Rising Moon Spring Ale
55 Blade Chainsaw
Rising Moon Spring Ale is a Seasonal Wheat Ale designed for extra crispness, citrusy flavoring and zest. It is brewed with fresh Kieffer lime leaves and lime peel for an alcohol content of 5.6% ABV and I would estimate between 20 and 25 IBUs just from savoring.
Rising Moon Spring Ale is created by the Blue Moon branch of the Coors Brewing Company in the Rocky Mountains of Golden, Colorado.
We had company coming over and I had just come back from hosting a crazy birthday party for our 10 year old at one of those kid’s cheesy pizza & game centers – I was exhausted, but willing to meet new people for the sake of my wife. We were fresh out of beer, and I can’t be seen as a good host without at least a case of brew at the house.
The Seasonal Spring lime green color on the packaging of the case sitting atop a metal crate inside the refrigerated room grabbed me and pulled me forward. I immediately picked it up and made a life’s decision that would minutely affect the course of my future.
I’ve known my wife’s friend for a few years, but we haven’t seen her in a year and she got married in a split second. Luckily, her new husband was one of those off-colored creative characters of our world (a great match for our friend) that exist right in my comfort zone, making it easy to host with a mind fried from the furor of 10, 10 year old children and a couple of tots. We admired the easy drink of Rising Moon but paced ourselves to avoid overconsumption in front of our collective children and his pregnant wife.
Thereafter, I spent several weeks trying to rate the buzz and losing to moderation. So the night begins with dedication and lethal intent.
Onto The Method
5.5/10 – The Classic
1.5 – Appearance – Rising Moon Spring Ale pours a deep bronze metal with an extremely full and chunky tan head that is interesting and exciting. The bronze coloring is attractive but fully transparent and uncharacteristic of the usual cloudy wheat beer disposition.
1.0 – Aroma – High lime fragrances over light and faint malt aromas and very little hop character.
1.0 – Taste – The elevated lime flavors join the unexpected bitter hop character to attack the roof of the mouth, existing over mellow malt tastes. Finally, the mass-produced tendencies manifest themselves over the course of the session and diminishing the enjoyment by a noticeable degree.
1.0 – Palate – Full carbonation over a medium to full body with an easy drinkability.
1.0 – Overall – I enjoy the unique lime flavoring and am surprised by the bitter hop character, though it is this hoppyness that feels borrowed from Coors’ American Lager recipe as some means of cost reduction which diminishes the overall enjoyment of the session.
5.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – With an alcohol content of 5.6% abv, the hammer is not all that it could be. It is fair to well at its foundation but missteps out of harmony with its respective self.
6.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – It takes this knife some effort to cut through its medium to full body. A light stomach with accompanying grapefruit and orange snacks help it along to maintain its occupation.
6.5/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift –Decent spiders towards the end of the second, making a full and belching appearance at the end of the third for a full head and filling belly.
7.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – It’s easy to control this under bearing motor, but ultimately it is uninspiring and the session ends at the fourth.
25.0/50 Blades – The Buzz – Rising Moon Spring Ale is a pretty decent beer that looks attractive in its packaging and liquid expression, and is worth the try for its interesting lime and Kieffer leaf flavorings. It has very little of the Wheat beer characteristics, but I can go either way with the representation. It loses to an uncomfortably generic bitterness that at the foundation feels borrowed, cost-conscious and mass produced. Finally, the hammer is hidden in the body and the knife is average. It does have a nice full head making it a somewhat decent but effortful buzz.