Archive for the ‘American Pale Wheat Ale’ Category

I picked up another Modern Times beer that got favorably reviewed on one of the podcasts I listened to. I’m all about a hoppy wheat, so let’s crack this open.


ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Fortunate Islands shares the characteristics of an uber-hoppy IPA and an easy drinking wheat beer. A massive dose of Citra and Amarillo hops gives it a blastwave of tropical hop aromatics: mango, tangerine, and passionfruit all leap out of the glass. Brewed with 60% wheat malt, Fortunate Islands also has the mild, nutty malt backbone, reasonable ABV, and restrained bitterness to make it an outstanding session beer.”

Random: The simplicity of their can art makes them stand out on the shelves.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was lightly hazy and straw yellow in color. It had a lot of carbonation visible. On first sniff, this was way more like a hoppy pale ale than a wheat ale. It had a lot of grass, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Orange segments were present too. At the end, I thought I caught a hint of wheat, but this beer was really hoppy. The taste was exactly what I thought it would be from the nose. It was super grassy with grapefruit flesh and pith. The tropical fruit note manifested like mango and made it really bright. Tangerine body spray came through next. There was that same touch of wheat at the end of the sip, but this was all about the hops. Where it did remind me of a wheat beer was in the body. It was light with a lot of carbonation, which would make this easy to pound. The finish was quick, but had the tangerine room spray note. A pounder can of this was $3.50 ($.22 per ounce), which is a bit expensive for the style. Despite the price, if we got distribution of this, I would get it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I can’t remember the last time that I’ve had passion fruit, but more and more beers are using it (like this Avery beer) and I’m a fan.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “EXHILARATING ALE. We’ve kicked it up a notch by adding a tropical twist to this refreshing ale. Get amped on Passion Fruit Kicker—a jaw-dropping, mouth-watering, smooth brew with sweet, tart, fruity flavor. We layer passion fruit tea and passion fruit juice with wheat malt and 2-row malted barley to bring you this exhilarating crowd pleaser. Your palate will do a 360 for more of this luscious wheat ale.”

Random: I want to go back to Hawaii. The fruit there was ridiculously good.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and straw-yellow in color. I couldn’t see much carbonation due to the haziness. The nose was tart and juicy passion fruit. Some mango came through as well with wheat to back it up. This smelled like a summer beer to me. The taste was pretty tart up front and had a lot of authentic passion fruit as opposed to passion fruit flavoring. It also had mango and wheat with Cara Cara orange flesh. There was some bready malt at the end of this, which made the body a bit thick. It had a lot of carbonation, with assisted with the drinkability. The finish was quick, but filled with passion fruit and citrus flesh. A bottle of this was $1.92 ($.16 per ounce). I really enjoyed this beer. It would make for a great barbecue beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

During my trip to California, I picked up a few beers to have in the hotel room. Although I was there for 2 weeks, I didn’t get to try much since I had the flu for half of my time there. This was the first beer I tried and they don’t have distribution to New Jersey. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer is smooth with lingering tastes of honey. It is made right here in Poway from wild flowers and cloves. This is a very drinkable beer for both the novice craft beer drinker to the experienced triple IPA beer guy. We have gone through kegs of this beer already.”


The beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass, albeit not much. The body was cloudy and bright golden orange in color. There was soda-like carbonation visible. On the nose, I got huge amounts of floral honey and light citrus (ripe clementines). A cracker quality was there too, I assumed from the yeast. The taste was a bit different. I got the same floral honey note first and then orange oil, almost like a furniture cleaner. The citrus wasn’t intense, but provided a counterbalance to the honey. It had orange rind too. The sip finished with biscuit. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was quick and sweet from the honey. The bomber was $6.99 ($.32 per ounce), which was quite affordable. I thought this beer was pretty good, although more than a bomber would have been too much of the orange oil note that I got. Despite that, if you see it, it’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is from a brewery I have absolutely no experience with. After some research, I found that it’s about 2 years old and in Virginia and owned by veterans. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “From sea to shining sea was once only a dream. This dream became a reality thanks to a band of 33 travelers who braved the western expanse of America. Lead by two of America’s greatest expeditionaries, they traveled over the mountains and valleys, through the plains and across the rivers, building friendships and narrowly escaping death from their enemies. Starvation nearly took them, but the steadfast devotion and help of a native woman brought them to eternal glory. Let us remember the Corps of Discovery with the American Expedition, a light bodied American wheat ale. Bathed in farmers honey and spiced with ginger, it will give any traveler the fortitude and perseverance to carry on.”

Random: I’m craving Thai food. There is a place by my house that is supposedly good, so maybe I will have to try it.

This beer poured with a thick, three finger, pure white head. It was very slow to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy light yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose was light, but had ginger, wheat, honey and Meyer lemon notes. The taste had the same wheat and lemon zest. There was ginger as well, but it was very light. There was also a dash of white pepper. The body was thin with moderate carbonation. It had a quick, bright finish with wheat. This was $1.99 for the can, which came to $.17 per ounce. This was a really refreshing beer that would have made for a great summer drinker. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

And we’re back into end of quarter. This tends to be one of the easier end of quarters, although I have my doubts. The company we deliver for announced two new furniture lines that are set to come out in the Fall, so I think that will increase the volume for this quarter. At least it will keep me busy. Onto the beer…


ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A bright and flavorful American Wheat Ale with a bready malt profile and delicious, juicy mango fruit undertones.”

Random: Grilled ripe mango on the barbecue became one of my favorite things this summer.

This beer poured with a one and a half finger white head that dissipated very slowly. It left a lot of spiderweb lacing on the glass. It also left a slight crown on top of the body. The body was a clear, dark yellow color with high carbonation visible. The nose was incredibly fragrant and fruit. It had the most authentic mango scent that I’ve ever had in a beer. Wheat and light orange citrus came through as well. After how great the nose was, the taste was a huge letdown. It did have mango, but it wasn’t nearly as pungent or authentic. It tasted a bit stale. Wheat came through too, and then a bitter, grassy hop bite was present at the end. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with old mango. This was $1.42 for the single ($.12 per ounce), which is definitely affordable, but there are so many better options out there. Maybe this would be better on tap?

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

On our way home from Portland, we only needed to visit two more breweries for a tee-shirt, so we stopped in South Portland at Sea Dog. We pulled up and it was obvious that this was more of a brewpub than an actual brewery. We sat at the bar and I asked the bartender what the smallest beer I could get was. She said I could get a sampler paddle of 6 or a full beer. She then disappeared for 10 minutes. When she came back, I managed to get a 10 ounce beer so that she would sign our passport. The space itself was fine, albeit a little old. They also had a Bloody Mary bar, which I thought was a brunch bar. I didn’t see any food, but the place was just a bit sad. We left and were on our way to the last brewery stop in Maine.


ABV: 4.4%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Try our new refreshingly light and crisp Strawberry Best! we start with an American Wheat style recipe that’s a perfect compliment for fruit. We add real strawberry puree to the secondary fermentation, which gives the beer a naturally subtle strawberry flavor and aroma with a slight tartness. light in color and soft in bitterness this beer is designed to specifically to be enjoyed during the hot summer months.”

Random: I used to love Sea Dog, but I guess I grew out of them.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. A very tiny crown was left on top of the clear, straw yellow body that had moderate carbonation visible. The nose smelled like strawberry soda or strawberry candy. There wasn’t anything else that I picked up from this. The taste was like lightly flavored strawberry seltzer with artificial sweetener. It didn’t have a huge amount of flavor, but what was there was bad. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with artificial sweetness. This beer was pretty awful. At $1.67 a bottle ($.14 per ounce), this isn’t expensive, but it isn’t worth drinking.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

One of the things that I’ve seen more and more in the beer world is trendy styles. For awhile, session beers were really in style and then wheat-IPA hybrids. This beer combines both into a session-wheat-IPA. I have nothing against either of these trends…honestly, I just enjoy trying new beers. But, some people are very passionate about these things. The latest one being alcoholic root beers, which everyone seems to have an opinion on. I guess we’ll wait and see what the next new thing is.


ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by Ohio’s ‘little sure shot’ Annie Oakley, our Session Wheat IPA is peppered with rounds of whole orange peel and fully loaded with Jarrylo hops.”

Random: This is a new seasonal for 2015 and is available in 6 and 12 packs along with being kegged.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy light yellow with moderate carbonation and visible floaties. The nose was more towards wheat than IPA. It had bright orange notes with wheat. The taste was a balance between wheat and IPA. It started with orange, wheat and sweetness and quickly went into lemon rind and grassy bitterness. It had a light body with light carbonation. It may have been an old bottle, but definitely needed some more. The finish was quick with grass and lemon. This was $1.67 per bottle, which came to $.14 per ounce. This was a pretty simple beer that I had no problem throwing back, but it wasn’t anything to knock my socks off, which is surprising because Great Lakes puts out some outstanding beers.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0