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…
contrary to the name, it was not particularly funny. get it? dry wit?
It’s been a loooooong time since I’ve posted up a so much as a teeny, tiny peep. I will not point out the obvious-my name says it all. They don’t call me ‘the Lightweight’ for nothin’. Having said that, when I do imbibe, if they are as tasty as this brew that I present to you for review it makes it real easy to get excited and back into the swing of things.
I sampled an unfiltered Pike Dry Wit seasonal white ale. The label states that it’s 92% organic. Groovy. When I first poured and it was super cold right out of the fridge, the nose didn’t offer up much. I detected a tiny bit of yeasty pizza dough, but that was about it. After it came down in temperature a bit I noticed way more spice. Lots of ginger and maybe a little white peppercorn. Perfect for fall. I liked the weight of it-medium bodied, but with plenty of personality. Notes of ruby red grapefruit and some subtle spice on the palate. A bitter finish, but in no way unpleasant. I liked it a lot.
Pike is brewed in Seattle, WA. I was given this bottle by the illustrious Miss BYOBates so I’m not sure how much it costs. It came in a 22 oz. bottle and had only 5% alcohol.
This was an excellent choice for an early fall evening. Spicy and tasty.
This dragon slayed me.
I was so excited to try this ale. I had the highest of hopes. I really did. There was intrigue. There was sweet anticipation. Ultimately, there was bitter disappointment. For me anyhow…
Up for consideration was Dragon’s Milk Ale produced by New Holland. I first tasted this mysterious oak aged brew on July 20th. I’d had it for quite a while, but truth be told, I was a little apprehensive. I had purchased it at the Frenchman’s Quarter in Culpeper, VA, a super-charming little place with a wicked selection of great beers, wines, chocolates, and cheeses. Hello? Can you say hedonistic? Anyhow, I like less hoppy, slightly sweet beer. This was recommended to me.