dhickma (1) - - OCT 15, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Blue Moon has created a terrifically unique beer with this one. I look forward to trying some of their other limited release beers.
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear copper/amber with a thick light beige head. Smells like a hop fridge at a brewery--leafy, wet pine cone, and a touch lupulin-y. Flavor is strongly sweet with big caramel maltiness and a somewhat sweet floral hop tone being backed up with moderate bitterness, some citrus resin, earthy boozy floral hops, a bit more caramel, and a lovely finish that’s balanced but still lovely bitter and floral/citrusy.
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks and smells excellent. Big piney hop aroma. The flavor is that of a good IPA. Some floral but mostly piney hops, a bit chalky in the finish being the only real downside to this beer. Quite nice overall.
ronaldtheriot (1066) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Blue Moon (Graffiti Collection) Pine in the Neck has a very thick, somewhat soapy, off-white head, a deep, golden-orange appearance, bubble streams, lots of sediment roiling about, and heavy lacing left behind. Aroma is of sweet, white bread and piney hop oil. Taste is of all that, with a hefty bitterness that charges forward during the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Pine in the Neck finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and exceptionally drinkable. This beer proves, once again, that the major brewers can produce craft beers that can go toe to toe with just about anything on the market. Drinking this, one can understand the insecurity and outright fear that one notices in the rhetoric of the craft breweries. I love it! RJT
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bomber. Poured a clear gold with an robust off-white head with good retentions. Nose is of sweet caramel malts, some citrus and pine hops, and juniper Medium in body with a smooth clean mouthfeel. The flavor is a rush of the aromas with the juniper very present, and the citrus hops joined by pine .Finishes bitter and dry. Really nice beer and shows the big guys can make good beer when they want to. I wonder what this bodes for the future of the craft brew industry.
poisoneddwarf (1602) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours clear copper with a medium to large cream-colored head with great retention; leaves some near-perfect sheeting lacework. Aroma is catty, doughy, piney, cotton candy. Taste is mostly bitter with some sweet maltiness rounding things out. Has a slight mineral quality in flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy, body medium to full. Wow, I am impressed. A big brewer made a beer and didn’t even seem to attempt to please their mindless core audience with watered down imitation. In a blind tasting, this would never ever be suspected as being a Coors product. This tastes as craft as the one-room brewer down the street. There’s a part of me that rejoices when the big guys get things right and make a good beer. It makes me think the tides are turning in favor of real flavorful beer. There’s an equal part of me that is a little disgusted that a giant company like this is infringing on much smaller brewers’ turf, taking money right out of their hands with their giant ad campaigns and endless amounts of cash. At the moment, though, I’d like to ignore all that and just enjoy this well-made beer.
krumbum (357) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear light amber color. Big piny scents. Crisp pine that finishes lightly bitter. Slight stain of hop left behind.
brenn79 (1414) - Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle- Pours clear amber with a one finger head. Aroma is pine hops, sweet malt and citrus. The taste is resinous pine, nice balanced bitter, there is some caramel in there, which I usually hate in IPA’s, but this blends with the beer pretty well, I do detect some Belgian flavors as well. I can’t say if this is the best Blue Moon beer I have had, that would require research that I don’t feel like doing right now, but this is pretty tasty.
TH28 (71) - - MAY 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance is clear ruby amber with a thin white foam cap. Nice aroma of grapefruit, pine, and a hint of berry. Taste is deep sweet caramel malt up front then turning towards the citrusy grapefruit on the back end with a pleasant hop bite that doesn’t overpower. Mouthfeel is medium and typical of a double IPA. Finishes with pleasant sweet malt and grapefruit sour balance and a solid hop bitterness that doesn’t hit as hard as most double IPAs. Shows good balance compared to some others in the style.
DwarfeD (631) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
660ml bottle. Clear amber with a nice white head. Medium body with ditto carbonation. Very well balanced bitterness. Hints of caramel, citrus and pines. A very decent IPA.