Natty Greene’s Brewing Company Southern Pale Ale

Now that Natty Greene’s Southern Pale Ale is available at grocery stores across North Carolina, I am a happy man.  This is the reason I drink craft beer.  You can taste the difference in a beer where the brewers put their heart and soul into what they are doing because, not only do they love beer, they love making beer.  It is an expression of who they are.

Don’t get me wrong.  As a homebrewer, I know that it is hard to make beer.  It is hard to make any beer and that includes something mass produced like Bud Light.  It is hard to make Bud Light and it is a craft to make every batch brewed all across the world taste just like another batch.

However, it is different drinking a beer that is made to be enjoyed and not just consumed.

On to the review.  It pours with a nice deep golden color and leaves a nice slightly off-white head (maybe just white).  Immediately get the aroma of the Cascade hops (love Cascade hops).  It has a piney freshly cut grass aroma.  In any other style (but IPA or Double IPA) it might be over powering, but here it works.  The taste continues with the hoppy taste, pine cones and fresh cut grass with a little sweetness and nuttiness from the malt.  A quality beer brewed with care.

With the increased availability this may become my new go to beer.  The 5.2% ABV makes it great for session drinking and the crispness makes it even better for warm summer nights sitting out on the porch listening to the crickets and other critters go through their paces.

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