So Mrs. Beer decided to take the proverbial bull by the horns in regards to our little experiment and picked up two new beers yesterday while she was at the grocery store. The first one we decided to sample was Blue Moon’s “Honey Moon” summer ale.
For the summer season Blue Moon now renames the Summer Ale to Honey Moon. “This ale is brewed with clover honey, orange peel, pale malt, and malted white wheat.” This ale was a first place winner in the Specialty Honey Lager or Ale category at the Great American beer Festival in 2006. Honey Moon is 5.6% alcohol by volume.
Seeing as how it’s a Blue Moon brand, Mrs. Beer and I peeled a couple of oranges to get the tasting started. As sure as we got our excitement up, we got let down pretty damn quickly. The combination of all its ingredients plus the orange peel did not make for a tasty treat. I don’t know what the best word to describe it was…I’m thinking overkill. All we could taste was the orange.
So, we decided to give it another shot without the orange peel. I thought it tasted better, but it still wasn’t particularly great. After I poured it, the aroma actually made me cough. Seriously. It’s almost as if they took a bottle of Blue Moon and poured some honey in it. Mrs. Beer thought it had a “funny taste” but couldn’t quite put her finger on the problem. She’s a big fan of the package; she said she nearly bought Blue Moon but the packaging made her pick this up instead. The price wasn’t unreasonable at $7.49/sixer, but we were hoping for more taste.
Anyways, this doesn’t take either of us back to our honeymoon (St. Martin) and it’s unlikely this Honey Moon will be making a second trip into the Beer Household. For now, we’ll stick with Blue Moon.*
Alcohol Content: 7/10
*Mrs. Beer says that she isn’t willing to write this one off for good yet, but she isn’t going to go so far as buying another six-pack until she figures this one out. She says she’d be open to trying it without the six-pack commitment and definitely wants to see how a beer place like Flying Saucer serves it (with or without the orange?). You can be sure, my fellow beer drinker, that I will keep you updated on her findings.