Three Little Birds Rice Lager is a collaboration between two local Charlotte breweries, Birdsong Brewing CO. & Triple C Brewing. This rice lager is 4.4% ABV. This beer uses new and old-world hops as well as flaked rice. This lager pours a golden yellow with a rocky and sticky one-finger white head. The aroma is dry, sweet, crisp, and light. The flavor is sweet, crisp, dry, Cucumber. The mouthfeel is light. The finish is dry with a cucumber flavor. Then comes an aftertaste of dry cucumber and light hops. This beer is a good beer that is not overly dry for a rice lager. They (rice lagers) tend to be drier. This beer has a refreshing crisp overall flavor that I recommend trying. I give Three Little Birds Rice Lager an A-. The dryness keeps it down a notch. But it’s an otherwise good beer. Please stay safe, always be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
10 Barrel Brewing Co. Crush Raspberry Sour
This beer is Crush Raspberry Sour from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. in Bend, Oregon. This beer is 6.5% ABV and year-round. This beer has real raspberries. This sour ale pours a pinkish/red color with a one-and-a-half white head. The aroma is sweet, tart, sour, and fruity (raspberry). The taste is tart, sour, raspberry, and sweet. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Then this beer finishes with a sour and tart raspberry fruity flavor. There is a tart fruity aftertaste with a hint of sour sweetness. This beer is good, and I think it’s a high C+. It has a nice tart raspberry sour flavor. I would recommend this one. It is refreshing and not so sour that it is enjoyable. But I will say I have had better raspberry sours, but this is still good. Stay safe, be kind always, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
NoDa Brewing Company Cool AF Cold India Pale Ale
Cold IPAs are a relatively new style of beer or sub-style of IPAs. This Cold IPA Cool AF is a relatively new IPA Rotator from NoDa Brewing Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. This beer is 6.4% ABV. This IPA has Galaxy, Mosaic, Simcor, Chinook, and Centennial hops. A cold IPA is fermented at lower-than-normal temperatures than usual for an IPA. A Cold IPA has with Lager Yeast. This beer pours a hazy yellow with a thick rocky two-finger white head. The aroma is piney, fruity, tropical, and bitter. The flavor is piney, bitter, crisp, and fruity. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this Cold IPA finishes with a piney bitterness. Then you get an aftertaste of bitterness with hints of piney flavor fruit. This IPA is not a terrible beer. This beer is the first Cold IPA I’ve had. So I’d say NoDa Brewing Company Cool AF is a C+. Towards the aftertaste, it clashes with the lager yeast flavors, and I didn’t find that great. I am also over the whole craft beer industry is making IPA and IPA sub-styles. There are other styles out there to experiment with. This Cool AF Cold IPA was not terrible I would recommend this beer. Please stay safe, be kind always, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Sugar Creek Brewing Company Unlimited Juicy East Coast India Pale Ale
This beer Unlimited Juice from Sugar Creek Brewing Company, is a new seasonal beer for the Charlotte, North Carolina-based brewery. It is a slight departure from their Belgian beers. This IPA is 6.5% ABV. I saw this beer on the brewery’s Instagram, then a few weeks later, it showed up at my local grocery store. This beer has IPA Cascade, Citra, and Simcoe hops. This beer pours a hazy/cloudy yellow color with a two-finger fluffy white head. The aroma is juicy tropical and citrus fruits with a bitter note. The flavor is juicy with orange, pineapple, melon, and bitter notes. It has a good balance of fruits and bitterness. There is a yeasty and light creamy taste too. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this beer comes to a bitter, juicy tropical fruity finish. Then you get a tropical fruit salad aftertaste. This beer is fabulous, and I highly recommend it. I give Unlimited Juicy an A+. This IPA is refreshing and easy to drink. This IPA is well balanced between fruity and bitterness. It is a warm-weather beer. So Go and get yourself some. Please stay safe, always be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers
Kona Brewing Co. Longboard Island Lager
This Lager is another beer from Kona Brewing Co. in Hawaii. This bar is Longboard Island Lager. It is a flagship beer from Kona Brewing Co. This lager is 4.6% ABV. This island lager has Pale(premium 2-row) malts, Mt. Hood, Halletrau, Sterling, and Millennium hops. This beer pours a yellow/gold color with a one-finger white fluffy head. The aroma is crisp sweetness, bread (biscuits), and a light hop note. The flavor is smooth, crisp, sweet, a little hoppy, and a bit of bread. The mouthfeel is light. Then this island lager comes to a nice clean, crisp, smooth sweet finish. The aftertaste is semi-sweet with a nice crispness. This beer is a good beer and one that is widely available. I see it in grocery stores, beer/wine stores, and bars/restaurants. I give Longboard Island Lager a B+. It has a great flavor that isn’t strong or weak. It’s just a good solid beer, nothing stands out, and nothing terrible. This beer is great for a nice hot sunny day at the beach or wherever you enjoy beer. I recommended this one. Please stay safe, always be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Four Peaks Brewing Co. Kilt Lifer Scottish-Style Amber Ale
This beer Kilt Lifter is a Scottish-style Amber Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Co. in Tempe, Arizona. It comes in at 6.0% ABV. This ale is a flagship beer for Four Peaks. This beer pours an amber-brown color with a one-and-a-half finger beige head. The aroma is sweet, caramel, malty, and a little toasted note. The flavor is sweet with caramel, malty notes, and smooth. The mouthfeel is higher on the medium feel. Then this beer finishes with a malted caramel flavor. Then you’ll get an aftertaste of light caramel malts. This beer is good, but I am not a big fan of this Scottish-style beer. I give this Kilt Lifter barely a B-. This beer has good malted caravan flavors. Scottish-style ales like this are trying to be light and heavy beer. Something that clashes, and the beer is just okay or even terrible. If I want a dark beer without being too dark, I’ll go for a good brown ale, like Birdsong Lazy Bird Brown. I would recommend this beer if you like this style of beer. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Windmer Brothers Brewing Company Here American Hefeweizen
This beer is an American Hefeweizen called Hefe from Widmer Brother Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. It comes in a 4.9% ABV. It’s probably Widmers oldest beer. This beer won Silver last year at the World Beer Cup for American Wheat beer. It has Pale, Wheat, and Extra Special malts. It also has Alchemy, Willamette, and Cascade hops. This beer pours a cloudy orange with a bit of Particulate floating around. There is a two-finger quickly fading head. The aroma is fruity with orange and a very light banana. There is a sweet wheat aroma. The flavor is orangey, sweet, wheat, and some floral notes on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium. This Hefeweizen then finishes with a little sweet candy orange flavor. Then you get an aftertaste of orange wheat. This beer is an average beer. I’d give this Hefe a C+. It has a good sweetness to it. But that sweetness isn’t too much. It has a nice balance. But that’s all I could find good about this beer. I found nothing terrible about it. It is a little above average. I kind of recommend it. Please stay safe, be kind, and always remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Redhook Ale Brewery Winterhook Winter Ale
Yes, I know that winter is over, but I am trying to review all the past season’s beers. This beer is Winterhook Winter Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery in Seattle, Washington. This ale comes in at 8.2% ABV. Winterhook is a winter warmer that has been around for twenty-seven years. This beer pours a red/brown color with a one-and-a-half finger beige head. The aroma is sweet, slightly boozy, spicy, and malty. The flavor is bittersweet, malty, strong, and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium. Then it finishes with a bitter malt flavor. The beer has a bittersweet malt aftertaste that goes downhill. I didn’t like this beer from the finish though its aftertaste. I give Winterhook Winter Ale a D+. It tastes like the malts have stale. That clashes with the sweet flavors and comes out terrible tasting. I would not recommend This Redhook beer. Nothing in this beer seems to go together. I’m glad I only had one Winterhook. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Elysian Brewing Company Full Contact Imperial Hazy IPA
This beer, brewed in Seattle, Washington, is Full Contact Imperial Hazy IPA. This beer is brewed by Elysian Brewing Company and comes in at 8.8% ABV. This big IPA has 2-Row, Malted Wheat, and Unsalted Wheat malts. This beer also has Centennial, Simcoe, Strata, and more. Elysian didn’t say what more is. But I think there may be Citra hops too. This IPA pours a yellow color with a two-finger white head. The aroma is fruity, citrusy, dank, boozy, and bitter. The taste is alcoholic, and fruity with tangerine and orange. There is a dankness to this beer with bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium. This beer finishes with a dank, bitter, citrus flavor. The aftertaste is bitter, orange/tangerine, and boozy. I found Full Contact to be average and not that strong. I would give it a C. It wasn’t bad, but nothing was memorable. I would pass on this beer next time. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!