Vulcan Ale | Harvest Moon Brewery

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Vulcan AleVulcan Ale

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Harvest Moon Brewery
Montana, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by biboergosum on 05-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle. This is the 3rd incarnation of a 'Vulcan Ale' brewed for the tourist-trap town of Vulcan, Alberta, by the same number of different satellite breweries, and yet they still can't get the grammar on the label (Mild-Melding Good) right. The beer in front of me exists ostensibly to help celebrate said community's centennial, and seems to be promoted by something called 'Pluto's Moon Beer Company'.

This beer pours a (sadly not bright mouthwash blue) sort of hazy medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of densely foamy, somewhat bubbly pale beige head, which leaves a few instances of rocky planet cliff lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, sharply biscuity, and a tad buttery pale malt, softly underripe apple, subtly spicy black pepper, and subdued leafy, grassy hops. The taste is a fair bit sweeter, the malt gaining some caramelized toffee character on top of the stoic biscuit essence, blended stone fruit providing a nice bittersweet offset, as the earthy hops take a sullen backseat to it all.

The bubbles are a wee bit frothy at first, and generally tame thereafter, the body an adequate medium weight, with a nod here and there towards generic smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the diacetyl-striped malt not really getting much support from either fruit or hop.

An equitably drinkable Irish red ale, the multi-talented malt the star here, with enough drying qualities to keep this Star Trek heretic on board. It is nice to see that as this 'series' progresses, Delancey is partnering with more interesting breweries along the way, though I will keep a special place in my heart for that first bright blue ale from Paddock Wood.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Rutager
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not expecting much here, but how the hell can a sci-fi fan pass up a beer like this?

Appearance. Pours deep amber with some haze. Topped with over a finger of thick pale khaki head. Actually looks pretty Vulcan decent!

Smell. Some caramel and toffee with a good amount of bready yeast. Very light herbal hops and a touch of molasses. Not all that Vulcan great...

Taste. Sweet caramel malts, a touch of berries and light fruits, a bit grainy malt and maybe a touch of grassy hops in the finish. Again, not Vulcan spectacular.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation. Not too Vulcan bad in this department.

Overall. Not terrible but not all that Vulcan exciting either (even for the often boring style ...imo anyways). Still glad I bought it though. I'm a sucker for appealing niche marketing.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium red-orange amber with a half finger of light tan head that dissipates to patches, with light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, tea, mild citrus, a bit vegetal with a mild spiciness, almost like a light winter warmer. Flavor is a spicy biscuit and caramel malt with the same tea-like components in the aroma, light apple juice and berries, finishing with light grassy hops. Medium bodied. A pleasant enough red ale, not quite an Irish red, the fruit flavors are kind of unbalanced with the malt, leaving a slightly odd overripe fruit element. Drinkable, but not fascinating, doctor. I'm not sure what Spock would think of it. Vulcans are split between teetotalism with some drinking port and brandy. Perhaps not model beer drinkers.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Kobold
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: a wet red brick lathered in late autumn sunlight.

Smell: distant camp fire at whose side unknown wanderers are barbecuing potatoes with the skins still on and toasting. woody resin also moves within and without the smoke.

Taste: a near unfathomable ancient biscuit malt dying into a confused, dry citrus finish. the sweetness transits from molasses to sugar-augmented soy sauce, to mellow aged stone fruit. as time wears an occasional lingering salmon swims about.

Feel: a little tickle despite the light cream texture.

Overall: not my preferred genre at the moment, though I do appreciate the rapid evolution into variegated degrees of malt sweetness.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber red, filtered, little carbonation, 4 fingers of slight beige white head. Nice lacing, head fades relatively fast to a finger.

S: Ripe pineapple, toasted malts, caramel, candy apple.

T: Ripe honeydew melon, sweet, some pineapple, toast, medium dark roasted malts, long dull bitterness. Apples.

M: Medium slightly syrupy but smooth body, little carbonation.

O: Certainly different. Pineapple juice meets amber beer. A bit sweet for my liking. Good and different.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

500ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $3 or so

Appearance - Copper colour with a small size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, malts, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and faint grapefruit. There is also some dry hops, a hint of chocolate, and a graininess.

Overall - An okay beer, comes across as a little watery at times. Kind of a mixed bag of flavours, so something for everyone I guess. Not something I'd buy again.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can from the LCBO served slightly chilled; no freshness info. An Irish Red Ale would not have been my first guess as the Vulcan libation of choice, but it definitely sounds more appealing than that crappy lager with the blue food colouring that the Romulans have been passing off as beer.

This ale pours a ruddy, ruby-amber colour, topped with two fingers of fluffy, off-white head that recedes at a steady pace over the next period of minutes. A dense, lumpy cap and collar are the eventual result, alongside some messy lacing. It definitely looks the part, but the aroma is not really what I expect from this style. Candied orange, lemon, caramel sweetness and some bready malts come through, with a note of pineapple as well (which is far more noticeable off the can than the glass). Fascinating.

A little less fruity than the aroma let on, with the malt backbone boldly going where I wasn't really expecting it to. Slightly bready, with caramel, roasted malts and toasted nuts coming through prominently. Notes of red apple and berries are next, with the hop bill providing an adequately enjoyable blend of earthy, leafy, and grassy bitterness that rounds out the profile. An earthy, almost dirty aftertaste with some lingering bitterness and toasted grain sweetness. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel on the palate. While it would be illogical to call this a bad beer, it would seem overly exuberant to claim the opposite.

Final Grade: 3.4, a B-. As soon as I spotted this can on the shelves, my internal sensors detected a strong probability that Vulcan Ale was nothing more than a cash grab aimed at fans of the long-running franchise. Given the fact that there are several other 'Vulcan Ales' being contract brewed elsewhere, I can't really doubt my initial gut instinct, but this particular edition is at least a serviceable red ale with a nice hop twist. I wouldn't buy it again at this price point (3.40 per can), but there's nothing wrong with the beer itself so I'd certainly say it's worth at least one try whether you're a Trek nerd or not.

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Photo of Tom_Servo
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Mehinaman
4.17/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought this on a recommendation from my local beer shoo who I trust immensely and they were right on. I'm surprised this one has not received better reviews on this site. I probably would have thought this beer was a gimmick, but for the recommendation, but oh man, it's the real deal. It's not real carbonated, but it drinks nice and smooth. It's a red ale, but reminds me a little bit of a Belgium pale ale. Either way, do not let the Star Trek nod throw you. This beer is delicious

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Photo of Needmorebeer312
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can purchased from LCBO for $3.40 CDN. Hadn't seen this before and there was Star Trek artwork, and Vulcan Ale sounded pretty cool. Figured I'd at least give it a shot.

Appearance - Served well chilled, a moderate pour yielded 2 fingers of dense off-white foam that receded back to one quickly then took it's time from there. Beer is hazy dark red, auburn , brown color depending on the light. Some bubbles rise to the top of the glass.

Smell - Moderatly malty, with a faint whiff of caramel and there's some citrusy notes hidden in the background. Citrusy seems to be a bit of lemon / lime mixture in that there's an earthy quality that also resonates in the instance of pine aromas. However the sweetness and general malty bill lead the charge.

Taste - Interesting blend of sweetness, subdued malts that then turn a bit bitter towards the finally. The tropical citrus comes through briefly in the form of pineapple, however, it doesn't linger. A sweeter beer than expected, the bitterness I had hoped for doesn't quite shine through although this does leave Vulcan Ale with a different taste.

Mouthfeel - The feel is very soft with light carbonation and mouthfeel. It sort of works but at the same time would prefer something a little more lively.

Overall - Actually pleasantly surprised by this, would consider picking up more of this if the cost wasn't too prohibitive, but alas, the beer doesn't quite reach the stratosphere. Still would purchase again, if I had an inkling for it, or was planning on watching some Star Trek to keep in spirit with the movies.

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Photo of leaddog
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a copper/amber colour with a finger width of bubbly beige head.

Smell - Bready caramalts, apple, grains, touch of grassy hops and dark fruits.

Taste - Sweet bready malts with dark fruit, grassy hops, and toasted grains.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad sticky.

Overall - An agreeable Irish Red by Harvest Moon. Flavours are kept simple, not complex by any means, but an enjoyable way to celebrate the centennial celebrations of Vulcan.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look, I'll admit that I bought this pretty much entirely for the novelty. It was relatively cheap, and I love Star Trek, so I figured why not?

The pour is a nice surprise: Ruddy amber body: appears crisp and clear. One and a half finger almond meat head dissipates eventually down to just a couple of cm, all the while leaving wonderful lacing down the edges.

Nose is wonderfully caramel rich, some biscuits and some spicy... something? Can't quite put my finger on it. Definitely driven by the toasted caramel and biscuits. The pleasant surprise continues

Starts out more green than expected based on style and aroma, but considering the blood of its namesake..
Sweet toffee and caramel greet the crisp... green-ness (almost kind of vinous, maybe somewhat leafy?), dominating most of the malt profile, which is the driving force in this brew. There's some biscuit stuffiness, but it's definitely sweeter than most red ale's I've had (admittedly not that many).
Fairly crisp, and a bit of leafy hops continue through the finish. The stale-type biscuit malts are present, but the sweet greens and toffee really drive this thing.

I bought this because it was cheap and, hey, Star Trek (DS9>TNG>TOS>VOY>TAS>ENT. Though Voyager and Animated could easily flip flop. Don't hate. JJs 'Lens Flare: The Remake!' don't count for these purposes). I expected fizzy stale water, but what I got was a pleasant surprise. This is not a GREAT beer by any means, but it is much more drinkable and enjoyable than I was anticipating. Reds are not a style I'm generally that into, and this one is sweeter than any others that I've tried. Maybe that's why I like it. Whatever it is, I'd drink it again, though probably won't again any time soon.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 10/6/13

A hazy orange amber with enough clarity to see a few bubbles feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves some random lace

S caramel, bread, leafy herbal notes and some ketchup of all things

T no ketchup thankfully, slightly nutty with some floral hops, earthy and leafy hops are a slight improvement over the nose

M medium bodied and slightly creamy from the bubbles at first and then foams up just a little, leafy finish lingers faintly

O nothing special but nothing to be ashamed of either, we all know I bought this one for the label alone and I don't even like Star Trek

Do you remember the episode when Spock had to fight Kirk to the death with the epic music? Well I don't, my parents were still children back then you nerd!!

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Photo of Briken
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sjrodriguez
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of yancot
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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Vulcan Ale from Harvest Moon Brewery
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 36 ratings