Moe's Backroom Pale Ale | City Brewing Company, LLC

Moe's Backroom Pale AleMoe's Backroom Pale Ale
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Moe's Backroom Pale AleMoe's Backroom Pale Ale

Brewed by:
City Brewing Company, LLC
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by AndIWantYou on 05-09-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up when I was in Knoxville mostly because I had never heard of it before, and I was very glad that I did. Poured a nice medium amber with a frothy white head that was towering over the glass. Great retention as it slid gracefully down the sides. Very clear with apparent carbonation very visible. The aroma was very nicely hopped with a rich mix of pine and grapefruit with a little big of wheat mixed in. The flavor was great for a pale, very full with a really nice mix of sweetness on top of a very bitter hop profile. Nice carbonation and light to medium feel made this one a session ale for sure. Overall I was not expecting much, but was very pleasantly surprised by this one. A real treat and I am glad I picked it up. This is a quality session pale and you could do a lot worse then this one. I would have to say I defiantly recommend you pick this one up.

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Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark amber with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like earthy malt with a bit of cherry and floral hops. It tasted like wet caramel malt with light copper and cherry hops. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had a brief bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a good clean flavor and decent body. Pretty good for a pale ale!

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Photo of Jasoncolliver
4/5  rDev +32%

Photo of KnucklesObrien
4/5  rDev +32%

Photo of stockingcpl
3.97/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew pours as a nice medium to dark amber color. Head is initial heavy but tapers quickly. Lacings are minimal.

Smell: There is a nice light malt presence. Very minor hop tracings blend well. Not overly strong, the totality of the aroma curve is very nice. Delicate.

Taste: Flavor onset is a sweet malt flavor. Hop presence is restrained and detectable during sustain. Flavor curve is rather short yet very crisp. The sweet character is not cloying, however it is prominent.

Mouthfeel: This brew sits well on the tongue. Initial malt flavor is light and does not crowd the palate. This is a good session beer.

Drinkability: Again, the overall flavor character of this brew lends itself to a refreshing selection. This is a great hot weather beer. Iced cold, and served by the pool or during a BBQ.


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Photo of katan
3.95/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color. Very clear and doesn't appear to have much carbonation. Little to no head or lacing.

S - Light amount of citrus hops, lightly floral. Certainly an american variety, a little bit piney.

T - Starts off a little bit malty, but then quickly gets a potent hit of american hops. Very grassy and piney - almost could be mistaken for a IPA. Finishes dry, bitter.

M - Light beer body and a out of balance amount of carbonation. Finishes clean.

O/D - Good APA - especially with the surprising amount of hop character. ABV is manageable. Not overly filling. A little bit too dry at times.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of amhatfield3
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.73/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into my favorite beer mug -

Poured a dark gold with one finger head that dissipated quickly lots of bubbles with thin lacing.

Smell was of mild hops and light malt-

Taste was mild considering a 5.70% abv - light malts with light hop hints .

A decent brew that's easy to drink -

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Photo of SargeC
3.72/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber with a decent head. Rustic appearance.

Smell: Nice balance of malt and hops

Taste: Semi-sweet and smoky malt flavor provides the base; a touch of hops finishes the brew off.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Thick enough to facilitate a good aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is decent pale ale at a reasonable price. Decent power too at 5.7%.

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light herbal hop and a grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a sharp herbal hop and a moderate graininess.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style with a good residual spiciness.

Overall a decent APA. Good if you like herbal hops.

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Photo of Bigfatbino
3.62/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A = Nice dark amber in the glass, surprisingly so for a pale ale in my experience. decent head, yet quick-fading, with some lacing in the glass

S = a nice blend of sweet, grainy, and and hoppy aroma. Not too pungent, not too bland

T = Sweet on the palate, mild bitter aftertaste, light roasted chocolate/coffee undertones.

M = light on the palate as expected, but not in a "watered down" kind of way. nice medium body in the bubbles.

D = A good beer for someone who is looking to get into the ale variety of beers, especially the pale ales. Not what I would normally drink as I like it stronger, but I wouldn't pass one up either.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Chip's Wine and Beer in Kill Devil Hills, NC. The clear amber beer has a mix of earthy grapefruit and toasted caramel malt. It's on the sweeter, fruitier side of pale ales, but I think it's deserves better than it's C+ rating. It finishes with a simple, herbal hop bite and overall is fairly sessionable. It's just a touch on the thick side of a pale ale.

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Photo of JMad
3.51/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The color was golden, with a thin white head that left nice lacing on the glass.

I could smell biscuits, malt, grain and lemon.

The taste is mostly of lemony hops and bread, there is a hint of butter and a slightly bitter finish.

The beer feels thin, it has good carbonation and a satisfying finish.

This is an average pale ale, pretty solid, but nothing special.

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Photo of jonphilipp
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of legatovibrato24
3.49/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours quite clear, with a yellowish amber color, head dissipates rather quickly. Hops are present in the smell, however not in the same league of power as Sierra Nevada Torpedo or Stone IPA. Of course in all fairness, it is also not in that price range, at $5.99 a six pack, this is one that I will consider coming back to, or at least sampling their other offerings.

Letting this one linger on the tongue exposes its hoppy characteristics, which are subtle but well done. It is far from overpowering but has enough flavor to stand on its own and command a certain amount of respect.

Unfortunately, in the Pale Ale department the competition is fierce and those willing to pay for it, can find much better Ales.

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Photo of biggred1
3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper penny colored with a fluffy eggshell head that leaves spiderweb lace behind. Mild floral hops and toasted grain in the nose. Tastes well balanced between citrusy hop and caramel malt, could use a higher concentration of flavor to suit my taste but decent anyway. Light bodied with lively carbonation. This beer is good for what it is.. a six dollar sixpack from Kroger, not close to the best examples of the style but you could do far worse.

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Photo of wingman14
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with a large off white head that fades somewhat quickly, but leaves lacing. The smell is hoppy up front with not much else going on. A few sweet and citrus notes. The taste is a moderately hoppy flavor, a one-sided beer, but done well. It works if you like the taste. A very small bitter aftertaste finish with the hops. A light mouthfeel, frothy and somewhat smooth. Not a very complex beer, but enjoyable, good carbonation. Easy drinker, especially during a hot summer day. A good beer, but nothing amazing.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After reading other reviews, I think this brewery may have a consistency problem. I have to agree that this is definitely a brew that is well worth the price. It pours a deep coppery orange color, and has a nice very white head with great lacing. It has a great citrus hop smell that may make you think you are smelling an IPA. The flavor is great at first with a nice citrus hop overflow, however its aftertaste isn't quite so good. Kind of left a metallic flavor in my mouth. Its a lot cheaper than Sierra Nevada, so if you like their Pale Ale, this one sure saves you money. I'll probably buy some more at our local Kroger.

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Photo of Deconstructionis
3.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I first saw this at Kroger, I assumed "Moe" was an alias for one the big three. It wasn't until I came home and did a search here that I learened Moe is a contract brewed Kroger brand. I must say it's a decent beer offered at a very good price. I'd describe it as most similar to a toned down Burning River Pale Ale which I think is one the best "value" beers around (and just a plain very good beer). This is even cheaper and in "value" terms would rank very high. Ignoring cost it's an above average pale ale that lacks distinction but but is a good quality beer designed to appeal to a broad spectrum if not those who reject low key quality.

Basically, it's an average looking APA with little aroma and the taste is good without any "flaws" but it just doesn't have a lot of it. It's very drinkable-- a good beer perhaps to buy if you are hosting a lot of people who consume a lot of beer and want to keep costs down without serving something you wouldn't drink yourself.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear orange, copper with an off white, beige head that has average retention and some decent side lacing.
Aroma has pine nuts, malts and some orange peel scents.
Taste has some mild toasty malts. A little on the flat side with its low casrbonation.
Tinge of bitterness in a dry finish.
Definitly better than average brew but low average for its pale ale style.

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Photo of StarSAELS
3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I picked this up in the new Kroger... the beermonger says it's a Kroger brand that's contract brewed by Midwest Beverage Packers, which is part of City Brewery, which is actually Melanie Brewing Company. So it's a friend of their mother-in-law's second cousin, who happens to be twice removed.

Either way, it's not that bad a brew. I've had worse.

A: Pours a golden amber with a whitish head that barely gets to two fingers. Recedes to a clumpy cap with bubble of various size. No lacing.

S: Piney, hoppy, a little citrusy. I'm not jumping up out of my chair...

T: Hops-a-plenty in this brew. Don't get me wrong, it's pale in comparison to Brooklyn EIPA and Tupper's Hop Pocket Ale, but at least there's an effort to get hoppy. It's bitter, but not what I'd expect. Piney hops mostly cover up the malts, but they're there... in a flavor that, like Moe's Amber Ale, sorta reminds me of the malty Ovaltine. Or maybe those malted milk balls...

M: A nicely smooth, slick texture that's somewhere between beer and a real fountain soda.

D: I give the pale ale a better grade than the amber ale from Kroger. But that's just me. I've bought it more than once, so on my drinkability scale (which is directly correlated with price scale), I'll buy it again.

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Photo of boogles
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For $1 per beer, which is cheap by Kroger's ever increasing prices on good beer, this is drinkable. Rumor has it that this beer and its brethren are contracted exclusively by Kroger from La Crosse City Brewery--my bottle reads that the brewery is "Tap Room Brewing Company."

As another reviewer mentioned, it smells right on, but the taste is too sweet and the hops, present in the smell, disappear.

For Kroger beer, I'd rather pay $6 for this than $8 for one of the better macros or, worse, a lousy local brewed-for-stores "micro". However, the more I have of this (and the lager is even worse), the more I get sick of it and find it less than tolerable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.31/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't know why this is listed as retired. It just showed up here. Also, bottle says Rochester, NY not LaCrosse, WI. Contract brew?

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one finger soapy, white head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled malty and grassy. Not much else.

T - It tasted of some bitter grassy hops. A nice burnt toast maltiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is a nice APA. At $6.59 for a six pack it is a nice value.

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Moe's Backroom Pale Ale from City Brewing Company, LLC
Beer rating: 8.7% out of 100 with 104 ratings
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