Westbrook Brewing Co. Three Claw Imperial India Pale Ale

Westbrook Brewing Co. Three Claw Imperial India Pale Ale, 8.0% ABV purchased from the local Total Wine is in line with the rest of Westbrooks crab themed beers One Claw, a pale ale, Two Claw, a New England IPA, and Santa Claw, another New England IPA. Three Claw is brewed with Cascade, and CTZ hops, dry-hopped with over 5lbs per barrel of Azacca, Citra, and El Dorado hops, with Conan Yeast and a malt bill of oats, pale, rye and wheat malts. Three Claw pours a hazy yellow color with a three and a half finger white head that gives off juicy aromas of citrus fruits live orange and grapefruit with a tropical hoppy note on the nose. The taste follows the aroma with a nice juicy orange and grapefruit up front with a slight bitterness in the middle that fades into a hoppy tropical citrus flavor on the back of the tongue with a little bitter/hoppy finish and a bitter citrus fruit aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Westbrook Brewing Co. Three Claw Imperial India Pale Ale is not overly sweet, fruity or hoppy/bitter, it hits the sweet spot and it balanced just right receiving an A. It does not drink to much like an 8.0% ABV beer but you still taste that its a refreshing imperial IPA. Westbrook Brewing Co. Three Claw Imperial India Pale Ale is smooth with a nice juicy fruit flavor that is well brewed and refreshing and one I’d recommend going for. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Trophy Brewing Company A Composition in Hops: Fuguebier

In the past few months I have grown a liking to Trophy Brewing Company, and this new beer A Composition in Hops: Fuguebier, 6.2% a New England style IPA brewed in celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach and is brewed with five hop varieties; Amarillo, Citra, Centennial, Galaxy and Callista hops and seven days of dry hopping. Fuguebier pours a yellow slightly hazy color with a three finger bright white head with bright citrus aromas with bitter hop notes. The taste is smooth with citrus (orange and some grapefruit) with some light bitterness, sweetness, and lemon that is easy drinking with a light mouthfeel that finishes bittersweet with a citrus note and an aftertaste of lemon, hops, grapefruit, and orange. Trophy Brewing A Composition in Hops: Fuguebier is a good beer but light giving it a B+. It has some light New England IPA qualities to it that are good. I would recommend this because I will be going back to this good beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Southern Pines Brewing Company Peach Mango Thief Fruited New England IPA

I see more and more of the New England Style IPA or hazy IPA’s out there. This Southern Pines Brewing Company Peach Mango Thief New England IPA, 6.5% ABV and an IBU of 20, which is brewed in Southern Pines North Carolina brewed with loads of Lactose and oats, then dry-hopped with Azacca and Citra hops. Conditioned on Peach and Mango Purée, vanilla beans and coconut. Peach Mango Thief pours a darker yellow color with a three finger white head with nice retention that gives off tropical fruit aromas of peach and mango with a nice sweetness and with touches of faint bitter hop notes. Taste is much similar to the nose but you get the coconut and vanilla beans with you peach and mango with a little mild hop note coming in towards the back of the mouth that finishes with a nice tropical sweetness with a faint hop note that gives you a tropical aftertaste that lingers a bit with a medium mouthfeel. Southern Pines Brewing Company Peach Mango Thief New England IPA hits the nail on the New England IPA head, it’s got a really nice tropical fruit flavor with a lower bitterness and a nice flow of sweetness that make for a refreshing beer, one that gets an A. Peach Mango Thief is not overly sweet, it has just enough to meld with the tropical fruits as well as the coconut. So if you haven’t had Southern Pines Brewing Company Peach Mango Thief New England IPA then leave right now and go try it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Birdsong Brewing Company Hazy Sexy Cool IPA

Birdsong Brewing Company Hazy Sexy Cool IPA, 6.8% ABV is a New England style IPA I picked up from Pop the Top Bottle Shop here in Charlotte. Hazy Sexy Cool IPA is unfiltered and brewed with Citra, Mosaic, & El Dorado hops. Hazy Sexy Cool IPA pours a hazy orange color with a big three finger white head that sicks around giving off juicy citrus fruit aromas with some bitter notes hitting your nose. Taste its juicy with orange and some grapefruit citrus with faint pineapple with a nice fruity bitter hoppy note coming in on the back of the tongue with a nice bitter juicy citrus finish and a grapefruit orange aftertaste with some nice hoppy bitterness. Birdsong Brewing Company Hazy Sexy Cool IPA is spot on and well brewed, it’s getting an A- here. It has a little stronger boozy note that his hiding behind all the citrus flavors but that doesn’t take away anything major from this beer, it’s a goof beer, one that I recommend and will definitely go back to! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!