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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: Left Hand Oktoberfest

Left Hand OktoberfestLeft Hand’s contribution to the season is their own Oktoberfest Marzen Lager. I really do enjoy Left Hand brews, but I felt like the Oktoberfest was a bit of a letdown. It just didn’t have the “oomph” I was looking for in this style of beer.

The beer poured a deep copper color and the head was plentiful but settled quickly.You can see the thin layer of head in the photo.

The aroma presented a little yeasty with definite overtones of malt. The beer had a nice taste of toasted malt and didn’t linger long. It wasn’t bitter at all.

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Beer Reviews, Lagers, Specialty Brews

Review: Starr Hill Festie

Starr Hill Festie“Festie” is Starr Hill’s fall seasonal and is pretty light as compared to most full-bodied beers released this time of year.

Festie is a really nice amber color and creates a decent head when poured. The aroma presents a subtle toastiness and is somewhat malty.

For me, Festie was pretty weak as compared to other Oktoberfests available. It’s a nice medium-bodied lager that is very drinkable and is going to appeal to most beer drinkers. However, it’s not a beer that I would choose in a bar or at the grocery store. I just don’t feel that its a good representation of the style.

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