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Beer – #876 – Moa – Festive IPA (Belgian Edition)

Moa Festive IPA (Belgian Edition), a fusion of Belgian yeast and IPA styles, what’s that about?

The 500ml bottle of a beer that is 60-85 IBU things and of 6% ABV, being  180 calories a serve size, making this is 2.4 standard drinks worth.

Brewed by Moa Brewing Company in the style that is an India Pale Ale (IPA) and they do that in Marlborough, New Zealand

Ho ho ho

Ho ho ho

Moa Festive IPA (Belgian Edition) is an American style India pale ale fermented with a Belgian ale yeast. Hopped with Columbus for bittering, late hopped with Amarillo , Simcoe and Citra, and dry hopped with Citra and Amarillo, citrus (tangelo) and pine resin characters feature in this hop dominant IPA .

At 75-80 IBU, your mouth will be left comfortably numb, making it the perfect beer for the mid-winter festive season

So, What could possibly go wrong? despite the conflict over the IBU level.

Similar bready yeasty aroma as the Red Edition I had last, but to be fair this one also carries a hint of sour Belgian style yeast aroma. A hint.

Cloudy murky orange pour with a nice head that settles but is persistent and a dull white. Aroma in the glass is more towards a familiar Belgian style of things, with a sour peppery note.

oa-festive-ipa-belgian-editionFor me that’s a really clever attempt at a fusion, I get the belgium softness and I also get a much stronger bitterness and dryness, a beer of two halves almost. Intriguing and interesting.  That richness develops in the mouth as you sip this, as you do, to unravel those layers and notes of flavour.

Brings a smile this does and I actually really am enjoying what it offers, even if it really is a bit weird and unusual. Don’t know that I could go a whole lot of them though, I think I’d be happy with the one and move on, for me the Belgian effect isn’t long enough or full enough in the mouth before that traditional bitterness kicks into to touch somewhat, but as a refreshing and enjoyable drink this is a hit.

Which probably points to a reason that this isn’t a mainstream style, I think it’d be hard to get this one absolutely right.  I finished it, might have been persuaded to have another, it was quit the pleasant thing, but I stand by the idea that I couldn’t make this a go-to beer.

Oh never did figure out that IBU thing, but I’d guess it was lower than they think.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. I like this and it’s unusual intriguing and interesting. Hard to get this nomination right I think, and this is properly good effort at it.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland in Albany but it’s around in good places.
  • Am I enjoying it? I am, it’s rather nice
  • Would I have another? I would
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I think this would be a good beer on the porch, it’s like two beers in one, and would be welcome at the discussion on what makes a decent beer and how fusion can work.

Music for this:  ” Rolling Stones ”  ” Blue and Lonesome” on Spotify 

Blue & Lonesome is a covers album by The Rolling Stones—their 23rd British and 25th American studio album


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.


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