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Sugar Moon Maple Ale - Garrison Brewing Company

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Sugar Moon Maple AleSugar Moon Maple Ale

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 21.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Truly Canadian Ale brewed with Nova Scotia maple syrup from "Sugar Moon Farms" (www.sugarmoon.ca). The term was originally coined by Native Americans for the sugaring season, and this is definitely a brew to be enjoyed under a cold sugar moon!

21 IBU

(Beer added by: Seanstoppable on 04-13-2009)
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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by pootz:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Poured a dark amber ale in the glass. 2 finger tan cap, fair lace.

Aroma is nice Not too overstated but the maple is present but compliments the malts -. like maple cereal.

Big malt spine, moderate maple flavor mixes with the herbal-woodiness of the Spalter hops. Long wet finish, a tad sweet but not offensive.

One of the better put together maple beers I've had, innovative use of Spalters.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 23:28:29 | More by pootz
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.9%

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New York

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06-19-2013 07:22:32 | More by deonreds
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.9%

05-27-2013 21:20:14 | More by lgmol
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%

05-20-2013 13:15:47 | More by sdm9465
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10%

04-19-2013 00:06:14 | More by mmurphy525
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Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Ruby in colour with hues of red. Pours a 1/4 inch head that quickly collapses to a thin film. Clear with no particles.

S: Holy maple. There are hints of maltyness, bread and lots of maple. Sort of pancakes or french toast.

T: A lot more malt character coming through. Bread/biscuit, grain, caramel and of course some lighter maple then in the smell. Some bitterness balances well the sweet flavours of the beer.

M: Well carbonated, clean palate. Not too sweet that it stays in the back. Clean dry finish.

O: Highly impressed with this beer as there is a great deal of balance with the grain, bitterness and sweetness. Not what you'd expect with the word "maple" in it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 00:58:30 | More by Kremlock
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

10-27-2012 03:27:49 | More by rab53
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

10-06-2012 20:03:32 | More by bcrocker
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10%

04-23-2012 03:48:13 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried a sampled at Calgary Beerfest, everyone really liked it, so had to track down a bottle.
Pours a nice, shiny brown color with a tan colored head. Foam is thick and dense, shrinks down to a short floating cap, chunky lace.
The smell is what catches you right off the top, sweet, fresh maple syrup. No other aromas really coming through, but the maple is great.
Taste has more of the sweet maple syrup. At first you might expect it to be overly sweet, but there is very nice balance between the malt base, hop bitterness, and the sugar sweetness.
There is a complex layer of flavors, especially when it starts to warm up. Maple, brown sugar, caramel. Sweet to start, hop bitterness at the end balance everything out.
The body is on the lighter side, which helps it from becoming too sticky or cloying. Carbonation level works for the beer/style.
Would make a good after dinner drink, or with a dessert. A good one for friends who don't like "beer" and whose only experience is with main streem lagers.

This stays on my list of beers to look out for, buy it when you see it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 15:15:05 | More by BigBry
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a large foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light maple syrup with a nice medium caramel malt base. Taste is a nice enough mix between some maple notes with balanced sweetness and a standard caramel malt backbone. Body is about average with OK carbonation. Nothing necessarily special about this one but still better then most maple based beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 02:38:59 | More by Phyl21ca
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours with a syrupy tan colored head that is dense, but not super thick....settles to a bubbling yet puffy looking film. The color of the brew is a clear bronze, with reddish hues. The carbonation appears to be fine, with lots of small columns rising to the top. Lacing is pretty much non existent unfortunately....still a better than average looking beer.

S- Fresh maple syrup, and lots of it. It literally smells like how maple syrup smells after soaking into warm pancakes. I'm guessing that there is some malt aroma mixed in here and perhaps some hops but it's really hard to detect....perfect aroma for what Garrison is going for here!

T- More of the same here, but more balanced and more complex. There are flavors of maple, of course, but also malt, brown sugar, and caramel/toffee. It's sweet, but then towards the finish, bittering hops completely balance out the flavors, with a 360 degree spin, similar to an american amber ale, imo. Great flavors and great changes in flavors too!

M- The body is maybe a little lighter than I'd like it to be considering the richness of the beer itself. Carbonation is fine, just how it should be I think, as the character of the brew really doesn't need to work hard to make itself known on the palate.

D- Really great dessert beer, and I could handle probably a couple of bottles/pints before being saturated with satisfaction. On it's own, without food, one bottle would suffice...I really like what the brewery has done here and look forward to getting more of this before it's gone and have to wait another year.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:37:52 | More by ChrisCage
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New Brunswick (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was hoping for big things from this. A deep red with mahogany hues had a light looking head sitting on top. Without maple, would be classified as red/amber ale. The sell is an over-abundance of sweet maple candies, brown sugar and strong cinnamon. The taste is unfortunately near similar. The taste outs an odd taste in the mouth. I am a little disappointed with this Garrison offering. Most of their products are good but this was a miss.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 12:26:16 | More by spree92
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear, deep red-amber with two fingers of thick and sticky looking, off white head. Lasts a while and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Maple!! Lots of sweet maple. Some sweet caramel and maybe a hint of herby hops.

Taste. Sweet caramel and woody maple. Sweetness seems just right. Some grassy hops in the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, stronger than medium, super-smooth carbonation.

Overall. Good maple beer. Maybe a little too much maple, but what the hell ...I'm Canadian.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 02:32:23 | More by Rutager
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Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a syrupy brown, tall tan head dissipated slowly
S - super sweet maple and brown sugar dominate, very subtle hop freshness
T - the maple is there, but it is quickly taken over by soapy and metallic notes, still sugary sweet, oily hop note, but the flavour is a bit of a turn from the nose
M - medium carbonation, sticky mouth coating with a slight chemical oily hint
O - started off with a bang but ended on a little down note, its a good enough brew, but it could be a case of the feature ingredient taking away from the fact that it is a beer

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 05:07:36 | More by joemcgrath27
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6.3% according to the label. By far the best maple beer I've ever had. Lovely copper with a nice white head. Definite maple syrup scent. Maple sugar candies, caramel and brown sugar in the nose. Strong maple syrup flavour with a noticeable sourness from the hops. That said the maple flavour itself is much sweeter than other maple beers and the hops work with it, not against it like in so many other maple beers of head. I think this could do with a bit less carbonation, but otherwise a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 04:43:34 | More by BDTyre
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Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice caramel colour, thin layer of beige soapy head with little retention, no real lacing, very little visible body carbonation.

S - Super sweet with the maple taking a strong presence. Literally, its tough to detect anything other than maple syrop.

T - Quite different from the nose, some bitter earthy hops come off the top and are almost a bit sour rather than bitter. The maple flavour does linger on the tongue alongside some caramel and a bit of coffee.

M - This one is definitely in need of a carbonation lift as it comes across way too thin and watery for my liking.

O - Overall, a unique maple ale though not the best Canadian made maple ale. Worth a try but don't get your hopes up.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 20:10:08 | More by andrenaline
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Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 6.3% ABV. Can't say I'm familiar with the concept of a "Sugar Moon".

This beer pours a clear, dark golden amber hue, with two fingers of thin foamy pale beige head, which shows decent retention, eventually leaving a low rise of paint splotch lace around the glass. Wow, this smells good - even from a fair distance away - fragrant, not overly sweet maple syrup veritable. Underneath that bit of Canadian manna, I also get a bit of understandably overlooked biscuity grain and bitter weedy hops. The taste is more subdued on the guest ingredient front - the maple falling back to a supporting position, mostly through its less obvious earthy, woody essence, letting the sourdough breadiness and nutty, oily bitterness of the base beer edge back to center stage. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, and decently smooth. It finishes with an echo of the sweet malt and maple syrup, the focus is more of a dry floral, nutty nature.

Kudos to Garrison for making this smell at first contact like a Timmie's Maple Cream doughnut, and following up with a nice complementary balanced amber ale. As I've said before, Maple influenced ales are Canada's claim to a new beer style.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 23:12:52 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Clear rugby red body with three fingers of off white head. Decent retention which dissipates into a thin ring ans leaves no lacing.

S: You can smell maple from three feet away - it's that strong. Besides that, some breadiness gives it a fuller body

T: I find the taste of maple to be weaker than the aroma, but still quite evident. Some bready characters in there and low bitterness. I feel it could use some more flavours

M: Medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. Very sticky maple aftertaste and lasts for a long time. No alcohol notes.

D: Not bad, but I think it would be better with maple added into another style of beer rather than the style revolving around it. The maple gets boring, but for what it is, it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 21:40:59 | More by Long813
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass june3 2010

A clear reddish amber with a crap load of bubbles of all sizes and speeds feeding a light tan head that has pretty good retention but leaves no lace

S the maple is pretty strong and I pick up on a little caramel

T not too sweet and the maple mellows out a bit, its a little nutty and has a decent amount of malt to go along with a little rye bread

M big carbonation gives it a creamy feel and it's a little sticky

D I wouldn't say 6.3%alc is overly strong but without reading the label I would never had guessed it was that strong. I would have given it 4.5 but I couldn't see myself drinking these back too back, one works quite well though

this is a straight across the board good beer, not lacking in any areas, worth trying without doubt if you get the chance
thanks to Long813 for sending this one my way

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 05:40:01 | More by wordemupg
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany red with one finger of whispy off white head that quickly dissipates leaving only dots of lace.

Sweet and sticky maple syrup, graham cracker, bready malts, and a touch of grassy hops make up the nose. Sweet and very inviting; like maple cookies in liquid form.

It almost seems contradictory, but the syrupy notes of maple are quite clean and present from start to finish. Light grassy hops come in the middle, evening out the sweetness. As the hops begin to fall off, notes of graham cracker come in, imparting a semi-chewy finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit filmy at times. It could use a bit of bulking up, but the balance of it all makes up for it.

Another solid seasonal from Garrison. The sweetness of the maple is perfectly worked making it easily quaffable rather than harshly cloying. I'd say this one is definitely worth a try, especially if you're in the area.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 20:00:56 | More by ludachris
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Sugar Moon Maple Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
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