Lunar Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
3.93/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
BBD 1/2/2009; 12 oz. courtesy beerbuddha. Great extra - thanks! First beer on brew day this past Sunday, so you know I was looking forward to this one. Into a Cab glass, because...well, why the hell not?
This bottle-conditioned deal pours a very turbid bourbon/copper/root beer-color. Head is about 2/3 finger but doesn't make a day trip out of it. Retains good carbonation and sparse lacing.
Definitely has some good wheat/yeast electricity along with mildly clammy sarsparilla sweetness. A little honey in there too? Hop presence is slightly piney and somewhat Germanic.
This reminds me of a mild dunkel, but a little more carbonated. It's interesting...the Saaz emerges more in taste as does a nice wheaty caramel, almost Munich malt profile...it's quite austere, though. Nicely constructed...not uneven at all.
With the weight of a hefeweizen yet the grain profile of a dunkel we have some smooth drinking right here. There's a sweetness on the palate but the Saaz-ish hops and carbonation keep it light with a spring in its step.
I could session this up during the summertime without fail...early spring works too. Solid stuff.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2009 01:12:38 | More by IBUnit63
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3.33/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Appearance: Deep mahogany, before a strong light, there are ruby highlights and crystal clarity. The head is small, off-white and retains moderately well. Thin, glass-coating lace adorns the glass walls.
Aroma: Strong, fresh baked bread aroma dominates the aroma. Dark caramel notes are also present., as well as a subtle cocoa note.
Taste: Wheat malt is fairly strong at the open, I was hopeful of finding fruity esters, particularly banana, but these seem to be absent. Pleasant dark bread notes carry the taste from start to finish, although there is little else. There is a faint blush of herbal hops at the close.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, rather pleasant.
Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, not outstanding, but not bad, either.
Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2013 00:30:06 | More by Pegasus
Lunar Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.