Blue Moon Impulse: Vintage Ale Collection
Brewed by: Blue Moon
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Pale Ale
- Variation: American, Wheat
- Limited: Yes
- ABV: 8.5%
- IBU: 2-4
Notes: Part of Blue Moon’s Vintage Ale Collection: “Inspired by the Vine. Perfected in the Brew Kettle.”
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Our brewmaster created the Vintage Ale Collection to combine his passion for beer with his love of winemaking. Inspired by Impressionist artists and their ability to capture the beauty in fleeting moments, Impulse™ is crafted with the juice of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and wheat for notes of dark berries that blend effortlessly into the evening.
Hops: French Strisselspalt
Malts: White Wheat
Additional: Juice of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes
Artwork: The bottle closely resembled a 750ml wine bottle, right down to the classical label artwork, and tear-away foil topper.
Color: Medium purple.
Aroma: Natural berry.
Arrived in: Bottle
Served in: Red wine glass
If the beer was inspired by wine, and came in a wine bottle, we figured why not drink Blue Moon Impulse right out of a red wine glass. You don’t get too many opportunities to drink a wine / beer blend, so you might as well live it up, right?
Knowing cabernet grapes were added during the brewing process, we were not sure what to expect in the flavor department. For lack of a better description, Impulse tastes along the lines of a cranberry sparkler.
The above description was not meant in a bad way, but more from a lack of better words to describe a hybrid wine-beer. How else would you expect a wheat beer with fruit ingredients to taste?
Blue Moon Impulse starts like a beer, and finishes like a wine.
The flavor is fruity, yet lightweight. There is no bitterness, and its less aggressive carbonation makes for a refreshing summer drink.
Final Score: 3/5
The creativity of Impulse is probably where where an extra .5+ comes from in our scoring, and its uniqueness definitely makes it a fun beer to share with family or friends. The taste was surprisingly good from the standpoint of mixing beer with cab grapes, but I would not call this a gold medal beer across the board.