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Vulcan Ale - Harvest Moon Brewery

Vulcan AleVulcan Ale

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80
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14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 7.56%


Brewed by:
Harvest Moon Brewery visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: biboergosum on 05-19-2013)
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle. This is the 3rd incarnation of a 'Vulcan Ale' brewed for the tourist-trap town of Vulcan, Alberta, by the same number of different satellite breweries, and yet they still can't get the grammar on the label (Mild-Melding Good) right. The beer in front of me exists ostensibly to help celebrate said community's centennial, and seems to be promoted by something called 'Pluto's Moon Beer Company'.

This beer pours a (sadly not bright mouthwash blue) sort of hazy medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of densely foamy, somewhat bubbly pale beige head, which leaves a few instances of rocky planet cliff lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, sharply biscuity, and a tad buttery pale malt, softly underripe apple, subtly spicy black pepper, and subdued leafy, grassy hops. The taste is a fair bit sweeter, the malt gaining some caramelized toffee character on top of the stoic biscuit essence, blended stone fruit providing a nice bittersweet offset, as the earthy hops take a sullen backseat to it all.

The bubbles are a wee bit frothy at first, and generally tame thereafter, the body an adequate medium weight, with a nod here and there towards generic smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the diacetyl-striped malt not really getting much support from either fruit or hop.

An equitably drinkable Irish red ale, the multi-talented malt the star here, with enough drying qualities to keep this Star Trek heretic on board. It is nice to see that as this 'series' progresses, Delancey is partnering with more interesting breweries along the way, though I will keep a special place in my heart for that first bright blue ale from Paddock Wood.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 02:44:26 | More by biboergosum
More User Reviews:
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from LCBO. Poured into a pint glass, colour is coppery red, clear with lots of visible carbonation. Good creamy head of tan dense foam.

S - red apple, and bready malt, caramel, some brown sugar and fermentation yeast. Fairly muted and malt heavy.

T - sweet caramel malts, toasty, some nuttiness, then fruitiness and earthy hops. Bitterness is fairly restrained. Ends with a bready finish. It is dominated by a malt forward and drying body without to many other aspects, by the end it is like chewing on a dry mouthful of bread with some nondescript earthy hops.

M - moderate body with a fairly aggressive carbonation, drying and a bit metallic. A bit heavy. with some strong dryness to the finish.

It is decent, and forward but just not very tasty and enjoyable. A good red ale, with some yeasty character but just not really elevated to that next level. Profile does develop a bit, and all round its not bad just a bit of a letdown, could use more balancing hop character.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 23:45:59 | More by mick303
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

04-16-2014 03:33:46 | More by yancot
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can purchased from LCBO for $3.40 CDN. Hadn't seen this before and there was Star Trek artwork, and Vulcan Ale sounded pretty cool. Figured I'd at least give it a shot.

Appearance - Served well chilled, a moderate pour yielded 2 fingers of dense off-white foam that receded back to one quickly then took it's time from there. Beer is hazy dark red, auburn , brown color depending on the light. Some bubbles rise to the top of the glass.

Smell - Moderatly malty, with a faint whiff of caramel and there's some citrusy notes hidden in the background. Citrusy seems to be a bit of lemon / lime mixture in that there's an earthy quality that also resonates in the instance of pine aromas. However the sweetness and general malty bill lead the charge.

Taste - Interesting blend of sweetness, subdued malts that then turn a bit bitter towards the finally. The tropical citrus comes through briefly in the form of pineapple, however, it doesn't linger. A sweeter beer than expected, the bitterness I had hoped for doesn't quite shine through although this does leave Vulcan Ale with a different taste.

Mouthfeel - The feel is very soft with light carbonation and mouthfeel. It sort of works but at the same time would prefer something a little more lively.

Overall - Actually pleasantly surprised by this, would consider picking up more of this if the host wasn't too prohibitive, but alas, the beer doesn't quite reach the stratosphere. Still would purchase again, if I had an inkling for it, or was planning on watching some Star Trek to keep in spirit with the movies.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 03:13:19 | More by DenisKolkin
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

04-06-2014 21:34:14 | More by ThinkAgain
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

03-29-2014 01:12:47 | More by liamt07
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-24-2014 15:28:04 | More by KStark
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not expecting much here, but how the hell can a sci-fi fan pass up a beer like this?

Appearance. Pours deep amber with some haze. Topped with over a finger of thick pale khaki head. Actually looks pretty Vulcan decent!

Smell. Some caramel and toffee with a good amount of bready yeast. Very light herbal hops and a touch of molasses. Not all that Vulcan great...

Taste. Sweet caramel malts, a touch of berries and light fruits, a bit grainy malt and maybe a touch of grassy hops in the finish. Again, not Vulcan spectacular.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation. Not too Vulcan bad in this department.

Overall. Not terrible but not all that Vulcan exciting either (even for the often boring style ...imo anyways). Still glad I bought it though. I'm a sucker for appealing niche marketing.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 02:01:11 | More by Rutager
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

10-13-2013 00:54:25 | More by Sammy
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Tom_Servo

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

09-02-2013 05:18:10 | More by Tom_Servo
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ihmurria

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

08-03-2013 02:09:57 | More by ihmurria
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 10/6/13

A hazy orange amber with enough clarity to see a few bubbles feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves some random lace

S caramel, bread, leafy herbal notes and some ketchup of all things

T no ketchup thankfully, slightly nutty with some floral hops, earthy and leafy hops are a slight improvement over the nose

M medium bodied and slightly creamy from the bubbles at first and then foams up just a little, leafy finish lingers faintly

O nothing special but nothing to be ashamed of either, we all know I bought this one for the label alone and I don't even like Star Trek

Do you remember the episode when Spock had to fight Kirk to the death with the epic music? Well I don't, my parents were still children back then you nerd!!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 06:15:58 | More by wordemupg
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a copper/amber colour with a finger width of bubbly beige head.

Smell - Bready caramalts, apple, grains, touch of grassy hops and dark fruits.

Taste - Sweet bready malts with dark fruit, grassy hops, and toasted grains.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad sticky.

Overall - An agreeable Irish Red by Harvest Moon. Flavours are kept simple, not complex by any means, but an enjoyable way to celebrate the centennial celebrations of Vulcan.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 03:11:36 | More by leaddog
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9%

05-19-2013 21:32:43 | More by schnarr84
Vulcan Ale from Harvest Moon Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.