Some time back I was tooling through the aisles at a local bottle shop and spied two Blue Moon beers in bombers I was not familiar with. Both were higher alcohol and sounded interesting so I purchased them. The other night I decided to give them a whirl, what a mistake that was. First I opened Blue Moon Pine In The Neck which was a 7.5% ABV double IPA. The beer started off pleasant enough with a nice citrusy pine character, but lurking in the back was a strong presence of menthol. The flavor was lacking malt complexity and seemed as if it was thin. That menthol just kept building and building and within 6 ounces out of the bomber I was heading to the sink for a dump and rinse.
Next I moved on to Blue Moon Tongue Thai-ed which was a wheat beer with lemongrass and basil. This one was nasty from the get-go. Basil has little to no place in a beer, especially at high levels. The aroma and flavor had mutated into pure licorice and a licorice wheat beer sounds nasty. Come to think of it this was nasty. I tried to like this 7.5% ABV beer, but I just could not overcome the awful basil/licorice presence. I looked like Tom Hanks in the movie Big when he ate caviar and used a napkin to clean his tongue.
Both of these beers should be left on the shelf to rot IMO. Don’t waste your time or money unless you need drain cleaner!