I was lucky enough to go to Imbibe Live this year – my first time – and I got to try many, many amazing beers, amongst other things, and while I wasn’t able to take notes on most of them, I was fortunate enough to bring home a few samples and this is the first review of those beers.
Mother Trucker is a Pale Ale from a brewery called Catawba, who are based in Morganton in North Carolina, and I had never heard of them before Imbibe – but that’s what the event is all about – discovering new breweries and new beers – and Catawba and Mother Trucker are both wonderful.
I managed to try Mother Trucker while I was at the event, and I knew it was great just from the tasting I did there, so I was very happy to be able to bring home a can of it and be able to review it. The first thing that strikes you about Mother Trucker is the beautiful dark, reddish Amber. I do love a red appearance when it comes to ales, and this one has it in spades. It has a wonderful aroma too which is sweet and hoppy, but with hits of citrus and pine.
But as with any beers, the proof of the pudding… erm… beer is in the drinking, and it doesn’t disappoint. In the first few sips you get a strong hoppiness, which gradually gives way to a slight bitterness, which then in turn turns into a malty citrusy beer that has strong hits of pink grapefruit, and the beer only gets better as you drink it. It’s a very refreshing beer that’s easy to drink and isn’t too strong at 5% volume.
I’d heartily recommend Mother Trucker, however I don’t think it’s widely available in the UK yet, and the only place I’ve seen it online is at a USA store. However, once Mother Trucker does become available I would suggest you pick yourself up a few cans and treat yourself!
A wonderful Pale Ale, with a wonderfully citrus kick, which gets better as you drink it.