I was in London yesterday for an Amazon Web Services shindig, so couldn’t help but take a break from the cloud evangelizing for a sneaky-quick half at the rub-a-dub across the frog for a swift half of pig’s ear. My minces came to rest on a not-normally seen tap in English pubs…Blue Moon. (Jeez, I go to “That London” for a day and come over all cock-er-nee)
Blue Moon. I keep seeing it in supermarket. I’ve looked at it, it’s looked at me – and I’ve never actually got around to trying it. I spotted it on draught in The Woodin’s Shades in Bishopsgate – just across the road from the cloud do, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.
Arriving a very hazy light-orangey sort of colour – think Robinson’s Orange Barley Water if you will. A very fizzly sort of head hung about around the edges of the glass.
The aroma was interesting and yeastily-fruity with -surprisingly enough- notes of toffee and caramel. Very unexpected, but nice all the same.
The body was thinnish and the carbonation suitably prickly and lively. Light orangey fruity and almost chalky notes accompanied in the taste. There was some creaminess from the wheat and a definite clovey theme. Blue Moon wasn’t as wheaty as some European wheats I’ve had, but I guess that’s the difference in the US and European interpretations of the wheat/Weiss style.
When I started actually thinking about Blue Moon as an American interpretation of the Belgian style, I wondered why should it be compared to the other interpretations of the style? The yeast is probably different, the hopping probably too and it’s from a completely different country for God’s sake.
Armed with those thoughts and wishing that it was served a couple of degrees warmer, my opinion changed as the beer warmed a little: the creamy-wheatiness came forth, the lightish orange blossomed into more fulfilling fruity tones and the 5.4% alcohol brought more warmth, too.
I can imagine it with a slice of Orange in it too…but don’t worry I won’t do that. I’d definitely have Blue Moon again, but maybe a tad warmer and at less of a frenetic London pace.
Roll-on next summer…