Blue Moon Agave Nectar Ale

001As I mentioned in my last post, I recently picked up Blue Moon’s Brewmaster’s Seasonal Sampler pack, which includes 3 Blackberry Tart Ales, 3 Agave Nectar Ales, 2 Rounder Belgian-style Pale Ales, 2 Short Straw Red Ales, and 2 of their original Belgian White Belgian-style Wheat Ales. After trying the Rounder Belgian-style Pale Ale, I was excited to sample another selection from this variety pack.

I had heard some good things about the Agave Nectar Ale, so I decided to give it a try. While pouring it into a glass, I noticed that it has a sweet and nutty aroma to it. It has a nice golden color with a thin white head. The taste opens up with a malty emphasis and subtle nuttiness. The taste finishes with the agave nectar really coming through. The agave nectar adds a nice sweetness that tastes similar to honey with a nutty flavor to it. This beer is also brewed with white wheat which adds to the balanced flavor and creates a very smooth finish. Pale and Munich malts are also used in brewing this beer. Blue Moon Agave Nectar Ale is brewed with Mittelfruh hops, which is a very mild hops variety, so that undoubtedly contributes to the smoothness of this beer.

This is great beer for summer because it is really light and drinkable and it has a sweet and refreshing taste to it. Blue Moon Agave Nectar Ale is a limited summer release, so make sure to pick some up to enjoy on a hot summer day or a warm summer night. Cheers!

Blue Moon Rounder Belgian-style Pale Ale

003Sampler packs are a great way to try out a variety of beer without having to fill up your fridge with beers that you may or may not like. Seasonal sampler packs are even better because they include beers that are made with seasonal ingredients. I’ve always been a fan of Blue Moon but have grown bored of it recently, but when I saw their Brewmaster’s Seasonal Sampler 12 pack with 5 different types in it, I had to get it. It includes 3 Blackberry Tart Ales, 3 Agave Nectar Ales, 2 Rounder Belgian-style Pale Ales, 2 Short Straw Red Ales, and 2 of their original Belgian White Belgian-style Wheat Ales.

The Rounder Belgian-style Pale Ale sounded really good so it was the first bottle that I opened up. The first thing that I noticed was that it had a nice dark amber color. While I was pouring it, I noticed it had a sweet and citrusy aroma. The taste opens up with a sweet caramel maltiness and finishes with a floral and citrus flavor that has a hint of hops. The beer itself is very smooth and medium bodied.

Rounder Belgian-style Pale Ale is brewed with hibiscus and orange peel along with Cascade hops and a variety of malts that include Pale, Imported Caramel, Imported Light Caramel, and White Wheat. This was a really nice change of pace from Blue Moon’s original Belgian White. If you can find a case of Rounder Belgian-style Pale Ale or the Brewmaster’s Seasonal Sampler, you should definitely pick it up. Cheers! 004

Samuel Adams Irish Red and Alpine Spring

004Samuel Adams has combined six different types of their best winter and spring themed beers into the Spring Thaw variety pack, which includes Winter Lantern Belgian-style ale, Double Agent IPL, Maple Pecan Porter, Irish Red ale, Alpine Spring lager, and the original Boston Lager. I started talking about the Spring Thaw variety pack in my last blog a couple days ago when I reviewed the Winter Lantern Belgian-style ale and the Double Agent IPL. Both of those brews were surprisingly good and so were the two I tried tonight.

The first beer I sampled tonight was the Irish Red ale, which gets its name from the copper/red color it has. This red ale’s flavor is predominantly focused around the roasted caramel malts, which give it a malty sweetness. The Irish Red balances the malt flavors with 3 types of hops, East Kent Goldings, English Fuggles, and Hallertau Mittlefrueh. The combination of hops and caramel malts make for a very enjoyable red ale.

Next up was the Alpine Spring, which is an unfiltered lager that has a nice hazy golden color. This beer has a sweet and refreshing citrus taste to it. The flavor is very unique with its nice balance of crisp maltiness from the two-row pale malt blend and honey malt, combined with the smooth taste of Nobel Tettnang hops. This beer is a great combination of great flavor and smooth drinkability.

Overall, these were both really good beers but I’m really liking the Alpine Spring for its great unique flavor. The Spring Thaw variety pack is an awesome choice for anyone who wants to sample some great beers. I’m looking forward to trying the Maple Pecan Porter, but that will have to wait until next time. If you haven’t already picked up the Spring Thaw variety pack, go out and grab it while you still can because they’re only available until the end of March.