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Misspent Youth - Moonlight Brewing Company

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Misspent Youth
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very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mjl21 on 01-31-2010)
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

illidurit, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of JRod1969
3/5  rDev -19.8%

JRod1969, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark golden/amber with a creamy rocky white head. Good lace.

S: Grapefruit, cedar, also a bit of a detergent play which was interesting.

T: Reminded me of a lot of Bombay by Boat. Hop profile is of wet leaves, earth, soil and pine. The more floral and citrus notes comes out as it warms. Just all right for me.

M: Good medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very long aftertaste for a pale ale, I could still taste it 30 minutes later.

D: This is an OK pale, not the hop character I like though.

Halcyondays, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: The pour is amber in color with a finger's worth of off-white head and some scarce lacing.

S: A decent citrus note to the beer, but the hop character is more toward the floral side. Lots of bready malts and a decent amount of spicy and earthy notes.

T: Lots earthy and floral hops up front, but the hop flavor dies away pretty quickly. Bready malts with a bit of metal, and maybe even some skunk. This is really bitter for a pale ale, and it sort of overwhelms the rest of the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not one of the better Moonlight beers. Too bitter without much good hop flavor.

womencantsail, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of kiya
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this on tap as one of the guest beers at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City.

Pours a orange gold color with minimal head.
Amazing color, especially in the sunlight..
The nose a bit off on this, the flavors that do come through are apricots and a bit of a mustiness. The combination of the two tells me there's some interesting flavors at work here.

Upon the first sip i'm assaulted with a dry hit that dissipates to a strong bitterness, i wait for the hops, they don't come. I like it, it's just a bit jarring to expect a sort of sweetness or hop finish and not find it.

I feel like this beer lost it's way somewhere, it started well but finished half-way. I was sort of expecting more from the guys behind Death & Taxes, a mainstay of all decent bars in the Bay Area.

kiya, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of nataku00
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

nataku00, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. I've heard that this beer contains second use fresh hops; they were first used in 2010 Homegrown for dry hopping, and then later used in this beer for bittering.

Copper colored with a little haziness, this is pretty dark for a pale ale. The head is dense and lasting.

The nose is a mix of resiny, earthy, leafy hops and caramelized malt. It's not a terribly bold aroma, but it's clean and fairly enjoyable.

This is one extremely bitter pale ale, it tastes like the wort was boiled for an unusually long period of time. The malt backbone is very caramelized, though I can pick up little sweetness beyond the abrasive bitterness. There's plenty of hop flavor, too; leafy and herbal, earthy, resiny, fairly British in character though far more bitter than anything the Brits would make.

This is a tough one to rate. It goes down easily enough, I enjoyed my pint and it's very clean, but it's not constructed in a way that appeals to me much.

largadeer, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of avaldivia
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

avaldivia, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Pi Bar.

A: No head not lace. Lightly hazy hay-gold.

S: Huge, raw, pale malt. Biscuit yeast.

T: large and refreshing with a shockingly bracing hop profile -- grapefruit peel, grassy herbalness, fleeting bitterness.

M: Robust and pleasant.

O: An enjoyable, but not exceptional, APA. Would drink again.

AgentMunky, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of roodie
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at The Trappist in Oakland, CA, transcribed from notes. My 20th review!

A: pours a orange/brown, with 2 fingers of beautiful head that retained for a long time. Considerable lacing on the glass as I enjoyed it slowly.

S: very hoppy, no real malt on the nose. Piney and hints of pineapple/mango/citrus. Opens up the sinuses!

T: initially the piney/citrus taste hits your tongue, but an intense bitterness dominates the flavor. Nevertheless, it is pleasant.

M: the bitterness lingers, the beer itself is very refreshing and smooth to drink, the ample carbonation and bitterness also adds a spicy quality to the beer.

O: a very good brew, sessionable, would love a growler of it in my fridge!

roodie, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bobby G's pizzeria in Berkeley, CA; reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a pale but rich copper-amber color, slightly hazy, with a finger of fluffy white head. Good lacing.

S: Grassy, bitter hops are most prevalent here, with a smattering of citrus hop flavors (grapefruit, orange, a little pineapple) adding sweetness and depth. Not much malt presence, but the sweet fruit flavors provide some balance.

T: Hop-forward once again, with the same kind of balance distribution as in the smell– heavily skewed towards bitterness, which I was fine with. Floral flavors come in on the finish. The first sip of this with a clear palate was really amazing, but I think as bitterness accumulated it became more difficult to fully appreciate the complexity.

M: Medium-bodied, with high carbonation lending a creaminess that slowed down my drinking of it a bit. Long, dry finish.

O: I had two glasses of this and although near the end I wasn't enjoying it quite as much, I still highly recommend picking it up if you see it (just as you should for any Moonlight beer).

AwYeh, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

flayedandskinned, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

wethorseblanket, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

thewimperoo, May 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Proclarush, May 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

sbangs, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of drummstikk
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moonlight can make even an American Pale Ale a unique treat. Misspent Youth has the requisite APA elements -- light caramel malt and American hop aroma -- but combines them in a way you've never had before.

Light golden amber pour with an average coupla centimeter head. First sniff is an exceptionally balanced portfolio of hops. American citrus hops are prominent, but never astringent. Hops resins are detectable, but only as part of a bowl of light flowers and fruits. The malt essentially gets out of the way, providing a lighter-side-of-medium body with a little caramel sweetness to act as a backbone for the bouquet. Bitterness is in check -- just enough to get you ready for the next sip.

A decent vehicle for Brian Hunt's hop-arranging skills.

drummstikk, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +7%

rob133, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach, CA) on 3/20/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper, with a thin covering of bright-white head. This retains pretty well, throwing some light spotty lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and citric in the nose, with a solid backing of toasted sweetness. Nice evenness present here between the hops and malt.

The taste is VERY aggressive with the hops. Spice, pine, and bitter fruit just rock the palate up front, with the bready sweetness of the pale malts barely keeping things in check. There's an intense finish on this as well, with tons of lingering dryness and bitterness hanging back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with sharpness to the carbonation which matches that hop profile. There is also an oily slickness to the body which helps add some smoothness to the feel but overall, this is mostly crisp and sharp in the mouth.

Wow, calling this an APA is an understatement, as this brought more American hop attitude than a lot of IPAs that I've had. While I enjoyed it's aggressiveness for the most part, the extreme bitterness of this was starting to get a little fatiguing by the time that I got to the bottom of the glass. Luckily this remained crisp and quaffable enough to ensure that it didn't happen sooner. Hop heads should love this one.

Kegatron, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Billco's Billiard Parlor today.

The beer pours a peachy orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise fairly attractive, consisting of dry orange rind, grapefruit, light sweet malt and a hint of grain. The nose replicates the nose pretty closely in this dry, hoppy pale ale. The hoppy bitterness really bites in the finish with this beer, though the sweet malt still holds its own pretty well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, very hoppy/bitter finish. Drinkability is OK, and you can tell the alcohol is pretty low in this dry style pale ale.

While I'm not sure I would call this pale ale outstanding, it still delivered plenty of flavor on a dry, hoppy frame. Not bad...

John_M, Feb 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

nygannon, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

wsucoug96, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Whole Foods Santa Rosa. Served in taster pint.

A - Transparent golden body, with a finger of white foam that settles to a thin collar and splotchy lacework.

S - Icing sugar malt backbone, heavy citrus, some herbs and dank, slightly cheesy in character. Somewhat understated, but quite pleasant on the whole.

T - A mix of sugary malts, orange peels, herbs, and moderate hop bitterness that grows over time. Deceptive, just like Bombay by Boat.

M - Pleasant active carbonation, medium body, resinous and juicy. No alcohol, although I didn't expect any in a 5.4% pale ale.

D - It's a solid, enjoyable pale ale with a nice bitter kick to it. I found it easy to drink and would gladly order it again in the future.

MasterSki, Feb 21, 2012
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Misspent Youth from Moonlight Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.