Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Big Moose Ale

Seasonal beers come and go, some earning more recognition on my Beer Blog than others. For example, Sam Adams's different offerings have surprised me with how good they are, while Blue Moon seasonals have mostly been lackluster. Saranac's Big Moose Ale follows suit with Sam Adams and I consider it one of the more noteworthy winter beers available.

I'll be honest, Saranac has never been my favorite brewing company and the beers I've tried by them are average at best. That's why I was so surprised when John at Lake Ronkonkoma Beverage suggested Big Moose to me and for a cheap price too! He swore by it and so I picked up a 12 pack to try.

The label on the bottle screams Winter Wonderland from the get-go.

Who wouldn't want to drink a beer with a majestic moose overlooking a snow covered village? In all seriousness though, the beer is good.

Big Moose Ale is an American Pale Ale and pours a light orange color right out of the bottle. When poured it had a decent amount of head and looked like a real treat.

It may look pretty but does the flavor hold up?

Immediately my taste buds were met by a hoppy flavor that reminded me of some of my favorite IPAs, but less intense. This isn't a bad quality though. I also noticed a slight caramel flavor and a citrusy aftertaste.

At 5.3% ABV Big Moose Ale is the perfect social beer a good one to share with friends. The flavor won't knock your socks off, but rather the subtleness will find a place in your beer loving heart. 

Saranac's Big Moose Ale is brewed by Matt Brewing Company and is available only during the winter. Here is its description on Beeradvocate.com:

Saranac Big Moose Ale is an American Pale Ale with a kick. The medium-bodied malt sweetness is balanced by a nice crisp bitterness from hand selected centennial and cascade hops. Look for a vibrant citrusy hop aroma that will leave you craving another swig! 

Lake Ronkonkoma Beverage is currently offering this delicious winter beer for a discounted price. You can grab a 12 pack for $7.99 and a case for $14.99. Get it while you can!