New Sarum Salisbury Brewing Co. Pink Cheeks Rosé Gose, 5.0% ABV local brewed in Salisbury North Carolina is brewed with Rosebuds, Hibiscus, Coriander, Hawaiian Red Sea Salt, melon purée and Barba Rouge Hops. It has a lot going on. Pink Cheeks pours a light orange somewhat copper color with a one finger thin white head that has briny salted aromas with a light fruity sweetness that has a tart aromatic quality to it. You get a salted briny sweetness that is light and fruity with a tartness around the middle and the back of the mouth with a faint floral note that all finishes with a tart fruity floral note and a salty fruity aftertaste with a nice bit of tartness and a light mouthfeel. I think the rose buds on this on not something I like, I’ve had beers with that ingredient in them before and I’ve had similar feeling toward them, but everything else about New Sarum Salisbury Brewing Co. Pink Cheeks Rosé Gose is okay, getting a C. Pink Cheeks is average, and the rose flavors held it to a C. It is something I would have again but not soon and if your curious then maybe you should try it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
left Hand Brewing Company Push Pop Party Nitro, 5.4% ABV from Longmont Colorado is brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, mandarin oranges, limes, lactose, hops, and yeast with nitrogen in the can which gives this beer a draft quality from the can. Left Hand Brewing Company has many beers with nitro, but this is the first I have seen with nitro that isn’t a stout. The Brewery says to pour this beer like a pro I did not pour this delicately. Push Pop Party Nitro pours a deep yellow to orange color with a cascading thick creamy tight white snowy two finger head with sweet fruity citrus aromas of lime and orange. Taste is light, silky, creamy like with nice citrus limes and mandarin oranges that goes down easy with a smooth citrus fruit finish and a silky aftertaste of limey orange cream with a light mouthfeel. left Hand Brewing Company Push Pop Party Nitro is much like a refreshing fruity push pop and gets an A-. Push Pop Party Nitro does have that draft felling to it but the nitro does have a different fruit flavor to the beer if it didn’t have nitrogen. It has a faint Sorbet quality to it that isn’t bad. This is a beer that is worth trying and good on a hot day. 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 4.01% 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 a 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!
NoDa Brewing Company Passion Fruit Gose Beer, 4.0% ABV purchased from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop is a beer in the Gose style, an old German style that was once on the brink of being nonexistent, but now Gose style can be easily found in thanks to the many craft brewers who have brought it back into popularity. Passion Fruit Gose brewed right here locally in Charlotte, North Carolina pours a light yellow color with a one finger white head that fades a quick pace giving off fruit aromas of citrus fruits with a nice sour note. Taste is tropical with citrus fruit with a faint/light sweetness that turns tart with hints of sour notes with a few briny notes coming in on the back, that finishes tart briny with tropical citrus flavor with a briny citrus aftertaste that is mildly tart with a somewhat light mouthfeel. NoDa Brewing Company Passion Fruit Gose Beer is good but I think there is better Gose beer out there, not to say that this one is bad it’s a B+ beer. The passion fruit adds a bit more tropical flavors to a beer that I already consider tropical or like a tart margarita. NoDa Brewing Company Passion Fruit Gose Beer does, however, have more of a little tart flavor than some Gose beers out there but that doesn’t really keep it from a good status. Yeah, I think that this is one beer that many can be consumed and you should try it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Peaches are probably my favorite thing so when I spotted Catawba Brewing Co. Peach of Mind Farmhouse Ale, 4.5% at the local grocery store I had to give it a try. Preach of Mind brewed in Morganton, North Carolina is a Grisette style of a Farmhouse Ale. Grisette literally means little gray and refers to the gray stones that the miners dug through or the gray-clad women that served this type of ale the mine workers. Peach of Mind pours a light orange and faint peachy color with a one finger fizzy white head with musty light peachy fruit aromas. The taste on Peach of Mind has a light sweetness of peaches with a nice musty flavor with some yeast noted popping in and finishes with a faint and yet light peach flavor and finding to give an aftertaste that is semi-sweet with hints of musty fruit with a light mouthfeel. I don’t get a ton of peach on this and that’s okay, too much would be overwhelming on the taste buds. Catawba Brewing Co. Peach of Mind Farmhouse Ale has a nice amount of peach flavor to give you the essence of peaches and not to overpower this Grisette. Catawba Brewing Co. Peach of Mind Farmhouse Ale is a solid B. It does go down easy with a great deal of refreshing, and it can do that over and over and over. Yes, you should try Catawba Brewing Co. Peach of Mind Farmhouse Ale. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
This Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. Cherry Pineapple, 6.5% ABV is an American Sour Ale from Charleston, South Carolina I picked up from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop. Sour Cherry Pineapple pours a Robitussin bright red color with a thin one and a quarter pink head that quickly fades into itself, with big sour tart cherry fruits. Smells okay but no pineapple. The flavor is similar to the aroma with tart and sour cherry with a very light/faint tropical note on the middle of the tongue still no pineapple then you get a sour cherry cough medicine that slowly fades into an effervescent tart Maraschino Cherry finish with a tart sour sugar cherry aftertaste and a light mouthfeel. I found Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. Cherry Pineapple to have a weird cherry flavor without getting any pineapple with a medicinal quality to it. I give Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. Cherry Pineapple a D-, I did finish this and it was not very heavy or way too sour, but not very good otherwise so do not try this! Please enjoy responsibly!
Brewed with strawberry and lime Flying Fish Brewing Co. Salt and Sea, 4.3% a session sour from Somerdale New Jersey, which Flying Fish claims to have enticing aromas of saltwater taffy. Salt and Sea pours a light golden color with a one half finger white head and with sour, tart, fruity aromas with faint semi-sweet notes as well. Taste is similarly the aroma with tart fruity sour notes of light strawberry and lime with nice salty touches, but is it like saltwater taffy? Well a little but not entirely. Salt and Sea finish tart with light fruity sour notes with a medium salted tart aftertaste with a light mouthfeel that is all refreshing. Flying Fish Brewing Co. Salt and Sea is well deserving of an A. I found Flying Fish Brewing Co. Salt and Sea to have enough flavor to convey what’s they were going for, and yes I would recommend it. It is well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
You probably haven’t heard of a Yuzu fruit. Well, Yuzu is a citrus fruit similar to the Kaffir Lime and looks like a small yellow grapefruit. Westbrook Brewing Co. Yu Zuper Nice, 4.5% is brewed with rice, a touch of Yuzu and lightly dry-hopped with Loral Hops. Rice lagers are typical of China and Japan. Yu Zuper Nice purchased from Total Wine pours a yellow lemon color with an almost two finger fluffy white head with an aroma of Yuzu, lemon sweetness hitting your nose with a rice sweetness as well. Taste is light with a nice juicy Yuzu/lemon flavor that slightly enhances the light rice sweetness that comes in on the middle and back of the mouth that is quite refreshing, especially on a warm humid day. Yu Zuper Nice finish with a light sweet crisp flavor and the] aftertaste is slightly and lightly tart from the Yuzu all with a light mouthfeel. This is Super nice and refreshing something that I could drink a bunch of, and I recommend you do the same. Westbrook Brewing Co. Yu Zuper Nice is one great beer, very well balanced and great use of Yuzu fruit with Loral hops in a rice lager. Hit hits the spot hard! I give it an A+. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
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!
Gizmo Beer works from Raleigh, North Carolina produces this Gizmo Gose Wild Strawberry Gose Ale, 4.3% ABV which was purchased from Total Wine. Strawberry Gose Ale is first kettle sour, which means to sour a beer in a stainless brew kettle, with there house Lacto, or Lactose sugar and with freshly crushed coriander and pink Himalayan salt with loads of freshly puréed strawberries. Strawberry Gose Ale pours a light yellow cloudy color with a one and half finger white head with salty yet sweet strawberry notes with a nice fresh tartness. Taste is sweet up front with a bit of strawberry for a second then comes the salted tartness on the middle with a little stronger strawberry note on the end with a little sour, salty, and tart note, then Strawberry Gose Ale finishes with a tart yet light sour strawberry salted note and a salty strawberry aftertaste with a light refreshing mouthfeel. The salt does overshadow the strawberry flavors a bit but not too much, and overall Gizmo Beer Works Gizmo Gose Wild Strawberry Gose Ale is actually good, B+ to be exact, and it’s a nice spring/summer beer. You get the right amount of strawberry and salty Gose that ties it all together is a good refreshing beer that I think you should try! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!