Sisters Of The Moon | Mother Earth Brewing

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Sisters Of The MoonSisters Of The Moon

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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 NCBeernut
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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 bdupree
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, golden color. Pours with a beefy inch-thick head, very creamy and dense.

S - Aromas aren't overpowering, somewhat muted. I pick up some pine and citrus, and a little malt.

T - Very well balanced flavors, with nothing overpowering. It is not as bitter as most IPAs, making it very drinkable. Has some sweetness which makes it appear more like an amber pale ale than an IPA. Very good blend.

M - Medium body, somewhat heavy and dense.

D - Very drinkable, well balanced.

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Photo of devilben02
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange color with a thin but sticky head. The aroma is primarily earthy and almost musty with a mild touch of lemon, which gives an overall impression of lemongrass that seems appropriate for a "green" brand like Mother Earth. The citrus fruitiness comes out a bit more in the flavor, but the earthiness also remains, creating a nice hop flavor complexity. It feels light on the tongue but also a bit oily, letting those flavors linger for more than a few fleeting seconds. Overall, I would consider this one to be among the better local IPA's. Even though that may not be saying much considering how few good IPA's are being produced in North Carolina, this is still a solid option.

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Photo of heyoka
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into an American pint glass from the bottle. Hazy gold and unfiltered. Head is 1" thick and creamy/foamy. Leaves lots of legs as it fades away after a minute or 2.

S - Not much. Faint citrus & pine. Malt & bread.

T - Pepper & pine bitterness (dry) with a lingering sweetness. Not so much "malt" like a Maerzen, just interestingly sweet. Also a touch of perfume on the palate. I like the hops.

M - Oddly sticky. Hard to place. This has to be the lowest point for the beer.

D - Drinkable. Not bad. Just not as impressed as I was hoping--maybe it was the perfume & stickiness?

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Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straight medium gold with a slight 1-finger head. Faint retention but pretty decent light lacing covering the entire glass.

Nose is citrus, with faint sweet grapefruit. Esters definitely present.

Starts with a slight fruit sweetness, then bitters take over and an excellent hop burn in the finish. Sweet grapefruit as in the nose, followed by that serious hop kick.

Great summertime body, not syrupy at all and only slightly creamy. A nice light body for the summer.

It would be very easy to put down several of these in a session. Can't wait to get it on draft.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extra sent from cdflem. Thanks man! Pours a nice coppery orange with a tempting, sudsy white head. Eventually reduced to a cap but leaves very nice lacing. Lots of earth and fruit in the nose, fruit scents are light but nice such as citrus, apple, and lemon. Also later on a strange off-smell comes into play...almost a bourbon roastiness? Something of that sort. None of that in the taste though, which by the way is excellent! Fruit is more noticeable. This bottle is dated 5 months ago, but there is still a nice hop bitterness. Sweet candy caramel malts and citrus with a nice tangerine finish on every sip. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, perfect amount of carbonation. Very full-bodied for an American IPA and no alcohol taste. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Very nice taste and body overall, always nice getting an 'A' beer from a random small brewery extra. If I ever see any of Mother Earth's products around I will pick them up for sure.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first offering from Mother Earth. Needless to say I was thrilled to be able to try this one when I was at the mushroom on Friday. The first thing I ordered when I walked into the room, I was definitely not disappointed. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/30/2010.

The pour was nicely done. A rich medium amber in color with a big head of white that towered over the top of the glass. Settling down nicely it produced a good bit of lacing throughout the session, coating the glass up and down. Aroma is led by a shot of caramel and rich piney hops. Blended together nearly seamlessly it really worked quite well. Evening warming just tended to bring about more and more balance to it. Really extremely well put together. As I take the first sip though is really where it began to take off. Nice notes of caramel and wrapped in sheath of what seemed to be Amarillo hops and wonderful citrus flavors that really start to pop. Near perfect feel here as it was heavy and bold enough to keep my interest while the carbonation kept it alive and kept it from becoming too overbearing. Each sip seemed to become closer and closer to a near perfect session IPA as I was soon staring at an empty glass and wondering where the time had gone.

Overall this was enormously solid. Simply put one of the best local IPA's I have had. If this is any indication as to what they are putting out, I am going to be a very, very happy person.

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Photo of jampics2
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Sam, thanks for the great extra!

So, I've had my eye on these cats since they launched their website, even before the brewery started, mostly due to a friend with family in their immediate area. What a GREAT name and image for a brewery. But image isn't everything, just ask Rogue...but I digress. Thrilled to have the opportunity to try one of their flagships.

Pours a golden orange with a finger of head that sticks and gives chantilly lace a run for their money. A GREAT looking beer in my long stemmed glass.

Smell is only a minor step back from the appearance. Nice hoppy citric nose. Malt is also present, leaning towards the light caramel and bready areas.

Taste is also very good. Nice balance between the bitterness and the sweet malt. Some citrus and floral notes. Fresh baked bread with grapefruit. Touch of biscuit. Tangerines in full effect, with a nice malt compliment.

Mouthfeel is damn near perfect. Malt doesn't dominate or add unnecessary viscosity. This feels damn impressive, with some nice active carb keeping things moving along. Finishes clean but with a touch of stickiness and lingering hop bitterness.

Drinkability is wonderful. This is a DAMN impressive AIPA. Thanks, Sam, this was really good. Much appreciated as I sip away to the opening weekend of summer in Ohio. Cheers, mate!

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a stemmed glass as directed by the Mother Earth website. It pours a hazy yellow with a thick white head dissipates leaving lacing on the glass even before I've taken a sip.

S-Citrusy, orange and grapefruit on the nose. It smells sweet with some bready malt notes.

T-Oranges, lemons, some grapefruit, white pepper, and some caramel malt. It has a lingering dry hoppy bitterness.

M-Seems a little thin and watery for the style. The mouthfeel is more like an APA.

D-Very drinkable IPA. Its somewhat high abv. might cut into its ability to be a true session beer, but it tastes good and is rather easy to drink.

This is the second beer I have had from Mother Earth and I am pleased with this offering. I hope to try all of their beer styles soon and will continue to drink them in the future. I also really like the artwork on their label.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my pint glass. Pours a cloudy dark gold. There's a large bone-white head billowing on the top. Retains well; leave lost of sticky lace on the glass. Scents of flowers, tart citrus zest, some light pepper, and bread. The body is creamy with moderate depth. Carbonation level is good. This is a pretty spicy IPA overall. Some white pepper at the onset. Definitive bittering hops in the middle. There's a bit of honey finish on the sips. Aftertaste is on the spicy side as well. Not a bad IPA by any means. I like it. A little different than my go-to IPAs, but that's not a bad thing.

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Photo of route66pubs
2.52/5  rDev -30.6%
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 oberon
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great to see another NC brewer sell their wares here in the triad.Poured into a standard pint a clearl light to medium golden with a tight formed one finger white head that left two rings of broken lace as it settled slowly into a frothy top.Aromas are fresh and citric,they really seem to jump out at ya with a near tropical-like fragrance,a noticeable toasty sweet malt base comes through as well.Not over the top and bitter on the palate with the hops,more well rounded citric flavors,a hefty toasted malt flavors lingers in the finish.Its bright with great hops but enough toasty caramel sweetness to keep it well rounded,a very good IPA in my book.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A little light for an IPA, but not being perfectly clear is a good sign. Small but thick head that lingers pretty well. Interesting bubble formation made me think there was some yeast particles that floated to the top, but such was not the case.

S: Very crisp, clean smell with a small amount of lightly piney hops.

T: A very clean and slightly malty IPA. Not as well balanced as some other non-hop-bomb IPAs (Think SN Anniversary), but definitely comes in close. The hop bitterness is somewhere between citrus and pine, and doesn't quite balance as well as it could with the toasted malt background, but it's definitely good. There's a slight sharpness to the taste that registers as it warms and as you grow accustomed to the beer. Yet despite those minor flaws it's definitely tasty and worthy of multiple bottles.

M: Slight sharpness and very dry, slightly astringent, but not off-putting.

D: Astringency does not lead to quick gulps, but it's not so heavy that you can't have a few of them. Not sure of the ABV but it doesn't seem much higher than 6 (could be totally wrong).

Overal a very strong brew from a brewery that's fairly close to my home. I have a tendency to buy local brews so even though this is not my highest rated beer I'll definitely come back to it regularly. IMO the quality of a beer and the distance it has traveled are inversely proportional, all other factors being somewhat equal. If you live way out of the area, this is probably something you can avoid and not be missing anything, but if you live in the area around Kinston, NC, this should become a staple.

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Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle in a recent trade with NCBeerFan. Review is from the bottle and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale coppery/wheaty color and starts with a nice two finger white head that becomes very rocky and merengue-like as it it slowly dwindles; body is pretty hazy but shows strong caronation; thin and uneven skim and tons of lacing is left behind.

Smell: A nice bitter hoppy presence -- a little on the citric/acidic grapefruit side with just a bit of pine. Scent is fairly potent and gives the drinker a pretty good idea what the beer is going to taste like.

Taste: Pretty much just like the smell -- straight up bitter hops with the grapefruit and piney aspect; a very thin malty backing adds a little bit of balance and becomes a little more noticeable as it warms; slight citrusy zest in the bitter ending aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation keeps the bitterness bubbling throughout; body is fairly light and crisp, a litle slick on the palate; leaves a fair stick on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: A solid drinking IPA - I could definitely do with more of these and I think it'd be a great summer BBQ drink. I hope to come across more of this.

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Photo of ROBORB
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Saucer.
Aroma: It smells of grapefruit, bready malts and a little pine.

Appearance: This beer was served in a normal pint glass and produced a 1 finger white head. It was a nice hazy copper color and produced great lacing throughout the pint.

Taste: The taste followed the smell accurately. The intial taste came to me as strong grapefruit and then changed to malt and bitterness.

Palate: This is a medium carbonation brew and has a slick, oily feeling.

Overall: This beer is a solid single IPA from an up and coming brewery in NC. I am looking forward to more offerings from this small brewery in Kinston.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle chilled

a-clear copper..nice three finger head...lingers a bit and leaves behind some oily lacing...

s-not much in the nose really...a earthy hop aroma....a slight bit of bread

t-malt up front with a little toffee..the citrus hops jump first and then they are followed up by bitter piney and grassy hops...finishes a tad to dry for me but nothing offensive

m-oily and resiny....has a very faint chalky feel at the very end...bitterness does stick around...

d-have no problem getting through these...a little too fast imo...very easy to drink

my first from mother hearing good things so it wont be my last

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

new NC brewery - you're too kind blackie

appearance: served in an imperial pint - hazy apricot body, foamy white suds, nice

smell: nice, fresh citrus - orange peel, grapefruit, notes of caramel

taste: full bodied ipa - strong caramel base, decent hop sting, grapefruit, tangerine, toffee, grassy

mouthfeel: big bodied, lingering bitterness

drinkability: ok

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've tried this and the other Mother Earth offerings a number of times on-tap, but this particular serving unit of Sisters of the Moon is my first encounter with an NC-born American IPA bottled from the east-sieed of I-95. 11/09 bottled on date; classy packaging with cool label art. Let's get it on.

The 12-ounce longneck pours hazy orange-tinted golden amber and the brew is capped with a finger-and-a-half's thickness of pale ivory foam. The glossy, fine-grained crown of bubbles settles slowly in my flashy Tripel Karmeliet tulip, depositing a webby sheet of lacing onto the inner walls of the vessel.

The aroma is sweetly fruity and hop-laden, with notes of ripe peaches, mango, and tangerine laced with a musky dose of evergreen, grassy, and dank herbal hops.

The taste is dominated by a potent pale-caramel and burnt-toffee sweetness, with plenty of bitter grass, powdered pine rosin, green herbs, and tooth-squeaking citrus peel oil. The honey/brown-sugary maltiness is plentiful, as is the chlorophyllic, smoky-green lingering hop bitterness, but neither facet seems interested in balancing the other. Lots of sweet, lots of bitter, but no real meeting in the middle. Hmm.

The drink is on the light medium-bodied side with fine carbonation and is an easy drinker, for sure. Another solid (and highly-welcomed) brew from the newcomers in Kinston.

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Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ThorsHammer for this extra.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Good head retention with a lot of sticky lace. Color is a slight hazed copper orange.

Aroma: Dry hop flavor with some musky grassy hops. Sharp grapefruit notes. Bready malts and floral notes.

Taste: Lots of grassy musky hops, grapefruit citrus blend, bready malts, toffee. Not my type of ipa since it seems to be so musky.

Mouthfeel: bitter with a big herbal bite to it. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends weedy and sticky.

Overall, this ipa was just not my thing. It was too weedy and musky. I wouldn't want to have another one, but I am still glad I got to try it.

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Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange-gold with a beautifully sticky head that leaves some drippy lace on the glass. Bright zesty, pulpy citrus aroma turning floral and leafy over some sweet grain and pine needles. Flavor is quite hoppy, but not in a "rip your face off" sort of way. Sweet bitter grapefruit, tangerine, and just a bit of pine sap. Hefty medium body and surprisingly smooth despite the very solid bitterness.

A very promising introduction to this young brewery. I'll be checking out their other offerings soon, but this IPA should find its way into my fridge fairly often. I need to seek this out on tap. Good stuff!

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Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: into my new unibroue tulip, a generous, frothy off-white head floats atop the golden-amber colored ale, this is live stuff with a slight unfiltered haze, nice retention as lace coats the glass walls

s: bright citrus hops on a crisp pale malt and biscuit body, lots of grapefruit and young evergreen, a little grassy, tropical bubblegum, rustic and young - great smelling stuff

m: carbonation just over moderate in level, lively and smooth at once, body a medium consistency, almost creamy

t: the palate tends towards the brashly hoppy with just enough malt to strike some semblance of balance, and it works - big grapefruit and green pine on a light pale malt scaffolding, mild caramel flavors and some sweet biscuit, a big resinous bitterness powers through the finish

d: a lovely local ipa, glad to have them around

sixer from Peace Street Market, Raleigh, NC dated 11/09 - been excited about Mother Earth since learning of their opening a few months ago, nice to have another NC brewery supporting sustainable practices (Sandhills represent!)

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Photo of kkipple
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshy bottle from Brawley's in Charlotte, dated 11/09. Yessir!

I was going to break out the old review-vocab, but Wagenvolks (below) really nailed this one and quite frankly, took the words outta my mouth. I'll recap:

Sisters of the Moon is a very solid IPA. Crisp, hoppy, fresh tasting, equal parts pine resin and green grapefruit-seed bitters layered over a tasty and uncompromising malt foundation. The beer is more than the sum of its parts - the fine full carbonation, the lip-smacking dank hop wetness, the delightfully lacy-fat head all contribute to a good Beer Experience.

Two minor flaws: the aftertaste treads into that sharp bitter, Aspirin-like medicinal harshness and dies poorly rather than fading out nicely. It's a tad abrasive. The beer is a fairly attractive rich gold, but unfiltered, which may or may not be a good thing in your book.

Sisters of the Moon is reminiscent of Coast's Hopart in that it is a rough around the edges, raw hoppy brew - but delicious. Try it if able. Last word: This is another winner from our new friends at Mother Earth. Here's to drinking many more!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (dated 11/09) courtesy of atsprings.

Excited to try this new NC brewery, I poured Sisters of the Moon into a dimpled beer mug and let it warm for a few minutes. The attractive ecru head leaves a thick ring of lacing to mark its original height, and several fat splotches of lace thereafter. After retreating, the foam forms a central patch of fat bubbles atop a hazy, honey-golden body. The aroma strikes a great balance between fresh, spicy herbal hops that give off hints of grapefruit and pine, and pale malts that suggest fresh biscuits and caramel. A lot going on in the nose, but not overpowering--I dig it so far.

Oh, yeah...that's a good IPA. Bitter citrus rind opens up the front alongside a biscuity sweetness, but be advised: this is one hoppy "Sista". Earthy skunk-weed, tangerine flesh, and pine resin notes dazzle the sides and back of the tongue and linger on into the finish. A slight toasted nuttiness to the malts as well. Perfect body, equal parts crisp and juicy with a tight carbonation level that accentuates the hoppiness nicely.
Reminds me a lot of Odell's IPA--natural, fresh, hoppy, balanced, and crisp. Very much looking forward to the other Mother Earth beers in my fridge.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sisters of the Moon is an orange hued amber unfiltered body with a good white head that leaves ring of lacing. The aromas are sweet malt below a wonderful aroma of citrus hops. The flavor matches well and though the hop character is very dominant, it is a pleasing taste when the wonderful malt character keeps it tasty. I am clueless on the abv content, but it surely packs a ton of flavor. After sipping on a pint over a good while, I could have gone for a second had time and opportunity afforded it.

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Photo of callisbeers
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I reviewed this beer during the weekend when this site crashed. It was my first review ever and now it is gone forever. I don't remember all the greast prose I wrote, but I am sure it was an awesome write up. I do remember that this is a great IPA. Spectacular taste and extremely drinkable. I hope to have this on my home tap someday.

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Sisters Of The Moon from Mother Earth Brewing
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 450 ratings