Sunday, November 8, 2015

Blue Moon White IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20Chad9976 (1492) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2015
We all know Blue Moon as the brand that put “crafty” beer on the map (or was that Michelob?). I find most of what they make is drinkable, though few is genuinely good. I think Blue Moon White IPA might be the first beer of the brand that I can legitimately call “good.” 

I poured a 12oz bottle into a red wine glass. It had an expiration date of 2/29/16 and cost $1.66 ($0.14 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright orange shade, but hazy and murky. Pours to an average-sized, white, foamy head which retains and laces pretty well.

Smell: Slight grassy/spicy hops with orange and other spices present. Mild but nice.

Taste: I once asked a professional brewer how major crafty brands like Blue Moon manage to make such authentically-tasting but overtly mild beers. His one-word answer: water. I could see that being true of this beer and the entire Blue Moon brand across the board. I do taste a solid, flavorful, and surprisingly hoppy and bitter white IPA. There’s plenty of orange presence as well as minor grassy/spicy hops. Not much in the way of coriander per se, though. Wheat seems to be here for body and doesn’t do much for flavor. Still, I don’t taste anything I dislike. I could see this as being way too strong for the average Blue Moon drinker, though it’s far from being the weakest beer in their portfolio. Not bad at all.

Drinkability: I was rather surprised to see such a high alcohol volume on the bottle of Blue Moon White IPA at 5.9%. That’s a bit hefty for such a mainstream brew. Though its much bigger in body and flavor than most of the Blue Moon line, it doesn’t seem to be completely efficient. It drinks more like a 5% brew. Still, I will say there’s no challenge in getting it down. The mouthfeel is consistently crisp with a smooth finish. Even the hops linger a bit, so that’s impressive.

RATING: 7/10

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