Sugar Moon Maple Ale | Garrison Brewing Company

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Sugar Moon Maple AleSugar Moon Maple Ale

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Truly Canadian Ale brewed with Nova Scotia maple syrup from "Sugar Moon Farms" ( The term was originally coined by Native Americans for the sugaring season, and this is definitely a brew to be enjoyed under a cold sugar moon!

21 IBU

Added by Seanstoppable on 04-13-2009

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Photo of Mousel
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
4.49/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery

Creamy tan head over a deep copper body.
Wonderful aroma with hints of maple, toffee and vanilla.
The flavor is even better, with a clearer maple component and some nice roasted nuts.

Overall: Excellent, all natural, maple flavored ale. Best maple ale I've had.

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3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, ruby body with a slight bit of pearly white head. The scent is very sweet with maple and brown sugar, and a bit of maltiness. The taste brings up malt and some slight maple sweetness, but it's hidden in a smooth way. Awesome maple beer, can't say I'd go for many more though.

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3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PorterPro125
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 650 mL Bottle

A- Pours a dark, Maple Syrup Amber colour. A thin cap of fizzy white head tapers off swiftly. No lacing.

S- Distinct smells of Maple. Maple syrup and primarily, maple candy. The aroma reminds me of my childhood when I visited a "Sugar Shack" where they made Maple Syrup. A little bit of biscuity malt comes through but mostly maple.

T- Again, the distinct flavour of maple candy. Biscuity malt also makes another appearance along with a slight bitterness to round out the sweetness.

M- Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Seems to work fine here.

O- I haven't had too many Maple beers but this one is by far the best. Excellent Maple flavour and a hop presence that doesn't mess with the flavour. Delicious indeed.

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Photo of cam477
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrempel
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.07/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Kremlock
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Ruby in colour with hues of red. Pours a 1/4 inch head that quickly collapses to a thin film. Clear with no particles.

S: Holy maple. There are hints of maltyness, bread and lots of maple. Sort of pancakes or french toast.

T: A lot more malt character coming through. Bread/biscuit, grain, caramel and of course some lighter maple then in the smell. Some bitterness balances well the sweet flavours of the beer.

M: Well carbonated, clean palate. Not too sweet that it stays in the back. Clean dry finish.

O: Highly impressed with this beer as there is a great deal of balance with the grain, bitterness and sweetness. Not what you'd expect with the word "maple" in it.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried a sampled at Calgary Beerfest, everyone really liked it, so had to track down a bottle.
Pours a nice, shiny brown color with a tan colored head. Foam is thick and dense, shrinks down to a short floating cap, chunky lace.
The smell is what catches you right off the top, sweet, fresh maple syrup. No other aromas really coming through, but the maple is great.
Taste has more of the sweet maple syrup. At first you might expect it to be overly sweet, but there is very nice balance between the malt base, hop bitterness, and the sugar sweetness.
There is a complex layer of flavors, especially when it starts to warm up. Maple, brown sugar, caramel. Sweet to start, hop bitterness at the end balance everything out.
The body is on the lighter side, which helps it from becoming too sticky or cloying. Carbonation level works for the beer/style.
Would make a good after dinner drink, or with a dessert. A good one for friends who don't like "beer" and whose only experience is with main streem lagers.

This stays on my list of beers to look out for, buy it when you see it.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a large foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light maple syrup with a nice medium caramel malt base. Taste is a nice enough mix between some maple notes with balanced sweetness and a standard caramel malt backbone. Body is about average with OK carbonation. Nothing necessarily special about this one but still better then most maple based beers out there.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours with a syrupy tan colored head that is dense, but not super thick....settles to a bubbling yet puffy looking film. The color of the brew is a clear bronze, with reddish hues. The carbonation appears to be fine, with lots of small columns rising to the top. Lacing is pretty much non existent unfortunately....still a better than average looking beer.

S- Fresh maple syrup, and lots of it. It literally smells like how maple syrup smells after soaking into warm pancakes. I'm guessing that there is some malt aroma mixed in here and perhaps some hops but it's really hard to detect....perfect aroma for what Garrison is going for here!

T- More of the same here, but more balanced and more complex. There are flavors of maple, of course, but also malt, brown sugar, and caramel/toffee. It's sweet, but then towards the finish, bittering hops completely balance out the flavors, with a 360 degree spin, similar to an american amber ale, imo. Great flavors and great changes in flavors too!

M- The body is maybe a little lighter than I'd like it to be considering the richness of the beer itself. Carbonation is fine, just how it should be I think, as the character of the brew really doesn't need to work hard to make itself known on the palate.

D- Really great dessert beer, and I could handle probably a couple of bottles/pints before being saturated with satisfaction. On it's own, without food, one bottle would suffice...I really like what the brewery has done here and look forward to getting more of this before it's gone and have to wait another year.

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Sugar Moon Maple Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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