Brew Review: Big Sky Moose Drool

2 Mar

Brew: Moose Drool

Brewed By: Big Sky (Missoula, MT)

Style: American Brown Ale (5.3% ABV)

At the risk of setting myself up for more than one “that’s what she said,” the big, brown, nuttiness of Big Sky’s Moose Drool satisfies and keeps you coming back for more. The Montana brewery’s staple brown ale leaves nothing to chance and puts all its cards on the table with robust result.

My buddy, Colin, who used to go to school out at Montana State in Missoula (GO GRIZZ!) turned me on to Moose Drool and I’m sure happy he did. It doesn’t beg for attention or try too hard. There’s no fancy catchphrase or lengthy explanation of the beer on the bottle. The brew speaks for itself.

It’s a boldly malted concoction, evened out with a pinch each of Kent Goldings, Liberty, and Willamette hops, giving it some subtle, yet necessary, spice. Imagine a thicker, stronger, more well-rounded Newcastle with the added grit and elbow grease that the Wild West entails.

Moose Drool is not a “WOW!” beer. It’s not the first thing that pops to mind when my friends ask what my favorite brew is, yet, that lack of show and pizzazz – a expertly executed simplicity – is precisely what makes it tasty. It doesn’t creep into A- or A territory – due to a slight alcohol aftertaste that this style of beer shouldn’t really have (see: imperial stouts, bocks, etc.) – but hey, few do.

Good with a burger(s) or by itself, Moose Drool is as solid as they come.

Final Grade: B+

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