Pale Moon AleSeptember 1, 2008 Golden, CO
Blue Moon Brewing Co. Golden, CO Available: CO, IN, MN, AZ, NC (limited distribution) A Belgian-style pale ale, flavored with small amounts of hibiscus and orange peel. Alcohol (vol.): 5.4 Alcohol (wt): 4.3 Color: rich copper Bitterness: 20 Original gravity: n/a
The color of a shiny full moon and a cloud-like head of tiny bubbles makes for a handsome appearance. The slight nose has a light, biscuity perfume, giving promise. Round and pleasantly malty on the palate, all is lost in the sharp, almost acrid finish, without the floral hop balance of classic pale ale. Indeed, the label says there is a touch of hibiscus and orange peel although, I did not detect either.
- Charles Finkel
Crystal clear, shiny copper translucence. Wispy head remains intact. Gentle sweet aroma with notes of indiscernible spice. Chewy body and mouthfeel with immediate sour impact and lingering impression. Sourness lends itself to fruity description, but no specific fruit emerges. Bitterness is also involved with first impression, yet real hop flavor does not seem associated. Aftertaste slightly acidic, perhaps lending to smooth drinkability for those seeking minimal hop impact. I think of choosing robust tasting foods to contrast with the mild overall character of Pale Moon.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
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