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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 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 mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jason for this beer!

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a very billowy, off-white head on top, about 1.5 fingers in height. It was rather fluffy for a a few minutes before slowly dissolving and leaving behind a thin layer of foam on top. Thick lacing forms on the glass.

S: Some subtle fruit on the aroma, mostly lemon, orange, and a good bit of zest. Some light pale malt as well.

T: Very light citrus/bitterness. Some lemon again as well as a little bit of grapefruit and grapefruit pith. A little bit of pale and biscuity malt rounds it out.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Really solid, easy drinking APA. Nice flavor profile, would love to have it as a staple in my fridge. (753 characters)

Photo of rockyfire
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright orange color with a great sized head. Head faded to a thin lace on top, as well as down the sides.

Smell: Citrusy hops with a nice sweet malt aroma coming through as well.

Taste: Yummy with a nice hoppy flavor, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Citrusy flavor with a decent malt background Very Nice and drinkable and drinkable and drinkable...

Overall impression: Wow - great canned beer. Perfect for camping trips, boating, river trips, sporting events, or just around the house.

Mother Earth Brewing hits another Home Run. (550 characters)

Photo of hmmmmmm
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy pale orange with a finger and a half of tightish bubbles that recede quickly to good lacing. Smells of fresh cut grass and slight citrus (i feel like another can i had had more aroma, might have been more fresh). Light citrus with a cleansing, restrained bitterness. Good, crisp mouthfeel. This is going to be a go-to session beer for me, especially during the summer months. (388 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 indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - soft golden peach color with about a half inch of white fizzy/foamy head on top. Carbonation levels look spot on and this beer looks very appealing.

Aroma - sweet orange, powdered sugar, lemon zest, pixie sticks and some hints of biscuit mix and just a slight bit of butter.

Taste - bitter on the tongue and dry right off the bat. Lots of hoppiness that I don't think I was quite expecting from this pale ale. Wow. This is certainly hoppier than some IPAs I've had in my life. Nice citrusy hop flavors as well as fresh cut grass all with a good-sized malt backing to keep things balanced. Nothing overpowering and certainly easy to manage more than a few in a sitting.

Overall - This is a full-bodied, hops ensconced brew! Lots of big hop bitterness and nice citrus notes in this well-rounded and balanced brew. Very impressive. Well done Mother Earth!

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. This is a great option for the cooler or the fridge or the river stream or wherever you might throw some of these to keep them cool. (1,039 characters)

Photo of McNuts
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought 6 Pack of Cans from Sam's in Durham. I really like what Mother Earth is doing. They cover a lot of different styles and do a nice job representing each in my opinion. Their beers are all a buck or two per six-pack more than they should be, imho, but solid.

Second Wind pours a cloudy pale gold with a thin white head that sticks around a while with decent lacing.

Smell is of slight malt sweetness and faint lemon citrus hops.

Taste is of biscuity malt and good citrus hop presence.

Overall a good refreshing American Pale that is good for the style.

As usual on this site, it's not a sour, imperial stout, or IPA so it won't score particularly well. Good, solid brew. (681 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 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 dgfair
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a beautiful golden straw color with a ton of bubbly white foam on top. Lacing all over the glass and nice effervescent bubbles coming up from the etching at the bottom of the glass. Smell is fresh, albeit lighter, hops. Still pungent and prickly with a very light balance from the sweetness of the malt. The taste is similar to the smell...the hops give a little bit of a tingle from a very light fruity hop perspective. The malt is nicely balanced and provides a very nice canvas for this extremely clean and fresh hop bite. Slightly citrusy and floral and very refreshing. Overall, it's great to have a local can offering that is this solid. I will be putting down quite a few of these this summer. (762 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)

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Second Wind Pale Ale from Mother Earth Brewing
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