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Second Wind Pale Ale - Mother Earth Brewing

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Second Wind Pale AleSecond Wind Pale Ale

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83
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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 97
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: oberon on 06-25-2011

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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 97
Photo of Ryan011235
2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/24/12

Light straw color with golden highlights. One finger of white foam thins. Bubbly collar retention and some sticky lace.

The aroma is timid and airy, with soft notes of orange, tangerine, sweet cracker and buttered biscuit. It strikes me as orange marmalade on a fresh biscuit, smelled from across the room.

I reckon the taste is a step or two up from the aroma. Orange is more pronounced with a decent hop kick throughout. Mild, toasty malts. Buttered toast. One downside is the bitter finish that's gone a courtin' aspirin town.

The feel is light, but manages not to be thin thanks, in part, to hints of hop resin and ample carbonation. The feel is easily the best part about Second Wind.

All told, this beer is pretty much one dimensional, skewed to the lesser side of average and easily forgettable. I won't been clamoring to try it again. It might make an ok lawn mower beer if the bitterness were curbed. (956 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: Clear gold with a white head.

Smell: Bready malts and earthy hops on top. Followed by a hint of citrus.

Taste: Brady malts and eath hops. Then a hint of orange (the citrus I detected in the aroma).

Mouthfeel: Coarse with a medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: Light bodied and crisp. Just seems a little light and dull. Too subtle and boring for me. Cheers. (420 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is a little on the faint side, mainly consisting of very light citrus and very light malt sweetness. Taste has mild bitterness, touch of caramel. Really not a lot going on in both the flavor and aroma. Coats the tongue on the back end. Quite easy to drink but seems a bit light in ingredients. I would thing this would be a great gateway pale ale for the bmc drinker but it doesnt seem to be much more than that. Certainly not a bad beer but not very memorable. (467 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for this one. Poured into 16oz nonic. Poured a cloudy and hazy yellow with 1/4 inch of off-white head that had good retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was mostly grain and malt, with a bit of floral hops floating around the edges. The flavor profile was the same, everything was fairly even and balanced, with no one aspect standing out from the rest.

The body was pretty good, smooth, even, clean and with a dry finish. Drinkability was good, if it were on tap locally to me , I'd have it in rotation. Overall, a nice little brew, nothing really worth noting and nothing terrible either. Worth a shot if you see it. (643 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this today at Carrboro Bev.Poured from the can into a stadard pint a clear light to medium golden with a thin wispy white head that was gone quickly.Faint lemony hops and a tinge of sweetish biscuit dough in the nose but its faint.Crisp and dryer on the palate with the lemony hop coming thru,light sweet dough in the finish.No frills pretty easy to drink but not anything to seek out in my opinion. (405 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz can I picked up at the brewery. Poured into a standard pint, the brew appears a clear golden yellow color with a white cap more than a finger strong. As the cap fades, it leaves patchy lace clinging to the glass.

The smell is quite herbal and grassy from the hops. There is little malt and alcohol influence. No off-character or anything negative to say other than the nose is very mild and well muted.

The taste is grassy and herbal like the aroma leads on. As it warms up, it gets almost lemony with a fresh sweet grainy undertone like cereal. Not a bad balance of character, just a little lacking in the bitterness to balance this out.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a decent offering but a bit of a letdown. They either under-hopped this a bit or it is a little dated. In comparison to others in the style, this is easily approachable but lacks the hop bite I look for in a good pale ale. (943 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce can - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Has an odd can design of three people itching themselves. Perhaps Mother Earth is seeing there are some deep itches that only this beer can adequately scratch.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, yellow-hued body with a medium-sized, fine white head. Some steady streams of carbonation in the body.

Smell: A fruity scent of lemon juice overtop notes of crunchy, horse-mouthwatering straw and basic white bread dough.

Taste: Very modest maltiness, a nibble of crust-less bread and sun-dried hay with a roundabout dough-like quality. Low sweetness. Squirt of lightly pithy citrus juice, an additional hint of florals, and bitterness sufficient enough to kick away that light sweetness and then some. Dry, doughy, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's fine and easy-drinking if a little ho-hum. (904 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer is at cellar temp and poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a hazy gold color with creamy bleached white head foaming up 1 cm and fading to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is very mild with some sniffs of fruity esters and a bit of herbal hop character, but overall very mild nose.
First sip reveals a very light body with a thin watery texture. Carbonation is fine and slightly tingly but still goes down the gullet easy on each swallow.
Flavor is briefly mild caramel and some light fruit, but rolls to a drying bitterness. Again herbal flavors are featured in the hop profile. No hints of ABV and the beer is very easy to drink, almost too easy. The body and texture are a little weak on this one, and the flavor could use a umph too, but there arent any tragic flaws or errors in the beer. I wont look for it or buy again, but am glad to have had the opportunity. (878 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a mildly cloudy medium yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that had good longevity and some light spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt, floral hops and a moldy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was bitter from the start with a mild sweet caramel tinge, and then became very hoppy with a big note of citrus towards the end. The flavor hung around for an average duration with a healthy hoppy citrus finish.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a lively carbonation.

Overall a nice hoppy Pale Ale with a great drinkability, this is a brew that goes down nice, smooth and easy. (700 characters)

Photo of Swift989
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can was poured into a narrow glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a 1.5 inch head that reduced to a thin layer. A golden straw yellow with no clarity and some bubbles coming up. Laced consistently and thickly throughout drinking

Smell: Citrus, bready and butter aromas.

Taste: Decent hop bitterness and spruce/evergreen taste. Balanced...

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Would recommend. Very traditional like the English style. Got as a taster from distributer in Washington DC

Serving type: can (545 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oh my god does this can design SUCK. Lamest image I've ever seen on a beer. Sorry. But I do like all else that Mother Earth is doing here: can (very recyclable), the PakTech 6-pack handle/holder (also very recyclable) and the nice little "Peace, Love & Beer" slogan. The beer's not that bad either.

The pour makes this thing look like a generic yellow lager, "pale ale" indeed. The head is thin but creamy and long-lasting. Slight haze throughout the liquid.

The nose is gentle and pleasant, if very subtle. Lightly fruity, lightly sweet, a bit straw-like, not much happening here but nothing bad either.

The flavor is just a little more present on the tongue than the aroma is on the nose. There are light touches of lemon juice, citrus peel zest, straw/hay, mown grass and biscuit dough, none of these impressions being front and center, none of them being terribly dominant, but everything mingles well. A simple, likable, and very quaffable beer, taste-wise.

Really like the texture, it's one of those beers that straddles "creamy" and "crispy" and meets peaceably in the middle. Very nice.

Okay, so the label is ridiculously lame. But so what...this is imminently quaffable, if far from transcendent. (Thanks Miles!) (1,226 characters)

Photo of JimKal
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light hazy gold. The head is on the thin side in that there is a two inch head that dissipates rather quickly with light lacing. I have revised my impressions after retrying this beer. There is a nice citrus aroma. It finishes with a slightly bitter taste but it isn't overpowering. I think this pale ale works well for summertime temperatures and will go well with lighter foods. this is not one that will stand up to more robust fare. (444 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Toasted and slightly bisquity malt with an orange peel and peach backbone.

L: Cloudy, straw yellow, carbonated white head with decent retention and lacing.

T: Dry toasted malt with a moderate earthy hoppiness. Medium high earthy bitterness leading to a toasted malt dryness. Finishes quite dry with residual hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, with medium carbonation.

A very dry, bitter pale ale. Not bad. (411 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this 12 oz. can in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was pale golden and slightly hazy. The pithy/brittle white head stayed a while.

The smell was light grains, mild hops, and biscuits.

The taste was lemony with crisp hops and enough malts to balance this one very well. There was a soft bitterness and bright hops make this one a very good, yet simple APA. Somewhat drying finish. I would look for this on again.

The mouthfeel was medium to light bodied with good zippiness in the carbonation. (507 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has pleasant malty and fruity notes with a subtle hoppy undertone. It pours a slightly hazy solar yellow with a fairly thick and rather fine-bubbled white head. Malty flavor has good fruity notes and more than a hint of hops, plus just a little bit of hoppy bitterness - not like an IPA, but there is definitely some hop taste. Texture has good body and a fair amount of fizz. An impressive pale ale. (406 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can -> Grand Teton snifter

A - very pale hazy straw color, one half finger head diminishing into nothing, and no lacing to speak of

S - very citrus, lemon, orange peel, and pine, maybe bready

T - kind of one dimensional citrus with a metallic finish

M- not bad, but not great either. Biggest negative is the metallic aftertaste

O - pretty average (363 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden yellow with a mountain of soft, pure white head that has great retention. The nose is faint offering some light, bready malt and some faint citrusy hops. The flavor is much the same as the nose. It's lightly bready and lightly hopped. The mouthfeel is light, smooth, and well carbonated.

This comes across as a bit of a "cookie cutter" APA. It's easy to drink and smooth, but it doesn't offer much in terms of complex flavors. Coming in a can this would make a great poolside beer though. (511 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from trade, can’t remember who because it has been sitting around for a bit. Thanks! Pours a light clear golden with small white head. Huge floral aroma like potpourri, but not to the point that makes it in appealing. Slight citrus as well. Flavor is a combo of citrus and big floral notes. Actually nicely crisp and refreshing. Light body and high carbonation. Nice brew that could be enjoyed as a session it seems. (422 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can of this from Whole Foods recently. Chilled and poured into my Surly pint glass. Pours a lighter-than-expected pale gold with a moderate bone-white head on top. Sharp hoppy nose. Light citrus and floral tones. This is a nice bitter Pale, borders on a mild IPA. Lots of bitter juicy hops, with a nice dry malty backbone. Dry finish. This is a good Pale, especially in a can. This wouldn't be my go-to as it doesn't drink as easy as I'd like due to the bitterness, but a good one to revisit time and again. (519 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woodychandler cantinues to come through with canned beers. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is hops and bitter up front, some citrus and malts at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer. (293 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My thanks and gratitude go out to eli323232 for this and Sunny Hazed, the latter of which I reviewed previously. Let The CANQuest (TM) CANtinue unabated!

From the CAN: "Handcrafted in Eastern N.C."; "Pale Ale"; "Peace, Love & Beer".

Dig that last, man! I hit the Crack & Glug like a fiend. The result was a finger-and-a-half of dense, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow. Nose was strong with pine hops, perhaps inching up on being an AIPA, but it is not for me to say. It is for me to say that the mouthfeel was medium and the hops were not as pronounced in the mouth as on the nose, plus I also encountered a malty sweetness on my tongue. Finish was semi-dry and nicely satisfying. Not bad, but not a standout, either. (765 characters)

Photo of WarEagleJeep
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy straw gold color, nice foamy white head that settles to thin film and ring. Leaves spotty lacing

S: Mild aromas of herbal and citrus hops, sweet light malty grains

T: Sweet malty grains, a little biscuit and cracker, light ambiguous hop flavor to clean up the sweetness. Smooth and very drinkable.

M: Light feel with solid carbonation, crisp finishing

O: Not a lot going on here but that's what you want in a low ABV canned beer meant to drink outdoors. Great lawn mower beer or a great addition to the cooler for beach/pool/camping trips. (552 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow gold color with paper white 2-finger airy head. Decent retention, nice lace, and moderately active carbonation.

Floral hop esters come out in the nose. Light grapefruit quality underneath that. Nice, but not very strong.

Taste is bitter, slightly unripe, grapefruit - just like you could have for breakfast. Bitter, but more sour, finish. Really strong with this flavor, drowning out any other hints of taste for me. Getting just a hing of pepper in the finish at the end of the glass.

Feel seems to be right for they style and flavor. Slightly oily and just a bit on the creamy side.

Despite the one-sided flavor profile, I like it. (644 characters)

Photo of I3eck
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can -> Wine Glass

A: Hazy slightly orange/straw yellow, minimal 1/4" white head, some spotty lacing.
S: Citrus, lemon, clove, slight hop notes.
T: Nice citrus hops - similar to a white IPA, caramel, malt, slightly floral.
M: Nice CO2, light-medium body, crisp & refreshing, surprisingly thin for the amount of flavor it packs.
O: Light and flavorful brew. Nice layered flavors and not overly hopped. I would prefer a little more body personally but in this case it makes this beer very drinkable and ready for another. (524 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a minimal head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Citrus, bready and biscuit aromas, and some caramel sweetness.

Taste: Same as above with some nice hop bitterness and pine in there. Very balanced anicely hopped.

Mouthfeel: smooth, crisp, refreshing, medium to low bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid APA. Very traditional like the English style, but nicely hopped the American way. Happy to have scored this can when I met up with some family from NC when I was in MD over the Thanksgiving weekend. (679 characters)

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Second Wind Pale Ale from Mother Earth Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.