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Mini Brew Review: Blue Moon Brewmaster’s Seasonal Sampler (Fall 2014) Part Two of Two
Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale
ABV: 5.8%
Appearance: Caramel colored, decent but quickly disappearing head. Lacing is fair, and there’s a little bit of carbonation going on.
Smell: Spice. Almost smells like a pumpkin ale. 
Taste: Cinnamon, caramel, malts.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slightly sticky. A hint of apple in the aftertaste.
The Verdict: Not bad. A little different, a bit funky. I don’t see myself ever ordering one, but it is drinkable. Kind of a variation on a pumpkin ale more than anything else.
Score: 2.9 out of 5
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Blue Moon Farmhouse Red Saison/Flanders-Style Ale
ABV: 5.8%
Appearance: Copper-red with a big head of foam that disappears quickly. Decent lacing and a ton of carbonation.
Smell: Apple, banana, bready malt.
Taste: Caramel, grass, spice, yeast.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and dry with very little in the way of finish.
The Verdict: It’s ok. More flavor than I’d expect from Coors, but they still fear overdoing it. The taste is very muted so they offend as few people as possible. So far it’s the best Blue Moon I’ve tasted, but the bar is set very low.
Score: 3.25 out of 5
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Blue Moon Rounder Belgian Style Pale Ale
ABV: 5.6%
Appearance: Copper orange with a thin head and little lacing. Fair amount of carbonation.
Smell: Caramel, toffee, malted grains.
Taste: Toasted malts, toffee, orange, spice, yeast.
Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied, dry and crisp, faint hop bitterness in the finish.
The Verdict: It’s good. To my surprise this is actually a nicely done pale ale. Nothing great, but much better than I expected. As with all things macro-brewed, the taste has been muted.
Score: 3.25 out of 5

themarke:

Mini Brew Review: Blue Moon Brewmaster’s Seasonal Sampler (Fall 2014) Part Two of Two

Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale

ABV: 5.8%

Appearance: Caramel colored, decent but quickly disappearing head. Lacing is fair, and there’s a little bit of carbonation going on.

Smell: Spice. Almost smells like a pumpkin ale. 

Taste: Cinnamon, caramel, malts.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slightly sticky. A hint of apple in the aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. A little different, a bit funky. I don’t see myself ever ordering one, but it is drinkable. Kind of a variation on a pumpkin ale more than anything else.

Score: 2.9 out of 5

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Blue Moon Farmhouse Red Saison/Flanders-Style Ale

ABV: 5.8%

Appearance: Copper-red with a big head of foam that disappears quickly. Decent lacing and a ton of carbonation.

Smell: Apple, banana, bready malt.

Taste: Caramel, grass, spice, yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and dry with very little in the way of finish.

The Verdict: It’s ok. More flavor than I’d expect from Coors, but they still fear overdoing it. The taste is very muted so they offend as few people as possible. So far it’s the best Blue Moon I’ve tasted, but the bar is set very low.

Score: 3.25 out of 5

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Blue Moon Rounder Belgian Style Pale Ale

ABV: 5.6%

Appearance: Copper orange with a thin head and little lacing. Fair amount of carbonation.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, malted grains.

Taste: Toasted malts, toffee, orange, spice, yeast.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied, dry and crisp, faint hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: It’s good. To my surprise this is actually a nicely done pale ale. Nothing great, but much better than I expected. As with all things macro-brewed, the taste has been muted.

Score: 3.25 out of 5

— 6 hours ago with 8 notes
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themarke:

Mini Brew Review: Blue Moon Brewmaster’s Seasonal Sampler (Fall 2014) Part One of Two
Blue Moon Belgian White
ABV: 5.4%
Appearance: Cloudy gold with a quickly disappearing head of foam, little lacing, and plentiful carbonation.
Smell: Wheat, orange, and a hint of spice.
Taste: Wheat, orange, and a hint of spice.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy. Slightly funky aftertaste from the yeast.
The Verdict: It’s OK. Drinkable, inoffensive, but rather bland. If I have to order an orange flavored macrobrew, Shock Top is still my first choice. I suppose this would do in a pinch.
Score: 2.5 out of 5
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Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale
ABV: 5.5%
Appearance: Cloudy gold with a thin white head, little lacing, and plentiful carbonation.
Smell: Cinnamon and malt.
Taste: Cinnamon, rice, and a hint of orange.
Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with a bare hint of horchata in the finish.
The Verdict: Good beer. To be honest, this is the only reason I bought the sampler pack. I love a good horchata and my interest was piqued. I’m not disappointed. If Coors made more brews like this I may try them more often than once every year or two.
Score: 3.25 out of 5
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Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 5.7%
Appearance: Amber orange with a decent head that disappears quickly, decent lacing, and a lot of carbonation.
Smell: Pumpkin and spice.
Taste: Pumpkin pie with cloves and nutmeg.
Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, somewhat creamy.
The Verdict: It’s OK. An average pumpkin ale, the flavor seems to disappear quickly as it warms.
Score: 2.5 out of 5

themarke:

Mini Brew Review: Blue Moon Brewmaster’s Seasonal Sampler (Fall 2014) Part One of Two

Blue Moon Belgian White

ABV: 5.4%

Appearance: Cloudy gold with a quickly disappearing head of foam, little lacing, and plentiful carbonation.

Smell: Wheat, orange, and a hint of spice.

Taste: Wheat, orange, and a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy. Slightly funky aftertaste from the yeast.

The Verdict: It’s OK. Drinkable, inoffensive, but rather bland. If I have to order an orange flavored macrobrew, Shock Top is still my first choice. I suppose this would do in a pinch.

Score: 2.5 out of 5

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Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Appearance: Cloudy gold with a thin white head, little lacing, and plentiful carbonation.

Smell: Cinnamon and malt.

Taste: Cinnamon, rice, and a hint of orange.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with a bare hint of horchata in the finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. To be honest, this is the only reason I bought the sampler pack. I love a good horchata and my interest was piqued. I’m not disappointed. If Coors made more brews like this I may try them more often than once every year or two.

Score: 3.25 out of 5

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Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 5.7%

Appearance: Amber orange with a decent head that disappears quickly, decent lacing, and a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Pumpkin and spice.

Taste: Pumpkin pie with cloves and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, somewhat creamy.

The Verdict: It’s OK. An average pumpkin ale, the flavor seems to disappear quickly as it warms.

Score: 2.5 out of 5

— 21 hours ago with 19 notes
#beer review  #Blue Moon  #Cinnamon Horchota Ale  #Belgian White  #Harvest Pumpkin Ale 
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— 1 day ago with 4 notes
themarke:

Mini Brew Review: Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout
ABV: 8.1%
Appearance: Black with a mocha tinted head of foam, not much lacing.
Smell: Chocolate, raisin, cinnamon, peppers.
Taste: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppers.
Mouthfeel: Thick bodied, almost chewy. Slight pepper in the finish along with bitterness from the cocoa.
The Verdict: Very good. Complex and full of delicious flavors that compliment each other perfectly. It does all this with subtlety, with none of the ingredients beating you over the head. Instead, it’s just a wonderfully smooth brew that comes together nicely.
Score: 4.25 out of 5

themarke:

Mini Brew Review: Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout

ABV: 8.1%

Appearance: Black with a mocha tinted head of foam, not much lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, raisin, cinnamon, peppers.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppers.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied, almost chewy. Slight pepper in the finish along with bitterness from the cocoa.

The Verdict: Very good. Complex and full of delicious flavors that compliment each other perfectly. It does all this with subtlety, with none of the ingredients beating you over the head. Instead, it’s just a wonderfully smooth brew that comes together nicely.

Score: 4.25 out of 5

— 2 days ago with 16 notes
#beer review  #Stone Brewing  #Xocoveza Mocha Stout 
themarke:

Mini Brew Review: Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 7.2%
Appearance: Deep dark brown with a big head of foam and decent lacing. A lot of carbonation hidden in the darkness.
Smell: Roasted malts.
Taste: Roasted malts: Coffee, oatmeal, chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy and dry. Slight hop bitterness in the finish.
The Verdict: Good beer. Well balanced and very smooth, but a bit bland overall. Nothing to really complain about, it is a good solid stout but there’s nothing to really make it stand out from the crowd.

themarke:

Mini Brew Review: Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 7.2%

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a big head of foam and decent lacing. A lot of carbonation hidden in the darkness.

Smell: Roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts: Coffee, oatmeal, chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy and dry. Slight hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. Well balanced and very smooth, but a bit bland overall. Nothing to really complain about, it is a good solid stout but there’s nothing to really make it stand out from the crowd.

— 3 days ago with 12 notes
#beer review  #Ninkasi  #Oatis  #Oatmeal Stout 
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