Stillwater Artisanal Filson Gold Rush Rustic IPA

This beer, Filson Gold Rush Rustic IPA, is made by Stillwater Artisanal in conjunction with the one-hundred twenty-fifth anniversary of Filson outdoor clothing. This beer is 6.5% ABV from Grand Mound, Washington. This beer was given to me by Backbone Media. There is another Stillwater/Filson beer. This IPA pours a yellow color with a fluffy three-and-a-half-finger white head. It dissipated slowly, leaving behind thick lacing. The aroma is like a traditional IPA; grassy, hoppy, bitter, and citrus fruits. The taste is dank, grassy, bitter, hoppy, and citrus fruit (oranges). The mouthfeel is juicy and medium. Then it comes to a nice pine bitter finish that is lithely citrusy. The aftertaste is bitter citrus and grassy but lingers just enough to know that it’s there. This beer is how IPA was twenty-two years ago, before the explosion of west-coast IPAs, New England, and all the other sub-styles of an IPA. It’s just an IPA, a good IPA. I’d give this an A+. It is refreshing to go back to the roots or the beginning of IPA. The whole style/sub-style of IPAs has become too much, and I still like all IPA. I am getting tired of every beer out in stores being an IPA. This IPA has a classic IPA flavor and taste. I highly recommend this. It’s fantastic, and it will keep you wanting more. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Westbrook Brewing Co. Gose

Gose is an almost extinct German style that usually uses coriander and salt. This particular Gose is Westbrook Brewing Co. Gose. It is 4% ABV from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. This one does use coriander and salt. The beer pours yellow color with a one-finger fizzy and thin white head. The aroma is salty, sour, tart, and lightly fruity. The taste is tart, salty, and sour. The best way ti describes this beer is it is like a margarita. Then it finishes with a tart and sour flavor. Then you get a salty, tart, and sour aftertaste. The sour note lingers. The mouthfeel is light. This Gose is one of the, if not the best American craft Gose beers. I give Westbrook Brewing Co. Gose an A+. I highly recommend this Gose. If you have not had this beer, then you are missing out. This beer is a good beer you can have over and over, in moderation. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Fonta Flora Brewery Nebo Pilsner

This beer is named after the town in which it was brewed. Nebo Pilsner comes in a 5.2% ABV. This beer is from Fonta Flora Brewery. This Pilsner is fermented cool, conditioned cold, and lagered for no less than eight weeks. This beer pours a golden yellow color with a two-finger fizzy white head. The aroma is sweet, crisp, and with a bread flavor. The flavor, however, is a different story. It’s crisp with sweetness, then peppery for some reason, which is uncommon for a pilsner. It is black pepper. Then this beer finishes with a creamy black pepper note. Then you get a lighter-pepped aftertaste. This beer wasn’t good, and I’ve never tasted a pilsner like that (peppery). I give Nebo Pilsner an F+. I don’t know if it’s terrible or, if I got a bad batch or something. This beer is not one I recommend at all. The pepper notes make it nearly unable to be finished. This is the first Fonta Flora beer that I have not liked. All the rest are good so far. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Hopfly Brewing Company Houndstooth Double IPA

Houndstooth Double IPA is made in Charlotte, North Carolina, by Hopsfly Brewing Company. This double IPA is double dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops. It comes in at 8.4% ABV. Houndstooth is part of Hopfly’s Textile Series, named because of all the textile manufacturing here in North Carolina, or at least there was. This beer pours a hazy yellow with a bright white three-finger slow and steady fading head. The aroma is bitter and sweet from the Citra hops, and you get some orange notes. The flavor is of orange and bitterness. It’s sweet and creamy. It’s on the lighter side of sweet. The mouthfeel is medium. Then it finishes with a bitter fruit note with hints of alcohol notes. Then this beer’s finish is creamy with a bitter fruit note. This beer is strong. But it does not hold its Houndstooth back too far. I’s say Houndstooth is an A-. The light alcohol notes on the aftertaste are like a small bump in an otherwise smooth road. It’s just a big IPA overall. This IPA has lots of flavors going on. I would recommend Houndstooth. It’s an excellent double IPA. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Sycamore Brewing Caribbean Stout

I am not a fan of Sycamore Brewing. I’ve had more than a few of their beers. I find them to be bland. But I think they have a great brewery space and beer garden. I’m trying Caribbean Stout because it looks interesting. So I guess I am giving Sycamore another try. This beer is brewed n Charlotte, North Carolina, and is 7% ABV. This stout pours a black color with a four-finger brown/beige head, which doesn’t move. The aroma is herbal, bitter, roasted, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. The taste is bitter-roasted coffee, malty, and chocolate. It has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Then it finishes with a bitter-roasted note. Then you get an aftertaste of nice bitter cocoa. This stout is not terrible. I’d say it’s a B-. It’s better at the first taste than the aftertaste. It has a little too much herbal bitterness of a stout, but I can taste what Sycamore is doing. If you like dark and slightly bitter beer, then you will like this. I wouldn’t rush for it. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Burial Beer A Desolate Divide on the Eastward Metamorphosis India pale ale

This beer from Burial Beer in Asheville, North Carolina, has quite a long name. A Desolate Divide on the Westward Metamorphosis India pale ale. This IPA is 6.5% ABV. This IPA is a collaboration with bike packing.com. It has Cryo, and Incognito hops in the whirlpool. Then it’s double dry hopped with Cashmere, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops. Then a finishing dose of Cryo hops. It also used Burial Heavy Resin treatment. This beer is a one-off and will not be around again. This IPA pours a bright hazy yellow color with a three-finger bright, thick white head. The aroma is piney, juicy, citrus, and hoppy.

The taste is similar to the aroma. There is a citrusy, juicy, piney, and hoppy flavor. The piney notes stick around and are bolder than the other flavors. The mouthfeel is medium to almost full. Then this long-named IPA finishes with a piney bitter fruit flavor. Then you get a piney aftertaste that fades into a hoppy, juicy note that lingers just enough to enjoy. This IPA has a lot going on. This IPA has lots of bold flavors here. I give this IPA an A. Burial always does a great job with their beers, and this is true to that. The piney fruit flavor is just perfect, as is the amount of bitterness. I recommend this or any Burial Beer offerings. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest Märzen Lager

Coming from the New York City borough of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Brewery, this beer is Oktoberfest Märzen Lager. This is 5.5% ABV. This beer has ready malts and noble hops. This is a seasonal beer, usually for October, hence the name. I’m not the biggest fan, of the Brooklyn Brewery. But I like Oktoberfest beers. I gave this one a try. It pours a copper/amber color with a fizzy one-finger white head. The aroma is sweet, malty, bread, and rich. This beer’s flavor is bread, malty, sweet, rich, and smooth. It does have a slightly thick mouthfeel, but the mouthfeel is medium overall. Then this fest lager finishes with a cloyingly sweet, breaded malt flavor. Then you get a smooth aftertaste of sweetness and bread malt that lingers until you take another sip. This Brooklyn Brewing Oktoberfest Märzen Lager is too sweet for my liking. I give this one a C+. It’s not the worst I’ve had, but the sweetness is a little much halfway through the twelve ounces, and I don’t think I would have another after having one. The beer’s flavor is not terrible, but it does overwhelm the taste buds. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Appalachian Mountain Brewery Boone Creek Blonde

Boone Creek Blonde from Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone, North Carolina, is zested with orange and has a hint of Wildflower honey. This beer is 4.9% ABV. This beer pours a light orange color with a one-and-a-half finger white quick head. The aroma is orangey, sweet from the honey. The flavor is sweet honey, a big orange flavor that is candy-like. There also is a light hoppy note. The mouthfeel is light. But almost medium feeling. Then this Blonde beer finishes with a sweet orange flavor. Then comes an aftertaste of honey and orange with a hint of a hoppy noted that lingers. The hoppy note fades away quickly as the big honey/orange stays. This ale is not terrible, but I don’t think I could have more than one or one and a half. The flavor is good. It just becomes slightly overwhelming as you finish a can of Boone Creek. That is why it only gets as low as B-. It’s not bad enough that I would pass it up, but I would if I were having a growler of it. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

NoDa Brewing Company Big Slurp Juicy Imperial IPA

This beer Big Slurp is a juicy imperial IPA that is part of the Superior Lupulin Utilization Research Project, AKA Big Slurp (an acronym) from NoDa Brewing Company here in Charlotte, North Carolina. This IPA is 8.5% ABV. This IPA has Galaxy, Cascade, Ekuanot, and Centennial hops. This IPA also has tangerine and orange zest. This beer pours a hazy, juicy orange with a three-and-a-half finger white head. The head is slow to dissipate. The aroma is juicy with citrus orange, hoppy notes, and bitterness. The flavor doesn’t stay far from the smell. There are juicy citrus orange, tangerine, and bitter/hoppy flavors. This beer has a medium, soft mouthfeel. Then Big Slurp finishes with a juicy citrus flavor that is nicely bitter and pleasantly hoppy. Then you’ll come to an aftertaste of fresh orange soft tangerines. This beer is delicious. I give this beer an A. The overall flavor does pack a punch and lets you know that it’s 8.5% ABV. But it is flavorful and delicious. I highly recommend Big Slurp from NoDa Brewing Company. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Westbrook Brewing Co. One Claw Rye Pale Ale

I’ve had One Claw several times before, but I was surprised that I’ve never reviewed this Rye Pale Ale from Westbrook Brewing Co. Now, if you are not familiar with Westbrook Brewing Co. down in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, I suggest you do. They are a fabulous brewery with great beers. This ale is 5.5% ABV. It has Citra hops, Azacca, Citra dry hops, American Ale yeast, and Rye, Pale, and Wheat, malts. This ale pours a deep golden color with a two-and-a-half-finger white head. The aroma is hoppy, spicy, and bitter. The taste is also hoppy, and spicy. It is also bitter, fruity, and has a faint malty flavor. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this rye pals ale finishes with a bitter and spicy note. Then you get an aftertaste of bitter spiced fruits. The spicy note fades into a malty flavor thattastes like it’s gone off. I would give One Claw from Westbrook Brewing Co. a C+. It is just above average. It’s not that I don’t like rye beers. The aftertaste holds it back a little. Other than that is not bad. I halfway recommend this beer, but I would not rush out for it. This ale doesn’t change how much I like Westbrook Brewing Co. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!