Blue Moon Agave Blonde Ale Review

Blue Moon Agave Blonde Ale

Fruit beer [Type 15] 5.6% ABV

Fruit beer? Isn't it labeled a blonde ale on the label? It is, but since what you get is mostly the agave syrup and not much else, this is really more of a light ale with flavor in it. That sounds more dismissive than I meant. This is not a bad beer. It is not a very good beer either. I picked up this Blue Moon assortment, and I'm not sorry. I also wouldn't buy another one, since there are so many beers to enjoy.

Rating

Blue Moon Agave Blonde Ale Review

What you get is sweet, and more sweet. There isn't much else in the flavor. For a light summer beer, that can be ok. Had a pretty good head on it, and plenty of carbonation. It has a bit of color to it, not as light as a lager, but pretty close. Not gross, but there are better beers to buy.

Bruery/Elysian/Stone La Citrueille Celeste Review

La Citrueille CelesteFruit [Pumpkin] Ale [Type 15] 5% ABV

Another collaboration beer from Stone. This is advertised as a pumpkin ale, but you won't find it very pumpkiny, not like Punkin Ale. You do get a bit of pumpkin pulp on the finish, on the back of your tongue, but it hides behind the hop scent on the front and the strong coriander in the middle. Maybe some ginger too. It is well balanced, the hop smell is very citrusy, but the beer itself is malty enough to compensate.

It poured a beautiful red with a fluffy white head. I had a picture of the head, but I'm playing with the camera on my my Droid 3, and I didn't like that picture.

Rating

This is a darn tasty beer. Not the thing for a true pumpkin lover [Sorry Magistra!], and the beer snobs probably won't like it either, but I think this is delicious. It has some unusual spices in it, and it is thinner and drier than a lot of pumpkin ales. I like that. My only reservation is the price. This is a pretty pricey beer. If it were cheaper I would buy it more often, but this is probably hard to make with three breweries in the mix.

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New Belgium Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale Review

New Belgium Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

Raspberry Brown Ale [Type 15] 6.5% ABV

Not as sweet as I expected. A traditional Framboise Belgian style raspberry will be thick and syrupy. This one isn't, it has the same mouthfeel as a normal ale. There is a hint of sour in the beer, with understated raspberries and a bit of that biscuity malt flavor New Belgium has. A deep ruby color. Not much head.

Rating

Not really my thing. It's not bad however. It is not sweet like so many fruit beers, which is a nice change. You need to let the beer warm up a bit before the flavor really comes out.

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Dogfish Head Punkin Ale Review

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Fruit [Pumpkin] Ale [Type 15] 7.0% ABV

Punkin Ale pours orange, with a short white head. This beer is brewed with pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. There are suspended solids [pumpkin?] visible in the light. The spices hit the tongue first, with a lingering sweetness from the sugar. After that, the bitter, astringent finish. There are some hops in the beer, but not overwhelming. Just some subtle fruity hints.

Rating

One of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had. Really reminds me of a pumpkin pie, but with a kick. 

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Guinness and Früli

Guinness and Früli

Guinness and Früli

Stout 4.2% ABV [Type 21] and Fruit Beer 4.1% ABV [Type 15]

An interesting combination in the spirit of a bruised apple or a snakebite, this one combines strawberry ale with Guinness stout. These two beers resist mixing strongly, so you tend to get mostly Guinness on top and strawberry ale on the bottom. However, you do get some flavor diffusion, so there was a hint of fruit in the Guinness. It was less sweet than I expected, but then again strawberries have very little sugar in them.

Rating

Not terrible, and not great. I am not sad I tried it, but I don't know that I would ever order another one. It might actually taste better if you just mixed it real thoroughly. That seemed wrong though. The Früli just isn't good enough on its own to really make this a good combination. The strawberry ale is fruity and earthy, but it has a bit of a sour finish that clashed with the smooth malt of the Guinness.

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Four Peaks Arizona Peach Beer Review

Four Peaks Arizona Peach

Four Peaks Arizona Peach

Fruit Ale 4.0% ABV
Type 15 Beeriodic Table

Like all good fruit beers, the bouquet of peach is stronger than the flavor. Not as sweet and heavy as a lambic, but rather light and refreshing. The Magistra had this beer on tap at the Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe. She drank it with a portabella sandwich on the patio. Clear, with a short head.

Rating

The rating is a bit difficult on the six-pack scale. This beer is really good, but you want to drink lots and lots of it, especially on a warm spring afternoon. Thus, I declare it a two.

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