Maine Beer Company Little Whaleboat India Pale Ale

Little Whaleboat India Pale Ale, from Main Beer Company, is named after three islands (Little Whale Boat, Nate, & Tuck). They are located in Casco Bay. These islands and ledges are protected by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. This IPA is from Freeport, Maine, and is 6.5% ABV. This beer pours a cloudy yellow color with a three-finger fluffy white head. The aroma is of tropical fruit (mango & pineapple), citrus fruit, and bitterness. The flavor is lemon, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and mango. The mouthfeel is smooth and light. Then this IPA finishes with a soft tropical and citrus flavor. Then you get an aftertaste of smooth, delectable fruits with some bitterness. This beer is a very tasty IPA. I give Little Whaleboat an A+. I highly recommend it. It has all the go fruity bitter IPA flavors. It is drinkable. I don’t think it feels like it is 6.5% ABV at all. Also, this beer does drink/taste like it is more expensive than eight dollars. I found this at my local grocery store, and I don’t see any Maine Beer Company products anywhere. If you see this, don’t hesitate to buy it! Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Goose Island Beer Co. Neon Beer Hug IPA

Neon Beer Hug is an IPA. It is part of a small series of beers called Beer Hug. This Neon Beer Hug is 7% ABV. There are two other Beer Hug beers besides this one. I have one other Hazy Beer Hug. I will review that beer soon. This beer comes from Goose Island Beer Co in Chicago, Illinois. This beer has Nugget, Sultana, Citra, Mosaic, and Eureka hops. This beer pours a yellow color with a two-finger white head. The aroma is bitter, hoppy, and sweet (citrusy sweetness). The flavor is also smooth, citrusy sweet, malty, and hoppy. The mouthfeel is lighter. Then this beer finishes with a bitter, hoppy, fruity flavor. Then you come to an aftertaste of bittersweet, hoppy, malty, and fruity. This beer was slightly .ess than I was expecting, so I give Neon Beer Hug a B+. It was not bad. It was thAt I was expecting more citrus and a fuller mouthfeel/body. But it was still good. I would go for this beer again, and I would recommend it as well. It has all the good things that a nice IPA should have. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Golden Road Brewing Christmas Cart

I know it’s a little late for Christmas beer or early, depending on how you look at it. But I forgot about this recently. This beer is Christmas Cart from Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, California. This beer is 6%ABV and is part of the many different Cart beers. I have previously reviewed their Mango Cart. This beer is a wheat beer with cherries and spices. This beer pours a deep pink/red color with a one-and-a-half finger of off-white head. The aroma is of spices, cherries, tartness, and some light wheat notes. The taste is also cherry, spices (light cinnamon), tartness, and a little wheat. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Then this Christmas Cart finishes with a spice tart what notes. Then you get an aftertaste that gives you a Christmasy feeling. That is spiced cherry. This beer grew on me as I drank it. I give it an A. I can find nothing wrong with this Christmas Cart. Yes, I think you should try it. It is a good Christmas beer without being overly spiced and heavy. Christmas time can be food and drink heavy. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Shiner Trail Ale

This beer from Shiner, Texas, is a brown ale with chocolate, nuts, and dried fruit. This ale is brewed by Shiner beer in the Spoetzl Brewery. This beer was sent to me by KLG Public Relations. This ale is a relatively new beer from Shiner. This ale pours a deep brown color with a two-finger foamy beige head that slowly dissolves. The aroma is sweet, chocolaty, and nutty. The flavor is similar to its scent. With chocolaty sweetness, and nutty notes, it’s also salty, and there’s a bit of cherry. The mouthfeel is slightly fuller. Then this brown ale finishes with a nutty and semi-chocolaty flavor. Then you come to an aftertaste of salty, nutty chocolate flavors. This beer is interesting to me. I give Trail Ale. B-. All the flavors lean on the lighter side, and I think a brown ale shouldn’t, especially one with a nutty chocolate flavor. But that’s all I really can say negatively about this Shiner beer. I would recommend trying it. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Elysian Brewing Company Spilt Shot Espresso Milk Stout

Split Shot from Elysian Brewing Company is an espresso Milk Stout. It has Lactose and Stumptown Coffee. This beer form in Seattle, Washington. It is 6% ABV. You can probably see the entire top of the beer can is gone. A product called Dtafttop (http://www.draftTop.com) was sent to me. Drafttop is a cutting device that can turn any drink can into a drinking glass. It works by lining it up with the pull tab, then rotating it counterclockwise, allowing the Drafttop to lock the pull tab. Then you turn it clockwise as you press in on the sides of the Drafttop, which cuts into the can top. Then after about one and a half clockwise rotations, you have successfully removed the top of the can. This product is a neat little novelty item, is a conversation starter, and works well when you read the instructions. Split Shot pours a black color with a two-finger cream tan head. The aroma is sweet, with coffee notes, roasted, and some bitterness. The taste is sweet with roasted coffee. The scent of this beer is also creamy, sweet, and smooth. The mouthfeel is full but not heavy. It does coat the mouth. Then it has a nice sweet roasted finish with a smooth coffee aftertaste. There is a tiny bitter note in the aftertaste. This beer is a good coffee milk stout. I give Spilt Shot an A-. I like more of a roasted coffee flavor on these types of beer, and Split Shot had a nice average coffee roast flavor. It was good, but I’d like a little more. Overall it was good, and yes, I would recommend it. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Redhook Ale Brewery Big Ballard Imperial IPA

This beer from Seattle, Washington, is Big Ballard Imperial IPA. This IPA weighs 8.6% ABV. This IPA comes from Rehook Ale Brewery. It has malts that consist of Pale, Munich, and Carmel 40. It has hops such as Alchemy, Chinook, Cascade, HBC-431, Centennial, Mosaic, and Eureka. This big IPA pours a deep orange color with a slightly off-white two and quarter head that is slow to fade. The aroma is bitter. There also is slight caramel, sweetness, and dankness. The beer’s flavor is grass, bitter, hops, somewhat sweet, and citrus (grapefruit). The mouthfeel is full. Then this IPA finishes with a bitterness and a faint sweetness. Then you’ll get an aftertaste of hoppy, grassy, citrus, and bitter note. This IPA is a classic Imperial IPA. This beer gets a B-. This IPA is strong on alcohol. But that doesn’t dominate the flavor profile or take away from it. But you know it is 8.7%. It shows in the aftertaste. That does hold it back. I would recommend Big Ballard Imperial IPA. It was solid, tasty, and classic. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! 

Atmos Brewing Co. Wayfarer NA IPA

Wayfarer NA IPA from Atmos Brewing Co. in Hailey, Idaho, is the last in my dry-January series of Non-alcoholic or zero-alcohol beers. The next post will be a regular alcoholic beer. This beer has water, malt, oats, hops, and yeast. This beer pours an orange/copper color with a big four-finger white head. I opened the can it immediately foamed. I think they are using a lot of carbonation for the flavor. Carbonation bubbles carry flavor. The aroma is bitter, hoppy, piney, and a little dank. The taste is different than its aroma. It’s light, bitter, watery, and has very little to no body. The mouthfeel is light. Then this beer finishes with a light, hoppy note. The aftertaste is light and watery. Overall this is not good. I give Wayfarer NA IPA a D+. I don’t think you’ll get a real IPA with a Non-alcoholic beer. It’s the yeast that they use. That’s the way it is low in flavor and body. I don’t think this is worth trying. Overall Non-alcoholic beers have their place. I don’t think they are great. I give Non-alcoholic beer as a whole an F+. The right style of beer might do better than a non-alcoholic beer. Like a lager or pilsner. They are lower in calories and carbohydrates, so they have that going for them. But if you are worried about calories and carbs, don’t have a beer. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Untitled Art NON-Alcoholic Juicy IPA

This Non-alcoholic beer is Untitled Art Juicy IPA. This beer comes from Waunakee, Wisconsin. This brewery does brew regular alcoholic beer. This IPA pours a hazy, cloudy yellow color with a two-finger steady white head. The aroma is fruity, hoppy, and bitter. The flavor is a different story. It’s Bitter, soft, thin, and fruity. The mouthfeel is light. Then this IPA finishes with a slight bitterness. Then comes an aftertaste of scraggy, fruity bitterness This Beer is not great, and I would give this IPA a C-. I think Non-alcoholic IPA, is not good in general because Non-alcoholic beers use a different type of yeast. Yeast ferments with sugar and outcomes alcohol. But that is why this has no body/mouthfeel and low flavors. It’s not the world’s worst IPA, and I wouldn’t recommend this. The aroma and its taste did not match. I would call that a false advertisement. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Heineken 0.0

You might have already heard about, seen, or had Heineken 0.0. Heineken 0.0 is a Dutch beer from one of the world’s largest brewing conglomerates. This beer is a lager that is alcohol-free and even has television commercials. This beer pours a clear golden color with at one and a half finger white quickly fading head. The aroma is metallic, with a light sweetness. The taste is thin, watery, clean, and malty. The mouthfeel is light. Then it finishes with a light, watered-down sweetness. Then you’ll get an aftertaste of malts and that sweetness. This beer is not terrible, but I would call this good. I found Heineken 0.0 to be just below average. I give this alcohol-free lager a C-. I found no off-flavors to this beer, but I didn’t find any great ones either. It does have a similar taste to a regular Heineken, just without the alcohol. If you like regular Heineken, you’ll probably enjoy this 0.0 too. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Ceria Brewing Company Grainwave Alcohol-Free Belgian-style White

Keeping dry January going, we have another non or alcohol-free beer. This beer is Grainwave. It is contract brewed by Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, Louisiana. That means that Ceria comes up with the recipe, and Abita brews their beer. Gainwave has Bloof Orange peel, coriander, and Hallertau Traditional hops. This beer pours a cloudy yellow with a bright white two-finger head that is quick to fade. The aroma is sweet from the peels of a blood orang. There are also light spice notes. The taste is also blood orange sweet with hints of coriander spice. I also found tartness on the back of my tongue. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this beer finishes with sweetness and lighter blood orange. This beer is big on the blood orange and tastes more like a fruit juice beverage than anything else. I would give Grainwave a C. It’s not a Belgian-style white, but it’s trying hard to be one, a non-alcoholic one. I would probably go back to this and would recommend it too. It was refreshing too! Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!