Crazy Mountain Cara De Luna Black Ale

I am so happy to be off today. This week was really tiring and I needed some sleep. Today is New Jersey Pride, which I haven’t been to in years. I won’t be attending today either because it’s the first weekend of Philly Beer Week (since PBW and Pride usually are at the same time, this could account for why I haven’t been to Pride in years). Anyways, here’s another beer from the New York stash the lawyer brought home. She said that it was on sale, which may not be a good thing. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This mutt of a beer is truly unique, just like its name’s origin. Cara de Luna comes from a childhood nickname that founder Marisa’s dad came up with to describe her incredibly round and full face. The phrase is Spanish for “Face of the Moon.” We take German hops, Belgian Malt, and American yeast to make this Black German Pale Ale. A light mouthfeel lends itself to the soft maltiness and distinct smooth hop character. Leaving convention behind, this beer paves its own path….just like Marisa and her big ol’ face.”

Random: I like the label on this one. It’s cute.

This brew poured with a huge head. It was about three fingers high and thick. It took forever to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark cocoa color without any carbonation due to the color. The nose was way more towards to the roasty side of the style. I got dark cocoa powder with dark chocolate and lots of roasted malts. There was a touch of smoke as well. There wasn’t any hop notes on the nose. The taste was also a lot more of the roasty side. There were all the flavors that were in the nose, such as the dark chocolate and roasted malts, but there was a touch of hop at the end. It came across as grassy with a touch of metal as well. I wouldn’t call this balanced for the style or a brew that would be very reflective of the style. The body was creamy and had moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with roasted malts. This was an alright beer, but nothing special.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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