I purchased Hopfly Brewing Co. One More Bite (OMB) Fruited Sour, 6.3% ABV from Pop The Top because of the label mostly and a little because of the contents. One More Bite is brewed in Rocky Mount, North Carolina with Strawberry, Vanilla, and Lactose. Judging this beer by its label I think they are going for a strawberry shortcake here. One More Bite pours light orange color with a faint red tint to it and with a two-finger fizzy head that fades into a light right with minimal lacing throughout. The aroma is nice with a strawberry sweetness, adding sweet aromas from the vanilla, OMB has more of a Fruity Pebbles aroma to it. There is a nice sweet strawberry flavor to it upfront with a little light tartness, the vanilla and the lactose cut the tart fruity flavors. The fruity sweet finish is good with a nice Fruity Pebbles cereal aftertaste is awesome all with a lighter mouthfeel. Hopfly Brewing Co. One More Bite (OMB) Fruited Sour is one good fruited sour beer, well deserving of an A+. It’s not really a strawberry shortcake, more of a fruity sugary cereal which is great and something very interesting to try. I recommend trying Hopfly Brewing Co. One More Bite (OMB) Fruited Sour Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
D9 Brewing Company Sewell Rider Tangerine Session Ale, 5.1% ABV picked up from Total Wine and is brewed in Cornelius, North Carolina with Tangerines. Sweet Rider pours an orange color with a two-finger quickly fading white head with sweet tangerine aromas that have a slight yet faint tart note. The flavor is pretty much what you see on the label, big tangerine sweet flavor with a very faint tartness and finishes sweet with tangerine and a slight tart tangerine aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. D9 Brewing Company Sewell Rider Tangerine Session Ale is basically a tangerine fruit bomb, all up in your mouth attacking your taste buds. If you love tangerine then Swell Rider is your kind of beer, so go for it. I don’t love tangerines, but I find that to be good. This beer is a B-, after a while, the tangerine flavor is basically too much, but it’s good for two pints in my opinion and yeah could see myself going back to this especially on a hot day. It is a really refreshing beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly
Originally posted June 6th, 2012
Shiner has made another great beer! Yes, I love a good Shiner. This is a nice summer seasonal brewed with Texas Ruby Red grapefruit juice and lovely ginger, at 4.0% abv. These two pair well together. Ruby pours nice golden orange color with a nice head of white that laces nicely as you enjoy this Redbird. The aroma is of nice citrus fruit that has a tangy-sweet scent. It reminds me of fresh grapefruit. The scent of this is very inviting, nice and pleasant. Ruby has a nice sweet and tangy flavor that is of citrus fruit and then there is a nice pleasant kick of tangy ginger that finishes nice and tart. The is beer is sweet at first but finishes nice and tart, and isn’t bitter like a grapefruit. This is a bit sweet than an average grapefruit, but not much though, just a tad, a bit, just smidge. This is a very well balanced beer that is crisp refreshing and very drinkable. I have always liked this and always look forward to having one when it arrives at the stores. Neither of the two ginger or grapefruit overpowers one another, the work well perfectly and make for one great big taste when combined here. Ruby is very very refreshing, even on the hottest of days when you see heat waves off the road. Yes, you can see that just drive on a Texas highway in July. I get all happy when I have this, I feel relaxed and I welcome the warm summertime to come. This is on my favorites list, and it should be on yours! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!
Here are this week’s news and events happening in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!
- Thursday, August 1st. National IPA Day. Flying Saucer Charlotte. 11 am=11:59 pm. Tapping 25 plus IPA’s
Hop Inspired Food Menu
- Thursday, August 1st. IPA Day at Sycamore! Sycamore Brewing12 pm-10 pm. National IPA day 2019 at Sycamore! To celebrate, we’ll be opening at 12pm with $3 Mountain Candy & Citropica IPA’s all day long! AND we’ll be giving away a FREE IPA Day pint glass with your IPA to the first 200 people and a FREE IPA Day Tee to the first 50 people! Rollicious Ribs & More, LLC will also be serving up lunch & dinner and The Garbage Truck will be joining us for dinner in the Sycamore Beer Garden! Live Music by Falconheartnc, Late Night Special and Wag the Dog
* a selection of other beers (non-IPAs) and Wild Blossom Cider also on tap*
- Friday, August 2nd. Raspberry White Can Release. Sugar Creek Brewing. 2 pm-11 pm. You’ve been demanding for this beer in Cans now for years and the time has finally arrived! Join as we release our beloved Raspberry White Ale on August 2nd for the first time ever in 16oz cans! Your favorite poolside beer that was never allowed at the pool because it was in a bottle is now allowed POOL SIDE! Come celebrate with Live Music, Can release and we may even fire up the Smoothie Machine for some special Raspberry White Ale Smoothies! Don’t miss it! 🍻
- Friday, August 2nd. Rainbow Sherbert Fruited Sour. Triple C Brewing Company. 4 pm-10 pm. No spoons needed! This fruited sour pours vibrant red in color with a bright fruited nose and tart finish from the Berliner Weisse base. Raspberry, pineapple, lime, and vanilla added in secondarily and brewed with lactose to add a touch of sweetness and balance. At 4.2% settle in because this is that low ABV you’ve been looking for on a long night with friends.
- Saturday, August 3rd. Can Release: nps100 Centennial Irish Red Ale. Blue Blaze Brewing. 3 pm-10 pm. Join us for our very first can release of #NPS100 Centennial Irish Red Ale. #NPS100 has been aggressively single-hopped with Centennial hops, originally brewed, celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in August.
We made a bit larger batch this time around and only a small run of cans. Swing by the taproom from 12:00 – 10:00 for a pint!
- Tuesday, August 6th. Old Tuffy Launch Party-Charlotte. Caswell Station. 6 pm-8 pm. Tickets http://www.alumni.ncsu.edu. Join NC State friends and New Belgium Brewing as we celebrate the launch of Old Tuffy, a collaborative beer paying homage to NC State! Attendees who pre-register will also be entered to win a Homecoming football game prize pack.
Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Tangerine Dreamz Witbier, 5.2% ABV purchased from Total Wine is brewed with Tangerines, Lacotose (sugar), Chamomile, & Coriander. Tangerine Dreamz pours yellow with a tow finger tin white head with a sweet tangerine citrus aroma with a floral note. Flavor/taste is similar to Tangerine Dreamz aroma with a tangerine sweet citrus with floral notes that are slightly bitter kind of like a perfume with a citrus floral finish that is bittersweet with an much similar perfume aftertaste with a l,I got mouthfeel. This beer has too much floral flavors going along side the tangerine here for not so great overall flavor that get a D+. The tangerine notes do help it a little bit but not enough. The floral perfume flavor holds Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Tangerine Dreamz Witbier down. I don’t think you should try this beer. I won’t! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Wilmington Brewing Company Tropical Lightning India Pale Ale, 7.0% ABV is a west coast style IPA brewed in Wilmington, North Carolina with Pilsner, White Wheat, and Carapils malts also with Warrior, Simcoe, Citra and Amarillo hops. Tropical Lightning pours a deep shade of yellow with a two finger white head that has slow pace with a tropical aroma hitting your nose with a fruity citrus scent that is a bit tropical and a bitterness wafting into you nose . The taste is tropical fruity as well as a bit of citrus bitterness and a nice inflow of hoppy notes with a nice tropical bitter finish and a citrus tropical aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Wilmington Brewing Company Tropical Lightning India Pale Ale is a refreshing change from all the hazy New England IPAs that have gained so much popularity. I was drinking this and thinking how I missed a nice west coast style IPA. Tropical Lightning really nails the west coast style IPA and gets an A. Wilmington Brewing Company Tropical Lightning India Pale Ale is a beer for when you feel like an IPA but nothing sweet. I really think that its worth trying and I will see this again real soon. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Burial Beer Co & Heather Allen Handcrafted Lager Beer, A Damn Fine Heavy Lager Beer, 5% ABV is a collaboration I picked up a couple of weeks ago from Pop The Top. Heavy pours nice golden color with a thick three-finger head of snow giving off a biscuity aroma that has a slight yet faint fruit notes with a clean malted aroma as well that then gives you a biscuity bread crust taste with a faint malted note that come and goes on the middle of the tongue with a slight sweetness throughout that finish slightly sweet with a bread malt flavor that spills into the aftertaste that has a little sweetness of nice biscuit malts with a medium mouthfeel. Burial Beer Co & Heather Allen Handcrafted Lager Beer, A Damn Fine Heavy Lager Beer is good and refreshing with an A-. Towards the end of the pint it showing that this beers flavor starts becoming a bit much, slightly though. I could only have about four or five Heavy’s before I start to lose interest in this Lager beer, not that I had that many nor should you. I just had two, and it was good otherwise. Good balance of flavors without being overwhelming in any respects and yes I would go back for Burial Beer Co & Heather Allen Handcrafted Lager Beer, A Damn Fine Heavy Lager Beer and so should you! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted September 7th, 2014
I’ve seen more and more beer in cans recently and that isn’t a bad thing. In the past canned beer wasn’t thought of as good as the bottled beer. People thought the materials of aluminum cans would make the beer taste funny. Now can technology has gone many times better. But canned beer can go places that bottled beer cannot. You can take can’s of beer to the beach, put them in a backpack, or in the cooler without worry, and aluminum cans don’t break when dropped. NoDa Brewing Company here in Charlotte, North Carolina makes beer in cans and here is one of their newer beers CAVU (Ceiling and visibility unlimited), 4.6% ABV, and is in a rather cool looking sixteen ounce can. CAVU pours a clear golden color with a one-finger fizzy wheat head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind minimal lacing. I found lots of light streaming through the glass with healthy amounts of carbonation. The aroma is a bit fruity with a bit of grapefruit and some oranges. There is a slight whiff of pine in the aroma as well. NoDa CAVU has a crisp taste of fruity hops, this is due to the use of west coast hops, I found there to be grapefruit and orange with hints of a piney grassy taste on the back of the mouth. I also found a buttery cracker flavor in the middle of the mouth and towards the back. CAVU has a medium to light mouthfeel with a nice hop character. This beer finishes nicely with a crisp hoppy bit and has a fruity hop aftertaste. NoDa Brewing Company CAVU gets an A, this is a good beer that doesn’t overpower your taste buds and is easy to drink as well as refreshing, and has a very cool looking can too. I enjoyed this one very much and I do highly recommend that you go and try NoDa Brewing Company CAVU for yourself. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
I picked up Firestone Walker Brewing Company Rosalie Beer Rosé, 5.0% ABV a couple of weeks ago after sampling it at Total Wine. This is riding a wave of popularity with Rosé, yes it’s gotten to the beer business. But I think this trend may be stagnant for now. Rosalie is brewed with Hibiscus and wine grapes and pours much like a Rosé wine color, pinkish-red with a thin/clear half a finger head that fizzy away instantly leaving you with sweet red grape aroma with hints of green apple and little floral aroma that invites you to the taste that is much like a light Rosé with a floral fruity (red grape) light tart sweetness that is open the lighter side of sweetness, a finish of a night but light sweetness and a faint tropical floral and red grape aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. Rosalie has a taste much like Rosé wine, and this would be something I would bring to a summer party/barbecue. It is super easy to drink and can be offered to a wine drinker that like Rosé wine. I think it’s D+, just somewhat below average. You really start to pick up a tartness after several that tartness lingers in your mouth after about four or five. But I think that Firestone Walker Brewing Company Rosalie Beer Rosé is in a somewhat interesting trend within craft beer, and it’s worth a try. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Local brewed in Farmville, North Carolina Casita Cerveceria Paper Rose IPA, 7% ABV a hazy New England IPA brewed with pale malt, malted oats, flaked oats, and malted wheat. Hopped with Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin. I purchased this locally from Pop The Top. Paper Rose pours a deep yellow color with a semi-rocky two and a half finger white head with sweet aromas of piney hoppy slight fruity notes that lead to a semi sweet taste with a nice hoppy pine flavor with a touch of a little tropical fruit with a slight sweet bitter finish that faintly continues into the aftertaste with a slight cream fruit with a medium mouthfeel. Casita Cerveceria Paper Rose IPA has a light New England hazy IPA flavor to it that is not an assault on your taste buds. I think Paper Rose IPA is a B-. It’s good but I have had others in the style that have wowed me and this has the right flavor that is mild at best but doesn’t have anything going against it. Yeah I think you should try it, and I will go back to this Casita Cerveceria Paper Rose IPA. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!