AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20Chad9976 (1492) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2015
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.