Here is another Shake IPA from Westbrook Brewing Company, this one is Westbrook Brewing Peanut Butter Shake India Pale Ale, 7% ABV and is non-homogenized brewed with Cascade, CTZ hops, dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Conan Yeast, Carapils, Oats, Pale, Wheat malts, Lactose, Peanut Butter Powder, and Vanilla. Peanut Butter Shake pours a deep dark yellow with a three and a half finger white creamy sticky head, giving off a nice sweet nutty peanut butter aroma with a light bit of hops. The taste does follow the nose with nice sweet nutty peanut butter flavor with just a hint of vanilla with a nice light bitterness that is very faint with a light citrus note toward the back of the mouth that finishes with a nice vanilla bitter peanut butter vanilla flavor and continues into the aftertaste and lingers with a light hoppy grass note. Westbrook Brewing Peanut Butter Shake India Pale Ale is quite an interesting beer even for an IPA, and a good one too getiing a B+. I’d never think that peanut butter would be used in an IPA and done well. It does have a little tiny clash between the peanut butter and the hops but nothing to trun in terrible and yes I would recommend trying Westbrook Brewing Peanut Butter Shake India Pale Ale. Please Stay Safe and please enjoy responsibly Cheers!
Locally brewed in Rocky Mount North Carolina Hopfly Brewing Company Tropical Squeeze Fruited Sour, 4.2% is brewed with Mango and Tangerine. This fruited sour pours an orange juice yellow color with a bit of an orange hue and a one-finger quick fading white head, that gives off tropical mango and tangerine notes with hints of a sourness to it. Taste pretty much follows the aroma with nice sour mango and tangerine fruit/fruit juice. This beer does taste like a straight-up soured fruit juice. Tropical Squeeze comes to a nice tropical fruit juicy sour finish and has a more tropical sour aftertaste that does linger for a little bit with a medium mouthfeel. Hopfly Brewing Company Tropical Squeeze Fruited Sour is one awesome beer and it’s definitely an A+ beer. Tropical Squeeze is really refreshing with great sour fruit flavors, not too strong. I highly recommend Hopfly Brewing Company Tropical Squeeze Fruited Sour. It was good! Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Wooden Robot Brewery Droppin’ Paradigms Juicy IPA, 7.2% brewed locally here in Charlotte, North Carolins with local malts, flaked oats, Centennial, Galaxy, Mosiac hops, fermented with Norwegian Kveik yeast strain, and using an aging method of stainless. Droppin’ Paradigms pours a yellow light golden/copper color with two-finger steady white head with aromas of semi-sweet fruity malt noted. Taste is juicy with light bitterness with fruity notes with a slight sour floral note on the end that had a dry bitter finish with a dry bitter fruit aftertaste. That strange sour floral note is not great, Wooden Robot Brewery Droppin’ Paradigms Juicy IPA gets a low C grade. The fruit flavors are okay and do hold it Droppin’ Paradigms up a bit, but I don’t think I will be going back for this soon and that is not an easy thing to say about a Wooden Robot Brewery beer they usually brew good solid beers. Droppin’ Paradigms Juicy IPA was a little off the mark. Maybe without the Norwegian Kveik, it might be better but then again I didn’t hate Wooden Robot Brewery Droppin’ Paradigms Juicy IPA, but I wouldn’t really recommend that you run out for this beer either. please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
In the past, while back I reviewed a similar beer to Westbrook Brewing Pineapple Shake India Pale Ale, 7% ABV, and that was Peach Shake India Pale Ale. Westbrook brews six different Shake IPAs including this one. Pineapple Shake is brewed in Mt. Plesant South Carolina with Cascade, CTZ hops, dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Conan Yeast, Citrapils, oats, Pale, Wheat, Pineapple, lactose, and vanilla. A lot going on it this IPA! Pineapple Shake pours a cloudy pineapple yellow color, which makes sense because it’s got pineapples in it, a three-finger fluffy white head with good sticky retention. Pineapple Shake gives an aroma of sweet fruity pineapple notes with a light bitterness that is strong on the bitter side which leads you to its flavor which is yes you guessed it a light sweetness of juicy pineapple at first with hints of a light vanilla note with bitterness throughout that grows more bitter as it passes over the tongue and through your mouth. Pineapple Shake finishes with a nice bittersweet tropical pineapple that lingers into the aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel that is almost on the fuller side. Westbrook Brewing Pineapple Shake India Pale Ale has a lot going on like I said earlier and that all seems to work, I mean I think that pineapple and an IPA go very well together, and I give it an A. The sweetness of the pineapple is elevated with the addition of the lactose and vanilla and blends nicely with Citra hop bitterness. It’s a well-brewed beer, one which is definitely a must drink. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted December, 21st, 2015.
Well here is yet another IPA surprise! Yes, there are probably a lot of IPA reviews on here since I’ve started The Best Beer Blog IPAs have grown on me, and I enjoy them more than I used to. Here is a Foothills brewed IPA, and no it isn’t the IPA of the Month, spoiler alert that is coming real soon. Anyhow this foothills IPA in question is Jade IPA, 7.4% ABV with 86 IBU (International Bittering Unit). Jade is named after the Jade hop which is found in the orient, is that name still used these days, well Jade hops are in the Pacific area of the globe and have striking tropical fruit notes. That makes sense for a Pacific hop. Foothills also dry hops additions of Chinook and Citra hops. Jade IPA pours a beautiful golden color with a two-finger white head that sticks around for a bit before fizzing away. The aroma is yes tropical with pineapple, mango with earthy notes, and bits of orange from the Citra hops. The taste is hoppy with tropical notes of pineapple, mango orange with earthy hope notes, and a slight bitter kiwi that is faint at best. Jade IPA is strongly hoppy but still easy drinking. You have to see past the bold hoppy bitter flavor and really taste the fruity elements to this IPA. Well, you should drink any or most IPAs that way to enjoy them. The mouthfeel is on the higher side of light barely hitting a medium mouthfeel and has a nice bitter tropical peppery finish that gives way to a bigger bitter hop after taste with some orange and less of a topical fruitiness. This is a hit in my book, YES! I give this an A. The big hoppiness that Jade has is complemented by the tropical and citrus flavor that mingle well together to give way to a great IPA that has a big IBU but does not drink like it. I think that you should try Foothills Jade IPA! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly! Happy Holidays!
Coming out of the Wynnwood area of Miami Florida J. Wakefield Brewing Power Up Peach India Pale Ale, 6.5% ABV brewed with Cita, Warrior hops, Florida super corn and, with fresh peaches. Power Up Peach pours a deeper copper orange color with thick and cream three-finger sticky white head that leaves thick lacey wall throughout the pint glass. The aroma is nice with big amounts of peaches, a peach ring candy-like aroma with little hop notes. The flavor is not too far off from its own aroma with big peach notes and a few hoppy flavors that intensify in the back of the mouth with a big peachy hop finish that carries into a nice lingering peach aftertaste, with an almost full mouthfeel. J. Wakefield Brewing Power Up Peach India Pale Ale does, however, have an overall strong flavor to it but I found that to be good quality and I give Power Up Peach an A. What would really push this be over the top would be a little more bitter/hoppy flavors but still really good and you should try J. Wakefield Brewing Power Up Peach India Pale Ale. I’m definitely having this again soon, it was that good. Please stay safe out there and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
IPAs or India Pale Ales are everywhere with many different substyles brewed by pretty much every craft brewery because of its popularity. Resident Culture Brewing Company Second Coming, India Pale Ale, 6.5% ABV is a hazy IPA brewed in Charlotte North Carolina, hopped with Strata, Sabro, and HBC 692. Second Coming pours a light orange juice yellow with a two-finger white head with an aroma of juicy oranges, grapefruit, and a nice hoppy note. Second Comming IPA has a taste not -un-similar from its own aroma with juicy fruit flavors of orange, orange peel, grapefruit and its own peels with a nice bitter hop note hitting the rear of the tongue then finishing with a nice bitter juicy fruit flavor and carrying over to the aftertaste with just bit more bitter hops with a medium mouthfeel. Resident Culture Brewing Company Second Coming, India Pale Ale is just another above-average hazy IPA that I give a B-. It has good flavors but they are slightly unmemorable but not so bad that you completely forget that you had drunk Second Coming. It is something you should have a taste of but I would not recommend that you run out and try it immediately. Resident Culture Brewing Company Second Coming, India Pale Ale is not too bad. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I know I’ve probably said that Lager is a dirty word in the craft beer world before, and I may still be. But sometimes a craft beer drinker may just want a plain beer, Burial Beer Co. Innertube Lager Beer, 3.5% ABV. Innertube is brewed with Saphire hops. American Pils, corn, and rice. Now I know what you’re thinking a Lager with a 3.5% ABV how can that be any good! Innertube pours an old lager yellow with a one and a half finger creamy white head that doesn’t fade away too quick with sweet corn notes coming off with a nice light bready metallic biscuit note. Now the taste it easy on the taste buds with nice sweet corn/rice notes which are similar to the aroma with nice very light biscuit flavors and a twinge of a faint metallic note that comes to a nice light refreshing semi-sweet finish that carries over to a sweet corn aftertaste with a light refreshing mouthfeel. Burial Beer Co. Innertube Lager Beer is a plain beer that is well-deserving of an A+, and yes for on a 3.5% it does have a great flavor that is refreshing and easy to drink. Burial Beer Co. Innertube Lager Beer is one to always keep in the refrigerator, I highly recommend it! Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted July 7th, 2013
When it comes to craft beer the word Lager is looked on as a bad or dirty word. That can be so done to BMC (Bud Miller Coors) for brewing such bad or weak tasting beers. But I don’t think that lager is such a foul word. I have had some great lagers and this Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Organic Lager, 5.0% ABV, is what a BMC/lager beer should taste like. Samuel Smith an English brewery has some of the best beers in the world. This lager is no different. Samuel Smith Lager pours a bright golden color with a pure white foamy head that says for a nice while and makes very nice lacing. There are tons of light streaming through the glass with tons of little carbonation bubbles. This is a beautiful look lager beer. The aroma on this English lager is bready from the malted barley used. I also found a cracker-like scent among the bready aroma. The taste is not far off from the nice aroma; I found it bready upfront and a little teeny sweetness toward the end. The flavors on this lager are crisp, sharp, light, and refreshing. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing and has a clean crisp bready like finish. The after taste is a tad bit sweeter than the start but fades out rather quick. I think this is Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Organic Lager is how a BMC should taste. Forget adding SO much water to the darn lager. This Samuel Smith beer is getting A+ from me. This is an excellently brewed lager and a great example of how lager is supposed to be. I have yet to have a bad Samuel Smith beer! All of the beers that they brew are just as excellent as the last. This Organic Lager is something I would have over and over again, and it’s good that it is 5.0% ABV. I highly recommend trying this lager, so go and see how great this beer is! Cheers Please enjoy responsibly!
J. Wakefield Brewing Company El Jeffe German-Style Wheat with Coconut, 5% ABV from Miami, Florida is a traditional German Hefeweizen brwed with coconut fresh flakes. I haven’t seen any of J. Wakefield beers anywhere here in North or South Carolina, just only in Florida, specifically Miami, and I found this beer here in Charlotte, NC at Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop. El Jeffe pours yellow with a thick three-finger creamy, fluffy white head with good retention leaving behind some really decent lacing and giving sweet banana, light clove, and coconut aromas with a little nice bubblegum-like note as well. Taste is somewhat similar to it aroma, I found a nice sweet banana clove note that you typically find in a traditional German-wheat/Hefeweizen with some sweet coconut that melds well with the banana notes with a very light/faint bubblegum notes that comes to a sweet coconut finish and continues into the aftertaste with a little Hefeweizen banana that lingers for a minute before it fades into just sweetness with a medium mouthfeel that is lighter than most Hefeweizen beers. J. Wakefield Brewing Company El Jeffe German-Style Wheat with Coconut is a great beer and the coconut really amps the traditional German Hefeweizen to a new level, I give it an A+. El Jeffe is excellent and i highly recommended that you have this beer. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibily! Cheers!