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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuedmaster (298) - San Marcos, California, USA - JAN 8, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours clear golden amber with a nice thick white head that maintains and leaves interesting lacing. Aroma of bread, caramel, grass, slight herbal and vegetable notes. Reminds me more of a British Pale Ale than a Belgian, rather dark for a Belgian Pale, but actually goes down quite easily with a good balance of sweet and bitter, malt forward but not too sweet. Has an earthy quality, with a clean finish. Would be suitable as a session ale.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
schmittaj (7) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2014 does not count
Pales aren’t really my thing, but this one isn’t bad. Floral tastes without any of the normal bitterness.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
terefere (277) - Durham, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Pours amber, small creamy head. Aroma of yeast, spice, grain. Taste of butterscotch, firewood, grain.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Holdwine (1128) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2014
I appreciate Blue Moon’s attempts to experiment, but they do have to step it up a bit. Average pale ale. The "Belgian" influence is supposed to be in the spices, but I find them lacking, leaving a drinkable pale ale, and not much more.

2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
raymow (1039) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2014
bottled - claims to be "Belgian style" but I’m not so sure. Not a very good aroma but does have a good color to it. Not all that good, overall.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Homer321 (2744) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle at a Christmas party. Moderately butter with a faint malt backbone. Actually mostly phenol free. Pretty bitter actually ss it warms. Meh.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LowBrau (100) - Tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Clear, medium-light brown color. Floral nose from the hibiscus plus some musty yeast. Sweet & roasty/burnt. Medium bitterness. Light tartness in the finish. Slightly metallic.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2608) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. There is a strong bready malt note, soft herbal note. The flavor is bready malts, citrusy, light floral tones. Interesting and easy drinking

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mep3222 (864) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Malty aroma with some hop and spiciness. Has a bit of a malt extract type taste, but banana nutty yeasty flavors in there. Noticeable hoppiness. Tastes a bit like a homebrew, but has a good amount of flavor and a drinkable beer. Wouldn't buy it but drinkable if given. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5237) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle, another screw-top. Nose is lightly wheaty and herbal but is dominated by surprisingly strong caramel with lighter dusty and almost fudge notes. Pours a deep copper-amber, still clear, with only faint carbonation and a soapy beige head. Taste full of cracker, lighter caramel, and oily red berry and swirling fruit. Touch of acetone, wheat, hibiscus and rose are there, too, but not orange. Cascade is criminally underused here, just nothing from the hop side. Medium body with a touch of maltiness, booze. Easy-drinker with surprisingly good balance, but fades into the crowd pretty quickly.


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