Moby D | Buzzards Bay Brewing

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Moby DMoby D

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Buzzards Bay Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: 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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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 87
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but pretty boring for the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled in 11/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light caramel, light pear/apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light caramel, light pear/apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light amount herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light caramel, floral, grass, light pine, light pear/apple, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good altbier style. All around good robustness and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. This is hoppy for an altbier, but the flavors were very much what I expected for the style. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a US tumbler pint glass from a 64oz. growler that was purchased at the brewery on 8/8/09, consumed on 8/9/09.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus, a nice floral hops bitterness that isn't over-powering and a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style as the brewery defines this beer as "a hybrid of a pale ale and an IPA," I believe it certainly hits that mark. Overall it's a nice beer to drink for a long time and one that I would like to see Buzzards Bay Brewing start bottling (tap only release).

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some peach + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of earthy yeast, floral hops, and toffee sweet malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet toffee malts with a moderate amount of earthy yeast. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with some hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely one of the hoppiest altbiers that I have ever experienced and different than the ones I had in Düsseldorf. I found it to be an Americanized version of the style and enjoyable. Pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft caramel malts with a fresh herbal hop.

The taste consisted of a toasted caramel malt which was quickly balanced out by a lightly bitter grassy hop. There was a pleasant lingering herbalness detected.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a tasty and well balanced ale. As much an ESB as an APA in my opinion. Very quaffable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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 ppoitras
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" beige head over the clear copper brew. Frothy head lasts well, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is lightly piney, with a sour tinge to it. Taste is sweet upfront, citrus tart in the middle, and closes with a bitter bite. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is okay. Wish the flavor worked better for me.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served in my SA Perfect Pint. Poured a translucent copper with a 2.5 inch, frothy off-white head that settles into a consistent quarter inch cap. Delicate strands of lacing are revealed as the brew recedes. Mild nose - some light malt and cascade hops. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a slightly citrusy character upfront, as well as maybe some biscuit or caramel malts and a slightly earthy quality that comes out towards the middle and back, respectively. There's definitely a hops character there as well, but it doesn't overly assert itself. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively, just shy of prickly, carbonation level. Not my favorite style, but a solid and respectable offering that can't be beat at $2.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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 bmwats
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a stange.

A: Dark golden hue, lots of effervescence, pours about a half finger bubbly white head. Dissipates pretty quickly. Fair spotty lacing.

S: Pecans, walnuts, maple syrup, and bubble gum.

T: Bitter roasted pecan shells.

M: Light body with an earthy quality and a shallow finish and a synthetically sweetness.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere okay. Slight head, plenty of effervescence, and some fair lacing. Nose is nutty, maple-y, and a synthetic sweetness. Bitter nut shells. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber split with my wife.

A beautiful pour. Amber with a good-sized frothy white head which never completely goes away. Fair lacing.

Aroma first gives of a little citrus and grass. Nice hop notes from a simple pale ale here. Caramel malts are noticed, too.

Very pleasant flavor. Caramel malts dominate but fresh wet hops are there acting as the malt’s kid sister, giving it a little spunk. Earthy, and a little sweet. If someone gave me a glass, blindly, saying it was a marzen I would believe them. It doesn’t stray too far from oktoberfest beers, and since I’m drinking a lot of those right now, it fits right in.

Medium Mouthfeel with proper carbonation level.

Recommended for something sessionable. Lots of flavor here for a 5% APA, and $2.99 a bomber, it’s one of the best deals around these parts.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass.

Appearance: Straight amber, light to almost no bubbles on the body with an off-whitehead rising to maybe 1/8".

Smell: Heavy malts, lightly toasted honestly before sipping it feels sweet.

Taste: Really complex, not over powering but real good in the malt category. It is a notch sweet a little fruit hint of light but bitter apricot.

Mouth: Not such a sticking after taste but very smooth to intake.

Overall: Bought this not knowing anything about it and boy I was satisfied. It is rich and would satisfy most if not all palates. Salud!

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice extra from spwalshesq

*Bomber to pint

A: MobyD pours a clear copper color with some golden edges to it and nice carbonation evident. A two finger khaki foam head formed with low retention and some streaks of lace.

S: Smells of earthy pines and an herbal spiciness combined with some malty breads. A touch of sweet caramelization.

T: Some fruity hops and pine notes. A bready caramel sweetness and a tart almost sour aftertaste. Hops are just puckering and somewhat astringent to the palate. Flavors are not quite jiving for me.

M: Super light and creamy mouthfeel. Real intense crisp dry finish. Good carbonation.

D: I found this brew refreshing and easy to drink. The combo of fruity tart and sweet caramel on a light body reminded me of drinking apple juice.

Just a bit too much tart and unbalanced bitterness going on for me to rank higher.

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Photo of jdense
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Antonio's Restaurant, New Bedford, MA., poured into shaker pint glass.

Copperish amber brew, 1 finger white head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Malts dominate the nose, a bit sweetish, not noticing much hop presence. The taste is malty and smooth, a bit of grassy hops on the back end. Smooth mouthfeel, and very sessionable. Not a great beer by any means, but I nice regional interpretation of the style.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
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 Eamonn-Cummings3
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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 coldmeat23
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Unfortunately, I can't seem to find my notes on who sent this one to me. If you see this review, drop me a line and I'll give you credit.

Pours up a medium-to-dark tinted amber color, which is crystal clear. Almost three-fingers of light beige tinted foam make the head, which is thick and fluffy. The retention is pretty good and the lacing is not alot but is nicely sticky.

Not a whole lot going on in the nose of this one. Some light hints of caramel malts and some light cascade hop notes.

It's okay. Not a whole lot going on with the taste, either. Follows the nose. Light citrus hop notes come out, along with just a tiny hint of piney bitterness on the back-end. Biscuit-like malt notes.

Light-to-medium body with light carbonation level. Very clean feeling, some light crispness and just a hint of creaminess.

This is a solid APA that would be a great session beer, but that's because it's so inoffensive. There just isn't alot going on with this one. But it's damn easy to drink.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Purchased at the brewery

A- pours a hazy amber body with a big frothy off white head that reduces slowly to leave thick lacing. Very nice looking

S- very nutty, with some toffee and bready ness.

T- huge nutty notes, followed by some diacetyl butter scotch flavors. The follow through has toffee and biscuity notes. Finish slightly bitter

M- medium mouthfeel and carbonation

Decent overall .. Worth the small price tag

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Photo of yamar68
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
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 tzieser
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep copper color, crystal clear with a pretty thick head.

Slightly hoppy aroma with some nice bready malts too. Well balanced.

Delicious. A good note of hops (cascade) perfectly balanced by the aforementioned bready malts. Kinds like a mix between a pale ale and an ipa, as the brewer intended.

Crisp mouthfeel; great drinkability.

Awesome. Definitely THE goto session beer when its fresh. Which seems to be often. Sometimes called an "American Mild", it is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of illpass78
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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 palma
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper hazy body with small beige frothy head. Very lacy. Nice appearance.

Nose is big time malt and fruit notes. Honey. Nutty.almost brown ale like aroma. I like it a lot.

Taste is a more malt forward pale. Caramel, chestnuts, stone baked bread. Hops bitter it up enough for a good balance to keep things interesting.

I love malty pale ales and this is definately one of the better ones. Highly recommended. Nice job by this new brewery.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
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 coachdonovan
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
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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