Sunday, February 10, 2013

Blue Moon Valencia Grove Amber

Some people may say that the more common beer is the less good tasting it is, and some of that is true and some is not true. But Blue Moon is a more common beer and most of their beers are good, some more than others. This is a new spring seasonal beer for them, replacing the previous, Spring Blonde Wheat Ale. This new beer is Valencia Grove Amber 5.9% ABV, brewed with roasted malts, Valencia orange peel and a touch of wheat. Valencia Grove Amber pours a light cooper color with a half finger of a thin white head that is gone really quick. I did find a lot of light streaming through the glass with huge amounts of tight carbonation bubbles. The aroma was a big orange with a slight bit of sourness to it, no wheat there in the aroma. The aroma reminded me little of an orange lollypop. The taste is a bit strange with a malt flavor that is around the orange that makes it all taste a bit sour towards the end, and with a very small, faint wheat flavor that almost isn’t there. There is a slight caramel sweetness but not enough, it get pushed out but the big orange bitter flavor. The mouth feel is somewhat light with a big amount of carbonation on you tongue. Valencia Grove Amber finish light with a bit of sourness, but more of bitterness than sour. The aftertaste is a big semi bitter/sour like orange and a little hint of sweet malts. The aftertaste doesn’t to long, but does linger for a few seconds. I was disappointed in the beer, but not enough to stay this beer is awful, just enough to give it a C-. There is just too much going on with this beer, and none of the flavors, ingredients work to together well. They all seem to make the beer not a good. It sounds better then it taste. Would I have another one? Maybe I will, but it will take a while to get me to have it again. This isn’t the worst tasting beer from Blue Moon but it’s close. You can try this if you want, but I don’t really recommend it. This is just a C- beer here, not my favorite. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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