Wilmington Brewing Company Tropical Frightening

I am a sucker for blood orange. So when I saw Wilmington Brewing Company Tropical Frightening, 10% ABV, I had to get it. This is an imperial IPA with blood orange and raspberries. This big IPA pours a reddish blood orange color with a two-finger white head with great retention. It has a nice fruity sweetness from the blood orange faint raspberry. There is a little bitter hoppy note on the aroma too. The taste is sweet with blood orange and light raspberry. I also found a lithe bitter hoppy flavor that was masked by the fruity flavors, but it is there. The fruit flavors are on the thinker side but the mouthfeel has a medium fruity feel to it. Topical Frightening finishes with a fruity touch of blood orangey raspberry with a hint of bitterness. The aftertaste is blood orange sweet with bits of faint hop bitterness. I feel that the blood orange does give it a bittersweet flavor, and the raspberry keeps that from becoming too bitter and gives the sweetness a slight boost. Overall I liked Wilmington Brewing company Tropical Frightening, and I give it an A-. The label said raspberry and I got just a tiny bit. That is the only gripe I have with this imperial IPA. It’s worth a try. Please be kind, stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Ass Clown Brewing Company Orange Citrus IPA

Purchased from Total Wine, Ass Clown Brewing Company Orange Citrus IPA, 6.7% is brewed in Cornelius, North Carolina. It is also triple hopped with Citra, and brewed with orange peels. This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a thick tree finger cream looking white head. The nose is juicy with citrus fruit like oranges, and orange peels. There is a decently bitter and hoppy smell to it as well. That same aroma carries itself into the taste. I found orange and orange peels. There is a bitter hoppy flavor as well, with a thicker mouthfeel. This IPA has a bittersweet orange finish and a lingering bittersweet citrus fruit aftertaste. This beer is a big bitter orange. I give Ass Clown Brewing Company Orange Citrus IPA a B-. I found this to have just a little too much orange flavor to it, but it was not the worst orange IPA I’ve had. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Meantime Brewing Company India Pale Ale

When you find an India Pale Ale, you find that most of them are from some American brewery, but they did originate from England, and so did this one, Meantime English IPA, 7.50% ABV. This IPA has a higher ABV than most IPA I’ve come across. This Meantime pours a hazy light orange color with a one-finger thin white head that does fade quickly and leave somewhat of a light lacing. I didn’t find too much light coming through the glass and nor did I find a whole lot of carbonation bubbles either. The aroma has nice citrus fruit notes to it,  orange and lemon. There was that bitter grass scent as well. Meantime’s taste is a sticky citrusy with orange lemon and a bit of pineapple surrounded by a hoppy yet grassy note. But this is way hoppier than most American IPA, not a  lot of bitterness, big hop presents to it. There is no sour like bitterness that you get from some American IPA’s. This IPA is just a big hoppy IPA. The mouthfeel is medium with a big hop note and finishes with a nice hop flavor. The aftertaste is hoppy clean, a bit refreshing. I would give this an A, just a good hoppy IPA without a lot of bitterness and need to have a glass of water afterward, but I wouldn’t have more than two of these, having a hoppy presence and a 7.50% ABV. But this is a solid English IPA, well crafted and tasty. I recommend this if you love IPA’s or just hoppy beers. This IPA is good! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Foothills Brewing Festival Express India Pale Ale

Brewed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Foothills Brewing Festival Express India pale ale, 5.7% ABV., categorizes this year-round beer as a Juicy IPA. It comes in a nineteen-ounce can. This IPA pours a yellow-gold color with a one finger white head. The aroma is juicy with tropical, stone, and citrus fruits. There are a few floral notes with a nice amount of bitterness. The flavor is juicy with light peaches, some pineapple, mango, orange, and bits go grapefruit. There is a nice bitter flavor to this IPA. Mouthfeel is medium, and Festival Express has a nice fruity bitter finish. All the fruity bitter notes linger in the aftertaste of the beer. I always enjoy a Foothills Brewing IPA, they have brewed them well, and Festival Express is no different. It is nice, taste good, well brewed, and I give it an A. This juicy IPA should be something you should try. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Deep Ellum IPA

I was in Dallas, Texas, over the Christmas holiday and stopped by a local liquor store and purchased Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Deep Ellum IPA, 7% ABV. Unfortunately, North Carolina doesn’t have liquor stores like Texas. We have the state-run government ABC stores that only sell liquor. Deep Ellum Brewing Co., located in the heart of Dallas in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas. Which right near downtown. It’s a hip, vibrant hipster area of Dallas. Deep Ellum IPA pours an orange color with a two-finger off-white rocky head. The aroma of this IPA is tropical, fruity, citrusy, with some bittersweet notes, pine. Taste is pretty similar to the way it smells, much like an IPA should. It’s tropical with a bit of pineapple and some citrus orange and grapefruit with bitterness, piney, and slightly sweet notes. It then finishes bitter with fruit and pine notes and has a good bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium more on the lighter. This IPA is decent. Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Deep Ellum IPA is a B-. Nothing is terrible with this IPA, just above average. That’s not a bad thing in my book. Could it use a little more citrus flavor? Sure. I would have this again. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Armor Artis Brewing Cruising Down The Street In My ’64 India Pale Ale

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday. I purchased Armor Artis Brewing Cruising Down The Street In My ’64 India pale Ale, 6.4% ABV the week before Christmas. The name of this IPA comes from an Easy-E rap song. This IPA, made with Centennial, Citra, Pacific Gem, and Ella Hops in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Cruising Down The Street In My ’64 pours an orange color with a white two finger steady fading head. It gives you a citrusy orange aroma with some tropical notes and some grassy like scents. The taste on this IPA is a tropical fruit, with some orange and grassy bitterness. It has a medium mouthfeel. This beer finishes with a fruity bitterness and a tropical bitter orange aftertaste. I like the name of this beer. The beer’s name does match the 6.4% ABV, which is cool. Cruising Down The Street In My ’64 is a solid IPA that is not overly hoppy or bitter. It has just the right amount go fruity bitter flavor to satisfy your tastebuds. I give Armor Artis Brewing Cruising Down The Street In My ’64 B+It has good flavors, but the down really wow you that are good but could be better, just a bit. I would recommend trying this. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

The Unknown Brewing O.T.E I.P.A (Over The Edge India Pale Ale)

The Unknown Brewing O.T.E. I.P.A. (Over The Edge India Pale Ale), 6.4% is a west-coast style IPA, thats brewed with five grains and west coast hops. Over The Edge, IPA is brewed here locally in Charlotte, North Carolina. This IPA pours a deeper yellow-orange color with a two and a half finger white head. The head is steady to fade away. Over The EdgeIPA has a citrusy hoppy aroma with a light sweetness. Taste is citrusy with light sweetness and happiness with a faint pine note come on the back of the mouth that then comes to a nice bitter fruity finish with a malted note. The mouthfeel is medium, and the aftertaste is just the finish that lingers. Overall The Unknown Brewing O.T.E. I.P.A. (Over The Edge India Pale Ale) solid IPA without being too wild with ingredients and flavors. Over The Edge is how you brew a traditional west-coast style IPA should be and I give it an A+. It is solidly brewed and tastes good. So I suggest you try The Unknown Brewing O.T.E. I.P.A. (Over The Edge India Pale Ale). Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly. Cheers! 

Hi-Wire Brewing lo-pitch juicy IPA

Hi-Wire Brewing lo-pitch juicy IPA, 4.9% ABV and 35 IBUs brewed in Asheville, North Carolina. Lo-pitch uses Loral, Simco, and Ekuanot hops. This IPA pours a light yellow color with a three-finger bright slow fading with a fluffy head. Lo-pitch has a citrus Lemon aroma with grassy light hop notes. The taste of lo-pitch is citrusy with lemon, a bit of grass, and pine notes with a nice hoppy light floral note. The mouthfeel is light and low-pitch finish soft with bits of citrus flavor and a little lingering lemongrass note on for an aftertaste. Hi-Wire Brewing lo-pitch juicy IPA is good, getting a B+. It needs little more hoppy notes and a slightly high IBU. But I found it tasty otherwise. I would have Hi-Wire Brewing lo-pitch juicy IPA again and would recommend it too. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Dankfull IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Dankfull IPA, 7.4% ABV, is a generously hopped IPA. Dankfull IPA brewed with Two-row Pale, Caramelize, rye malts, Columbus, Chinook, Mosaic, Ekuanot, Nelson Sauvin, Zappa, Idaho 7 hops, and ale yeast. This IPA brewed to help non-profits as a thank you to all the work that they do to help the communities worldwide. Dankfull IPA pours a light orange copper color with a steady three finger white head. The aroma is hoppy, piney, grassy with a little faint citrus sweetness. The flavor of Dankfull IPA is piney with grassy hop notes. Then comes light citrus and some malt notes as well. The mouthfeel is on the medium sideIt comes to an east coast style IPA finish with nice hoppy earthy notes and carries those piney earthy notes into the aftertaste. To sum up Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Dankfull IPA, it’s like an English or east coast IPA with a nice hop punch, one that gets an A. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Throwback Thursday: Samuel Smith’s India Pale Ale

One of my favorite breweries in the world is Samuel Smith Brewery in (Tadcaster) N. Yorks, England. I have pretty much had all of they’re beer in the breweries lineup, and they are all great beers. But I found one from Samuel Smith’s that I’ve not had yet, India Ale (IPA). Like all Samuel Smith beers, this is Brewed with hard well water and fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares. Samuel Smith’s India Ale 5.0% ABV and an IBU of 46,  which pours a crisp coppery orange color with a big four finger white bubbly, rocky head that sticks around for quite a while before fading away slightly, leaving behind great strings of lacing around the glass. There is plenty of light coming through the glass with nice carbonation bubbles racing towards the white foamy head. The aroma in India Ale is lightly grassy with a slight malted scent and touches of some light tropical fruit. The taste is very low on hoppy flavor but there is a slight hop flavor present to let you know you are having an IPA. There is a nice small tropical fruit note here with a nice malt backbone to go right along with the faint grassy notes. The taste is much smoother than some American IPAs. The mouthfeel is light to almost medium. Samuel Smith’s India Ale finishes nice but dry and has a nice faintly grassy fruity aftertaste. Samuel Smith’s didn’t disappoint me with this India Ale at all, so Samuel Smith’s India Ale gets an A+. A solid smooth drinking English IPA, well balanced. Samuel Smith’s India Ale isn’t overwhelming in the hops department. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to try their first IPA or to anyone who likes beer. So please go out and try Samuel Smith’s India Ale and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!