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New Belgium Brewing Company Fat Tire Amber Ale

Fat Tire from New Belgium Brewing Company is a classic flagship brew, that comes in at 5.2% ABV. New Belgium dates way back to 1991. I’ve had Fat Tire so many times before. This Ale pours a copper/amber color with a one and a half finger sticky white head. The aroma is malty biscuit and has a light hoppy sweetness. The flavor is lightly sweet with hoppy flavors. There is the same malted biscuit from its smell. The mouthfeel is light. Then this beer finishes clean with a hint of hoppy flavor. The aftertaste is lightly hoppy and biscuity. This beer is drinkable, and I mean that you can have a six-pack of these Fat Tires, and the flavor will not be too much on your taste buds. I would recommend this. It is a good flagship brew from New Belgium Brewing Co, which is in both Fort Collins, Colorado, and Asheville, North Carolina. I give it a B+. It is a good Amber Ale, but I have had some that blow me away, but I’ve had so many. A great example of one is Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Copper. But this is good too! Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Pipeworks Brewing Co. Ninja vs Unicorn Double Pale Ale

I found Ninja vs Unicorn Double Pale Ale at a nearby Harris Teeter supermarket. This beer from Chicago, Illinois, is 8% ABV. Pipeworks Brewing Co. was founded in 2012. I have not seen much of this or any Pipeworks beers here in Charlotte or in North Carolina. This beer pours a yellow color with a slight haze and has a three-finger thick white head. The aroma is juicy, fruity, tropical, and hoppy. The flavor is hoppy, juicy, fruity, tropical mango, and pineapple. It has a slight sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this beer (which is more like an IPA than a Pale Ale) finishes with a bitter tropical hop flavor. The aftertaste is hoppy and bitter with light fruit. I found this Ninja vid Unicorn Double Pale Ale from Pipeworks Brewing Co. to be good, A grade. It has fruity flavors with the right amount of bettering hops. It does not drink like an 8% beer either. I like that too. I highly recommend this beer, especially if you like IPAs. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Thomas Creek Brewery Islander Ginger Beer

This Ginger beer, Islander Ginger Beer. is originally from the Caribbean and made by the Harriots. But it is made in Greenville, South Carolina’s Thomas Creek Brewery. This ginger beer uses filtered water, cane sugar, ginger, citrus, and Caribbean spices. This beer is only 5.0% ABV. This ginger beer pours a yellow color with no head. The aroma is sweet and gingery, with hints of citrus and spices. This beer has a ginger flavor, sweet notes, citrusy flavors, and spice. The mouthfeel is on the medium side. Then this beer finishes with a ginger-spiced flavor. The aftertaste is ginger and citrusy with a bit of spice. This bere here isn’t bad. I found the Caribbean spices a little too strong. The spices overwhelmed the ginger a little. I give Islander Ginger Beer a C+. It is easier to drink than some beers, and yes, it is mildly refreshing. I don’t think this is something I would usually go for on its own. I think it would be great in a cocktail. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Foothills Brewing Good Ship Wit

Good Ship Wit, 5.1% ABV from Foothills Brewing in Winston Salem, North Carolina. This Wit beer has ginger, lime, orange, turmeric, and coriander. This beer is a seasonal beer from March to July. Good Ship Wit pours a yellow color that doesn’t allow any light to get through. It has one finger quickly fizzy white head. The aroma is of huge ginger, lime, and orange, and it has a spiced note. The flavor has lots of ginger upfront with spices, lite orange/lime, and some citrus peels. The mouthfeel is medium. This Wit beer finishes with lime and ginger, which carries over to the aftertaste. Then the aftertaste has a linger of spiced ginger/lime flavor. This beer is a tasty Wtt beer. I think Foothills Brewing Good Ship Wit is a B+. There is a little too much ginger here. I like ginger a lot. But after three, the ginger is too much. The lime does help balance the ginger some, as do the spices. Good Ship Wit is refreshing to drink. I would recommend it for sure You should try it! Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Highland Brewing Lower Falls IPA

This beer from Asheville, North Carolina’s Highland Brewing is a lower-calorie beer. Lower Falls IPA is 3.9% ABV and brewed with Centennial, Amarillo, and Citra hops. This beer also has 2-Row, unmalted wheat, malted wheat, and flaked oats. This IPA pours a light cloudy yellow color with a think bright white one-finger head. The head is steadily fading, then it quickly dissolves. The aroma is big and bright, with citrus orange and some grapefruit. The flavor is citrusy with lemony, light grapefruit, and orange. It is lightly hoppy and bitter. The mouthfeel is refreshing. Then it has a nice bitter fruit finish. The aftertaste has citrusy hop notes. This beer is a great sessional beer that is crushable. You can have several of these without the flavor or the bitterness overpowering your tastebuds. I highly recommend Highland Brewing Lower Falls IPA. It will not blow you away with the flavor, nor will it underwhelm you. It is a solid session IPA. Please be kind, be safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Obolon Brewery Magnat Lager

This Lager is another beer from Kyiv, Ukraine, from Obolon Brewery. This beer is Magnat Lager, 5.2% ABV. I purchased it from Total Wine, hoping that some of the profits from the sale would go back to help Ukraine. This beer is a typical Euro pale lager. It is golden with a thin one-finger head. The aroma is ready, crisp, lightly sweet, and malted. The taste is clean and crisp with light malt flavors and light sweet notes. Not a lot going on flavor-wise here. The mouthfeel is light. Its finishes with a crispness with awful bread. The aftertaste is not there. It has that metallic note. This beer is not good, but it is barely better than some domestic macro beer here. It’s not as good as Obolon Lager. I give Magnet Lager a D. It was boring and lacked flavor. If you are curious about it, then go ahead and try it. But I wouldn’t have this again. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Lost Worlds Brewing Adventure Series Stinnes Helles Lager

This beer, Stinnes Helles Lager 5.1% ABV, from Lost Worlds Brewing in. Cornelius, North Carolina, is a 2020 North Carolina Brewers Cup gold medal winner. This Helles Lager beer is named after Clara Stinnes, a German race car driver. In May 1929 she jumped behind the wheel of her Adler Standard 6 automobile with her companion, she drove across Europe, over Asia, through the Pacific, across South America, and across the United States, where is briefly met, President Hoover. In June 1929, she arrived in Berlin after a 29,000-mile trek. She was the first person to circumnavigate the world by car. This beer pours a golden color with a barley two-finger thing white head. The aroma is breaded, citrusy, light pice, biscuity, and light malt The flavor is similar to its aroma. There is bread, biscuit, and some light sweet notes. The mouthfeel is light. Then it finishes with a light spice and ready notes that carry over to the aftertaste with a bit of bitterness. This is a good Helles beer. It’s an A. It has a great refreshing flavor. I would have this again and again, and so should you. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Obolon Brewery Lager

Hailing from the Obolon Brewery in Kyiv, Ukraine, this is their Lager beer, 5.2% ABV. I purchased this Ukrainian Lager from my local Total Wine in hopes that buying it would somehow help the efforts in Ukraine. It’s not often that I see beer from Ukraine. This lager pours a typical gold lager color with a one-finger steady thin white head. The aroma is of bread grains, a light artificial sweetness. The taste is the same artificial sweetness with bread grains and a slightly metallic flavor. The mouthfeel is light. Then this lager finishes with an artificial sweet grain flavor that lingers for a second or two in the aftertaste. Obolon Brewery Lager is a typical lager with a Euro pale lager flavor. I give this lager a C. It’s average but better than the American lagers. It has a few good points overall. It’s the worst beer I’ve had. I would have this again. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Sierra Nevada Powder Day IPA

I saw this Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. beer yesterday at the grocery store, and the white a green packaging stood out. This beer is Powder Day IPA, 7.7%, a double-dry hopped seasonal (winter seasonal). It has Munich, Two-row pale, and Wheat malts. This beer also has Amarillo, Chinook, Comet, Citra, Herkules, Idaho 7, Mosaic, and Polaris hops. Lastly, they use Lupulin powder. It is the yellow gland of a hop plant in which the acids and the essential oil can be found. This IPA pours a yellow/golden color with a bright white two-finger semi-steady fading head. The aroma is piney, slightly citrusy, and bitter. The flavor is piney, hoppy/bitter with light citrus. This beer does taste like a winter IPA. The mouthfeel is light. Then this IPA comes to a bitter piney finish. The aftertaste is a bit citrusy, with a little bitter pine. This beer is a good IPA, and it doesn’t taste or drink like it is 7.7% ABV. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Powder Day IPA is an A. But I think that after the third, the flavor is too much. So I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I would go back to this beer again and again, and I think you should too. Please be kind, stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Royal Bliss Brewing Co. Royal Treatment Oatmeal Stout

The last beer I had from Royal Bliss Brewing Co. was a complete was and a total drain poor. It had gone rank. This beer is Royal Treatment Oatmeal Stout, 5.8% ABV brewed in Dallas, North Carolina. It pours a deep dark black color with a thick beige head that sticks and fades slowly. The aroma is roasted chocolatey, and there is coffee and sweetness. The flavor does follow the nose. You taste a chocolate-covered coffee bean. Then it has a semi-sweet coffee and chocolate finish. The aftertaste is a bitter-sweet coffee cocoa flavor. This stout has a full body mouthfeel. Royal Bliss Brewing Co Royal Treatment is a good beer and makes up for the last beer from this brewery I had. I give it an A+. It is smooth and flavorful. I recommend it! Please be kind, stay safe and enjoy responsibly!