Beer Details: Honey Moon Summer Ale from Blue Moon Brewing Company, $7.00 for 6 12-ounce bottles and available May through mid-August. (5.2% alcohol by volume)
Appearance: Golden-amber, very clear. The beer had a thick foamy head when first poured, but it quickly dissolved.
Aroma: Light, floral
Taste: With its description of "real clover honey and fresh orange peel," we were expecting to be knocked over with a mead-like brew. Instead, our first impression was that the Honey Moon tasted surprisingly light and mild. It was definitely sweet, almost like drinking fruit juice, but definitely not cloying or sticky. We could taste a little bitterness on the finish, and then a light, lingering aftertaste of honey.
As the beer warmed, more of its flavors came out. We could taste more of the honey flavors throughout, not just on the finish. The bitter hops also became more present, and this was a refreshing counterpoint to the sweetness. We never did taste much orange, though. We knew it was there if we thought about it hard enough, but it never emerged as a strong flavor.
Overall, Honey Moon is a good beer for drinking straight from the bottle on a hot day. It's refreshing and light-bodied, and it goes down ever so smoothly. With the honey flavor dominating, it was a bit one-dimensional for our taste, but sometimes it's nice to have a beer that doesn't try to hit you over the head with a million flavors.
Food Pairings: Try Honey Moon with grilled seafood, fresh salads, and salty snacks. It would also be a good one to bring out after the meal is finished along with some fresh fruit.
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