Molson Coors is a large brewing company that has expanded its lineup to include some craft brewing operations. One company it owns outright is Blue Moon, a craft brewery best known for its Blue Moon Belgian White Ale. The Blue Moon label has been expanding over the years and one of its newer products is Blue Moon Pale Moon, a Belgian pale ale style brew.
Just the Facts:
- Style: Belgian Pale Ale
- Ingredients: European Malts, Cascade Hops, Orange Peel, Hibiscus
- Alcohol Content: 5.4 percent by volume.
Blue Moon Pale Moon Belgian Pale Ale is one of the newer products to carry the Blue Moon title. Introduced in a national scale in 2009, this beer product is offered in Blue Moon sampler packs and it helps to round- out the different product offerings from this well- established craft brewery.
Looking at the basics of this beer, Blue Moon Pale Moon Belgian Pale Ale pours to a copper hue with a well- filtered body that is completely clear. A good whiff of this brew reveals scents of fruit, toasted malt, and caramel. A decent amount of foam exists, but it fades away in due time.
The taste of Blue Moon Pale Moon Belgian Pale Ale is interesting, with a combination of bread- like caramel malts, graininess, floral notes, and a touch of spice. The aftertaste includes an herbal character than lingers long after your last sip.
Belgian style beer is certainly one of the best in the world, but does Blue Moon Pale Moon Belgian Ale measure up? Well, the answer to that question is no, for the most part. Blue Moon Pale Moon Belgian Pale Ale is not a classic Belgian brew and isn’t really worthy of the “Belgian” part of the name. It is a little on the thin side and not very complex. Yes, there are some interesting ingredients such as orange peel and hibiscus, but the taste of the beer falls a little short of expectations.
Thinking about the different flavors in Blue Moon Pale Moon Belgian Pale Ale, the most interesting is the herbal character mentioned above. This taste is detectable in the finish and the flavor sensation hangs around after your final sip. This offers a memorable moment, but it isn’t enough to override the generally tame nature of this beer.
So, taking all factors into account, Blue Moon Pale Moon Belgian Pale Ale isn’t bad and it isn’t great. It is very middle of the road in overall quality and is recommended only if you cannot get your hands on something better. It doesn’t compare to the great Belgian ales on the market, but the herbal character and the drinkable nature make it good enough for a sample.
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