Monday, October 27, 2014

Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery Gala Peach

I love beer but I find cider to be just as good. I like its fruity sometimes-dry sweetness. I love that you can put most fruits in them and each can have it own unique flavor. Well I just had a local Cider from right over the North Carolina boarder in York South Carolina. This cider comes From Windy Hill orchard & Cidery and this is there Gala Peach, 6.0% ABV. Gala Peach is made with Windy Hills Stayman Winesap apples and local grown peaches. This cider pours a very bubbly rich golden color which I could see through and not any head, because most ciders do not produce much to any head. The aroma on Gala Peace is yep, sweet peach with hits of fresh juicy apple. I got an apple skin smell too, but it is a bit faint. The taste is sweet with peached flavor with touches of apple but mostly you get the peach. The body is light and so it the mouth feel. Gala peach is easy and refreshing to drink. I would give Windy Hill’s Gala Peach a B. This did not blow me away but I like it enough. I mean ciders can only go so far and be so good, it is a simple beverage, you can be to creative with. I really like peaches a lot and I recommend trying Windy Hill orchard & Cidery Gala Peach for yourselves. It’s good. So go out and pic this wonderful Windy Hill orchard & Cidery Gala Peach sweet hard cider. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Foothills Brewing IPA of the Month October (Brew-Hilda)

It is that time again, time for another Foothills Brewing IPA of the Month. Here is October (Brew-Hilda), 6.5% ABV and 93 IBU. This IPA of the Month brewed with Cascade, Amarillo and Citra, along with a new varietal hop called Equinox. There are also plenty of hops in here according to Foothills Brewing. October pours an orange-copper color with a three finger off white head with plenty of carbonation bubble and not so much light streaming though. The aroma is big with notes of pine straw, grass lemon apples and a hoppy scent. The taste is strong with hops. There is a nice tart lemon also around some apple with a grassy note. I also found there to be a bit of a piney malted note. I find that there is to much malts to this and that is covers up some of the fruited flavors on this beer, and also brings out a green pepper flavor on the back of the tongue. October finishes hoppy and malted with bits of green pepper flavors and stays on to the aftertaste with some tart fruit flavor such as apple and lemon. Over all this beer is good but not as good as some of the other beers in this Foothills Brewing IPA of the Month series, so I give this very high C+. I like IPA with more of a fruity taste to them with out a heap of malts and a huge wallop of bitter hops. This beer had a bit too much hops and was a little too hoppy, and I didn’t like the green pepper notes either. So go out and try Foothills Brewing IPA of the Month October and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsible!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Crown Valley Brewing Imperial Pumpkin Smash

It's that time of year where everything is pumpkin especially the beers. I have probably said this before, but there are several different styles of pumpkin beers on there. I think the world get a little carried away with pumpkin things this time of yeah, but I actually like most pumpkin beer. One in particular that I’ve hear about is Crown Valley Brewing (Ste. Genevieve, Missoiur) Imperial Pumpkin Smash, 10.6% ABV and 48 IBU, is not a typical pumpkin beer, no it is an imperial stout brewed with pumpkin and spices. Imperial Pumpkin Smash pours a dark black color with a tan foamy three finger head, with brown edges. I found no light or carbonation bubbles. This beer is very black! The aroma on this Imperial Pumpkin Smash is very strong with sweet pumpkin and spices such as cinnamon and some allspice. I also found some bit of a roasted scent there as well. Imperial Pumpkin Smash is a wonderful smelling beer. The taste is just as good as the aroma, I god big pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices with some chocolate and toffee along with a roasted note. The taste has a nice sweetness about it that keeps the bitterness down and really helps to bring out more of the spices and the pumpkin. Imperial Pumpkin Smash has a nice full mouth feel, with a nice sweet pumpkin spiced finish and a sweet chocolate toffee and spiced after taste that really caps off the entire beer very well. This is a very tasty beer; it’s definitely an A+. Everything about this beer really works well and doesn’t clash or overpower some of the other flavors in this big stout. I highly recommend Crown Valley Brewing Imperial Pumpkin Smash. You will not be disappointed at all. So go out and try Crown Valley Brewing Imperial Pumpkin Smash for yourself! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!