New Sarum Brewing Co Strawberry Hazy Cakes Hazy IPA, 7.0% ABV, brewed in Salisbury, North Carolina with Local Patterson Farms strawberries and Lactose is a relatively new beer from New Sarum. Strawberry Hazy Cakes pours a hazy yellow color with a one and a quarter white thin head that has little retention. You get nice light sweet fruity strawberry and nice bittersweet aromas that then lead to a bitter taste of nice fruity strawberries that have a light sweetness to them and a hint of a sour like note towards the end that comes to a hoppy strawberry finish and a bitter sweet-fruited aftertaste that linger for a second or two with a medium mouthfeel. The strawberry flavor to this is not as predominant as I was hoping but it did keep the bitterness/hoppiness down with I give New Sarum Brewing Co Strawberry Hazy Cakes Hazy IPA a C-. I would have liked to have more strawberry flavor but not a whole lot more just a little more and I think it would have been better overall. It wasn’t a terrible beer, it was just not what I was thought it was going to be and what I tasted was okay. It is however refreshing and not harsh to drink so that helps a little but I don’t think something that shouldn’t be had, but not one to rush out for. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
A recent purchase from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop, Burial Beer & Dancing Gnome Brewery Sence of Somewhat Normalcy India Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV a collaboration brewed in Asheville, North Carolina at Burial Beer. This beer is brewed with Cryo House Blend, Mosaic, Strata, and Vic’s Secret hops. Sence of Somewhat Normalcy pours a light yellow color with a three-finger fluffy sticky white head with soft fruity citrus pine aromas. Taste is interesting with hoppy citrusy fruits, piney faint berries that have a bit of grassiness to them that have a piney citrus finish, and a nice bitter dank fruity aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Burial Beer & Dancing Gnome Brewery Sence of Somewhat Normalcy India Pale Ale is good with a lot of interesting hops brewed into this IPA and I give it a B+. Good but with all those interesting hops in it I was hoping for an A+ home run kind of beer and it did come close. This beer is fruity and dank which is interesting because you don’t see an IPA with those types of qualities which tasted great and would recommend Burial Beer & Dancing Gnome Brewery Sence of Somewhat Normalcy India Pale Ale. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly!
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!
Originally posted July 19th, 2013.
I have always heard good things about Bell’s Brewery in Michigan. But I have only had one of their beers thus far, Oberon, which I have reviewed a while back. But now I have Oarsman Ale, a Berliner Wiess, 4.0% ABV. This is a wheat beer style from the Berlin area of Germany. Bell’s uses traditional sour mash methods to brew this year-round. beer Oarsman Ale pours a hazy straw-like color with a head that does fade quickly. I sound some small amounts of light trying to come through the glass and lots of carbonation. The beer was very effervescent looking. The aroma is of tart citrus-like fruit with a hint of wheat malts. Overall the aroma is more on the week side of the scale. The taste is at first fruity with a nice effervescent feel. Then you get a light fruit sweetness, followed by a little fruit tartness towards the end. The mouthfeel is somewhat light with a tart but slightly tangy finish. The aftertaste is tart leaning slightly towards sour. Overall not a bad beer, so I say this is a B- beer, it doesn’t blow my mind but does taste good. I found this to have a nice fruitiness about it. I would have this again and would recommend this. I am not saying this is one of my new favorites or anything. But I did enjoy this just enough for B-. So please go and try this for yourself. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
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!
Lower ABV (Alcohol By Volume) beers are popping up here and there and have been on a good growth spurt but in the craft beer world, you will never see them called light beer. Dssolver Another Damn Skull Petite India Pale Ale, 2.8% ABV, yes the right I said is 2.8% which is very low for an IPA much less a beer in general. Another Damn Skull is brewed with Amarillo and Calypso Hops. Another Damn Skull pours a very light yellow color with a thin one finger white quick fading white head with aromas of faint hoppy lemon grassiness. Taste is light with lemon and grass notes with bits of faint hop notes and comes to a nice grassy bitter finish and a nice faint bitter grassy lemon aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. Not a bad low abv beer but not great either, I give Dssolver Another Damn Skull Petite India Pale Ale a C+, just slightly above average. I am not really convinced that a low ABV beer should be an IPA, when you drink a good IPA I think you need to have a little higher of an ABV so you can have more flavor and everything will not taste like it’s watered down a bit. Other styles such as lager and pilsners might work better in lower ABV form. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Coming from Charleston, South Carolina Edmund’s Oast Brewery Co. Coin Operated Belgian-Style Ale, 5.5% ABV, which Edmunds classifies it as a Grisette, a table beer brewed with 2-Row, Wheat, Oat malts, Huell Melon, Hallertau, Blanc flavor hops, and Belgian Yeast. Coin Operated pours a yellow color with a four-finger bright white thick fluffy head with very good retention giving off very light lemon notes with a big and bright yeasted flavor hitting the nose. That leads into a taste of a yeasty lemon crispness with a faint spiced note that is refreshing with a white wine flavor in the middle and back of the mouth that comes to a nice refreshing white wine with a bit of yeasted spiced and a nice apple/green grape aftertaste with a lighter mouthfeel. Edmund’s Oast Brewery Co. Coin Operated Belgian-Style Ale is quite tasty getting an A+ from me. I found it to be refreshing with the right amount of spice, white wine, and yeasted flavors a balance of great flavors, which you should experience. It’s a great beer that’s great after a long hot day. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted December 28th, 2015.
Belgians brew some of the best-tasting beers in the world. I love them very much. I have yet to any Delirium beers, which are brewed by the Huyghe Brewery in Melle/Ghent Belgium. This is a family brewery that has been brewing beer since 1654. Delirium Nocturnum, 8.5% ABV is a highly popular strong dark Belgian Ale and usually has pink elephants on the blue label. What the mean behind the pink elephant is not known by me, but maybe you start to see the pink elephant all over the place after too much of this beer. Nocturnum pours a dark brown color with a two and a half beige, light brown color that big and stays for a little while before settling into great-looking lacing around the edges of the goblet. The aroma is of figs, raisins with nice candied sugars and hints of alcohol. Taste is strong but none too overwhelming with nice raisin slight fig with a light subtle sweetness, but as this ale warms the alcohol becomes more dominant. I think that Nocturnum pairs well a meat dish such as a prime rib, lamb, veal or steak. The mouthfeel is full yet rich with a nice faint creamy texture. Nocturnum has a little bit of an alcoholic finish with bits of fig and hits of a sweetness that will lead to an after taste of more figs, raisins, and faint toffee. The after taste sticks around for a moment. I really enjoyed Delirium Nocturnum. I give this ale A+. You should try this one! I still think Chimay Blue is the best of the strong dark Belgian ale style, but this Delirium Nocturnum is right up there. Cheers! Happy New Year! Please enjoy responsibly!
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!
Coming from Mount Pleasant South Carolina Westbrook Brewing Company Beer To Drink When It’s Outside, 4.5% ABV is a Lager that is brewed with CTZ, Motueka hops, dry-hopped with Motueka, German Lager yeast, Flaked Corn, Pils malts, and Key-Lime puree. This beer has a long name and I am just going to refer to it as Beer To Drink from this point foward. Beer To Drink pours a nice yellow gold color with a one and a half finger white quick fizzy head with a lime aroma that has a sweetness to it with a light tart sour note. Taste is refreshing with a sweet citrus lime that is also tart with some light sourness to it that comes to a nice tart, sweet, sour lime finish that carries over to the aftertaste with a nice lager flavor going along with the lime that does linger for a bit all with a light refreshing mouthfeel. Now Westbrook Brewing Company Beer To Drink When It’s Outside is exactly for what the name says, it a good hot day beer. The Key-lime adds a nice refreshing touch to the beer and it’s easy to drink you could enjoy many without the beer’s flavor profile overpowering your tastebuds. It’s definitely an A+. I highly recommend Westbrook Brewing Company Beer To Drink When It’s Outside. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly!