Westbrook Brewing Co. Lemon Meringue Pie

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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! 

Resident Culture Brewing Heavy Peeler Kettle Sour

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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!

Hopfly Brewing Company Tropical Squeeze Fruited Sour

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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! 

Westbrook Brewing Co.Breaded Break-In

Originally posted September 8th, 2015 at Folly Beach.

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I love being in a place where you can find different and local beers that I can’t find at home. That is always fun. I found this, Westbrook Brewing Co. Breaded Break-In, 6.6% ABV. This beer is similar to they’re Gose but Breaded Break-In is brewed with more grain and a bunch of Sorachi Ace hops as well as coriander. Breaded Break-In pours a yellow-orange cloudy color with a three-finger fleecy white head that slowly dissipates into some lacing but not much. The aroma is big with lemony notes and very faint lemon hops smell. The taste is very tart and lemony, as the aroma would suggest. There is the salty flavor that you would get from the Gose but is overshadowed by the intense lemon flavor. It’s boarding on to much lemon flavor, but it’s enjoyable. The mouthfeel is medium with a tart refreshing finish and leads into a nice tart lemon finish that lingers leaving you smacking your lips. This Breaded Break-In from Westbrook Brewing Co. gets and A. I loved how tart it was and that the salty flavor notes we subdued by the lemon, and how refreshing it is despite being so lemony tart. I highly recommend that you try this Westbrook Breaded Break-In. I think you will! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Victory Brewing Company Sour Monkey Sour Brett Tripel

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Victory Brewing Company (Downington, Pennsylvania) Sour Monkey, 9.5% is a Brett (Brettanomyces) Sour Belgian-Style ale. Victory uses Pilsner malt and Tettnang hops to brew Sour Money which is one variation of Golden Monkey, and there is also Twisted Monkey brewed with Mangos. Sour Monkey pours a golden color with a two and a half finger white head that slowly dissolves into a thin haze giving off sour aromas of some fruit and dryness. The taste is similar to the nose with a nice sizable effervescent with a nice punch of sour with hints of light fruit, spice in the middle probably from the Brett, and a somewhat strong sense of alcohol that comes to a dry spiced finish and a dry but sour aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Victory Brewing Company Sour Monkey is a nice tasty rendition of a Belgian-style Tripel, and I say it’s an A+. Nothing is really overpowering with this beer it nails the style and adds a pleasant Brett sourness to it for on pleasurable drinking experience, one that I think you will surely enjoy. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!  

Ancillary Fermentation Flag Signals.

Ancillary Fermentation Flag Signals, 4% ABV brewed in Cary North Carolina with sea salt, mango, pineapple, and strawberry in stainless tanks. Flag Signals pours a hazy straw yellow color with a fuzzy one finger head with tropical fruit aromas, mango and pineapple with faint strawberry. The flavor follows the aroma with tropical fruit notes with a tart saltiness that finish with a strawberry tropical flavor that is a bit sour yet tart with a sour tropical fruit aftertaste. The salted aspect of Ancillary Fermentation Flag Signals kind of throw the beer off, an it come out to D+. I did finish the beer but it not something that might go back to. The sour aspect really did go as well with the salt. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Hopfly Brewing Co. Sandsport

This sour fruit beer, Hopfly Brewing Company Sandsport, 5.4% ABV is brewed with pineapples according to the pineapple people family playing on the beach depicted on the label. I am not a huge fan of the sour style of beer, I find it to be okay, and some are better than others but is it, not my favorite style. Sandsport pours a deeper orange color with a quickly fading two white head with no trace of it left behind. It gives off a sour fruity aroma with tart pineapple with a few faint wine-like aroma wafting into your nose. Now it tastes sourer than it smells but there is a nice sour/tart pineapple note that as it fades it kicks up another sour notch with a very faint wine-like quality with a sour finish that is a little tart with some pineapple and flows into a tart and sour tropical aftertaste that fades rather quickly with a light mouthfeel. Sometimes pineapples can be sour at very least even without souring them and I found Hopfly Brewing Company Sandsport to average so think its a C. It’s not bad just that I don’t think you should sour pineapples or not sour them as much so that some of the sweetness can come through a little. Hopfly Brewing Company Sandsport isn’t that bad and I may go back to this somewhat soon. Cheers Please enjoy responsibly! 

Throwback Thursday: Deep River Brewing Co limoncello Tart Ale

Originally posted April 8th, 2017.

Creativity is key to brewing and producing craft beer. Brewers get creative with ingredients, can and/or bottle type or even with the name and artwork on the label. One example is Deep River Brewing Co. Limoncello Tart Ale Brewed with Lemons, 5.4% that is produced in Clayton, Johnston County, North Carolina. Limoncello is sour blonde ale that is brewed with Sarachi Ace hops, a boatload of lemon, not sure how to measure a boatload, and fermented with a proprietary yeast strain that was developed with technology at NC State University. Limoncello pours a darker yellow color that has a bit of a brown murky hue to it with almost no head. The aroma is quite pleasing with fresh tart lemons and lemon peels with the lightest 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 come 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 nice refreshing quality. After taste lingers with tart lemon/lemon peels but doesn’t linger too much, and doesn’t pucker up the taste buds in the after taste. This beer is very good, 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 good to brew beer with. But lemon in beer, now that is a good 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! 

Hopfly Brewing Co. One More Bite (OMB) Fruited Sour

I purchased Hopfly Brewing Co. One More Bite (OMB) Fruited Sour, 6.3% ABV from Pop The Top because of the label mostly and a little because of the contents. One More Bite is brewed in Rocky Mount, North Carolina with Strawberry, Vanilla, and Lactose. Judging this beer by its label I think they are going for a strawberry shortcake here. One More Bite pours light orange color with a faint red tint to it and with a two-finger fizzy head that fades into a light right with minimal lacing throughout. The aroma is nice with a strawberry sweetness, adding sweet aromas from the vanilla, OMB has more of a Fruity Pebbles aroma to it. There is a nice sweet strawberry flavor to it upfront with a little light tartness, the vanilla and the lactose cut the tart fruity flavors. The fruity sweet finish is good with a nice Fruity Pebbles cereal aftertaste is awesome all with a lighter mouthfeel. Hopfly Brewing Co. One More Bite (OMB) Fruited Sour is one good fruited sour beer, well deserving of an A+. It’s not really a strawberry shortcake, more of a fruity sugary cereal which is great and something very interesting to try. I recommend trying Hopfly Brewing Co. One More Bite (OMB) Fruited Sour Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. Sour Cherry Pineapple

This Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. Cherry Pineapple, 6.5% ABV is an American Sour Ale from Charleston, South Carolina I picked up from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop. Sour Cherry Pineapple pours a Robitussin bright red color with a thin one and a quarter pink head that quickly fades into itself, with big sour tart cherry fruits. Smells okay but no pineapple. The flavor is similar to the aroma with tart and sour cherry with a very light/faint tropical note on the middle of the tongue still no pineapple then you get a sour cherry cough medicine that slowly fades into an effervescent tart Maraschino Cherry finish with a tart sour sugar cherry aftertaste and a light mouthfeel. I found Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. Cherry Pineapple to have a weird cherry flavor without getting any pineapple with a medicinal quality to it. I give Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. Cherry Pineapple a D-, I did finish this and it was not very heavy or way too sour, but not very good otherwise so do not try this! Please enjoy responsibly!