AbbeyRoade (562) - Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Compared to other Blue Moon brews, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The taste of hibiscus and sweetness draws this into a great balanced Pale Ale, despite its lack of hop. Still, though, I wouldn’t trust Blue Moon to know what to do with hops if they had any so it’s a good beer despite the ill-fitting name. gottalovetrees (3) - - SEP 14, 2014 does not count
Looked like a nice amber color. I didn’t read the ingredients before I poured it but I noticed a sweet / fruity smell. Then I read there is orange peel in it. It was medium body, average carbonation, medium sweetness, lightly bitter.
It was good. beerbaaron (2046) - Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Clear medium amber with minimal white head. Light Earthy hops. Toasty. Semi dry. Some syrupy sweetness. Kinda strange. Not that good. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - SEP 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-24-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours an amber copper color with only the tiniest bit of a white head. The head being small is lost almost instantly, leaving only trace lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of caramel and a bready and lightly roasted malt aroma. A bit of an almost herbal smell are mixed with these as well as a light citrus and Belgian spice smell (although these are very weak in comparison to many of the other Belgian style ales produced by Blue Moon).
Taste – A big caramel sweetness greets the tongue with a strong showing of a bready flavor as well. As the flavor advances it remains rather sweet with some orange and tangerine flavors coming more toward the middle and the end. In the middle of the taste a hint of coriander and a toffee like flavor also join the profile. While overall rather sweet, some hop flavors of a citrus nature greet the tongue at the end giving a little bitter bite to mellow some of the sweet caramel, toffee and citrus flavors.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Not bad for the style although a slightly higher carbonation level may have better accentuated the sweeter caramel and fruit flavors of the brew slightly better.
Overall – A rather tasty and quite easy drinking brew that was on the rather cheap side ($ 14 for a 12 pack sampler). A rather enjoyable brew overall. EdInSaltLake (748) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Sweet, caramel malt aroma. Floral; subtle bubblegum yeast. Malty flavor: Sweet, caramel malt. Some grainy aftertaste. Floral, citrus... Spicy (maybe from the orange peel, too?). A little of the yeast character--less than from the aroma. Probably a little overboard with the added spices.
Frank (4236) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2014
This beer starts pleasant enough but gets cloying after a very short while. It is clear orange amber and completely w/o head. It’s nose is mildly malty and just a little bit fruity--I’m getting apples and citrus. It is just too sweet once you taste it, esp. after it warms a little bit. The rather heavy palate and relative lack of carbonation don’t really help any either. It does finish w/ a bit of nice citrus rind bitterness but not enough to cope w/ the loads of caramel sweetness so in the end this falls flat. I don’t know. My fist sip of this I thought it was much better than the standard Blue Moon offering and I had high hopes but in the end I dislike it just about as much as anything they do. jake65 (4000) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle: Golden amber color with a little beige head. Nose is mild, caramel malt, and herbal. I get a little of the orange peel in the taste, but it seems more malty than anything. Belgian qualities are absent. I didn’t mind this, but overall it was pretty dull. vulcanmeister (297) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Pours reddish amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is grainy, yeasty, a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel light and a bit of carbonation. Taste carmel, brown sugar, and citrusv-grapefruit?. Touch of wheat, hops, and caramel in the finish. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - AUG 14, 2014
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a hazy orange to ruddy brown color with a one finger foamy to bubbly white head that dissipated within less than about forty seconds. The lacing left a lot to be desired. What was there was messy and slid within seconds into the beer.
The smell had some light spice and then some light orange peel. Some light sweet lemon came in and then some toasted caramel.
The taste took those flavors and meshed them fairly nicely. There was a light spicy orange peel aftertaste that lead into a dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but still not really overbearing.
Overall, I say this was a decent Belgian pale ale. I might not seek it out but probably wouldn’t turn one down. MrBeerFanatic (1069) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Pours a medium dark golden color with a light frothy head. Aromas of light spice (hibiscus), slight orange peel, light caramel. Flavors of light caramel, slight spiced hibiscus, and slight metal (from the settling/aging tank). The caramel malts come over the light spices even more in the flavor than the aroma. Medium sweet. A light belgian ale.