Appalachian Mountain Brewery Boone Creek Blonde

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!

Cabarrus Brewing Co. Cabarrus Cotton Blonde Ale

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!

Coop Ale Works Horny Toad Blonde

Over Thanksgiving, my Aunt brought Coop Ale Works Honey Toad Blonde, 5.3% ABV from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This beer, brewed with Noble Hops, Two-row, and Pilsner malt. Horny Toad pours an orange color with a thin one and a quarter white head that quickly recedes into itself. The aroma is nice, clean, and crisp with a sweet fruity note and a light bitternessIt smells more sugary than you think it would. Taste is crisp, slightly bitter, and sweet with a fruity like flavor with a refreshing mouthfeel and finishes with a bittersweet flavor. There is less bitterness in the aftertaste and more sweet notes there. Coop Ale Works Horny Toad Blonde is a good beer, but it’s sweet than some blonde ales I’ve had, and I give it a B-. The sweet notes of this beer weren’t terrible. I found those sweet notes to be slightly overpowering to the other flavors as the little number of bitter notes. It is a good beer that is worth trying. I would be glad to have it again. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly. Cheers!

Armor Artis Brewing Sospeso Coffee Blonde Ale

Went out to a new local Butcher shop purchase a few items such as Armor Artis Brewing Sospeso Coffee Blonde Ale, 6.6% ABV. This is coffee blonde is brewed not far from me down in Fort Mill, South Carolina, dry-hopped with Ethiopian coffee beans from Sospeso Coffee Roasted in Waxhaw, North Carolina. Sospeso pours a brown copper color with a two finger bright sightly rocky white head that stedily fades with slightly roasted sweet coffee and coca aromas. Taste is lightly roasted with some coffee and a faint coca note and it has a very light and very faint bitter note that shows up in the back of the mouth with a meduim mouthfeel that finish with a bitter roasted note and an aftertaste that is roasted with coffee and slight hint of coca with a slight linger of bitterness. Now I have had better Coffee Blonde ales than Armor Artis Brewing Sospeso Coffee Blonde Ale. It not much of a blonde ale by the looks of it. I give Armor Artis Brewing Sospeso Coffee Blonde Ale a D+. It has a strange bitterness that isn’t a coffee like bitterness and it to much like a brown al with coffee. I would not try Armor Artis Brewing Sospeso Coffee Blonde Ale, instead I would have Wooden Robot Brewing Good Morning Vietnam, that is turly blonde and has a more subtle but great cooffe flavor that intertwines well with the blonde. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Edmunds Oast Brewing Co. Cereal For Dinner

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Edmunds Oast Brewing Co. Cereal For Dinner, 5.0% ABV is brewed in Charleston, South Carolina is a blonde ale brewed with English yeast, East Kent, Goldings hops, 2-row, Carafoam malt, Vanilla, toasted coconut, toasted almonds, and Lactose. Cereal For Dinner pours a deep yellow color with a one and a half finger white that fades somewhat quickly giving off a sweet vanilla coconut sweet aroma Taste is sweet with nice vanilla with some nice coconut notes. I really don’t get the almond flavors but that not bad. The taste does carry into the finish with nice vanilla and some toasted coconut and a nice sweet aftertaste that lings for just a bit with a lighter mouthfeel. Edmunds Oast Brewing Co. Cereal For Dinner is a good beer an A-, but you have to be into sweet beers or in the mood for one. This is not a full-on refreshing beer, but it’s a bit refreshing and not too heavy. Its something that worth a try and one that I would enjoy coming back to have. Edmunds Oast Brewing Co. is a good solid brewery as is Cereal For Dinner. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwing Thursday: NoDa Brewing Company CAVU

Originally posted on September 7th, 2014.

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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 cans 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!

NoDa Brewing Company Coconut + Chocolate Ale

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NoDa Brewing Coconut + Chocolate Ale, 4.9% is another Girl Scout cookie inspired beer, a blonde al that is brewed with Coco nibs, Epiphany malt, and conditioned on Coconut right here in Charlotte. Coconut + Chocolate Ale pours a light orange color with a two-finger creamy white slow sticky head that gives off a sweet coconut and chocolate aroma with a taste that isn’t much different to its own aroma with a big coconut sweetness at first quickly accompanied by a nice chocolate flavor with a sweet biscuit cookie note on the back of the tongue that finishes nice and sweet with a nice cookie flavor and continues over to the aftertaste with a lingering sweet coconut with a medium mouthfeel. NoDa Brewing Coconut + Chocolate Ale is good but towards the end of a pint the sweetness is becoming a little much but still good, and overall it does taste like a Girl Scout cookie, I give NoDa Brewing Coconut + Chocolate Ale a high B+. I don’t think two pints are feasible maybe and yes you should try it. I wouldn’t turn it down if I came across it again but just one. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!    

Throwback Thursday: NoDa Brewing Company CAVU Blonde Ale

Originally Posted on 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!

Throwback Thursday: NoDa Brewing Company CAVU Blonde Ale

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!

Throwback Thursday: Saranac Brewing Blueberry Blonde Ale

Originally posted August 1st, 2015

Blonde ales are always a good style that can have a wide range of styles. Some breweries brew blonde ales with fruit that usually present in the spring or summer times of the year, and can be popular. Here we have one example Saranac Brewing Blueberry Blonde Ale, 5.0% ABV. This beer was bought because it can in the cool looking one quart, thirty-two ounces, or 0.946353 liters. This is a small growler that can be refilled with more delicious beer. Saranac makes other beers in this one-quart bottle, like Our Pumpkin Ale, and this one. Saranac is located in Utica New York and is part of the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. Blueberry Blonde Ale pours a golden color with a two finger bright white head that slowly dissipates into fine whips of good lacing. I found nice amounts of lights streaming in through the glass with nice carbonation. The aroma reminds me of fresh blueberries and a bit of a blueberry pastry. The taste is light with ale and big blueberry upfront, but you don’t get very much tartness from the blueberries. The middle of the mouth get just a tick more of a tartness for a second or two, then towards the back, it all fades into a nice refreshing sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, with a nice sweet blueberry finish that leads down to an aftertaste of sticky somewhat tart blueberry flavor. This is quite good. I would say Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale is a B. It’s good, easy to drink, and refreshing but after many of these I think the blueberry flavor would get to be a bit much and you’d have to move on to another different beer. But I did go through and enjoy this entire small growler myself. But I think thirty-two ounces is just the right amount to enjoy on a warm spring or hot summer day. I recommend trying Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale for you. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!