rr314 (11) - Freedom, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Great head and excellent orange flavor. I like it better than adding orange slice to a regular Blue Moon. I will be buying this in the future.hazy, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, average carbonation. Bullit (4637) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle from Publix, Sarasota. Amber coloured, with an off-white head. Nose is wheat, orange, slightly malted, bit of caramel. Flavour is light malty, caramel, oranges. A bit metallic and harsh. Medium carbonation. Slightly sweet and short finish. Bcoble003 (291) - Jblm, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2014
This beer is out of the bottle. smells like nothing, tastes like wheat that is about all for this. it is not a terrible taste but I really do not taste any orange what so ever. obguthr (6358) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Overripe orange, grass nose. Clear amber, medium head. Soft carbonation, medium body. Malty with an orange accent.. Very light fusel alcohol detected, almost unnoticeable as it hides behind the orange peel quite well. Respectable. suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Orange colored pour. Small white head. Very effervescent. No lacing. Smells like corn and regular old macro for some reason. Strange. Taste is a bit better up front with a bit of a roasted note followed by corn. Bitter in the back and not very good.
kidobutai (690) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup with a slice of orange at a hockey game. I’m kind of surprised at the low rating. Nice Amber color, small head, understated aroma but fruity refreshing taste and smooth drink. SilentJo (68) - Chocowinity, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2014
I get a faint hint of orange in the aroma. The orange comes through more in the taste, but it’s rather mild. Not much different about this one compared to other Blue Moon beers. penguinfinity (107) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear, light orange. Smells and tastes very mild, hard to place it. A little too carbonated. Can’t find much to like, but neither do I dislike it. Probably won’t buy it again, but wouldn’t mind of one were offered to me. Cybercat (5838) - Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Aroma is wheaty with a hint of citrus, not strong. Pours a nice clear amber with a decent white head. Flavor is rather wan, wheaty with a snip of orange, but nothing special. Texture is a bit on the thin side, only average fizz at best. Gimme a REAL craft beer, bitte, s’il vous plait, por favor. I’ll finish this one only to take the edge off a headache. ChadPolenz (1820) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 label’s hyperbole. I’ve 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 it’s supposed to do: be a slightly sweet, fairly complex and highly drinkable amber ale. It’s nothing amazing, but it’s definitely better than most of the genre.
I was surprised to taste true malt character here. There’s 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. They’re 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. There’s nothing spicy about it all. I’m sure this could’ve been much worse, so it’s appreciable for it is.
Drinkability: Another thing that’s 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. It’s not crisp, but it wouldn’t consider it tepid. It goes down smoothly and finishes fairly clean with just a bit of a cough syrup-like aftertaste and sensation. It doesn’t quite live up to its 5.9% ABV weight, though. I’m sure they could do the same palette on a much leaner weight.