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Misspent Youth - Moonlight Brewing Company

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Misspent Youth
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85
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:
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(Beer added by: mjl21 on 01-31-2010)
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Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +7%

This is a typically very good and interesting beer from Moonlight which I had, like most Moonlight beers, on tap at Flavor in downtown SR.

Bright gold, it has a big white head lasting for a logn time and leaving lots of lace.

Aroma is light but very nice, bright, aromatic grain, pepper, citrus (Bergamot mostly and some lemon).

Taste has the aroma's elements, with balanced spicy-peppery-grassy- citrusy bitterness balanced with light, bready sweetness. It's bright, zesty, and juicy.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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).

Photo of JRod1969
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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!

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...

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.

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Misspent Youth from Moonlight Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.