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Sisters Of The Moon - Mother Earth Brewing

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130 Reviews
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Reviews: 130
Hads: 402
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 130 | Hads: 402
Photo of keytown
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange color with little to no head. There is some nice sticky lacing left behind.

S - Earthy hops, with some citrus rinds & sweet malt.

T - Piney & bitterness from the hops, caramel malts & citrus rinds.

M - Medium body & good carbination, somewhat of a dry finish.

O - Very good beer overall (314 characters)

Photo of ncfranklin
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Slightly hazy bright orange with golden highlights. Nice finger tall white head is sticky, laces well.

S: Resiny, earthy hops and sweet malt blend well in the nose. Simple, straightforward.

T: Bitter and earthy front, with a spicey quality to the hops. A Rich malt backbone is there, but not as balanced as the nose. A course finish.

M: Well carbonated, with a fullness to the mouth in the medium body. Bitterness from the hops lasts well into the dry finish.

D: A good, basic IPA. No huge differentiation, just a reliable performance of the style. (584 characters)

Photo of jnn4v
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange color with hints of tan. Slight haze, but no sediment. 1/4 to 1/2" of off-white head.

S: Orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and citrus zest. Marzipan and marmalade malt scents as well.

T: Very citrus-forward, sessionable and balanced IPA. No terribly strong flavors dominate. Orange, lemon, and marmalade. Iced tea, hints of pine, and other bitter herbal flavors in the mid-to-after taste, especially after the first few sips are down.

M: Medium bodied beer with ample carbonation and good viscosity. Nothing out of the ordinary here, other than its slightly above-average density.

O: This grew on me over time. It started out tasting a bit too sweet and simple, as a citrus-forward IPA, but the more I had, the more complexity I discovered. Not bad at all. (771 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with an orangish hue. There's 1/4" of dense, foamy head with great retention. The nose has notes of orange peel and citrusy lemon. The taste is light bready, barley malt up front with a hint of yeast followed by citrusy, orange-like, spicy, piny hops that leave a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated which at times makes this one a little thin.

Overall, it's a solid beer, but it has it's flaws. The malt character is not as big as maybe it should be for such a potent hop content, and the carbonation is a little heavy which in my opinion detracts from the overall flavor. (628 characters)

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

Bottled on 23 June 2011. Served in a Highland pint glass.

A: A golden copper color; hazy with a 1+ finger head of near white foam. Ample carbonation is visible through the haze. Head leaves more lacing than usual (for style) and, if a thin partial top coat counts, has good retention. l

S: Somewhat fresh and very fruity aroma seems to promise a high level of sweetness but, of course, actually reflects a good amount of citrusy hops. Some caramel and hints of toffee in the nose and, after warming a bit, some effects of alcohol.

T: A balanced IPA with plenty of bitterness and citrus from the hops accompanied by sweet and bread-like contributions from the caramel malts. The hops linger long after each sip, providing orange, pine and grapefruit flavors that are both bitter and tart.

M: Medium body; some hop bite; a little bit of an oily feel; excellent carbonation level.

O: A very good IPA, with fresh hops undeniable fruity bitterness, but with a good balancing dose of malt. (992 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

A: The pour is a lightly hazed golden-amber color color with a tall off-white head.

S: Sort of a bland aroma. There is some grass, a light floral note, and minimal citrus peel notes. There is a fair amount of sweet malt and bread to it, and just a very light grapefruit. Strangely, a touch of celery.

T: Light pine is there first with the strange celery flavor following. A bit of citrus peel along with sweet malt and bread. A little bit of additional sweetness in the form of toffee. There is just a mild bitterness.

M: Medium in body body and carbonation.

O: Just a mediocre IPA. Not very good hop character to it. (649 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A craft brewery in Kinston? If ya aint been there ya don"t know what I'm talkin about. Good enough, let the salvation of Kinston begin with beer!

Anyway, I noticed a lot of people reviewing these beers say they are having 4+ month old bottles. I just bought mine today...65 miles from the brewery with a bottle age of 25 days.

Nice clear deep golden color with a dense three finger creamy/rocky off-white head.

Faint aromas of earthy hops, quite east coast indeed. A little whiff of sweet malt.

Initial flavor is yin-yang minty earthy hops and sweet malt, with more malt on the mid-palette, and finishing with more malt sweetness beneath a bitter herbal/minty hops.

nice smooth medium body. Remember I'm drinking a less than one month old bottle - even though this would be better received as a pale ale (though I doubt the score would change) I think it is a decent (if not an exciting west coast style) IPA. It is well-made and displays the skill of the brewer/ owners.

Regardless, I would prefer it to be a tad dryer, and sport some more flavor and aroma hops, but as it stands it is worthwhile, tasty (not from a hop-head standpoint though) and does no shame to eastern Carolina one single tiny bit. (1,210 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like faint grapefruit and honey, but mostly bread and light caramel.
T: It tasted like a bit of citrus and honey up front, then bread, then tons of resin bitterness. It had a strong bitter aftertaste that was fairly harsh.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was not the best IPA. The scent and taste weren't very flavorful, and the body wasn't great, and the finish was bitter just for the sake of bitterness. So it wasn't very easy to drink or enjoy. 2 months old when I reviewed, so I don't think freshness was an issue, unless it's a very fickle IPA. Not recommended. (663 characters)

Photo of eggodoom
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Had little to no head but the color of this beer is a beautiful hazy copper/orange. Beer has minimal lacing. Smells citrusy with a hint of pine definately sweet though. Taste is exactly that of smell sweet with citrus fruit notes and the hint of pine. Carbonation gives a lasting tingling sensation. Overall I liked the beer but seemed like a standard IPA. (382 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle, clearly printed "bottled on" dating

A - Pale copper, clear, nice white head that has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Floral and pine hops, backed up by thick malts, mostly caramel and dark fruits. Malts are a bit too strong for what I like in an IPA.

M - Full body, medium carbonation. The full body really didn't work for me, but was still nice and creamy across the palate, but had a dose of lingering sweetness through the finish, and not bitterness.

O - Strong, sweet, dark fruit malt flavors just overpower the hops too much. I don't see myself buying this again. (593 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a generic tulip. Bottle date is 3/8/11. Medium off-white head. Some clear, oily lacing. Aroma is dominated by earthy hops and a lot of malt sweetness, quite sugary smelling. Taste is mildly bitter and the malt seems to be coming to the forefront prematurely. The beer is not too old but has a bit of taste like it is a bit past its prime. Surprising at just over 4 months old. Tasty however, just not in an American ipa kinda way. (465 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 jwhancher
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on a trip to the Outer Banks back on 5/7/11. Review is from my notes:

A: Pours a light copper color w/nice white frothy head. Foam really sticks to the glass which indicates good hop additions.

S: Surprisingly, hop aroma is largely subdued. Aroma of berry-like fruit (i.e. strawberries). Seems like noble hops are used, but label says strictly American hops are used...strange. Wish this had better hop aromatics.

T: Nice evenly bodied between bitterness and malt sweetness. Good malt background.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O: Nicely drinkable beer that would standout more with larger hop aromatics & flavor. Needs some improvement. (666 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange color in appearance, a thin head that sticks around for a little while but not a super long time.

Smells reasonably bitter, a little malty, nothing very interesting.

First impression in the mouth is just a plain, rather boring hoppy bitterness. A little sticky pine, but no real citrus or floral notes. The initial bitterness fades pretty quickly into a pretty malty flavor profile, some flavor that tastes almost like raisins. The aftertaste returns to unremarkable bitterness. As the beer warms a bit the malty flavors become more dominant and more unpleasant in a chewy cardboard kind of way. This beer is as malty as it is hoppy, and neither the hops nor the malt are particularly complex or appealing.

Decent carbonation, but the mouthfeel is a little weird in that there's an initial fizz of carbonation alongside the initial hop bitterness, but as the hops fade into malts the fizz also fades into a kindof flat nothingness.

Not a great beer. Drinkable, but not something I'd choose to drink again if I had other options. Honestly, I would have thought it was just an old bottle, as some of the symptoms of faded IPA are there, but I drank this beer about a week after the store got the shipment of it, and it's a reputable store that wouldn't be putting super old beer on the shelf.

5.0/10 (1,314 characters)

Photo of BeerBeatnik
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Earthy east coast IPA (that's not such a good thing) with well defined malt backbone and long bitter finish. Decent mid-paced IPA at home with most pub grub, or by itself. Not going to knock your socks off, but an okay quaffer if you can't find anything else. Not sure what all the buzz is about with this particular brewery. (365 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Bottled on 4/12/11, so just a bit over 2 months old.

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with a 1-inch head of white foam that recedes to a slight haze, leaving some spotty lacing.
S - A bit on the malt-forward side of thing, sweet caramel and bread dough dominates with some resinous pine and citrus hops.
T - Again, more of a malt-forward take on the IPA, solid caramel and toasted bread flavors with pine resin and orange peel hops.
M - Medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Not as crisp as I like my IPAs to be, hurts the drinkability a bit.
O - Not bad, but just not my favorite type of IPA. A bit too much on the malt, and not as crisp as I'd like. (687 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My dad brought this back from south Carolina. Thanks dad.

Poured into a pint glass. Has a hazy orangy color. Almost hefe like. Ok white head and lacing.

Aroma is kinda malty. Some weird hop aromas. Like a clash between American and European hops.

Taste is similar. Kinda hop clash. It's ok though. Kinda sweet. Sticky hops on your tongue in the finish.

Mouthfeel is kinda malty but not bad. Needs to be dryer IMO.

Overall an ok beer. Not interested in havin another when I have so much access to better IPA's (514 characters)

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

Poured into a Pilsner glass. This is medium dark orange in color. Full of carbonation bubbles and quite cloudy. Those carbonation bubbles lead to a very tightly compacted, two fingers, slightly off white colored head. The head reaches out way past the top of the glass. Lace does of great job of sticking in rings and patches.

Smell is of a more balanced IPA. At first bread or yeast smells come. There is some light refreshing citrus smells. Then some sweet malt.

Tastes quite a bit different than the smell. There is no bread flavors in the taste. There is though huge citrus flavors. An initial flavor of a very ripe and sweet orange mixed with the bitter punch of a yellow grapefruit or maybe even a lemon or lime.?? I even think I get some alcohol in the swallow.

Mouth is wonderful! Very rich and luscious, I will even say (for an IPA, or DIPA) this is very silky. I definitely do get some alcohol burn deep in the throat. Not unwelcomed, but out of place for a 6.9% beer.

Overall I really enjoyed this offering from North Carolina. Thanks to McNuts for this fantastic IPA!! If you get the chance to try this one I recommend you do!!!! (1,146 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CBlack85 for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy orangeish-amber gold color with about a half inch of white head that had moderate retention and good lacing.

The aroma was mostly pine hops with a bit of citrus in the background. On the tongue there was more of a citrusy boldness and just a bit of grainy malt.

The body was fairly typical for the style. Drinkability was pretty good, and also about average for the style. Overall, a nice beer. I'd be happy if this were one of my local brews. (527 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours orange amber with full finger of creamy white foam. Malty grapefruit smell, some citrus. Intense bitter starts and smooths over the taste. Residual bittering. Full of bitter flavor. Good IPA, though heartily hopped.

Overall good beer. (286 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 Soonami
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mother Earth Brewing Sisters of the Moon is a solid American IPA. I got this in a mixed case from a friend that lives down in Eastern Carolina.

The beer was a nice pale color, which I like in IPAs, because it means that it won't be too sweet or have too much caramel malt. However I docked the beer some points because it was full of sediment, that made me keep about an ounce or so in the bottle. The aroma was a bit subdued, just a hint of of piney hops, but lots of toasty malt. The beer was similar to the aroma in taste, with a good crackery malt flavor without much hop presence, but the beer was well attenuated and had a nice creamy mouthful with good carbonation. The alcohol was definitely present, which tastes away from the mouthfeel score. (753 characters)

Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a orange/amber color with a frothy white head. Some lacing occurs on this cloudy brew as well.

S - Some caramel hints with a hoppy bitter nose. Some nice malt notes in there as well.

T - A caramel, hoppy, carbonated bubble. Very faint citrus/fruit taste but not very much.

M - A solid dry finish to a somewhat light brew. A nice bite of hops on the aftertaste as well. Easy to drink.

O - Not a bad beer. (421 characters)

Photo of travis224
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10. 10. Thanks to beerness for this one. Pours light amber with a frothy white head. Some hops and a lot of malt in the nose. The taste is similar with a hop bight and a lot of malt backbone. I don't know if this i s because it is about five months old or if this is normal. Either way I like the maltiness of this beer. You don't see this in a lot of American IPA's. This is not just a hop bomb but a really nicely balanced beer. Guess I'll have to try it fresh to get a real idea on how it should taste. But I'm loving it now! (536 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)

Sisters Of The Moon from Mother Earth Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.