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806. Burial Beer Co Scythe Rye

Burial Beer Scythe RyeWhile in line waiting at Bissell Brothers I started talking with the guy behind me. Turns out he was there from North Carolina and had brought some beer up with him. He was looking for some beer from Maine Beer Company and I happened to have a few bottles in my truck so we made a little trade after we gt our beer from Bissell, It’s always fun to meet new people while waiting in lines, really what else are you going to do.

I know nothing about Burial Beer Co but I ended up with a can of this and their Skillet Donut Stout which sounds interesting. This rye IPA pours a deep red color with a very thick off white head. It took several pours to get the glass to the point of this picture. Aroma was slightly sweet but mostly citrus and grapefruit. Based on the appearance and the nose I was expecting good things but the taste was a bit of a let down with a lot more spice and sweetness from the malts and very little of the grapefruit/citrus hops coming through. This beer also had a big bitter finish that didn’t work for me.

Overall not a bad beer and seems like they were going for more of a traditional English style IPA than I typically enjoy.  
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Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 66
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Brewers Website: Burial Beer Co.
Brewers Description: An aggressive harvest tool with a dynamic history, the scythe is traditionally used for harvesting crops. But it was adopted by the lower class as an implement of death during times of war and protest. Our Rye India Pale Ale also has a dual nature with the nose of your traditional IPA and the incredible malt complexity of your European pale ale.  We use a healthy dose of malted Rye and Belgian Crystal malts while Summit and Chinook hops add that delicious hop flavor and the exclusive addition of Mosaic in the whirlpool and dry hop adds a profoundly unique blueberry and pineapple aroma.

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776. Devils Backbone Brewing Company Eight Point IPA

Devils Backbone Eight Point IPASecond beer from Devils Backbone and this one is a classic American IPA. Nothing special here but it is a well balanced beer. Mixing floral, grassy hops with a malt sweetness and bit of a pepper spice.

Finish is bitter but not over done. Nice beer but there are 100’s others just like it. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 60
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Brewers Website: Devils Backbone Brewing
Brewers Description: This is the first batch of beer we brewed after the conception of Devils Backbone Brewing Company in 2008. Our brewmaster Jason Oliver was thinking about how to design the IPA when he heard a rustle near his fence line (just touching the woods) where he saw two young proud eight point bucks walking along it. He decided to name the beer after those young bucks as it seemed to fit the spirit of the beer,which is proud, brash, youthful, yet approachable.

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775. Devils Backbone Brewing Company Double Gooch

Devils Backbone Double GoochThis one is a collaboration between Devils Backbone Brewing and Fat Heads Brewery both of which are new to me. I think this beer suffered a bit from age as it was brewed in February and consumed in May so a little over three months.

Appearance is a crystal clear orange with a very thin white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was muted piney dank hops and a bit of alcohol. Taste followed but there was also a fair amount of herbal, spicy and floral hops which took away from the dank, resiny hops. My favorite IPAs are citrus or tropical fruit followed by the dank, pine hops and then a distant third are the herbal, spicy, floral hops. I had high hopes for this one from the aroma but lost that in the taste.

This could be an entirely different beer fresh so this review may not be accurate if you can find a fresh batch give it a try as it is a solid beer. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 80
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Brewers Website: Devils Backbone Brewing
Brewers Description: Double Gooch Imperial International Pale Ale uses distinctive Southern Hemisphere hops from Australia and New Zealand alongside some bright and juicy US hops. Fat Heads Brewery brewed a Gooch Pale Ale using Southern Hemisphere hops this summer and we decided to brew a bigger danker version.

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774. The Unknown Brewing Co. Over the Edge

The Unknown Brewing Co Over the Edge IPAAnother beer from a new brewery for me, this one comes from The Unknown Brewing Co. Really nice looking can, simple and appealing.

The beer was just OK with a nice copper color. Aroma was light and quite sweet, not getting a lot of hops so not all that good for an IPA. Taste has some grassy, pine and floral hops but nothing too impressive.

Can did not have a date on it so the beer may have suffered from being old but there is no way to tell.
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Alcohol Content: 6.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: The Unknown Brewing Co
Brewers Description: If You’re Not Living On The Edge, You’re Taking Up Too Much Space

We’ve never been to India and neither has this beer. We believe the American Style has changed what an IPA is. More Hops, more grain, and more flavor. This is an American IPA.

Over the Edge takes a great balance of 5 grains and then ramps it up with West Coast hops that were born in the shadows of the cascades. We use these Hops in 7 different additions to create an adventure from the beginning of the sip all the way to the burp.

This beer has a blood orange color and thick white head. The beer starts with great hop aroma and malty sweetness followed by citrus orange full bodied flavor, finishing with clean piney end and cascade aroma’s. This beer will not only show you what an American IPA is, it will take you Over the Edge!

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773. Asheville Brewing Company Shiva IPA

Asheville Brewing ShivaFirst beer from Asheville Brewing Company in North Carolina.

Huge flufffy head with very large bubbles. Took me multiple pours to fill the glass. Aroma was very weak with light floral hops but not much else. Starts with sweet malts, followed by some floral grassy hops. Finish is slightly bitter and very dry.

Average beer at best.
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 69
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Brewers Website: Asheville Brewing
Brewers Description: A crisp, citrusy India Pale Ale with a light color, Shiva will destroy all your preconceptions of an I.P.A. A transcendentally simple malt bill accents a generous helping of Columbus hops, lending an intense floral aroma with hints of grapefruit and a pleasant bittering quality. Your palette will be lifted to higher planes of consciousness with a bittersweet finish.

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737. Wicked Weed Brewing Lusas Naturae

Wicked Weed Lusas NaturaeWicked Weed has been getting lots of great press and rave reviews for their beer. Most of their beer is sold out of their tasting room, restaurant and their new Funkatorium but some of it makes it into bottles. I traded for a few bottles last fall and finally got around to opening my first bottle, Lusus Naturae which is their double IPA with brett.

Appearance is typical of the style with a deep orange color and a bright white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma is heavy on the hops and light on the brett, lots of grapefruit, melon and citrus and only a bit of funk. Taste starts with the same melon and citrus but that gives way to some dank hops which are quickly replaced with a mild brett funk. Finished dry with very little bitterness.

Really nice double ipa with only a little funk which makes this a very approachable brett DIPA. It would be interesting to revisit this beer in a year to see how the brett developed but this was my only bottle. 
Pros:
Nice mild brett character
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Alcohol Content: 8.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Wicked Weed
Brewers Description: Lusus Naturae is a dry, North Carolina Double IPA brewed with North Carolina grown Riverbend Malt. It is dry hopped with over 3 pounds per barrel of Mosaic, Amarillo, and Centennial and finished with our house Brettanomyces strain. Drink this hoppy goodness fresh or lay it down to bring out the Funk.

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717. Sierra Nevada / Ashville Brewers Alliance Tater Ridge

Tater RidgeContinuing to make my way through the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack. Over the past few months the 12-pack has been go to when I don’t have a growler or a fresh IPA/pale ale to go to, however that does not happen very often. I may finally finish them off later this week.

Tater Ridge is collaboration with Asheville Brewers Alliance and the bottle description states “Scottish Ale brewed with Sweet Potatoes”, which sounds interesting. It pours a very deep reddish brown with an off white head. Aroma is sweet with no discernible hop character (not that I was expecting any from a Scottish Ale).

Taste is interesting with a sweet dark fruit (or maybe vegetable). This beer continues to develop as it warms. Another decent beer from this 12-pack but still not that exciting.
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Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 35
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Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: The Asheville area is a brewing hotspot nestled in the mountains of North Carolina. Tater Ridge was brewed by something of a craft beer super group made up of members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance. We’re fortunate to call these passionate and talented brewers our neighbors, and we hope this unique ale will be the first of many collaborations to come.

We’ve made plenty of new friends in the nearly 30-strong Asheville Brewers Alliance (ABA) since we started brewing in North Carolina. Two of whom—John Stuart of Green Man Brewery and Luke Dickinson of Wicked Weed Brewing—led this collaboration recipe and work tirelessly to bring creativity and a deep-seated love of locally made craft beer to the Appalachian Mountains.

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657. NoDa Brewing Hop, Drop ‘n Roll

NoDa Brewing Hop Drop n RollHop Drop ‘n Roll is another beer that was on my list of beers to try. Thankfully a contact in Virginia pulled together a box including this beer and a few others from the area. First thing I like about this beer is it comes in 16 oz cans. For me 16 oz of beer with dinner is just about right especially when the beer is in the 7-9% ABV range.

This beer is very clear and a bit darker than a lot of the IPAs I have reviewed. Solid off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was a nice mix of citrus, pine resin and sweet malts.

Taste was extremely well balanced and had the same mix of citrus, pine and sweet malt with a lingering bitter finish. Overall this is an extremely well done IPA. If you enjoy balance in your IPAs this is the one for you.
Pros:
Balance, balance, balance
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Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 81
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: NoDa Brewing
Brewers Description:
 2014 World Beer Cup® Gold Award Winner, American-Style IPA. Hops in your face. Crisp, mouthwatering, American citrus hops dominate for an ideal IPA character. It’s hopped before, during and after the boil with late boil additions of Citra and Amarillo for a complex flavor profile. The rich golden color comes from a blend of English and American base malts accented with substantial amounts of Vienna and Wheat malt. This is the beer that started it all for NoDa Brewing.

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463. Mother Earth Brewing Weeping Willow Wit

Mother Earth Weeping Willow WheatI received this beer as part of a beer-it-forward that I participated in earlier this year. The package I received was from North Carolina and included many local beers that are not distributed in the northeast. Being a Witbier my point of reference is Allagash White which is hard to compete with.

The beer pours a nice pale yellow with a very minimal white head. Aroma is minimal with some lemon and wheat but not a lot happening in the nose. The taste was OK with some corriander, lemon, pepper – typical witbier. Overall this is an easy drinking witbier and something I enjoyed but it does not hold up to Allagash White.
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Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Mother Earth Brewing
Brewers Description: This beer style is over 400 years old, and continues to enjoy overwhelming popularity. Offering low hop bitterness, it is easy to enjoy. It pours very hazy, with a light gold color… we say it’s like summertime in a glass. Bitter orange peel and fresh coriander add zest and depth to this refreshing beer. Our Wit offers a light flavor that carefully balances sweet and tart. Can you guess the secret spice?

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404. Natty Greene’s Southern Pale Ale

Natty Greene's Southern Pale AleThis one came to me as part of a package in the Beer It Forward that I participated in put together by John at Beertography. I got a box of beer from North Carolina including this 12 oz pale ale from Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. This is the first beer I have had from them and it is not very memorable.

Appearance is what you expect from a pale ale, a light orange color with a thin white head. Aroma is minimal with a bit of hops coming through but nothing too impressive. Taste starts off with plenty of malt, then the hops come in but everything is pretty subtle. Overall this is a quality beer but just does not stand out among the very crowded field of pale ales.  
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Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 35
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Brewers Website: Natty Greene’s Brewing Co.
Brewers Description: medium-bodied, deep golden ale with distinct, bitter character and a hoppy, piney, citrus finish

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