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Beer Reviews, Lagers

Weeping Radish Corolla Gold

it did not make me cry, but i did want to grill…

This was my second review in one evening and I was a tad underwhelmed.  I had sampled WR’s Black Radish recently and LOVED it.  It was so unexpected and subtle for a dark brew, which frankly, usually scare me.  If I had to blindly guess, I would have pegged myself for a Gold girl any day.  Seems more my style.  On with the review:  This lager in no way warrants any particular criticism.  It’s a solid  brew.  Molasses and malt rule the palate and the nose-there may have been a bit of dark honey there too.  I think I was just looking for a little more.  I don’t really have a ton to say about the character.  It was pretty standard-not too hoppy.  Not too yeasty.  Not too malty.  It was nice but nothing was jumping out at me.  Would I drink it again?  Absolutely.  I might not go out of my way, but it was definitely pleasant.  I guess I could chalk this up to the fact that fall is here and I’m a sucker for seasonal anything.  I’m willing to bet that if I had sampled this earlier in the summer by the grill with some burgers and picnic fixins that it would have been right-on.

Weeping Radish is brewed in Jarvisburg, NC.  You’ve probably seen the place if you ever vacation in the Outer Banks.  I have, and the next time I make it down that way, I’m  going to make a point to stop in and say hi.  The folks there were more than kind in providing a few samples of their wares for ‘Chicks Love Beer’ review.  They are a small farm brewery and they are making some solid brews.  Some I’ve loved, and some I’ve liked-all of them worth a taste.

Corolla Gold was poured from a 22oz bottle and has 5% alcohol.  Not sure of the price point on this one either…

Beer Reviews, Lagers, Specialty Brews

Review: Erie Brewing Golden Fleece Maibock

Some bottles from Erie Brewing Co appeared in my fridge recently, so I opted to try the Golden Fleece Maibock in my quest to let Bocks grow on me – I haven’t seen too many Maibocks from American breweries before.  Erie Brewing is located in (surprise!) Erie, PA, and the Maibock is their spring seasonal.  It was light amber/gold in color, and had minimal head.  The thing that really hit me was the maltiness.  I’m a big fan of malt, but this seemed a bit harsh – it had a flavor similar to what you’d get actually chewing on grain.  Luckily, that flavor diminished as I tried a bit more. Continue Reading

Ales, Beer Reviews

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPAI was fortunate enough to learn about Weyerbacher at the Richmond World Beerfest in June. I drank a lot f different beers at the festival and Weyerbacher stood out from the rest. We tried two of their brews – the Double Simcoe IPA and a Tripel. While my husband loved the Tripel, the double IPA blew me away.

After much searching, I found Double Simcoe at Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA. It’s sold in a 4-pack. Continue Reading