This IPA Xperimental IPA is from New Belgium Brewing Co. Voodoo Ranger line of beers. This beer comes in at 6.6% ABV. This IPA has Ale yeast, Citra hops, Pale, Honey, and Pilsner malts. I was offered this beer by a neighbor for letting his dog out during the day. It’s good to have pleasant neighbors. This Xperimental IPA pours a bright yellow that is a little hazy and has a two finger bight white head. The aroma is dry, citrusy, orange/lemon, sweet, and bitter. The flavor is tasty with citrus orange/lemon, dryness, and hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium. Then you get a dry citrus finish. Then the aftertaste of dry bitter citrus fruit comes and lingers, for a short bit. Then slowly fades away. This IPA is good. But I found the dry notes clash a bit with the bitterness. So I give New Belgium Brewing Co. Voodoo Ranger Xperimental IPA a B+. I recommend this IPA. It was refreshing and delicious. I just thought the dryness was a hair too much. But it’s a solid IPA worth trying. Please be safe, be kind to everyone, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Berliner Weisse Style Sour Ale
This is a new beer from local Charlotte, North Carolina brewery Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. This beer is Berliner Weisse Style Sour Ale. This ale comes in a 4.4% ABV This beer is a newer beer from Olde Mecklenburg. Berliner Weisse is a regional variation of wheat beer from northern Germany that dates back to the sixteenth century. This style is made with a low proportion of wheat, usually twenty-five to fifty percent, and deliberately brewed to create a sourness with second fermentation in the bottle or by adding Lactobacillus (a bacteria). This Berliner Weisse pours gold color with a one-and-a-half finger white head that quickly dissolves. The aroma is sour, and tart. You get a tasty apple and pear on the nose as well. The flavor is tart and sour. There is an apple and pear flavor too. It tastes much the same as it smells. This beer is refreshing and somewhat smooth. The mouthfeel is light. It’s not overly tart or sour, just the right amount. Then this ale finishes with a tart sour fruit flavor. Then you come to a refreshing fruity aftertaste that is tart. This beer is a warm-weather type of beer that I highly recommend. It has just enough flavor to refresh you and your tastebuds. The sourness is just the right amount, along with nice tart fruit flavors with hints of wheat. Please stay safe, be kind to everyone, and remember to enjoy responsibility! Cheers!
Stone Brewing Delicious Double IPA
Stone Brewing Delicious Double IPA is a beer from a mixed six-pack I bought at my local Harris Teeter grocery store. This package has three Delicious IPAs, two of each (Delicious IPA, Delicious Citrus IPA, and Delicious Double IPA). I have previously reviewed the Delicious Citrus IPA. This Delicious Double IPA comes in at 9.4% ABV. This IPA has Amarillo, Centennial, and El Dorado hops. This IPA pours a deep orange color with a one-and-a-half-finger white head that steadily fades. The aroma is dank, citrusy, bitter, and malted. The flavor isn’t far from its aromas. The beer’s flavor is strong, citrusy, malty, light onion, hoppy, and bitter. It is just strong enough so that you know it is a double IPA, but it doesn’t ever feel too overpowering. The mouthfeel is slightly fuller. Then this double IPA comes to a bitter, malted, citrusy, hoppy finish. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and boozy with some light dank orange. For a beer with a 9.4% ABV, this does not drink like it is, but it’s not far off. I give Delicious Double IPA an A-. The boozy flavor comes in the aftertaste is just the slightest bit off-putting. But it is a bee that I would recommend having. Please stay safe, always be kind to everyone, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Brouwerij Van Steenberge Gilden Draak Classic
Another beer from the Brouwerij Van Steenberge mixed six-pack. This time we have Gulden Drake Classic. It comes in a t 10.5% ABV. This Belgian ale has a high fermentation, a secondary fermentation, and three times more malt than a lager. Gulden Draak is a Belgian dark strong ale. This ale pours a deep or dark red with a four-finger beige fluffy head. The aroma is malty, strong, and sweet. The flavor is strong, smooth, sweet, and malty. The flavor will not overpower your taste buds. The mouthfeel is full. Then this ale finishes smooth and malty with a nice touch of sweetness. Then it all comes to a malty sweet aftertaste that lingers. Gulden Drake was delicious and had good flavors. I give this beer an A+. It is as good as a Chimay. I highly recommend Gulden Draak. This ale doesn’t drink like it has an ABV of 10.5%, but you know it’s stronger than most. This ale would pair well with good soft/semi-soft cheeses, light hor oeuvre meats, or delicious French fries. Please stay safe, always be kind to everyone, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Brouwerij Van Steenberge Piraat Belgian Ale
Piraate Belgian Ale, a Belgian Strong Golden Ale (similar to Duvel), is another from Brouwerij Van Steenberge mixed six-pack. Piraate translates to Pirate. This beer comes in at 10.5% ABV. This ale pours a deep orange/golden color with a fluffy three-and-a-half-finger white head. The aroma is strong, sweet, boozy, and malty. The flavor is also strong and boozy. It is also fruity, sweet, and malty. The mouthfeel is full but just slightly full. Then this ale finishes with strong, malted, boozy, and sweetness. Then the aftertaste of fruity malts comes in and lingers for a few seconds, then fades away before you take your next delicious sip. This ale is good, and it gets an A. The first two from this pack I had were better even though they are different beer styles, and it is just as good as Duvel Beer. It doesn’t taste like 10.5% ABV, but it does taste strong. It has a good flavor balance. Piraat is a delicious beer that I highly recommend. Please stay safe, always be kind to everyone, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Brouwerij Van Steenberge Monk’s Cafe Grand Cru
This beer from Monk’s Cafe Grand Cru is another beer from the Brouwerji Van Steenberge mixed six-pack. This beer is a sour or Flanders Oud Bruin (Old Brown). This Oud Bruin is 5.5% ABV. This beer style is from the Flemish region of Belgium. This beer has aged for up to a year. This beer style then undergoes secondary fermentation, which takes several weeks or months. Then bottle aged for several more months. Monk’s Cafe Grand Cru pours a deep/dark brown with a three-finger fluffy beige head that slowly fades. The aroma is sour, tart, fruity, sweet, and bitter. The flavor of this beer is close to the way it smells. There is sourness, fruity, tartness, acidic notes, and some sweetness. The mouthfeel is on the high side of medium. It does light coat the mouth. Then this beer finishes with a tart, sour, and sweet flavor. Then comes an aftertaste that is fruity, tart, lightly sweet, and sour. This Grand Cru is good and goes down easy. I give Monk’s Cafe Grand Cru an A+. This beer is delicious. It has a very well balance of tasty flavors. This beer would go very well with soft or semi-soft cheeses. It has just enough of each flavors. I highly recommend Monk’s Cafe Grand Cru! Please stay safe, always be kind to everyone, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Brouwerij Van Steenberge Augustijn Blonde
Finding this was the best! I found a mixed six-pack of Brouwerij Van Steenberge beers. It has six of each.I found it at Reeds Fine Food here in South Park. This brewery is in Evergem, Belgium. This beer is Augustijn Blonde. It comes in a 7.0% ABV. Augustijn Blonde pours an amber blonde with a two-finger white head. The head slowly fades away. The aroma is fruity, strong, and malty from the grains. This ale has some hoppy notes. The flavor is lightly sweet, fruity, and malted (the same grains). There is a vanilla flavor and some light hops. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this blonde finishes with a light, malted fruit flavor. Then you get an aftertaste of slightly sweet malts and a light, hoppy flavor. This ale is a very delicious Belgian Blonde ale. I give this an A+. I would not pass this one. I highly recommend it. It’s just a good and balanced Belgian blonde. It is refreshing and full of great flavor. I will bring you more from the Brouwerij Van Steenberge mixed six-pack, so stay tuned here! Please stay safe, always be kind to everyone, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Maine Beer Company Mo Pale Ale
Any beer from Maine Maine Beer Company is not easy to find. But if you keep your eyes peeled and you might see one somewhere. I saw this at my local fresh pasta shop, Pasta and Provisions. This beer is Mo Pale Ale, which comes in at 6%. ABV. This beer is made in Freeport, Maine. This pale ale uses Falconer’s Flight and Simcoe hops. This beer also uses American 2-Row, Carapils, Caramel 40L, and Red Wheat. This ale is brewed occasionally, according to The Maine Beer Company. This beer pours a deeper golden color with a two-finger white head. The beer’s aroma is oranges, orange peel, tangerines, and bitter. The flavor is hoppy, fruity with tangerine, oranges, orange peel, apricots, bitte notes, and dry. The mouthfeel is light/medium. Then this pale ale finishes with a dry bitter/hop note that is slightly fruity. Then you get an aftertaste that is fruity, dry, and bitter. This beer was good, just as the lady at the register said it was. I give Mo Pale Ale a B+. It was delicious. It was not too IPA like some craft pale ales sometimes can be. It has just enough fruity notes, with the right amount of bitt/hop notes. I highly recommend this Mo Pale Ale. Please stay safe, be kind to everyone, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Stone Brewing Delicious Citrus IPA
In the craft beer world, you don’t see a mixed six-pack unless it’s a build-your-own. I was in the local grocery store yesterday, was perusing the beer ale, and saw a mixed six-pack of different Sonte Brewing Delicious IPA. This beer is Delicious Citrus IPA that comes in at 7.7% ABV. This beer has Amarillo, Talus, and El Dorado hops. This IPA also has ingredients such as sweet orange peel and reduced gluten. This citrus IPA pours a medium gold color with a two-finger white head. The aroma is bitter, juicy, citrus orange, and grapefruit. The flavor is juicy, grapefruit, orange, orange peel, bittersweet, and has a hoppy zing. The mouthfeel is light. Then you get an aftertaste that is citrusy, fruity, and bittersweet. Then comes an aftertaste of hoppy, juicy fruits. This beer is a great Citrus IPA. This Delicious Citrus IPA is a high B+, barely missing an A-. It has all the right/delicious citrus flavors. It almost doesn’t taste as high as 7.7% ABV. I recommend this IPA. Please stay safe, be kind to everyone, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Elysian Brewing Company Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
This beer was the last beer from a twenty-four mix pack I received as a Christmas gift. This beer is Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company out of Seattle, Washington. This pumpkin ale comes in at 6.7% ABV. It uses pumpkin, raw and roasted pumpkin seeds. It also has conditioning spiced with nutmeg, clove ginger, and allspice. I am not a fan of pumpkin ale, let alone anything pumpkin/pumpkin spiced flavored. I think it’s overrated. But I’m going to review this pumpkin beer anyway. This ale pours a deep orange color with a one-and-a-half off-white head. The head does not stick around for long. The aroma is pumpkin/pumpkin spice, big cinnamon aroma, and light gram cracker. The taste is also cinnamon. It has lots of cinnamon. There is allspice, clove, and pumpkin/pumpkin spice. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this beer finishes with a cinnamon, clove, and allspice flavor. Then comes the aftertaste of light cinnamon and allspice that does linger around. Night Owl Pumpkin Ale was not gross and wasn’t good. So I give this Night Owl from Elysian Brewing Company a D. If you like this kind of beer, you should try it. But I tend to stay away from pumpkin beers. Please stay safe, be kind to everyone, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!