Moonshine Brewery (prev Cambridge Moonshine) Reviews




jjsint
2.7
Moonshine Sunshiner
Handpull cask from the Flying PIg, Cambridge, on the hottest day of the year (so far). Light amber with a small foamy white head. Malty smell with some papaya and orange peel. Taste is malty, a bit astringent, very unbalanced. More of the same in the finish, with a raw acrid malty swallow. Not particularly great.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

jjsint
3.2
Cambridge Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #12 - Cascadian Light
Gravity cask at the 2016 Cambridge Beer Festival. Dark, golden clear, with a mere suggestion of a loose white head. Strong floral and tropical fruit aroma with a hint of basement funk. Bitter taste with sweetness held to the edges. Finish is long an intensely bitter. Papaya and overripe mango in the aftertaste. OK, but I wanted more for the ABV.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

madmitch76
3.5
Cambridge Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #3 - 1857 Pale Ale
28th April 2016
Very hazy gold beer, good white head. Airy palate, mildly dry. Reasonable fine carbonation. Light thin malts. Tangy bitter floralness. Tangy lemony citrus with a touch of citrus peel. Pinch of spice. Light finish. Mild bitter linger. Tasty enough and it does seem quite traditional.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

fonefan
3.3
Moonshine Hog Hopper

Cask (gravity) @ 31th Pigs Ear Beer and Cider Festival 2014, at The Round Chapel in Hackney, London, England

[ As Moonshine Hog Hopper ].
Clear medium to dark red brown color with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, nutty. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, nutty, caramel, malty, blackberry notes ! Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20141202]

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mjp12
3.2
Moonshine Once in a Blue Moon
Hoppy aroma, and a fresh tasting pale ale, with a significant malt backbone,
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Leighton
2.7
Cambridge Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #10: Imperial Pale Ale
Cask at Pigs Ear 2015 - London. Pours clear, deep gold with a slight, creamy head. Hearty lightly toasted grains in the nose, a little citrus, leathery berries. Light to medium sweet flavour, with harsh grassy bitterness, raw hops, light earth, orange peel. Medium bodied with fine carbonation; OK condition. More harsh grassy bitterness on the finish, with further citrus peel, grainy bread. Not terribly drinkable. A bit rough.
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Garrat
3.8
Moonshine Nightwatch Porter
Bottle.Black with a small head,aroma of coffee malt and chocolate,taste of dark malt honey caramel roasted alcohol herbal and sour,dry.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

madmitch76
3.5
Cambridge Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #10: Imperial Pale Ale
4th December 2015
Pigs Ear Day 4. Cask. Light haze on this deep amber beer, residual pale cream colour head. Palate is very slightly viscous, modest carbonation. Semi sweet pale malts. Thick citric peel and marmalade. Salty pine. Mild resin. Bitter floralness before a semi dry finish. Bitter linger. Feels like a Double IPA.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

madmitch76
3.5
Cambridge Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #9 - 18 Carrot Gold
4th December 2015
Pigs Ear Day 4. Cask. Almost clear amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light, semi dry and has decent fine carbonation. Light malts, some unsweet toffee. A lively fruit burst in the mid, bright citric peel. A little floral lemon. Mild spice. Touch of vanilla and dried candy fruits at the end. Interesting but bourbon barrel?

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Leighton
3.2
Cambridge Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #9 - 18 Carrot Gold
Cask at Pigs Ear 2015 - London. Pours clear golden-copper with a creamy, white head. Odd and muddled aroma, with vague fruits and minerals. Light to medium sweet flavour, with some dried fruits, faint vanilla, orange peel. Medium bodied with fine carbonation; OK condition. Somewhat dry to finish, with more minerals, light toffee, vanilla, old citrus fruits. OK stuff, but I wouldn’t say any carrot comes through. Or cinnamon, or nutmeg. Or bourbon.
Wednesday, January 06, 2016

planky84
2.4
Cambridge Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #9 - 18 Carrot Gold
Cask at Pigs Ear, 2015. Mahogany coloured pour with a white head. Toffee, sweat and cheese aroma. Flavours of caramel, light malt, brie and vanilla.
Sunday, December 27, 2015

The_Osprey
3.3
Cambridge Moonshine Hot Numbers Coffee Stout
Cask, gravity dispense at Pig’s Ear 2015 as ’Cambridge Moonshine Hot Numbers’. Black, small ring of white head. Aroma is dark roasted to burnt coffee, ashy, chili pepper. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is big coffee up front, dirty coffee vibes, ash, pretty vegetal too. Actually, way too vegetal in the taste, which is a pity because I like the strong coffee vibe. Not far away from being something very tasty.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Scopey
3
Cambridge Moonshine Hot Numbers Coffee Stout
Cask gravity at Pig’s Ear 2015. It pours darkest ruby with a small beige head. The nose is bitter-sweet, umami, earthy roast, coffee, charred wood and dried fruits. The taste is toasty, earthy, charred wood, leather, scorched earth, dirt, light astringency, ash, liquorice and hard-roasted coffee with a pretty dry finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and slick mouth-feel. A bit harsh if anything. Not sure on this one.
Sunday, December 13, 2015

Theydon_Bois
3.2
Cambridge Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #9 - 18 Carrot Gold
Gravity dispense at Pigs Ear ’15, 04/12/15. Clear golden amber with a decent off white cap that dissipates to a swirl. Nose is sweet malt, vanilla essence, candy bar, caramel. Taste comprises more sweet malt, caramel wafer, cream soda, vanilla. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok offering if a little sweet and 1D.
Friday, December 11, 2015

Leighton
3.2
Cambridge Moonshine Hot Numbers Coffee Stout
Cask at Pigs Ear 2015, day 1 - London. Pours clearish brown with a tan foam head. Heavy, fresh coffee in the aroma, and little else of note. Light sweet flavour with more hearty coffee character to dominate, and secondary notes of baking cocoa, earth and dried fruits. Light bodied, oily, with fine carbonation; decent condition. Drying in the finish with more continuing rich coffee. Not bad if you enjoy a cup of coffee.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

evergreen0199
3.4
Cambridge Moonshine Hot Numbers Coffee Stout
Cask at Pigs Ear Beer Festival, Hackney, London. A black coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Roasty, coffee, chocolate aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, coffee, chocolate, slightly bitter.
Saturday, December 05, 2015

Martinus
3.7
Cambridge Moonshine Chocolate & Orange Stout
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and cacao. Sweet malty flavour, light coffee, caramel, hint of orange. Light bitter finish, coffee and cacao.
(from draught @ GBBF ’14, London)

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

jjsint
2.6
Cambridge Moonshine Pale Ale
Cask at the Flying Pig, Cambridge. Light to mid-gold, tiny crown of white head. Buttery, malty aroma. The taste is a bit more promising, with a bit of citrus poking though. More warm butter and hay in the finish. Not very good but drinkable if nothing else decent is available.
Monday, November 02, 2015

jjsint
2.8
Cambridge Moonshine Raspberry Porter
Handpull cask at the Flying Pig, Cambridge. Very dark brown and pretty much flat. Bit of khaki head on the edges. Lots of chocolate although not so much raspberry or any fruit. Taste starts off ok - a chalky bittersweet - but turns a bit acrid and sour on the finish. Body’s ok but the aftertaste is quite astringent, which does not work for the beer overall. The finish is anything but mellow!
Thursday, October 22, 2015

madmitch76
3.6
Cambridge Moonshine Wheat Wine Ale
10th December 2014
Tasting at Leighton’s Flat. Clear deep amber beer, good pale cream colour head. Palate is airy, very airy for it’s abv. Malts are caramel sweet but also some salted caramel in there. Vibrant dried fruits. Toffee. Light finish. Drinks below it’s abv. Decent.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

jjsint
3.7
Cambridge Moonshine Hot Numbers Coffee Stout
Bottle from Hot Numbers Coffee (Trumpington Road). Espresso black with a lovely big tan head. Muted coffee scent, a bit metallic, malt, dark chocolate, a bit of corn syrup aroma. Divine strong coffee taste. Slight espreso bitterness burn near the back of the tongue. Full palate but slightly flatter than it looks. Very good, I’m not a huge breakfast stout fan but I could get used to this, really easily.
Friday, September 11, 2015

FatPhil
3.1
Moonshine Trumpington Tipple
330ml bottle (Bacchanalia, Cambridge)
RIch orange, small tight head. Pleasant fruity bitter aroma. Really fruity taste, lots of bitter hops, a little metallic, but not in a bad way, coppery perhaps, but also plenty of full grains to back that up. An easy simple grainy bitter.

Monday, September 07, 2015

FatPhil
3.3
Cambridge Moonshine Raspberry Porter
500ml bottle (Bacchanalia, Cambridge)
Very pleasant roasty aroma. Very dark red, small tight head. Full palate, rich roast, a little burnt. Quite dry, some coffee in aroma later. Some in the taste too. Odd hoppy finish - some herbal aspects but also some salted fish. Burntness is a little harsh, and there’s some acidity from the berries. Started great on the nose, but went a bit downhill, alas.

Monday, September 07, 2015

The_Osprey
3.2
Cambridge Moonshine Harvest Moon Mild
Cask at GBBF. Very dark brown, slight red hue, still, small foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, ash, liquorice and soot. Body is medium to light, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is watered down molasses, a touch yeasty, no real bitterness. Flavour is a bit watery but the smell was very nice and definitely picked this beer up a bit.
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Scopey
2.9
Cambridge Moonshine Harvest Moon Mild
Cask at GBBF 2015. It pours dark brown with a tiny, bubbly beige head. The nose is toasty, earthy, dirt, twig, burnt cake, mild berry and a hint of sulphur. The taste is toasty, earthy, wood, leather, mild acidity, cocoa, charred wood and filter coffee with a short, earthy finish. Light-medium body and soft carbonation. A simple toasty mild offering. Not much to it, but not bad either.
Monday, August 24, 2015

rlgk
3.4
Cambridge Moonshine Harvest Moon Mild
At Great British Beer Festival 2015, Day 2. Black beer with no head. Roasted chocolate aroma, licorice, chocolate, vinous notes. Roasted licorice flavor, raisins, caramel, leather, grapes, some citrus. Quite ok.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Leighton
4
Cambridge Moonshine Harvest Moon Mild
Cask at GBBF 2015, day 1 - London. Pours clear, deep brown with a faint creamy head. The nose holds well toasted bread, light chocolate and dried fruits. Light sweet flavor with nice burnt toast, hints of leather, dried berries, chocolate. Light bodied with fine carbonation; great condition. Very well balanced on the finish, with notes of roasted malts, dry cocoa, leathery fruits. An outstanding mild. Hits all the right notes.
Monday, August 17, 2015

madmitch76
2.6
Cambridge Moonshine Harvest Moon Mild
12th August 2015
GBBF Day 2. Cask. Clear deep amber - brown beer, a few pale tan bubbles. Palate is light and semi dry, low carbonation. Dry thin dark malts, mild tang. Whisper of sulphur. Trace of marmalade. Dry chocolate. Dry finish. Just another thin dull mild.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Alengrin
3.4
Cambridge Moonshine Harvest Moon Mild
At GBBF. Dark mild with loose, off-white to pale greyish head; deep, dark burgundy colour, almost blackish in the middle. Aroma of smoked meat, caramel, raisins, bayleaf, brown bread, some tobacco. Clean, light fruity taste, very smooth and soft, thin, bit oily mouthfeel, nutty maltiness, toasted, some ’clean’, nice smokiness in the end with a soft, earthy hop bitterness but finishing in juicy maltiness nonetheless. Very decent example of these new smoky dark milds which I think are keeping the style alive.
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Theydon_Bois
3.2
Cambridge Moonshine Harvest Moon Mild
Cask at GBBF ’15, 11/08/15. Mahogany brown with moderate tan spotting and Edgework. Nose is toffee, light coffee, earthy, dirt, hint of candle wax, dark fruits. Taste comprises biscuit, brown bread, light spice, dark fruit peel. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close. Ok mild.
Thursday, August 13, 2015

yespr
3.5
Cambridge Moonshine Harvest Moon Mild
From cask. Pours pitch black with a deep amber glare, small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, dark breadish, light liourice. Bitter, roastd, dark malty and roasted breadish. Bitter and dry finish.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

mR_fr0g
3.2
Cambridge Moonshine Harvest Moon Mild
Cask gravity at GBBF 2015 day 1. Mahogany brown coloured pour with no head. Aroma is nutty toast, berry, malty. Flavour is watery nutty malts, light berry, raisin. Palate is light, simple, slightly watery. Lingering brown bready and tangy berry. Ok
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

jjsint
3.3
Cambridge Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #2 - Passion Fruit Pale Ale
Gravity cask at the Bishop’s Stortford Beer Frstival 2015, Royal British Legion. Straw, clear, a bit of white head. Light aroma of pineapple, lemon and hay. Bitter/sour taste, here is where the passion fruit comes into its own. Nice sweet/sour fruity finish. Pretty good.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

FatPhil
3.6
Moonshine Hog Hopper
Gravicask (CWAF2015)
Pleasnt fruity hop aroma. Full smooth mellow palate. Sweetish. Gingery as it warms. Very tasty bitter, loved every drop. Has real character to it, whilst not resorting to any gimicks.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

FatPhil
3.3
Cambridge Moonshine Chocolate & Orange Stout
Gravicask (CWAF2015)
Dark, but almost no head. Nice mellow roasty aroma, dark, hinting at chocolate. Nice roasty body, but a bit flat in the body. Finish is long and roasty too. Suspect this wasn’t at peak condition.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

jjsint
3.2
Cambridge Moonshine Harvest Moon Mild
Gravity cask at the Liberty Belle, Ely. Very dark brown, opaque. No head or obvious carbonation. Nutella, coffee, a bit of a grassy/earthy note in the bouquet. Taste is slightly less inspiring but solid enough: richly sweet with only a tinge of bitter chocolate. The texture is very thin, which only seems to augment the flatness of the body. Decent, but I would have appreciated a bit more zing.
Friday, June 19, 2015

FatPhil
3.5
Cambridge Moonshine Wheat Wine Ale
Gravicask (CWAF2015)
Sweet spicy aroma, touch of fruity sourness, heavy on the esters. Full and smooth palate. Sweet and spicy, candied mixed peel. Finish has lovely spicy resininess. Alcohol helps lift the spicier elements up the back of the nose, it isn’t hot /per se/.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

oh6gdx
3.5
Cambridge Moonshine Shelford Crier
Bottled. Amber colour, small slightly off-white head. Aroma is nutty, some wooden, resiny and mild floral notes along with mild toffeeish malts. Flavour is sweet malts, some toffee, nutty, wooden and mild resiny and floral notes. Nice mellow bitterness in the finish.
Monday, May 18, 2015

FatPhil
3.7
Cambridge Moonshine Sabik Steam
Gravicask (CWAF2015)
Aroma is mostly the malts. Lovely full palate. Beautiful rich sweet chewy malts in the mouth. Great bitter hopping. Drinkability high. A delicious beer. Anna independently adds "good bittering, full, long finish".

Sunday, May 10, 2015

FatPhil
3.2
Cambridge Moonshine Winter Fair
Gravicask (CWAF2015)
Sweet sickly fuity aroma. Spicy too. Quite perfumey too. Smooth sweet palate, a little bit sickly again. Interesting brew, but too sticky for sessioning.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

FatPhil
3.1
Cambridge Moonshine Pale Ale
Gravicask (CWAF2015)
Light malts in the aroma. Simple palate, soft and refreshing. Nice lunchtime quaff, but just a simple pale bitter. Clean, and no flaws.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

FatPhil
2.2
Cambridge Moonshine Octobeer
Gravicask (CWAF2015)
Grainy, harsh, acidic, minerally, and rough. Probably not what the brewer intended.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

jjsint
3.8
Cambridge Moonshine SPBW 50th Anniversary Ale
Bottle from 3at3, Ely. Dark amber, extremely murky. Large, somewhat loose cream/tan head. Incredible yeasty, doughy aroma with vanilla, caramel and a hint of citrus. Somewhat similar to an abbey dubbel. Taste starts sweet and then turns noticeably bitter. Short bittersweet finish. Body is quite watery for a beer of this strength. Carbonation is lovely. This brewery can be hit and miss, but this is tasty.
Monday, April 13, 2015

cgarvieuk
3.3
Cambridge Moonshine Harvest Moon Mild
Cask at the pigs ear festival... Copper.. Thin tan lacing... Soft sweet woody toffee malts nose... Soft sweet spicey woody. MAlts
Thursday, March 05, 2015

Grumbo
3.9
Cambridge Moonshine Hot Numbers Coffee Stout
Bottle from Beautiful Beers, Bury St Edmunds. Pours almost black with initially big and bubbly beige colour head. Delightful aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. Medium bitterness and body, slick texture, carbonation a little lively as stouts go. Enjoyable beer.
Friday, January 30, 2015

jjsint
3.6
Cambridge Moonshine Wheat Wine Ale
Gravity cask at the Cambridge Winter Ales Festival 2015. Ominous golden brown. Almost flat, but there are wisps of white head. Aroma not up to much. Vinous alcohol, prunes, hints of rose petals. The taste however is phenom. Big sweet boozy sips deliver wheat spiciness, fruity sweetness and deep, deep alcohol burn. Hoppy bitter finish survives the taste bud apocalypse. Nice palette but I could do with more carbonation.
Saturday, January 24, 2015

jjsint
3
Cambridge Moonshine Heavenly Matter
Handpull cask at the Flying Pig, Cambridge. Light gold, clear with very little head. Grapefruit and grass aroma. Malt backbone evident. Bitter fruit taste, diacetyl aplenty. Light body. Slight soapy note in the aftertaste. Not great.
Friday, January 23, 2015

Theydon_Bois
3.6
Cambridge Moonshine Wheat Wine Ale
Bottle split at LKS ’Beers of London’ Tasting, high up thanks to Kenny 10/12/14. Amber with moderate off white spotting and edgework. Nose is caramel, light spice, light chocolate, brown sugar. Taste comprises rich dark fruits, toasted brown sugar, light booze, candied fruit peel, dates, spice, raisens. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light warming alcohol. Tidy barley wine affair.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

jjsint
2.9
Cambridge Moonshine Red Watch
Cask at the Flying Pig, Cambridge. Pumpclip refers to beer as ’Blueberry Ale’ but it’s the same one. Copper coloured, flat. Faint vinous fruit, wine gum and malty aroma. Sweet fruitiness in the taste, with a slight bitter tang. Fairly uniform taste profile throughout. Grows on me, but still not much to it.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Theydon_Bois
3.2
Moonshine Hog Hopper
Gravity dispense at Pigs Ear ’14, day 1, 02/12/14. Clear dark amber topped with a moderate off white swirl. Nose is red grapefruit, spice, candied fruit, trace of pine, earthy hops. Taste comprises caramel malt, spice, candyfloss. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with earthy hop bitterness. Decent bitter, almost a hoppy amber affair.
Friday, January 09, 2015