Fonta Flora Mimosa City Mimosa-Style White Ale

This white ale called Mimosa City, fermented with fresh orange, aged on Earl Gray Tea and Coriander. This beer also uses local well water at 88% local ingredients. This beer is from Fonta Flora Brewery in Nebo, North Carolina. In a previous Fonta Flora review, I said that Fonta Flora beer review that this brewery’s beer is either a hit or miss. This beer pours a yellow with a steady two-finger white head. The aroma of this beer is semi-sweet, orange, and coriander. The taste is light sweetness, orange fruit, coriander, and Earl Gray Tea. Towards the back of the tongue is an off-flavor like burnt salt. The mouthfeel is light. Then this beer comes with a bitter tea taste in the finish. The aftertaste is like a white ale that has gone off or has turned. The overall flavor of this is not good. The coriander and orange clash with the Earl Gray tea. This beer is not good. I could not finishes all sixteen ounces. I give this Mimosa City a D-. I think you should not drink this. I don’t recommend this beer. Fonta Flora Brewery beers are either a hit or a miss. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Heist Brewery Dollar Dollar Bill Y’all Dreamsicle-Inspired India pale ale

This beer, Dollar Dollar Bill Y’all, is a lyric in a Wu-Tang Clan rap song titled C.R.E.A.M. This beer is a dreamsicle-inspired IPA from Heist Brewery here in Charlotte, North Carolina. This beer comes in a 7% ABV. This beer has tangerine, orange, toasted marshmallow, and vanilla. This beer pours a bright yellow with floating particulate/ingredients and a two-and-a-half finger cream marshmallow white head. The aroma is sweet and creamy. There is vanilla, orange, tangerine, and a little marshmallow on the nose. The taste is creamy with sweet vanilla, orange/tangerine citrusy goodness. There was also a toasted marshmallow. The mouthfeel is medium feel and creamy. This beer does taste like an orange creamsicle. Then this beer has a nice creamy sweet fruity vanilla finish. Then comes an aftertaste like biting into a delicious orange vanilla popsicle. That aftertaste lingers nicely on the tongue. This IPA was fabulously delicious. I give this an A+. I highly recommend it. It was as advertised on the side of the can. All the flavors came together just perfectly for a great beer. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Bhramari Brewing Company Fast Cars Danger Fire & Knives Kölsch

This beer is a German-style Kölsch called Fast Cars Danger Fire & Knives. This beer is from Bhramari Brewing Company in Asheville, North Carolina. They do have a location here in Charlotte. This beer weighs in at 4.6% ABV. This beer pours a yellow color with a one-finger thin white head. The aroma is plain. You’ll find semi-sweet dry aromas and a little metallic scent. The flavor is the same as its aroma. There’s dry semi-sweetness. But there also are lightly floral and malt flavors. The mouth feels very light. This beer goes down easy. Then it has a dry finish with a very light sweetness. The aftertaste is pretty much nonexistent. I found this Kölsch to be kind of boring. It’s also not bad. I give this a low C-. None of the flavors in this beer are worth remembering, and nothing stood out. I’m not going to say I recommend this, nor am I saying I don’t recommend it either. It’s just a beer, an average beer that is not memorable. The name is good. That is not what makes beer taste great. Please be kind, stay safe and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Legion Brewing Double Juicy Jay IPA

Double Juicy Jay IPA is a stronger or double version of Legion Brewing’s flagship Juicy Jay IPA. This double IPA is relatively new and was sent from the brewery to me by Spark Strategic Ideas. I want to thank them as well as Legion Brewing for this beer. This IPA comes in at a whopping 9.3% ABV. This IPA pours a dark yellow with a three-finger sticky white fluffy head. The aroma is tropical, resiny, bitter/hoppy, and some honey. The flavor is resiny, and honey sweetness lightly comes through. This IPA is also hoppy/bitter, with tropical mango, pineapple, and some melons. The mouthfeel is not so full, but it is kind of full. Then it finishes with a tropical hoppy resiny flavor. Then this beer finishes with flavors of tropical honey fruit and bitterness that does linger a bit. This beer was smoother than I thought. I give Double Juicy Jay IPA a B-. It has good flavor but not a wow factor. It’s a solid beer. You can, however, feel that it is 9.3% ABV. I would recommend this beer. I recommend only having one is enough because its 9.3% ABV. The idea of taking their great Juicy Jay and making a double version and a no-brainer. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Fonta Flora Lake James Rind Lager Beer

This beer Lake James Rind Lager Beer, has local barley, heritage corn, local water Melon, fresh lime, and Tajin. This Lager is from Fonta Flora Brewing in Nebo, North Carolina. It comes in an easy drinking 3.8% ABV. I got this from Whole Foods. This beer pours a light pale yellow color with a taste and fizzy one-finger thin white head. The aroma is of watermelon, lime, and biscuits. The flavor is similar to its smell with watermelon, lime, light spices from the Tajin, and light biscuit. This beer is also clean and refreshing. The mouthfeel is light, and it is almost nonexistent. Then you get a watermelon/lime finish. The aftertaste is a short linger of watermelon and lime. Fonta Flora Brewery is hit or miss, some of their beers are good, and some aren’t. This lager is good. I give Lake James Rind Lager Beer a B. The overall beer is light and easy to drink. I’ve had watermelon and lime beer with bolder flavors, but I recommend this one. It is good and would be better on a hot day after yard work, a lawnmower beer. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to always enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Stillwater Artisanal & Filson Maritime Gose

This beer is another Stillwater Artisanal 7 Filson Collaboration beer celebrating the 125th anniversary of Filson. This beer is Filson Maritime Gose. This beer is Stillwater’s take on the Americas’ idea of a traditional German Gose beer. This beer comes in a 6% ABV. This beer was given to me by Backbone Media. This beer pours a yellow color with a three-finger white head that fades into a thin cloud of white. The aroma is salty, citrusy lemon, and sour/tart. The flavor is lemony, salty, sour, tropical fruit, light pine, and tart. The mouthfeel is light. Then it finishes salty and lemony. The aftertaste is tart, salty, and lemon, This at first was okay, but then it got better, so much so that I had another. It has a nice tart lemon flavor that is different from most Gose beers. I found that to be a nice touch. I give Filson Maritime Gose an A. I recommend it too. It has all the good refreshing flavors. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Heist Brewery Druid Pils South

Druid Pils South is German-style Pilsner and the younger brother of Druid Pils, both by Heist Brewery here in Charlotte, North Carolina. This beer comes in at 4.5% ABV. This beer pours a typical yellow pilsner color with a thin one-finger fizzy white head. The aroma is semi-sweet and crisp. There is not much going on with the beer aroma. The taste is semi-sweet, crisp, and light white bread notes, thin and light. I did get a slight off-flavor of hoppy peppery notes that wasn’t so great. The mouthfeel is thin. There is not much there. Then comes a bitter finish. But it is a mild bitterness. The aftertaste is much but a crisp bitter cracker. This beer was not so great. I’d say that Druid Pils South a D+. Halfway through this beer, I might have given it a C-, but it got slightly worse through the second half. I don’t recommend you drink this. One off-putting flavor can take a beer down and make it less enjoyable. This beer is an example of that. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Hi-Wire Brewing hi-pitched mosaic IPA

This beer, hi-pitched mosaic IPA is dry-hopped with Mosaic & Centennial hops. This IPA is from Hi-wire Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. This beer is 6.7% ABV. Hi-pitched pours a copper color with a three-finger white head. The aroma is floral, hoppy, citrus fruits, and bitter. The beers flavor is bitter, orange citrus, floral, and hoppy. The mouthfeel is medium and nothing special. Then this beer finish with a bitter flavor that comes as a surprise. Then you come to the bitter citrusy aftertaste. This hi-pitch is not that great. I’d give this a D. The citrusy flavor is not good, it is almost mild at best. The bitterness feels like it is an off-flavor. It’s not a great floral flavor. This beer is more like a weed. I did finish this beer without wanting to pour it out. So, no I wouldn’t recommend this beer. I would not have it again. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers

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!