Moonshadow | Willoughby Brewing

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Willoughby Brewing
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHed on 03-01-2011

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a "pint" on tap at the brewery.

It pours clear and orange-amber with a big head, which leaves some lace on the glass as I drink.

It's got an assertive hop aroma with some sweet malt underlying it. There's a hint of unpleasantness that I think is coming from the hops (sort of "cat piss"). It's not big, I didn't notice it until I really sniffed to write this review.

The flavor is solidly bitter, backed up with malt but not sweet. There's great hop flavor, too.

Medium bodied, not too full and fizzy it drinks easily. Although it is 7.5%, I don't taste the alcohol.

I'm liking it, it is quite drinkable, marred only slightly by the weirdness in the aroma.

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3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Winter Warmer Festival. Enjoyed several samples of this.

After the Hop Jam and Peanut Butter Porter, I had to head back to Willoughby for one more of their beers. This was recommended by Rick as the latest beer they’re trying to make a flagship IPA. I liked this, certainly much more than any Willoughby IPA of years past, but I also think there are little areas for improvement.

Moonshadow is a hazy, cloudy yellowish gold color around the edges, with a brownish orange core. The beer has a white head and nice lace. The color is a bit dull looking, but the head and lace are excellent. Split the difference and call it a ‘4’.

The smell is also pretty good overall, best characterized as full of citrus hops, a touch of pine and perhaps some mint as well. There’s a pleasant smell, but I’d like just a bit more personality and pizazz. That said, this is enjoyable and my mouth is officially watering.
The taste starts off with the same qualities – citrus (grapefruit and orange pith), but adds a flowery element. I get more layers of pineapple, powdered sugar and flowers. There’s even a touch of tea leaf. Nice overall balance, not too ruinously bitter, with a sweet malt balance and no noticeable booze burn.

The beer was a touch on the creamy side. The medium body had lower carbonation – a bit of sparkle would help – but still this beer had a mouthfeel that was better than average. Not a bad beer at all – a touch more English leaning than my beloved West Coast style, but good nonetheless. Looking forward to making a trip to Willoughby soon for more!

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3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the brewpub

A- Poured a dark orange color with a one finger frothy head

S- Not a very strong aroma, but I got some nice grapefruit and orange citrus notes

T- Big grapefruit notes, grapefruit is the dominant taste, also orange peel, some pine, and some maltiness. There was a unique taste towards the finish almost seltzer like and slightly minty.

M- Nice and creamy with some prickly carbonation

O- A good IPA with a nice creamy mouthfeel and a big dominant grapefruit taste that I liked. This beer has an assertive bitterness, but also some nice sweetness to balance it out.

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Moonshadow from Willoughby Brewing
4.01 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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