This beer was also part of my Craft Beer Club shipment. I thought that I would enjoy this brewery since it is from NC (and I tend to love craft brews from NC). Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with my beer.
Although the look of Frostbite was very appealing, the taste did not come through. Perhaps it was a bad box of beer that came my way - but the aftertaste of the beer was very sour and incredibly unappealing. The sheer fact that it got worse and worse as the beer warmed up made people around me cringe when they sampled the beer. (I also don't credit the pour taste to the high ABV - as other ale's i've had do not have this same residual flavor on my palate).
Overall, it's a beer worth trying once, but that's about it.
I ordered this at a bar one day and came back to the table with my friends. The beer was still in a can and one of them exclaimed "YOU GOT PBR? WHAT!?"
I shrugged, gave him a half smile and drank my beer with even more pleasure. He was completely confused by the situation, until I turned the label around.
Dale's Pale Ale is the best beer in a can in my opinion. It was the pioneer in a revolution to have great canned craft beer - no longer do you have to drink an amazing pale ale in a bottle or pint glass - but you can sip it out of a bottle.
My friend who I referenced above tried the beer and went "Whoa - that had some kick!" He wasn't expecting an ale that was full of hops from a can that "resemebled PBR".
At the end of the day, if you enjoy pale ales this is a good beer to try. If you want to try one of the best canned beers around - you need to pick up a 6 pack.
Said to be the replacement for Full Moon - this beer is the winter version for Blue Moon's seasonal.
The side of the box reads "Made with Beglian Sugar" which concerned me from the onset. I am traditionally an IPA guy, so I like my beers bitter or to have a little bite at the end. Either way, I was ready for a beer that had a malty and caramel flavor. The beer was strong out of the bottle and even before sipping it, I knew that it would be intense.
Upon sipping the beverage, the sugar and caramel flavor hit my palate. It was refreshing, but needed to be a bit colder for my taste. Serving this beer warm or cool is not advised. I recognized that after about a minute, the after-taste was still there and it was strong (not your traditional crisp finish). In fact, the aftertaste was so strong that I found myself running for the crackers and a glass of water.
I wasn't impressed with this beer overall, but recognize that those who enjoy the sweeter side of things may appreciate it a bit more than I do.
I tend to like my pumpkin spiced ales very mild and something that has a hint of pumpkin in it (i.e. see Dogfish Head Punkin Ale). I like some of Saranac's brews but this one is not one of them.
The real reason that I didn't like this beer is that it overwhelmed me with a pumpkin taste the moment I sipped it. The aftertaste on my palate was also quite intolerable that had me reaching for the only other beer at the party (a PBR!). I think that while Pumpkin brews around October are very popular - you should steer clear of this one...
Let's compare this to a strong IPA (one of the best ones), Dogfish Head 60 min IPA. This beer in comparison has a much softer bite and aftertaste.
What this really means is that when you drink the beer (in my case, I had it in a bottle) - the taste is not overwhelming. In fact, it underwhelms a little bit, but for those individuals who don't like a hoppy beer - long hammer IPA certainly will help you train your palate to accept and eventually love them. Try this one out for those who are faint of heart for the hops.
I wouldn't call this the most trendy bar in the world - in fact you will find most Duke students here on Tuesday nights enjoying "Big Beer."
A local watering hole though with a lot of hometown feeling, Sati's offers a wide array of beers on draft and in the bottle. Their specials, wings, and overall decorum feels like your standard bar. If you are looking for a place to watch you favorite NFL team, check out Sati's.
You may love pumpkin flavored beers - in fact, you may search them out every time the fall season comes around. Dogfish head produces a great "punkin ale" that mediates your traditional pumpkin flavor and brown ale.
What this really means is that the pumpkin flavor doesn't overwhelm you or stay on your palate after you take a swig. For the true pumpkin ale lover that enjoys the full bodied flavor may NOT enjoy this beer. For first timer pumpkin ale drinkers - try this one first.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this pilsner is truly a delicious beer in a can. For those who are in search of a rich full bodied pislner vs the traditional watered down alternatives - look no further.
The beer pours a golden yellow (if you aren't used to the real pilsens out there - you will be shocked how yellow it is). The bite hits you immediately, but the rich flavor lasts and is smooth on the palate. For a beer in a can this is certainly an A in my book.
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