I have some good news. I am changing things for the new year. I will review non-alcoholic beer in January from the first to the fourteenth. So stay tuned for that. This beer is Crush Cucumber Sour from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. It weighs in at 5.0% ABV and is from Bend, Oregon. This beer pours a light yellow color with a one-finger white head. The aroma is sour, tart, and vegetal. The flavor is also sour, tart, and light cucumber (just a whisper) on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is light. Then this sour beer finishes with a more pronounced cucumber flavor (not too much). Then you get an aftertaste of sour and tart flavor that falls off rather quickly. This beer is just average to me. I’d give this Crush Cucumber Sour a C. It’s non-offensive, but it doesn’t have a lot of fresh cucumbers like the description on their website. If I were you, I would pass on this beer. I did, however finish this without wanting to pour it out. It’s not that bad. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers and happy new year!
Coming from Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company in Charleston, South Carolina this is The Co-Op a sour ale made with blackberry, grape, and lemon. This beer is 6% ABV and is a collaboration with The Co-op. This beer pours deep red/deep strawberry color with a four-finger light pink fizzy head. The aroma is tart with grape, lemon, and lithe blackberry. The taste is tart and fruity. It’s light on the grape and blackberries, but towards the back of the mouth, you get a tart lemon that throws the overall flavor into a bad spot. The mouthfeel is light. This beer then finishes with a grape/lemon tart flavor. The aftertaste is light tartness and light on flavor. This isn’t a good beer, and I think the flavors especially the lemon don’t go together. I usually like Edmund’s Oasts beer. But this one I am giving a D-. I mean the ingredients listed on the table sound dull if I’m being honest. I wouldn’t try this at all. Please stay safe, be kind, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Supernova Strawberry Mango Sour Ale, 4.7%, is a Berliner Weisse beer and has a few different varieties. This soured ale is brewed by Legion Brewing here in Charlotte, North Carolina. Legion Brewing uses fresh strawberries and mango. This beer pours a light red, orange color with a one-and-a-half-finger white fizzy head. The aroma is tart, with strawberry, mango, and some sour notes. The beer tastes tart with light strawberries and a little mango. Overall the flavor of the beer is thin. The mouthfeel is light. Then this beer finishes with a tart, vague fruit flavor. Then comes an aftertaste of tart/sour flavors. This beer was not such a good beer, but I wouldn’t call it bad. I give Supernova Strawberry Mango Sour Ale a C-. The sour/tart flavors keep the fruity flavor down, and I would’ve liked more of a fruity flavor. It is refreshing to drink and not heavy at all. But I think I am finding out I might not be a big fan of fruity sour ales. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I was shopping at the grocery store for some beer, and a representative from the Middle Jame Brewing Company told me that this beer, Cosmic Curiosities Peach Sour Ale, 5% ABV, was good for the hot weather. So I took his word and bought a four-pack. This ale brewed in Pineville, North Carolina, is a part of Charlotte. This beer uses real peach purée. This sour ale pours an orange color with a four-finger white slow head. The aroma is sour, tart, and peachy. The flavor is similar to its smell, with tart, and sour peaches. It is a bright overall flavor. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Then it finishes with a tart peach flavor. The aftertaste is tart, and a little sour, but the peach has begun to fade. It’s not as strong as the first taste. This ale is good, but not as good as I was expecting. I give this Cosmic Curiosities Peach Sour Ale a C-. The peach is light on flavor. I would like it to be a little more full and flavorful. But it’s just below average, and I’ve had better versions of this type of beer. I don’t recommend it, and it’s not the worst choice. Please be kind, be safe, and always remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Ever since I hear about Sugar Creek Brewing Company’s Hi-Creek I have been on the lookout for this. So yesterday I saw it on the back of the beer shelf at my local Harris Teeter grocery store. This is a 6.0% ABV fruit punch sour ale. It is kettle-soured. This sour ale pours an orange color with a half-finger white head. The aroma is fruity with cherry, orange, and strawberry. The aroma is also tart & sour. The taste is fruity, tart, and sour. You get orange and cherry but almost no strawberries are present on your taste buds. It has low bitterness. The mouthfeel is light. Then this sour ale finishes with a tart sour flavor, but not too sour/tart. The aftertaste is fruity and sour with a little tartness, This is a good sour but needs more fruit flavor to make it perfect. It is a B+ from me. I enjoyed and will enjoy this again. The can art is eye-catching and fun. Sugar Creek Brewing Company did a good job with Hi-Creek. You should try it! Please be kind, be safe and always remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
My local craft beer shop Pop the Top Bottle Shop had an event where 450 North Brewing came down from Columbus, Indiana, with a few of their beers. So they had some to sell, and that’s how I came across 450 North Brewing Co Slushy XXL Crispie Cream, 5.3% ABV. This beer has blueberry, glazed donuts, lemon, and Bavarian cream. It is also a part of their XXL Slushy series. This beer pours a thick dark purple color with a thin one-finger white head. The head fades quickly. The aroma is sweet. I found blueberry aromas, with a hint of tartness from the lemon. The taste is much like a glazed jelly donut. There is sweet blueberry with creamy notes of the Bavarian cream. it has a tart lemon finish with a full mouthfeel. It coats your entire tongue with good flavors. There is a lemon, creamy aftertaste that lingers just a bit. 450 North Brewing Co Slushy XXL Crispie Cream is a neat beer. This is one that is an A+. it does taste like a donut. All the ingredients flow into a great beer. If you come across 450 North Brewing Co Slushy XXL Crispie Cream, buy it, and try it. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
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!