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In the 1940’s, Belgian-Style Pale Ales grew in popularity and were ordered by the round due to their balanced taste. Rounder, our expression of this sessionable style, is crafted with hibiscus and orange peel for a hint of spiciness and touch of wheat for a smoother, rounder taste.

Malts: Pale, Imported Caramel, Imported Light Caramel, White Wheat
Hops: Cascade
Our Twist: Orange Peel, Hibiscus

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6540) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, malt syrup), lightly to moderately hoppy (stale apricot), with a note of shoe rubber. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation. Belgian? How’s that now? I don’t get any Belgian character out of this at all. It’s like a poorly made, extract homebrew-ish, overly sweet English strong ale, stale hops and all. Dumb and aimless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
poisoneddwarf (1856) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2013
12 oz bottle from the summer variety pack. Aroma is bready malts, toast, dark fruits, caramel. Pours clear copper with a medium off-white head with decent retention; leaves a little lace. Taste is sweet, toasty and wheaty, turning a little tart mid-palate; a little dry in the finish. Has a metal/blood off-note. Body is a little thin, carbonation high. No Belgian character that I can tell. Not bad, not good, just middle of the road.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Eh, it’s a bit of a stretch to call this a Belgian ale. Doesn’t taste like any Belgian I’ve had before. Clear amber with a white head. Aromas of malt and some hoppy notes, some toast aromas in there as well. Dry on the palate, way drier than I’d like out of a Belgian ale. Comes across as harsh rather than smooth. Just not really feelin this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3771) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Pours a clear reddish amber, almost mahogany, with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled light tan head. Malty aroma has caramel and horehound undertones. Crisp, malty flavor is rounded out by caramel, fruity and horehound notes. Rather tasty. Smooth texture has a fine, subtle fizz.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dacrza (581) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2013
DATE TASTED: August 4, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky’s Tavern pint... OCCASION: convincing wife Shan that "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives" is a mockumentary, not a documentary ... APPEARANCE: nice, lively orange-amber body; creamy white head that settles slowly and laces surprisingly well!... AROMA: caramel malts "round" the fragrant flower pot hops with some doughier, breadier elements--the citrus is subdued by an oddly malty punch... PALATE: medium-bodied, oily, antagonistic in its presence--mildly sessionable, if not for its Blue Moon calling card funked up aftertaste...TASTE: mild coriander sits amid malts that belie this beer’s objective; mostly caramel and a 40 oz. malt profile that kills the enjoyability for the drinker.... OVERALL: another "miss" from the Blue Moon Expressionist Collection, though not to the extreme of the Blackberry Wit or the Agave--still, like finding out Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives" is not real, one feels this Belgian pale really is a distant attempt of the original...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaBeer1972 (1398) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2013
A clear light amber with little head. Fine carbonation. Aroma is light malty and sweet. Flavor isn’t that bad. As advertised. Some bitter orange and spice. Light sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
adnielsen (9709) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle @ home, picked up at RJs Fort Collins. Pours a clear, dark orange appearance with a thin tan head. Somewehat herbal grassy hoppy, orange citrusy, spicy, slight bready aroma. Tangy, somewhat zesty floral, citrus peel, toasted bready flavor with a bit low carbonation. Bleh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gmellison (426) - Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle thanks to adnielsen. Nice amber color. Not much in the way of flavor, a bit hoppy though. Decent

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjg74 (2660) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle from Walmart. Dry bready nose. Dry lightly spiced flavor. Dryness seems to dominate. Not much going on here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
beertholomeus (1063) - California, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Pours an amber color with foamy white head. Malt, yeast, and fruit aromas. Yeast, floral and malt flavors. Yeasty oxidized finish.

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