Widmer Brothers Brewing Company Brrr Hoppy Red

This beer from Portland, Oregon, is Brrr Hoppy Red, a Northwest Red Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company. This red ale is 7.2% ABV. This beer won silver in 2015 at the International Beer and Cider Competition. It has malts such as Pale Malt, Caramel 10l, Caramel 80l, Carapils, and Dark Chocolate. It also has hops such as Alchemy, Eureka, and Cascade. Cascade is grown in the Northwestern USA and used in Northwest beer brewing. This ale pours and red/brown color with a one-and-a-half beige head. The aroma is malted, hoppy, and sweet. This beer has a strong alcoholic not to it as well. This beer tastes bitter, hoppy, sweet, and malted. It’s a long strong for a 7.2% ABV. The mouthfeel is full, and it does coat your mouth a bit. Then it finshes is strong, and bitter malt. Then you get a bitter aftertaste with a muted malt note. This beer is a little bit too strong and bitter. I give Brrr Hoppy Red Ale a D+. The alcoholic and bitter notes clash, and that knocks it below average. I would have this again and would not recommend it. It does not have a good balance of flavors, and I could not find one good flavor. Maybe the malty flavor was okay, but this wasn’t the worst beer. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Revelry Brewing & Free Will Brewing Summer Slow Down

This beer is Summer Slow Down, a hoppy blonde Ale, and a collaboration between Revelry Brewing in Charleston, South Carolina, and Free Will Brewing in Pennsylvania. This beer is a summertime beer, and they won’t make this again. It is 4.8% ABV. This blonde pours a yellow color with a three-finger rocky white head. It is slowly fading but does fade into thick wide lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is light and hoppy with lemon. The taste isn’t far off from its smell. There is a lightness to it that is lemony and hoppy. The mouthfeel is light. Then this blond beer finishes with a juicy lemon and a slightly hoppy flavor. The aftertaste is light tasting and hoppy, and you’ll find a lemon flavor there. This beer is a tasty and refreshing hoppy blonde ale that you should drink. It doesn’t have a lot of flavors, but what it does have is good. I give Summer Slow Down a B+. This beer misses going to the top of the grade because all the flavors are a lot and could be slightly more flavorful, but they are good. You should be drinking this beer! Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Maine Beer Company Zoe

I went over the state border into South Carolina where they have an actual liquor store and not a state-run ABC store like here in North Carolina. I bought I bottle of Zoe from the Maine Beer Company in Freeport, Maine. This is a hoppy amber ale that is 7.2% ABV. This ale has Simcoe, Centennial, and Columbus hops in it. It also has American 2-Row, Maris Otter Pale, Carmel 40L, Munich 10L, Victory, Carmel 80L, and Chocolate malts. This ale pours a deep amber color with a three-finger rocky beige head, that slowly fades into a nice lacing. The aroma is Malty, sweet, and hoppy. The flavor is malty, with a little vegetable note, sweet, and hoppy. It is pretty much the same as it smells. This is more malted with the way the hoppy notes are lighter. The mouthfeel is full. Then this amber beer finishes with a malted hop note. Then comes the aftertaste of malted hop cones. This is a good hoppy amber ale. I would give Zoe a B+. The sweetness is balanced out by the light hop notes But you don’t get a Hugh punch of hops, because that is being subdued by the malty flavor. This is one beer I would recommend, but it is not easy to find. I got this at Stateline Elite in Fort Mill, South Carolina on Highway 521. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Hush That Fuss Hoppy Wheat Ale

This beer, Hush That Fuss, is labeled on the can as a Hoppy Wheat Ale, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find it’s a Pale Ale. This beer from Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company is 5.5% ABV. This beer pours an orange color with a five-finger white rocky head. The aroma is orange, bitter, with light wheat notes, and bright. The taste is creamy, with orange pineapple, bitterness, and lemony. The mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Then it comes to a bitter wheat orange and tropical-like finish. The aftertaste is bitter, slightly hoppy, and fruity. This beer is more of an American Pale Ale than an ear of hoppy wheat, but you get a light wheat flavor. I give this beer an A-. It was close to being a wheat ale but not all the way there. Overall a nice tasting beer. I’d recommend it! Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

The Bruery Mischief Hoppy Belgian-Style Ale

This ale is a 2016 Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner, a 2015 SD international Beer Festival gold medal winner, and a 2018 Great American Beer Festival bronze medal winner. This award-winning beer is Mischief Hoppy Belgian-Style Ale, 8.5% ABV from The Bruery in Placentia, California. This ale pours a golden color with a two-finger fluffy white head. It gives off pears and citrus fruits with a hoppy, pepper spice. The taste is fruity with pear, melon, citrus, peppery, and hoppy notes. It has an alcoholic flavor to it. It becomes apparent as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium and crisp. This beer then finishes with a pepper hops note with fruit. The aftertaste is hoppy but not like an IPA, just enough hop. It has a fruity aftertaste as well. This ale was a great example of an American Belgium-style ale. I give Mischief Hoppy Belgian-Style Ale an A+. All of the flavors are on point and tasty. I highly recommend this ale. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

New Anthem Beer Project A Feeling I get Hoppy Farmhouse Ale

I found this beer, New Anthem Beer Project A Feeling I Get Hoppy Farmhouse Ale, 6.2% at Total Wine. I am a real fan of Farmhouse/Saison Ales. I feel real upscale when I have one. This ale pours a light lemon yellow with a big four-finger bight and fluffy white head. The aroma on this farmhouse ale is bitter, lemony with some yeast. The flavor of this beer is bitter lemon, melon with hoppy yeast notes. The mouthfeel is light and soft. It then finishes with bitter lemon. The aftertaste is citrus and slightly bitter. I enjoyed New Anthem Beer Project A Feeling I Get Hoppy Farmhouse Ale. The bitter/hoppy notes really and a tasty twist on an already delicious beer style. I give New Anthem Beer Project A Feeling I Get Hoppy Farmhouse Ale an A. It is worth finding and having. I would have it again. It was refreshingly flavorful and delicious. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Burial Beer Ritual Anonymity Pilsner

Ritual Anonymity Pilsner, 5.2% ABV, is from Burial Beer in Asheville, North Carolina. Ritual Anonymity made with Epiphany Craft Malt, barley, and oats. Double-dry hopped with Galaxy and Kohatu hops. Burial Beer said that this Pilsner is hoppy. Ritual Anonymity pours a light yellow with a bright white three finger head. It gives off hoppy lemon notes with a bit of a grassy note. It smells like a pale ale is mating with a pilsner. The flavor is similar to the way it smells of a nice hoppy lemon grassy flavor with a touch of faint sweetness that you might find in a traditional pilsner beer, a nice hoppy flavor. Ritual Anonymity has a light mouthfeel. It comes to a pilsner sweet and hoppy finish with a light hop pilsner aftertaste with a very faint lemon note. Burial Beer Ritual Anonymity Pilsner is a good beer. It is a nice take on a Pilsner beer that I found to be refreshing and tasty. I give Ritual Anonymity an A. I recommend you try this beer. This beer not overly hoppy nor bitter. It has the right amount of both. I would most definitely have Burial Beer Ritual Anonymity again! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company 40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale


Picked up Sierra Nevada Brewing Company 40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale, 6.0% ABV from my local Harris Teeter supermarket. This Sierra Nevada beer is a limited edition hoppy beer and celebrates Sierra Nevada’s forty years of brewing since 1980 when they brewed the Pale Ale. 40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale pours orange with a two and a quarter white fluffy head that sticks around making awesome lacing throughout the glass with aromas of nice but faint fruit, pine, and some nice bitter notes. The taste is not too far off the aroma with light fruity notes alongside bitter pine flavors that come together for a light bitter pine finish and carries into a pine aftertaste with a somewhat light mouthfeel. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company 40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale isn’t bad, I just think there are better hoppy ales out there, so I think that it’s a C+. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company 40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale does, however, follow what Sierra Nevada Brewing has been doing for the last forty years and I find the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company to be a great brewery overall. This beer was just above average for me. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!           

Wicked Weed Brewing Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale

I first had Wicked Weed Brewing Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale, 5.2% ABV at JJ’s Red Hots, and I thought I should pick some up and give this a review. So I purchased a six-pack of Napoleon Complex from the Harris Teeter. Napoleon Complex pours a darker yellow color with a three and a quarter finger white head that slowly recedes into itself giving off big hoppy pine aromas with grassy notes. Napoleon Complex smells more like a bigger beer and/or an IPA. Taste is big with a hoppy pine flavor that is clean, semi-smooth with a dry end and has a dry hoppy pine finish and a grassy hop aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. After finishing Wicked Weed Brewing Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale I realized why Wicked Weed named it Napoleon Complex. This is a Pale Ale which is a milder less hoppy beer than an IPA but has the presence of an IPA and drinks like one. I enjoyed this Wicked Weed Brewing Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale and I think is an A-. You can really have more than two pints of this, your tastebuds would be wrecked due to the hoppy nature of the beer becoming overwhelming. It has a good hoppy flavor without being too bitter. But I recommend trying Napoleon Complex for yourself. It’s a hoppy good beer! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!