Highland Brewing Lower Falls IPA

This beer from Asheville, North Carolina’s Highland Brewing is a lower-calorie beer. Lower Falls IPA is 3.9% ABV and brewed with Centennial, Amarillo, and Citra hops. This beer also has 2-Row, unmalted wheat, malted wheat, and flaked oats. This IPA pours a light cloudy yellow color with a think bright white one-finger head. The head is steadily fading, then it quickly dissolves. The aroma is big and bright, with citrus orange and some grapefruit. The flavor is citrusy with lemony, light grapefruit, and orange. It is lightly hoppy and bitter. The mouthfeel is refreshing. Then it has a nice bitter fruit finish. The aftertaste has citrusy hop notes. This beer is a great sessional beer that is crushable. You can have several of these without the flavor or the bitterness overpowering your tastebuds. I highly recommend Highland Brewing Lower Falls IPA. It will not blow you away with the flavor, nor will it underwhelm you. It is a solid session IPA. Please be kind, be safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Maine Beer Company Post Ride Snack Session India Pale Ale

I don’t typically see Maine Beer Company beers very often, but I did spot Post Ride Snack Session India Pale Ale, 4.9% ABV at Whole Foods. So I purchased it! This beer is brewed in Freeport, Maine. It is brewed with AMARILLO, CITRA, SIMCOE, HALLERTAU BLANC, NELSON SAUVIN hops, and 2-ROW, CARAHELL, MARIS OTTER, FLAKED OATS malts. This IPA pours a yellow color with a two and half-finger white head which fades at a steady pace. The aroma is tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and guava with a bit of bitterness hitting the nose. Taste is tropical as well with mango, some guava, pineapple with some bitter hoppy notes. Toward what back of the tongue it’s a bit dry. That dryness carries into the finish with a bit of tropical bitter notes that do linger on into the aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. This is very crushable, meaning you can drink this with no problem at all. I give Maine Beer Company Post Ride Snack Session India Pale Ale an A+. It’s solid, taste, well brewed and it’s just the thing for a hot day. I highly recommend Maine Beer Company Post Ride Snack Session India Pale Ale. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Hi-Wire Brewing Co. Lemon Drop Session Sour Ale

Session beers can be a nice change of pace from the bigger more alcoholic beer. A seen beer is a beer that is lower than 4% or 4.5% ABV and has a mild flavor. These are a sub-style of beer that you can have a few or more of without wrecking your taste buds or become too drunk. Hi-Wire Brewing Co. Lemon Drop Session Sour Ale, 4.2% ABV is one example. It is an early spring seasonal and part of a series of three sour session ales. This ale is brewed with lemon, ginger, and rosemary. Lemon Drop pours a light thin yellow color with a thin fizzy white head that is gone in a blink of an eye. It has a nice citrus lemon aroma with light ginger and the faintest of rosemary. Taste is big on the lemon tart/sour flavor with a little follow-up of ginger and not much or any rosemary. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. You get a nice tart lemon ginger finish that carries on to the aftertaste with a little more tart flavor. This is a good warm spring drinking beer. I enjoyed it, and I say it’s an A-. It just needs a dash of ginger to make it perfect. I highly recommend Hi-Wire Brewing Co. Lemon Drop Session Sour Ale to drink. It did not disappoint my taste buds. It goes down easy with a nice refreshing flavor. Please be kind out there! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!!

Town Brewing Co. Cruise to Nowhere



Town Brewing Co. Cruise to Nowhere, 4.8% ABV is a tropical session sour ale brewed in Charlotte, North Carolina, and fermented with mango, guava, passion fruit, blood orange & Hibiscus. Cruise to Nowhere is the 2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) gold medal winner. Cruise to Nowhere pours a pinkish-red color with an almost two finger thin white head that fades steadily with fruity tropical aromas that are sour with a touch of tropical flora. Now the taste has a nice tropical fruit flavor of passion fruit which is bigger than that of the mango and guava, and toward the middle and rear of the mouth, you get a nice blood orange citrus fruit. The overall tropical flavor is sour and tart without being too sour that it squinches up your face and finishes with a tropical sour/tartness and with a nice tropical sour aftertaste that is quite refreshing with a lighter mouthfeel. I can easily see how and why Town Brewing Co. Cruise to Nowhere won gold at GABF, it is definitely getting an A here. This sour beer is just the right combo of sour to tropical fruit make for a real gold medal winner that you should not miss out on, it a good beer! Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!  

Wicked Weed Brewing Appalachia Session IPA


Wicked Weed Brewing Appalachia Session IPA, 4.7% brewed in Asheville, North Carolina with Citra, Mosaic, Motueka hops, with Riverbend Malts, and a portion of the proceeds from this IPA are donated to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservatory. Appalachia pours a yellow color with a three and a quarter fluffy white sticky slow fading head with aromas of citrus orange, grapefruit, and some bits of light lemon and grassy hops. Taste is nice with fresh bitter orange, grapefruit, and grassy fresh hops that come to a nice citrus fruit finish and an aftertaste of hoppy notes that linger for a few seconds and with a nice refreshing hoppy medium mouthfeel. Wicked Weed Brewing Appalachia Session IPA is good and without being to low on the alcohol content making for a good flavor profile and getting an A. Something that you need to have soon. I think that you can go for a four-pack of these in an afternoon/evening. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!  

Birdsong Brewing Company Paradise City Session IPA


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!         

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!