dbhenry (139) - El Paso, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a nice ale, with a delicate malt flavor and significant hops. Very light in color, with an average head. It is a good thirst quencher.
Suttree (5548) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
See, hereís the the deal. My boss is pretty cool, and he knows Iím into beer. But he doesnít really know anything about beer (You see where this is going, right?). So, as a reward for some recent work, he bought me a case...of Blue Moon. Now, Iím gonna tick íem (because thatís what I do), but they really are kind of ...bland? This is the second one Iíve tried that doesnít really have much character. At any rate, I will be trying a bunch of these...
obguthr (4601) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Mild tea nose.Clear copper, thick yellow head. Tea and aspartame, somewhat cloying. Some grass and orange notes. Exactly what is Belgian about this? Not very good.
rr314 (11) - Freedom, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a fantastic beer. It has a nice finish and a great dark color. Probably the best Blue Moon variety. Is quite smooth.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
3/11/2014. From bottle. Amber color with a white head. Malty and hoppy aromas. Flavors a little bit too buttery caramel for my taste. Nice spicy notes and hops are there.
Janicki2006 (7) - Beaver Fall, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014 does not count
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Good initial taste but has metallic finish ..................................................
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I shared this with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. I have to admit I was expecting something different from something called a Belgian-Style Pale. But this looked, smelled ,and tasted more like an amber. Amber in color with q small white head and light lacing.. Nose of floral hops. Medium in body. Flavors shows light fruit. Some bitterness. Gets better as it warms.
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. This beer is clear amber with a beige head that leaves cool looking sticky lacing. This smells like an English bitter but without the hops. Malts. I made it a point to go into this beer with an open mind. With that being said, this is a failure as a Belgian Ale. However, the label says it is a Belgian Style Pale, whatever that is. It is much closer to an amber with sugar added. A bit of toffee and gentle fruit. Oh so light bitterness. I taste just a bit of spiciness that is tasted on the very tip of my tongue. The hibiscus is tasted although it is light. This beer improved with warming. There is some fruity bitterness and brown sugar is tasted late. This improved with warming and after I got over it being anything Belgian.
miyauchi38 (744) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1421) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best before date of 5/19/14 and came as part of a 12-pack for $14.47 ($1.20 per bottle or $0.10 per ounce).
Appearance: Label indicates this is a "Belgian-Style Pale", but the color is clearly that of an amber. The copper hue is quite pretty, though there is zero carbonation visible. It pours to a small, off white, foamy head which laces and retains poorly.
Smell: Slight oxidized aroma of cardboard. Some toffee and caramel sweetness, but smells old or fouled.
Taste: Thereís a lot of things wrong with Blue Moon Rounder, which is a shame because the description and even the ingredients list makes the beer seem very interesting. The beer fails for two reasons: itís completely mis-marketed; it has off-flavors.
Thereís a distinct character to the palette of this beer. Itís familiar of that of a standard American amber, only not a good example of one. While it does have some flavors of toffee and caramel on the first half, the second half is rife with off-flavors. There seems to be indications of oxidization and DMS as it finishes with a sharp, harsh, astringency. There is no Belgian yeast character at all, nor is there any hibiscus or orangepeel as advertised. The flavors start to worsen as the beer warms.
Drinkability: This is one of those beers where the drinkability is actually pretty good, but the actual palate itself is not. The mouthfeel is thick but overtly tepid - a beer of the style should be quite crisp and bubbly. Itís easy to suck down, though it does leave a dry, starchy aftertaste. For 5.6% ABV itís not too heavy, though it should have more flavor than whatís here (more good flavor, that is).