Blue Moon Proximity: 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 who carefully placed colors side by side to portray light radiating across landscapes, Proximity™ is crafted with the juice of Sauvignon Blanc grapes and wheat for citrus notes followed closely by a light floral finish to balance your day.
Hops: New Zealand Nelson Sauvin
Malts: White Wheat
Additional: Juice of Sauvignon Blanc grapes
Artwork: The bottle closely resembled a 750ml wine bottle, right down to the vineyard label artwork, and tear-away foil topper.
Color: Medium golden color.
Aroma: Citrus, orange.
Arrived in: Bottle
Served in: White wine glasses
We previously tried the red wine version from the Vintage Ale Collection, Blue Moon Impulse. Long story short, Impulse was more refreshing, and better on all accounts.
Blue Moon Proximity is a pale American wheat like Impulse, but it tasted more like wine, than wheat ale. There was not a harmonious taste balance between the hops and grapes.
More specifically, Proximity tasted like somebody poured a cheap white wine into a domestic beer. Since Blue Moon is a Coors product, a Coors Light is probably the best example for that analogy.
There were hints of citrus, but Proximity lacked any refined qualities to rate it above average.
Final Score: 2/5
You can definitely find better tasting wheat beer on the market than Proximity. Much like its Vintage Ale Collection relative Impulse, you can lend style points to the creativity of brewing beer with wine grapes, but Proximity does not possess any other qualities to take it much further up the scale than that.