Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday Night Suds - Blue Moon Spiced Amber Ale

This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Blue Moon's Spiced Amber Ale.

When I was in my early twenties, Snapple came out with an iced tea called Snapple Apple Pie. It was spiced with cinnamon and tasted like a cross between iced tea and apple pie. I recall driving around the South Shore of Long Island looking for convenience stores which carried it, before finding a store in Island Park which had a cooler with a dozen or so bottles in it (yes, I bought them all).

So what does Snapple have to do with beer? Not very much, but my first sniff of the Blue Moon Spiced Amber Ale brought flashbacks of the Snapple Apple Pie. The beer has a sharp cinnamon aroma which carries through to the first sip. However, the brew is not overly sweet to the point that it loses its character as a beer.

American Amber beers can vary from hoppy to mild, but they generally have a good amount of malt and this beer is no exception. The malt mixes nicely with the hops and blends with the cinnamon to produce an excellent dessert type beer.

I would recommend this beer with apple pie, apple kugel muffins or maybe some vanilla ice cream. Mrs KB gives her thumbs up as well and feels that it rivals Saranac's Maple Porter as a dessert quality brew.

The only negative about this beer is that you can't buy it on its own. It is a limited edition winter release and comes packaged in a 12 pack which contains three Spiced Amber Ales, three Winter Moon (also quite delicious), three standard Blue Moon (can't go wrong with those) and three Pale Moon (I am not too fond of those).

Blue Moon Spiced Amber Ale is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. For the experts take on the Spiced Amber Ale, please click here

As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.

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