Blue Moon Pine In The Neck | Coors Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
coors.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by keeganfrank on 02-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
138
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
16.76%
 
 
Wants:
7
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21
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

on tap at ignite. a juniper infused pale in my opinion, a shortfall as an ipa in many regards. the nose here is the best part, its spruce and pine pitch, really nice, really up front, but the hops never show up in the taste, especially in the finish, where they are needed to back it up. the beer is a clear copper color with a nice fluffy white head with fine retention. the flavor for me lacks the hops to fit the style, but the beer i like quite a lot as it is. i think some of these limited blue moon beers are better than they get credit for being. juniper is a cool ingredient, not easy to use subtly, and i think this does that well. its also sneaky strong, which i dig, but the hops need to be ramped up substantially to make this what it claims to be. good beer though, first new thing i have had from the blue moon line in awhile and i think they have evolved pretty well. this never would have flown ten years ago...

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Every beer gets a chance. This cost me $6.00 at the local Von's grocery store in Los Feliz. 7.5% ABV confirmed. 650ml brown glass bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average on account of the brewery. "Ale Brewed with Juniper Berries"/"Dobule IPA Brewed with Juniper Berries." Best before September 2nd, 2013.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (~4-5 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear transparent translucent amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Uneven inconsistent lacing as the head recedes. Pretty typical of the style; I expected it to look worse. there's nothing unique or special here, but there are no overt flaws.

Sm: Piney hop character, floral hops, caramel, and biscuity malts. Not too much sweetness, but little hop character for the style. It's not particularly evocative, but it's generally appealing. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Light citrus. I guess there's light berry when I really look for it, but I wouldn't have gotten that blind. A mild strength aroma. Pleasant and inoffensive.

T: Hm. Some light piney hop notes joined by a strange berry character with some artificial sweetness. Pale, caramel, and biscuit malts comprise the simple body. Some floral hop character. Light citrus. It's painfully simple, but it's more balanced than many Imperial IPAs I've tried. The berry isn't doing much for it; I think that's mainly a gimmick. Still, it's not a bad brew. Bland and boring - yes - but not bad. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Pretty generic. Smooth, wet, sticky. Overcarbonated. Decent thickness. Not soft enough. Adequate body. Average presence on the palate. There's nothing unique or special about the execution. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense.

Dr: This one will take a lot of flack from reviewers mainly because of the brewery, but it's really not any worse or better than your run of the mill micro IPA. The price point is horrid for the low quality, but I knew that going in - and I'm willing to bet this is more consistent than most craft IPAs. I wouldn't get it again unless it was the best option at a dive bar or something, but it'll satisfy fans of the style. I foresee a lot of fun could be had with beeradvocates throwing this into a blind imperial IPA tasting. As average as they come.

Low C

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm curious what MillerCoors is up to with their craft-like brews, and Blue Moon seems to be their vehicle. Cover all the styles, maybe lighter and sweeter, and you have the bigger market. This is surprisingly bitter, so I guess it's not all softness in Golden, Colorado.

I don't taste the juniper berries, but there is some resiny flavor along with the hoppy bitterness. It just seems there is more bitterness rather than hoppy flavors. Maybe that's were the juniper comes in. And of course they won't reveal the hop ingredients. Some biscuity malt, but quite a thin body. I just don't get much aroma out of this, either. Still, it's quite drinkable.

Considering this is the equivalent of $18 a six pack, it's pretty pricey. Think of the profit margin, even if they sell this 22 oz for $6, as I found at the supermarket. Nor would I call this a double IPA. It's interesting that if you look at the top 100 DIPAs on BeerAdvocate (by number of reviews) there are only two that have alcohol content this low.

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Photo of russpowell
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBD of 03-31-14

Pours an effervescent copper with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention with alright lacing

S: Pears & faint medicinal notes, some brown sugar as well.

T: Pineyness & leafy, plus peppery hops up front. Some medicinal notes & pears as this warms, leafy hops as well. Finishes fruity with muted leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation, okay balance

Drinks okay, but not in love with the hops being used. One & done. Not sure I buy any more of this series, not very interesting

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Pours a very nice dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, with a very nice thick one-finger plus creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. This is where the DIPA stops. The nose is malty sweet, but no hints of hops, pine, or citrus. The taste basically follows the nose, but drinkable. Medium body, with some bitterness in the finish. Overall a very bad brew following the style. This does not even give the masses what a DIPA could even be like.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazed orange color with a white soapy head and lace. Aroma is brightly hoppy, piney, citrusy and herbal. In the taste, pine and herb upfront. Mild bitterness, minimal alcohol. There's a bit of an herbal, gin like finish from the juniper. The beer is front heavy, and a bit thin. Overall, a step in the right direction.

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3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle stamped on the neck with MAR3114-C210011342. Sampled on November 20, 2013.

It begins with a deep mahogany brown pour with a modest off-white head that erupts at the very end but eventually settles down.

The nose is vibrant with pine trees in a forest and juniper berries. Bready malts too.

The body is medium and quite smooth.

The flavor has a juicy juniper start with a mildly bitter pine and floral finish. Although it is only 7.5% ABV any alcohol is well hidden. Don't write this one off entirely.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber colored beer it is decidedly red. Small tan colored head that doesn't last.

Smell is clearly very strong hops. Big grapefruit aroma with some wood and strong tea. Eucalyptus tree and faint caramel with a faint cinnamon scent.

Starts out malty and stoutly bitter. Good citrus fruit flavor mostly bitter orange.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not bad for the price. Not a favorite but it is affordable.

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of barczar
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep copper with garnet highlights and a half inch frothy cream head that dissipates somewhat quickly, lacing modest lacing.

Grapefruit, pine, orange peel, and resin form the initial aroma. There's a slight hint of onion and significant amber malt character. Tea-like hops emerge late.

Flavor reveals a powerful grapefruit note underlying a bready, heavily toasted malt backbone, which yields to resiny bitterness at the finish. Nutty notes emerge mid palate. Tropical fruit flavors of mango lime and add a little complexity. Pine surfaces in the aftertaste, along with herbal hops.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with moderate carbonation and slight astringency at the finish. Slightly warming alcohol is present.

Good amount of hop flavoring, albeit not the most complex in character. Enough malt to hold the hop character together, without being sweet, like some examples. Resiny, fairly bitter finish. Malt is a bit overly toasted, and base malt could be bigger.

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Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium amber with a finger of white head. There are a ton of floaties in this, so I'm not sure if it's a bit old. There's some light floral juniper in the aroma along with light malts and hops. The flavor matches the the smell well - decently refreshing. Flavors work well together, pleasant flavor profile. Medium carbonation with a medium body. This is decent, but given the price is not worth another buy. Interesting name and artwork on the bottle.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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