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Sisters Of The Moon - Mother Earth Brewing

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 402
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: atsprings on 11-08-2009

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Photo of Tilghman
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Had a couple six packs of these during a recent trip to NC. Thought it was a very good craft beer. Poured well, amber in color, good flavor without the overbearing grapefruit taste so common to many IPA's. Nice hops, highly recommend! (238 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special cask with juniper berries added at Flying Saucer Raleigh's 11th anniversary. Served in a standard pint glass a very hazy pale orange with a decent frothy off white head that leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is loads of citrus and just a touch of juniper. The taste is a very nice blend of abundant citrus hops, juniper and sweet malts, leaving a nice bitter citrus finish. The beer is quite light and crisp and very smooth drinking. This is an incredible cask beer, I will certainly seek this one out on cask again! (531 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (dated 11/09) courtesy of atsprings.

Excited to try this new NC brewery, I poured Sisters of the Moon into a dimpled beer mug and let it warm for a few minutes. The attractive ecru head leaves a thick ring of lacing to mark its original height, and several fat splotches of lace thereafter. After retreating, the foam forms a central patch of fat bubbles atop a hazy, honey-golden body. The aroma strikes a great balance between fresh, spicy herbal hops that give off hints of grapefruit and pine, and pale malts that suggest fresh biscuits and caramel. A lot going on in the nose, but not overpowering--I dig it so far.

Oh, yeah...that's a good IPA. Bitter citrus rind opens up the front alongside a biscuity sweetness, but be advised: this is one hoppy "Sista". Earthy skunk-weed, tangerine flesh, and pine resin notes dazzle the sides and back of the tongue and linger on into the finish. A slight toasted nuttiness to the malts as well. Perfect body, equal parts crisp and juicy with a tight carbonation level that accentuates the hoppiness nicely.
Reminds me a lot of Odell's IPA--natural, fresh, hoppy, balanced, and crisp. Very much looking forward to the other Mother Earth beers in my fridge. (1,215 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-Poured a clear and crisp honey orange yellow with lively carbonation into a tulip tasting glass. Nice finger and change of frothy bubbly head that left milkshake like lacing on the glass as it dissolved. Classic.

s-Sweetened candied piny hops. Banana but mostly fun dip style sugary bubblegum. The sweetness dominates the hops.

t-WOW! The taste matches the nose exactly. Candy candy candy! Banana, clove, bubblegum with a touch of hops. Sweetness outweighs the hops by a long shot, but it isn't grossly sweet. The thing that jumps to mind is those candy buttons that come on a sheet of paper. Exactly that flavor and I LOVE it!!!

m/d-Mildly bitter feel and aftertate, very light and mostly sweet and juice like, but plenty easy to drink. Big winner in my book. This was a bigtime sleeper that I was glad to have tried. (823 characters)

Photo of callisbeers
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I reviewed this beer during the weekend when this site crashed. It was my first review ever and now it is gone forever. I don't remember all the greast prose I wrote, but I am sure it was an awesome write up. I do remember that this is a great IPA. Spectacular taste and extremely drinkable. I hope to have this on my home tap someday. (335 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extra sent from cdflem. Thanks man! Pours a nice coppery orange with a tempting, sudsy white head. Eventually reduced to a cap but leaves very nice lacing. Lots of earth and fruit in the nose, fruit scents are light but nice such as citrus, apple, and lemon. Also later on a strange off-smell comes into play...almost a bourbon roastiness? Something of that sort. None of that in the taste though, which by the way is excellent! Fruit is more noticeable. This bottle is dated 5 months ago, but there is still a nice hop bitterness. Sweet candy caramel malts and citrus with a nice tangerine finish on every sip. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, perfect amount of carbonation. Very full-bodied for an American IPA and no alcohol taste. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Very nice taste and body overall, always nice getting an 'A' beer from a random small brewery extra. If I ever see any of Mother Earth's products around I will pick them up for sure. (951 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first offering from Mother Earth. Needless to say I was thrilled to be able to try this one when I was at the mushroom on Friday. The first thing I ordered when I walked into the room, I was definitely not disappointed. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/30/2010.

The pour was nicely done. A rich medium amber in color with a big head of white that towered over the top of the glass. Settling down nicely it produced a good bit of lacing throughout the session, coating the glass up and down. Aroma is led by a shot of caramel and rich piney hops. Blended together nearly seamlessly it really worked quite well. Evening warming just tended to bring about more and more balance to it. Really extremely well put together. As I take the first sip though is really where it began to take off. Nice notes of caramel and wrapped in sheath of what seemed to be Amarillo hops and wonderful citrus flavors that really start to pop. Near perfect feel here as it was heavy and bold enough to keep my interest while the carbonation kept it alive and kept it from becoming too overbearing. Each sip seemed to become closer and closer to a near perfect session IPA as I was soon staring at an empty glass and wondering where the time had gone.

Overall this was enormously solid. Simply put one of the best local IPA's I have had. If this is any indication as to what they are putting out, I am going to be a very, very happy person. (1,458 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Amber color with 1 finger, creamy head. Semi-transparent with small particles floating throughout.
S- Bitter grapefruit, pine, caramel, a little orange and lemon zest.
T- Big pine and grapefruit up front. Caramel and orange join the show mid palette, but is soon overtaken by a bigger pine resin than was present up front. Aftertaste is mainly piney, but has some sweet orange and lemon behind it.
M- Medium body with crisp carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Oily feel with lingering bitterness and a touch of spice.
O- I enjoyed this beer. It definitely had more pine than citrus, but the pine was very well complemented by the citrus and malts. Overall, nicely balanced. I would definitely have this again. (709 characters)

Photo of TheSeeker61
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a half inch head which quickly dissapated. It's an opaque orange in color. The smell is malts, hops. The tongue is a nice hoppy, grapefruit, malt mix with a dry finish.. Taste is very balanced with hops and malts. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this IPA and it's safe to say this one will be explored again and again. (343 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled March 8th 2011, uh .. a little late to the party but I think we can enjoy this.

Out of the bottle a simple nice solid foamy white cap of about three fingers, which settles on a simple cloudy pale amber yellow a little hazy and cloudy. Kind of suspended in animation beer looking and frozen. However, lots of good sticky lacing is all over the glass.

Bouquet is orange wetness, and light bread. Aromatic light citrus, almost kind of powdery drink in a sense. Very nice and pleasant, little bit of pine hop also.

Taste is a big surprise. Sweet caramel sweetness and toffee mixed with a strong hop pine. Citrus notes come out in the finish and coat the throat. Very sweet, and a little sugary syrup like in feel but not too bad still very tolerable. Great lingering hop feel.

WOW I am shocked how good this beer was these guys did a fantastic job. It is a little sweet though so that may put people off but I love this caramel bent and toffee sense it's real unexpected with the hop punch. (1,046 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bauermc for this one. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It is hazy orange in color with a medium white head. There are big pine notes on the aroma. The flavor does not dissapoint. Pine and strong grapefruit up front with a lingering bitterness highlighted by citrus zest. Medium in body and well carbonated. A great little gemof an IPA. (372 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great to see another NC brewer sell their wares here in the triad.Poured into a standard pint a clearl light to medium golden with a tight formed one finger white head that left two rings of broken lace as it settled slowly into a frothy top.Aromas are fresh and citric,they really seem to jump out at ya with a near tropical-like fragrance,a noticeable toasty sweet malt base comes through as well.Not over the top and bitter on the palate with the hops,more well rounded citric flavors,a hefty toasted malt flavors lingers in the finish.Its bright with great hops but enough toasty caramel sweetness to keep it well rounded,a very good IPA in my book. (653 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into the DFH signature glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange with small bubble carbonation release. Small white head forms and dissipates rather quickly leaving behind a little bit of foam around the edges. Nice rings of lacing.

S: Nice piney hops, some light pineapple and orange peel, and a nice grassiness. There is some caramel malt on the backend.

T: Well balanced with some nice grassy hops, a little bit of pine, and light citrus fruits. There is a solid amount of caramel and bready malts to offset the hops.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Has a slight oily feel to it.

O: A very nice American IPA. One that I would be happy to stock my fridge with. The 6.9% is sneaky high, there is no trace of alcohol and its an easy drinker. (759 characters)

Photo of soulfly1492
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sweet malt and mildly bitter citrus hops. Malt is mostly pale, maybe a small dose of crystal. Orange, grapefruit, very faint worty malt aroma.

Appearance: Pale orange. Lots of haze. Investigating closer shows a lot of smaller particles in suspension. Nothing stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Head is clean white and small in height. Good retention and moderate lacing.

Flavor: Nice. Instantly more complex than I expected. The orange and grapefuit blossoms into black pepper spice and light pale malt. Mild alcohol at the aftertaste. Mild apricot, darker fruit than the average IPA.

Mouthfeel: Light bosy. Beautifully smooth and slick. Feels a bit hot in the throat. Finishes barely dry, which is nice and surprising considering the hops. Carbonation is sharp yet mild.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised. Full of a variety of flavors. Bold hope, clean sweet malt, and a decent amount of pepper spice. (909 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Sam, thanks for the great extra!

So, I've had my eye on these cats since they launched their website, even before the brewery started, mostly due to a friend with family in their immediate area. What a GREAT name and image for a brewery. But image isn't everything, just ask Rogue...but I digress. Thrilled to have the opportunity to try one of their flagships.

Pours a golden orange with a finger of head that sticks and gives chantilly lace a run for their money. A GREAT looking beer in my long stemmed glass.

Smell is only a minor step back from the appearance. Nice hoppy citric nose. Malt is also present, leaning towards the light caramel and bready areas.

Taste is also very good. Nice balance between the bitterness and the sweet malt. Some citrus and floral notes. Fresh baked bread with grapefruit. Touch of biscuit. Tangerines in full effect, with a nice malt compliment.

Mouthfeel is damn near perfect. Malt doesn't dominate or add unnecessary viscosity. This feels damn impressive, with some nice active carb keeping things moving along. Finishes clean but with a touch of stickiness and lingering hop bitterness.

Drinkability is wonderful. This is a DAMN impressive AIPA. Thanks, Sam, this was really good. Much appreciated as I sip away to the opening weekend of summer in Ohio. Cheers, mate! (1,338 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a chance to try this beer while on vacation in the Outer Banks, NC. A nice solid IPA, with more sweetness than is typical of the style. Remains well balanced with a great, sticky hop aroma and taste but still has the malt backbone to even it all out. Probably would have been even more enjoyable not being had on a beach. Not available in my city, but would try it again for sure if given the chance. (404 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straight medium gold with a slight 1-finger head. Faint retention but pretty decent light lacing covering the entire glass.

Nose is citrus, with faint sweet grapefruit. Esters definitely present.

Starts with a slight fruit sweetness, then bitters take over and an excellent hop burn in the finish. Sweet grapefruit as in the nose, followed by that serious hop kick.

Great summertime body, not syrupy at all and only slightly creamy. A nice light body for the summer.

It would be very easy to put down several of these in a session. Can't wait to get it on draft. (573 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Tulip Glass

This beer pours up a hazy light gold with a small 1/2 finger head, poor retention, and lots of elaborate lacing. Nose is mostly pine and citrus. Taste is very hop forward and very bitter which is exactly what I think they were going for. Mouthfeel is full (but not thick) and satisfying. Much recommended!!!! (356 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The proverbial end of the line for my encounters with Mother Earth. My propensity for IPAs forced me to save this one for last. Bottled in July 2010.

A: The IPA is golden amber, a bit of a glow to it under the right light. Haze envelops the glass, obscuring the contents. A white head, over two fingers, has left a interconnected web of lace all around the glass. It looks like one big strand.

S: Even fresh out of the fridge, the IPA packs a wallop of citrusy hops into each sniff.

T: A well-balanced IPA. Bitterness tickles the tastebuds immediately, an amuse bouche. Right after the little hop treat, the caramel malts step in with a full, bready flavor. The hoppines returns mid sip and doesn't leave. At all. It lingers long after each sip, a delicious bitterness that has staying power. Before the end, the citrusy hops have pineapple and grapefruit in spades. They are oily, coating the mouth with each sip. Damn this ale is fine when fresh!

M: Hops and lots of 'em. The oily feel concentrates the citrusy bitterness in one place, amplifying the flavors.

D: A very good IPA, loaded with fresh hops and a strong malt character. Get it fresh and the hops'll really show you something. (1,195 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've tried this and the other Mother Earth offerings a number of times on-tap, but this particular serving unit of Sisters of the Moon is my first encounter with an NC-born American IPA bottled from the east-sieed of I-95. 11/09 bottled on date; classy packaging with cool label art. Let's get it on.

The 12-ounce longneck pours hazy orange-tinted golden amber and the brew is capped with a finger-and-a-half's thickness of pale ivory foam. The glossy, fine-grained crown of bubbles settles slowly in my flashy Tripel Karmeliet tulip, depositing a webby sheet of lacing onto the inner walls of the vessel.

The aroma is sweetly fruity and hop-laden, with notes of ripe peaches, mango, and tangerine laced with a musky dose of evergreen, grassy, and dank herbal hops.

The taste is dominated by a potent pale-caramel and burnt-toffee sweetness, with plenty of bitter grass, powdered pine rosin, green herbs, and tooth-squeaking citrus peel oil. The honey/brown-sugary maltiness is plentiful, as is the chlorophyllic, smoky-green lingering hop bitterness, but neither facet seems interested in balancing the other. Lots of sweet, lots of bitter, but no real meeting in the middle. Hmm.

The drink is on the light medium-bodied side with fine carbonation and is an easy drinker, for sure. Another solid (and highly-welcomed) brew from the newcomers in Kinston. (1,358 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange-gold with a beautifully sticky head that leaves some drippy lace on the glass. Bright zesty, pulpy citrus aroma turning floral and leafy over some sweet grain and pine needles. Flavor is quite hoppy, but not in a "rip your face off" sort of way. Sweet bitter grapefruit, tangerine, and just a bit of pine sap. Hefty medium body and surprisingly smooth despite the very solid bitterness.

A very promising introduction to this young brewery. I'll be checking out their other offerings soon, but this IPA should find its way into my fridge fairly often. I need to seek this out on tap. Good stuff! (608 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: into my new unibroue tulip, a generous, frothy off-white head floats atop the golden-amber colored ale, this is live stuff with a slight unfiltered haze, nice retention as lace coats the glass walls

s: bright citrus hops on a crisp pale malt and biscuit body, lots of grapefruit and young evergreen, a little grassy, tropical bubblegum, rustic and young - great smelling stuff

m: carbonation just over moderate in level, lively and smooth at once, body a medium consistency, almost creamy

t: the palate tends towards the brashly hoppy with just enough malt to strike some semblance of balance, and it works - big grapefruit and green pine on a light pale malt scaffolding, mild caramel flavors and some sweet biscuit, a big resinous bitterness powers through the finish

d: a lovely local ipa, glad to have them around

sixer from Peace Street Market, Raleigh, NC dated 11/09 - been excited about Mother Earth since learning of their opening a few months ago, nice to have another NC brewery supporting sustainable practices (Sandhills represent!) (1,054 characters)

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sisters of the Moon is an orange hued amber unfiltered body with a good white head that leaves ring of lacing. The aromas are sweet malt below a wonderful aroma of citrus hops. The flavor matches well and though the hop character is very dominant, it is a pleasing taste when the wonderful malt character keeps it tasty. I am clueless on the abv content, but it surely packs a ton of flavor. After sipping on a pint over a good while, I could have gone for a second had time and opportunity afforded it. (503 characters)

Photo of Gilly1980
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light copper color with a slight haze. About 1/4" of white head that didn't last but with decent lacing.

S- Strong hop smell with an earthy or nutty aroma.

T- Very hoppy up front with a hint of citrus. Aftertaste is typical IPA, with hop tingle and bitter alcohol flavors.

M- Surprisingly light mouthfeel and the tingle in the back of the mouth is pleasant but not overpowering.

D- Very good IPA with a higher-than-average alcohol content. Quite pricey at $11 per six pack but well worth the price. (513 characters)

Photo of shrek806
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first official review, I have reviewed in a BIF but never here.

A-Pours a pretty golden yellow almost like a pilsner with a 1/4 inch head of tight bubbles. Lacing is beautiful with this one

S-Smell of floral and pine

T-tasts has a smooth start with a highly bitter finish

M-Smooth with a mouthful of very active bubbles with a dry finish

D-If you like high IBU's as i do, you will enjoy this fine brew (417 characters)

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Sisters Of The Moon from Mother Earth Brewing
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