Hopfly Brewing Company Bocce Backspin IPA

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Hopfly Brewing company Bocce Backspin IPA, 7.0% ABV is a Rocky Mount North Carolina Brewed IPA part of Hopflys Adventure Series. Bocce Backspin IPA is double dry-hopped with Citra, Azacca, and HBC 58C hops. Bocce Backspin IPA pours a somewhat thick, for an IPA, yellow cloudy color with a two and quarter white head. Aroma is tropical with juicy tropical fruit bitter notes that takes you for your first sip. Which has a nice juicy tropical fruit like mango with nice citrus orange bitterness that comes on a bit strong but in a pleasant way with a nice juicy tropical finish and a nice bitter orange and tropical fruit aftertaste with a bit lingering bitterness with a full mouthfeel. The lingering bitterness after each sip was just a tiny negative note for Hopfly Brewing company Bocce Backspin IPA but it was pretty good, getting an A-. I like the combination of tropical fruit flavors with a nice orange flavor. I think that this a good beer for you to try if you like bitter tropical IPAs. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Resident Culture Brewing Radical Empathy Pilsner

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Resident Culture Brewing Radical Empathy Pilsner, 4.8% brewed right here in Charlotte, North Carolina is a German Pilsner hopped with Hallertau, Mittlefruh, Blanc & Tettnang. All directly sourced from Seitz Farm in Hallertau Germany This beer has been Krausened – a process that uses actively fermenting lager to condition the finished lager, helping to achieve really nice head retention with great tiny bubbles. Radical Empathy pours a yellow color with a three and a half head of white that slowly fades into decent lacing and gives off a weird but real faint metallic noted aroma with a nice biscuity bready bitter hopped aroma as well. Taste is biscuity, bready with a nice hoppy bitterness that is light and with a good crispness that finishes with a little hoppy bitter biscuit and continues into the aftertaste with alight mouthfeel I like the hop flavor profile on Resident Culture Brewing Radical Empathy Pilsner and  I think its a C+ not so bad but I would have like to have more traditional German Pilsner and a little less hoppy flavors on this which weren’t that bad but they kind of clashed with the pilsner. I would have this again sort of soon, but don’t rush out for this, but also don’t miss it either. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!       

Throwback Thursday: Samuel Smith Old Brewery Pure Brewed Organic Lager

Originally posted July 7th, 2013 

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When it comes to craft beer the word Lager is looked on as a bad or dirty word. That can be so done to BMC (Bud Miller Coors) for brewing such bad or weak tasting beers. But I don’t think that lager is such a foul word. I have had some great lagers and this Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Organic Lager, 5.0% ABV, is what a BMC/lager beer should taste like. Samuel Smith an English brewery has some of the best beers in the world. This lager is no different. Samuel Smith Lager pours a bright golden color with a pure white foamy head that says for a nice while and makes very nice lacing. There are tons of light streaming through the glass with tons of little carbonation bubbles. This is a beautiful look lager beer. The aroma on this English lager is bready from the malted barley used. I also found a cracker-like scent among the bready aroma. The taste is not far off from the nice aroma; I found it bready upfront and a little teeny sweetness toward the end. The flavors on this lager are crisp, sharp, light, and refreshing. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing and has a clean crisp bready like finish. The after taste is a tad bit sweeter than the start but fades out rather quick. I think this is Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Organic Lager is how a BMC should taste. Forget adding SO much water to the darn lager. This Samuel Smith beer is getting A+ from me. This is an excellently brewed lager and a great example of how lager is supposed to be. I have yet to have a bad Samuel Smith beer! All of the beers that they brew are just as excellent as the last. This Organic Lager is something I would have over and over again, and it’s good that it is 5.0% ABV. I highly recommend trying this lager, so go and see how great this beer is! Cheers Please enjoy responsibly!

Burial Beer Contrition Pilsner

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Pilsner beers are often overlooked in the craft beer world because they remind people of the large maco breweries, Budweiser, Mill-Coors, Pabst, etc… But Pilsner can actually be quite tasty if brewed well. Burial Beer Contrition Pilsner, 4.8% ABV brewed with Grungeiest, Hallertau, Blanc, and Saaz hops, with one-hundred percent German Pilsner malts in Asheville, North Carolina. This Pilsner is hopped extensively in their whirlpool, whirlpooling is a common method used in commercial breweries to separate hop pellets and trub from wort after the wort boil. Then the wort is allowed to stand for an additional 20 minutes or so to allow the hops and trub to form a compact trub/hop pile in the center of the vessel. Contrition pours a golden color with a steady fading two-finger head that gives off a nice bready biscuit sweet aroma. Taste does follow the nose with a biscuit bready sweet flavor with a slight spice note on the middle of the tongue that carries into the finish of sweet bread/biscuits with a very faint hop tingle on the back of the throat and comes to a nice semi-sweet linger aftertaste with a light refreshing mouthfeel that you can enjoy again and again and again. Burial Beer Contrition Pilsner is quite tasty and much better than any macro brew pilsner, I say Contrition Pilsner is an A. It has a well-balanced flavor that does not overpower your tastebuds nor is strong in any way. It could be a bit crisper but it was good anyway and yes you should try Burial Beer Contrition Pilsner. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Wooden Robot Brewery Pilmatic American Pilsner

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Wooden Robot Brewery Pilmatic American Pilsner 5% ABV purchased from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop is brewed locally here in Charlotte with Crystal Hops and aged in stainless tanks. Crystal Hops are woodsy, green floral, and fruity with herbal notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. Pilmatic pours Yellow clean/clear color with a three-finger creamy whipped bright white head that is super slow to fade, but when it fades a bit the head leaves behind thick lacing behind and gives your sense of smell a semi-sweet biscuity bread aroma with a crisp light hoppy note. Then you are ready to take a sip and your taste buds are greeted with a nice crisp biscuity flavor with a semi-sweet bread note come to you on the middle of the tongue with a faint hop note toward the rear of you tongue culminating to a nice refreshing crisp hoppy biscuit finish that turns to an aftertaste that is slightly hoppy crisp, refreshing with the faintest hint of a sweetness that light just long enough then is gone all with a light mouthfeel. Wooden Robot Brewery Pilmatic American Pilsner is a wonderful beer an A+ beer, a beer that is very crushable, sessionable, and you can have a whole four-pack of these and love every pint. I could not tell you anything but good things about this beer, that I highly recommend! Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Birdsong Brewing Company Paradise City Session IPA

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Not too long ago I received Birdsong Brewing Company Paradise City Session IPA 4.8% ABV with 45 IBUs, (International Bittering Units) from a coworker of my father. Paradise City is brewed here locally in Charlotte, North Carolina, and brewed with Two-row, Caramel 40L, Red Wheat, Oats, Carapils malts, Chinook hops, Cascade, Amarillo, and Idaho 7 hops. Paradise City pours a light orange color with a one-finger steady fading white head that exudes a litter bitter citrus hop aroma of light grapefruit and some orange to your sense of smell that leads you into a taste that is somewhat similar to the aroma with a slight bitter grass grapefruit and orange flavor with bites of hop flavor rushing in and out until the finish of bitter juicy citrus fruit that contiues at a faded capacity into the slightly bitter aftertaste with a light somewhat crisp mouthfeel. Birdsong Brewing Company Paradise City Session IPA is not bad but not the best, I believe it above average getting a C+ from me. Yes, I do think Paradise City is quite sessionable, you could crush a few of these, I know that I would. The overall flavor isn’t entirely memorable but I do vaguely remember how it tastes. Try Birdsong Brewing Company Paradise City Session IPA for yourself it’s not bad. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!         

Throwback Thursday: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Captain James Jack Pilsner

Originally posted April 25th, 2012.

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On May 19, 1775, twenty-six local civic leaders convened the Mecklenburg Convention at the corner of Trade and Tryon in downtown Charlotte, NC. One day later on May 20th, the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was unanimously adopted. It was the first such declaration by any civic body in the British colonies. Captain James Jack, a local tavern owner, volunteered at great personal risk to carry the Declaration more than 500 miles on horseback to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. That’s the interesting story on this Old Mecklenburg Pilsner’s name, no on to the beer itself. This is a pilsner at 4.9% abv and has nice sharp gold color with a brilliant white head that is thick but is gone before you know it. It has a nice calm light hop scent with a sort of grassy aroma to it that smells like a spring lawn, not bad. On the taste, you get a crisp hop, not that is light and refreshing with the tiniest bit of bitterness. You get a nice clean crisp refreshing finish that goes down rather smooth, which makes this is a good everyday kind of beer when you just want to good plane beer. This Captain is good and drinkable, not to light not to heavy, a good balance of things. This is good on any day, especially a hot one. Old Mecklenburg Brewery seems to pride themselves on making each beer special, great and tasty in my opinion and that’s how you need to feel about most beer in general, pride, and happiness. That is key to good beer drinking. Try this and you’ll agree! Cheers! Please drink responsibly! 

New Anthem Beer Project Dance Floor Heater

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New Anthem Beer Project Dance Floor Heater, 5.2% ABV is a New Zealand Hopped Pilsner brewed in Wilmington, North Carolina with Motueka hops, Mexican yeast, Pilsner Malt, and of course water. Dance Floor Heater pours a nice crisp yellow color with a one and a quarter finger bright white head that fizzes down to a thin layer giving of nice crisp beady aromas with some light hop notes and a bit of bitterness that beckons you to take a sip where you’ll find a nice crisp beaded/biscuit note with a light hop note in the middle of the mouth that continues to the end with a faint bitterness that shows itself in the back of your mouth. Dance Floor Heater finishes with a bitter crisp with a very faint lemon-like note that carries into the aftertaste with a light bitterness but with less of a lemon note with a  light mouthfeel. New Anthem Beer Project really nailed it with Dance Floor Heater, this is a really good flavorful pilsner without being overwhelming and yes I think that many Dance Floor Heaters could be had without being too much on your tastebuds. New Anthem Beer Project Dance Floor Heater is an A+ beer and should be tried if you haven’t already. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!  

Dssolver Beer & Proclamation Brewing Co. Tiger Kings

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Dssolver Beer & Proclamation Brewing Co. Tiger Kings, 5% ABV brewed with coconut and orange peel is a collaboration between the two breweries brewed at Dssolver Beer in Asheville North Carolina. Tiger Kings pours a yellow color with a bright one and a half finger white quickly fading head that fades down into a small island. This beer gives off orange aromas with sweetness coming in a little coconut form that then takes you into the taste that is big sweet orange flavor in the front with some coconut and a weird bitterness in the back of the mouth that continues into the finish with an orange candy finish that tastes like it has gone bad with a bitter orange candy aftertaste that really lingers with a very faint trace of weird coconut. Dssolver Beer & Proclamation Brewing Co. Tiger Kings starts out fine then goes way downhill quickly getting a D-. The finish and the aftertaste are weird tastings in the bad/not so good way. Dssolver Beer & Proclamation Brewing Co. Tiger Kings is only good when it hits the tip of your tongue, that like two seconds then it’s quickly headed into D- territory. But I like Dssolver Beer but I am not so sure about Proclamation Brewing Co. Don’t try this one. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Dssolver Brewing Eat The Rich Bourbon Barrel coffee Stout

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Dssolver Brewing Eat The Rich Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout, 5.5% ABV is a collaboration between Dssolver Brewing and Hoof Hearted Coffee and is a bourbon barrel fermented after being brewed with Cacao nibs, vanilla, sea salt, hazelnut, & bourbon barrel-aged Hoof Hearted Coffee Beans. Eat The Rich pours a thick black color with a two-finger foamy/rocky brown creamy slow head with roasted and toasted coffee sweet vanilla cacao aromas that entice you to take a lush sip allowing toasted roast notes of a nice vanilla/chocolate coffee sweetness with a big of bourbon notes hitting your taste buds with a little nutty notes makes its way into the flavor mix that comes to a nice bourbon coffee finish and continues into the aftertaste with some light vanilla sweet notes with a fully sticky mouthfeel. Dssolver Brewing Eat The Rich Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout does have a lot going on but it all comes together for a wonderful dark stout beer, getting an A. You can really taste all the individual flavor of this beer and that is not an easy task, I mean sometimes on flavor could overwhelm another flavor, but Dssolver Brewing Eat The Rich Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout really lets all the tasty flavors shine though and that makes it a beer that is worth trying! Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!