RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 151   ABV: 5.03%
This summer, a different kind of moon is rising across the McMenamins Empire as we proudly introduce our brand new summer seasonal, Copper Moon. After bringing you more than a decade of delicious, light, crisp, smooth-tasting, golden-colored thirst-quenchers during the hot summer months, the brewers have decided to up the ante a little bit. Copper Moon is the result. This wonderful elixir has a bit more malt quality and hop character than our previous summer seasonals, spawning a refreshing, flavorful beer that we like to identify as a Summer Pale Ale. On top of that, all of the malted barley used in every batch of Copper Moon is organically grown and malted. All of our breweries will be utilizing Great Western Malting Organic 2-row, Organic Munich Malt and Organic 60L Crystal Malt. The outcome is a smooth, flavorful summer pale ale that is made with 100% Organic grains.
The first thing you'll notice about Copper Moon is the coppery orange luminescence radiating out of the pint glass. This comes from the special combination of 3 different Organic malts in every batch. Those Organic malts also impart a flavorsome yet summery smooth sweetness that quenches your thirst at the same time as tantalizing your taste buds. The upfront hop bitterness of Copper Moon is relatively low, complementing the malts nicely without being overpowering. The hop flavor and aroma are another matter, as the Centennial and Amarillo hops used in the latter stages of each batch intermingle delightfully to generate a dazzling citrusy and flowery olfactory experience. All these things blend into a refreshing, flavorful and organic summer beer. There's a Copper Moon risin' this summer across the McMenamins Kingdom, make sure that you check it out.
Malts Used: Great Western Organic 2-row Malt, Great Western Organic Munich Malt, Great Western Organic 60L Crystal Malt Hops Used: Chinook (Bittering), Centennial (Flavor), Amarillo (Aroma).
Alcohol: 5.03% by volume
Available at all McMenamins establishments June 20 through August 31
All McMenamins Beers are produced using Green Source Energy.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gregwilsonstl (2499) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Dark copper. Very sweet maltiness. Nice bitterness. Well balanced light bodied ipa.

Capa (3295) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2016
It seems like this varies quite a bit. The version I had was very much on point. Absolutely delicious and refreshing with a good amount of citrus hops without being a hop bomb. Medium bitterness balanced by toasted malts. Medium bodied. Lovely Amber orange pour. This is one of those pales that is full of flavor but doesn’t get in the way of a good night out. Would love a few more rounds.

bpreo (2836) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2016
The current company seasonal. Mild for an American Pale Ale. I might actually like this.

Aquilo (651) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 12, 2016
Golden amber color with a thin head. Aroma is oaky with some citron hops. Pleasantly bitter flavor with an astringent finish. Decent.

BVery (10496) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2016
Tap at Queen Anne in Seattle. Murky light copper pour. Grassy weedy bitter, mineral, some veggie soup. Bad.

gnoff (10336) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2015
Part of a flight on June 26, 2015. At the brewpub (McMenamins Hillsdale) in Portland.
Light hazy amber color, off-white head. Butterscotch, malty, sweet taste. Floral aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium low bitterness. Malty, floral scent.

brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 22, 2015
On tap @ McMenamins Barley Mill. Clear golden orange pour with a white head. Just a whole lot of grain and apple skins. There’s just not a whole lot here... The flavor is a bit on the bitter side and has some off apple and slight grass to it. Bland malt profile. Maybe some buttered popcorn.

maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Draught in a flight at the Mill Creek brewpub. Pours a clear amber color. Nose has some slight grass elements to it, as well as a bit of cough syrup. Taste was sweet and somewhat medicinal for me, with a bit of earthiness. Odd and not pleasant.

douglas88 (9176) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 2, 2013
On tap in Hillsboro. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A smooth fresh hop nose with citrus. The flavor is crystal malts, citrus, lemon zest, easygoing. Decent.

michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Draft at Kennedy School. Looks and tastes like a decent pale ale. Like so many of their brews, it just lack anything special.

DuffMan (10424) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
On tap @ the brewpub in Bend, old St Francis Schoolhouse. Our server made special emphasis that this is the wet hop version. Hazy orange amber. Sweet herbal aroma, quite spicy. Very unusual flavours, galangal, perfumey citrus. Moderate bitterness. Quite interesting actually.

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