Sisters Of The Moon | Mother Earth Brewing

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Sisters Of The MoonSisters Of The Moon

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by atsprings on 11-08-2009

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Photo of tillmac62
1.93/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

The whole 6 pack was severely flawed by a metallic taste, which can come from a variety of causes. The bottles had a bottled on field on the label, which were left blank. I have never tasted a beer with such a huge overwhelming metallic flaw as this one. I assume it was a bad batch, based on other reviews.

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Photo of codysjb
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint
A: Orange yellow, the exact tint of bud. Small pencil with head that dissipates immediately. OK lacing.
S: yeast, generic "beer" of water and shitty hops, not good.
T: Just watery upfront with an unpleasant blend of alcohol and burnt something on the end.
M: Like flavored water, beer flavored water at least but not beer.
O: This is kinda gross. Nothing going on and no detectable hops. I guess it beats bud... barely.

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Photo of route66pubs
2.52/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(bottled on 2 10)
Pours a deep, amber-orange color, yet very clear when held to the light. Tiny bubbles rise to the top and form a thin, white head with great retention.

Very little aroma from this brew. I'd go so far as to say none.

Very slightly spicy hop bitterness at the tail. That's about it.

Has exactly the mouthfeel an IPA should have. Nothing more, nothing less.

This is highly drinkable. There is absolutely nothing standing in the way of drinking a lot of this except the alcohol content.

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Photo of AlexFields
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
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.


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Photo of A-D
2.57/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Live in North Carolina so I want to try all the local IPAs. This one here is garbage
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Photo of jpro
2.84/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of vabeerguy
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Has a dark hazy amber color. The smell is ok but the taste is not my thing. My wife says it has a fruity medicinal flavor. I thought it had a bitterness taste and finish that was not flavorable. I have had plenty of beers from this brewer that I absolutely love but this is not one of them.

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Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Attractive yellowish amber brew in the tumbler with a handsome head. Sudsy in the mouth and has the best kind of beery sensations. Whether it's a good IPA is another matter, and the flavor seems to be entirely vegetal and earthy.

Quite malty with an herbal tea taste that just doesn't go away. It's followed by an unfortunate bitterness that is like green tea steeped too long. Well made with a lovely mouthful of carbonation, but it's not a beer I can finish. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods in Washington, DC.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle received from woolyb in a recent BIF. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden-orange color with a creamy thick bubbly white head. Thin patchy cap with just a bit of lacing on the glass. Not the best looking IPA, but there's nothing really wrong with it.

S: Good citrus notes up-front, bitter orange oils, mango and some sweet caramel malt. Not too much else going on, it's not a blast of hops nor malt and seems a bit reserved. The citrus qualities are certainly there, not so much in the way of earthy hops though.

T: Caramel malts with a hint of sweetness is immediate, closely followed by some citrus hop flavors. Orange and lemon peels, oils and some floral elements. There's some odd flavor in the finish and linger that I can't quite place, but it's not good at all. Nothing disgusting but still.

M: Lower carbonation, medium-bodied and certainly lots of bubbles giving it a smooth feel. Dry and such an odd flavor in the linger.

Well this was okay. It's not my favorite American IPA but not my least favorite. Middle of the road to the back end, but if offered again I'd take it.

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Photo of chaz410
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
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

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.21/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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

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Photo of ordybill
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Smells of hops and grass Appearance- This is a copper colored beer with a big white head. Taste- Has a hop and citrus flavor, not to bad Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- An average beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of NCBeernut
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Light copper-infused gold. Couple cm whistle head is creamy with a big creamy bubble structure. Sheets of lacing cling to the glass. Moderate retention leaves a small cap and collar.

Smell: Mega fruity, almost like tropical punch. Apple and a hint of pear. A touch of bitterness. Decidedly earthy and herbal. Malts run a touch sweet for the hop profile. Biscuit with a ton of cooked malts. Juicy fruit.

Taste: Fruity herbal and a bit earthy. Slight lingering bitterness. Malts are a bit more assertive than the hops, but ultimately strike a balance. Cooked malts with a biscuit component. Some leafy elements. A bit dirty in the back. Some oily pine. Why you so herbal? Some caramel and biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel: A bit slick. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

Overall: No plans on syncing my cycle.

A good drinking IPA. Definitely falls in the maltier east coast style but it does it reasonably well. Hop and malt profiles seem a little incompatible in the long run.

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Photo of GJ40
3.32/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of garuda
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of tharper
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap in Raleigh, NC

I had this beer originally at the brewery opening in Kinston, NC.

This presentation wasn't as good. The brewery opening sample was highly aromatic and almost resinous in mouth feel and taste. This offering was a bit less stellar in presentation and flavor.

A - unfiltered, low brilliance, orange hue with 1" head that fell within 2 minutes of serving to 1/4 ".

S - NW american hops with slight malty backbone

T - middle of the road bitterness and malt balance ibu <> 60 ibu

M - slightly resinous with medium carbonation for the style

D -could easily drink 5 of these.

I understand that the brewery is focused on the organic nature of the offering. With that in mind, this is a great east coat IPA, especially since it originates from the home of eastern NC BBQ.

I recommend that you try it at least once. Chopped BBQ from Kings maybe . . .

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 12/14/11.

Pours hazy copper with an inch-plus head of white. Plenty of tattered lacing and a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics are a blend of biscuity malt and a hint of pine. Hops are quite subdued for an IPA.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

Plump and husky malt lead off the palate with some pine bark following through. A decent amount of bitterness but hop flavors are muted.

Finishes with sweet malt, lingering bitterness, and pine bark.

This beer needs more hops in the nose and on the palate. The malt base is also hinting at some wet cardboard already.

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Photo of BeerBeatnik
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Soonami
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Sisters Of The Moon from Mother Earth Brewing
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