Moonshine Brewery Reviews




jjsint
2.8
Moonshine Regenerator
Gravity cask at the 2017 Cambridge Beer Festival. Glider, clear with a small white head. Soap, butter, limeade and malt in the confused aroma. Much better to taste than to smell: bittersweet and hoppy without ever losing the biscuity malt base. Key lime pie in the aroma, but alas also soap and butter. Thereís a good beer lurking in here, but issues abound.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

fonefan
3.1
Moonshine The Trouble Maker

Cask (gravity) @ 33th Pigs Ear Beer and Cider Festival 2016, at The Round Chapel in Hackney, London, England.

[ As Moonshine The Trouble Maker ].
Unclear medium to dark red brown colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, caramel, sweet malt, light nutty. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average to long duration, spicy - woody - nutty, caramel, sweet malt, toasted. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20161130]
6-3-6-3-13

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

fonefan
3
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #10 - Imperial Pale Ale

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

[ As Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #10 - Imperial Pale Ale ].
Clear medium orange - amber yellow colour with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, sweet malt, caramel, fruity, sugary, biscuit malt. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, sharp, pale malt, sweet malt, sugar, hops, citrus - resin. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20151202]
6-3-6-3-12

Monday, May 1, 2017

FatPhil
2.4
Moonshine Hot Numbers Coffee Stout
500ml bottle (Bacchanalia, Cambridge)
Sourish beany aroma. Full palate, but with a worrying sour sharpness. A sour beany taste. Crappy coffee mess, this is terrible. Stop putting coffee in beer, it so rarely works.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

FatPhil
3.3
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #7 - Raspberry Wheat
Gravicask (CWAF2017)
Lovely fruitiness in the aroma, berries, raspberry. Full body, sweetish, a little sticky. Nice wheaty body, more berries. Very easy drinker, not too sweet despite what I expected from the aroma.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

fonefan
3.3
Moonshine Amarillo

Cask (gravity) @ 33th Pigs Ear Beer and Cider Festival 2016, at The Round Chapel in Hackney, London, England.

[ As Moonshine Amarillo ].
Clear medium orange amber color with a small to average, frothy, good - fair lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fruity malt, moderate hoppy, citrus, fruity hops, sweet fruit, orange. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, fruity hops, orange, caramel, pale malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20161129]
7-3-7-3-13

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

FatPhil
3.4
Moonshine The Trouble Maker
Gravicask (CWAF2017)
Sweet fruity aroma, lots of esters rather than hops. Hazy amber. A bit weird sweet fruity taste. Smooth palate, sweetish, a touch heavy. Esters all over the place, but strangely this kinda works.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

FatPhil
3.5
Moonshine Amarillo
Gravicask (CWAF2017)
Misty orange, small loose head. Crazy fruity aroma, peachy, but foretells a resininess that I quite look forward to. Full smooth palate. Sweetish malts, fruity and citrussy hops, perfect balance. Lovely bitterness in the finish - tons of zest. Lovely modern IPA. A refreshing smack in the chops.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

FatPhil
3.6
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #10 - Imperial Pale Ale
Gravicask (CWAF2017)
Beautiful hoppy aroma, so piney you know itís going to be very resiny. Sweet and serious caramelly body, heavy, but not in a way that discourages you from taking more sips. Lots of zesty and piney hops. Finish very zesty. Malts, aromatics and bitterness in good balance. Nice sipper to end on and savour.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Rune
3.2
Moonshine Nightwatch Porter
By gravicask, 4.5 % abv, at Chelmsford & Mid Essex Winter Beer Festival. Shared with Cunningham. Coal black body. Shiny black surface. Malt-accented aroma, mid-sweet. Honeyed malty flavours joined by impact of ripe fruits. Mid-sweet, mild roasted finish. Likable, just rather thin bodied (17.02.2017).
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Rune
2.7
Moonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #7 - Raspberry Wheat
By gravicask at Chelmsford & Mid Essex Winter Beer Festival. Clear warm golden body, dissipating white head, dotted spots on the glass. Berry skins on the nose, hints of grainy malts. Berry fruity flavours added by grain. Rounded endnotes of berry fruit. Just okay (16.02.2017).
Friday, February 24, 2017

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 Leightonís. Thanks LKS! As íMoonshine 13 Moons of 2015 #11 - Cascadian Blackí, 6.7%. Opaque black with a foamy brown head. Aroma is earthy, floral Ė 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 itís simplicity it didnít 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 í16, 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: catís pee followed by a bit of sticky resin and citrus, going from reasonably awful to quite lovely as I drink. Itís 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 Pigís 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
Pigís 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, itís 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 comparisonís 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 Leightonís 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 Leightonís. 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 í16, 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 Leightonís 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 íMoonshine Chocolate Orange Stoutí, 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 itís 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