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713. Moat Mountain Brewery East Intervale IPA

Moat Mountain East Intervale IPAMoat Mountain is my go to lunch spot when I have meetings in the North Conway area and I always enjoy their beer at the smokehouse but I rarely buy cans in the store. With their new brewing facility and increased capacity there will be more cans in distribution so I will start buying more of their beer to review here. I am always looking for another golf beer option; something low ABV, flavorful and preferably in a can. East Intervale IPA caught my eye as it is in a can and only 4.8% ABV.

Appearance is a nice orange color with a thin white head. Aroma was mostly floral and bready malts, nothing too exciting here but it is pleasant and I was not expecting too much from a small beer. Taste is well balanced with the hops providing a reasonably bitter finish after a sweet malty start.

This beer went down easy, did not seem watered down which is always a concern with the low ABV IPAs. Hope to find some fresh cans next year to take out on the golf course. 
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Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Moat Mountain
Brewers Description:

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500. Moat Mountain Hoffman Weiss

Moat HoffmanFinally getting back to some beer reviews and starting with my 500th beer. This one comes from Moat Mountain in North Conway New Hampshire and is their hefeweizen. I tried quite a few hefeweizens this summer with the highlight being Rising Tide’s Spinnaker. This one from Moat comes in a close second.

This beer is a cloudy orange color with a very thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has lots of wheat and some spices. Both are what you would expect from a hefeweizen. Taste is very nice, slightly sweet and plenty of wheat with only a hint of banana and spice. Finish is clean and leaves you wanting more. Hoffman Weiss is an excellent choice with a meal or all on its own.

I’ve had lots of fun building my blog over the past two years and hope you will continue to follow and share my posts for the next 500 beers.
Pros: Tasty
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Moat Mountain
Brewers Description: A traditional Bavarian-style wheat beer, it is a unique unfiltered golden beer with both a fruity and spicy flavor profile derived from the traditional Bavarian yeast strain that is used.  It has a low hop bitterness yet is big on flavor.  Some serve with a lemon slice.  Available year-round.

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225. Moat Mountain Scottie’s IPA

Brought this one home from my trip to Moat Mountain Brew Pub in North Conway, NH. This one was not on-tap when we were there and I always like to try new IPAs so I took home a bottle.

Pours a very nice cloudy orange with thin white head, a very nice looking IPA. A nice mix of sweet malts, citrus and pine hops in the aroma. Taste has lots of grapefruit to start, moves to pine and then to some caramel malt. Beer is well balanced and easy to drink even at 7% ABV.

This one was much better than the options I tried in the brew pub and I wish it had been on tap when we visited as I probably would not have drank anything else.
Pros: Appearance, easy to drink
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:  ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Moat Mountain
Brewers Description: (Corrected Description – Thanks to Moat for reading and providing the correct info) Our version of a West Coast Style IPA. There are 12 pounds of hops in every 7-barrel batch, with a solid malt backbone to hold up to the bitterness and hop flavor. Bright amber with orange hues and a dense rocky off-white head. The nose smells of pine and grapefruit with earthy notes and a hint of tropical fruit. The roundness of the malt carries the flavors through this hop-forward beer. The bitterness is persistent to the dry, clean finish.

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222. Moat Mountain Matildas Red Rage

My quest to find an amber/red ale that stands out continued at Moat Mountain in North Conway however I did not find what I was looking for. I really need to ask a brewer what makes red ales so similar. In almost any other style of beer there are huge variants in the taste however I am not sure I could tell one Amber/Red ale from another if you set them side by side. There must be something about the style that causes this. Generally I like this style of beer but I keep hoping to find “the one” and I have not. If you have recommendations please share.

This one pours a nice red color (big surprise there) with single finger white head that left decent lacing on the glass. Not a lot of aroma but some caramel notes. Taste follows with some caramel flavors and a bit of pine hoppiness in the end. Nothing too exciting with this one but not a bad beer overall. My favorite option from Moat was probably the Tripel.

Pros:
Cons: Same as all the other reds 🙁
Alcohol Content: ??%
ABV: ???
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:  ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Moat Mountain
Brewers Description: Does not appear on their website
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Moat Mountain Brew Smokehouse & Brewing Company (4/16/2012)

After a few hours at Ebenezer’s Pub we headed out to North Conway so the wives could do some shopping while we drank beer. On the way we stopped at The Good Beer Store in Fryeburg because you can never have enough good beer.

Moat has a nice brew pub located on the main drag in North Conway. When we arrived just before 5:00 on Monday the place had plenty of available seating and the bar staff was attentive. We started with the 6- sampler including their; Hoffman Weiss, Violet B’s Blueberry, Czech Pilsner, Iron Mike Pale Ale, Bear Peak Brown and the Square Tail Stout. Of the 6 the only one that stood out was the Bear Peak Brown. The Weiss was light, cloudy and fruity – Violet B was better than many other Blueberry ales with only a very light fruit finish, not overpowering or terribly sweet. The Czech was a traditional pilsner and I do not like pilsners and the Iron Mike was a slightly hoppy pale ale but when you compare it to Maine Beer Company MO or the recently reviewed  Edward from Hill Farmstead this does not even come close.

Bear Peak Brown was a solid brown ale which according to the bar tender sells very well at the bar. Square Tail is a decent stout but the day we visited it was nearly 90 degrees and a stout just was not going to be a good choice. After the sampler I opted for a Matilda’s Red Rage while my brother in law had the Helles Lager. I sampled both and will do a separate review of the Red Rage but the Helles Lager was very simple and only slightly darker and more complex than the Pilsner. Overall a decent beer but not something to get too excited about. Ending the evening we shared a Vintage Triple which may have been the best beer we tried from Moat. Lots of spice, fruit and well balanced. Slight alcohol taste but that is to be expected from a triple with 8.9% ABV. Overall our visit to Moat was enjoyable and while the beer may have been fairly ordinary overall it was all quality stuff and worth trying if you are in the area.

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