Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale - Coors Brewing Company
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2.7/5 rDev -8.5%
Amberish orange with banana peel borders. My usual pour generated a surprising amount of ecru colored froth; at least four fingers right out of the gate. The texture is decently creamy and there's enough stick-to-it-iveness to result in a decent amount of smeary, sudsy lace.
The beer's official description, seen along the bottom of the label, is an 'amber wheat ale with Kieffer lime leaves and lime peel'. Several sniffs later... I'm not impressed. The nose delivers lightly toasted malt and a fruitiness that doesn't resemble citrus, much less lime. It's not bad, it just lacks power and personality.
Rising Moon isn't what I expected for a so-called 'Spring Ale'. My first impression is that the first third of each mouthful is close to macro nasty, the second third is barely acceptable and the third third is where things get sorted out enough for the lime to be appreciated. Although I like the changing nature of the flavor profile, it doesn't end up anywhere worthwhile in the end.
The malt tastes mostly pale, with an assist from Munich (or something similar) that gives RMSA an earthy vibe that is more autumn-like than spring-like. Thankfully, the adjuncty graininess of the first few ounces fades as the beer warms... but it doesn't completely disappear. As noted above, bitter lime is only noted on the finish.
The body/mouthfeel is just okay. At least it isn't overly watery or improperly bubbled. A hint of creaminess offsets a lack of heft (for the style and the ABV).
Rising Moon Spring Ale is a bit of a mishmash that doesn't accurately capture the feel of the season for which it is named. In terms of quality (or lack thereof) it's pretty close to Honey Moon Summer Ale and Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale. I guess that makes Full Moon Winter Ale the best of the Coors 'four seasons' offerings.
05-27-2008 12:04:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
3/5 rDev +1.7%
actually managed to make it through all the blue moon seasonals this year, not that i should brag, but what can you do, served cold and into a pint glass.
aroma is light blend of grain, cereal and a light tart citrus, like lemon or grapefruit that gives it some balance but not too much and not over the top. clean and crisp as the light amber ale seems to hold itself together quite nicely and i was surprised at how well the flavors blended. nice hints of citrus dotted through the malty profile and the light feel seemed to work quite well.
overall i have to admit i have had much, much worse. really a very decent, average offering but i have had worse.
01-11-2011 01:20:43 | More by mikesgroove
1.98/5 rDev -32.9%
It seems that all the mass-produce beer companies beleive that an outbreak of scurvy is eminent, because they want to put citrus fruits in beer. None with great flavor success. This beer begins with a fizzy, then flat appearance with a carbon dioxide bite later. A timid foamstand just doesn't hold out long. The beer is a standard straw color but never impresses. Aromas of grain and acidicy is all I get. Taste of raw cereal grains, faint sweetness and a lime-like acidicy is it. No complexity or variety in flavor. Where the body thins out for ease of drinking, it also weaves in a thin acid-like flavor that, with the grains, become quite astringent. I cannot see myself drinking this one again.
02-24-2008 14:59:55 | More by BEERchitect
2.65/5 rDev -10.2%
Appearance: Pours a crystal clear topped with an inch of fizzy white head.
Smell: Very mild aroma of lime soda, spice, and handful of flowers.
Taste: Wheat and touch of honey sweetness. The lime flavor begins to grow with every sip as it begins to warm. Flowery finish.
Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Lightly spritzy carbonation. Watery.
Drinkability: Boy, all the macros are going wild for lime. I, however, am not. Didn't sit too well with me.
02-18-2008 03:01:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.23/5 rDev +9.5%
Had a bottle of this back in MArch of 2008. I hadn't even realized that it was retired. You learn something new everyday. Anyhow, this beer was a amberish color with a decent on it. The guy who gave it to me specifically told me about how it was brewed with limes in it. Doesn't matter to me, I'll give it a try no matter what. The aromas were pretty standard not much lime there... the Taste was basically the same. The lime must have been very faint in there because I wasn't getting any. This beer wasn't bad, I would have tried it again it I could.
04-09-2011 01:49:24 | More by Knapp85
3.55/5 rDev +20.3%
A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a white, foamy, two-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left a little lace.
S - It smelled of malt and kieffer lime.
T - It tasted malty and somewhat sweet. The lime flavor was very present.
M - It was somewhat crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.
D - Not bad. It makes a nice session beer.
03-07-2008 23:00:22 | More by zeff80
3.8/5 rDev +28.8%
Blue Moon's spring ale pours a crystal-clear amber body with golden highlights beneath a thick head of pillowy off-white foam. The retention is good, and it leaves some nice splashes and smears of lace across the glass.
The aroma displays the lime leaves over a delicate bit of caramelish malt. It's interesting.
The lime appears in the flavor as well, amidst a clean, caramelish malt base. The bitterness is restrained, and it's not acidic at all. I'll admit to expecting a golden-slightly tart-lime beer but the caramelish malt throws a twist. It's nothing like a Corona with lime - far from, it's more of an amber beer with an unusual fruit and herb addition. Interesting.
The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation level.
Drinkability, however, is a little bit questionable for me though. I've never had more than one at a time, but I don't think I would. Maybe if the tap selection was limited. But I've enjoyed what I've had. Hmmm. I still think it a "one" beer for me. Maybe you'll think differently.
05-14-2009 21:11:35 | More by NeroFiddled
3.38/5 rDev +14.6%
On-tap 2/16/09 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is light malts, citrus and a faint touch of hops.
T: The taste is fruity up front with flavors of lime and other citrus fruits. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.
D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, it's a refreshing lighter beer that is worth drinking for a while but it's not the first beer of its kind that I would pick.
02-17-2009 15:20:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.28/5 rDev -22.7%
Appears a lightly hazed copper amber hue with a nice sized off white crem head floats above the rim of the glass leaves light streaks of lacing unevenly around my pint glass. Aroma light malt sweetness minimal citrus content with herbal grassy sensations not overly lime it's infact not enough a bit of a mineral character going on here but errily light for all of the description on the bottle about the Kaffir lime influences in this amber wheat ale, which brings up another point it's hard to pick out the wheat character here. Flavors immediately tastes like stems and leave but the lime and citrus appeal is very low here malts are minimally sweet with a bitterness coating the palate without much from the hop department just mediocre here. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied carbonation seems unnatural and covers the tongue with terrible finish. Drinkability not my idea of a refreshing spring ale but hey it's a mass produced amber ale if you want one go try it but I'm not revisiting this six pack especially at $7.50.
05-10-2007 13:48:14 | More by WVbeergeek
3.55/5 rDev +20.3%
Pours amber with 1" of fluffy whiite head. Average head retention & above average lacing
S: Slight caramel notes & some pepper
T: Caramel & a slight lemon hop presence up front, then I pick up some lime & a little pepper. Caramel sweetness. a little herbal + lemon hops hops & lime zest in the finish
MF: Medium bodied with average carbonation, balances well
This is a different kind of amber, but more of a one off, but a very easy drinker. Honestly thought I'd hate this, but alright IMO, wpuld work well on a hot day
05-15-2007 03:37:08 | More by russpowell
2.1/5 rDev -28.8%
Served cold in a standard pint @ Cobblestone's in York.
A - A crystal clear light amber w/ 1/4 inch of white head that lingers
S - Not much I could muster after 3 vigorous swirls in a smokeless barroom other than light fruit esters.
M -- Nutty in a general sense w/ full bordering on creamy feel from carbonation and a slightly crisp light bodied yet adjunct affected finish.
T - Not much to say honestly, like wonder bread in beer form. I had no expectations thankfully, because I was not let down. The flavor is very light for an amber ale, not very close to a cream ale even. There is not much in common w/ Kolsch type sweet and fruity ale flavors that you may want to see from Coors either. This is slightly sweet and malty but very cereal and rice in the flavor.
The flavor has hints of yeast that are enhancing the light malt flavor, a bit maltier than a wit, yet a lot less flavorful. I couldn't even detect the lime flavoring if there was any in there.
D - A poor attempt at a Kolsch or American amber if this is the case. It has no real 'flavor' to speak of-I would avoid this in the future or maybe try it in bottle form for comparison
03-20-2008 18:52:19 | More by Slatetank
3.15/5 rDev +6.8%
The beer pours a dark golden color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale and carapils malt scent with just a touch of lime zest. It's sweet smelling with a refreshing zestiness. The taste is average. It has a very dry malt flavor with a lime blast in the finish. The specialty malts don't do well with the lime. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a medium bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is a beer for the scrap heap. I love Blue Moon and I love the idea of macros brewing craft beers, but this one and the winter ale need to go. How could anyone think this is a good idea? It's one and done for me.
02-16-2008 22:44:40 | More by WesWes
2.88/5 rDev -2.4%
Best by July 6, 08:
Pours a light copper/amber with a white creamy head that slowly settles and stays.
Not much to the nose - nothing "off" or "inoffensive" - very clean - maybe a hint of lime? If I wasn't expecting it, I might have missed it.
The taste is of carmelized doughy wheat. The leafy lime is very subtle. I'm not asking for more lime - I'm asking for more flavor all-round. This seems thinner than the regular Blue Moon - more caramel with maybe a hint of leafy lime. Sweet, slightly doughy, finish.
Light-bodied without being fizzy or watery.
Not undrinkable, but it isn't really thirst-quenching or tasty, so why? The label says "smooth and balanced". I'll give them the smooth part - but - balanced? With what? Not overly sticky sweet? That's about it.
04-11-2008 01:31:04 | More by jwc215
2.5/5 rDev -15.3%
Dark gold or light amber in color; crystal clear. Good, lasting head. Nearly no lace.
Musky aroma. Obviously more malty, but still has a sweaty smell. Not attractive.
Reminds me of chicken soup in terms of flavor. The mustiness comes through in the flavor. One positive is the full bodied presence of the malt, although the carbonation comes across as lighter than expected. The aftertaste becomes sour as time passes.
Not a complete miss, but definitely funky flavor wise in a less attractive way.
05-03-2008 18:22:09 | More by smcolw
3.58/5 rDev +21.4%
12 oz. bottle, $1.22 at Hi-Times,
A: Pours a macro yellow, basically, with a full white head, which has surprsingly good retention.
S: Very light, with some malt and lime, a bit earthy.
T: Pretty tasty beer, light biscuit malts open up the beer which ends with the kaffir lime, which doesn't taste artificial, that was surprising in a Coors product, a nice complement to the overall flavour.
M: Light and crisp, watery, but refreshing.
D: Don't know why they're releasing a spring beer in January, but I think Coors did a pretty good job with this one, a lot better than their winter offering.
01-21-2008 05:00:29 | More by Halcyondays
2.6/5 rDev -11.9%
06/21/09- Received by a friend.
Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.
Appearance- Kind of a murky amber colored pour. Smaller 1/4 inch head and no real lace marking to speak of.
Smell- No real outgoing scent. Not offensive though. Maybe a touch of sugar and a light note of wheat.
Taste- I really have no idea what style this is. I do taste the wheat and it's definitely over sugared. I do not taste any kaffir lime leaves or any real lime to speak of though. Just and odd, but not bad flavor.
Mouthfeel- Sugary trails left on my tongue with a medium to a bit lower carbonation level.
Drinkability- I'm almost sensing an over sugared iced tea flavor. Just weird. Wasn't a drain pour, but wasn't something I'd feel the need to try again.
06-22-2009 13:52:18 | More by GClarkage
3.35/5 rDev +13.6%
How is this an American Amber/Red Ale? It should be in the wheat beer style category for sure. Anywho, it pours a light orange color with a small head and some minimal lacing. Smell to me reminds me a of a Hefe, the clovey,banana type of aroma. Taste is that of a usual wheat beer, tangy and slightly dry. Good mouthfeel, a kiss of lime on the swallow, felt it could have used more actually. Would be enjoyable on a warm day but nothing to shake your stick at.
01-18-2009 00:33:53 | More by oriolesfan4
2.83/5 rDev -4.1%
Appears a light amber with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of floral notes with a lemon & lime zest.
Taste is a mix of pils malt, grainy huskiness, and citrusy zest that seems a bit out of place. It actually reminds me a bit of Blue Moon but with that strange lemon and lime flavors coming through.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, a bit of heavy carbonation, with a thin finish.
04-28-2009 01:36:16 | More by weeare138
2.9/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Crystal clear pale amber color. Nose has hints of malt, no hint of lime. Flavor is mellow - very light malt. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.
06-21-2010 22:30:33 | More by jdhilt
3/5 rDev +1.7%
Clear amber to orange colored ale with a good off-white head.
The smell is sweet and malty and I can tell that there is some wheat malt in this. Slightly spicy smell and a trace of lime aroma but not real strong though.
The taste starts out malty with a tartness to it as if they added lime juice; the aftertaste is strong soda crackers. Lime, lime juice, malt, caramel syrup, soda crackers about sums up the taste here.
Mouthfeel is good.
Pretty much tastes like wheat beer with lime in it. If you LIKE wheat beer with lime in it you will love this. I personally have no reason to ever taste this again.
02-28-2008 02:29:30 | More by Zorro
3.53/5 rDev +19.7%
A wheat amber ale brewed with limes? Let's twist off the cap and see what this is about:
I get a lot of head at first on top of this clear orange-copper colred beer. The rocky head is still held together nicely. Just a hint of fruit ester in the aroma, not bad but a little weak. Not a bad taste either, although I'm consuming this near room temperature. Again, a hint of fruit, with very light lime flavoring and bready malts. The one downside is the transformation into cooked corn for a breif second before turing back into itself. Still, it's an easy drinker and I wouldn't mind revisiting it again.
03-13-2008 05:29:34 | More by DoubleJ
Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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