1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sisters Of The Moon - Mother Earth Brewing

Not Rated.
Sisters Of The MoonSisters Of The Moon

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

352 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 352
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 11-08-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 352 | Reviews: 128 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

cosmicevan, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of TheTippler
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an amber color with a medium white heat.This is a great choice for an easy drinking IPA. Lots of citrusy hop aroma. Hops and bitterness are on the tounge. This IPA tastes very "fresh" despite the fact that I drank it being a few months old. I would love to try it right from the brewery.

TheTippler, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an unfiltered hazy yellow orange color with a thick white head and tons of lacing. Smells of piny hops, a little malt, and some citrus. Tastes of some lemon zest, earthy and piny hops, and a little malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium and has a decent carbonation. Drinkability is good.

TheKingofWichita, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of tharper
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap in Raleigh, NC

I had this beer originally at the brewery opening in Kinston, NC.

This presentation wasn't as good. The brewery opening sample was highly aromatic and almost resinous in mouth feel and taste. This offering was a bit less stellar in presentation and flavor.

A - unfiltered, low brilliance, orange hue with 1" head that fell within 2 minutes of serving to 1/4 ".

S - NW american hops with slight malty backbone

T - middle of the road bitterness and malt balance ibu <> 60 ibu

M - slightly resinous with medium carbonation for the style

D -could easily drink 5 of these.

I understand that the brewery is focused on the organic nature of the offering. With that in mind, this is a great east coat IPA, especially since it originates from the home of eastern NC BBQ.

I recommend that you try it at least once. Chopped BBQ from Kings maybe . . .

tharper, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of elniko
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Stella glass.

A: Fairly light amber coloring for IPA, head minimal but lacing nice. Not greatest looking IPA.

S: Clean hop notes coming from nose, nothing overwhelming but solid.

T & M: Nicely balanced, almost a little too much so for an American IPA. I would have liked just a little more hop notes in the taste. Medium bodied, carbonation slightly apparent in the mouthfeel.

D: Drinkable but overall a fairly average IPA.

elniko, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you good sir - jwale73 for making this bottle available for my drinking pleasure!

Appears a light hazy honey color. a cream colored head quickly falls down the glass to a skim layer with plenty of lacing. The smell is grapefruit, tropical fruit - rather delicate. The taste begins with the delicate flavors described in the nose then follows up with a sweet malt backbone and slight bitterness ending with a dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light/medium very nice carbonation active & smooth. Quite drinkable this brew - if the bitter aftertaste wasn't as lingering it would really be something.

ThirstyBird, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BucketBoy for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Bottled 08 10 indicated on the label. Pours a semi-hazy orange-gold with a loose, quarter inch bright white head that quickly disperses towards the edges, leaving a frothy band around the perimeter and a consistent slick across the surface. Some delicate swaths of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose reveals some sweet citrus and a slightly resinous bitterness that follows. Taste expresses an initial light malty quality, followed by citrus and a lingering hops bitterness with a slightly piny character that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an assertive, palate-cleansing carbonation and some citrus astringency. There's also an initial slickness at the start of each quaff. A very nice IPA - good balance that is slightly shifted more towards the bitter side of the style, but I really enjoyed it. I would make this a go to IPA if it was a local offering.

Jwale73, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange in color with a creamy off white head that leaves great rings of lacing.

Smells of floral hops, flowers, piney hops, caramel, sweet malt, grapefruit, wheat, grass and faint lemon; pretty nice nose overall.

Tastes really hoppy, with floral hops, flowers, piney hops, caramel, sweet malt, citrus hops, grapefruit, wheat, grass, lemon and light spices like pepper or cinnamon; a really tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a light body and little to no carbonation. Really good beer that shows no signs of the alcohol as it slides down.

CHickman, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ewright for this bottle.

Poured in to a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Hazy yellow colour with a slight orange glow and a half finger of bubbly white head.

S - Bitter hops with a juicy citrus nose and some floral notes that are not quite as pronounced. The hops are balanced by a nice sweet malt backbone.

T - Definitely a hop forward IPA. The bitter hops are present up front and dominate the palate through to the finish. The sweetness from the malts is very subdued by the bitterness that dominates but is still present. The hops offer some light citrus notes but are predominantly piney and earthy.

M - Light to medium body, moderately carbonated.

D - This was an enjoyable beer but not one I would seek out again in a trade. Glad I tried it though.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of jpro
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Picked up a few of these at Sam's in Durham. Poured from the bottle into dimpled mug...

A: Bright orange, with a two-finger white head that dies down fast, but maintains a thin layer of foam; decent lacing.

S: I'm not getting a lot here... Some light caramel and bready malts; not much hop aroma - maybe some orange peel, but not much. Not indicative of your typical American IPA.

T: Malts up front... mainly bread crust and some sweetness, followed by a pretty crucial hop bite. Not the most enjoyable one, though - not really crisp - just a sharp, lingering bitterness that has no real character (no grapefruit peel / herby-ness / grass... although there is some earthiness and a little zest going on).

M: Medium-bodied and creamy; high carbonation; mouthfeel is this beer's strongest attribute, in my opinion.

D: More of an English IPA than an American IPA, but either way not very impressive. I was hoping for more from this new NC brewery.

jpro, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of JayQue
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer. Seems more like an English IPA than an American with a healthy malt balance and less than head shrinking hoppiness, but a good refreshing IPA in any case.

Pours a dull gold with a nice sized white head and good retention and lacing.

Aroma is earthy, grassy hops...fairly mild but pleasant. Taste is nice and robust but bready malts appear first and the hoppiness is mostly in the finish. This is a tasty beer and very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is right for an IPA but since I am a hophead, I look for more crispness and hoppiness on the tongue. Absolutely no alcohol bite.

Drinkability is good. I could drink a few of these. Goes down real easy. This is my fourth Mother Earth beer...all good

JayQue, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy coppery gold, with 2 fingers of frothy eggshell-white head. This retains with a ¼ finger of creamy looking foam, which leaves some thick and sticky swathes of lacing back. The aroma is tangy in the nose, with a citric and grainy presence to it. Spice and earth in mixed in as well, as grassy notes hang on the edges. This sits with a touch of heft in the nostrils.

The taste has a lot of fruity sweetness up front, with orange and mango notes taking center stage. The hops are bitter with spice, earthy, and grapefruit before leading in a grainy feeling backend. This finishes with a dry and pithy feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess to the carbonation, which is then undercut by some slickness that helps smooth things out nicely. There is a little warmth here in the body that helps strengthen that bitter finish a bit.

Decent but not a great effort here from Mother Earth that seems to actually fall more into the English style of IPA. I do like the drinkibility here though for a 7% beer. This bottle had a couple of months on it, so I would definitely be up for checking out a fresher sample of this down the line.

Kegatron, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of bonkers
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

bonkers, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Textbook in both appeareance and aroma as a citric hop smell with some caramel malt sweetness rises from a clearish gold body with 2-finger head that dies slow and leaves a lace ring. It goes by the book still when it comes to the actual beer as a light to medium body passes over the tongue w/ a nice sweet touch that underlie a citric hop base that is prickly but not overpowering. Hops are pleasantly powerful but not overdone and the balance is a treat and the beer finishes with a dry edge. Standard American IPA with present sweet malt taste with not too overbearing hops and a great summer beer.

clayrock81, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of righthereisay
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased at Harrika's brew haus in Swansboro, NC. I enjoyed Mother Earth's Dark Cloud. Indian Pale Ales are not my thing but I thought I would give it a shot.

I was somewhat surprised. It is a very orange looking beer, but the taste is not orange. Maybe grassy, some carmel maybe, as someone else said, maybe bread,... not really sure what it is.

Not too bitter, but just enough for someone who doesn't like IPA's. I didn't really enjoy the aftertaste though.

Not much body, not too tastey, but this is coming from someone who is not a big fan of IPA's...

righthereisay, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

akorsak, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of chaz410
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at the common market in Charlotte NC.
Pours a light amber body with a nice white head that lasts a good while.
Smells very dry and piney. Some caramel malts and some roasted barley shine through the dry hops.
Very dry and slightly citric taste and piney dry finish. NOt a whole lot other than the dryness.
Even though it's very dry, it's very drinkable and fairly smooth

chaz410, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of portia99
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled 06 10 on the label) received as an extra in a trade with jpmclaug. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, pale amber/orange color with a finger of fluffy, densely bubbled foam with good staying power. A slow fade drops it to a thick collar with some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Earthy and somewhat spicy hops up front with some floral aspects too. I get bread, dirt, a whisper of mint, soap, grass.

T - Caramel, floral hops with pretty strong bitterness, bread, some honeylike sweetness, grassy, toasted malts, some light roasted flavors too. Tastes more English than American in character.

M - Medium bodied with fairly strong carbonation. Very prickly on the tongue. Pretty malty IPA with lots of bread-like qualities...bitterness is full and a bit harsh and lingers well into the aftertaste.

D - Think this would be a good IPA to have with a pizza while watching a movie or a game. Enjoyable by itself, but just seems to be missing that certain something. In general, I prefer the more citrusy IPA's out there, where this leans towards the English take with the earthy, spicy and floral hop varieties. Well crafted beer that falls just a bit outside of my ideal flavor range...but definitely worth a try.

portia99, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of farrago
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just below a finger's worth of just off-white foam, minimal retention, ends up with a few lilypads of large bubbles here and there, adequate stickiness to the lacing. Gauzy bright orange with a yellow edge to it,, as opaque as it gets for this sort of coloration, healthy glow. Softly agreeable nose, leans on sweet tangerine, pink grapefruit citrus, pine sap, milk chocolate, chocolate taffy, spiced oatmeal, the apricot, peach, pear fruit has suggestions of both pineapple and banana, honeyed bread, the hops avoid bitterness or bite at seemingly any cost. Medium-bodied, in spite of the lack of head the carbonation keeps a steady churn inside your mouth, luckily it has a dry enough texture to help it anchor well against the tongue. Pineapple, papaya, peach, apricot fruit keep it sweet with some tang, pine, flowers. The milk chocolate, mocha, malt nuances have a dry, dusty effect but keep it sweet just the same. Every once in awhile you got a note of bubblegum. Juicy and sweet tangerine, orange, pink grapefruit citrus. Can't say that it's complex and unlikely to please most ardent "hop heads" but it is friendly and with high drinkability.

farrago, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of shrek806
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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

shrek806, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of GJ40
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Purchased at Total Wine in Raleigh. Bottled on date is 4/10.

A - Straw colored with decent clarity, a moderate white head and a steady stream of small, rising bubbles. I love light malt, west coast IPAs but the color on this doesn't even look like and IPA to me.

S - Mostly grassy hops with a touch of floral hops and some fruity esters.

T - Grassy, piney and earthy with a firm bitterness. Some fruit and hop oils with a touch of sweetness. There's a lot going on but the mix doesn't quite work for me.

M - Creamy and smooth with a lower carbonation. This is the best part of the beer for me.

D - I was really hoping for a great local IPA but this isn't it. Not bad but not one I'd buy again.

GJ40, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of detlefchef
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a 50/50 bar with a thick vanilla colored head and orange color to the beer. Not exactly brilliant but clear enough.

Textbook piney nose with hints of tropical fruits.

Sweet tangy malt on the palate with a pretty aggressive hoppy bite. Something, though, seems just a bit disjointed. Like it all doesn't do exactly what it's supposed to do, when it's supposed to do it. Certainly tasty enough, but that just keeps it below the top echelon of IPAs.

Nice texture and certainly goes down well, though the lack of balance doesn't lend well to the drinkability.

detlefchef, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of mondegreen
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature Glass.

Pours a hazy, vibrant orange with a thin, foamy head and fairly heavy lacing. Offers a sweet, hoppy aroma. The hops fall more on the earthy side. The taste is a tad too malt forward for an IPA, but it is still very tasty. The hops are a tad rounded on the backend, and the finish is pretty crisp, with just a touh of lingering bitterness. Mouth is moderate with a aloft slickness. Well carbonated. Overall, a pretty good IPA.

mondegreen, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I walked into Cigar City the other day and who do I see, my trading buddy Billy Ross (bross242) sitting at the bar. We along with his wife exchanged some conversation and wonderful beer. They gave me a few NC treats to share with the locals.

A: Pours a very vibrant orange, almost like it has some orange highlighter in it. The head is nice and solid, good retention and some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of sweet caramel, toffee, pine, and hints of green grass.

T: Very malty. Lots of candy sweetness with notes of fresh doughy bread. The hops are on the sweeter side, more resinous pine than bitter grapefruit. Hints of grass are as well though.

M: Medium, smooth, and tasty. A fairly malty IPA, but pretty enjoyable.

D: Good, Thanks Billy!

tpd975, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Chip's Wine in Kill Devil Hills, NC. I found this beer to be fairly similar to a lot of the pale ales and IPA I've been having from the area in that there's a bright citrus/grapefruit note that's clean and clear, but not overpowering. The beer is on the more drinkable end of the style, which might just work better with the local climate. Overall - good, not great, but certainly not a bad choice.

tempest, Jun 26, 2010
Sisters Of The Moon from Mother Earth Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.