Unfortunately this isn’t as fresh as I’d like - it’s not past date though. It was bottled 3/19. Judging by a quick sniff it certainly smells like it hasn’t fallen apart!
The soundtrack for this beer was a no-brainer: moe. :D
Holy fucking shit a picture where you can actually get a sense of the appearance! I’ll come up with a better looking piece of paper next time lol
Appearance - Nice rich golden color with a fluffy head. It laces like a champ, has excellent retention and sticks to the glass delightfully.
Aroma - juicy hops, passionfruit. Slight resin character. Nothing really to note regarding malt. Really nice. If it’s this good after 2 months on a shelf, I can only imagine what it’d be like when fresher.
Taste - Wow really doesn’t follow the nose at all. No juiciness here, the hops are prickly, piney, still some resin. There’s a biscuity malt finish that comes in pretty strong. There’s also a tad big of unwanted “old beer funk”…not overpowering, but it’s there.
Mouthfeel - Fairly strong carbonation, slightly tannic, light lingering bitterness. Yup, it’s a pale ale lol.
Thoughts - The aroma really got my hopes up, it kinda fell apart in the taste, but it’s not fresh. I’ll definitely grab it again when I spot it fresh. It’s still drinking nicely, though MBC does price their stuff high enough that I’d say it’s not worth buying if you happen to stumble across it at 6+weeks on it.
On another note - it’s been way too long since I’ve listened to moe. After attending Bonnaroo years ago I went through a brief jam band phase…I found moe. to be by far my favorite. They’re nice and jazzy and their long instrumental sessions are kept interesting, rather than that stupid “hey let’s repeat one lick for 5 minutes and just get slowly louder to inject some excitement” thing that’s really common with jam bands.
Rating (@2 months old) - 82/100