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!!
Martin House Brewing Company Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer, 4.7% ABV is the other beer I purchased in Dallas, Texas, at the liquor store. This beer sour Gose brewed with Best Maid Pickle juice. I picked up a six-pack of this because I love pickles. So if you do not like pickles then, this beer isn’t for you. Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer pours a light merry yellow, light green with a one and a half finger white head. The aroma is tart and sour with dill pickle bitterness. Taste is juicy, tart, sour, bitter, with dill pickle notes and the faintest of salt. This beer has a sour juicy pickle finish and aftertaste that draws you back for another sip. That is if you like pickles, with a light mouthfeel. I enjoyed Martin House Brewing Company Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer quite a bit. I also think that after two, you will not be looking for a third. The flavor gets to be a bit intense at that point, but still a good beer. I give Martin House Brewing Company Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer an A. If you love pickles, then this is the beer for you! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted April 8th, 2017.
Creativity is key to brewing and producing craft beer. Brewers get creative with ingredients. Even with the can or bottle type. With the name and artwork on the label. One example is Deep River Brewing Co. Limoncello Tart Ale Brewed with Lemons, 5.4% and is produced in Clayton, Johnston County, North Carolina. Limoncello is a sour blonde ale brewed with Sarachi Ace hops, a boatload of lemon. I am not sure how to measure a boatload and fermented with a proprietary yeast strain developed with technology at NC State University. Limoncello pours a darker yellow color has a bit of a brown, murky hue to it with almost no head. The aroma is quite pleasing. Fresh with tart lemons and lemon peels with the slightest hint of a sour note. The flavor is at first slightly tart with lemon but is refreshing at the same time. Toward the middle of the mouth, Limoncello becomes a bit more tart, and the lemon comes through more, and on the back, the sourness shines a bit brighter without overpowering the tart lemony flavors there. The mouthfeel is light with a bit of thickness as you swallow. Limoncello finish tart, slightly sour with a refreshing quality. After taste lingers with lemon/lemon peels but does not stick around. Lemoncello does not pucker up your taste buds in the after taste. Lemoncello is good, and it deserves an A. I found that none of the flavors clashed or overpowered one another. They all got along well and formed a wonderfully refreshing beer. I not the biggest fan of fruit beer, I like them enough, and some fruits are not what I would say are great to brew beer. But lemon in beer, now that is a great choice. I think lemon can enhance a beer or add another layer of flavor without making it into something not enjoyable. So you there should go and try Deep River Brewing Co. Limoncello Tart Ale Brewed with Lemons. I recommend you too. Cheers! Please Enjoy Responsibly!
Angry Chair Brewing & Westbrook Brewing Zoose Joose, 4% AVB is a collaboration between Angry Chair Brewing in Tampa, Florida, and Westbrook Brewing in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Zoose Joose is an Ambrosia Sour Wheat with Tangerine, Pineapple, Cherry, Coconut, Lactose, and Marshmallow. Zoose Joose pours a deeper cherry color with a light pink two-finger steady fading head. The aroma is sweet with a nice tangerine cherry flavor with a vanilla note from the Lactose and probably the marshmallow. The taste of Zoose Joose is quite similar to the aroma with a nice sweeter fruity flavor, and nice vanilla Lactose with a cherry tartness that has a coconut marshmallow finish that lingers into the sweet yet tart aftertaste with light to almost medium mouthfeel. Angry Chair Brewing & Westbrook Brewing Zoose Joose is surprisingly good and receiving an A. It has good sour beer quality to it with a nice Lactose sweetness add to gives you a flavor that is worth a try! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego Limited Series Moons of Saturn, 7 % ABV is a Berliner Weisse style sour brewed with orange peel, lime peel, Key lime, passion fruit, and crystallize ginger. Moons of Saturn is inspired by the refreshing Saturn cocktail, which is a gin based version of a Mia Tai. Moons of Saturn pours a crispy golden color with a quickly fading one and a quarter white head with nice fruity tropical tart citrusy aromas with hints of light ginger. Flavor is somewhat similar to its aroma it has a slight funky flavor of tropical gingery fruits, passion fruit, with a nice tartness and citrusy highlights with a nice amount of sourness hitting all the right taste buds on your tongue with a nice lighter mouthfeel that comes to a nice tart and sour tropical finish and has a nice light ginger aftertaste with a linger of tropical citrusy fruit. Mikkeller Brewing San Diego Limited Series Moons of Saturn is quite tasty getting an A+. It’s a refreshing beer even for a fruited sour, I highly recommend Mikkeller Brewing San Diego Limited Series Moons of Saturn. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted November 20th, 2016.
Here is another Destihl Brewery Wild Sour Series beer, Counter Clockweisse, 3.0% ABV. Counter Clockweisse is a Berliner-style Weiss Bier. Traditional German-style sour wheat al is used in Counter Clockweisse and is unfiltered and spontaneously fermented. Counter Clockweisse pours a bright yellow color with a fizzy two finger white head that quickly dissolves back into the yellowness of the beer. The aroma is filled with lots of tartness, acidic lemony-tart lactic notes. The aroma has much the same qualities as a true German Berliner Weiss Bier. Taste has some similar qualities to Counter Clockweisse’s aroma; it’s tart upfront with a bit on acidic lemon, sour wheat in the middle with a fainter lemon note towards the back. The mouthfeel is light easy and refreshing. Counter Clockweisse finishes tart yet easy with a tart lemon wheat after taste that slowly fades into the next sip. This is a good beer, B grade but I think that after three maybe four Counter Clockweisse becomes too much, the tartness of it all becomes too much. But that doesn’t make it a terrible beer, no it just something you can have a whole lot of. I would go back to it and do recommend Destihl Brewery Wild Sour Series Counter Clockweisse. It’s good, it’s refreshing, and something you need to try! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly
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!
Westbrook Brewing Co. Lemon Meringue Pie, 5% ABV is a sour ale brewed with lemon, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk sugar. Lemon Meringue Pie pours a light orange color with a very light yellow tint to it and a two and a half finger white steady fading head with aromas that are tart with nice sweet and sour lemony vanilla/cinema notes that carry into the taste with sweet and sour lemon-vanilla/cinnamon tart notes that come together for a sweet vanilla finish with nice creamy vanilla with dashes of cinnamon aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Westbrook Brewing Co. Lemon Meringue Pie is a great beer that I give an A. I could really taste all the flavors of the beer that are all very well balanced to make a good beer that is really worth trying. Lemon Meringue Pie really does taste like a beer version of said pie and is a bit refreshing at the same time. I suggest you go try it! Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Locally brewed in Charlotte, North Carolina Resident Culture Heavy Peeler Kettle Sour, 4.5% ABV is brewed with lemon, lime, passion fruit, and orange, where I purchased from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop. Heavy Peeler pours a bright yellow color with a very quick clear/white fizzy head that sends a sour/tart aroma of lime and bits of lemon up into your nose. The taste does somewhat emulates the aroma with nice sweet but sour and tart citrusy lime with some nice bits of lemon and very very faint orange and passion fruit that does become more tart as it passes over the back of the tongue and has a tart lemon/ lime finish that carries into a slightly sour but mostly tart aftertaste that does linger for a while, with a light mouthfeel that is a bit refreshing. Resident Culture Heavy Peeler Kettle Sour is juicy and refreshing but the tart lime is not so bad but not the best and it’s a B. The lime comes and goes throughout the drinking session and yes I recommend Resident Culture Heavy Peeler Kettle Sour. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Locally brewed in Rocky Mount North Carolina Hopfly Brewing Company Tropical Squeeze Fruited Sour, 4.2% is brewed with Mango and Tangerine. This fruited sour pours an orange juice yellow color with a bit of an orange hue and a one-finger quick fading white head, that gives off tropical mango and tangerine notes with hints of a sourness to it. Taste pretty much follows the aroma with nice sour mango and tangerine fruit/fruit juice. This beer does taste like a straight-up soured fruit juice. Tropical Squeeze comes to a nice tropical fruit juicy sour finish and has a more tropical sour aftertaste that does linger for a little bit with a medium mouthfeel. Hopfly Brewing Company Tropical Squeeze Fruited Sour is one awesome beer and it’s definitely an A+ beer. Tropical Squeeze is really refreshing with great sour fruit flavors, not too strong. I highly recommend Hopfly Brewing Company Tropical Squeeze Fruited Sour. It was good! Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!