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Day #2 – Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale

January 3, 2011

Day 2, here we are.  It’s 11:30 at night and I am just squeezing this review in today.  I was at a beer tasting all night but nothing there was readily available in Texas; and keeping to my theme I need to pick something else.  So as I reach into my fridge I decide to pull out a beer from Montana that is now sold in Texas.

Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale

Moose Drool is brewed by a company called Big Sky Brewing Company out of the small town of Missoula, Montana.  This beer is probably to be considered the company’s flagship beer, as it is the best selling and widely distributed beer.  This beer rings in at 5.1% ABV, which gives it substance while also making it fairly sessionable.  (A session beer is one that you might drink several of in one session without losing your faculties).

The style of this beer is considered to be a Brown Ale, which is a heavily malted ale and should be served in a dimpled mug.  This is the second beer in a row that is properly served in a dimpled mug; how about that?

Judging the appearance, I notice lots of reddish-orange colors that turn to rosy highlights when held to a light source.  An off-white colored head sits atop the beer and maintains a fair amount of carbonation throughout the life of the beer.  The aroma smells greatly of chocolate and caramel malts with a slight hint of roasted bitterness.  A good brown ale should be more malty than hoppy and this one follows suit quite well.

The flavor of this beer is upfront rather malty, like crushed tea leaves mixed with a sweet grain, along with a slight roasted sensation near the back of the palate.  As the beer continues to warms, it develops more of a roasted feeling while losing just a tad bit of sweetness.  The finish however is rather pleasant with a nice malted backbone and sweetness to boot.

This beer would make a nice session beer or would also pair well with a light entree or poultry.  Several Big Sky beers are now available throughout the north Texas area, and this one in-particular is worth seeking out.

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