I have some good news. I am changing things for the new year. I will review non-alcoholic beer in January from the first to the fourteenth. So stay tuned for that. This beer is Crush Cucumber Sour from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. It weighs in at 5.0% ABV and is from Bend, Oregon. This beer pours a light yellow color with a one-finger white head. The aroma is sour, tart, and vegetal. The flavor is also sour, tart, and light cucumber (just a whisper) on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is light. Then this sour beer finishes with a more pronounced cucumber flavor (not too much). Then you get an aftertaste of sour and tart flavor that falls off rather quickly. This beer is just average to me. I’d give this Crush Cucumber Sour a C. It’s non-offensive, but it doesn’t have a lot of fresh cucumbers like the description on their website. If I were you, I would pass on this beer. I did, however finish this without wanting to pour it out. It’s not that bad. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers and happy new year!
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. Thi is just a reminder I will not be blogging between January first to the fourteenth. This IPA Wetness is a wet-hopped IPA with Citra & Centennial wet hops. This beer weighs in at 6%ABV and comes directly from Revelry Brewing in Charleston, South Carolina. I used to see a few of their beer here in the Charlotte, NC, but not in a while. This IPA pours a yellow color, with a three-finger bright white head. The aroma is lemony, citrusy, piney, grassy, and bitter. The flavor is also lemony, citrusy, and piney. It is also soft, dank, dry, and resiny. The mouthful is barely medium but does coat the mouth for a short duration. The beer then finishes dank, dry, and bitter. Then you come to the aftertaste of a light citrus, bitter lemon and pine notes that linger for a while. This Revelry Brewing Wetness does not taste as it smells, which is not good or bad. I enjoyed this IPA.I have not had a lot of wet IPAs. Wet IPAs use fresh off the vine hops, and IPAs usually using dry hops. That’s why you don’t see a ton of wet-hopped IPAs around, or wet hops may be more costly. I give Wetness from Revelry Brewing an A-. I think the Centennial hops slightly overpower the Citra hops, or they use more Centennial the Citra, and I am a big Citra hop fan But nothing else really held this back. It was just my preference. I do recommend this. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly!
I have had this Yule Bock before. I’ve probably reviewed it already. If you have reviewed as many beers for as long as I have, you tend to forget what you have and haven’t. This Yule Bock Christmas Bock is a seasonal offering from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. This Bock comes in at 7% ABV. This beer is a traditional German Weihnachtsbock (Christmas Bock). This beer pours an amber color with a barley two-finger white head. It’s semi-quick to fade. The aroma is malty, spiced, and sweet. The taste is also malty, sweet, and spiced. It also has smooth dark richness. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this Bock comes to a sweet, spiced, and malty finish. The aftertaste is a little less sweet than the taste. There is a light spice to the aftertaste. That makes this a Christmas beer. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery nails itcomes to brewing, and this beer is an example of that. I give Yule Bock an A+. This beer, I highly recommend you try it. Have this beer quickly once Christmas is over. So it is the production of this beer. It does taste like Christmas in a glass. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Marry Christmas! Cheers!
Before I get into the review, I am taking two weeks off from drinking January first until the fourteenth. Then I will be back to regularly scheduled reviewing. Now back to this review. This beer is Storm Surge Hazy IPA. This beer weighs in at 6.8% ABV. It’s from Redhook Ale Brewery in Seattle, Washington. Redhook has been around since 1981. They have breweries in Portland, Oregon and New Hampshire. This hazy IPA has Premium, 2-Row, Melanoidin, biscuit, and wheat malts. It also uses Galaxy, Mosaic, Lemondrop, and Cascade hops. This beer pours a hazy yellow color with a two-finger white head. The aroma is bitter, juicy, and fruity, with lemon and some malt. The flavor is bitter, fruity (light lemon), and juicy. It has a strong alcohol feel to it. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this beer finishes bitter, and hoppy with a fruity, juicy flavor. The aftertaste is a lingering bitter alcoholic fruitiness. This beer grows on you as you drink it down. It was hoppy enough. It was just the right amount of juicy fruit. I give Storm Surge Hazy IPA a B-. It does have more of an alcoholic finish that I like for this style of beer. But that is the only fault of this beer. I do recommend this beer. It’s pretty easy to find just about anywhere you by beer. Please be kind, stay safe, and always remember to enjoy responsibly! Have a happy holiday! Cheers!
I kept seeing an advertisement for Milk & Cookies on YouTube. So I saw Milk & Cookies at my local grocery store and bought a pack. Great advertisement. It made to want to buy some. This Imperial Stout is from Wicked Weed Brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. It weighs 8.7% ABV and has golden raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla. I love to have a glass of milk with way cookies. Dunking the cookie in the milk is the best. This big stout pours black with a tan/beige three- finger steady head. The aroma is of oatmeal, and cinnamon/vanilla sweetness. The taste is oatmeal, sweet with cinnamon and vanilla, with a light bitterness. Then this beer finishes with a sweetness, like milk that has cookie crumbs from dunking. Then the aftertaste is dark and sweet. This beer is surprisingly light for a beer that is 8.7% ABV, but it is not lightweight either. It’s good too. I give Milk & Cookies a B. It’s not too heavy, and it’s not too light either. But it doesn’t have a big milk flavor. It has some vanilla but not enough to make it take like milk. But it was still a good beer. I think you should try this Milk & Cookies. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
In my last post I said that Eye of The Lager was the last of the Musa beers I had. I was wrong. I was searching in my beer refrigerator and found Born in the IPA from Ceveja Musa. This IPA weighs in at 6.5% and has Citra, Mosaic, Summit, and Warrior hop. This IPA pours a yellow color with a two-finger white head. The aroma is citrus, orange, grassy, and bitter. Smells decent. The flavor is also orange, citrusy, malty, and bitter. The mouthfeel is between light and medium. Then it comes to a bitter orangey finish with a good amount of bitterness. Then comes a bitter citrusy malt aftertaste. This beer is probably the best Musa beer out of all. I give Born in the IPA a B. It was a good IPA with a decent/good IPA flavor. Not too much and not overwhelming either. I would have this Born in the IPA again. I hope that can happen. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
This beer is the last beer I have from Cerveja Musa. This beer is Eye of the Lager, which weighs in at 4.5% ABV. This beer is a Pale Lager. There are Traditional and Spalter Select hop in this beer. This Pale Lager pours a yellow color with a one-and-a-half finger white head. The aroma is spiced, breaded, and floral. The taste is clean, hoppy, and spiced, and you’ll find some bread notes. This beer’s mouthfeel is light. Then comes a finish of light hops and bread notes. Then you get an aftertaste that is even lighter on the hop flavor with a hint of spiced bread. This beer was better than I was expecting. But it didn’t really wow me. I give Eye of the Lager a B-. I found this one from Musa to be better than the previous beers I’ve had from them. The 4.6% ABV helped this beer, and it didn’t have as mild flavors, but they weren’t as bold and flavorful as some lagers I’ve had. I recommend Eye of the Lager if you find it here in the States. I don’t think it comes to the US. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Dr. Dank Jack Frost is a Double IPA from Wicked Weed Brewing. This beer is winter and double version of Wicked Weed’s Dr; Dank IPA. This beer comes to us from Asheville, North Carolina, and weighs in at 8% ABV. This beer pours an orange color with a two-finger steady white head. The aroma is dank, citrusy orange, piney, and bitter. I have had a few winter IPAs, and they tend to have some pine flavors. I guess the pine tree is a symbol of winter. That’s what a Christmas tree is. The beer flavor of this beer is an orange citrus fruit, piney, bitter, and hoppy. This beer has a fuller mouthfeel. Then this beer finish with a honey flavor that is slightly orange. The aftertaste is piney with less orange honey. This beer does not quite taste as big as you think it would. It’s good, and I give it an A. The pine flavor on this is there but does smack you in the face with flavor. It has just enough to let you know the pine flavor is there. I do recommend this one if you like Double IPAs. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Here is another beer from Cerveja Musa in Lisbon, Portugal. This beer is Frank APA and American Pale Ale. This beer weighs in at 5% ABV. That is a lower than most Pale Ale I’ve had here. But that can be good because sometimes you might want a lower-ABV Pale Ale. This beer uses Citra, and Mosaic hops. This beer pours a yellow-gold color with a one-finger sheet of white head. The aroma is citrusy orange, hoppy and vegetal. The taste is orange, vegetal, hoppy, light, and somewhat thin. The mouthfeel is light. Then this beer finishes with a hoppy and vegetal flavor. The aftertaste is bitter and hoppy but lasts for a couple of seconds before a light Pilsner taste hits for just a second. The beer had light, hoppy bitterness that was drinkable and pleasant. I would say that Frank APA is a C+. The hoppy flavoring was good, and it propped it up a bit. I would almost go back to this, but that won’t be easy because, this beer not sold in the States. But I also would not rush out for this. It wasn’t the worst. It was kind of delicious . Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
From Lisbon, Portugal, Saison O’Conner is a Farmhouse Saison-style beer from Cerveja Musa. It weighs in at 5.8% ABV, which is lower than most Saisons. Musa gives their beer puns names like ”Saison O’Conner. I got this beer though a past exchange student who came back to visit over the Thanksgiving holiday. Musa is not imported into the US, as far as I know. I have more from Musa still yet to review. Those will be up soon. This Saison pours an orange color and a finger white fizzy head. The aroma is bitter, dry, and yeasty. The taste has a little orange dry flavor with bitterness and some light spices. The mouthfeel is medium with a little extra carbonation. Then this Saison finishes dry and a little yeasty. Then you get a dry bitter aftertaste that dances on the tongue for just a few seconds before fading away. I have had better Saison, but this is not too bad. Saison O’Conner gets a C. It’s average for a Saison beer. Nothing stands out, and nothing is terrible. I would recommend this. The bitterness is not strong. It is just enough bitterness. I thought that was an interesting flavor for a Saison. This beer is easy to drink for the Saison style. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!