Moby D | Buzzards Bay Brewing

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Moby DMoby D

Brewed by:
Buzzards Bay Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheManiacalOne on 08-12-2009

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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by beertardis:
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is orange with gold highlights and a nice thick head.

Aroma is malty, slightly smoky? Like a slightly too dark toast.

Taste is wonderfully malty and thick like a good Octoberfest.

It doesn't have a great rating, but I could see myself drinking a lot of this beer.

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Photo of illpass78
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at Freestones in New Bedford.

Appearance: Kind of a dark, rusty gold with a big foamy white head.

Aroma: Surprisingly floral. Herbal. Good malt backbone with some sweetness.

Taste: Follows nose. Good floral/malty mix.

Mouthfeel: Easy but fulfilling.

Overall: Nice interpretation of the style. Flavorful enough to be interesting.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a great, frothy, off-white head. Smells of bready malts, cantaloupe, and something else I cant quite put my finger on. Taste is more bready malts, balanced out by the grassy hops. Theres almost a slightly sour tinge to it...not sure if it's slightly infected or not. Decent sessionable beer. Medium bodied, kind of flat. Not great, but not bad either.

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Photo of natescape
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of doremite
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a clear dark amber body with a thin film of bubbles that fade to a ring of pale white foam .

S- The clean soft caramel dry malt aroma grows a bit as it warms but stays pretty soft.

T- The watery taste has a husky biscuit malt flavor and a touch of caramel sweetness as it opens. There is a bitter bite in the finish with some hop flavor hints.

M- The light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat but a touch of astringency and a soft scrubbing bubbles that boost the bitterness in the finish.

O- The harsh and rough taste is hard to get through, with the husky flavor and hops only coming through as a bitter bite.

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Photo of Pip_Count_167
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
2.55/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Date tasted: May 11, 2013...
Glassware: Victory nonick...
Occasion: Mother's Day weekend...
Appearance: chestnut brown body with an off-white head that sits haphazardly...
Aroma: mellow hops with a bit of grass or damp hay--not much to denote whale of an ale...
Palate: smooth, easy-drinking with minimal impact at the teeth...again, Ahab wouldn't see a challenge in this...
Taste: a bit winey/grapey; mellow but not memorable...
Overall: Pass the harpoon--or a Harpoon....the bottle's simple image fascinated me into a purchase, but this pale ale pales to much meatier, mellower, enjoyable brews....

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, slightly hazy amber with a nice 1" that slowly receded to a cover leaving a good amount of lace.

Smelled primarily of the bottle cap..a bit of hop presence was also noted .

Taste was hoppy up front..a bit fruity, slightly piney/resiny with a slightly sweet malt backbone. Hops came on at the moderately bitter finish. Mild carbonation and a medium body here.

Overall a nice example of an APA which I generally expect to be milder than an IPA. I'd recommend this and would have it again.

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Photo of BigMFDaddy
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rjm0715
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ghooul
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of AnneReed
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of nicki1983
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of yamar68
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Awesome label. Awesome name. Never heard of it.

From notes:

Pours a nice clearish gold with a few moments of white bubbly head. Great beading, not much in the way of lacing.

Smells pretty fresh - grassy hops with some sweeter grain presence. Nothing too exciting but seemingly pretty well balanced.

The taste shows a lot of the same qualities. The lady-friend noted a strange mustard note though that bothered me for the rest of the glass. Maybe it's just in my head (or hers).

Very drinkable. This beer made for a great hot day on the lake.

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Photo of mikeycibelli
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

A- Copper colored. It is slightly hazy. Has a bright white 2 finger head. It dies to some good looking lacing. When the glass is swirled around, the head reforms with no problem whatsoever.

S- It's very reminiscent to a Newcastle, but with some added hoppy character as well. Hops are on the floral side. It's got a nice caramel malty quality to it. It's also lightly bready smelling from the yeast, like brown bread crust.

T- It's very similar to what Newcastle would taste like with a hoppier profile. It has a prominently caramel malt taste. I am picking up the light bready, almost biscuty, yeasty flavor as well. The hops are on the floral side. The hop profile almost gives the beer a pale ale-eque quality. It's not quite has hop forward as that, but it's got that thing going on. The finish has a coffee like note to it. You start to taste the coffee note when you exhale out your mouth after swallowing the beer. When this beer warms up, there is a orange type citrus note as well.

M- Mouthfeel is medium. It's very crisp and refreshing. It's does have a good clean water feeling in the mouth. It's not sticky sweet at all. Finish is dry.

Overall this is a great offering from Buzzards Bay Brewing. I like that it isn't one of their more hop forward, less malty, beers. It does have a great caramel malty taste, and it is very clean and easy drinking. Bring this beer to your next fall gathering and pair it with some sausages!

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense light beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with some slight hints of citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it isn't nearly as hoppy and there are notes of earthy yeast and hints of caramel from the underlying malts. The hops also contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops leave your mouth with a little dryness in the finish.
O: This beer definitely tastes like an American-influenced version of an altbier as it's a little more hoppier compared to the types of beers brewed in Düsseldorf.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

This is perhaps the simplest label I've ever seen on a commercially brewed beer. That jibes with the idea of "Just Beer"

A very nice puffy head fills up a quarter of the glass, but it doesn't leave much lacing as I make my way through the bottle. Color is a nice amber, but the aroma is almost absent. It doesn't smell bad; it just doesn't smell like much of anything. Some faint citus hop notes with a little bit of grass.

Mouthfeel is very flat. Finish is clean. Taste, like the aroma, is fairly muted. This beer is interesting. It does a great job of being just a pale ale, nothing more, and I could drink a lot of these consecutively. But perception suffers when contrasted with more in-your-face hoppy ales.

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Moby D from Buzzards Bay Brewing
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