Foothills Brewing Company Craft Happiness IPA Dream IPA.

Happy New Year! I’ve here Foothills Brewing Company Craft Happiness IPA Dream IPA, 6.4% ABV, and IBU of 41 which the proceeds help children achieve their dreams. Dream IPA is triple dry-hopped, yes triple, with Galaxy, Citra, & Azacca hops with a sweet malt bill. Dream IPA pours a dark yellow hazy color with a two and a quarter white head that gives off subtle sweet hoppy aromas of tropical juicy fruits. Taste on this Dream IPA is soft with nice subtlety sweet guava and mango with the usual citrus fruits with a soft bitter hop note that comes together and finishes with a nice juice bittersweet note of fruit and leaves nice lingering fruit soft bitter aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Well, Foothills Brewing did it again, they brew a great IPA with Craft Happiness IPA Dream IPA which I give an A+. What a well-brewed beer that everyone should try. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Foothills Brewing IPA of the Month June (Prince Wally)

Originally posted June, 14th.

It’s here again Foothills IPA of The Month! Here is June (Prince Wally), 5.9% ABV with 60 IBUs. Foothills clams this IPA has tropical and citrus notes aplenty. Well, let’s find out. June pours a light yellow color with orange edges and a three-finger bright white head that slow to fade and leaves behind great lacing. I could see much light coming through the glass due to the murkiness of this IPA, but I did see some carbonation bubbles. The aroma on this June IPA is of melon, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon and orange with a bit of piney earthy notes. The taste is similar to the aroma; you get a bit of grapefruit and little pineapple upfront. Then you get more orange flavors in the middle with a little melon with lemon and some light lemon. At the back, you get a bigger grassy piney earthy note. This IPA isn’t all in your face bitter, but it’s more of pleasant bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice fruity bitter finish. The after taste is like a tropical/citrus fruit salad that lingers in your mouth. This Foothills IPA of The Month June (Prince Wally) is just as good as the rest of the beers in the series. I give June (Prince Wally) A. It needs a little more strength in the tropical fruit department and a tiny bit less with the citrus fruits. But that isn’t really a big shortcoming. You really can taste all of the different experimental hops used here and they all make for one heck of a fruity good IPA that isn’t all one flavored and in you face intense with hoppy bitterness. I would have this again and again. So should you! So go out and try Foothills IPA of The Month June (Prince Wally)! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Foothills Brewing Company Craft Happiness Distance IPA

I have not had a Foothills Brewing Company Craft Happiness IPA in a long while. But recently I came across Foothills Brewing Company Craft Happiness Distance IPA, 6.1% ABV with an IBU (International Bittering Unit) of 62 and this IPA from Winston-Salem North Carolina is double-dry hopped with Simcoe, Mosaic, and Idaho 7 hops. This beer, which is part of a monthly series and the proceeds go to Benefit cyclists and runners. Distance IPA pours deep yellow color with a foamy three finger head that leaves behind beautiful thick fluffy lacing. The aroma is nice with a decent amount of citrus fruits with a bitter note hurt the nose that has a very faint pine quality to it that takes you into a citrus fruit flavor of nice orange and grapefruit with a little lemon note sneaking its way into your taste buds. There is a nice bitterness that has the faintest/lightest sweetness that finishes smooth with a nice citrus hop kick and an aftertaste of citrus hoppiness with a medium mouthfeel. Foothills Brewing Company Craft Happiness Distance IPA reminded me that Foothills brews really great awesome IPAs and Distance IPA is no different, well deserving of an A+, with nothing wrong at all with it, and please do yourself a favor and go try this awesome IPA! Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Foothills Brewing IPA of the Month November (Maddie)

Originally posted on December 1st, 2015

Its time again for Foothills Brewing IPA of the Month here we have November (Maddie), 7.1% ABV and 78 IBU. There is only one more month in the IPA of the Month then it will be Hop of The Month where they will showcase a different hop each month instead of a different IPA. This month IPA is brewed with a blend of Amarillo, Horizon, Chinook and experimental hops. Maddie pours a deep copper color with a four-finger bubbly yet fluffy off white head that slowly dissipates into some medium lacing around the glass. The aroma is a little more malt forward than past months IPA. You get a nice faint orange peel and hints of grassy grapefruit that leans on the earthy side. Maddie has sharp taste upfront with nice earth bready flavor surrounded by grassy and earthy yet slightly bitter fruity notes. The flavor was as wow as I was expecting it to be, but still good no less. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice bitter finish and an after taste of malted grass with hints of bitter citrus fruits. I didn’t find this to be bad; I just think that this Months IPA isn’t as good as the last couple of months. So I say this, Foothills IPA of the Month November, Maddie is a B. The balance between the hops and malts was slightly off which took this IPA down a notch. The level of bitterness was great on this though which kept it from being any worse. This month IPA does not change the fact that I love the entire series the Foothills has brewed I would have this again and do recommend trying it. So by all means go and try Foothills Brewing IPA of the Month November (Maddie) or any of the coming or previous months. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Catawba Brewing Company CLT India Pale Ale

Catawba Brewing Company CLT India Pale Ale, 7.2% ABV is a double dry-hopped IPA brewed in Charlotte North Carolina hence the name CLT which is airport  nomenclature for Charlotte. CLT pours a cloudy orange color with a two-finger white head that fades quickly into the thinnest ring around the glass, giving off a bitter grapefruit l and orange aroma with a pine bitter note. Taste follows the nose with grapefruit and orange bitter flavors that have a piney note to them with a bitter tropical finish and a piney bitter orange aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Catawba Brewing Company CLT India Pale Ale starts off in the wrong direction then after a few sips the flavor begins to head in a good direction and becomes a grade B beer, but I don’t think I could drink more than two pints of Catawba Brewing Company CLT India Pale Ale all its flavor would overpower your taste buds but it’s not bad and one that’s worth a try. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: New Belgium Brewing Citradelic Tangerine IPA

Originally posted on February 11th, 2016.

I am not a fan of New Belgium Brewing IPAs. I don’t like Ranger their original IPA. Well that changed when I had Citradelic Tangerine IPA, 6.0% ABV with an IBU of 50. This IPA is brewed with Citra Hops and Tangerines. Now these two things sound like they go well together in an IPA. Citra Hops give a citrus flavor and well Tangerines are a Citrus fruit, so how can they not go well together.  Citradelic pours a crisp golden color with a bit of an orange twinge to it and a two finger bright white head. The head quickly fades to about one finger then slowly fades into nice ropey lacing that is on the thinner side. The aroma is tropical with citrus fruit like tangerines, oranges and some faint grapefruits. There is a little bit of a subtly earthy aroma as well. This   is one good smelling tropical IPA. The taste is juicy with nice Citra note up front with some real nice tangerine flavor kicking in in the middle of the mouth that really build up a great tropical taste. The mouth feel is on the lighter side with a nice half sweet finish of earthy pine tangerine. The after taste is a bit hop with tangerines and faint subtle grapefruit notes. This beer surprised me with how good it was. I was going in to this IPA thinking it was going to be okay/average, and be a little to hoppy and have a little bitter fruit. Well it was not! I give this an A-. Citradelic was all about one hop and one added ingredient, which wasn’t bad. I enjoy it, but I really prefer a more round flavorful IPA. Not to say that Citradelic wasn’t flavorful. New Belgium nailed the tropical tangerine flavors on this IPA! This is a great IPA a great for warmer weather IPA or anytime of the year. This IPA is tropical and sweet with out being to sweet. It is also easy to drink and refreshing. I highly recommend New Belgium Brewing Citradelic Tangerine IPA. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA

Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA, 4.5% ABV with 40 IBUs is brewed in Kona Hawaii with Pale, 2 Row Premium, Carmel-120 malts, Azacca, Galaxy hops, Tropical Passionfruit, Orange, and Guava. Hanalei Island IPA pours a clear golden color with a one and a half finger white head that give tropical fruit aromas of passionfruit, guava, and some light orange. Taste of Hanalei Island IPA is a little similar to its nose with tropical fruits, guava, passionfruit and a little faint orange with a slight bitter hoppy note come through on the back of the tongue that does carry into the finish where the tropical fruit flavors fade into a light hoppy aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA is more tropical fruit than traditional IPA. I think that Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA is an A-, the hoppy notes only chime in towards the back of the mouth and in the finish and aftertaste with drops it just slightly, and with that said this IPA is one beer I’d recommend trying. 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!

Beer & Chips Pairing: Wooden Robot Urban Farmhouse Brewery Green Beast IPA & Frito-Lays Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Popper

This Beer & Chips Paring; Wooden Robot Urban Farmhouse Brewery Green Beast IPA, 7.5% ABV & Frito-lays Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Popper. I spotted these chips at my local Harris Teeter and knew it was time for a pairing. I have a review of Wooden Robot Urban Farmhouse Brewery Green Beast IPA posted here on this blog. Frito-lays Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Popper has a yellow with green Jalapeño flakes on them and has a smoky spicy potato aroma. They have a nice light crunch with a nice potato spice and smoke light smoky bacon-like flavor when you take a swig of Green Beast after ingesting a chip the beer cuts down on the Jalapeño spice leaving a nice potato bacon flavor. However, the Jalapeño does slowly creeps back later after the beer washes down over your tongue but not as strong as the initial bite. T  Wooden Robot Urban Farmhouse Brewery Green Beast IPA does pair somewhat okay with Frito-lays Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Popper, I give this whole pairing a C+. The Jalapeño flavor washes out with the beer and kind of recovers and I would like to have more Jalapeño throughout the beer. Both the beer and the chops are great on their own, it’s not bad together, just not great. Please drink responsibly!

Wooden Robot Brewery Green Beast IPA

Wooden Robot Urban Farmhouse Brewery Green Beast IPA, 7.5% SABV now in cans, and was only on tap. Green Beast is one of the first canned along with three others from Wooden Robot Brewery here in Charlotte, North Carolina. Green Beast, purchased from Pop The Top is brewed with local barley, wheat, and oat malts and dry-hopped with Cungeist Hops. Green Beast pours a deep orange copper color with a two-finger steady white head that fades into a nice white cap that gives peachy hoppy aromas that have a little bitter orange note coming through slightly. I got a peach taste with some bitter hops and a tiny little sweet note with a nice fruity bitter finish with a faint peach. The aftertaste is bitter and much like an IPA, but you get a very faint peachy bittersweetness with a medium mouthfeel. Wooden Robot Urban Farmhouse Brewery Green Beast IPA is certainly a different take on an IPA and was enjoyable getting a B here. The peachy was certainly a nice and yet different added touch, and it really cool to see such an awesome brewery canning their good beers, no you can have Wooden Robot Urban Farmhouse Brewery beers at home or wherever you want! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!