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 akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The proverbial end of the line for my encounters with Mother Earth. My propensity for IPAs forced me to save this one for last. Bottled in July 2010.

A: The IPA is golden amber, a bit of a glow to it under the right light. Haze envelops the glass, obscuring the contents. A white head, over two fingers, has left a interconnected web of lace all around the glass. It looks like one big strand.

S: Even fresh out of the fridge, the IPA packs a wallop of citrusy hops into each sniff.

T: A well-balanced IPA. Bitterness tickles the tastebuds immediately, an amuse bouche. Right after the little hop treat, the caramel malts step in with a full, bready flavor. The hoppines returns mid sip and doesn't leave. At all. It lingers long after each sip, a delicious bitterness that has staying power. Before the end, the citrusy hops have pineapple and grapefruit in spades. They are oily, coating the mouth with each sip. Damn this ale is fine when fresh!

M: Hops and lots of 'em. The oily feel concentrates the citrusy bitterness in one place, amplifying the flavors.

D: A very good IPA, loaded with fresh hops and a strong malt character. Get it fresh and the hops'll really show you something.

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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 portia99
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled 06 10 on the label) received as an extra in a trade with jpmclaug. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, pale amber/orange color with a finger of fluffy, densely bubbled foam with good staying power. A slow fade drops it to a thick collar with some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Earthy and somewhat spicy hops up front with some floral aspects too. I get bread, dirt, a whisper of mint, soap, grass.

T - Caramel, floral hops with pretty strong bitterness, bread, some honeylike sweetness, grassy, toasted malts, some light roasted flavors too. Tastes more English than American in character.

M - Medium bodied with fairly strong carbonation. Very prickly on the tongue. Pretty malty IPA with lots of bread-like qualities...bitterness is full and a bit harsh and lingers well into the aftertaste.

D - Think this would be a good IPA to have with a pizza while watching a movie or a game. Enjoyable by itself, but just seems to be missing that certain something. In general, I prefer the more citrusy IPA's out there, where this leans towards the English take with the earthy, spicy and floral hop varieties. Well crafted beer that falls just a bit outside of my ideal flavor range...but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just below a finger's worth of just off-white foam, minimal retention, ends up with a few lilypads of large bubbles here and there, adequate stickiness to the lacing. Gauzy bright orange with a yellow edge to it,, as opaque as it gets for this sort of coloration, healthy glow. Softly agreeable nose, leans on sweet tangerine, pink grapefruit citrus, pine sap, milk chocolate, chocolate taffy, spiced oatmeal, the apricot, peach, pear fruit has suggestions of both pineapple and banana, honeyed bread, the hops avoid bitterness or bite at seemingly any cost. Medium-bodied, in spite of the lack of head the carbonation keeps a steady churn inside your mouth, luckily it has a dry enough texture to help it anchor well against the tongue. Pineapple, papaya, peach, apricot fruit keep it sweet with some tang, pine, flowers. The milk chocolate, mocha, malt nuances have a dry, dusty effect but keep it sweet just the same. Every once in awhile you got a note of bubblegum. Juicy and sweet tangerine, orange, pink grapefruit citrus. Can't say that it's complex and unlikely to please most ardent "hop heads" but it is friendly and with high drinkability.

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Photo of shrek806
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first official review, I have reviewed in a BIF but never here.

A-Pours a pretty golden yellow almost like a pilsner with a 1/4 inch head of tight bubbles. Lacing is beautiful with this one

S-Smell of floral and pine

T-tasts has a smooth start with a highly bitter finish

M-Smooth with a mouthful of very active bubbles with a dry finish

D-If you like high IBU's as i do, you will enjoy this fine brew

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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 detlefchef
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a 50/50 bar with a thick vanilla colored head and orange color to the beer. Not exactly brilliant but clear enough.

Textbook piney nose with hints of tropical fruits.

Sweet tangy malt on the palate with a pretty aggressive hoppy bite. Something, though, seems just a bit disjointed. Like it all doesn't do exactly what it's supposed to do, when it's supposed to do it. Certainly tasty enough, but that just keeps it below the top echelon of IPAs.

Nice texture and certainly goes down well, though the lack of balance doesn't lend well to the drinkability.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature Glass.

Pours a hazy, vibrant orange with a thin, foamy head and fairly heavy lacing. Offers a sweet, hoppy aroma. The hops fall more on the earthy side. The taste is a tad too malt forward for an IPA, but it is still very tasty. The hops are a tad rounded on the backend, and the finish is pretty crisp, with just a touh of lingering bitterness. Mouth is moderate with a aloft slickness. Well carbonated. Overall, a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I walked into Cigar City the other day and who do I see, my trading buddy Billy Ross (bross242) sitting at the bar. We along with his wife exchanged some conversation and wonderful beer. They gave me a few NC treats to share with the locals.

A: Pours a very vibrant orange, almost like it has some orange highlighter in it. The head is nice and solid, good retention and some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of sweet caramel, toffee, pine, and hints of green grass.

T: Very malty. Lots of candy sweetness with notes of fresh doughy bread. The hops are on the sweeter side, more resinous pine than bitter grapefruit. Hints of grass are as well though.

M: Medium, smooth, and tasty. A fairly malty IPA, but pretty enjoyable.

D: Good, Thanks Billy!

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Chip's Wine in Kill Devil Hills, NC. I found this beer to be fairly similar to a lot of the pale ales and IPA I've been having from the area in that there's a bright citrus/grapefruit note that's clean and clear, but not overpowering. The beer is on the more drinkable end of the style, which might just work better with the local climate. Overall - good, not great, but certainly not a bad choice.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy yellow copper color with a half finger, white head. light lacing left on the glass

S: smells of citrus, grapefruits and hints of bubblegum (maybe I'm crazy on that last one)

T: nice citrus hop bite that really surprised me. some slight malt backbone compliments the hops

M: light to medium carbonation with a good light mouthfeel

D: good session style ipa on a hot summer day. abv was very well hidden that would make it easy to drink several

Overall, this was sent as an extra in a trade and I was pleasantly surprised with it. If it was available in my area I just might be tempted to buy more if the price was right.

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Photo of Walken
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mother Earth: Sisters of the Moon (Bottled 02/10) (Tasted 06/15/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer pours out gold with orange highlights, topped by a nice looking head of off-white foam and bubbles. Great retention, great lacing.
Odor: Full background of citrus juice aromas, orange in particular, with floral notes and hints of dried grass.
Consistency: Medium bodied with an oily feel that is amply disrupted by an average level of carbonation for style. There is also a malt derived dryness to this beer. I can not put my finger on it, but something feels very incongruous about the way this beer feels in my mouth.
Flavor: Raw herbal hop and nippy alcohol provide a hefty hunk of bitterness, with some faint caramel malt sweetness offering an barely sufficient foil. Dry cracker-like malt flavor smooths things over a tad, finish is dry and long with lingering herbal hops on the tongue.

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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 bdupree
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -3%
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 +12.5%
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 +18.7%
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 +17.9%
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 +13.3%
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 +1.6%
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 +0.3%
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 -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 oberon
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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 +6.2%
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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Sisters Of The Moon from Mother Earth Brewing
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