Friday, November 13, 2009

136. Snoqualmie Falls Harvest Moon Ale

Our first beer from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company in Snoqualmie, WA.

Harvest Moon is described on the label as a German Style Festbier; it has a light bready malt nose with a cloudy caramel orange color (I did inadvertently dump the yeast from the bottle into the glass, so my bad) and an ivory head that laces the glass. There is some sweetness in the front of the beer that mixes well with the bready and toasty malt flavors; the middle has low levels of bitterness and an emphasis on the bready malt flavors, and Harvest Moon closes with some lingering candy sweetness, but also dry. The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy with a medium body; the carbonation helps round out the beer, and rolls well across the tongue. Well-balanced overall, but harvest Moon has a bit bigger of a body than most of the other fest and Oktoberfest beers we’ve had this year; it is good, but not very lager-esque at all, and a bit sticky in the overall mouthfeel—none of the crispness you’d expect. While not as finished or refined as it could be, Harvest Moon is still an interesting and enjoyable beer.

From the Snoqualmie Falls website: “We used highly kilned Munich, Two-row Pale and light Crystal malts to create a Harvest Moon Festbier, a fire-orange beer flavored with German noble hops. Enjoy the rich color and exceptionally clean, satisfying taste of this seasonal ale with your favorite foods.”

ABV: 5.3%
OG: 1.056
IBU: 24


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