The Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America 12-pack continues to deliver! The next stop is the Beer Camp Across America Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA.
Imperial session IPA.
“Session” beers have lower alcohol content, right?
Imperial anything (IPA, stout, brown ale, etc.) is called “imperial” because it has about 10% ABV.
The Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA sits at 7.5% ABV so we’re not talking about a session ale and we’re not talking about an imperial ale.
Cute name aside, the Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA brings a lot to the table.
I have been working my way through all of the Beer Camp Across America releases. As you can see below, we are about half way home. Here is a list of the 2016 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Collaborations:
- Sweet Sunny South Table Beer
- Austin Beerworks + Bayou Teche Brewing + Creature Comforts Brewing Co. + Funky Buddha Brewing + Wicked Weed Brewing
- West latitude Session Rye
- Bear Republic Brewing Co. + Faction Brewing Company + Mad River Brewing Co. + Magnolia Brewing Co. + Maui Brewing Co.
- Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA
- Bale Breaker Brewing Co. + Barley Brown’s Beer + Black Raven Brewing Co. + Melvin Brewing + Odell Brewing Co.
- Stout of the Union Robust Stout
- Bagby Beer Company + Beachwood Brewing + Port Brewing Co/The Lost Abby + Smog City Brewing + Societe Brewing Company
- Pat-Rye-Ot Revolutionary Pale Ale
- Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company + Dogfish Head Craft Brewery + Lawson’s Finest Liquids + Stoudts Brewing Co. + Trillium Brewing Company
- Family Values Imperial Brown Ale
- August Schell Brewing Co. + Dark Horse Brewing Company + Half Acre Beer Company + Perennial Artisan Ales + Sun King Brewing
The Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada, Bale Breaker Brewing Co., Barley Brown’s Beer, Black Raven Brewing Co., Melvin Brewing and Odell Brewing Co. It derives its name from the city of Moxee, WA. Moxee is in the middle of the Yakima Valley, which is one of the more famous hop regions of the Pacific Northwest.
Beer Camp Across America Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA
Style: American IPA
Bittering Hops: Simco and Mosaic
Finishing Hops: Simco, Citra, Mosaic and Experimental
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Pilsner, Munich and Wheat
Availability: Summer 2016
MSRP: $29.99 12-pack of 12 oz bottles
Beers consumed for review: 2 – 12 oz bottles
Nose: I’ve probably mentioned before that I am a bit of a hophead. I love the aroma of hops and I simply can’t get enough of them. So the aroma of the Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA was right in my wheelhouse. The nose was full of sweet and juicy hop aroma, along with notes of pineapple, guava and mild citrus. There was not much pine or resin to speak of and that was just fine by me. When it comes to IPAs, I want the juice!
Appearance: The Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA poured crystal clear with a thick and creamy white head. The lacing on the glass was strong. The color was a pale amber (SRM 9). In short it looked like a perfect IPA and that made me happy.
Flavor: I enjoy a juicy IPA. I enjoy an IPA with a bitter finish. I enjoy an IPA with a creamy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed the Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA. It started off with that creamy mouthfeel. The palate was then hit with an onslaught of juicy and fruity hop flavor. Notes of pineapple, tangerine, lemon rind and sweet melon were the stars. There were some mild pine and resin notes, but they were quite secondary. This was a juicy hop bomb with a lovely creamy texture.
Overall Thoughts: I’m picky about my IPAs. IPAs are EVERYWHERE on the West Coast and I love trying new beers. I’ve had some great IPAs and some really bad IPAs. This is not to say I am an IPA expert, but I know what I like. I like the Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA. I would grab a 6-pack of this without question. I’m a little bummed that I don’t have the option.