Monday, November 25, 2013

Big Moose Ale

Big Moose Ale is Saranac's take on the winter warmer. They take a different approach using a a pale ale as base. It is malt forward; which is a standard characteristic of the winter seasonal.  What really sets it apart from other beers in this classification is that it is hoppier and lacks the spices normally included in many winter beer recipes.

But that's okay, as long as it tastes good, right? Let's see what this beer is all about.

Big Moose Ale (5.3% ABV) pours a clear amber that approaches red. The head is bright white and airy bright and leaves behind spotty lacing.

The aroma is malty with caramel notes.

The taste is fairly light. Toasted malt and sweet caramel are in evidence. The sweetness is offset by a resinous hop profile. The finish is crisp and mildly bitter

The mouth feel is light and effervescent. Very drinkable and sessionable.

Big Moose Ale is smooth drinking beer with good but low-key flavor. It's not bad but not great either.

Overall: good.

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