alexsdad06 (10289) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2013
12 oz. bottle in Hilton Head. Pours a clear deep amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have some sweet malt, hints of caramel, light citrus with some vegetal notes. Flavor loses the vegetal stuff a bit. There are equally priced things that are much better. branlovesbeer (14) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Cost: $7.99 for a 6 pack.
This beer is covertly brewed by Thomas Creek Brewery.
When it was first poured, there was about two inches of a nice creamy head.
Itís a really deep amber color.
Drjohnrock (761) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2012
It smells similar to an English Brown Ale.
Thereís a pronounced maltiness with a very light hop character.
Itís definitely got an English fruitiness about it.
Just like it smelled, it tastes just like an English Brown Ale.
Itís slightly similar to Newcastle Brown Ale.
Again with the pronounced maltiness and a very light English hop character.
It definitely has that characteristic English Fruitiness in the taste.
They possibly used an English ale yeast, which typically imparts those fruity flavors.
If I were to guess, Iíd say this was the same beer as Thomas Creekís "Appalachian Amber Ale" rebranded for Piggly Wiggly.
IS IT WORTH THE MONEY?:
Definitely. $7.99 is about average for a 6pack of a decent craft beer. And this is certainly that.
Donít let the title, íStore Brandí sway your opinion before you even try it. Think of it as a really good craft beer that just happens to be cursed with the title of, "Store Brand."
So if you love good beer, donít miss out on this one. Donít let the title, "Store Brand" turn you off. If youíre in the coastal areas of South Carolina, find your closest Piggly Wiggly, pick up a 6 pack of Pig Tail Ale and enjoy a well crafted beer.
In theory, I like the idea of grocery store beer brands. But in reality, well...
(anyone recall Krogerís Cost Cutter Beer and Cost Cutter Light?). Anyway, I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle purchased at Piggly Wiggly in Hilton Head Islaned, SC. The dark amber/ruby color is quite nice but things go downhill from there, from the aroma which blends sweet malt with rotten fruit to the sweet malty taste which is overwhelmed by a rank bitterness. This pig swill is made for the Piggly Wiggly grocery stores by
Thomas Creek Brewery, which must be using the store chain to dump its bad batches. I was going to give this less than a 2 but (1) it got a little less awful as it warmed in the glass, and (2) I donít have the heart to rate this the same or lower than I did Corona. Sometines bad character is better than no character at all. Tmoney99 (14381) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle from Drjohnrock. Poured clear light brown color with a medium frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet balanced flavor with a medium sweet balanced finish of moderate duration. Sweet drinkable beer.
jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2012
12 oz bottle-Thanks? Blazer06-pours amber with a light tan head and some lacing. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, cherry, some spice. Taste follows.
beerme31 (685) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber full tan head. Nice malty aroma of caramel, bread, toasty. Flavor is mild sweet and mild bitter, tasted a bit rusty. Medium body, average carbonation, very sticky texture. Overall this was ok, not a fan of the finish. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Thanks? to Blazer06 for the share. Always an eclectic collection, Zack. Pours a medium amber with a white head. Nose is mild malt, caramel, and slight biscuit with some mild bitterness. Flavor is similar- mild in most elements with a miscellaneous bitterness throughout. Overall, itís pretty meh. adavis234 (287) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2011
12 oz bottle. Didnít know this existed until I saw it tonight so I thought Iíd give it a try. Pours a dark copper-amber with a thin off-white head. Sweet aroma with hints of caramel and nuts and a bit of hops. Flavor isnít bad but isnít great either. A little too much processed bitterness to go with the hop flavor and caramel, bready malt. Not a great beer but a much better effort by a store to produce its own beer than some others Iíve tried (Iím looking at you Walgreens). Foxbush (2009) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2011
My son brought this up from South Carolina for me to try while on vacation at Holden beach. The first one I tried was in a plastic cup. Not good. Later in a glass the ale was much better. The ale poured with a nice head and deep amber color. There was some bitterness with a sweet spicy flavor. The finish was smooth and we enjoyed all them while enjoying the beach. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2011
12oz bottle. Clear copper body, small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some brown sugar, light bread, spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, spicy, grapefruit, caramel, light bread. Light-medium body, light stickiness.