Moscow Mule | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Moscow Mule Ale is a tart and refreshing beer version of the classic cocktail. Loaded with lime zest and ginger over a kettle-soured base beer, Moscow Mule Ale tantalizes your tastebuds with tangy and effervescent flavors, finishing with a slight hint of spice from the ginger. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a Moscow Mule without the shaker or copper mug.

Added by DISKORD on 12-26-2017

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Reviews:
25
Ratings:
57
pDev:
31.23%
 
 
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Rodinmk
4.76/5  rDev +58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

was prompted to review due to such a dismal amount of folks who enjoyed this brew. If you're already not a fan of sour beers this one might not be for you. However, for us sour lovers this one is perfect. If you enjoy lime it's the best yet. Perfect amounts of g
inger heat and small notes throughout. 10%? No chance I would of guessed that. Barely tastes like 7%. Very impressed by a company that hasn't impressed me very much thus far. Good job San Diego.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.68/5  rDev +55.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Moscow Mule has a thin, off-white head, an opaque, orange appearance, and no glass lacing. Aroma is of sharp ginger & lime, over a white bread undertaste. The flavor is similar, with a good deal of sourness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Moscow Mule finishes medium dry and tart.

RJT

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Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.2/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well, this does taste like a Moscow Mule but in beer format. It's very tart, almost in the "sour" beer category. I'm not sure I'd say this is an ale. I taste a lot of ginger and lime. Very boozy too.

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Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.19/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerrat
4.13/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
4.12/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.1/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light copper color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has resounding ginger and lime hints
T-The taste follows the nose with abundant ginger and lime flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A nice ginger lime variation

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Photo of JuiceMan818
4.06/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a golden auburn color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of ginger, lime and sweet malt. Lots of ginger and lime taste with a strong, boozy finish.

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Photo of FluxComplex
3.94/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
3.79/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear bourbon color. Smell had ginger and lime in with some sour fruit. Taste was sour almost like a daqouri ,notes of ginger and lime with a boozy finish. This is a sipper that is best served in a 5oz tulip. I actually like this beer and 5oz was enough.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bringing the flavors of popular cocktails into the beer world is always a tricky proposition. But the Ballast Point brewery accepts the challenge and rolls the prominent flavors of the moscow mule into a lightly soured caramelized ale.

Aptly named Moscow Mule, the solid amber ale brings a bright clarity and a frothy, ivory cap the the bar. The citrusy scent of limes gain most attention, but the complementing scent of ginger, caramel, cola and pecan lurk closely behind. Sweet on the front of the tongue, those caramel, cola, honey and pecan malty influences set a sweet and toasty tone.

Much of the same transpires across the middle palate as the beer's malt sweetness stays the course while lightening slightly toward finish. The interplay of lime and ginger intertwine for a spicy and fruity fusion of flavor that continue to steal the flavors stage. Lightly hopped, the ale prefers to have the ginger and lime bitterness do the heavy lifting in balance as the late palate brings mild tartness and caramelized sweetness.

Medium bodied throughout, the taste trends cola and nutty heading into a slightly bitter and tart finish that concludes much more well-balanced and refreshing than it starts. A medium length afterglow of fruit and spice continues to bring what's best about the culinary art of the mixed drink to every part of the session.

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Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
3.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is big ginger, lime/fruit and a hint of seltzer water. The flavor is lime/fruit, malts, mild seltzer water and a sour/mildly sweet/ginger spice finish.

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Photo of JamesLeung
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.73/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - copper with no head or lacing

S - ginger, sweet.

T - like the aroma, sweet worth ginger dominating

F - medium body and carbonation

O - better as a drink than as a beer

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Photo of singletary
3.66/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a cooper color with a white head that leaves quickly and no lacing. The smell is ginger and more ginger, the taste is heavy on ginger but the lime does come in on the backend and this is when the tartness kicks in. The feel is medium, overall it is enjoyable even with the tart bite to it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ballast Point "Moscow Mule Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded MU 17 07:44 !PKG 19APR18" and sampled on 08JUN18
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a hazy amber colored body beneath a full head of off-white that's unfortunately already dropped. By the time I type this the head will have faded to just a collar. Yep, as expected. That's not good in my opinion and I have to wonder why... is it the ginger? There must be a lot of ginger in there because I can smell it without raising the glass to my nose. In fact, when I lift the glass to my nose it smells like ginger soda. I'm not getting anything but ginger and sugar, well, in this case, malt. I have absolutely no head at this point, and no collar, and no lacing. On to the flavor... holy Moses there's a lot of lime there. It's tart! And it's like real lime, with a lot of citric acid and not a lot of flavor - meaning I think it's real lime. Ha ha! I just noticed there's a Russian skeleton on the label... the Moscow Mule was invented by an American salesman pushing vodka, Russia had nothing to do with it. Anyway, there's a lot of ginger there as well. It's got a burn, and if the goal was to recreate a Moscow Mule they've certainly done that. It's not just a touchdown, it's more like when Forrest Gump makes the goal and then just keeps running. With that said, it's not very beer-like. I'm not getting a lot of malt flavor coming through, and forget about hops, that wouldn't have worked anyway so I doubt there's much there at all. The most malt I get is in the finish as the ginger and lime are subsiding. Overall it's not a bad drink but I don't think it fares well as a beer. It might be good in the summer on a hot day while relaxing outside but I doubt I'd drink it at any other time. So it might be worth trying if you think that it's your kind of thing but otherwise I'd suggest a pass despite the fact that it's fairly well constructed and balanced.
Review# 6,057

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squire
3.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful amber gold color with white cap.

Aroma of caramely malt with definite lime and ginger highlights.

Taste is led by citrus backed by solid caramel malt. Lime is in the forefront but not in an intrusive way, rather riding on the malt base. I'll say ginger as well but that part strikes me as more spicy than gingery along with something bordering on sweetness without really being sweet. Hops add some high notes mid palate and linger in the aftertaste.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

So what would a solid amber beer flavored with lime and ginger taste like you ask, well, it would taste like this. Solidly constructed, well balanced and flavorful in a spicy lime way that doesn't taste artificial. I'm not sure I would change this with more or less flavor additions because it's well balanced as is.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.37/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mamaraza
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Avatar113
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Moscow Mule from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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