Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Basket of Flowers, 5% ABV is Belgian style wheat brewed in Charleston, South Carolina with oranges and rosebuds. This beer sounded like it would be interesting, so I picked up a four-pack. This beer pours a bright yellow cloudy color with a one and a quarter white head that fades steadily. The nose is floral with orange sweetness There is a bitter tart note in there as well that gives off slight pale ale vibes. The flavor is sweet with some tart orange floral notes with a bit of wheat. Yes, I did get a bit of bitterness, but not as pronounced as it is on the nose. This Edmund’s Oast beer finish with a hit of a hoppy note but sweet. The aftertaste is orange and floral with a final bitter tart note. This is not as exciting as I thought it was going to be. It was trying to go somewhere with the flavor but got lost on the way. I give Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Basket of Flowers a low C-. The bit of bitterness I found was a surprise but not in a good way and it clashing a bit with the floral notes kind of hold it back. I wouldn’t recommend Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Basket of Flowers. But I do find Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company to brew good beers not this one though. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I am a sucker for blood orange. So when I saw Wilmington Brewing Company Tropical Frightening, 10% ABV, I had to get it. This is an imperial IPA with blood orange and raspberries. This big IPA pours a reddish blood orange color with a two-finger white head with great retention. It has a nice fruity sweetness from the blood orange faint raspberry. There is a little bitter hoppy note on the aroma too. The taste is sweet with blood orange and light raspberry. I also found a lithe bitter hoppy flavor that was masked by the fruity flavors, but it is there. The fruit flavors are on the thinker side but the mouthfeel has a medium fruity feel to it. Topical Frightening finishes with a fruity touch of blood orangey raspberry with a hint of bitterness. The aftertaste is blood orange sweet with bits of faint hop bitterness. I feel that the blood orange does give it a bittersweet flavor, and the raspberry keeps that from becoming too bitter and gives the sweetness a slight boost. Overall I liked Wilmington Brewing company Tropical Frightening, and I give it an A-. The label said raspberry and I got just a tiny bit. That is the only gripe I have with this imperial IPA. It’s worth a try. Please be kind, stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Session beers can be a nice change of pace from the bigger more alcoholic beer. A seen beer is a beer that is lower than 4% or 4.5% ABV and has a mild flavor. These are a sub-style of beer that you can have a few or more of without wrecking your taste buds or become too drunk. Hi-Wire Brewing Co. Lemon Drop Session Sour Ale, 4.2% ABV is one example. It is an early spring seasonal and part of a series of three sour session ales. This ale is brewed with lemon, ginger, and rosemary. Lemon Drop pours a light thin yellow color with a thin fizzy white head that is gone in a blink of an eye. It has a nice citrus lemon aroma with light ginger and the faintest of rosemary. Taste is big on the lemon tart/sour flavor with a little follow-up of ginger and not much or any rosemary. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. You get a nice tart lemon ginger finish that carries on to the aftertaste with a little more tart flavor. This is a good warm spring drinking beer. I enjoyed it, and I say it’s an A-. It just needs a dash of ginger to make it perfect. I highly recommend Hi-Wire Brewing Co. Lemon Drop Session Sour Ale to drink. It did not disappoint my taste buds. It goes down easy with a nice refreshing flavor. Please be kind out there! 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!
Purchased from Total Wine, Ass Clown Brewing Company Orange Citrus IPA, 6.7% is brewed in Cornelius, North Carolina. It is also triple hopped with Citra, and brewed with orange peels. This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a thick tree finger cream looking white head. The nose is juicy with citrus fruit like oranges, and orange peels. There is a decently bitter and hoppy smell to it as well. That same aroma carries itself into the taste. I found orange and orange peels. There is a bitter hoppy flavor as well, with a thicker mouthfeel. This IPA has a bittersweet orange finish and a lingering bittersweet citrus fruit aftertaste. This beer is a big bitter orange. I give Ass Clown Brewing Company Orange Citrus IPA a B-. I found this to have just a little too much orange flavor to it, but it was not the worst orange IPA I’ve had. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted April 8th, 2017.
Creativity is key to brewing and producing craft beer. Brewers get creative with ingredients. Even with the can or bottle type. With the name and artwork on the label. One example is Deep River Brewing Co. Limoncello Tart Ale Brewed with Lemons, 5.4% and is produced in Clayton, Johnston County, North Carolina. Limoncello is a sour blonde ale brewed with Sarachi Ace hops, a boatload of lemon. I am not sure how to measure a boatload and fermented with a proprietary yeast strain developed with technology at NC State University. Limoncello pours a darker yellow color has a bit of a brown, murky hue to it with almost no head. The aroma is quite pleasing. Fresh with tart lemons and lemon peels with the slightest hint of a sour note. The flavor is at first slightly tart with lemon but is refreshing at the same time. Toward the middle of the mouth, Limoncello becomes a bit more tart, and the lemon comes through more, and on the back, the sourness shines a bit brighter without overpowering the tart lemony flavors there. The mouthfeel is light with a bit of thickness as you swallow. Limoncello finish tart, slightly sour with a refreshing quality. After taste lingers with lemon/lemon peels but does not stick around. Lemoncello does not pucker up your taste buds in the after taste. Lemoncello is good, and it deserves an A. I found that none of the flavors clashed or overpowered one another. They all got along well and formed a wonderfully refreshing beer. I not the biggest fan of fruit beer, I like them enough, and some fruits are not what I would say are great to brew beer. But lemon in beer, now that is a great choice. I think lemon can enhance a beer or add another layer of flavor without making it into something not enjoyable. So you there should go and try Deep River Brewing Co. Limoncello Tart Ale Brewed with Lemons. I recommend you too. Cheers! Please Enjoy Responsibly!
Originally posted on October October 27th, 2014.
I love beer, and I find ciders to be just as good. I like its fruity sometimes-dry sweetness. I love that you can put most fruits in them. Each can have a unique flavor. Well, I just had a local Cider from right over the North Carolina border in York, South Carolina. This beverage comes From Windy Hill orchard & Cider, and this is their Gala Peach, 6.0% ABV. Gala Peach made with Windy Hills Stayman Winesap apples and locally grown peaches. This cider pours a very bubbly rich golden color. I could see through, and not any head because most ciders do not produce much head on it. This Gala Peace is sweet peach with hits of fresh juicy apple. I got an apple skin smell too, but it is a bit faint. The taste is sweet with peached flavor with touches of apple. You mostly get the peach. The body is light, and so is the mouthfeel. Gala peach is easy and refreshing to drink. I would give Windy Hill’s Gala Peach a B. This cider did not blow me away, but I like it enough. I mean cider can only go so far and be so good, and it is a simple beverage. You can be too creative. I like peaches a lot, and I recommend trying Windy Hill orchard & Cidery Gala Peach for yourselves. It’s good. So go out and pic this wonderful Windy Hill orchard & Cidery Gala Peach sweet hard cider. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
I am not usually a cider drinker, but I don’t mind them. Strongbow Hard Cider Gold Apple, 5% ABV. This cider from Hereford, England. Strongbow is owned by H.P. Bumlers. This particular sider pours a clean and crisp golden color with a one finger white head with good retention. The aroma is of nice fruit crisp apple and a bit of semi-dry white wine. Taste is similar to the aroma with apple sweetness and a little bit of white wine flavor and hints of a semi-dry note with a light mouthfeel that finishes with a white wine apple note that carries into the sweet aftertaste. There aren’t many complexities to this, and that brings me to give Strongbow Hard Cider Gold Apple a C-. This cider is not terrible. It’s just unassuming and underwhelming. I wouldn’t rush to have this again. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
This beverage is NoDa Brewing Company Guava Gose Beer, 4% ABV, which is locally brewed here in Charlotte, North Carolina. This Gose is a kettled sour (they let beer sour in a kettle or mash tun) that is brewed with sea salt and fermented with pink guava. This Gose beer pours a golden color that is faintly cloudy with a one and a quarter finger white head. The aroma is yes fruity with tropical notes of guava, tartness, and sour notes. Guava Gose has a tropical tart/sour guava flavor to it with a bit of a salted not that is light at best. The beer has a light tart mouthfeel that isn’t overly tart, just enough to let you know that it is tart. Guava Gose finishes tart with little tropical sour notes and an aftertaste that is a slightly less tropical fruit and more of a salty sourness. Now the best and easiest way to describe a Gose beer is to liken it to a margarita but only slightly so. NoDa Brewing Company Guava Gose Beer is good and is a B. I have had some that are better than this, Westbrook Brewing Co. Gose is a good example, but I will say that there are very few that are better than NoDa Brewing Company Guava Gose Beer. I’d have this again, and yes you should too! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted September 13th, 2012.
Now here is a fascinating style of beer, Framboise. The Framboise style comes from Belgium and is from barley, unmalted wheat, and wild yeast. After spontaneous fermentation, then fruit added after that. Then secondary fermentation occurs. This Lambic beer has raspberries add to it. This brewery has been doing this since 1811. In my own opinion, they brew some of the best Lambics. This Lambic here has a low alcohol level of 2.7% ABV. It could be deadly due to the great fruitiness and just how tasty it is. It also has a large amount of carbonation. This beer is one of the only beers I have seen with both a pry-off cap and a cork. Well, I must say this one has been in my refrigerator for almost a year> I am not sure, but it seems close, and I have one left. I like to give a shoutout to an Instagram friend Champagnesupernovax, and she said she wants to try this and is looking forward to reading this. Enjoy! Please follow her if you’re on Instagram. This Framboise Lambic pours a dark red, almost blood-red color, very dark with no light seen through this, and there was a light red rose or radish one and a half finger head that was a bit slow on the fade. This beer has a good raspberry scent, and there is a yeasty smell there with a big sweet fruit candy-like scent too. It’s all nice on your nose. When you taste this, you get a raspberry syrup taste that is tart, both sweet and bit sour. It’s a good sour, nothing overpowering. I found this to have a much different wheat taste that I am used to with wheat or wheat-like beer. It wasn’t malt-forward wheat to it like some. You do get a yeast flavor, but it’s more of a less uniform yeast or average yeast flavor that you would get in other yeasty beers. Please, when you get to the middle of the glass and give it a nice swirl to mix the yeast, wheat, and raspberries. But as this Framboise Lambic hits the back of you get a little good tart raspberry. This finish is a bit more tart than the start, but it finishes nice and is very pleasing on you’re taste buds. The overall tart raspberry flavor here. I would give this beer an A+. You can have this fresh or cellar it a while, but when you do have it, serve this at 38 – 41 F. I have always liked this style, just so different from other beer styles and just easy to drink and is refreshing with fruit flavors here. Brouwerij Lindemans Framboise is a great place to start. You should pick one up. I highly recommend you do. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!