Although today marks my first formal review of Rising Moon, this definitely isn’t the first time I’ve laid-lips on the beverage. My first encounter was just about a year ago. A local bar had Rising Moon on tap, and I distinctly recall watching the Red Sox play while I proceeded to put away a good portion. The bard was nice enough to drop a piece of orange into the pint-glass, which I highly recommend. The latest tasting occurred during this past weekend’s beer-review fest. Since I had a few left over, I drank another while typing this up!
Chugging at a bar, chugging at home…if you haven’t’ detected the theme, it’s drinkability. From what I understand, drinkability is important these days…at least according to the TV. Even at a healthy 5.6 ABV, Rising Moon has got it.
Rising Moon is flavored with lime. In my experience, one must be careful with lime, as it is a powerful additive. Bud Lime and Coca Cola with Lime are two products that I believe are solidly over-limed. The Blue Moon brewers have found the perfect dosage of limage. (If you haven’t caught on yet, I enjoy making words up…lime-related words, I’m finding, are particularly fun). Rising Moon has enough lime for it to be present on the pallet, while not being obnoxious and overbearing.
When you think about the various fruit-flavored unfiltered wheat ales out there, you tend to think raspberry or orange. My opinion is that Rising Moon is unique in going limey, and I salute beer-uniqueness.
On the pour, this one is full-on amber…quite light in color. A fair amount of head was present. To be 100% honest, I thought that this was an unfiltered beer until tonight when I drank out of a glass and noticed the serious lack of cloudiness.
So let’s recap: Delicious, refreshing, fruity, drinkable….go buy some.