I’m drinking Moat Mountain beer at home. How cool is that? I ran into their beer in large cans and was taken by surprise. I’m used to drinking this NH based beer at events like “Passport” in Portsmouth, NH, and at places like the Barley Pub, because until now, that’s the only place you could get their brews – on draught.

The tall can, honestly, reminds me of Four Loko and crazy energy drinks, so I’m still not used to seeing beer in the large-style cans. But I have no objections to cans in general. Contrary to popular belief, cans don’t impart a metallic taste on beer, and in fact, a can is completely opaque, thus better protecting against UV skunking than even brown bottles of most craft beer. I would still encourage you to pour your craft beer into a glass, though.

This is a pale ale, and I hope it is only the beginning of what they’ll be releasing for home consumption. Moat makes some great stuff, and I am super excited to be able to get it in Maine and enjoy it outside of bars.

For a pale ale, the color was quite nice, an orange-yellow with a big head that lingered for a while.

The taste was a little thinner than the last few beers I’ve had, but that’s completely normal and allowed for a pale ale. It has a good hop taste without being bitter. It has a slight fruitiness – almost like a lager – which makes it really easy to drink. It comes in at 5.6% ABV so it isn’t a bear to drink, either, though the serving size is 2 oz more than your typical bottle of beer.

This goes down easy, and that’s what it is meant to do. I can see this, and other canned brews like it, becoming a staple in our fridges in the next few years. And I’m happy to see local companies being on the forefront of embracing this trend.