Friday, March 8, 2013

Blue Moon - new offerings

The other day when I was picking up some brews I spied a promotional kiosk for new Blue Moon products.  I'm not a huge fan of mass produced mega beer  . . . 

but . . . but . . . but . . . 

FREE samples of BEER!!

So, I sampled.  

Blue Moon Valencia Grove Amber (5.9% ABV)  The color was indeed amber.  The aroma as very orangy with a hint of wheat.  The taste is pretty much the same.  It's quite like when you put a sliver of orange into an original Blue Moon only more so - with a touch of wheat.  It was actually pretty good.  Very easy going, smooth and refreshing.  

Proximity  (8.5% ABV)  is a blended beer brewed with the juice of Sauvignon Blanc grapes.  I like beer.  I like wine.  This might be good.  Or it could be very bad.  Proximity is a pale gold with very little head.  The aroma is wine like, grapey.  The flavor is, again, wine-like but with clear wheat beer characteristics.  Interesting and not at all unpleasant.  The mouth feel is much like that of a sparkling wine.  I liked it but didn't love it.  

Impulse  (8.5% ABV)  is a blended beer brewed with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.  After sampling Proximity I knew pretty much what to expect from a beer/wine combo.    And I knew this one had potential.     It poured red and has a thin pink head.  It smelled wonderful!  Very much like a nice Cabernet Sauvignon with a breath a wheat.  Impulse is dryer, maltier - much more to my liking than Proximity.  But, then, when I drink wine I prefer red.  It has a touch of wheat and some spice, as well.  But the red wine is what lingers on the palate.  The mouth feel is smooth but effervescent.    I like Impulse a lot.  I would definitely buy it.  

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