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Blue Moon Pine In The Neck - Coors Brewing Company

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: keeganfrank on 02-07-2013)
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Photo of bmwats
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Amber hue. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head, which quickly disintegrates. Very slight lacing.

S: Pine resin, pine bark, pine cones, and pine straw. A little grapefruit and honey.

T: Very piney with some woody malt tones, and a hint of butterscotch.

M: Crisp, hoppy, and bitter. Full body. Smooth, yet bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Not much of a head, and very little lacing. Nose has a very strong piney character with some wood, citrus, and honey accentuates. Woody, pine hops prevalent, and very slight touch of something sweet. Overall, this is a good quaff.

bmwats, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of HiWire
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

HiWire, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of kustard
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

kustard, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Mavigo
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tulip. Got this from a friend who works for Millercoors.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a short off white head with small amounts of lacing.

S: Hops perdominate, pine needles, hints of mint, wheat, barley

T: Slightly mellow flavor with a massive hop kick in the face at the end. Masks the other flavors, but its pretty sweet at the start.

M: Medium bodied beer with medium carbonation. Crazy hop finish though.

O: This was pretty good, I don't like IPAs so it might be the last time I have this one, but it's not horrible, it's pretty good despite the hop overload. I'd recommend though I wouldn't have it again probably.

Mavigo, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of TrojanWheels
3/5  rDev -13.8%

TrojanWheels, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of incubuscience
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

incubuscience, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Catphish
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Catphish, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of cletusdog
1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

cletusdog, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of jbaakko
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

jbaakko, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Chugs13, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: Vons in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99 with Vons card
Purchased: June 22, 2013
Consumed: June 22, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark caramel amber color with 1-2 fingers of khaki white head. Average amount of circular and uneven lacing on the sides. Above average retention on the top on the way down.

Smelled pine, citrus hops (lime, grapefruit) and floral hops to start, ending with mild skunky resin hops. A little bit of caramel, berries and orange peel.

Tasted not quite what I thought it was going to. Got pine, lime and citrus hops to start. Light floral notes, ending with juniper berries and a lingering bitter finish. A bit off-putting, at least that last part. Reminded me a bit of the mouthwash I am using right now.

Light-to-medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Just an OK beer overall. I was disappointed and thought it would be better.

BucannonXC5, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm curious what MillerCoors is up to with their craft-like brews, and Blue Moon seems to be their vehicle. Cover all the styles, maybe lighter and sweeter, and you have the bigger market. This is surprisingly bitter, so I guess it's not all softness in Golden, Colorado.

I don't taste the juniper berries, but there is some resiny flavor along with the hoppy bitterness. It just seems there is more bitterness rather than hoppy flavors. Maybe that's were the juniper comes in. And of course they won't reveal the hop ingredients. Some biscuity malt, but quite a thin body. I just don't get much aroma out of this, either. Still, it's quite drinkable.

Considering this is the equivalent of $18 a six pack, it's pretty pricey. Think of the profit margin, even if they sell this 22 oz for $6, as I found at the supermarket. Nor would I call this a double IPA. It's interesting that if you look at the top 100 DIPAs on BeerAdvocate (by number of reviews) there are only two that have alcohol content this low.

mactrail, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of markhobbs1
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

markhobbs1, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of WizzardOfHops
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

WizzardOfHops, May 23, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

GRG1313, May 20, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Whiskeydeez, May 19, 2013
Photo of dertyd
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

dertyd, May 19, 2013
Photo of Sarmartay
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Sarmartay, May 08, 2013
Photo of logicerror
2.75/5  rDev -21%

logicerror, May 05, 2013
Photo of lsummers
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

lsummers, May 02, 2013
Photo of Braz
4.31/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Tacoma Boys.
Appearance: Beautiful clear orange amber color. Off white head that leaves a thin yet prominent cap, and nice lacing.
Smell: Outstanding. Slightly sweet smelling earthy pine.
Taste. Nice balance. Getting the juniper berries more in the aftertaste, not as heavy as I thought it may be. Fresh woodiness.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and fairly creamy.
Overall: Am always on the lookout for beer with juniper. Best I've found so far but still not quite what I am after as far as the juniper goes. Very surprised by this. Wasn't sure what I'd get with Blue Moon but this is solid in my opinion.

Braz, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

halo913, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep copper with garnet highlights and a half inch frothy cream head that dissipates somewhat quickly, lacing modest lacing.

Grapefruit, pine, orange peel, and resin form the initial aroma. There's a slight hint of onion and significant amber malt character. Tea-like hops emerge late.

Flavor reveals a powerful grapefruit note underlying a bready, heavily toasted malt backbone, which yields to resiny bitterness at the finish. Nutty notes emerge mid palate. Tropical fruit flavors of mango lime and add a little complexity. Pine surfaces in the aftertaste, along with herbal hops.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with moderate carbonation and slight astringency at the finish. Slightly warming alcohol is present.

Good amount of hop flavoring, albeit not the most complex in character. Enough malt to hold the hop character together, without being sweet, like some examples. Resiny, fairly bitter finish. Malt is a bit overly toasted, and base malt could be bigger.

barczar, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Every beer gets a chance. This cost me $6.00 at the local Von's grocery store in Los Feliz. 7.5% ABV confirmed. 650ml brown glass bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average on account of the brewery. "Ale Brewed with Juniper Berries"/"Dobule IPA Brewed with Juniper Berries." Best before September 2nd, 2013.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (~4-5 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear transparent translucent amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Uneven inconsistent lacing as the head recedes. Pretty typical of the style; I expected it to look worse. there's nothing unique or special here, but there are no overt flaws.

Sm: Piney hop character, floral hops, caramel, and biscuity malts. Not too much sweetness, but little hop character for the style. It's not particularly evocative, but it's generally appealing. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Light citrus. I guess there's light berry when I really look for it, but I wouldn't have gotten that blind. A mild strength aroma. Pleasant and inoffensive.

T: Hm. Some light piney hop notes joined by a strange berry character with some artificial sweetness. Pale, caramel, and biscuit malts comprise the simple body. Some floral hop character. Light citrus. It's painfully simple, but it's more balanced than many Imperial IPAs I've tried. The berry isn't doing much for it; I think that's mainly a gimmick. Still, it's not a bad brew. Bland and boring - yes - but not bad. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Pretty generic. Smooth, wet, sticky. Overcarbonated. Decent thickness. Not soft enough. Adequate body. Average presence on the palate. There's nothing unique or special about the execution. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense.

Dr: This one will take a lot of flack from reviewers mainly because of the brewery, but it's really not any worse or better than your run of the mill micro IPA. The price point is horrid for the low quality, but I knew that going in - and I'm willing to bet this is more consistent than most craft IPAs. I wouldn't get it again unless it was the best option at a dive bar or something, but it'll satisfy fans of the style. I foresee a lot of fun could be had with beeradvocates throwing this into a blind imperial IPA tasting. As average as they come.

Low C

kojevergas, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber colored beer it is decidedly red. Small tan colored head that doesn't last.

Smell is clearly very strong hops. Big grapefruit aroma with some wood and strong tea. Eucalyptus tree and faint caramel with a faint cinnamon scent.

Starts out malty and stoutly bitter. Good citrus fruit flavor mostly bitter orange.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not bad for the price. Not a favorite but it is affordable.

Zorro, Mar 28, 2013
Blue Moon Pine In The Neck from Coors Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.