Splendid Moose
Insight Brewing

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #399
Ranked #11,491
4.01 | pDev: 7.23%
Insight Brewing
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 52 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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GStone899 from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is damn good..really full of flavor. Sweet to start but has a juicy hoppy taste. This is basically a hazy APA. Smells delicious as well. As you get toward the end of a 16oz can though you can really taste the sweetness start to get a bit overwhelming. Another great one from insight.

Jan 13, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy, medium orange color with a moderate, pillowy, white head. SRM of 10. (3.75)

Aroma: Aromas of juice. Orange juice, grape juice, apple juice. Almost has a Belgian yeast like aroma to it. Subtle sweet candy malts underneath. (3.75)

Flavor: Much less flavor than on the nose. Light orange and apple juice flavors. Some pineapple, peach, and grapefruit. A pale malt, cracker, biscuit and almost candied fruit to it. (3.5)

Feel: Lighter bodied and dry. Light to medium carbonation. Almost airy and nonexistent. No astringency. Hides the alcohol well. (3.5)

Overall: A beer behind its time. In today's hop phase, people are clinging to IPAs with more hops or east coast IPAs with more juice. This one is light and airy, and overall I would say lacking flavor to my current palate. 10 years ago this might have been a smooth-drinking juicy beer, but doesn't even come close to the level of juice and hops we are experiencing now. This beer just doesn't hold up to the modern palate. (Final Rating: 3.53)

Aug 04, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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!

Nov 05, 2018
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benso040 from Minnesota

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.

Jul 08, 2018
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LostHighway from Minnesota

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.

Jul 03, 2018
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omahawk from Nebraska

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

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

Jun 18, 2018
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ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

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.

Jun 01, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

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.

Oct 29, 2017
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MNAle from Minnesota

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...).

Oct 16, 2017
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Oct 12, 2017
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Mdog from Minnesota

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).

Oct 01, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

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

L: hazy amber gold with enough orange tint to look like a glass of orange juice

S: smells like walking through a pine forest on a warm day with a mug of orange juice in one hand and a lightly toasted bagel in the other

T: flavors start citrusy, orange zest and rind with resiny pine and biscuity malt backbone for support

F: juicy and creamy mouth feel with a medium to medium full body and medium, soft carbonation.

O: a big beer with bold, rich flavors

Oct 01, 2017
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aoampm from Hawaii

4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a snifter. Not sure how old it is.

Smell is bangin'. Vanilla tangerine and some piney apple.

Taste is citrus, vanilla orange, bitter pine, melon.

Feel is refreshing and full bodied.

Overall pretty solid beer. Been spoiled by all these great MN brews lately and this one is right up there too.

Sep 24, 2017
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Hop_Swig from Minnesota

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

Good orange nose and front end confused with herbaceous bitterness that doesn't match. A 2nd tier NE style brew. This can't hang with TG, Barrel Theory or Lupulin in this region.

Sep 22, 2017
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A very juicy hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Big upfront citrus scent of orange peel, mango, grapefruit, and melon along with pineapple. Earthy hop hints of pine. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with yeast. A really nice juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very juicy hop driven taste with notes of citrus and pine. Big juicy citrus hop notes of orange peel, mango, grapefruit, and melon along with some pineapple. Some earthy hop notes of pine. Background malt notes of caramel, cracker, and grains along with yeast. A very good juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and smooth.

Overall: A really good IPA. Big juicy citrus flavor with a smooth body.

Sep 21, 2017
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morimech from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, bright orange color with a finger of head. A lot of suspended particulate. Aroma of over ripen citrus, particularly oranges and a little bit of pale malt. A bit of yeast and sulfur sneaks in as well. Flavor is weak unfortunately. I get orange, and not much else. Low bitterness. Easy to drink and is nicely carbonated.

Sep 20, 2017
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