This Appalachian Mountain Brewery Boone Creek Blonde, 4.9% ABV was brought over by my neighbors for the Super Bowl. This blonde ale is brewed in Boone, North Carolina, and is a Great American Beer Festival award winner. It pours out a golden color into the glass with a one-and-a-half-finger white head that is somewhat quick to fade into itself. The aroma is slightly biscuity with some honey and a light hop aroma. Taste is a little similar to its aroma. There is a honey-sweet note that is followed by a light biscuity note with a light hoppy flavor. It has a smooth flavor as well and finishes smooth and crisp. The aftertaste is a sweet yet slightly hoppy flavor that does not stay, but it does draw you into another refreshing sip. This has all the average aromas and flavor of your typical Blonde ale with just a hint of hoppy. I say that Appalachian Mountain Brewery Boone Creek Blonde is not bad and it’s a C+ beer, above average. There wasn’t any sort of flavors that aren’t your typical Blonde al flavors which is good. I do recommend this Appalachian Mountain Brewery Boone Creek Blonde. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I was down in South Carolina where they have an ACTUAL liquor store and I saw Founders Brewing Barrel-Aged Más Agave, 10% ABV. I picked up a four-pack of the lime variant. Más Agave is an imperial lime Gose beer aged in Tequila barrels. This beer pours a deep rich orange with a two-finger fast dissolving white head. It gives off sweet & tart aromas of lime citrus fruit with a strong alcoholic note. Taste is a bit similar to the way its aroma hits. You’ll find a bit of a tart & sweet lime with a boozy tequila barrel and hints of citrus lime. This beer doesn’t taste like it’s 10% but not far off. The mouthfeel is on the higher side of a medium feel. Más Agave finishes with a boozy citrus lime tartness and has a tart alcoholic limey aftertaste. This is much like a margarita but in beer from and only the second time I’ve had a beer like this, the first being Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Trip into the Woods Otra Vez. Which I think is better than Founders Brewing Barrel-Aged Más Agave, which I B. It has a good tart fruity flavor but the barrel brings out the boozy alcohol that doesn’t make you want to have more that one and a half of these. But I do recommend trying Founders Brewing Barrel-Aged Más Agave. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Bière de Chimie Grande Réserve, 9% ABV from Bailuex Belgium is a Trappist Ale, which means that this dark Strong ale is brewed by Belgian monks. This ale pours a deep brown color with dark ruby edges and a three-finger think-off white head that is very slow to dissipate. The aromas are of dark fruit, raisins, there is a sweetness. This beer has a sweet dark fruit flavor with raisins, and with a strong flavor overall. The mouthfeel is full with a bit of stickiness and finishes with a touch of sweetness and some light dark fruit. The fruit flavor does carry into the aftertaste with a bit more pronounced alcoholic note. This ière de Chimie Grande Réserveis always great tasting and it gets an A from me I highly recommend pick up this beer, you will not regret what you did, Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Brewed locally in Charlotte, North Carolina, Resident Culture Brewing Company Riding For The Feeling, 5% ABV is an Italian style Pilsner hopped with Hallertau, Mittlefruh, German, Saphir, and Hersburker hops. This pilsner pours a yellow color with a three-finger stead white head with nice lacing left behind. Its aroma is light and biscuity with a little sweetness. The flavor of this pilsner is biscuity with some light sweet/crips notes, a very faint lemon-like note. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. It finishes with a crisp biscuit note and carries a little of the into the aftertaste with a hint of sweetness. I do like a nice pilsner now and again. They can be nice after all those big lactose IPA and pastry stouts, and I think that pilsner could be the next trend in craft beer. Resident Culture Brewing Company Riding For The Feeling is a good Italian Pilsner and I give it a solid B. It has a nice crisp flavor that doesn’t overpower your tastebuds and it’s a welcome addition to the otherwise big heavy flavored beer out there. I recommend Resident Culture Brewing Company Riding For The Feeling. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Allagash Brewing Co, in Portland Maine is one of the best breweries on the east coast and this is Allagash Brewing Co. Fine Acre Organic Golden Ale, 5.5% ABV. This beer has an all-organic malt bill. The golden ale style originated in Belgium and is quite popular in Belgium, Europe, and the United States. Fine Acre pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a three-finger bright white head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is somewhat sweet with a nice light lemon and banana. Fine Acre has a sweet and dry flavor, yeast notes, banana, very faint lemon, and a bit of malt. The mouthfeel is all most full, and this beer finishes with a light dry sweetness that carries on into the aftertaste. As usual for Allagash Brewing Co. Fine Acre Organic Golden Ale is pretty good, but I still think Duvel Belgian Golden Ale is the best. I give this particular golden ale a B. This is a solid example of the Golden Ale style. It does have a bit of heavier mouthfeel and flavor than some golden ales, and this one is not as high in alcohol as some either. But I enjoy this one and you should too! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Imported from Melle Belgium, Brewery Huyghe Delirium Tremens, 8.5% is a golden ale. It is most notable for having a pink Elephant on its packaging. Tremens pour a beautiful golden color with a two-and-a-half finger bright white head and plenty of carbonation. The aroma is sweet with a fruitiness, mostly apple-like, with a very faint bitter note. Taste of Tremens is a nice sweet fruity note with a slightly dry bitterness with a lighter mouthfeel. This beer has a little sharpness that quickly hits in the finishes with a little bitterness and then lingers with effervescent and a dry light/faint apple. This is a great beer that is shy of Duvel but still good. Brewery Huyghe Delirium Tremens is an A, just shy of Duvel, which you should try as well as Tremens. This is an excellent beer with a great flavor profile. Cheers! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly!
Chimay Cinq Cents, 8% ABV, from Baileux, Belgium is a Tripel and is otherwise known as Chimay White, because of its white label. I purchased this from my local Harris Teeter grocery store here. This is a Trappist Ale, brewed by Belgian monks. This Tripel pours a golden color with a four finger thick creamy white snowy head that has slow retention. The aroma is fruity with banana and some yeasted notes The flavor is also banana fruity with nice amounts of effervescence and some cloying yeast flavors. The mouthfeel is medium and has a nice strong but fruity finish. The aftertaste of some light fruity yeast does not stick around for long. Chimay Cinq Cents is a fabulous beer and is well-deserving of an A+. It is a true example of a Belgian Tripel. If you haven’t had this beer then you are missing out. I highly recommended having Chimay Cinq Cents. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Double Barley Brewing Thrilla In Vanilla Imperial Porter, 8% ABV from Smithfield North Carolina. This porter is brewed with whole Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla beans, and homemade vanilla extract. This porter pours a black color with a two-finger tan head that doesn’t stay very long. The aroma is sweet with big vanilla and some slightly bitter notes. The taste has a big vanilla sweetness with some light caramel and some bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to an almost fullness. Thrilla In Vanilla finish with a light bittersweet flavor from the vanilla and lingers on into the aftertaste. This is just a big vanilla porter which isn’t bad. I would say Double Barley Brewing Thrilla In Vanilla Imperial Porter is a B+. After two of these beers, the vanilla flavor would become a bit much and you’d have a different beer or just stop drinking beer. That not to say it’s bad a little bit of this flavor goes a long way, but I do recommend it. please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
No you are not seeing a labeling mistake on this can of Stone Brewing Fear. Movies. Lions Double IPA 8.5% ABV. It is supposed to be upside down, because of their saying Leave No Stone Unturned. This double IPA is made with Loral & Mosaic hops, and is a 2019 gold medal winner at the San Diego International Beer Competition. Fear. Movies. Lions is her only beer I’ve seen that comes in a sixteen ounce six pack instead of the usual four pack sixteen ounce. Fear. Movies. Lions pours a light copper gold color with a two and a quarter finger white head with some good retention. The aroma is bitter, there is onion, garlic, a bit of light fruit. Taste of Fear. Movies. Lions is somewhat similar to its aroma, there is onion and garlic bitterness with hoppy fruity notes, and a medium mouthfeel. Fear. Movies. Lions finish strong with bitter notes of a light fruit flavor and has the same in the aftertaste that linger with a hoppy bitter note. I found Stone Brewing Fear. Movies. Lions Double IPA to be good and slightly on the song side, I say this double IPA is a B-. The onion, garlic and fruity notes clashed together in a microscopic way. But it was not terrible enough to make me not like this beer, I do recommend Stone Brewing Fear. Movies. Lions Double IPA if you like IPAs. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Cabarrus Brewing Co. Cabarrus Cotton Blonde Ale, 4.7% is not so far from me in Concord, North Carolina. Cabarrus is the county in which Concord is. This blonde ale is a cream ale. Cabarrus Cotton pours gold with a two-finger semi-quick fading head. There is a slightly sweet fruity aroma to it, but it thin at best. The favor is semi-sweet with some slight fruit flavor. There is a metallic note that comes along on the back of your tongue. The flavors on this cream ale is a thin and bit week. The mouthfeel is light. Cabarrus Cotton finishes with off-putting metallic flavors. It has no real aftertaste. It just ends once you swallow this awful beer. With that said, I give Cabarrus Brewing Co. Cabarrus Cotton Blonde Ale an F+. It starts fine for two seconds in your mouth, then quickly gets worse as it passes through your mouth and over your tongue, and ends with terrible taste. I wouldn’t go for this if I were you. It’s not a cream ale, in my opinion. Yes, it has some sweet notes, but it has fruity notes, which aren’t cream ale flavors. Metallic flavors a certainly not in a cream ale, let alone any beer. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!