I’d like to thank the folks at Outsider Public Relations for sending me New Holland Brewing Company Ichabod Pumpkin Ale, 4.5% ABV. This beer is from Holland, Michigan. This beer has real pumpkin, nutmeg, and Allspice in it. I am not the biggest fan of the whole pumpkin beer, or anything pumpkin flavored/scented other than pumpkin pie. But I thought I’d give this particular pumpkin ale a fair review. It pours a deep orange color with a two-finger steady white head. The aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet, and a little pumpkin. This pumpkin beer has a big cinnamon flavor at first sip. Then it flows into sweetness with nutmeg and pumpkin. It’s spicy toward the end. It does finish with a spicy pumpkin cinnamon note. The aftertaste is sweet with pumpkin and cinnamon. New Holland Brewing Company Ichabod Pumpkin Ale is not terrible. But I also don’t care for many cinnamon-flavored things, which is better than pumpkin-flavored stuff. It has a lighter flavor to it, so it’s more approachable and easier to drink. I give New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale a D+, a high D+. This particular is one of the more popular pumpkin ale on the market, the most popular is Southern Tier Brewing Company Pumpking, which I’ve had. That one isn’t as easy to drink like this one. That has bolder sweet and candy-like pumpkin flavors too. Ichabod is more of a sessionable pumpkin beer. The flavors don’t overpower your tastebuds. I have found that some pumpkin beers to wallop your tastebuds with pumpkin or pumpkin pie flavor. I think they do that to let you know it’s a pumpkin ale. Like you can’t read the label. This New Holland Brewing Company Ichabod Pumpkin Ale would be a good starting point for someone who wants to try pumpkin ales. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
It’s that time of year again. Time for Festbiers! You’ll be seeing a lot of this style between now and November. This particular festbier is Town Brewing Co. Rathaus Festbier Lager, 5.8% ABV. This beer is from right here in Charlotte. I’m not the biggest fan of this style, but I do like FestBiers. This beer pours an amber color with a one-and-a-half-finger white head. The aroma is sweet and malted with a kind of bead-like smell. The taste of this beer is sweet at first. Then you get some malty flavors, that subdues the sweetness. But then you get that bread-like flavor, and then the sweetness slowly comes back to the forefront. The mouthfeel is on the higher side of the medium mouthfeel. This festbier finishes with a sweet malt flavor. That same flavor carries over to the aftertaste with a slight addition of a breaded note. Overall this was just above average for me. So I would give Town Brewing Co. Rathaus Festbier Lager a B-. It has its good moments, but overall it’s just an average festbier. So after about three pints, I felt like the flavors we got to be too much. I don’t see having more than that would be enjoyable. But that is not so bad. I would recommend Town Brewing Co. Rathaus Festbier Lager. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
This beer, Culture Pils Lager, 4.8% ABV, is a relatively new beer from Sugar Creek Brewing Company. It is brewed right here in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a seasonal beer. Culture Pils won U.S. Beer Open 2020 gold medal. It pours a yellow color with a clean white two-finger head. The aroma of this beer is semi-sweet with a biscuity note. The flavor is a bit sweet as well. It also has a corn-like flavor with some biscuit notes. The mouthfeel is light. It then finishes clean and crisp. The aftertaste is semi-sweet and a little bread-like. Pilsners are quickly becoming my favorite beer style, and with a beer like Sugar Creek Brewing company Culture Pils Lager I can see why. This beer deserves an A-. It has good flavor and, it could be a little better. But I enjoy this beer and would have this again and again. I think you should too. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I haven’t reviewed and dark-style beer in a while. So I saw Boulevard Brewing Co. Early Riser Puerto Rican Style Coffee Porter, 6.2% ABV with 40 International Bittering Units or IBUs. This particular coffee porter uses coffee from Gusto Coffee Company in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This porter pours the deepest, darkest brown with a four-finger thick creamy beige head. It’s slowly fading. I still saw a good it down to the bottom of the glass. The aroma roasted like a strong espresso with a little burnt note. The taste is similar to the way it smells. There is a strong espresso roasted note with an acidic flavor. The mouthfeel is a little fuller. This porter finished much like a good strong cup of coffee would. It ends roasted with full coffee bean flavors. The aftertaste is pretty much a roast coffee affair. This beer is just like a good strong cup of coffee in beer. I like that in that in a coffee porter. I give Boulevard Brewing Co. Early Riser Puerto Rican Style Coffee Porter an A. It was not heavy in any way, and I could have another. But if it were a pint, I wouldn’t say I’d go for another. 12 ounces in just right for this beer. It is a good coffee porter. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I found this beer, New Anthem Beer Project A Feeling I Get Hoppy Farmhouse Ale, 6.2% at Total Wine. I am a real fan of Farmhouse/Saison Ales. I feel real upscale when I have one. This ale pours a light lemon yellow with a big four-finger bight and fluffy white head. The aroma on this farmhouse ale is bitter, lemony with some yeast. The flavor of this beer is bitter lemon, melon with hoppy yeast notes. The mouthfeel is light and soft. It then finishes with bitter lemon. The aftertaste is citrus and slightly bitter. I enjoyed New Anthem Beer Project A Feeling I Get Hoppy Farmhouse Ale. The bitter/hoppy notes really and a tasty twist on an already delicious beer style. I give New Anthem Beer Project A Feeling I Get Hoppy Farmhouse Ale an A. It is worth finding and having. I would have it again. It was refreshingly flavorful and delicious. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Birdsong Brewing Company IPA Series Mango No. 5, 6% ABV made here in Charlotte, North Carolina with Strata Hops is the latest beer in their IPA Series. This IPA pours a deep orange color with a three-finger off-white head. The aroma is juicy, tropical with mango, citrus and bitter notes. The flavor is tropical mango , citrus orange with bitter hops. The mouthfeel is medium. it finish with a juicy tropical bitterness and has a nice tropical aftertaste that lingers a bit with bitterness. The is a good solid tropical bitter IPA. Birdsong Brewing Company IPA Series Mango No. 5 is a B. The mango flavor did cover up a good portion of the bitter hop flavors and it had a little citrusy note. But it was a good IPA. I recommend Birdsong Brewing Company IPA Series Mango No. 5. I would have this again! Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I have not had this Foothills Brewing craft Happiness Project Digs IPA, 6.0% ABV or any of the beer from this series in a long while. This particular IPA benefits Crisis Control Ministry, which helps people in financial crisis and helps people from becoming homeless and helps fund and build affordable housing. Digs IPA is made with experimental hop HBC 568. I was lucky to find this at Total Wine, because it is only available between February through March. This IPA pours deep gold color with a four finger slow off-white head. The aroma is tropical with guava, melon, grapefruit bitterness, with hints of a wood with light smokiness. The taste is tropical with melon and guava. There is some grapefruit bitterness and wood flavors there too. Digs IPA finish with a bitter fruits and a hit of a wood note. The aftertaste of tropical woody fruits and little bitterness does not stick around long. This Craft Happiness Project IPA was interesting tasting with the notes of wood coinciding with the tropical fruits. Foothills Brewing craft Happiness Project Digs IPA is a taste IPA and one that I think deserves an A. Well at first of was thinking I am not going to like this as much as the other IPAs in this series, but the more I drank it the more I like it. It really is worth trying! Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
This beer is Samuel Adams Octoberfest, 5.3% ABV from Boston, Massachusetts. I know it’s not October yet, but this was the last new beer. This Octoberfest pours a brown, darker caramel color with a thin beige one-finger fizzy head. The aroma is malty, caramel with a light bread aroma. The taste is caramel sweetness and a bread/nut smooth flavor. This Samuel Adams finish with a sweet note but not much else. The aftertaste is pretty much the same Samuel Adams Octoberfest isn’t a terrible beer. It’s not that good either. I say it’s a D+. After drinking, this beer there wasn’t anything that stood out or made me want to have another. The flavors were thin and artificial. I’ve had way better Octoberfest beers than this. I would not try this. Samual Adams doesn’t necessarily brew terrible beer. This beer happens to be one that I did not enjoy. Please be kind, be safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!