Moonshine Brewery Reviews




fonefan
3.6
Moonshine Hot Numbers Coffee Stout

Cask (gravity) @ 32th Pigs Ear Beer and Cider Festival 2015, at The Round Chapel in Hackney, London, England.

[ As Moonshine Hot Numbers Coffee Stout ].
Clear dark black brown color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, coffee, dark malt, moderate hoppy. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dusty malt, coffee, dusty coffee, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20151201]
8-3-7-3-15

Monday, February 20, 2017

Stuu666
3.2
Moonshine SPBW 50th Anniversary Ale
Bottle at home. Pours orange brown, nose is caramel, toffee, light fruit, taste is sweet, fizzy, light fruit.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Grumbo
3
Moonshine Heavenly Matter
Cask at the 2017 Chelmsford & Mid Essex Winter Beer Festival. Pours pale gold with a very small white head. Aroma of citra hop. Medium to heavy sweetness with light bitterness. Light body and slightly oily creamy texture. Carbonation is soft.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Rasmus40
2.7
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #7 - Raspberry Wheat
Cask @ Chelmsford Winter Beer Festival. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, wheaty and raspberries. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. 160217
Thursday, February 16, 2017

saxo
3.1
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #7 - Raspberry Wheat
Cask @ Chelmsford Winter Beer Festival. Medium head with short duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are raspberries, wheat malt, flowers, fruits and hops.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Camons
2.5
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #7 - Raspberry Wheat
Cask @ Chelmsford Winter Beer festival. Pours golden with an offwhite head. Aroma of wheat, sweet fruity, raspberry. Flavor is sweet, malt, wheat, raspberry. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation, sweet fruity finish. 160217
Thursday, February 16, 2017

The_Osprey
3.7
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #11 - Cascadian Black
December 2016 - Bottle share at Leighton’s. Thanks LKS! As ’Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #11 - Cascadian Black’, 6.7%. Opaque black with a foamy brown head. Aroma is earthy, floral – rose, pine, flinty. Pretty floral hops. Nice. Body is frothy with tingly carbonation. Taste is woody and earthy, dark chocolate, some tangy pine hops. Pretty good. (3.7)
Sunday, February 12, 2017

FCox143
3.7
Moonshine Heavenly Matter
Bottle from the Junction 2, Cambridge. I lovely pale golden beer, with citrus, grass and hay on the nose. Very light with a long lasting slightly bitter hop finish. Had a number of these and despite it’s simplicity it didn’t get boring. Always nice to have a goo local brew!
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Theydon_Bois
3.3
Moonshine Chocolate & Orange Stout
Cask at GBBF ’16, day juan, 09/08/16. Black with a decent tan cap. Nose is as it says on the tin, Terrys chocolate orange, light hoppy back draft. Taste comprises dark malts, chocoalte biscuit, lighter orange notes, earthy, light roast. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent enough stout but perhaps lacking depth for 6.7% ABV.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

jjsint
3.3
Moonshine Amarillo
Gravity cask at the Cambridge Winter Ales Festival 2017. Dark gold, mostly clear. Aroma is what I usually get from Amarillo hops: cat’s pee followed by a bit of sticky resin and citrus, going from reasonably awful to quite lovely as I drink. It’s got a bittersweet taste with a sour fruity note near the end. Bit of sprightly hop in the long finish. Thin oily body. Mixed bag but I liked it well enough.
Friday, January 20, 2017

john44
3.5
Moonshine Hot Numbers Coffee Stout
Cask Third of a Pint at Pig’s Ear Beer Festival, London, Dec 2015 - Very Dark Brown in colour. Slight beige head. Malty; roasty malts, lots of coffee, chocolate. Moderately bitter throughout. Tasty coffee milk stout. Decent. (2015-12-01)
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

madmitch76
3.2
Moonshine The Trouble Maker
2nd December 2016
Pig’s Ear Fest. Cask. Light haze on this amber beer, tidy cream colour head. Palate is smooth and has modest carbonation. Smooth malts, sweetish. Light banana and bubblegum esters. Trace of wood. Ripe fruits particularly ripe orange. Mild spice on the finish. Not bad.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

FatPhil
3.1
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #12 - Cascadian Light
Gravicask (StABF2016)
Big fruity aroma, apricot. Tastes not as good, it’s a bit of a fruity mess, and has noticeable alcohol too. CItrus hop overload. Some perfumey aspects, but very unsatisfying at a beer. Very heady and vapoury.

Monday, January 9, 2017

madmitch76
3.5
Moonshine Amarillo
29th December 2016
Pigs Ear Fest. Cask. Hazy gold beer, bubbly pale cream colour head. Smooth and light malts, a trace of creamy sweetness. Decent Amarillo - floral orange and some orange peel. Trace of tropical fruits. Light and mildly bitter finish. Decent.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Brigadier
3.6
Moonshine Hot Numbers Coffee Stout
500 ml bottle
This solid release gives me motivation to revisit Cambridge properly some day. Given to me by someone just returning from a business trip, it offers everything that a stout should. It would be nice to try on cask for comparison’s sake.

Aroma / Appearance - A deep ebony body builds beneath a cocoa head. A light fluid nature gives it some playfulness. Roasted coffee, spicy creamer, and dry espresso dominate the profile as expected.

Flavor / Palate - Bitter chocolate, hazel, and coffee beans roasted slightly too long compose the flavor profile. Opening up as it warms it blooms into a great beer that merits your attention if you are passing through the UK.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

madmitch76
3.2
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #12 - Cascadian Light
21st December 2016
Hazy amber beer, tidy cream colour head. Palate is smooth and fairly dry. Decent carbonation. Light dry malts, mildly sweet. Slightly woody hops, some dry pith and peel. Orange peel and mild pine. Finishes semi dry and bitter. All things considered this was probably decently hoppy when fresh. I agree with Fergus, it should be either a DIPA or honour the brewers intent and be a barleywine.

Friday, December 30, 2016

madmitch76
3.4
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #11 - Cascadian Black
8th December 2016
Bottleshare at Leighton’s Gaff. Opaque dark brown - black beer, good dark tan head. Palate is airy, fairly dry and has decent fine carbonation. Soft dark malts, mild dark malt cream and dark chocolate. Modest hop spice. Tangy fruits and then a spicy dry finish. Has lasted pretty well, quite tasty.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

teorn88
3.3
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #11 - Cascadian Black
33cl bottle shared at Leighton’s. Many thanks to Ken for this one. It pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is roasty and lightly boozy. Taste is also roasty dry and chocolatey with a sweet chocolate. Otter finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, OK
Thursday, December 15, 2016

downender
3.3
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #7 - Raspberry Wheat
Cask-conditioned at the Hillgrove Bristol 7/11/2016. Hazy gold with a slight, white, head. Aroma of stone fruits and raspberry, with some yeasty malts. Flavour had more tart raspberries, grainy malts and some herbiness, before a gentle finish. Refreshing.
Monday, December 12, 2016

Theydon_Bois
3.3
Moonshine Amarillo
Gravity dispense at Pigs Ear ’16, 29/11/16. Golden copper with a decent off white covering. Nose is sweet malts, juicy citric vibes, orange peel, candied fruits. Taste comprises light sticky tropical notes, mandarin, toasted brioche, melon. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, semi drying close with a light hop tickle. Ok.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Leighton
3.5
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #11 - Cascadian Black
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Kenny. Pours black-brown with a big, creamy beige head. Big torched wood in the aroma, baking cocoa, earth, iodine. Ligh sweet flavour with some flinty quality, more baking cocoa, ashy roast, orange rind. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A little drying in the finish, with some woody dryness, bittersweet cocoa, more ash. Pretty decent. Has a hard edge to it.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

mR_fr0g
3.3
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #11 - Cascadian Black
Bottle at Leighton’s place. 8/12/2016. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. A jet black coloured pour with a a lively frothy dark tan head . Aroma is earthy roast, coco powder, plummy fruits, blackberry, dark choc. Flavour is composed earthy roast, little damp roast, dirty wood, pine needle, paint, roast, dirty pine needle. Palate is prickly, high carbonation, airy. Lingering dirty earthy resinous pine. Ok.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Theydon_Bois
3.2
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #11 - Cascadian Black
Bottle split at Bespin (farewell ?), thanks to Kenny, 08/12/16. Pitch black with a dirty tan covering of bubbles - a lively pour! Nose is sweet malts, spice, black pepper, chocolate melt, fruit rinds. Taste comprises spice, mineral notes, earthy hop, chocolate, spice, grains. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

mR_fr0g
3.5
Moonshine Amarillo
Cask gravity at the pigs ear beer fest 2016. A mid orange amber coloured pour with a small white head. Aroma is tangerine, sweet orange, hop, sticky hop, grassy. Flavour is composed of semi sweet sticky orange, resin, wood resin. Palate is semi sweet sticky, Decent cask condition. Not half bad. Lingering sweet earthy citrus.
Sunday, December 4, 2016

mR_fr0g
3.4
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #12 - Cascadian Light
Cask gravity at the 2016 pigs ear beer fest. A golden orange coloured pour, viscous with no head. Aroma is sticky jammy hop, resinous pine, little alcohol. Flavour is composed of nutty malts, toffee, sticky resinous, jammy fruits, hot alcohol. Palate is sweet and sticky, moderate carbonation. Good stuff. Should be a double ipa.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

mR_fr0g
3.5
Moonshine Lemon Citra
Cask gravity at the 2016 pigs ear beer fest. A translucent yellow straw coloured pour with a fine white head. Aroma is tangy bitter lemon, spicy lemon rind, rustic raw grains, little hay. Flavour is composed of tangy lemon, woody citrus, wheat, straw, tangy bitter lemon. Palate is grainy, decent cask condition, drying finish. Drying woody tannin in the finish. Good stuff.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Scopey
3.5
Moonshine The Trouble Maker
Cask gravity at Pugs Ear 2016. It pours clear deep red - brown with decent beige head. The aroma is rich, juicy, raisin, sultana, fruit cake, toasted brown sugar, wood and a touch of spice. The taste is dry, bitter - sweet, wood, leather, fruit cake, glacier cherry, leather, resin, spice, fig, toffee and earth with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Good stuff.
Friday, December 2, 2016

madmitch76
2.9
Moonshine Once in a Blue Moon
1st November 2016
Clear deep amber beer, tidy cream colour head. Palate is light and has fine minerally carbonation. Thin and dry malts, very mild sweetness. Mild bitterness in to modest tangy fruits. Minerally crisp finish. Okay.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Stuu666
3.8
Moonshine Limitless Abundance
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, liquorice, roasted, taste is sweet, chewy toffee, liquorice, chocolate, light sour notes.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

fonefan
3.4
Moonshine Wheat Wine Ale

Bottle 330ml.

[ As Moonshine Wheat Wine Ale ].
Clear medium amber orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, wheat, wood, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long duration, caramel, wheat, sweet sweet fruit - candy, alcohol, marmalade - wheat, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20141206]

Sunday, October 30, 2016

fonefan
3
Moonshine SPBW 50th Anniversary Ale

Bottle 330ml.

[ As Moonshine SPBW 50th Anniversary Ale ].
Clear medium to dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to hevy malty, caramel, sugary malt, caramelized malt, light brown sugar. Flavor is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a long duration, caramelized malt - sugar, sugary malt, brown sugar. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20141206]

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The_Osprey
3.2
Moonshine Chocolate & Orange Stout
August 2016 - Cask handpull at GBBF 2016, as ’Moonshine Chocolate Orange Stout’, 6.7%. Opaque black with a small brown head. Aroma is potent perfume, dirty cheap perfume on someone in a grimy nightclub. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste has the expected chocolate orange vibe but it’s more like a flowery potent orange perfume of some sort. Very floral, some soap. Potent, intense stuff. This one will slow down your session. Nice aspects but quite hard work. (3.2)
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Rhombic
3.5
Moonshine Nightwatch Porter
Cask, draught pint. Very nice almost black colour with a beautiful 1 inch head. Aromas of smoky malt and leather. The flavours are mainly malt too, rich in caramel and toffee, but not too sweet, toasted malt, wood, no hoppiness. Very well balanced.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

MrTipple
3.3
Moonshine Chocolate & Orange Stout
Intense bitter, dark chocolate, dry cacao, not getting much orange here. Hazy dark brown, small, frothy, beige head. Harsh bitter. Bitterness carries on relentlessly, bitter chocolate, medium duration and bodied. OK Stout, too bitter, feels slightly out of balance. Cask at GBBF16, Olympia.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

evergreen0199
3.2
Moonshine Chocolate & Orange Stout
Cask at GBBF 2016, Olympia, London. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Roasty, malty, chocolate aroma. Tastes quite similar, roasty, malty, chocolate, slight orange. It is OK but I expected a lot more from a 6.7% stout.
Monday, August 15, 2016

fonefan
3.2
Moonshine Subik

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

[ As Cambridge Moonshine Subik ].
Clear medium yellow orange color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, toffee. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average to long duration, caramel, toffee - fudge, sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20141204]

Sunday, July 31, 2016

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
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
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 1, 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
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 8, 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
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 9, 2016

madmitch76
3.5
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 9, 2016

Leighton
3.2
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 6, 2016

planky84
2.4
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
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
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
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