Mikkeller Brewing Aloha Fridays Gose-Style Ale

Mikkeller Brewing, Aloha Fridays Gose-Style Ale, 5.9%, brewed in San Diego California with Passionfruit, Tangerine, Pineapple & Hibiscus. Aloha Fridays pours light cherry red with a one and a half finger head with somewhat good retention, that gives off tropical tart fruity aromas of tangerine and pineapple. You get tartness up on the front of the tongue with a bit of a salted flavor with lots of tropical fruit flavor notes like lots of passionfruit l, pineapple, and tangerine but not really any hibiscus. Aloha Fridays finishes with a slightly tart tropical flavor with a tropical fruit aftertaste with a slight sour note on the very end with a light mouthfeel. Mikkeller Brewing, Aloha Fridays Gose-Style Ale sounds like it’s an interesting take on a Gose-Style Ale and it sort of starts out that way then just becomes an average tart fruited beer, and I give Mikkeller Brewing, Aloha Fridays Gose-Style Ale a C+. And this wouldn’t be something I would rush back to try but if it’s around I might have it. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Divine Barrel Brewing Ice Cream Paint Job

From Charlotte, North Carolina Divine Barrel Brewing Ice Cream Paint Job, 4.6% ABV is a Berliner Weiss brewed with blueberries, raspberries, sweet cherries, lactose, and vanilla. Ice Cream Paint Job pours a deep cherry red color with a two-finger pinkish-red color with sweet fruity aromas (sweet cherry and some raspberry) with hints of faint wheat with a nice waft of vanilla. I found a creamy cherry flavor upfront in my mouth with a raspberry coming in the middle with some tartness and vanilla sweetness tangoing with a very faint whiff of wheat notes that come to a sweet-tart vanilla sorbet finish and with a tart fruited aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. Divine Barrel Brewing Ice Cream Paint Job is good the vanilla really adds another layer to this Berliner Weiss and gives it a B+. I never really tasted any blueberries on this everything else I tasted, so that holds it back. But a fine Berliner Weiss beer and one I recommend trying. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Ancillary Fermentation Flag Signals.

Ancillary Fermentation Flag Signals, 4% ABV brewed in Cary North Carolina with sea salt, mango, pineapple, and strawberry in stainless tanks. Flag Signals pours a hazy straw yellow color with a fuzzy one finger head with tropical fruit aromas, mango and pineapple with faint strawberry. The flavor follows the aroma with tropical fruit notes with a tart saltiness that finish with a strawberry tropical flavor that is a bit sour yet tart with a sour tropical fruit aftertaste. The salted aspect of Ancillary Fermentation Flag Signals kind of throw the beer off, an it come out to D+. I did finish the beer but it not something that might go back to. The sour aspect really did go as well with the salt. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Beer & Chips Pairing: Sugar Creek Brewing The Big O Blood Orange India Pale Ale & Miss Vickie’s Farmhouse White Cheddar

This is Beer & Chips Pairing: Sugar Creek Brewing The Big O Blood Orange India Pale Ale, 7% ABV & Miss Vickie’s Farmhouse White Cheddar. When you have a sharp cheese such as farmhouse white cheddar one good chose of beer is an IPA. I have previously reviewed Sugar Creek Brewing The Big O Blood Orange India Pale Ale. I might post a throwback Thursday post on it soon. Miss Vickie’s Farmhouse White Cheddar Chips are yellow smooth with very little burn edges and have a sharp cheddar cheesy aroma with some faint salty potato. The taste is strong with the farmhouse cheddar and light on the salt with a mild potato flavor. Big O does wash out a bit of the bold cheddar flavor, but as it washes over the back of your mouth the bold cheesy flavor comes right back with a nice mild blood orange flavor from the IPA. Sugar Creek Brewing The Big O Blood Orange India Pale Ale does in away pair nicely with Miss Vickie’s Farmhouse White Cheddar. I give is pairing a B-. The flavor is bold enough to make it through the big blood orange flavor of the beer and goes well with light salt and potato notes. I think that Miss Vickie’s Farmhouse White Cheddar are amazing and will definitely have them again. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Heist Brewery Big Pick’n Berliner Weiss with Raspberry

I have not really seen much of Heist Brewery beer in stores until I saw Heist Brewery Big Pick’n Berliner Weiss with Raspberry, 6.1% purchased from Pop The Top. Big Pick’n pour very thick raspberry red with a two finger pink head that steadily fades in to a little white cloud. There is a tart raspberry aroma with a bit of some sour notes and a very faint wheat note. Fruity tart raspberry flavor burst on your tastebuds with sone semi faint juicy sour notes that have a nice tart raspberry finish and fade in to aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Heist Brewery Big Pick’n Berliner Weiss with Raspberry is rather good and getting a B+. It isn’t overly tart but just enough for most tastebuds. Sone tend to over do it with the tart flavors and this hit the sweet spot. I recommend Heist Brewery Big Pick’n Berliner Weiss with Raspberry. I will have this again. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Ballast Point Brewing Grapefruit Sculpin

Originally posted on November 4th, 2015


I have said this many time before, IPAs are growing in popularity more and more each day. Breweries are coming up with new and inventive IPA’s all the time, it seema like there is at least 6 new IPAs a day out on the market. Here is a popular one from Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego California, Grapefruit Sculpin, 7.0% ABV. This is a grapefruit version of their famous Sculpin IPA. Grapefruit Sculpin pours a copper color with an off white two and a half finger head that dissipates a normal speed and leaves medium sized lacing behind. The aroma is like a normal IPA but with a nice grapefruit juice aroma to go along with the piney earth notes. I found to have sour bitter grapefruit scent to it that was nice on the nose. The taste is earth a little bitter with touches of pine and yes there is a big grapefruit flavor that reminds of Shine Ruby Red Bird but with out ginger. Grapefruit Sculpin isn’t overly hoppy or bitter, it has the right amount of it to really balance it out, but I find that the grapefruit isn’t as predominate, as it should be for a beer with grapefruit in the name. But that doesn’t kill the beer though. I think Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin is a B+. I would like to have it be juicier with more grapefruit. I enjoyed this and thought it was good. Just need a touch more grapefruit is all it needs. I recommend try it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Westbrook Brewing Co. Peach Shake India Pale Ale

Westbrook Brewing Co. Peach Shake India Pale Ale, 7% ABV that I purchased from Pop The Top is non-homogenized, brewed fresh with lactose, vanilla, and peaches, so with those ingredients you should drink this pretty fresh. This Peach Shake pours a yellow/orange color with a yellow/white two finger slow head with plenty of great lacing left behind and lots of peachy sediment. The aroma is pretty peach and sweet with some nice bitter notes and you will find nice big peach notes on the taste with a bittersweet milky flavor that finishes sweet with a nice amount of low bitter hoppy flavors and gives you a nice bittersweet peach milk aftertaste with a full yet thick mouthfeel. I always have a love for Westbrooke Brewing Co. they brew great beers and Peach Shake India Pale Ale is an A+. Yes, it is a well-brewed beer that is refreshing to believe it or not. I really recommend Westbrook Brewing Co. Peach Shake India Pale Ale. But after two pints it may be too filling. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly.  

Hopfly Brewing Co. Sandsport

This sour fruit beer, Hopfly Brewing Company Sandsport, 5.4% ABV is brewed with pineapples according to the pineapple people family playing on the beach depicted on the label. I am not a huge fan of the sour style of beer, I find it to be okay, and some are better than others but is it, not my favorite style. Sandsport pours a deeper orange color with a quickly fading two white head with no trace of it left behind. It gives off a sour fruity aroma with tart pineapple with a few faint wine-like aroma wafting into your nose. Now it tastes sourer than it smells but there is a nice sour/tart pineapple note that as it fades it kicks up another sour notch with a very faint wine-like quality with a sour finish that is a little tart with some pineapple and flows into a tart and sour tropical aftertaste that fades rather quickly with a light mouthfeel. Sometimes pineapples can be sour at very least even without souring them and I found Hopfly Brewing Company Sandsport to average so think its a C. It’s not bad just that I don’t think you should sour pineapples or not sour them as much so that some of the sweetness can come through a little. Hopfly Brewing Company Sandsport isn’t that bad and I may go back to this somewhat soon. Cheers Please enjoy responsibly! 

Throwback Thursday: Deep River Brewing Co limoncello Tart Ale

Originally posted April 8th, 2017.

Creativity is key to brewing and producing craft beer. Brewers get creative with ingredients, can and/or bottle type or even with the name and artwork on the label. One example is Deep River Brewing Co. Limoncello Tart Ale Brewed with Lemons, 5.4% that is produced in Clayton, Johnston County, North Carolina. Limoncello is sour blonde ale that is brewed with Sarachi Ace hops, a boatload of lemon, not sure how to measure a boatload, and fermented with a proprietary yeast strain that was developed with technology at NC State University. Limoncello pours a darker yellow color that has a bit of a brown murky hue to it with almost no head. The aroma is quite pleasing with fresh tart lemons and lemon peels with the lightest 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 come 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 nice refreshing quality. After taste lingers with tart lemon/lemon peels but doesn’t linger too much, and doesn’t pucker up the taste buds in the after taste. This beer is very good, 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 good to brew beer with. But lemon in beer, now that is a good 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! 

Birdsong Brewing Co. Summer Nights Apricot Peach Ale

Birdsong Brewing Co. Summer Nights Apricot Peach Ale, 6% produced locally here in Charlotte, North Carolina purchased from Pop the Top is brewed with yes you guessed it peaches and apricots. Summer Nights pours an orange color with a one and a half finger white fizzy head that does not stick around giving off fruity (peach and apricot) wine-like notes that is on the slightly sour tart side. The flavor is fruity with nice wine like peaches and with light apricot notes, nice tartness with the faintest sour note that quickly comes and goes. Summer Nights finishes with a nice hint of a fruited white wine flavor and continues into the aftertaste with a little smooth tart notes with a light mouthfeel. Birdsong Brewing Co. Summer Nights Apricot Peach Ale is a good beer that is refreshing and one that is not too invasive like some fruit beer can be. Birdsong Brewing Co. Summer Nights Apricot Peach Ale is an A-, just a little more peach flavor and this would be a great beer, but it’s otherwise good and one that you should try. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly