Blue Moon Impulse - Coors Brewing Company

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75
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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

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

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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.

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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.

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Blue Moon Impulse from Coors Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.