Here is a collaboration Burial Beer & Modern Times Beer Celestial Altar IPA, 7.3% ABV brewed with rye malt, double dry-hopped with Galaxy, hand selected Cashmere, Citra, and Cashmeres Cryo. Modern Times Beer is over on the west coast, San Diego, California. Celestial Altar pours a hazy brown hued yellow with a one and half slowly fading white head. The nose of Celestial Altar is with nice aromas of tropical fruits, citrus orange and grapefruit with a bitterness, some nice light sweet notes. Taste is tropical and sweet with orange and bitter grapefruit citrus with a creaminess, medium thick mouthfeel that finish bitter and hoppy with nice lighter tropical notes and has a bittersweet orange, grapefruit tropical aftertaste. Burial Beer & Modern Times Beer Celestial Altar isn’t bad getting a high B+. I found the balance of tropical sweet fruits and bitter citrus fruits to be tasty delicious. Burial Beer & Modern Times Beer Celestial Altar is a beer that I would recommend if you are into hazy IPA like this. I would go fr this again but the mouth feel was a little thicker than I would have like for this style of IPA, but it was good otherwise Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
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!
Originally posted July 7th, 2013
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!
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!
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!
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, 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!
Please support your local brewers and beer shops, I purchased NoDa Brewing Blood Orange Gose Beer, 5% ABV from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Blood Orange Gose is German Style wheat with German Pilsner grain, local wheat malt, and blood orange puree. Blood Orange Gose pours a deeper golden color with a one and a half finger white head that is slightly quicker to fade into itself giving off tart blood orange notes with some light sour notes as well. Taste is tart with nice citrus blood orange with a tart sour note that has a bit of dryness to it with a nice light salty note that comes to a nice tart blood orange finish with a nice light salty-sour/tart citrusy aftertaste with a light refreshing mouthfeel. This is more of a fruity forward beer, and you get a light amount of the Gose aspect of the beer. I think that it isn’t a terrible beer, I give NoDa Brewing Blood Orange Gose Beer a B+. The addition of blood oranges to this Gose is quite good, and refreshing but it does cover up the base beer a bit and that’s holding it back just a little. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Birdsong Brewing Co. Dressed to Chil, White Ale 5.0% ABV with Tangerine, Essential Oil, & Spices. is a Witbier style purchased from my local Harris Teeter grocery store and is brewed here local in Charlotte, NC. Dressed to Chill pours a semi hazy yellow color with a bright two finger white head that leaves behind decent lacing and gives off a floral-like aroma that is very similar to a room deodorizer, there is a little faint banana citrus spice whiffing into your nose. Taste is flowery with a bit of citrus tangerine spice that finishes with a floral citrusy potpourri finish that carries into the aftertaste with a nice faint spiced with a medium mouthfeel. This has a floral potpourri taste to it that holds it back and gives in a B-. The tangerine character of this White Ale does add a good aspect to the overall flavor but does not really interact with the essential oil, which sounds like a nice idea but isn’t terrible is okay at best. Overall Birdsong Brewing Co. Dressed to Chil, White Ale is the worst beer I’ve had. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
21st Amendment Brewery Monks Blood, 8.3% ABV purchased from the local Total Wine is a Belgian-style dark ale brewed in San Leandro California with cinnamon, Vanilla, oak chips, and dried figs. It has been a long while since I’ve had a beer from 21st Amendment Brewery. Monks Blood pours a deep brown with somewhat red edges and a two-finger tan khaki head￼￼ with sweet candy sugar like aromas with some cinnamon and very light fig notes. Taste is much like a Belgian-style dark ale with a nice bit of sweetness upfront with nice light cinnamon and vanilla with a gracious licorice flavor and there is a bit of a strong nature to Monks Blood with a semi-sweet finish and a licorice ￼aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Not a bad Belgian-style dark ale, I would say that 21st Amendment Brewery Monks Blood is a B-, the overall flavor of this beer is not as full as a true Belgian dark ale. But it’s otherwise good and something worth trying. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!