Blue Moon Gingerbread Spiced Ale - Coors Brewing Company
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Reviews by JackMcAwesome:
3.91/5 rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
My wife picked this up because she couldn't remember me having it. (Living the good life I am!)
Look: Pretty decent looking brew. The label is a typical majestic Blue Moon label, "Limited Release" stamped on the top. Which always makes me sad. It pours a dark golden brown, with a one finger head that has since dissipated to a thin ring. Lacing is minimal, which is a shame, because lacing always reminds me of winter. And I think it'd be great to have a lot on this one.
Smell: Ginger right off the bat. A whole lot of ginger. As it warmed up, the cinnamon decided to show up, which just brings about memories of Christmas, and all that fun stuff. Maybe because I've had a ton of pumpkin beers here of late, but I feel like there is some nutmeg there too. The aroma died off about midway through, and that bums me out.
Taste: The tongue is definitely picking up the nutmeg. The ginger is the most prevalent and it finishes with the cinnamon. I was curious about the hops the use, so I had to look it up. They use Hallertau which I admittingly know nothing about, so a new experience there.
Feel: Medium. The carbonation is there, but it is pretty well balanced with a syrup like texture. No trace of alcohol that I can tell.
Overall: Not a bad brew at all. I like to visit Blue Moon and Sam Adams from time to time to acknowledge my roots. And again, I had my wife looking out for me, and this was a very welcome beer. I wish it got cold here so I could really feel at home, but this gets me close. Maybe it's the label, maybe it's the ginger and cinnamon, but there is definitely a bit of nostalgia with this one. I'd grab a six if it were offered. Improvements could be amping up the lacing, and the aroma not falling off.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2013 23:45:20 | More by JackMcAwesome
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3.19/5 rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with twist-off pressure cap and unappealing label art acquired as part of a Blue Moon variety box at my local H-E-B grocery some months ago and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery. 5.9% ABV. Label identifies it as an amber ale. Best before: "APR2814." Reviewed as a spiced amber ale.
Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of white colour, nice soft complexion, and decent consistency. Fairly frothy, but not real creamy or thick. Still, the head overall exceeds expectations. Leaves soapy spotty inconsistent "legs" as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about two minutes.
Body colour is a transparent translucent amber of good clarity. No floating yeast particles or sediment is visible. It's a clean body, and seems adequately carbonated.
Overall, it's looking pretty standard for an amber, and appears kind of bready in my stangenglas. There are no obvious flaws here, and it's not unique or special, but I'd call it above average looking.
Sm: Lightly bready, with some ginger spice and nutmeg spice in there. I don't pick up on the molasses mentioned on the label. Amber malts, caramalts, faint clove, and caramel. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. It's a pleasant aroma of above average strength, and delivers on the premise; this does evoke ginger and feels like an amber. The spicing is subtle and well-integrated.
I imagine many reviewers will take digs at this aroma because they know Coors brewed it, but frankly it's a nice aroma for what the beer is trying to be, and if you told me it was craft and I smelled it blind, I'd absolutely believe you. This is shaping up to be a nice little spiced amber.
T: Caramalt and amber malts provide the simple unobtrusive foundation for this spiced amber, with subtle albeit shallow spices coming through as well: ginger, nutmeg, clove, maybe allspice? Unfortunately, there's little else happening here, and it's a pretty straightforward simple beer. Don't expect much subtlety, complexity, nuance, or intricacy. But the balance is nice; the spices play well alongside these choices of malts, and there's a faint herbal hop presence. It's a shallow beer with average duration and intensity of flavour, but it's got nice amplitude and is pleasant to sip on. A cohesive - but not a gestalt -build.
Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp, and overcarbonated. This texture suits the taste decently, but doesn't coax out any nuances or elevate the taste to another level. Nice presence and weight on the palate. This mouthfeel isn't too thick or overbearing.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or astringent.
Dr: In spite of its simplicity and lack of depth, this is an enjoyable drinkable spiced amber which will please the casual beer drinker but won't impress the discerning critic. I'll easily finish the bottle and find this to be one of Blue Moon's more flavorful and innovative offerings. As drinkable as it is, I wouldn't buy it in 6 pack form, but I'd be pleased to see it again in future Blue Moon variety packs. Evidence that Coors - perhaps unlike Budweiser and even their partner Miller - is actually trying.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2014 02:06:09 | More by kojevergas
5/5 rDev +52%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I'll most likely update this review again later since I want to take notes while experiencing it, but this beer really clicked for me. It was perfectly balanced in pretty much every way. The flavor was Gingerbread Spice just as the name labeled it. I hate when beers say they taste like something and end up not doing so. This was overall a phenomenal beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 17:54:36 | More by Merticois
Blue Moon Gingerbread Spiced Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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