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Sisters Of The Moon - Mother Earth Brewing

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 14
Gots: 33 | 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 jpro
2.84/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of JayQue
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of bonkers
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of righthereisay
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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...

Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of chaz410
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
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

Photo of portia99
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of farrago
4.02/5  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.

Photo of shrek806
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Photo of GJ40
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of detlefchef
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of mondegreen
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of CosmoHopHead
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy yellow copper color with a half finger, white head. light lacing left on the glass

S: smells of citrus, grapefruits and hints of bubblegum (maybe I'm crazy on that last one)

T: nice citrus hop bite that really surprised me. some slight malt backbone compliments the hops

M: light to medium carbonation with a good light mouthfeel

D: good session style ipa on a hot summer day. abv was very well hidden that would make it easy to drink several

Overall, this was sent as an extra in a trade and I was pleasantly surprised with it. If it was available in my area I just might be tempted to buy more if the price was right.

Photo of Walken
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mother Earth: Sisters of the Moon (Bottled 02/10) (Tasted 06/15/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer pours out gold with orange highlights, topped by a nice looking head of off-white foam and bubbles. Great retention, great lacing.
Odor: Full background of citrus juice aromas, orange in particular, with floral notes and hints of dried grass.
Consistency: Medium bodied with an oily feel that is amply disrupted by an average level of carbonation for style. There is also a malt derived dryness to this beer. I can not put my finger on it, but something feels very incongruous about the way this beer feels in my mouth.
Flavor: Raw herbal hop and nippy alcohol provide a hefty hunk of bitterness, with some faint caramel malt sweetness offering an barely sufficient foil. Dry cracker-like malt flavor smooths things over a tad, finish is dry and long with lingering herbal hops on the tongue.

Photo of NCBeernut
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Preface: Been drinking a bit today.

A: Coppery orange to almost straw.

S:::D Floral, yep. floral, a tiny bit grassy and hay like.

T: Sweet. Too sweet...bleah. Like they used a ton of light crystal malt. A bit floral and grassy like the aroma. Definitely doesn't pack a huge hop punch.

M: Oily with a weird feeling near the finish that I want to call astringency.

Eh. No thanks on this one.

Photo of bdupree
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, golden color. Pours with a beefy inch-thick head, very creamy and dense.

S - Aromas aren't overpowering, somewhat muted. I pick up some pine and citrus, and a little malt.

T - Very well balanced flavors, with nothing overpowering. It is not as bitter as most IPAs, making it very drinkable. Has some sweetness which makes it appear more like an amber pale ale than an IPA. Very good blend.

M - Medium body, somewhat heavy and dense.

D - Very drinkable, well balanced.

Photo of devilben02
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange color with a thin but sticky head. The aroma is primarily earthy and almost musty with a mild touch of lemon, which gives an overall impression of lemongrass that seems appropriate for a "green" brand like Mother Earth. The citrus fruitiness comes out a bit more in the flavor, but the earthiness also remains, creating a nice hop flavor complexity. It feels light on the tongue but also a bit oily, letting those flavors linger for more than a few fleeting seconds. Overall, I would consider this one to be among the better local IPA's. Even though that may not be saying much considering how few good IPA's are being produced in North Carolina, this is still a solid option.

Photo of heyoka
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into an American pint glass from the bottle. Hazy gold and unfiltered. Head is 1" thick and creamy/foamy. Leaves lots of legs as it fades away after a minute or 2.

S - Not much. Faint citrus & pine. Malt & bread.

T - Pepper & pine bitterness (dry) with a lingering sweetness. Not so much "malt" like a Maerzen, just interestingly sweet. Also a touch of perfume on the palate. I like the hops.

M - Oddly sticky. Hard to place. This has to be the lowest point for the beer.

D - Drinkable. Not bad. Just not as impressed as I was hoping--maybe it was the perfume & stickiness?

Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of Chico1985
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Sisters Of The Moon from Mother Earth Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.