Burial Beer & Halfway Crooks Spectacle of Martyrdom, 3.4% ABV is a collaboration between Burial Beer in Asheville, North Carolina & Halfway Crooks in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a Mild Ale, a Dark Mild Ale. Mild ale is a type of ale, with a malty flavor. Mild ale was original was young, fresh, or unnamed. It is usually low in ABV around 3% or 4% ABV and is mostly a darker beer. The spectacle of Martyrdom pours a black color with a three-finger beige steady creamy head, The aroma is caramel, cocoa, roasted coffee notes with a slight bitterness. The flavor is similar to its aroma, with cocoa, coffee roast, caramel creaminess with a little bitterness. It has a light body and light mouthfeel. It does go down easy. It finishes with a bit of sweet roasted flavor and has a nice aftertaste of sweet cocoa roasted coffee with a very tiny bitter note. This is a different beer than I am used to seeing out there. I hardly ever see a Mild Ale in this part of the world. They are much more common in England, United Kingdom. Well, it’s good, dark and light-bodied. I give Burial Beer & Halfway Crooks Spectacle of Martyrdom an A. It is very tasted without being a huge beer like some darker beer, no was it filling. I enjoy a dark beer that is easier to drink. I highly recommended trying Burial Beer & Halfway Crooks Spectacle of Martyrdom. Please be kind, stay safe and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Basket of Flowers, 5% ABV is Belgian style wheat brewed in Charleston, South Carolina with oranges and rosebuds. This beer sounded like it would be interesting, so I picked up a four-pack. This beer pours a bright yellow cloudy color with a one and a quarter white head that fades steadily. The nose is floral with orange sweetness There is a bitter tart note in there as well that gives off slight pale ale vibes. The flavor is sweet with some tart orange floral notes with a bit of wheat. Yes, I did get a bit of bitterness, but not as pronounced as it is on the nose. This Edmund’s Oast beer finish with a hit of a hoppy note but sweet. The aftertaste is orange and floral with a final bitter tart note. This is not as exciting as I thought it was going to be. It was trying to go somewhere with the flavor but got lost on the way. I give Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Basket of Flowers a low C-. The bit of bitterness I found was a surprise but not in a good way and it clashing a bit with the floral notes kind of hold it back. I wouldn’t recommend Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Basket of Flowers. But I do find Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company to brew good beers not this one though. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Birdsong Brewing Co. Good As Helles Lager, 5.4% ABV is a local Charlotte, North Carolina brewed tropical Helles Lager. It is brewed with Strata Hops. This is a battering hop that brings tropical fruity flavors to a beer. This Helles Lager pours a golden color that is clean and has a one and half finger white head. The head has good retention and is slow to dissipate. The aroma is fruity with pineapple, mango, and some passionfruit. There is bitterness on the nose as well. The flavor is tropical with pineapple and mango with low bitter notes. The mouthfeel is light and this Helles finishes with a bit of bittersweet tropical crisp notes. The aftertaste is crisp with some fruitiness. Birdsong Brewing Co. Good As Helles Lager is an interesting Helles Lager that does deliver a tropical flavor to your taste buds. I give it a B+. It’s not an explosion of tropical fruit flavors, but they are a bit subtle. It goes down easy with a crisp flavor. I do recommend trying Birdsong Brewing Co. Good As Helles Lager. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I am a sucker for blood orange. So when I saw Wilmington Brewing Company Tropical Frightening, 10% ABV, I had to get it. This is an imperial IPA with blood orange and raspberries. This big IPA pours a reddish blood orange color with a two-finger white head with great retention. It has a nice fruity sweetness from the blood orange faint raspberry. There is a little bitter hoppy note on the aroma too. The taste is sweet with blood orange and light raspberry. I also found a lithe bitter hoppy flavor that was masked by the fruity flavors, but it is there. The fruit flavors are on the thinker side but the mouthfeel has a medium fruity feel to it. Topical Frightening finishes with a fruity touch of blood orangey raspberry with a hint of bitterness. The aftertaste is blood orange sweet with bits of faint hop bitterness. I feel that the blood orange does give it a bittersweet flavor, and the raspberry keeps that from becoming too bitter and gives the sweetness a slight boost. Overall I liked Wilmington Brewing company Tropical Frightening, and I give it an A-. The label said raspberry and I got just a tiny bit. That is the only gripe I have with this imperial IPA. It’s worth a try. Please be kind, stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Burial Beer & Fair State Brewing Cooperative Dark Bohemian Lager, 4.2% is a collaboration between the two breweries and is a one-off beer. Bohemian hops are used in this dark lager. Now dark lagers are just lagers brewed with some kind of dark malts. This one pours a deep black color with a cream semi off-white two and a half slow fading sticky head. The aroma is creamy roasted sweetness with light coffee notes. It doesn’t have an aroma like a big beer. The taste is creamy sweet, malty, roasted, and you get a little coffee flavor with a light mouthfeel. This dark Bohemian lager finishes smooth with some roasted malts and a sweetness that does carry over to the aftertaste faintest of bitter notes. This Burial Beer & Fair State Brewing Cooperative Dark Bohemian Lager reminded me of how I like a dark lager. It was really good as is the major majority of Burial Beers. I think it is well-deserving of an A+. It is well brewed with exceptional flavor that you should try for yourself. Please be kind out there, stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Session beers can be a nice change of pace from the bigger more alcoholic beer. A seen beer is a beer that is lower than 4% or 4.5% ABV and has a mild flavor. These are a sub-style of beer that you can have a few or more of without wrecking your taste buds or become too drunk. Hi-Wire Brewing Co. Lemon Drop Session Sour Ale, 4.2% ABV is one example. It is an early spring seasonal and part of a series of three sour session ales. This ale is brewed with lemon, ginger, and rosemary. Lemon Drop pours a light thin yellow color with a thin fizzy white head that is gone in a blink of an eye. It has a nice citrus lemon aroma with light ginger and the faintest of rosemary. Taste is big on the lemon tart/sour flavor with a little follow-up of ginger and not much or any rosemary. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. You get a nice tart lemon ginger finish that carries on to the aftertaste with a little more tart flavor. This is a good warm spring drinking beer. I enjoyed it, and I say it’s an A-. It just needs a dash of ginger to make it perfect. I highly recommend Hi-Wire Brewing Co. Lemon Drop Session Sour Ale to drink. It did not disappoint my taste buds. It goes down easy with a nice refreshing flavor. Please be kind out there! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!!
NoDa Brewing Company Jam Session, 5.1% ABV has been around for a long time here in Charlotte, North Carolina and I a little surprised I have not reviewed this Pale Ale until now. Brewed locally in Charlotte with imported Maris Otter, Caramunich malts, Centennial, Simcoe, and Citra hops. Jam Session pours an orange color with a fluffy two-finger white head. It has a slightly bitter aroma that is a little bit sweet and there is also grapefruit with some hints of orange. Its taste is grapefruit with bitterness, some light sweetness from some light orange. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected. It then finishes with a light hoppy bitter note and has a bitter citrus fruit aftertaste. This is Pale Ale goes down smooth and is refreshing. I give NoDa Brewing Company Jam Session a B-. The flavors on this are mild overall that do hold its grade down a bit, but nothing terrible. None of the flavors really wow you or jump out at you. Yes, I do recommend NoDa Brewing Company Jam Session. I enjoyed it and will enjoy it again. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Brewed in Charlotte, North Carolina Devils Logic Brewing Bang A Uey NEPA, %.5% ABV is a New England Pale Ale. Bang A Uey is Bostonian slang for making a u-turn. The name is fitting for this New England Pale Ale. This Pale Ale pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a sticky two-finger bright white head. The aroma is citrusy with orange, grapefruit, and a bit of mango. The aroma is strong smelling. The flavor is light with some citrus orange and grapefruit, bitterness. There is a light mouthfeel to this and a nice sweetness. Bang a Uey has a soft bitter citrus finish and a citrus aftertaste. Devils Logic Brewing Bang A Uey NEPA is not as it smells it overall a light easy drinking pale ale. I give this one a high C+. Going into this beer from the aroma I was thinking the flavor would be more than it was. What I tasted was not bad just lighter than I was expecting it to be and that held it just above average for me. Yeah, I would have this again and it would be something to try if you haven’t already. I was not a bad beer. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Way back and a long time ago I have reviewed Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Früh Bock, 6.0% ABV. Since then it has gone from a 750ml bottle to a 12oz bottle to now a 16oz can. This is a spring bock brewed with Bavarian hops, water, malt, and yeast, much like the traditional German method of brewing. It is produced locally here in Charlotte, North Carolina. Früh Bock pours a deep golden orange color with a tight one-finger white head. It has a sweet, hoppy slight biscuity malt aroma. The taste is sweet at first with a bit of hop bitterness with a bit of a light biscuit malt note. It is crisp and refreshing and finishes the same with a light hoppy sweet note. This beer has a medium mouthfeel. Früh Bock has slight sweet malt aftertaste. I found Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Früh Bock to be a good spring bock beer, and I give it an A-. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery does not disappoint with its beers, and Früh Bock is no exception. It has a nice spring flavor that is refreshingly tasty. You can spend part of your afternoon with a package of these and I recommend that you do.
Pilsner I think is going to be a new popular trend among craft beer along with other crisp beer styles like a Lager. I guess you could call it a crispy beer trend. Westbrook Brewing Company CHS PILS, 5% ABV is an on-trend beer, says crispy on. the can but with a K and is brewed in Charleston, South Carolina. This Pilsner is brewed with Hallertau Tradition hops, German Lager Yeast, and Pils malt. This Pilsner pours a yellow slightly gold color with a tight/bright white one and a half-finger white head. The aroma is the lightest bit lemony with a biscuit note and a slight hint of a hop note. The flavor is aging, the lights hint of lemon with a few biscuity malts and a bit of a hoppy note. The mouthfeel is light but grainy. CHS PILS finish with a grainy faint hop note and caries it into a crisp aftertaste. This is a good alternative to all those big New England IPAs, barrel-aged and pastry stouts. I could drink several of these with wrecking or overpowering my tastebuds. I think Westbrook Brewing Company CHS PILS is an A. Just a straight-up Pilsner beer for when you what a well-brewed beer-flavored beer. Go get this! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!