With the surging popularity of the craft beer industry, it’s no
surprise the macro breweries have launched their own quasi craft
breweries in attempt to make mass-market beers for drinkers like me. The
problem is these beers more often than not drink like the macros they
are, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
As part of
Coors’ “Blue Moon” line, Honey Moon Summer Ale is probably as good an
offering as we could get. It’s fairly tasty and fairly refreshing, but
won’t exactly knock your socks off.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
beer pours very smooth to a body almost identical of a macro lager:
bright white gold and crystal clear. Surprisingly, there is next to no
carbonation and it forms a two-finger, bright white, foamy head which
lasts ‘til the last drop and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma
is indicative of a macro lager with a mostly grainy scent and just the
slightest hints of citrus and spice.
expecting Honey Moon to taste like a very weak hefeweizen, so I was
quite surprised when it was much closer to a blonde ale style. The
palate here is mostly mild with some grain but a prominent sweet taste.
Honey is very strong in the finish, but despite the bottle’s contention
it’s made with real honey, I couldn’t help but find it to be a little
The beer has a dry, yeast-like taste leaving
an identical after taste. It’s not quite as crisp and clean as I was
expecting, as it’s much more direct with a thick, flat mouthfeel. Still,
the overall taste is fairly sweet and even though it’s a mild beer, it
doesn’t taste bad.
Since this beer is low on
carbonation and has a fairly thin, watery composition, it’s no wonder
it’s a drinker-friendly brew. It’s not the smoothest beer ever made, but
for a macro’s attempt at a “refreshing” summer ale, it’s commendable.
perplexes me about Honey Moon Summer Ale is the sheer density of 5.6%
ABV. Summer beers are usually very light-bodied, which lends them to
continuous drinking. I think after two or three bottles of this the
average drinker would be full and fairly tipsy.
Moon Summer Ale is exactly what you’d expect: a mild, easy-drinking
beer from a macro-brewery. It’s not absolutely delectable, but it’s far
from bad. Personally, I’d prefer a REAL craft beer, but in the event one
is not available, I’ll settle for this.