Vulcan Ale - Harvest Moon Brewery
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Reviews by biboergosum:
3.73/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
05-19-2013 02:44:26 | More by biboergosum
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.29/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
10-28-2013 02:01:11 | More by Rutager
3.31/5 rDev -2.1%
A: Amber red, filtered, little carbonation, 4 fingers of slight beige white head. Nice lacing, head fades relatively fast to a finger.
S: Ripe pineapple, toasted malts, caramel, candy apple.
T: Ripe honeydew melon, sweet, some pineapple, toast, medium dark roasted malts, long dull bitterness. Apples.
M: Medium slightly syrupy but smooth body, little carbonation.
O: Certainly different. Pineapple juice meets amber beer. A bit sweet for my liking. Good and different.
05-10-2014 00:38:54 | More by patre_tim
3.21/5 rDev -5%
500ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $3 or so
Appearance - Copper colour with a small size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Hops, malts, breads/grains
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and faint grapefruit. There is also some dry hops, a hint of chocolate, and a graininess.
Overall - An okay beer, comes across as a little watery at times. Kind of a mixed bag of flavours, so something for everyone I guess. Not something I'd buy again.
06-17-2014 00:10:24 | More by spinrsx
3.39/5 rDev +0.3%
473 mL can from the LCBO served slightly chilled; no freshness info. An Irish Red Ale would not have been my first guess as the Vulcan libation of choice, but it definitely sounds more appealing than that crappy lager with the blue food colouring that the Romulans have been passing off as beer.
This ale pours a ruddy, ruby-amber colour, topped with two fingers of fluffy, off-white head that recedes at a steady pace over the next period of minutes. A dense, lumpy cap and collar are the eventual result, alongside some messy lacing. It definitely looks the part, but the aroma is not really what I expect from this style. Candied orange, lemon, caramel sweetness and some bready malts come through, with a note of pineapple as well (which is far more noticeable off the can than the glass). Fascinating.
A little less fruity than the aroma let on, with the malt backbone boldly going where I wasn't really expecting it to. Slightly bready, with caramel, roasted malts and toasted nuts coming through prominently. Notes of red apple and berries are next, with the hop bill providing an adequately enjoyable blend of earthy, leafy, and grassy bitterness that rounds out the profile. An earthy, almost dirty aftertaste with some lingering bitterness and toasted grain sweetness. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel on the palate. While it would be illogical to call this a bad beer, it would seem overly exuberant to claim the opposite.
Final Grade: 3.39, a B-. As soon as I spotted this can on the shelves, my internal sensors detected a strong probability that Vulcan Ale was nothing more than a cash grab aimed at fans of the long-running franchise. Given the fact that there are several other 'Vulcan Ales' being contract brewed elsewhere, I can't really doubt my initial gut instinct, but this particular edition is at least a serviceable red ale with a nice hop twist. I wouldn't buy it again at this price point (3.40 per can), but there's nothing wrong with the beer itself so I'd certainly say it's worth at least one try whether you're a Trek nerd or not.
06-25-2014 02:34:10 | More by thehyperduck
3.74/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
04-15-2014 03:13:19 | More by DenisKolkin
3.7/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
05-27-2013 03:11:36 | More by leaddog
3.48/5 rDev +3%
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!!
06-11-2013 06:15:58 | More by wordemupg
3.46/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
04-16-2014 23:45:59 | More by mick303
Vulcan Ale from Harvest Moon Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.