Olde Mecklenburg Brewery 704 Hazy Wheat Ale

A relativity Beer, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery 704 Hazy Wheat Ale, brewed locally here in Charlotte, North Carolina from one of the oldest craft breweries in Charlotte. It’s brewed with Loral, Mandarin, and Bavaria hops. 704 pours a light somewhat hazy yellow color with a three finger semi-quick fading head with a fruity (mandarin, faint lemon, and orange) aroma and with a light/faint wheat notes. Taste is crisp with a nice fruitiness of orange, mandarin and very light lemon notes, light wheat beer qualities, some light bitterness toward the back of the mouth that comes in and goes away rather quickly. 704 has a fruity bitter finish that is light on the bitterness, light mouthfeel, and has a nice but light bitter fruity aftertaste. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery 704 Hazy Wheat Ale is a good beer but the light little bitter notes give it a B+. It has very light wheat qualities to it with more of a fruity bitterness that makes it different enough and somewhat interesting. I would recommend that you try Olde Mecklenburg Brewery 704 Hazy Wheat Ale! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Birdsong Brewing Co. Fake Plastic Trees Hazy IPA


Brewed local in Charlotte, North Carolina Birdsong Brewing Co. Fake Plastic Trees Hazy IPA, 6.4% ABV is brewed with Two-Row, Red Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Flaked Oats,  Munich malts, Comet, Cascade, and Sorachi Ace hops. This is a seasonal beer only available during the summer. Fake Plastic Trees pours a deeper yellow color with a two-finger creamy white head that fades slowly with aromas of semi-sweet malts with a bitter hops noes. The flavor is similar to its own aroma, semi-sweet at first then bitter with a bit of citrus fruit and some grassy notes toward the end that finish with a weird bitter note that is off-putting and it continues into a bitter after tastes with a medium mouthfeel.  I usually like most Birdsong Brewing beer and Fake Plastic Trees wasn’t one of them, and I give it a D. The way Fake Plastic Trees finished was not good and it lingered too long for me and the citrus was very faint and was a bit off not really citrusy. I will not tell you to go and try this beer, all the flavor didn’t really come together. I didn’t like it. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Westbrook Brewing Co. Orange! Creamsicle Shake India Pale Ale


Westbrook Brewing Orange! Creamsicle Shake India Pale Ale, 7% ABV is another beer in Westbrook’s Shake IPA series that is non-homogenized, and unpasteurized,  brewed with Cascade, CTZ hops, dry-hopped with Amarillo, Citra, Conan Yeast, Carapils, Oats, Pale, Wheat malts, Lactose, Vanilla, and orange. Orange! Creamsicle Shake India Pale Ale pours a hazy yellow color with a three-finger thick rocky white head that fades very slowly and gives off creamy citrus orange aromas with nice vanilla and some bitter notes. The flavor is similar to its own aroma with a creamy vanilla orange notes upfront of the mouth with bitter citrus notes on the back of the mouth that finishes with a nive vanilla orange bitterness and has a creamy bittersweet orange creamsicle aftertaste that does linger and Orange! Creamsicle Shake India Pale Ale does have a fuller thick mouthfeel that does somewhat coat your mouth. Westbrook Brewing Orange! Creamsicle Shake India Pale Ale is a solid tasty IPA getting an A. It has a good balance of orangey and vanilla flavors that don’t really interfere with the bitterness on this IPA. I recommend Westbrook Brewing Orange! Creamsicle Shake India Pale Ale  if you like bittersweet fruity IPA like this hazy IPA. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!  

J. Wakefield Brewing Power Up Peach India Pale Ale


Coming out of the Wynnwood area of Miami Florida J. Wakefield Brewing Power Up Peach India Pale Ale, 6.5% ABV brewed with Cita, Warrior hops, Florida super corn and, with fresh peaches. Power Up Peach pours a deeper copper orange color with thick and cream three-finger sticky white head that leaves thick lacey wall throughout the pint glass. The aroma is nice with big amounts of peaches, a peach ring candy-like aroma with little hop notes. The flavor is not too far off from its own aroma with big peach notes and a few hoppy flavors that intensify in the back of the mouth with a big peachy hop finish that carries into a nice lingering peach aftertaste, with an almost full mouthfeel. J. Wakefield Brewing Power Up Peach India Pale Ale does, however, have an overall strong flavor to it but I found that to be good quality and I give Power Up Peach an A. What would really push this be over the top would be a little more bitter/hoppy flavors but still really good and you should try J. Wakefield Brewing Power Up Peach India Pale Ale. I’m definitely having this again soon, it was that good. Please stay safe out there and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!  

Resident Culture Brewing Company Second Coming India Pale Ale


IPAs or India Pale Ales are everywhere with many different substyles brewed by pretty much every craft brewery because of its popularity. Resident Culture Brewing Company Second Coming, India Pale Ale, 6.5% ABV is a hazy IPA brewed in Charlotte North Carolina, hopped with Strata, Sabro, and HBC 692. Second Coming pours a light orange juice yellow with a two-finger white head with an aroma of juicy oranges, grapefruit, and a nice hoppy note. Second Comming IPA has a taste not -un-similar from its own aroma with juicy fruit flavors of orange, orange peel, grapefruit and its own peels with a nice bitter hop note hitting the rear of the tongue then finishing with a nice bitter juicy fruit flavor and carrying over to the aftertaste with just bit more bitter hops with a medium mouthfeel. Resident Culture Brewing Company Second Coming, India Pale Ale is just another above-average hazy IPA that I give a B-. It has good flavors but they are slightly unmemorable but not so bad that you completely forget that you had drunk Second Coming. It is something you should have a taste of but I would not recommend that you run out and try it immediately. Resident Culture Brewing Company Second Coming, India Pale Ale is not too bad. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Catawba Brewing Company Hoppness Haze


Catawba Brewing Hoppness Haze IPA, 6.0% ABV is a hazy version of their Hoppness Monster IPA. Hoppness Haze is brew with Citrus and Zythos hops in Morganton North Carolina. Hopness Hazy IPA pours a hazy yellow with a one and quarter white quickly fading head that gives off a light juicy citrus aroma of nice orange and grapefruits, that carries into the taste with a light smooth citrus juice a low hoppy bitterness with a very faint grassy note that comes to a nice citrusy grassy finish with a light bitter fruit juice aftertaste that lingers for just long enjoy to notice and with a lighter mouthfeel. Catawba Brewing does brew nice tasty brews but this was just a little off from being average so Catawba Brewing Hoppness Haze  IPA get a C-. It just one of those beers that not really memorable but not really terrible. The flavors were all average on it, and overall Catawba Brewing Hoppness Haze IPA was near boring. I wouldn’t recommend it. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Blowing Rock Brewing Co. Cloud Rise Hazy IPA


Blowing Rock Brewing Company Cloud Rise Hazy IPA, 7.2% ABV from Hickory North Carolina was gifted to me through my father’s business associate. Cloud Rise is brewed Cashmere, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops. Cloud Rise pours light hazy orange with a three-finger sticky white pillowy, cloud-like head that gives off hoppy citrusy tropical fruit notes of orange and freshly crushed pineapple that gives you a taste of juicy orange and fresh pineapple with a nice bitterness on the middle of the mouth with a crisp flavor of grapefruit that comes together for a fruity juicy finish and aftertaste that of fresh hops with nice orange and light grapefruit pineapple with a medium mouthfeel. Blowing Rock Brewing Co. Cloud Rise Hazy IPA is a refreshingly fruity hazy IPA that gets a B+ here. I think that the 7.2% ABV and the bitter hoppy notes do tend to become too much after three of these and that is the only thing I found to be negative about Cloud Rise, the beer is good with nice flavors and you should try Cloud Rise for yourself! Cheers! Please stay safe at home and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!    

Sugar Creek Brewing Hazy Creek India Pale Ale


Sugar Creek Brewing Company Hazy Creek India Pale Ale, 6% ABV with 30 IBUs is a New England style IPA that has been dry-hopped during fermentation after being local brewed here in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hazy Creek is the newest offering from Sugar Creek Brewing Company, and pour a bright yellow hazy color with a two-finger white slow fading head which gives off tropical juicy fruit aromas of mango, pineapple with some nice orange peels and light bitter hop notes. Once you take a sniff you go in for a flavor of nice juicy ripe tropical mango, pineapple, juicy orange and orange peel with a nice light but slightly pungent bitter hop notes that has a tropical fruit juice finish and a juicy fruit bitter aftertaste that is quite refreshing all with a medium mouthfeel. Sugar Creek Brewing Company Hazy Creek India Pale Ale is a very welcome addition to their lineup of beers, I give this IPA an A+.  Sugar Creek Brewing Company Hazy Creek India Pale Ale is a very well balanced and brewed IPA that everyone should try, it is refreshing juicy with good tropical fruits with lower bitterness. I could drink many of these Sugar Creek Brewing Company Hazy Creek India Pale Ale. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!  

Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA


Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA, 6.5% ABV and 45 IBUs is a hazy take on Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, both brewed in Bend, Oregan. Fresh Haze uses unmalted wheat, malted wheat, Munich malt, C-15, Pale, 2-row and flaked barley as well as Nothern Brewer, Cashmere, Mandarina Bavaria, and Amarillo hops. Fresh Haze pours a hazy orange color with a two-finger white head that slowly fades into itself giving off juicy fruit aroma of citrus orange, some grapefruit with light bittering with hints of a mango that come to a flavor of light bitter citrus fruit, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit on the front of the mouth with a mild bitterness in the middle that gross in the back of the mouth with a nice juicy finish and a nice bitter aftertaste that has a faint taste of citrus fruits with a medium mouthfeel. Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA is a good approachable hazy IPA that a mild IPA fan would enjoy and I think its an A. Nothing too overwhelming about this beer nor is it too hoppy with a huge blast of fruit, the flavor is near sessionable but Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA as a whole is not sessionable, remember this IPA is 6.5% ABV. But you could have three Fresh Haze IPAs and I suggest you try this Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Burial Beer Co. Finite Spectrum of Existence Triple IPA


Over the weekend I went to Burial Beer Co. tap Takeover at Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop I had Burial Beer Finite Spectrum of Existence Triple IPA, 10% ABV with 40 IBU brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Sabro, and Simco hops. Lactose and oats are mashed in and triple dry-hopped with more than 6 pounds per barrel of 2019 select crops of Citra, Strata, Mosaic, and Cashmere hops. I enjoyed it so much that to buy a thirty-two-ounce crowler of it filled from the tap to take home and give it a review. Finite Spectrum of Existence pours a hazy cloudy blonde color with a bright white three finger slow head. The aroma is juicy with tropical and citrus fruits with a light yet faint hoppy note. Taste on this TIPA is juicy with nice citrus flavor and some creamy, coming from the lactose, tropical notes coming through with bits of some bitter hops. You do get a strong alcohol flavor off this and Finite Spectrum of Existence Finishes with a light juicy fruit bitterness and an aftertaste of sweet hopped fruit with a full mouthfeel. I don’t think that Burial Beer Co. Finite Spectrum of Existence Triple IPA is something that you could not really drink a lot of because it is a big beer with a high ABV, so about maybe two would be enough. I did find Finite Spectrum of Existence to be a tasty beer, one that gets an A. It has a lower IBU (International Bittering Unit) with good juicy sweet fruit flavors to it that really meld quite well with the lactose sugar. I’ve never had a bad beer from Burial Beer Co. Finite Spectrum of Existence is one I recommend trying. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!