Splendid Moose | Insight Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Insight Brewing
Minnesota, United States
insightbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Northeast Pale Ale is brewed with Pale and Pilsner malt, along with a copious amount of Citra hops that give a super hazy and juicy color to the beer. Bright oranges fall on the nose with a smooth, citrus flavor on the palate. If you close your eyes, you just might think this beer was juiced rather than brewed.

22 IBU

Added by gatornation on 08-16-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,541
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
43
pDev:
7.48%
 
 
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a little sweet but quite good, lots of citra character coming through, and probably the best of the hoppy beers i have had from insight so far. its hazy but light in color, a little orange to it, and a nice clean malt base for there being some haze, i smell and taste a pale pils type, and maybe some wheat, but its not heavy at all, which is a big key for me personally in this style where so many of them are starchy and milky and dense, this stays way lighter than that even though it looks cloudy. tangerine and lemongrass in the nose, meyer lemon and lemon curd in the taste, very low bitterness, some leafy greenness too, but not overdosed or harsh at all. a couple of thoughts pop into my head on this one. the first is that this would be cool with a champagne yeast finish, to dry it out, sparkle up the carbonation a bit, and lend a slight vinous thing to it, i could see that being amazing with the pils malt and citra this is built with. the second is that i just wish it was drier, i like the hoppy linger that the sweetness offers, but it slows me down a bit, adds a honey character, and i think keeps this from its full potential a little bit. still, a nice glass of beer, they did a great job on this one!

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Photo of GearsBeers
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of benso040
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pour with citrus aroma, hop-forward well balanced tasted with incredibly smooth mouth-feel. LOVE this beer. The best MN brewed NE style pale ale I’ve tried.

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Photo of LostHighway
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is closer than most Minnesota attempts at NE-style beers. The haze is there but most breweries get that more-or-less right. The nose is a little weak relative to fresh NE examples but this was canned on 05/16/18 so a little over six weeks old, fresher examples may be closer to style. Mouthfeel is nearly there with some of the roundness and fullness of body but too much hop bite on the back palate relative to most examples of the style. Most good NE examples have far more tropical fruits than this exhibits but again but again a fresher example might address this. Not bad for this far west but not yet in the same league as Trillium, Tree House, Bissell Brother, Lawson's, The Alchemist, etc.

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Photo of omahawk
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a hazy NE IPA, but instead of looking like OJ, it looks like Grapefruit Juice. Smell is GREAT, intense ripe passion tropical fruit. Taste is solid, fruity hop goodness. This is one of the better NE IPAs around.

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Photo of ipeters1017
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque yellowish orange, thin head, floaters if you tip the can the whole way. Orange and sour melon on the nose, very fruity. Taste is nicely balanced between hops and malts, fairly bitter and fruity with a dry finish. Smooth, on the thick side, lightly carbonated. Feels like a higher ABV than it is. A decent local NEIPA.

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

Photo of NodakEric
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CCutch
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vheissu15
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Doesn’t compare with the other New England IPAs that come out of MN.

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Photo of hopb4fg
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vidblain
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Splendid Moose pours a cloudy and hazy bronze color, with a small lacing head. Mellow wet hoppy aroma. Flavor is sweeter, lots of citrus with a noticeable hoppy aftertaste. Good body and feel. Overall, a sweeter and fruitier pale ale.

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Photo of EdFed
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeff1973
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MNAle
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong orange juice aroma hits you as soon as you open the can. Hazy golden-orange, just a bit of muddy tan, with a 1/2 inch thick creamy head. As the head slowly recedes, it leaves thick lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma in the glass is citrus with pine. Thick, soft, creamy feel in the mouth. Orange juice citrus taste at first, with just a bit of bittering / pine in the middle and finish, but hardly any at all, really. Just enough to notice. The piney bitterness does linger in the aftertaste, but still at a mild level. Excellent pale ale. In the same league as that other juicy pale ale from just south of here (you know...).

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Photo of sparx1100
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can into glass. Could not find any canning date. Can includes a story of a "search of a mythical Pale Ale that could soothe even the most maddened mind" and ends with "And as I always say, you can't beat travel by ghost-mooseback . . .". Can has been in the 'frig for about four weeks.
Body is hazy yellow, with much floating sediment. Firm white head. Very scattered lacing.
Tropical fruit aroma, and tropical fruit taste, not real strong but distinct. Some bittering rind at the end.
Mouth feel is medium, not something that totally coats the mouth and demands another quaff.
A good hazy and fruity pale ale, but not to be compared to juicy fruit bomb IPA's.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mdog
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Yellow-gold, particles and chunks, ok head.

Smell: Danky.

Taste: Moderately sweet, citrus and dank hop flavors, soft feel.

Overall: It doesn't look or smell too great, but it tastes good. Nicely sweet with a soft feel, easy drinking. I'm on my second 4 pack despite the lower rating (only $7 at a local retailer for a 4 pack).

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Splendid Moose from Insight Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 43 ratings