Moonlight Kettle Series (2019): Rosé Cheeks
Muskoka Brewery

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American Brut IPA
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3.68 | pDev: 1.63%
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Moonlight Kettle Series (2019): Rosé CheeksMoonlight Kettle Series (2019): Rosé Cheeks
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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can bought from the LCBO as part of Muskoka's Hopsonic mixed pack; best before Jan 5 2020 and served barely chilled.

Pours pale with a lightly fogged complexion - it's got a pinkish hue in regular light, but when held to the lamp it takes on more of a straw-yellow colour. One finger of foamy white heads holds together for the next couple of minutes, but is soon reduced to a thin, creamy cap and collar; a messy ring of uneven lacing is deposited in its wake. Fruity and somewhat vinous on the nose, with hints of rosé wine coming through alongside notes of stone fruit, mango and grapefruit.

Interesting flavours, but I don't know how well they all come together - the Cabernet Sauvignon must imparts hints of grape juice towards the front end, while supplying more of a (weakly) tannic astringency towards the tail end of the sip. Beyond that, I'm getting mango, passion fruit and peach near the start, developing into more of a pithy grapefruit & pine-resiny bitterness at the finish; grape skin and vinous notes carry on into the aftertaste, which leans dry. Medium in body, with moderately low carbonation that prickles the palate gently; feels smooth on the surface of the tongue, with reasonably good drinkability considering its abv.

Final Grade: 3.73, a B grade. Muskoka's Rosé Cheeks ain't half bad, but I'd also say it's probably the weakest of the six beers in this sampler, being the only one that I'd likely hesitate to pick up again. I also wouldn't say it's a particularly great Brut IPA - it does have the requisite dryness, but its effervescence was lacking. That being said, I am not a red wine drinker, and this beer does have vaguely wine-like traits, so personal preferences are clearly involved here. Still, I finished my glass without much complaint, and I wouldn't discourage curious BAs from giving this brew a try if it piques their interest.

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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a rosé pink with four fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - earthy, leafy, piney, and citrus hops, bready malts, pine resin, orange peel, hint of vinous aromas, and earthy yeast.

Taste - mild earthy, leafy, piney, and citrus hops. The bready malts follow suit. The pine resin and orange peel are lost in translation. The hint of vinous aromas and earthy yeast finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with the vinous aromas lingering.

Overall - A brew that started off with a bang. The vinous aromas were well done. I felt as though the hops didn't translate in the taste.

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Moonlight Kettle Series (2019): Rosé Cheeks from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 4 ratings