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Monday, April 23rd 2010

Moose Drool Brown Ale
(Big Sky Brewing Company)

Big Sky Brewing started canning their Moose Drool Brown Ale and Montana Trout Slayer Ale in March of 2009. In a state well known for its outdoor activities it only mad sense to offer good beer in an easily portable container. Cheers Big Sky! 

From the Big Sky site:

"That first taste, the best part of a beer after a long day. We want to make that better than ever. So we made Moose Drool. The name sounds a little iffy, but it's really the best Brown Ale you'll ever taste. That's why Moose Drool is far and away the best-selling beer brewed in Montana."

Here we go...

Pour - nice dark auburn and/or brown color with a good couple inches of off-white foamy head on top. 


Aroma - lots of dark malty goodness comes with the first whiff. This smells just like sticking your head in the brew kettle. There are some coffee aromas as well as plenty of sweet caramel and brown sugar. This smells delicious.


Taste - very malt-astic. This is the type of brown ale that I really enjoy. Plenty of sweetness but its not cloying, just a lot of actual malt flavor. Moose Drool has some nice dark coffee notes along with vanilla, raisin, raw sugar and caramel flavors. Great balance and amazing drinkability. Sad to say I only had one can of this. Sigh.


Overall - great brown ale. Lots of malt flavor but not too sweet or too boring. If you've got access to this beer then definitely give it a go. There aren't too many brown ales in cans right now and this one is definitely not one to pass over.


Would I buy more of it? - this would definitely be my go to brown ale in a can. I really enjoyed this beer and wouldn't mind having a six-pack in the fridge from time to time.


Note - Why the name Moose Drool? 


"When we first starting looking at naming our beers, we knew that we wanted to use Montana critters as our theme. We had Bjorn’s Mom Jane doing artwork for us and we told her to paint a bear, a moose, a marmot, a buffalo, a fox, a mountain goat, etc. Then we would look at the paintings and try to come up with memorable names to go with the images. The most famous of our brands, Moose Drool, came out of that process. Bjorn and Brad were looking at Jane’s painting of a moose lifting his head from a pond with water streaming off of his muzzle. Neal walked past, and seeing the painting for the first time immediately suggested “it’s a moose, he’s drooling, let’s call it moose drool.” Bjorn and Brad loved the name which Neal immediately began backpedaling on worrying that it would be seen as distasteful to too many folks. Obviously, most beer drinkers love the name and the beer that goes with it! Recently we’ve backed off of the animal theme since so many breweries produce “critter beers,” but you never know what we will come up with next." - Big Sky website

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Moose Drool Brown Ale
Style: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Big Sky Brewing Company
Missoula, Montana  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, and Whole Black malts
Hops: Kent Goldings, Liberty, and Willamette
ABV: 5.3%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 23rd, 2010

Posted by Russ

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Labels: Brown Ales