Sublimmminal Fresh Hop Harvest | Moonlight Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Halcyondays on 10-07-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Halcyondays:
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a amber/red colour, small white head as well, good retention in the glass, leaving a small colony of bubbles overhead as the beer is drunk.

S: Toffee, caramel malt, with some citrus - most notably, grapefruit and lemon.

T: Beer was a little cool coming out of the tap, so I originally thought, "That's it?" But as the beer warmed, a nice combination of malt and hops came out. The malt had a nice biscuity, toasty flavour to it typical of red ales, the hops were tasty, very fresh, with some pine resin, citrus, and soil.

M: Fresh and crisp, great carbonation level, which only enhances the beer's flavours, is not overdone, resiny, but not overly oily, even with the fresh hops.

D: This is my second fresh hop beer ever, so I don't know what to make of them yet, but I like what I've tried so far. On drinkability, I found this beer incredibly refreshing, the bitterness was not overpowering, at first I thought it would be at about IPA level, but it's really closer to a pale ale. I classified this as an amber/red, but it is close to a pale ale too, so it could have been classified in either, I just went with what the colour, and malt and hop profile told me. In conclusion, this is another great beer by Moonlight, pretty rare, so if you find it on-tap or on-cask, you should definitely try it.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mild redemption for the mess that is ''just Go Shopping.'' Pours clear amber with an average white head. Floral aroma, somewhat earthy and bready. Taste was bitter with piney hops. More earthiness with caramel and soap. Kind of fell flat, especially for a Wet Hop ale.

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cask at Toronado. Pale golden in color, great clarity. Not really an amber/red in my opinion, more like an APA. This one poured with a big frothy head, great retention and tons of lacing.

Smell: Loaded with wet hops, wonderfully aromatic stuff. Resin and orange peel, jasmine, a touch of fresh rosemary. Just a faint malt presence, this one is all about the hops.

Taste & mouthfeel: Light on the palate, pretty easy drinking stuff. Tons of juicy, oily hop flavor on display here, with a very reigned-in bitterness. While this beer greatly favors the aroma/flavor hop additions, it totally works, largely thanks to the sheer freshness and quality of the hops. Mandarin orange, honey, jasmine and pine come to mind here, with just a dash of resiny bitterness appearing in the finish. Malty in a subtle way, there's a fairly solid caramel backbone here, but it's mere support for the complex hop flavor. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa. Last pour of the season!

A: Hazy orange, almost clear. Gorgeous off-white head, great retention and lacing.

S: Soft citrus hops with orange, some zest. Not much malt, there's a mild sweetness, though

T/M: Mild hop bitterness with citrus and orange. No malt flavors, very dry and refreshing. Carbonation is high but is appropriate. Mildly hoppy on the finish, could use some resiny character, though

D: Wonderfully drinkable, would gladly try this one again.

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Photo of Floydster
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at O'Briens Pub in San Diego on 10/26/08 for around four dollars dollars, reviewed from notes, second beer I tasted on Sunday at this year's Wet Hop Festival, listed at 5.5% ABV

A-Medium orange mixed with amber color, one inch foamy white head that leaves a pillowy cloud at the tope of the glass, nice retention, some lacing
S-Tons of hops and they smell real fresh and strong, sweet bread, vanilla, buttery accents, earthiness, grassy accents, resin, caramel, floral scents, and grapefruit
T-Flavor is big and hoppy without being too powerful in the feel or drinkability, lots of hops at first and in the end, some fruits and caramel in the middle that is slightly toasted, hops never back down and there is always a fresh plant-like taste that flows through, gets more fruity with warmth but not too much and citrus is the most prominent, really like the balance and how this holds up with the various changes in temperature
M-Dry, citrusy, bitter, and buttery mouthfeel, medium bodied, nice strong level of carbonation that keeps things crisp, taste lingers with piney flavors
D-Could drink several pints of this stuff, it goes down easy and is not filling at all, there is a low alcohol presence, it is smooth and not overly hoppy, very light

Best wet hop beer I had this year, there is probably a reason why this is one of the first kegs that blew, had this about a year ago at Beachwood BBQ but liked it a lot more this time, craziest thing about this beer is that hops are only added in the aging tank, that explains the blatant freshness, will drink again, recommended

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Photo of Offa
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this from the cask at Toad in the Hole, Santa Rosa, and it was odd and unimpressive.

Golden, it had a thin, weak, off-white head quickly shrinking to a thin ring and leaving very weak, little lace. This is unusual for Moonlight beers, which usually look great.

The aroma was thin and mild, mostly grapefruit with some bready grain and cooked veg.

The taste was almost nothing but sour grapefruit with hints of sour lemon and peach and maybe a barely discernable grain element in the finish/aftertaste. Mostly it was just lightly sour-tart fruit, with little flavour beyond grapefruit and very little sweetness or bitterness. It was very thin, bland, and flat in character and feel.

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Sublimmminal Fresh Hop Harvest from Moonlight Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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