Twist Of Fate Bitter Ale | Moonlight Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by donnebaby on 11-28-2004

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Photo of GClarkage
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/09/05- On cask at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Via cask into a typical pint glass.

Appearance- Deep amber colored pour. Slightly murky with bits and pieces of yeast all around. Nice 1/2 inch creamy looking head and excellent clinging lace.

Smell- Very laid back scent. Nothing really jumps out at you. Bits of floral hops here and bits of mild toasted malt there.

Taste- Just as in the scent. A very mild and drinkable bitter. Nice rounded flavor of lightly toasted malt and a medium bitter twang from the hops. Maybe a touch of citrus flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Almost smooth as silk. No carbonation, just a tiny touch of a watery feel.

Drinkability- Nice English Bitter which is very drinkable. Not to bitter, which is good once and a while.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Toronado in San Francisco.

Appearance: thick head throughout. Nice cloudy copper.

Smell: hops noticeable.

Taste: strong hops- didn't reced to access the malt flavors. Very good though.

Mouthfeel: perfect.

Drinkability: More malt flavor peaking through would have made this beer almost perfect. But a hoppy bitter works for me. Very nice. Couldn't imagine having it on anything else besides the handpump.

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Photo of OldSock
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance and Presentation – Tried on cask at the Toranado. Poured dark amber, with red highlights. The beer is slightly hazy with one finger off-white head that has great retention and lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a great combination of bready malts and a variety of hops. The hops run the gambit from piney, to spicy, to earthy, with every sniff I get a new aroma.

Taste – Truly a well rounded flavor. The hops are assertive, mostly piney and earthy, but they do not overpower the malt flavors. The malts contribute both sweetness and a slightly roasted, nutty flavor. There is not much of a yeast, either ester or diacetyl, flavor in this beer as the style would indicate but it is not missed because of the great hops and malts.

Mouthfeel – Solid medium body, carbonation is low which is expected from a hand pump.

Drinkability and Notes – Perfect drinkability, the definition of a session beer. This is a great Americanized version of an English Ale. If you happen to be at the Toranado or anywhere else this beer is served it is a must try.

During my stay in San Francisco I was blown away by Moonlight, I tried three of their beers all of which, while not really to style, were fantastic.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark reddish amber with a small head of foam, just right for a cask ale. Aromas are all fresh citrusy hops and big bready malts in perfect unison. The hops are also a bit floral and spicy with their complexity. All UK hops? Who realy knows. I won't even guess, because I will most likely be dead wrong. After all Brian Hunt is a magician. The taste is so fresh, unique, refreshing, and tasty. Fresh citrusy hops and big doughy malts fight it out and complement one another in perfect unison. Mouthfeel is cask perfection, as is the drinkability of this one. I really can't believe, that I consumed this at a California beer bar. Shocking really. This is one of the best cask beers I have ever imbibed. I can't believe that this is not a UK brew! Try it and see for yourself. Magic, I say....Magic!

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Photo of tjd25
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great lasting head on a ruby mahogany color body. The smell shows sweet red fruits with some baking notes and hints of grapefruit. Citrus and grapefruit take over the taste with a dry and oily hoppiness circling the mouth that also gets lightly chocolaty and wooden. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and enjoyably light. Quite drinkable, if it weren't for this kind of overwhelming dry character.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at "Flavor" in Santa Rosa.

This beer arrived a deep amber-brown with a thick, sticky light tan head which never seemed to go away. You know you've got a good looking brew when everyone else at the table exclaims "wow! that looks really good"

The smell was very, very inviting. There was a nice strong bready malt note that was well complimented by a floral, slightly piney scent. There were also bits of black pepper in there somewhere, making this a very exciting beer to smell. (I almost didn't take the first sip because I was afraid it couldn't be as good as the smell)

Fortunately, I was wrong - the taste is a good compliment to the smell. There's a very solid toasted malt taste to start but the flavor quickly turns to a very spicy, bitter hop note. These aren't the western hops ("four C's") that you'd expect for a west coast brewery but more likely a Fuggles in the traditional English style. Whatever type of hops they use, it's a perfect balance to the malt.

Mouthfeel was good as well - a medium bodied brew with plenty of fine carbonation to finish off each sip. The tongue feels tingly and refreshed rather than coated with oil.

Drinkability? The next time I'm at a local restaurant that features Moonlight brews, this is the one I'm going for - it's a keeper!

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Photo of donnebaby
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Way dark, red brown color body and massively thick, 3 cm swiss cheese foam topping. Beautiful appearance. Nose was mild, of pungent malts, light booze, and a small wheat back, but, hey, it's a bitter, so I have to award style points.

Taste is excellent and unique, by far the most interesting bitter I've had. Sweet on the intake, on the tongue -- unassuming -- quickly changing over to clear bitterness -- and then finishing with an enormous nutty, dry toasted wheat flavor bomb.

Served at a nice cool temperature, the bitterness grows wider and wider as it warms, stretching out the flavor farther than my mouth goes I'm sure, like something really bitter you'd find in a "spring mix" salad.

The booze seems to be "around" as you're drinking (and I hope you are), notes of black cherry liqueur, balanced, salty cherry pie and booze. Mouthfeel has a light foam feel.

Perfectly balanced brew.

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