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 (3190) - 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.
hayduke (3073) - 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 (1478) - 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.
brenn79 (1326) - 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 (55) - - 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 (462) - 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.
BoostIPA (959) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ho Lee Fuk. If I tasted this blind, never in a million years would I have guessed that this is a macro. It seriously fucken LIFTS. Pours a clear deep amber with a off white head. Pretty nice aromas of citrus and piney hops. Taste is bitter yet pretty subtle with well pronounced hop juciness, not just bitter for bitter’s sake. Finishes slightly sweet with a lingering bitterness. Pretty good, by any standard.
nearbeer (3278) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. Clear and shiny, orange-amber body with tiny bubbles supporting a lasting half inch of crunchy foam. Really nice looking beer. Nose is herbal evergreen, resin, dry leaf and menthol. Taste is the same mix with some mild honey and lightly tart berry. Long dry finish shows off the juniper and woody notes, but they are matched nicely with the malt and don’t become overpowering. Medium body is balanced, sorta slick but mildy astringent at the same time, with a soft and smooth carbonation. Nicely done.
tgncc (2497) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is pine, caramel, flowers. The appearance isclear deep amber, white head. The flavor is pine, berries, caramel, like pine needles upfront, with a backbone of sweetness. The finish is berries, sharp pine needles, some flowers, astringent. Medium to medium/thick in body. Nicely done. Hard to believe this is Blue Moon.