Equinox (Moonlight Kettle Graduate 2019)
Muskoka Brewery

Equinox (Moonlight Kettle Graduate 2019)Equinox (Moonlight Kettle Graduate 2019)
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Style:
American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV:
5%
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Needs more ratings
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 2.93%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
3
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Muskoka Brewery
 
Ontario, Canada
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Equinox (Moonlight Kettle Graduate 2019)Equinox (Moonlight Kettle Graduate 2019)
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Reviews by BigGruntyThirst:
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3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cool into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for around $3.35 CDN.

Appearance - honey brown out of the can, some haze and a more ruddy reddish (cherry) tinge in the glass. Topped with two and a half fingers of reasonably dense but airy off white head. Very impressive staying power.

Smell - Some general light wheaty aromas, hints of black cherry reminiscent of cherry ice cream, a touch of creamy sweetness on the nose too. Nose is fairly subdued overall.

Taste - Quite light in flavoring, some general wheaty bits up front and slightly bitter stone fruit blend with raspberries possibly in the middle and followed up with some sweet cherry and vanilla although that is majorly dialed back. Maybe even a marshmallow aspect towards the end.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, good expressive carbonation, somewhat dry finish. Maybe a bit thin given the depth and complexity of the flavors but certainly not bad.

Overall - Interesting concept that misses the mark in execution as the cherry and vanilla while present are quite muted and the balance of the wheat beer is a bit weak and thin. Certainly not terrible and well worth a try if fruity wheat beers are your thing.

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3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; best before Jan 16 2020 and served slightly chilled.

Pours slightly hazy, with a deep reddish amber-toned body that is initially topped with nearly two fingers of soapy, foamy white head. It settles off within the next five minutes or so, painting a messy band of lace against the glass as it is reduced to a tight, frothy collar encircling some filmy patches upon the surface. An attractive-looking beer. The aroma includes notes of gritty wheat husk and grainy malts, alongside muted hints of cherry, floral hops and metallicity; vanilla becomes more discernible as the glass warms.

A tasty wheat/fruit ale hybrid with just the right amount of cherry IMO - the black cherry and tart cherry juice aspects are noticeable from the start, working nicely alongside the grainy, wheaty pale malt backbone. The vanilla doesn't lag far behind, remaining a presence through the finish, which is moderately fruity; more black cherry and fading vanilla into the aftertaste. Medium-light in body, with middling carbonation levels that provide a bit of a bite to this brew's otherwise smooth, borderline creamy texture. Good drinkability; I suppose I could go for another can, but I feel it's just a little too sweet to be a true session option - then again, I'm not much of a fruit beer fellow.

Final Grade: 3.82, a B+. Cherry beers are very much a hit or miss affair for me, but Equinox is well put together IMO, with the vanilla being a good partner for the sweet black cherry flesh note - complementing it rather than overpowering it. I'm not necessarily going to be racing out more for more of this, but I think it's good for what it is. Recommended to anyone seeking out something along the same lines as, but a little more nuanced than a 'milkshake' beer or straight-up fruit beer.

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Equinox (Moonlight Kettle Graduate 2019) from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 3 ratings