Throwback Thursday: Blowing Rock Summer Ale

Originally posted July 4th, 2014.

In the summertime, brewing companies use the term summertime ale or summer ale on their summer seasonal beers. Those two, summertime ale and summer ale are broad when being used in a descriptive use. There are so many different kinds of summer type beers out there. There is wheat, wheat with a fruit, Klösch, white (wit), fruit beers, shandies, radlers, lagers, pilsners, and IPA. These summer type beers tend to have a lower abv than other seasonal beers. I look forward to all the summery beers.  So here is one Summer Ale from the Blowing Rock Brewing Company in Hickory North Carolina, this is there Summer Ale (Belgian Witbier), 5.0% ABV. Their Summer Ale is brewed with sweet orange peel, Curacao bitter orange peel, and coriander. Blowing Rock Summer Ale pours a medium orange goldish color with a three-finger fluffy white head that sticks around for a nice amount of time before fading into somewhat thin lacing on the glass. I found some light coming through a bit, not a whole lot and there is a decent amount of carbonation bubbles to it. The aroma is a bit spicy on my nose from the coriander. There is also a sweet and bitter orange peel scent clashing together. The taste on this Summer Ale is a tiny bit sweet at first for a second or two then becomes slightly bitter and the spice coriander hits. I found the taste to be more of the coriander then anything else. It wasn’t so bad but just a bit too much in my opinion. There is some citrus flavor the quickly fades in and out on the back. The mouthfeel is medium and has a spiced coriander finish that leads into a slightly bitter orange and big spiced coriander aftertaste. With every sip of Summer Ale,  I really tasted a big-spiced coriander wave with a tinge of orange peel. This beer wasn’t what I was expecting it to be, but not really a letdown. I mean I didn’t think it was so bad, it’s somewhat good, just not great. So I would give this a B-. I mean I’ve had some world glass Belgian style Witbiers before and this is that, but it sill somewhat good, but needs to have less of a big spiced flavor. I would have this again soon. So if you have not had Blowing Rock Brewing Companies Summer Ale, then go out and try it for yourself. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!         

Throwback Thursday: Westbrook Brewing Co. White Thai

Originally posted October 27th, 2016.

Here is the first of The Best of the Mixed Six-Pack, Westbrook White Thai, 5.0% ABV. This brewery is out of Mt. Pleasant South Carolina down very near to Charleston SC. I have previously reviewed other Westbrook beers and have had their White Thai before though, I really should review this beer, and here it is. White Thai is inspired by flavors of Southeast Asian cuisine and is a twist on the classic witbier style. Westbrook has added fresh lemongrass, ginger root, and a dash of Sorachi Ace (a Japanese hop with flavors of citrus and dill, used mainly in IPAs and Saisons) hops instead of the traditional coriander and orange peel.  White Thai pours a hazy yellow color with a cloud white two finger head that dissipates into nice lacing. The aroma is reminiscent of some Asian dishes. There is nice lemongrass, a bit of citrus, hints of faint dill, and nice ginger on the nose.  Taste is on the bolder side with a lemon candy and some nice citrus fruit with touches of semi faint ginger, and the ginger flavor strengthens as it washes over the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a nice sweet wheat finish and an aftertaste of lemon candy coated in some ginger, but as that aftertaste fades you get a touch more citrus fruit. Overall this was pretty good, and I say it is a B. Slightly bolder on the flavor for a beer you want to have a few of, like three or four of. I can have just about two, but that has nothing to do with the way the flavor taste. It’s more of the heaviness of the beer. I found it to be a bit heavier than other witbiers, but still something that everyone would enjoy, just not a lot, a few maybe. But Westbrook Brewing Co. White Thai is a solid tasting beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Sugar Creek Brewing White Ale

Brewed here in Charlotte, North Carolina Sugar Creek white Ale 4.9% ABV is nearly fifty percent unsalted wheat, oats, coriander, and orange peel with yeast that is from the original strain from town in Hoegaaden in Belgium. Sugar Creek White Ale pours a yellow color with a two finger slowly fading head of white that does lead behind some lacing giving off semi-sweet notes and a nice aroma of coriander orange with hints of clove. Taste is somewhat similar to it aroma with a little sweetness at first with some cloves, coriander, light banana with some orange notes yeasted notes on the middle of the tongue that car on to the rear with a nice refreshing medium mouthfeel, a nice light sour spiced finish a nice refreshing coriander orange yeasted aftertaste that linger for a while. Sugar Creek Brewing White Ale is the breweries flagship beer and a very good one getting an A+. It is very true to the Belgian white Ale style and a beer that is good one after another. I highly recommend Sugar Creek Brewing White Ale. It’s one of my favorites. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Unibroue Blanche De Chambly

Originally posted October 29th, 2016

It’s been four of The Best of the Mixed Six-Pack, with Unibroue Blanche De Chambly, 5.0% ABV. This is a Belgian style white ale from Canada brewed with Coriander and Orange Peel then its bottle refermented, which means a second fermentation takes place within the bottle. Unibroue is one of my favorite brewers and brews some of the most amazing beers. Blanche De Chambly pours a hazy sort of bight yellow color with a bright three finger white head that slow to fade but does transition into some nice lacing. The aroma is quite nice with some spiced orange peel with a hint of a yeast character. Blanche De Chambly has a nice refreshing taste to it with nice yeasted orange peel with hints of the coriander spice. The taste is one the heavier side but really solid. The mouthfeel is one heavier side of the medium spectrum and has a nice refreshing finish of slight orange and faint spiced notes, the same can be said of the aftertaste but the is a slightly heavy feeling in the said aftertaste. This is definitely an A beer for sure. It’s a bit heavy but a lot of good Belgian style white ales are, so have many is not recommend. It this better than Westbrook White Thai? Well, Westbrook White Thai is not as heavy as Blanche De Chambly and White Thai has more of a broader flavor to it with a slight tropical feel to it. But this is a tough question. They are both White Ales, but different takes on each. One is traditional and one isn’t. But to find out which comes out on top, you’ll have to stay tuned here to find out. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Catawba Brewing Company El Gato Mariachi

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Catawba Brewing Company El Gato Mariachi, 5.3% ABV is a Horchata White Ale brewed with Summit hops, 2-Row Pale, Malted wheat, flaked oats, flaked rice, vanilla, Lactose, and cinnamon. Horchata is a Mexican drink made with rice and is flavored with cinnamon and sweetened with sugar. El Gato Marichi pours a yellow color with a one-finger quick white fizzy head that gives off a sweet cinnamon and clove aroma a very very faint banana note that leads you to partake a sip in which you’ll find a nice cinnamon note that has a nice balance of banana clove with notes of vanilla that come to a sweet refreshing finish of vanilla and some cinnamon that give you a nice white ale aftertaste with touches of cinnamon with a light mouthfeel. I found that Catawba Brewing Company El Gato Mariachi an interesting take on a white ale and one that turns out to be good, and I wasn’t really to be the way it tasted I thought it to be more on the sweeter dessert side of things and it was actually refreshing and something that you can have a few of without wrecking your tastebuds. I give Catawba Brewing Company El Gato Mariachi an A+. None of the flavors of El Gato Mariachi weren’t too strong they were lighter than I was expecting and that is why this is a great beer that you should try. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!