citrus orange and some grapefruit with a nice creamy sweetness with some nice bitter/hoppy notes with a meduim mouthfeel that has a nice tropical bitter finish and a fruity orange pineapple aftertaste that is nicer and bitter. Hopfly Brewing Company Freestone IPA is a great beer that is an A+ every part of this IPA was well brewed with great delicious flavors tht is an must have IPA, I would definitely have this again and a again. PLease stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Mikkeller Brewing San Diego Limited Series Moons of Saturan

Mikkeller Brewing San Diego Limited Series Moons of Saturn, 7 % ABV is a Berliner Weisse style sour brewed with orange peel, lime peel, Key lime, passion fruit, and crystallize ginger. Moons of Saturn is inspired by the refreshing Saturn cocktail, which is a gin based version of a Mia Tai. Moons of Saturn pours a crispy golden color with a quickly fading one and a quarter white head with nice fruity tropical tart citrusy aromas with hints of light ginger. Flavor is somewhat similar to its aroma it has a slight funky flavor of tropical gingery fruits, passion fruit, with a nice tartness and citrusy highlights with a nice amount of sourness hitting all the right taste buds on your tongue with a nice lighter mouthfeel that comes to a nice tart and sour tropical finish and has a nice light ginger aftertaste with a linger of tropical citrusy fruit. Mikkeller Brewing San Diego Limited Series Moons of Saturn is quite tasty getting an A+. It’s a refreshing beer even for a fruited sour, I highly recommend Mikkeller Brewing San Diego Limited Series Moons of Saturn. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Destihl Brewery Wild Sour Series Counter Clockweisse

Originally posted November 20th, 2016.

Here is another Destihl Brewery Wild Sour Series beer, Counter Clockweisse, 3.0% ABV.  Counter Clockweisse is a Berliner-style Weiss Bier. Traditional German-style sour wheat al is used in Counter Clockweisse and is unfiltered and spontaneously fermented. Counter Clockweisse pours a bright yellow color with a fizzy two finger white head that quickly dissolves back into the yellowness of the beer. The aroma is filled with lots of tartness, acidic lemony-tart lactic notes. The aroma has much the same qualities as a true German Berliner Weiss Bier. Taste has some similar qualities to Counter Clockweisse’s aroma; it’s tart upfront with a bit on acidic lemon, sour wheat in the middle with a fainter lemon note towards the back. The mouthfeel is light easy and refreshing. Counter Clockweisse finishes tart yet easy with a tart lemon wheat after taste that slowly fades into the next sip. This is a good beer, B grade but I think that after three maybe four Counter Clockweisse becomes too much, the tartness of it all becomes too much. But that doesn’t make it a terrible beer, no it just something you can have a whole lot of. I would go back to it and do recommend Destihl Brewery Wild Sour Series Counter Clockweisse. It’s good, it’s refreshing, and something you need to try! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly    

The Beer News

We’re back with the beer news! Here are this weeks news and events happening in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!

  • Friday August 21st – 23rd. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 11 am-10 pm Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager Release.

Friday, August 21, 2020 11:00 AM AMBEER RELEASE – Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager 7:00 PM LIVE MUSIC – DECARLO Saturday, August 22, 2020 3:00 PMLIVE MUSIC – Amanda Cook Band (Bluegrass) 7:00 PM LIVE MUSIC – The Royal Hounds (High Energy Roots Rock) Sunday, August 23, 2020 2:00 PM LIVE MUSIC – Jazz Revolution (Jazz, Soul, Motown)

  • Friday, August 21st. Sycamore Brewing Black is Beautiful Can Release. 4 pm-9 pm.

We are excited to release our Mocha Imperial Stout as our contribution to the Black Is Beautiful project. The Black Is Beautiful project was started by Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio, Texas.Sycamore will be donating 100% of the profits from the sale of this beer to a local cause, Action NC whose mission is “to confront and reduce the root causes of poverty, underdevelopment, and social and economic inequality through grassroots education, training, organization and mobilization.” We are committed to doing anything we can to support this crucial movement against inequality & injustice.Read more about the Black Is Beautiful project at***This event has been postponed to 8/21 as our taproom is temporarily closed. Please see our last post for more details. We will reevaluate the situation before the 21st and determine the format of the release.***

  • Friday, August 21st. Ruined Again! Stone Brewing Tap Takeover! Carolina Beer Temple. 12 pm-11 pm.

Join us at Carolina Beer Temple Charlotte for a few amazing brews from Stone Brewing out of California! One of the pioneers of West Coast IPAs we’ve got a fun list of brews for you to choose from:TAP LIST
Ruined Again | Triple IPA | 10.8%
Beautifully bitter!Xocoveza | Imp. Stout | 8.1% ABV
Tastes like Mexican Hot Chocolate!Buenaveza | Lager | 4.7% ABV
Mexican-style lager with lime and sea saltTangerine Express | Hazy IPA | 6.7% ABV
Hazy IPA w/Tangerine & PineappleEnjoy your tap takeover from home – pick any 3 Stone beers for a 3-Pack of Crowlers to go for only $30.99 (regularly $40).

  • Friday, August 21st. Dreamsicle IPA Release. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm.

The only thing better than eating a Dreamsicle in the summer is drinking a Dreamsicle IPA in the summer! 🙌We’re bringing this tasty beer back to soak up the last of August! This crisp West Coast style IPA marries the intensity of Amarillo, Centennial and Citra hops with the subtle sweetness of vanilla beans and orange peel. Dreamsicle will be available in cans and on draft on Friday, August 21st. Sitting at 7% ABV, this brew is a nostalgic dream you’ll never want to wake up from!Join us in the taproom, on the patio, or at the Brew-Thru — starting at 3 pm — to get your hands on our sweet and dreamy Dreamsicle.

  • Tuesday, August 25th. Rainbow Sherbet Sour Can Release. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-9 pm.

Back by popular demand to kick off our 8th Anniversary in Style. This fruited sour pours vibrant red in color with a bright fruited nose and tart finish from the Berliner Weisse base. Raspberry, pineapple, lime, and vanilla added in secondarily and brewed with lactose to add a touch of sweetness and balance. 4.2%

Birdsong Brewing Co. Fake Plastic Trees Hazy IPA


Brewed local in Charlotte, North Carolina Birdsong Brewing Co. Fake Plastic Trees Hazy IPA, 6.4% ABV is brewed with Two-Row, Red Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Flaked Oats,  Munich malts, Comet, Cascade, and Sorachi Ace hops. This is a seasonal beer only available during the summer. Fake Plastic Trees pours a deeper yellow color with a two-finger creamy white head that fades slowly with aromas of semi-sweet malts with a bitter hops noes. The flavor is similar to its own aroma, semi-sweet at first then bitter with a bit of citrus fruit and some grassy notes toward the end that finish with a weird bitter note that is off-putting and it continues into a bitter after tastes with a medium mouthfeel.  I usually like most Birdsong Brewing beer and Fake Plastic Trees wasn’t one of them, and I give it a D. The way Fake Plastic Trees finished was not good and it lingered too long for me and the citrus was very faint and was a bit off not really citrusy. I will not tell you to go and try this beer, all the flavor didn’t really come together. I didn’t like it. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

NoDa Brewing Company 1010 Pearl Lager


NoDa Brewing Company 1010 Pear Lager, 4.8% ABV brewed locally in Charlotte, North Carolina named after a street in Columbus, Ohio which has a popular market. 1010 Pear pours a copper color with an almost two finger white fizzy head giving off a somewhat malted beady aroma with a little sweetness to it. The taste pretty much follows the nose with nice crisp malt bready notes with some sweetness that slowly arrives on your tongue with a nice semi-medium mouthfeel that finishes with a bit of a light malt note and has a crisp aftertaste of some yeasty bread that doesn’t stick around very long. NoDa Brewing Company 1010 Pear Lager is good getting a B-. The malts almost clash with the breaded notes and I found that to be just a little off-putting but nothing terrible. I could drink a few of 1010 Pearl Lagers the flavor isn’t too overwhelming nor is it too high in ABV. I find those things good about this. I would recommend NoDa Brewing Company 1010 Pear Lager is was not bad. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

New Anthem Beer Project Poets and Fools Pilsner


New Anthem Beer Project Poets and Fools Pilsner 5.2% ABV is brewed in Wilmington, North Carolina with Hallertauer Hops, and Pilsen Malt. Poets and Fools pours a yellow color clean with a two and a half finger pillowy white steady head with nice lacing left behind with a nice crisp, faint hoppy aroma with bready notes as well. Taste is crisp with very faint grape and some nice light bready hop notes that come to a clean, slightly dry-ish finish with a light hop pilsner aftertaste that does not linger for more than three seconds with a light mouthfeel. New Anthem Beer Project Poets and Fools Pilsner is a tasty Pilsner that is clean crisp and refreshing with a nice flavor profile, and I give this beer an A+. Now with the world of craft beer being overfilled with sours and IPAs, it’s nice to have a nice Pilsner like this one that I highly recommend trying, I really enjoy it. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!