bpar73 (1171) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2016 Patrickctenchi (6669) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy yellow with an off-white head.
Grapefruit peel aroma.
Taste is citrus, moderate herbal hops.
On tap at the brewpub. Pours gold with an off-white head. Straight up standard IPA with citrus hops and sweet malt in the taste and aroma. arminjewell (9689) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Pour on tap at the brewery, clear orange pour with white head, aroma brought orange peel, floral, citrus, some grassy notes, grapefruit, pretty nice. Taste is floral, pine, grass, orange, some grapefruit, spice notes from the hops, very slight hint of biscuit, finishing bitter, dry. edgallow (4312) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Draft sampler pours amber with an off white head. Aroma of pine, citrus and malts. Taste is citrus and sweet malts. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Taster on tap at the brewpub. Labeled simply "Moon Beam IPA", 6.6%, 87 IBU. Clear orange color. Thin off-white ring of head. Few bits of lace. Good biscuity malt. Some orange citrusy hop, mild piney hop. Medium plus body, kind of slick. Light carbonation. Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. An OK, kind of malty and sweeter IPA. b3shine (9027) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Draft to taster at Half Moon. Looks solid; light though. A completely transparent gold with eggshell lacing. Smells of hops with a sweet pale malt backbone. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Okay, but sweeter than I’d prefer. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Draft @ brewery. Fruity white grape, bready caramel malt, earthy grapefruit, and tropical fruit aroma. Slightly hazy golden yellow with a large white head. Bready, fruity caramel malt, musty grapefruit, light piney hops, and subtle coriander aroma. Medium body, soft carbonation. shrubber85 (11508) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Draft. Orange, melon malt and light white pepper. Golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet orange/pineapple, bready malt, and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Fruity and nice. Brigadier (3710) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2013
On tap at the brewpub
Tmoney99 (14769) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
A fairly average IPA is about as good as many of the other drafts at Half Moon. It is one of those average regional beers that you would come back for if it were your local but not so great that everyone should seek it out if driving to Indianapolis.
Aroma / Appearance - A rosy golden base is full of traces of carbonation below a pillowy white head. Nutty planks of unvarnished oak hang in the air like a lumber mill. Traces of lemons and oranges give a standard IPA foundation.
Flavor / Palate - Resin, roses, and dusty orange peels stick on the tongue. Warm and bitter the ABV soon creeps up on you. Propped up by a reasonable amount of malts this still does not have a nice bitter finish that a good IPA should (for examples see Fat Heads, Sun King, Three Floyds, and more). Scroll past unless you want the tick.
Draft. Poured a clear golden amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex hop and earthy malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.