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!

Hopfly Brewing Co. Beach Beer Session India Pale Ale

Hopfly Brewing Co. Beach Beer Session India Pal Ale, 4.9% ABV out of Rocky Mount, North Carolina that I purchased from Pop the Top, Beach Beer is brewed with lots of wheat and flaked oat with Citra and Galaxy hops. Beach Beer pours a Slightly hazy light yellow color with a two and a half finger rocky white head doesn’t seem to fade leaving behind awesome lacing and giving off a hoppy aroma of citrus with some very light pine notes and great citrus fruit notes. There is a nice citrus flavor that is smoothing tasting and nicely hopped but not overly hoppy and in your face. There are nice orange and grapefruit flavors that finish a with a nice bitter citrus note and have a nice bitter slightly tropical citrus aftertaste with a smooth and light mouthfeel. Hopfly Brewing Co. Beach Beer Session India Pal Ale is a smooth IPA that is an A. It is a good beach beer, good to have a few. I think it does not overpower your mouth with lots of sweetness or bitterness it has just the right balance and is surprisingly smooth and I quite enjoyed this beer and you should too! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly. 

D 9 Brewing Company Swell Rider Tangerine Session Ale

D9 Brewing Company Sewell Rider Tangerine Session Ale, 5.1% ABV picked up from Total Wine and is brewed in Cornelius, North Carolina with Tangerines. Sweet Rider pours an orange color with a two-finger quickly fading white head with sweet tangerine aromas that have a slight yet faint tart note. The flavor is pretty much what you see on the label, big tangerine sweet flavor with a very faint tartness and finishes sweet with tangerine and a slight tart tangerine aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. D9 Brewing Company Sewell Rider Tangerine Session Ale is basically a tangerine fruit bomb, all up in your mouth attacking your taste buds. If you love tangerine then Swell Rider is your kind of beer, so go for it. I don’t love tangerines, but I find that to be good. This beer is a B-, after a while, the tangerine flavor is basically too much, but it’s good for two pints in my opinion and yeah could see myself going back to this especially on a hot day. It is a really refreshing beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly

Throwback Thursday: Founders Brewing Co. All Day IPA Session Ale

Originally posted on October 31st 2016. This was part of the Best of A Mixed Six-Pack. This beer placed in second out of six beers!

I have here the fifth beer of The Best of a Mixed Six-Pack. This fifth beer is Founders Brewing Co., All Day IPA Session Ale, 4.7% ABV and 42 IBUs. Founders Brewing Co is up there in Grand Rapids Michigan. The idea behind All Day IPA is that with the lower IBU and ABV IPA is something that you can drink all day long. Not that I think you should, but I think they mean you can have many and share with friends and such. All Day IPA pours a copper orange color with a one and a half finger of brilliant white that fades a semi-quick pace and leave some lacing behind but nothing really to right home about. Aroma is quite pleasant with nice wooded aroma with earth and pine with some grapefruit notes and faint hints of some bitter orange. All Day IPA has a clean taste of earthy light grapefruit flavor with a touch of pine and bitter hops and balanced out with some grain like notes. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with an easier quality about it. The finish is smooth and clean for an IPA with enough stratifying bitterness. Aftertaste is much like a sessionable IPA should finish with nice fruited bitter notes with bites of earthy pine. This is one easy drinking IPA, and I think it deserves an A+. I would say this is an IPA you give to someone that has yet to try an IPA. All Day IPA is a gateway to the IPA style if you will. It’s well balanced with nice flavors. I highly recommend Founders Brewing Co., All Day IPA Session Ale. But is this beer the Best of a Mixed Six-Pack? Keep it here to find out soon! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Wilmington Brewing Company Beach Time Session IPA

Session mean a beer that has an easy drinking flavor and ABV, which this Wilmington Brewing Company Beach Time Session IPA, 5.4% is. Beach Time was purchased from Pop The Top Bottle Shop, and pours a gold, light orange color with a tow and a half white head. It gives pineapple, some guava, melon fruit aromas with a slight tropical hop. Smells like a tropical beach and has flavors that are similar to the nose with a hoppy tropical note up front with a tropical fruits in the middle, pineapple, mango, melon and some light guava with a growing hop flavor on the back of the mouth. Beach Time has a nice smooth fruity and lightly hopped finish and a linger tropical hop fruit finish with a light mouthfeel. This Wilmington Brewing Company Beach Time Session IPA is easy like lying on an nice beach, really refreshing and well deserving of an A+. Go and try Wilmington Brewing Company Beach Time Session IPA I will buy this again! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!