Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,992 | Reviews: 822 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
3.44/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
355ml bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA.
Pours a really quite red colour, deep ruby, especially when held to the light. Clarity is good, and the head is solid: it started out pouring quite frothy and loose, but settles down to a solid, almost creamy persistence. Beige in colour. Lacing is full and strong. The body is fluid, but looks pretty solid. Overall, it's a pretty decent looking brew.
Nose is malty, sweet with a nutty grain character giving it some structure. There's a brightness from the hops too: although they say "spice", I get more of a lemony tone which just sets off the malt characters nicely. Again, solid stuff.
Taste is not as big as it could have been, but it has some pleasant nuttiness, some crisp, delicate grain character and a clean, slightly soapy finish from the hops. In fact, the hops are stronger than I want them to be: the sweetness shown on the nose doesn't really come through, and what promised to be a solid malt-driven beer ends up being a little piercing and a little flat.
Feel is also a little weak. Thin, and surprisingly dry.
Overall, this promised more than it delivers. I like the aroma, and I like how it looks, but when it comes down to it, it's a little bit distracted and rather pedestrian. It would be fine to drink without thinking about it, but it doesn't really stand up on its own under scrutiny.
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2013 02:29:18 | More by lacqueredmouse
More User Reviews:
2.8/5 rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Date on the bottle of 5/22/14. It doesn't specify whether that is a 'bottled on' or 'enjoy by' date.
Appearance: Nice pour which resulted in a semi-transparent caramel brown/amber body and thin off-white head.
Aroma: Sweet caramel and toasty malt. A hint of black cherries.
Taste: Less sweet than the aroma and in many ways not as exciting. Amber malt without the caramel flavor and, unfortunately, some metallic off-flavors. When I purchased the bottle it was laying on its side with many bottles in a large metal basin. I expect oxidation and contact with the inside of the bottle cap are culprits in the off-flavors. So not the fault of the brewery but in fact the fault of poor handling by employees who should know better than to put beer in any orientation besides upright. Okay, getting back to the flavor now. There is still a bit of hop presence, in the form of some bitterness during the finish that follows through to linger in the aftertaste. The big disappointment here, apart from the off-flavors, is the lack of malt presence. I expect more toasty malt presence, similar to what was in the aroma, when drinking a brown ale. Since malt flavor does not, in my experience, fade with time I wonder why it is so lacking. At 5.% ABV there is definite room for some great flavor.
Mouthfeel: Between medium and thin in body. Nearly tepid until the finish when there is a huge burst of effervescence. Definitely not among the best of them in this department.
Final Thoughts: All off-flavors aside, this is just an okay beer at best. I brewed a clone of this beer a few years ago and even that was better than this is, and it takes a lot for my home-brews to impress me. Not labeling a date as either 'bottled on' or 'enjoy by' is a cardinal sin in my book. Although, due to the lack of malt flavor I suspect it wouldn't make a difference how fresh this beer is. However, as always I would give this beer another chance. Would I drink it again? Yes, if the head brewer handed me a pint.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 19:37:17 | More by JamesMN
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,992 ratings.