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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.71   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Formerly Known as Valencia Amber Ale

Our limited-release Valencia Amber Ale is crafted with roasted malts, Valencia orange peel, and a touch of wheat for an uplifting orange, caramel aroma. Itís the perfect inspiration for taking advantage of the season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It had a best before date of 5/26/14 and came as part of a mix pack for $14.47 ($1.20 per bottle or $0.10 per ounce).

Appearance: Copper/orange hue over a slightly hazy body. Not much visible carbonation. Pours to a large, beige, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Standard amber ale aroma of slight dark malt and a hint of orange.

Taste: My beef with the Blue Moon lineup (and other "crafty" beers for that matter) is that they never deliver on their labelís hyperbole. Iíve found most Blue Moon beers, with the except of the flagship offering, tend to just be amber ales with slight variations. But in the case of Valencia Grove Amber it actually does do what itís supposed to do: be a slightly sweet, fairly complex and highly drinkable amber ale. Itís nothing amazing, but itís definitely better than most of the genre.

I was surprised to taste true malt character here. Thereís a strong amount of sweetness and confectionery flavor often found in an amber. Caramel, toffee, toasted malt and a slight nuttiness can all be found here. Theyíre all far from intense or cloying, of course, but the fact it tastes so genuine considering the brewery is surprising. The orange does come through on the finish, but it tastes more like orange juice concentrate or some kind of flavoring rather than true orangepeel. Thereís nothing spicy about it all. Iím sure this couldíve been much worse, so itís appreciable for it is.

Drinkability: Another thing thatís nice about Valencia Grove Amber is the fact it drinks like it should. The other Blue Moon brews tend to be too crisp, too thin or just too challenging to drink. This has a medium to full body with a soft, comfortable mouthfeel. Itís not crisp, but it wouldnít consider it tepid. It goes down smoothly and finishes fairly clean with just a bit of a cough syrup-like aftertaste and sensation. It doesnít quite live up to its 5.9% ABV weight, though. Iím sure they could do the same palette on a much leaner weight.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Butters (3869) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Clear golden amber pour with no real head. Old toasted caramel and biscuit notes. Cardboard. Hint of orange peel, but not citrusy. Boring and blah.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
miyauchi38 (403) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2014

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jandd1983 (2842) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2014
It poured an amber color with a white head. The aroma was of vanilla and caramel. The taste was creamy, vanilla and citrus. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MikeJslc (759) - USA - JAN 24, 2014
Copper, clear, off-white head. Aroma of neutral, grainy malt, wheat, hint of caramel, light yeast character, some green apple. Flavor: wheat, yeasty notes, orange peel barely detectable, finishes slightly dry/grainy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hangover (1076) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Crystal clear light copper pour with a big white head. Aroma is wheat and citrus. Orange flavor with a very bready, malty middle. Finish is malty, strange citrusy aftertaste, lingering wheat/yeast. Seems a little bleh, kind of like a blue moon with some orange flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HuskerTan (594) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 28, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Draft. A- Oranges, wheat, spices. A- Orange copper color, hazy liquid, white head. T- Oranges, spices, average malts. P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, spicy finish. O- Didnít taste much different than a normal Blue Moon to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
subsonic (82) - Pataskala, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
"Pours burnt amber with a thin ringed head and minimal lacing. Aroma has a hint of orange that accents an otherwise indefinable musk. The initial sip is a tame caramel malt flavor. The whole thing falls apart on the back end though, where the palate is flooded with the taste of stale wheat. The body is also a little watered down."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Amber with a quickly fading beige cap. Aroma is bready and yeasty with orange and some caramel. Taste is sweet and fruity with orange, grains, caramel and some artificial aspects to it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
alobar (2918) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Orange pour with an aroma of orange and wheat. Mostly orange flavor with some wheat. Thin body. Easy to drink.

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