Spicy Mango Cart by Golden Road Brewing

 

Rating: 6/6

Spicy Mango Cart by Golden Road Brewing is a 3.2% ABV American Pale Wheat Ale brewed with Mangos with Tajin Habanero added

One of the best mango beers ever, this beer was inspired by the fruit cart vendors that sell the fruits with chile like tajin and chamoy. Of all the mango beers I have tried, none have come close to how ridiculously this taste like natural mango. I had yet to bring this one the site so when my friend brought it to an impromptu tasting, I had to take a picture and do an anime pairing. This pairing was with one of my favorite characters, Temari Sabakuno from the Naruto series. Her colors were the best for this pairing as she goes well with the yellows and oranges.

 

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Renewal by 4th Tap

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Renewal by 4th Tap is a 5.8% ABV American Pale Wheat Ale brewed with Tamarind

Label:
Tart, energizing, curious, and refreshing.

==Introduction==

I cannot recall the last time I had a beer with Tamarind other than the Jolly Pumpkin Forgotten Tales of the Last Gypsy Blender Series 1 Volume one which had both Mango and Tamarind. Thanks to my friend Aaron Mendiola at BeerMetalDude.com, we bring forth the next brew in the line from 4th tap. A rare ingredient in beer but a major ingredient in Mexican drinks, candy and cuisine. I love tamarind and definitely worth a try for a home brew. This is the second brew from 4th tap that I have had while the Sorghum one was interesting, I cannot pass judgment on a brewery unless I try more. With this one however, I think I can very well say that I will be able to tell how good this is in terms of tamarind. Cheers!!

Aromas:
Tamarind, sugar cane, mild dark fruit raisins, stone fruit hints, pecan hints, citrus, lemon, peppercorns and coriander hints.

Flavors:
Rich tamarind, dark fruit raisins, figs, dates, plums, toffee, Cane sugar, biscuit bread, rye bread, coriander hints, citrus, lemon peel, lemon grass, stone fruit mango, peach, musty grapes, agave nectar, raspberry hints, cranberry hints, pecan pie hints, cinnamon hints, ginger ale, peppercorn, clove spice hints, tropical fruit papaya hints, passion fruit hints and dragon fruit hints.

Aftertaste:
Finishes sweet and slightly tart with hints of tamarind and vanilla. No alcohol in the taste, honey colored clear body, crisp, clean and refreshing mouthfeel with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
Very delicious brew. Super-duper refreshing and the type you can have several for the summer. This one definitely shined with tamarind. The tamarind wasn’t over powering in terms of being the dominant flavor but the combination with the style of beer its surely gave way to other complex flavors that I could try to find. I highly recommend this one for sure and get several if you can find it. Definitely a gate way for those that love Agua Fresca de Tamarindo.

Anime Corner:
Mei Terumi from Naruto was chosen for this pairing as I wanted not only to pair with the tamarind colors but the color of the label tool. Her laying down next to the waterfall goes well with the label. Some people use waterfalls to meditate or relax as the sounds definitely become a form of therapy for many. So renewal is definitely a them with the art pairing. Her brown hair is for the tamarind.

Sources:
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Peach Honey Wheat Ale by Brew Rebellion

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Peach Honey Wheat Ale by Brew Rebellion is a 6.5% ABV American Pale Wheat Ale with Peaches and Honey.

Label:
No Description.

==Introduction==

Obtained this one through a trade with my friend Neal from work for some of my homebrew. This is one I have seen before but had not had a chance to try it. It is a fruit heffeweizen with honey but unlike mines which is made with Black Cherries, this is made with peaches. One of the first concerns that I had when I originally brewed the beer back in last year was when it tasted kind of tart. This year, it is expected. So the only thing I can tell from this is that this beer, especially since peaches are tart, is that this will be a tart sour heff. Let’s see what this one is about. Cheers!

Aromas:
Honey notes, Funky and tart stone fruit peach, apricots, floral notes, wheat bread, coriander spice, clove spice, wine grape hints, lemon and cane sugar.

Flavors:
Tart Stone fruit Peach, apricots, cane sugar, honey, coriander hints, biscuit bread, wheat bread, citrus, tangerine candy, pineapple hints, wine grape notes, funky floral hints, banana, clove spice, passion fruit, peach cobbler hints, lemon hints and waffle cone.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with tart stone fruit peach notes, honey, floral notes, wine grape hints, wheat bread but mainly dry finish. No alcohol in the taste, honey colored amber light to medium body, crisp, clean and refreshing mouthfeel and an easy to moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A very tart wheat beer that definitely stands out to more of a Berliner weisse with peaches and honey than sweet peach. The honey gets more noticeable as the beer warms up which helps balance the beer. It is definitely nice for those that enjoy sours and this one is delightful. Thanks again to my friend Neal for hooking me up with this brew.

Anime Corner:
Princes Peach Toadstool from Mario Bros. And Samus Aran from Metroid were used in this pairing as I wanted to pair with the name of the beer. Peach being the peach and Samus the honey. The goal I was going with this is that I have used Samus and honey when I made a double IPA last year so trying to find a character that related to honey to go along with Peach was definitely a task. Overall, I like how this one paired up.

Sources:
http://wallpaperswa.com/Games/Mario/mario_samus_aran_solid_snake_peach_princess_peach_1280x1079_wallpaper_1755/download_1600x1200
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I’ll Be Your BasilBerry by Five Stones brewing

12525375_10103028607493270_5170165392003218119_oRating: 4.5/5

I’ll Be Your BasilBerry by Five Stones brewing of Cibolo Texas is a 6.5% ABV American Pale Wheat ale handcrafted with Fresh Blackberries and Basil.

Label:
Batch 1 year brewed 2015
Contains fruit sediment
Chill 24 hours before opening

==Introduction==

Received from a trade my friend and fellow beer reviewer, Aaron Mendiola from BeeMetaldude.com had sent to me. I have had many beers from Five Stones all thanks to him and hope to get more in the future. This time around, we have a blackberry and basil wheat beer. The sounds of it remind me of the time I tried a Blackberry beer in the past from Sam Adams. It was one of my favorites at the time. Now exploring something unique, I am glad to give another Blackberry brew a place here on the site. So let’s see what this one is about.

Aromas:
Biscuit bread, herbal tea notes, sweet grapefruit hints, orange peel, earthy hop notes, brown sugar, dark fruit notes of raisins, blackberries, currants, blueberries, peppercorn, coriander, clove spice, ginger spice hints and piloncillo sugar cone.

Flavors:
Dark fruit raisins, blackberries, currants, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, banana and strawberry yogurt, blackberry cobbler, peppercorn, coriander, clove spice, ginger spice hints, basil, vanilla, herbal tea notes, sweet grapefruit hints, orange peel, earthy hop notes, brown sugar, piloncillo hints, biscuit bread and toasted rye bread with berry jelly.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with dark fruit notes, herbal notes, spices, vanilla, earthy notes, strawberry and banana yogurt hints. No alcohol in the taste, rich full amber and peach body, smooth, creamy, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel and a moderate to sipping drinkinability.

Overall:
A very delicious brew with so much going around. One thing to note is careful when opening this one up. It does seem to be a bit more carbonated but that’s typical of some delicious strong wheat, sour or fruit beers. Regardless, so much flavors of the dark fruit berries with the citrusy oranges and herbal notes making this more of a blackberry tea beer. I definitely recommend this one if you like fruit and herbal beers.

Anime Corner:
Lily Salvatana from Tre Donne Crudeli “Outlaw” Django was used in this pairing to pair with the cowboy in the label but also works well since her is dark purple like the blackberries of the beer that his presents. Also, the overall colors of the beer complement the artwork showing many instances of how well the pairing works.

Sources:
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Canebrake by Parish Brewing

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Canebrake by Parish Brewing is a 4.9% ABV American Pale Wheat Ale brewed with Louisiana sugar cane.

Label:
This delicious beer was brewed and bottled in small batches with great care and passion for our craft, by Parish Brewing Co, in Broussard, Louisiana.

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with Louisiana sugarcane! A new Louisiana tradition in the works. Crisp and easy to drink, this sparingly hopped American wheat focuses attention on the understated sweet remnants of sugarcane.

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A beer brewed with sweet cane stalks? Yes, Please!! Growing up in Mexico I use to enjoy fresh sugar cane stalk. Now there is such a thing in beer. Wow, what won’t brewers do to make such awesome little beers like this. I gotta give special thanks to my friend Aaron at www.beermetaldude.com for hooking me up with this brewsky from Louisiana. One that we do not here in California. Hopefully one day we will see it here. If you find it, let me know what you think, cheers!

Aromas:
Sugar cane stalk juice, agave syrup hints, peach, guava hints, honey comb, peppercorn, coriander spice, biscuit bread, stone fruit, tropical hints, citrus and mango tang.

Flavors:
Orange, lemon zest, peppercorn, farmhouse hay, guava, stone fruit peach, mango hints, sugar cane stalk juice, agave hints, prickly pear, passion fruit, dragon fruit hints, coriander spice, wheat bread, pear, apple, biscuit bread, caramel, vanilla hints, grassy notes and honey comb.

Aftertaste:
Citrus, biscuit bread, peppercorn, farmhouse hints, floral hop notes, sugarcane stalk juice and tropical fruits. No alcohol in the taste. Easy to drink, crisp, refreshing, medium body, light mouthfeel and a great summer beer.

Overall:
Very good wheat ale. This is the first Sugar cane beer I have ever had. As a young kid, I used to love the Mexican vendors growing up that would sell the sugar cane stalk. You would munch on the stalk to extract the sweet nectar and get rid of the grassy remains. This beer reminds me of that and it does had some flavors reminiscent of those days for me.

Anime Corner:
Yugito from Naruto was chosen to pair in this beer because not only was it the first time I try a beer from Parish brewing but the first time I bring Yugito into the beer world here on the site. She is the host of the Two Tailed Cat beast from the series. Her golden hair represents the threads of cane stalk while the green in some instances reminds me of the tropical fruits and sugar that are brought from this beer. The bead necklace she wears on her arm represents like that of religion which the name of the brewery, Parish, is what is represents. The demon cat represents the complexity of flavors that even such a beer at a low ABV can hold. So basically, it is like her unleashing that fury out,

Sources:
http://fidjera.deviantart.com/art/Comiss-Nii-Yugito-288008332
http://www.hcomicbook.com/imglink/gallery/ecb90476404ee97e93e88c7beba6ffbc9a59dcb1.jpg

Blood & Honey by Revolver brewing

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Blood & Honey by Revolver brewing is a 7% ABV American Pale Wheat Ale brewed with Blood Orange peel, honey and spices.

Label:
An unfiltered deep-golden ale made with malted two-row barley and wheat. Finished with Blood Orange peel, Texas honey and a blend of spices.
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Straight out of Texas, this dual gunner beer was a generous donation by my friend Aaron Mendiola of www.beermetaldude.com. The name alone is enough to make me want to try it. Blood Oranges or beers with Blood Orange are a treat that doesn’t really come out often. While Blood Oranges themselves taste just like Oranges but look like bloody pulp, it is still intriguing as the mind tends to believe there is a possibility that it taste like something more. Like when giving a blind test people vanilla pudding with brown food coloring, they will say it taste like chocolate. The mind tends to add things. Anyway, aside from that, I am looking for to try this one and to see how it fares. Cheers!

Aromas:
Honey comb, caramel, toffee, grapefruit hints, citrus, biscuit bread, piloncillo sugar cone, maple hints, wheat, peach, mango, blood oranges, lemon zest, coriander spice, strawberry hints, banana yogurt and clove spice.

Flavors:
Honey comb, caramel, biscuit bread, bananas, clove spice, piloncillo, peach, mango hints, cinnamon, maple hints, grapefruit, blood oranges, lemon zest, coriander spice, herbal hop bitterness, wheat bread, strawberry hints and pumpkin hints.

Aftertaste:
Honey comb, peach, strawberry hints, lemon zest, blood orange peel, wheat bread and herbal hop bitterness. No alcohol in the taste. Crisp and refreshing. Medium drinkability, medium mouth feel with a hazy full body.

Overall:
This beer is very good. There is an underlying sweetness in the that is moderately complex which I really believe is attributed to the ingredients used in the beer. This is not the typical wheat ale and has a lot of interesting things going on here. While beer itself is not red, there is nothing left but the taste and aromas to decipher what it is truly like. I can definitively say I like this one and it is worth trying.

Anime Corner:
Revy from Black Lagoon was used in this pairing to go with the brewery’s dual wield label. The blood orange aspect of the beer pays tribute to the deadly but sweet aspect of who Revy. While cold hearted and ruthless as she is for killing, the honey comes into play to show that sweet side of her that is typically not a part of her. It more likely balances her character out in a way. The moon in the background picture also pairs with the name of the beer because Blood and Honey have been 2 different types of descriptions given to some of the moons colors depending on the year season. Revy’s orange aura also compliments the blood oranges as well.

Sources:
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http://konachan.com/image/b8018a13b685954f4641036e1e4ff011/Konachan.com%20-%2053635%20ass%20black%20black_lagoon%20hiroe_rei%20revy%20vector.jpg

Mr Pineapple by SanTan Brewing

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Mr Pineapple by SanTan Brewing is a 5% ABV is an American Pale Wheat Ale brewed with Natural Pineapple Juice.

Label:
Mr Pineapple was conceived for SanTan Brewing Company’s annual Luau day. Fresh pineapple juice is added to a traditional Wheat beer during fermentation to add a refreshing tropical flavor this fruity ale! The pineapple is balanced with a firm malt character and a slightly spiced hint of clove. Mr. Pineapple is the perfect way way to beat the heat on a warm summer day!
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A special thanks for the hook up to the lord of beermetaldude.com, Aaron Mendiola. This beer comes from Arizona and is brewed by SanTan. Being so close to California, I have yet to try an Arizona brew. This is my first and this awesome. I was able to get a second can to do a review later one but just the honor of bringing a SanTan beer to the reviews is awesome. This one is a pineapple wheat beer. I have tried a Watermelon wheat beer before which really was not that great unfortunately. You be the judge on that one though. I really hope this one does better but I will only be able to tell once we do the review. So let’s go and cheers!

Aromas:
Banana, clove spice, peppercorns, biscuit bread, citrus, pineapple hints, vanilla, caramel, floral notes, honey, honey dew melon, herbal spices and old mango.

Flavors:
Bananas, clove spice, Pineapple hints, tangerine, citrus, honey, passion fruit, old mango, honey dew melon, Orange, peppercorns, biscuit bread, ,mango, vanilla, caramel, floral notes, lemon peel and honeycomb.

Aftertaste:
Pineapple, banana, citrus, biscuit bread, clove spice and lemon peel linger. No alcohol in the taste, easy to drink refreshing and crisp. Light to medium mouth feel, and clear body.

Overall:
This is very good. It is like the Belgian wit meets German heff but on the tropical fruitier side. I can easily see my self buy several of these for a nice summer day as it is pretty refreshing. The addition of the pineapple gives it some nice tropical character without taking too much from the Belgian wit goodness. In fact it does compliment it a bit. A very nice beer if you can find it.

Anime Corner:
Original character by artist Happoubi Jin was chosen for this pairing to show case some of the label art work as well as the beer flavors. While the pineapple up in the corner is represents the pineapple flavor of the beer, the lady in the picture is representative of Mr./Miss Pineapple. Her colors are those that compliment the label well. The green of the stem and the blonde hair of the skin of pineapple. Her eyes give way to the Belgian aspect as in their use of special yeast gives nice fruity flavors and in some Belgians, the dark fruits.

Sources:
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A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ by Lagunitas

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A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ by Lagunitas is a 7.5% ABV American Pale Wheat Ale

Label: 
So, we’re all on collective disability. That’s cool. Let’s put some ice on it and keep ourselves elevated for a while. So, what’s on the tube..? Honey..? Get me a beer from the fridge… Will ya..? Sweetie..? Pleeease..?”
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I had this beer a couple of times in the past. Haven’t had a chance to review it until as I was able to snag some left over bottles from my friend’s house, he wanted me to keep them. 

First aromas you get right off the bat are piney, grassy, herbal and grapefruit hops, honey, pineapple, biscuit bread, apricot, wheat, citrus and a touch of mango.

The flavors are of honey, grassy, herbal, floral, piney and grapefruit hops, caramel, pineapple, wheat, biscuit bread, orange juice, coriander spice, lemon, apricot, mango, candi sugars and some papaya notes.

This is not a very common style, however, with the flavors similar to an IPA but with a lot of tropics and moving into the realms of wheat beer, I say this has got a lot of good tropical stuff going on. It is a very nice beer with well hidden alcohol and great tropical flavor.

Blue Moon Agave Nectar Ale by Coors Brewing

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Blue Moon Agave Nectar Ale by Coors Brewing is a 5.6%ABV American Pale Wheat Ale

Label: 
Inspired by our brewmaster’s travels through Mexico, our limited summer release is crafted with agave nectar for a subtle sweetness and a smooth, crisp finish.
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Growing up I used to drink non-alcoholic agave juice. It was basically a sugary juice that was made from the extract of the agave plant. That stuff was very good. When you try Tequila, its that sugary plant flavor that is the agave. So when I saw this I wanted to see what it was all about. The fragrance is very mild. Adjunct grains, almost wheat, sweet agave notes, minor notes of wheat, orange, corn, cereal and sugar. What can be said, it is definitely close to a lager. The flavors are a little more interesting. You do get that sugary plant flavor of the agave (not sure how much is artificial), cereal grains, touch of wheat, cane sugar sweetness, citrus orange, mild hop and grain bitterness, that sweet corn flavor mixed in with agave, Wasn’t the best Agave beer I’ve ever had, (The best being the Tequila Barrel Aged Barley Wine from Cucapa of Mexicali), but still brings some of that minor agave sugary flavor I remember as a kid. Agave beers aren’t that common. So to find something like this which is at least decent is pretty good in my book. Blue Moon for many is faux craft, but for me it is a great way to introduce craft beer to people. A craft gateway. Blue Moon has been trying out different ideas and even if it does come from macros, I’ll still give it a shot. Blue Moon, Shocktop and New Belgium’s Fat Tire were craft gateways for me. So why wouldn’t I recommend some :P. In terms of this beer, some people that are not into craft beer may like this. Now I am wondering how this will mix with a Tequila mixed drink as it is light enough to probably mix with something :P.