Blue Moon Pine In The Neck - Coors Brewing Company
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3.3/5 rDev -5.2%
Despite the name, this is a double IPA brewed with juniper berries. Since I'm brewing a juniper heavy red right now, I thought it would be interesting. And Short Straw Farmhouse Ale was an incredible deal from a major brewer.
Anyway, pours very clear, with a red / yellow hue. Actually pretty beautiful, with wonderful lacing. Frankly I'm surprised. Nose is next to non-existent, oddly, it smells like beer. Like, what any wort smells halfway through a clean fermenting yeast process. Kinda let down with the color as nice as it is.
Taste is hardly a double IPA. This would be an IPA or pale from many other breweries. I realize that, yes, it's Blue Moon, but still. It has a wonderfully light presence, with lingering hops and juniper. Hops are somewhat...generic? Not bad, bitter, but not truly standing out as earth vs citrus or tropical vs pine or such. It's just got bitterness. The juniper does stand out, however, and it is a delightful mix that helps make the concoction go down smooth. If there is astringency in juniper it isn't here, and it's a wonderfully refreshing drink.
I can fault Blue Moon for making a beer that is in no way true to style. But they made a beer worth drinking, and that at six bucks is a great way to introduce people to a bit more experimental brews. I like it.
10-06-2013 20:15:54 | More by VincentFrey
3.4/5 rDev -2.3%
22 oz. bottle, with best by date of January 27. 2014 printed on the bottleneck. Another new invention from Blue Moon / Coors, part of the Blue Moon "graffiti collection", ooohh boy. I don't know why I keep bothering with these beers, or why I wanted to try this so bad, but I hope these beers turn out to be better than the "Vintage ale collection" was. Expectations are pretty low, but I'm going in unbiased.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.
A - Aggressive pour yields about three fingers of fluffy khaki head on top of a coppery burnt orange colored body with decent clarity and some bubbles floating topside. Head has some pretty decent staying power for the high abv, and there are some nice thin sheets of lace. Looks alright, for what it is.
S - First thing that came to mind was dish soap or bathroom stall soap, then some oily pine resins, and a bit of toasted bready malt base. Doesn't exactly smell like much.
T - Taste is a bit better than the smell, but this still isn't exactly what I would expect of a DIPA. Still, for Blue Moon this isn't bad. Thin oily pine resins, grapefruit rind, hop bitterness, green apples, some graininess, dry bready malt, and some coiny metallics. There is still something artificially fruity about this beer that has me scratching my head in wonder, though.
M - Goes down smooth clean and watery, with the typical ideal carbonation. Nice for 7.50% abv. Ends resinous, bitter, and dry.
Overall, this is definitely a step in the right direction for the big boys over at Coors, but it still doesn't taste entirely authentic or perfected. By far one of the best legitimate craft beer offerings from a big time macrobrewery, though. I must admit, it about lived up to my expectations, and I would recommend it for what it is.
Blue Moon Pine In The Neck ---3.5/5
10-05-2013 23:31:57 | More by mfnmbvp
2.68/5 rDev -23%
A: Pours a solid looking clear copper color with a dense and foamy cream colored head. Good retention.
S: A bit of a spiced aroma with some pine, citrus rind and something soap like in the back. I get a lot of sweet yeast hanging around here that reminds me a lot of actual Blue Moon.
T: A touch of pine at first that fades into a slightly floral hop bitterness. Finish brings an overpowering malt sweetness that really kills this thing. It shows up with some pine resin, but absolutely mauls the pine resin. Mouthfeel is thin while somehow also feeling sticky and sweet. Coats the mouth after each sip way more than something with this weak of a mouthfeel should. Makes me wonder what's actually in here... Overall, not a horrible brew, but definitely gets killed by the sweetness.
10-01-2013 02:11:36 | More by notchucknorris
3.59/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
09-01-2013 03:47:14 | More by bmwats
3.4/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
08-07-2013 00:06:25 | More by Mavigo
Blue Moon Pine In The Neck from Coors Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.