RSRIZZO (1846) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2008
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma is hoppy. Color is a nice ruby with good carbonation and a thin tight head. Taste is light and thin. Starting with a light body it goes down crisp. Finish is a thin light malt taste that has a little bitterness in the end. This is just another weak brew from MolsonCoors.
Headbanger (2863) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle-An orangish amber body with a loose off white head. Aroma of hops, yeast, orange, and grains. Taste of hops, malt, orange, and it has a dry finish. Not very impressed. Blue Moon has gone downhill since Molson began brewing the specialties.
NDbeerdrinker (166) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an amber color with a small white head. Aroma is equally malts and hops, but not much of either. Taste is a little hoppy and sweet, and you can taste the orange peel. A mediocre beer.
Ernest (6015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin), with a light note of plastic/rubber.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
It’s about as Belgian-styled as...oh, let’s see...Sam Adams Boston Lager. But that’s what they’re pretending it is, so that’s how I’m assessing it. It’s the foul-mouthed, unkempt guy at the party that everyone wishes would just leave.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a fine, moderate head. Aroma is hoppy with a moderate grain quality. Flavor is rather pleasantly hoppy. Nothing to go crazy over, but not a bad bear considering some of Blue Moon’s other "alternative" offerings.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had this at the newly re-named "Blue Moon Brewery" which used to be the sandlot brewery inside Coors Field. It’s still a micro brewery for people who don’t really "get" craft beer, but it is the best beer at the ballpark. Pale Moon was allright, definately the best bet for a hop head at the ballpark. It was on the dark side for a pale ale, but earthy hops make a nice taste and aroma. The yeast isn’t estery, which I was pleased with, it had a fairly clean flavor profile, so much so that I may not have guessed that it was a Belgian Pale ale. I think it tasted more like an alt yeast, but not as bread-y tasting.
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep amber color......fluffy head. Light malt aroma, with many sweet notes of caramel. Slightly sweet malt flavor continues in the front, though quickly overpowered by an extremely crisp mouthfeel. A few citrus and hop notes manage to sneak out in the back......finishes a little dry. This beer might actually have turned out well, if not for the intense carbonation.
Tmoney99 (9988) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from shigadeyo. Poured clear amber color with a large frothy off-white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Heavy grassy citrus aroma. Light to medium body. Moderate grassy sweet flavor with medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Very intersting just above average brew.
Lofgrep (2) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2008 does not count
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Marginally better than what’s usually available at establishments without a beer focus, since it actually has some body and flavor. Every time I’ve had it on tap, the aroma is more or less covered up by the orange slice bartenders insist on including. Some banana aroma is present. Appearance is bright, hazy, maybe a little fizzy even. Flavor is overpowering, even cloyingly sweet, with over-the-top clove/banana/orange peel estery notes. Palate would be better if this were not so sweet. Overall, about what I’d expect from a "Belgian" being marketed by Coors.
EithCubes (4577) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2008
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Stale tire air rushes from the bottle to accompany the slight graininess. Really a nasty nose, Heavily-carbonated amber pour with a large, lacing, frothily rocky beige head. Taste is, thankfully, somewhat redeeming: lightly sour caramel with soft acidity, touches of citrus and brown sugar, and a light pleasantly grainy aftertaste. Orange rind and a slight herbal note. Soft, light body. Man, a letdown from Coors (never thought I’d write something like that), and yet, if you can get past the prelude, you’ll probably stay for the full experience.
From a marketing standpoint, how can they call this a Belgian Pale Ale? Does orange peel is equal to Belgian and Cascade is equal to Pale? At least it laces well.