In the craft beer world, you don’t see a mixed six-pack unless it’s a build-your-own. I was in the local grocery store yesterday, was perusing the beer ale, and saw a mixed six-pack of different Sonte Brewing Delicious IPA. This beer is Delicious Citrus IPA that comes in at 7.7% ABV. This beer has Amarillo, Talus, and El Dorado hops. This IPA also has ingredients such as sweet orange peel and reduced gluten. This citrus IPA pours a medium gold color with a two-finger white head. The aroma is bitter, juicy, citrus orange, and grapefruit. The flavor is juicy, grapefruit, orange, orange peel, bittersweet, and has a hoppy zing. The mouthfeel is light. Then you get an aftertaste that is citrusy, fruity, and bittersweet. Then comes an aftertaste of hoppy, juicy fruits. This beer is a great Citrus IPA. This Delicious Citrus IPA is a high B+, barely missing an A-. It has all the right/delicious citrus flavors. It almost doesn’t taste as high as 7.7% ABV. I recommend this IPA. Please stay safe, be kind to everyone, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
10 Barrel Brewing Co. Crush Raspberry Sour
This beer is Crush Raspberry Sour from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. in Bend, Oregon. This beer is 6.5% ABV and year-round. This beer has real raspberries. This sour ale pours a pinkish/red color with a one-and-a-half white head. The aroma is sweet, tart, sour, and fruity (raspberry). The taste is tart, sour, raspberry, and sweet. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Then this beer finishes with a sour and tart raspberry fruity flavor. There is a tart fruity aftertaste with a hint of sour sweetness. This beer is good, and I think it’s a high C+. It has a nice tart raspberry sour flavor. I would recommend this one. It is refreshing and not so sour that it is enjoyable. But I will say I have had better raspberry sours, but this is still good. Stay safe, be kind always, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
NoDa Brewing Company Cheerwine Ale
I first heard about Cheerwine Ale from a social media post from The local Charities newspaper. This beer is from NoDa Brewing Company. This beer is made here in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is 5.2%. This beer is a wheat beer with cheery flavoring. If you aren’t familiar with Cheerwine, it is a cherry soft drink made with cherries in North Carolina. Cheerwine has been in business since 1917. This beer pours orange with red hues and a three-finger white fluffy head. The aroma is sweet cherry and light wheat. The taste is cherry and sweet, and there’s a faint cherry syrup note. It does taste like a lightly flavored Cheerwine. The mouthfeel is light. Then you come to a sweet cherry finish. Then an aftertaste of faint cherry/wheat that fades off with a little tart note. Does this taste like an actual Cheerwine? Well, not exactly. But it is like a lighter version of a Cheerwine. I would give this an A. This ale is sweet enough with a cherry flavor. I would recommend drinking this beer. It’s a tasty yet refreshing beer. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Hopfusion Ale Works Feisty Redhead
The beer I have today is Feisty Redhead, a hibiscus cherry blonde from Hopfusion Ale Works. This blond beer is from Ft. Worth, Texas, and is 8.67% ABV. This Feisty Redhead has Orange Blossom Honey, raw Piloncillo (an unrefined whole cane sugar used in Mexican cook & baking. It has a caramel taste similar to molasses or brown sugar), Mexican vanilla aged on hibiscus & cherries. This beer sounds complex and interesting. This beer pours a red likecolor with a one and a half finger of white head that is quick to dissipate. The aroma is sweet, tart, fruity (big cheery), and floral. The flavor is big on the cherry. The cherry is more of a syrupy flavor than real cherries. The flavors are sweet (honey & cherry), tart, and faintly floral. The mouthfeel is syrupy and medium feeling. Then this beer finishes with a tart cherry syrup flavor. Then it turns into an aftertaste of tart fruit syrup then fades into a faint honey note. This beer sounded better than it tasted. I give this Feisty Redhead a D. The cherry tastes fake and syrup-tasting and clashes with the tart flavors, which are faint at best. This beer leaves you with a cough syrup aftertaste. I don’t recommend you try this unless you are one of the few that likes cough syrup. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Golden Road Brewing Christmas Cart
I know it’s a little late for Christmas beer or early, depending on how you look at it. But I forgot about this recently. This beer is Christmas Cart from Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, California. This beer is 6%ABV and is part of the many different Cart beers. I have previously reviewed their Mango Cart. This beer is a wheat beer with cherries and spices. This beer pours a deep pink/red color with a one-and-a-half finger of off-white head. The aroma is of spices, cherries, tartness, and some light wheat notes. The taste is also cherry, spices (light cinnamon), tartness, and a little wheat. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Then this Christmas Cart finishes with a spice tart what notes. Then you get an aftertaste that gives you a Christmasy feeling. That is spiced cherry. This beer grew on me as I drank it. I give it an A. I can find nothing wrong with this Christmas Cart. Yes, I think you should try it. It is a good Christmas beer without being overly spiced and heavy. Christmas time can be food and drink heavy. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Heist Brewery Dollar Dollar Bill Y’all Dreamsicle-Inspired India pale ale
This beer, Dollar Dollar Bill Y’all, is a lyric in a Wu-Tang Clan rap song titled C.R.E.A.M. This beer is a dreamsicle-inspired IPA from Heist Brewery here in Charlotte, North Carolina. This beer comes in a 7% ABV. This beer has tangerine, orange, toasted marshmallow, and vanilla. This beer pours a bright yellow with floating particulate/ingredients and a two-and-a-half finger cream marshmallow white head. The aroma is sweet and creamy. There is vanilla, orange, tangerine, and a little marshmallow on the nose. The taste is creamy with sweet vanilla, orange/tangerine citrusy goodness. There was also a toasted marshmallow. The mouthfeel is medium feel and creamy. This beer does taste like an orange creamsicle. Then this beer has a nice creamy sweet fruity vanilla finish. Then comes an aftertaste like biting into a delicious orange vanilla popsicle. That aftertaste lingers nicely on the tongue. This IPA was fabulously delicious. I give this an A+. I highly recommend it. It was as advertised on the side of the can. All the flavors came together just perfectly for a great beer. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Fonta Flora Lake James Rind Lager Beer
This beer Lake James Rind Lager Beer, has local barley, heritage corn, local water Melon, fresh lime, and Tajin. This Lager is from Fonta Flora Brewing in Nebo, North Carolina. It comes in an easy drinking 3.8% ABV. I got this from Whole Foods. This beer pours a light pale yellow color with a taste and fizzy one-finger thin white head. The aroma is of watermelon, lime, and biscuits. The flavor is similar to its smell with watermelon, lime, light spices from the Tajin, and light biscuit. This beer is also clean and refreshing. The mouthfeel is light, and it is almost nonexistent. Then you get a watermelon/lime finish. The aftertaste is a short linger of watermelon and lime. Fonta Flora Brewery is hit or miss, some of their beers are good, and some aren’t. This lager is good. I give Lake James Rind Lager Beer a B. The overall beer is light and easy to drink. I’ve had watermelon and lime beer with bolder flavors, but I recommend this one. It is good and would be better on a hot day after yard work, a lawnmower beer. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to always enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Appalachian Mountain Brewery Boone Creek Blonde
Boone Creek Blonde from Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone, North Carolina, is zested with orange and has a hint of Wildflower honey. This beer is 4.9% ABV. This beer pours a light orange color with a one-and-a-half finger white quick head. The aroma is orangey, sweet from the honey. The flavor is sweet honey, a big orange flavor that is candy-like. There also is a light hoppy note. The mouthfeel is light. But almost medium feeling. Then this Blonde beer finishes with a sweet orange flavor. Then comes an aftertaste of honey and orange with a hint of a hoppy noted that lingers. The hoppy note fades away quickly as the big honey/orange stays. This ale is not terrible, but I don’t think I could have more than one or one and a half. The flavor is good. It just becomes slightly overwhelming as you finish a can of Boone Creek. That is why it only gets as low as B-. It’s not bad enough that I would pass it up, but I would if I were having a growler of it. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
21st Amendment Brewery Hell or High Mango
This wheat beer from San Leandro, California, Hell or High Mango, is an end-of-summer seasonal. This beer is a version of 21st Amendment Brewery’s other wheat beer, Hell or High Watermelon. This mango wheat beer is 4.9% ABV. This beer has Two-Row, Pale, and White Wheat malts. It also has Magnum hops as well as fresh mangos. This wheat beer pours a yellow color with one finger quickly fading head. The aroma is sweet mangos and wheat. The taste is juicy, big on the mangos, melons, peachy, and wheat notes. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Then this mango beer finishes with a juicy tropical fruity flavor. The aftertaste is a sweet tropical fruit, juice, ripe, juicy mangos, and melon. This beer is good, but I think the watermelon version is slightly better. I would give Hell or High Mango a B. It is a solid, refreshing beer that goes down easy. The wheat aspect of this wheat beer is lighter than I would have liked. That might be because mango is the more dominant flavor. That is not so bad. I still enjoyed this, and I recommend this Hell or High Mango. Please be kind, stay safe and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
terrapin Beer Company Carolina Krunkles Peach Tea IPA
This ale is from another local Harris Teeter grocery store’s build-your-own six-pack. This beer is Carolina Krunkles Peach Tea IPA from Terrapin Beer Company. This beer hails from Athens, Georgia. It comes in at 5.2% ABV This beer is part of the Krunkles series. This ale pours a rich orange color with a three-and-a-half finger off-white head. The aroma is peachy, sweet, and a little hoppy. Theflavor is peach, bitter, sweet, and watery. There is a faint black tea flavor too. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this IPA finishes with a bittersweet peach flavor. Then you get a hoppy aftertaste of peach and black tea. This beer sounded like an appealing beer, and it was. But It’s okay. I give this Carolina Krunkles Peach Tea IPA a B-. The tea notes/flavor clashes with the peach flavor, but not enough to ruin this beer. The bitterness is low overall, and it has good peach flavors. I enjoyed this and would have this again, but I would not rush back for one. I do also recommend it. It is a refreshing beer. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!