Sunday, November 23, 2014

Crispin Natural Hard Cider Artisanal Reserve Honey Crisp

The cousin to beer is cider in my opinion, and most beer drinkers do like ciders. Some of the big beer brewers have ciders in their lineup or have a separate cider companies. Cider is made from fermented apples, but if it it’s made with pears it’s called Perry, This here is Crispin Natural Hard Apple Ciders Artisanal Reserve Honey Crisp, 6.5% ABV. This Crispin pours a milky yellow murky color. Nothing could be seen in or thought it. The aroma is very sweet; there is big apple with hints of honey as well. The taste is just as sweet as it smells. I found there to be big juicy apple with nice apple juice flavors and of there is sweet honey that really brings it to a sweetness that is just enough to make this good and not overly sweet. This Crispin is smooth and quite drinkable. This cider finishes nice sweet, crisp and smooth. The aftertaste is sweet with the fresh apple/apple juice. I give this an A+, on heck of an easy drinkable cider. I don’t often drink ciders, but I do like most of them and this one is great. So go out and try Crispin Natural Hard Apple Ciders Artisanal Reserve Honey Crisp. I recommend that you do! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Foothills Brewing IPA of the Month November (NovAmber)

It’s time once again for Foothills IPA of the Month. Here we have November (NovAmber), 6.9% ABV with an IBU of 64. Foothills say that this IPA is bursting with orange flavor, and they use generous amounts of Chinook, Citra and Simcoe hops, they’ve also added a little blood orange essence. November pours a golden orange color with a big four finger fluffy   semi off white head. I found very little light coming through the glass with nice amounts of carbonation bubbles racing to the head. The aroma is bursting with oranges and orange peels. There is a little faint pine like earthiness to the nose also. The taste is much like the aroma with oranges and orange peels with earthy hops around it and touches of piney notes. The orange/orange peels cover most of the bitterness, but as the orange flavor fades the bitterness comes out but just enough to let you know this is an IPA. November has a nice bitter orange finishes with faint hints of piney and earthiness that leads you into a nice sweet like bitter orange after taste that reminds me of fresh oranges. Foothills IPA of the Month November is a solid fruity IPA the way I like them, so I would give this an A-. I really enjoyed the orange flavors and it went well the bitter hops. The orange also covers up the bitterness a bit which is also good. This is a well-brewed IPA most enjoyable to drink. I recommend that you try Foothills Brewing IPA of the Month November. So go out and try this Foothills Brewing IPA of the Month November. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!      

Monday, November 10, 2014

Foothills Brewing People's Porter

As we get deep into the fall and closer to winter the store shelves are getting more and more dark beer upon them. I do enjoy dark beers, which has a wide range of styles, dunkers, dunkelweizens, dopplebock, schwarzbier, porter, and stout. Here is a porter from Winston-Salem North Carolina, Foothills Brewing People’s Porter, 5.8% ABV. People’s porter is an English-style porter. People’s Porter pours a dark rube to a black color with a three and a half finger brown thick head that slowly fades into wonderful foamy, creamy lacing. The aroma upon People’s Porter is chocolaty with light hints of some caramel. The taste is similar to its aroma with chocolate and caramel, also there is toffee notes with a slight herbal bitterness that follows that, but nothing overwhelming, People’s Porter has an IBU of 42.  This People’s Porter finish nicely with a pleasant hint of espresso and faint chocolate but more of the espresso is present. The after taste is a nice lingering chocolaty espresso flavor that slowly fades into the next sip of this beer. I enjoyed Foothills Brewing People’s Porter and I would give this a B+. This is a solid English-style Porter, and it is not too heavy or bitter on your taste buds, nor is it too strong. I found People’s Porter to be on the easier side of drinkability throughout the entire pint. I really have grown to like what Foothills Brewing is putting out there. They are brewing great beers! I recommend trying Foothills Brewing People’s Porter, so go out and pick this People’s Porter up and try it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!