Second Wind Pale Ale - Mother Earth Brewing
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2.28/5 rDev -37.2%
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.
09-25-2012 04:33:18 | More by Ryan011235
2.98/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
03-04-2012 11:59:16 | More by Heatwave33
3.05/5 rDev -16%
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.
07-19-2011 08:25:58 | More by KickbacksSteve
3.08/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
08-26-2012 21:11:37 | More by beertunes
3.13/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
06-25-2011 22:49:17 | More by oberon
3.18/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
07-21-2014 17:39:09 | More by stakem
3.28/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
06-08-2012 21:59:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.3/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
04-26-2013 03:18:51 | More by sulldaddy
3.33/5 rDev -8.3%
[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.
04-18-2012 17:11:17 | More by KajII
District of Columbia
3.4/5 rDev -6.3%
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
05-30-2013 04:12:06 | More by Swift989
3.45/5 rDev -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!)
07-12-2011 17:21:10 | More by Metalmonk
3.48/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
03-13-2012 00:46:48 | More by JimKal
Second Wind Pale Ale from Mother Earth Brewing
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