Second Wind Pale Ale | Mother Earth Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oberon on 06-25-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
98
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
19.72%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 98
Photo of rockyfire
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of hmmmmmm
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A golden and lemon bodied pale amber, very nice but a little hazy, with a big fluffy bleach white head, and lots of rising bubbles. Settles to a weak put one finger sized puck.

Nose has bready malts, an interesting almost Kolsch like fruity ester quality.

Palate hits with a lot of hop spice and grass notes. Clean with a wine fruity finish, but a good sense of bakery dough. There's a little bit of competing flavors which clash so slightly, but are good in there own individual way, so a little unbalanced but not terribly. Body is light and refreshing with a good mix of malt density and crispness.

Overall a very satisfying pale ale, sort of reminds me a little bit of their Endless River Kolsch too.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crisp and lighter (definitely not watery) pale ale. The aroma has a mix of tropical fruit punch, pine and floral perfume. The flavor is quite similar with more grapefruit and citrus rind, a touch of earthy pine and less juicy hops. The finish is balanced, not biting, but just a pleasant dryness. Overall, this is a great pale ale. There's a complex hops character, with the big bitterness or body of an IPA. Check it out.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice APA, crisp taste and clean. Great session brew with mild hop flavors of citrus fruits and some floral flavors too. Body is nice clear golden orange, decent white foam head that slowly fades. Will be looking for more in the future.

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow gold color with a ton of bubbles racing up the middle and a snow white 1 finger creamy head that faded slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of floral hops, lemon zest, citrus hops, grains, sweet malt, hay or grass, light caramel and biscuit; nice soft nose that has more citrus hop notes than malty notes - overall the aroma is fresh smelling and grassy.

Tastes of floral hops, lemon zest, citrus hops, grains, faint orange peel, coriander, sweet malt, hay, grass, light caramel, herbs and biscuit or some toasted white bread; the hops start things off and then give way to grains as it trails off with a malty and fruity combo that finishes clean and dry.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, with a very light body, light carbonation and a smooth feel as it slides down.

A very good pale ale that is definite session beer and light drinking; this beer was a great surprise as we picked this beer out because of the funny (to us, my brothers and I) picture of the runners on the can. I will definitely seek this beer out again. The can looks dorky but the beer is damn good.

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Photo of dgfair
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber capped by an inch or two of foam; very impressive lacing

Smell: Fruity, floral and slightly citrusy, with a hint of biscuity malt

Taste: A biscuity backbone, with fruity flavors, up front; adds a bit of citrus, in the middle, with just a touch of orange that arrives in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: It is that hint of orange in the finish that makes this beer for me; very refreshing and enjoyable, though relatively straightforward

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Photo of McNuts
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a minimal head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Citrus, bready and biscuit aromas, and some caramel sweetness.

Taste: Same as above with some nice hop bitterness and pine in there. Very balanced anicely hopped.

Mouthfeel: smooth, crisp, refreshing, medium to low bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid APA. Very traditional like the English style, but nicely hopped the American way. Happy to have scored this can when I met up with some family from NC when I was in MD over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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Photo of I3eck
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can -> Wine Glass

A: Hazy slightly orange/straw yellow, minimal 1/4" white head, some spotty lacing.
S: Citrus, lemon, clove, slight hop notes.
T: Nice citrus hops - similar to a white IPA, caramel, malt, slightly floral.
M: Nice CO2, light-medium body, crisp & refreshing, surprisingly thin for the amount of flavor it packs.
O: Light and flavorful brew. Nice layered flavors and not overly hopped. I would prefer a little more body personally but in this case it makes this beer very drinkable and ready for another.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Total Wine & More in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $1.79
Purchased: Sept. 9, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 16, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden, straw, semi-clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of khaki-white rocky head. Lots of streams of bubbles coming up from the bottle at different parts of the glass. Below average uneven layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled Citra hops, floral hops, caramel, bread, light grapefruit notes and lemon grass. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted pretty close to the nose. Very light and refreshing, but still a bitter aftertaste. Got floral hops, Citra hops, bitter orange rind, grassy notes, wheat and lime. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, refreshing finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a pretty good pale ale overall. Not as flavorful as it good be, but easily drinkable, refreshing and tasty. NOTE: Late quarter of the beer had me feeling like I overrated it a tad. (Overall - 3.75)

3.81 | 86 | B+

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Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of WarEagleJeep
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy straw gold color, nice foamy white head that settles to thin film and ring. Leaves spotty lacing

S: Mild aromas of herbal and citrus hops, sweet light malty grains

T: Sweet malty grains, a little biscuit and cracker, light ambiguous hop flavor to clean up the sweetness. Smooth and very drinkable.

M: Light feel with solid carbonation, crisp finishing

O: Not a lot going on here but that's what you want in a low ABV canned beer meant to drink outdoors. Great lawn mower beer or a great addition to the cooler for beach/pool/camping trips.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My thanks and gratitude go out to eli323232 for this and Sunny Hazed, the latter of which I reviewed previously. Let The CANQuest (TM) CANtinue unabated!

From the CAN: "Handcrafted in Eastern N.C."; "Pale Ale"; "Peace, Love & Beer".

Dig that last, man! I hit the Crack & Glug like a fiend. The result was a finger-and-a-half of dense, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow. Nose was strong with pine hops, perhaps inching up on being an AIPA, but it is not for me to say. It is for me to say that the mouthfeel was medium and the hops were not as pronounced in the mouth as on the nose, plus I also encountered a malty sweetness on my tongue. Finish was semi-dry and nicely satisfying. Not bad, but not a standout, either.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woodychandler cantinues to come through with canned beers. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is hops and bitter up front, some citrus and malts at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden yellow with a mountain of soft, pure white head that has great retention. The nose is faint offering some light, bready malt and some faint citrusy hops. The flavor is much the same as the nose. It's lightly bready and lightly hopped. The mouthfeel is light, smooth, and well carbonated.

This comes across as a bit of a "cookie cutter" APA. It's easy to drink and smooth, but it doesn't offer much in terms of complex flavors. Coming in a can this would make a great poolside beer though.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from trade, can’t remember who because it has been sitting around for a bit. Thanks! Pours a light clear golden with small white head. Huge floral aroma like potpourri, but not to the point that makes it in appealing. Slight citrus as well. Flavor is a combo of citrus and big floral notes. Actually nicely crisp and refreshing. Light body and high carbonation. Nice brew that could be enjoyed as a session it seems.

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Photo of Mojo
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can -> Grand Teton snifter

A - very pale hazy straw color, one half finger head diminishing into nothing, and no lacing to speak of

S - very citrus, lemon, orange peel, and pine, maybe bready

T - kind of one dimensional citrus with a metallic finish

M- not bad, but not great either. Biggest negative is the metallic aftertaste

O - pretty average

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has pleasant malty and fruity notes with a subtle hoppy undertone. It pours a slightly hazy solar yellow with a fairly thick and rather fine-bubbled white head. Malty flavor has good fruity notes and more than a hint of hops, plus just a little bit of hoppy bitterness - not like an IPA, but there is definitely some hop taste. Texture has good body and a fair amount of fizz. An impressive pale ale.

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Photo of bum732
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Toasted and slightly bisquity malt with an orange peel and peach backbone.

L: Cloudy, straw yellow, carbonated white head with decent retention and lacing.

T: Dry toasted malt with a moderate earthy hoppiness. Medium high earthy bitterness leading to a toasted malt dryness. Finishes quite dry with residual hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, with medium carbonation.

A very dry, bitter pale ale. Not bad.

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

Served this 12 oz. can in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was pale golden and slightly hazy. The pithy/brittle white head stayed a while.

The smell was light grains, mild hops, and biscuits.

The taste was lemony with crisp hops and enough malts to balance this one very well. There was a soft bitterness and bright hops make this one a very good, yet simple APA. Somewhat drying finish. I would look for this on again.

The mouthfeel was medium to light bodied with good zippiness in the carbonation.

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Second Wind Pale Ale from Mother Earth Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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