Misspent Youth | Moonlight Brewing Company

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Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mjl21 on 01-31-2010

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 14
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. I've heard that this beer contains second use fresh hops; they were first used in 2010 Homegrown for dry hopping, and then later used in this beer for bittering.

Copper colored with a little haziness, this is pretty dark for a pale ale. The head is dense and lasting.

The nose is a mix of resiny, earthy, leafy hops and caramelized malt. It's not a terribly bold aroma, but it's clean and fairly enjoyable.

This is one extremely bitter pale ale, it tastes like the wort was boiled for an unusually long period of time. The malt backbone is very caramelized, though I can pick up little sweetness beyond the abrasive bitterness. There's plenty of hop flavor, too; leafy and herbal, earthy, resiny, fairly British in character though far more bitter than anything the Brits would make.

This is a tough one to rate. It goes down easily enough, I enjoyed my pint and it's very clean, but it's not constructed in a way that appeals to me much.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach, CA) on 3/20/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper, with a thin covering of bright-white head. This retains pretty well, throwing some light spotty lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and citric in the nose, with a solid backing of toasted sweetness. Nice evenness present here between the hops and malt.

The taste is VERY aggressive with the hops. Spice, pine, and bitter fruit just rock the palate up front, with the bready sweetness of the pale malts barely keeping things in check. There's an intense finish on this as well, with tons of lingering dryness and bitterness hanging back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with sharpness to the carbonation which matches that hop profile. There is also an oily slickness to the body which helps add some smoothness to the feel but overall, this is mostly crisp and sharp in the mouth.

Wow, calling this an APA is an understatement, as this brought more American hop attitude than a lot of IPAs that I've had. While I enjoyed it's aggressiveness for the most part, the extreme bitterness of this was starting to get a little fatiguing by the time that I got to the bottom of the glass. Luckily this remained crisp and quaffable enough to ensure that it didn't happen sooner. Hop heads should love this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: The pour is amber in color with a finger's worth of off-white head and some scarce lacing.

S: A decent citrus note to the beer, but the hop character is more toward the floral side. Lots of bready malts and a decent amount of spicy and earthy notes.

T: Lots earthy and floral hops up front, but the hop flavor dies away pretty quickly. Bready malts with a bit of metal, and maybe even some skunk. This is really bitter for a pale ale, and it sort of overwhelms the rest of the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not one of the better Moonlight beers. Too bitter without much good hop flavor.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Whole Foods Santa Rosa. Served in taster pint.

A - Transparent golden body, with a finger of white foam that settles to a thin collar and splotchy lacework.

S - Icing sugar malt backbone, heavy citrus, some herbs and dank, slightly cheesy in character. Somewhat understated, but quite pleasant on the whole.

T - A mix of sugary malts, orange peels, herbs, and moderate hop bitterness that grows over time. Deceptive, just like Bombay by Boat.

M - Pleasant active carbonation, medium body, resinous and juicy. No alcohol, although I didn't expect any in a 5.4% pale ale.

D - It's a solid, enjoyable pale ale with a nice bitter kick to it. I found it easy to drink and would gladly order it again in the future.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Billco's Billiard Parlor today.

The beer pours a peachy orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise fairly attractive, consisting of dry orange rind, grapefruit, light sweet malt and a hint of grain. The nose replicates the nose pretty closely in this dry, hoppy pale ale. The hoppy bitterness really bites in the finish with this beer, though the sweet malt still holds its own pretty well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, very hoppy/bitter finish. Drinkability is OK, and you can tell the alcohol is pretty low in this dry style pale ale.

While I'm not sure I would call this pale ale outstanding, it still delivered plenty of flavor on a dry, hoppy frame. Not bad...

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3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark golden/amber with a creamy rocky white head. Good lace.

S: Grapefruit, cedar, also a bit of a detergent play which was interesting.

T: Reminded me of a lot of Bombay by Boat. Hop profile is of wet leaves, earth, soil and pine. The more floral and citrus notes comes out as it warms. Just all right for me.

M: Good medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very long aftertaste for a pale ale, I could still taste it 30 minutes later.

D: This is an OK pale, not the hop character I like though.

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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Pi Bar.

A: No head not lace. Lightly hazy hay-gold.

S: Huge, raw, pale malt. Biscuit yeast.

T: large and refreshing with a shockingly bracing hop profile -- grapefruit peel, grassy herbalness, fleeting bitterness.

M: Robust and pleasant.

O: An enjoyable, but not exceptional, APA. Would drink again.

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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was another tasty Moonlight brew. Citrusy, tropical hop-forward brew with a clean, clear finish.

On cask this pours a gold yellow with a pleasing lemony hop character. It tastes crisp and lemony with a rounded finish to a pleasing bitter punch and a nice malt character. I like ‘em both!

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Offa
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a typically very good and interesting beer from Moonlight which I had, like most Moonlight beers, on tap at Flavor in downtown SR.

Bright gold, it has a big white head lasting for a logn time and leaving lots of lace.

Aroma is light but very nice, bright, aromatic grain, pepper, citrus (Bergamot mostly with grass and some lemon).

Taste has the aroma's elements, with balanced grassy-spicy-peppery-citrusy bitterness balanced with light, bready sweetness and yeastiness, hint of mineral and sulphur. It's bright, zesty, and juicy. It leans slightly to the bitter side with a pleasant, engaging, zesty bitterness and is overall a wonderful, engaging and well-rounded pale ale very reminiscent of some great English bitters.

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4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mjl21
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mondo in Sonoma. Poured into a pint glass. No abv is listed. Described on the beer menu as an American style pale ale.

A-Pours a very clear amber with a one finger off white head that has some decent staying power.

S-A nice mix of toasted pale malt, grapefruit, and floral hops. It reminds me in a lot of ways of a fresh hopped Cascade pale ale.

T-The taste mimics the nose. It has a really nice toasted pale malt base that gives it a nice level of sweetness. There is plenty of grapefruit and earthy hop flavor as well. The hops result in a pleasing level of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D-A nice hoppy pale ale. It was quite sessionable and the pint went fast.

Looks like this is a new offering from Moonlight. A solid pale ale that is well hopped.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at The Trappist in Oakland, CA, transcribed from notes. My 20th review!

A: pours a orange/brown, with 2 fingers of beautiful head that retained for a long time. Considerable lacing on the glass as I enjoyed it slowly.

S: very hoppy, no real malt on the nose. Piney and hints of pineapple/mango/citrus. Opens up the sinuses!

T: initially the piney/citrus taste hits your tongue, but an intense bitterness dominates the flavor. Nevertheless, it is pleasant.

M: the bitterness lingers, the beer itself is very refreshing and smooth to drink, the ample carbonation and bitterness also adds a spicy quality to the beer.

O: a very good brew, sessionable, would love a growler of it in my fridge!

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Misspent Youth from Moonlight Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 34 ratings