Garrison Sugar Moon Maple Ale
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Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: Amber Ale
Halifax, Canada


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Truly Canadian Ale brewed with Nova Scotia maple syrup from "Sugar Moon Farms" Dark-amber colour with a light maple aroma and toasty, caramel and maple flavours. Smooth and tasty, best enjoyed under a cold sugar moon! Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YigSvartka (240) - Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 24, 2015
Transparent brown hue with a minimally sized, quickly dissipating white head. Very nice aroma with notes of potent maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, and candy. Light bodied and bubbly. Robust maple syrup taste from start to finish, lingering as well, complemented with caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and a mildly bitter hop finish. Not amazing by any means, but the maple syrup taste is executed very well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
UXO (1004) - CANADA - SEP 11, 2015
Appearance: clear medium amber with one finger of light tan head, good retention and patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: strong maple, faint caramel malt. (5/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (5/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry bitter finish. (3/5) Actually not unpleasant, and nowhere near as sweet as the aroma would suggest. Although it smells exactly like a stack of maple syrup covered pancakes, the actual taste is much more restrained: itís actually not any sweeter than a typical amber, albeit with a fairly hefty dose of maple flavour, and a surprisingly pronounced bitter finish. Unfortunately, itís not an unqualified success, since the maple aroma verges on overpowering, and the transition from the strong aroma to the bitter finish feels particularly sudden given the near-complete absence of sweetness in between. (11/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dresden (1237) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
Amber and clear, strong maple aroma. Maple flavour is light by at the same time harshly sweet, trays a bit fake and I couldnít finish a pint.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (10040) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2015
Keg at the brewery. It pours clear deep amber with a thick off-white head. The nose is big hit of pancakes drizzled with sweet maple syrup, oily, earthy, toasty brown sugar, brown bread, pretzel and light spice. The taste is bitter, earthy, toasted malt, wood, resin, mild astringency, leather, oily, peppercorn, maple and fruit cake with some alcohol warmth on the finish. Medium+ body and moderate carbonation. A bit chewy on the mouth-feel. The aroma is quite intoxicating after a while. Not so sure on this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
northropfrye (2914) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
Light amber body body. Faint sweet aroma of maple and malt. Taste is also slightly sweet and mapley, but not all that interesting. Okay.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2015
The aroma is metallic with some maple and malt. The appearance is orange gold. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall itís interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ljthiessen (907) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 15, 2015
Bottle. Clear deep amber pour with no head. Mostly sweet maple, brown sugar, apple, light caramel. The maple itself tastes natural and nicely integrated, but the beer is quite light and not very balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6825) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 24, 2014
Where and how: bottle 500 ml
Aroma pancake maple syrup up front. All about maple in aroma. Slightly woody with hint of brown sugar. Very mild hop backing.
Appearance :
Top: lighter, bright cap.
Base: clear ruby-amber look.
Palate : medium full bodied. Mellow.
Taste: simple Ė sugary sweetness on lower carbonated base. As in aroma one sided maple syrup character.
other notes lacking balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Luvystypotables (1234) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Aroma of maple syrup with a hint of smoke and malt. Reddish brown colour not much head. Taste of maple and malt with a slightly syrupy feel. Sugary aftertaste of maple sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewGoblin (597) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
I enjoyed this Moon juice and I am not sure why it got such low ratings. It is what it says it will be and it does it rather well. Some other maple beers I have had seem to miss the point of having a strong maple flavour. Garrisonís ruby-brown example comes out swinging with strong #2 maple, roasty malts, leather and walnuts in both the aroma and taste. Itís quite sweet but thatís what I expect from a beer based mostly around the flavour of a type of sweetener. A medium body with healthy carbonation make this dessert beer an occasional treat.

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