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Blue Moon Impulse - Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon ImpulseBlue Moon Impulse

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.63%


Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 12-02-2012)
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear gold with a soft, thin lacing of white head that disappears quickly

S - cereal grains, very faint grapes

T - cereal grains, sweet, grapes, alcohol

M - viscous, medium bodied, warm, smooth, well carbonated

This is a rather boring beer. It's primarily grainy and grape-y. It doesn't have any spice to indicate it's a Witbier nor does it offer any depth of flavor. It is easy to drink and non-offensive so in that respect it gets some bonus points for a Blue Moon offering, but otherwise disappointing and forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 23:16:44 | More by tdm168
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Brenden

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear dark red with some violet highlights deep within. It looks a bit like red wine with the exception of the bubbling activity and the head. The head itself is off-white with a pale pinkish-purple hue that exists for most of its tenure as a thick foam of about half a finger's height and manages pretty good spotting.
Something similar but not quite exactly reminiscent of red wine does play out, more like mature grape juice than anything, under some dry wheat as well as both pale and some slightly chewier biscuit-like malts. It's got a touch of a vinous note both in the aroma and flavor. It has a nice semi-dry quality, though it thins a bit here and there and might play sweetness a little too far forward. It's a little dusty on the nose in a way that works better and ought to carry over to the flavor more effectively than it does. Overall, while simple, it works.
Carbonation isn't exactly heavy, but it works a bit too hard for the overall effect here. The body is about medium, and it has a good semi-dry effect. It's fairly smooth, and the feel of tannins on the roof of the mouth mingles with a sort of juiciness even as dry wheat puts a little bit of a grainy texture. Overall, as with the rest of the beer, it works pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 19:20:17 | More by Brenden
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ZOSO2192

New York

2/5  rDev -37.9%

03-30-2014 19:11:49 | More by ZOSO2192
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.44/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a medium to deep purple in color. Looks more like a wine than a beer, minus the white, foamy head. Retention and lacing aren't great.

S- Semi-dry grapes and a hint of wheat are most of the scent here. Grapes really take center stage here with a slightly fruity, yet dry wine tone.

T- Red wine and solid grape flavors hit the palate first. Really more of a carbonated semi-dry wine than a beer. Grapes are first and foremost, while the wheat flavors of the beer are lying underneath it all. Somewhat dry, yet fruity throughout the drink with a fairly strong wheat profile.

M- Not really thick, yet not thin on the tongue. This beer drinks rather more like a wine, with the dry flavor profile bringing the alcohol level out a little bit.

Overall, this beer is an interesting hybrid of wine flavors in a beer. Way better than the Proximity wine white version. These beers really display wine flavor profiles in a beer person's package.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:12:14 | More by boilermakerbrew
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-20-2014 21:42:56 | More by joemcgrath27
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-30-2013 02:47:08 | More by Profchaos20
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TheBaumer

California

3/5  rDev -6.8%

12-26-2013 18:06:58 | More by TheBaumer
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draheim

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

750mL (bottled April 2013) into a tulip. Pours a cranberry red w/ fizzy heaad that settles to a narrow collar & film.

Aroma is fruity and vinous; red grapes and bready wheat malt. Pretty subdued.

Taste is similar to the aroma. A grainy malt presence is dominated by fruity red grapes, and not in a good way. What we end up with is a beer/wine hybrid that tastes kind of like grape soda. I'm not enjoying this. The flavors simply don't work well together.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a little prickly, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall, a mistake. When I saw both Impulse and Proximity recently, I thought the labels said wheat beers aged in wine barrels, as opposed to brewed with wine grapes. Now I know.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 02:29:22 | More by draheim
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

11-26-2013 14:05:42 | More by InspectorBob
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milwaukee512

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

11-04-2013 01:26:02 | More by milwaukee512
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Maillard

California

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

11-01-2013 06:28:11 | More by Maillard
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jaydoc

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

10-28-2013 00:55:04 | More by jaydoc
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LightnerLiquorKS

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-22-2013 11:02:17 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-20-2013 15:20:33 | More by Sspeer1
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Zach122

Washington

3/5  rDev -6.8%

10-03-2013 04:40:41 | More by Zach122
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traviswhillier

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

09-23-2013 15:33:33 | More by traviswhillier
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6.8%

09-19-2013 01:54:01 | More by Knapp85
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almightyme3

New York

3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this at first at the beerfest earlier this year. Have to admit I was more excited to buy and try it than I am now. Not a very good job masking the alcohol however the taste of grapes comes through nicely. Don't regret buying it but won't do another one. Could be better. Make sure it's really cold otherwise smell of alcohol overpowers.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 03:29:52 | More by almightyme3
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rph97

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-07-2013 23:16:26 | More by rph97
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kushlash23

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

08-28-2013 15:29:00 | More by kushlash23
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a purple color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by grapes. Taste is grapes, wheat, alcohol, wine like, unique and different. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall I was pleasantly surprised with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 04:29:00 | More by tone77
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Jas45678

Michigan

3/5  rDev -6.8%

08-12-2013 01:09:39 | More by Jas45678
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -45.7%

08-10-2013 09:12:31 | More by Budinetz
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AKuehn47

Illinois

3/5  rDev -6.8%

08-05-2013 21:38:31 | More by AKuehn47
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ajmitch4

Colorado

3/5  rDev -6.8%

08-01-2013 04:11:56 | More by ajmitch4
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Blue Moon Impulse from Coors Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.