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Blue Moon Spiced Amber Ale - Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon Spiced Amber AleBlue Moon Spiced Amber Ale

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.77%


Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 11-16-2011)
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - clear dark ruby red-brown, half finger of tan head dissipated to some random spots of cover
S - big brown sugar and dense cake aroma, mix of spices with some mild chocolate
T - dense xmas cake or pudding flavour with a mix of brown sugar and spices, light caramel and milk chocolate, with a bit of an adjunct that lingers on the finish
M - medium body that gets a bit heavier through the middle, decently smooth, bit of a spice kick through the finish
O - they've done a fair job with capturing the flavours of the holiday season, although maybe a little forced showing itself in a lack of balance, but worth trying at least once and I can see this being a potentially sessionable aquired taste for some

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 02:01:28 | More by joemcgrath27
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garymuchow

Minnesota

2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

At the time of this review, surprisingly to me at least, this is the highest rated Blue Moon product.
The original spicing is not to strong and reasonably pleasant. A spice, with some cinnamon wrapped in a caramel and apple. In time, though, it two becomes more annoying and less pleasing.
Clear dark amber with darker reds. Kinda' small dark head but what is there for a good long time.
My initial impression on first drink was as favorable as the aroma. Seems kinda' harsh and a bit biting and just not a pleasant or pleasing of an experience. The cinnamon lays really heavy on the tongue and plays with the surprisingly sharp malts in an aggressive way. Finishes on the dry side.
Moderately light body.
I'm not digging the flavors too much. I'm a little surprised this is scored better than the others as I wouldn't put it there.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:30:58 | More by garymuchow
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RickS95

Indiana

3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clearish combination of red, brown and amber colors all mixed into one. Not as rich looking as you'd expect, but given it's an American macro, par for the course. The head is a finger thick at best, but lacks retention. However, it leaves a nice creamy top.

I like the smell, it's mostly cinnamon. Actually, it smells like French toast as you get spices and wheat.

Not bad. I like the level of cinnamon, it's just enough to hide other ingredients, but not so much that it burns or kills the profile.

A hint of sweet, then it's mostly spice after that. A bit of tangy in the finish from the wheat. It's only medium-bodied at best, but it's got a filling bready feel to it.

Overall, it doesn't suck like a lot of their other beers. It's not world-class, but it's actually pretty good. Would make a good beer for macro converts to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 03:40:15 | More by RickS95
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Seekerpilgrim

Washington

3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a medium dark brown with a mix of burgundy, strong notes of cinnamon (one of the main ingredients), and to a lesser degree caramel, waft of the head. On the tongue, surprisingly (though not unpleasantly) dry, the cinnamon increasing in strength with a hint of a few more spices towards the end, courtesy of the Mittelfrüh hops. The mouthfeel is medium but brief, leaving a slight aftertaste that reminds me of a very dry spiced cider.

This is a great beer, but you have to be in a particular mood, the cinnamon being more of a tone than flavor. Great on it's own, it would be perfect with a cobbler or vanilla ice cream. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 01:40:50 | More by Seekerpilgrim
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lwillitz

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - transparent orange amber body under a finger of khaki head; moderate carbonation bubbles

S - caramel-like sweetness, cinnamon, touch of yeast

T - toasted malt, caramel sweetness, cinnamon and brown sugar; sweetness fades a bit in the finish, leaving an almost peppery spiciness

M - medium body, lots of prickly carbonation

O - definitely on the sweet side, but not a bad amber; cinnamon gives it a seasonal character

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 21:09:05 | More by lwillitz
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a mahogany color with orange highlights. Upon pouring there is a small white head that fades quickly to give a very light film and very little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of spice. A huge cinnamon and sugar aroma greets the nose. This is mixed with nutmeg and allspice aromas as well. In the background is a light roasted brown bread smell. Overall it has a nice cinnamon toast aroma.

Taste – The taste starts out with a lightly roasted malt flavor mixed with a caramel sweetness. Quickly the spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg come to the tongue. They start out relatively strong and get even stronger as the taste advances. While the spice flavors intensify, so too does the sweet caramel. With the caramel also comes a sweet toffee taste. In the end a pleasant sweet and spiced flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer are on the average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. The body and carbonation are good for drinkability and accentuation of the spice and sweet flavors but also provides enough thickness and low enough carbonation to allow all the flavors to linger on the tongue.

Overall – This is a pretty nice spiced brew. It is quite drinkable and has a nice blend of sweet and spice. When in the mood for something sweet and cinnamony, this is a good brew to go too as it delivers in the taste and is quite affordable.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:18:56 | More by Darkmagus82
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DrewsBrews450

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Starts out with a nice ruby red color with a white soapy head that you have to pour pretty hard to get to two fingers worth. The head dies quick and leaves little lacing if any. Smell is of cinnamon maybe ginger but you get mostly a generic beer smell. Taste is a quick roasted malt that changes to cinnamon maybe a few side spices but has that always generic beer flavor of most blue moon beers. Get a little hop on the back end as it warms and the flavor over all I would say gets a little better as it warms. Body is not bad not not thin but not thick by anymeans. Overall the beer is kinda weak I could tell this was a blue moon beer from a mile away but it would be worth the try in it were just in six packs but not to buy a whole 12 of blue moons. Still a decent winter brew just glad Coors/blue moon try new things and expand taste buds somewhat

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 23:31:04 | More by DrewsBrews450
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great looking, poor smelling holiday beer ... The spice profile, which is a pleasing and refined mix, is perhaps a bit over done but does allow the malt base to come through.  A tad too sweet. Fine choice for a Xmas party.
Very durable and creamy head.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 03:32:48 | More by chinchill
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a beige head that lasts and a brownish color, not exactly what I would call amber. Aroma is cinnamon roll and caramel sweet rolls. Flavor is a decent blend of american amber ale maltiness and the spices of a nice warming winter drink. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a slight warming and cinnamon toast sensation. Overall, this is a great beer for the Fall and Winter months and a good dessert to boot.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 21:48:07 | More by EagleTalon
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked APR1513-B0510OO26. Sampled on November 16, 2012.

The way it looks is rather appealing with a dark amber almost reddish tone but little in the way of head.

The aroma is kind of faint with notes of cherry or cranberry but little else that jumps out at me.

The body is thin to medium but vaguely creamy.

I have had a dessert that tastes like this before but I can't put my finger on exactly what it is. The best I can do is find an Allspice and cinnamon element along with a sweet fruitiness. Teh bitterness is very low and does not linger.

Generally I am OK with Blue Moon beers but this one seems to be a little strange and difficult for me to love. But it is sweet enough to appeal to some people I bet.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 00:26:39 | More by puboflyons
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before date of June 18, 2012. This was a gift from a friend and I didn't get it until recently, but I'll drink it anyway. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, but there isn't much lacing at all. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel malt. The beer tastes like it smells, but there's also the addition of some apples and gingerbread. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. This beer is a lot better than I thought it would be, I'd try this again. I know it's Blue Moon, but it's definitely worth trying. I just wish I would have tried it fresher when it originally came out. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 23:31:30 | More by bluejacket74
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phishsihq

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blue Moon Brewing Company continues to impress with special variety pack only offerings, and this time it is their Spiced Amber. Pouring a deep ruby brown, a one inch cream colored head provides light lacing. Aromas of the Winter season fill the nose, mostly cinnamon, spice, nutmeg and brown sugar. Dessert-like flavors dominate the pallet, almost reminiscent of gingerbread, with hints of brown sugar and cinnamon also in the mix. The brew features a long spiciness in the finish, with a medium-light body and lighter levels of carbonation. Would be a GREAT brew on a cold Winters night, hopefully it will be back next year.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 02:08:04 | More by phishsihq
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-amber ale with a white head. The aroma brings me back to Christmas. I smell something that strongly resembles Snickerdoodle cookies, with a ton of cinnamon and sugar notes. I also get a little bit of toffee. The flavor definitely follows suit. I get some cinnamon and sugar, as well as some caramel and ginger. There is also some brown sugar in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice spiced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 04:48:59 | More by Mora2000
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iBeer16

New York

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed In a polkas glass

A: pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger very ligh tarnish color that lingers for a long time and leaves nice lacing.

S: very spicy! Allspice- nutmeg, Cloves, and a very strong cinnamon aroma.

T: again similar taste to the smell, mostly cinnamon. Has a slight wheaty finish.

M: full body, good carbonation.

Overall, a bit too much spice but has good flavors. Can pair well with pork and possibly chicken, easy to drink but wouldn't enjoy more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 02:56:44 | More by iBeer16
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blackcompg

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their Winter Sampler...

Appearance - Pours about 2 fingers of tan head, color of the beer is a translucent red copper amber. Very little lacing.

Smell - Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, this seriously smells like baking cinammon rolls!

Taste - Oh my goodness, I'm drinking a cinammon roll, and this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Starts cinnamon and sugar, wheat bread and sweet malts take up the center, and your literally left with the flavors of having just finished a bite of a cinnamon roll or sweetened cinnamon toast.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium mouthfeel, lots of carb provide alot of tingle and crispness, extremely drinkable.

Overall - I'm pleasantly surprised by the flavors here. They are definitely not bold or over the top, but they work for me. If you like cinnamon rolls or sweetened cinnamon toast, you will really enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:47:58 | More by blackcompg
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 12pk Winter variety pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Winter 2011.

Pours medium brown color with a smooth fluffy head. The scents of toasted cinnamon cover up most of the other aromas but it still smells delicious. The taste isn't quite as good as the smell but still pretty good with cinnamon, sugar, and toasted malts. This is a great any day beer for me during the winter as it is not too heavy or too light and it's so refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 04:52:28 | More by Lemke10
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in color and a very dark clear appearance. Smell has a slight carmel/cinnamon smell with a good balance of hops. Taste, this is well balanced. The spices are there but they do not take over the beer; the way it should be. Mouthfeel is ok, it does tend to stick on the tongue. Overall this is a well brewed beer that will go nicely on a winter day with some good sticky buns. Has that winter ale characteristic.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 00:58:08 | More by barleyroad
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz bottle.

A: the beer is a pretty solid red color, clear with visible carbonation throughout. Head was offwhite to light tan and did not last very long.

S: Smells surprisingly sweet and fruity. Spiced apples and a definite wheat character.

T: That's weird. This tastes like eating a gingerbread cookie or a cinnamon bun. Not much else. Just a gigantic liquid cookie. The cinnamon and spice really overpower this one, and there's no hint at all of the fruit note that was in the smell. The taste lingers around a while after.

M: Somewhat thin, but sticky.

Overall, strangely alright. I couldn't drink a bunch of these but I'm not hating this one right here.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 23:25:54 | More by BucBasil
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated April 02 12.

Smells faintly of cinnamon sticky buns. Poured deep amber/orange with thin off white head. Head does not last and only spoty lacing . Taste is unexpected, sweeter and less robust than I would like in a Winter brew. Cinnamon allspice is very pronounced. No carbonation, very slick and flat. Taste sours as it warms. Meh!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 00:42:36 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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J23hc

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is orange/amber with average white bubbly head Smells like rice pudding with cinnamon. Taste is fresh and clean, doesn't reflect the smell too much but i get spice notes and cinnamon in the finish. Not as good as regular blue moon but i still enjoy every blue moon variation for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 03:46:38 | More by J23hc
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a 2 1/2" head that falls to a respectable creamy presence. Absolutely beautiful deep amber auburn color. Very nice to look at.

S: Potpourri, spicy candied apples. Just okay.

T: Definitely get that candied spiced apple thing (like those bright red things you see in a jar). Cinnamon, clove, caramel malt. Too novelty for me.

M: Thin, drying. Unremarkable.

D: Very interesting but not past 1/2 of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 17:38:47 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a darkened amber brown body with an inch of off-white foam, for relatively short-lived head.

Smell: Toasted ground cinnamon powder with oven-toasted, butter-brushed rolls and maybe a lightly sweet-scented hint of maple or brown sugar.

Taste: Caramel malts, with a well-spiced breadiness as the cinnamon jumps in in a flash. Soundly sweet. Comes together for a flavor reminiscent of that sugar-encrusted, morningtime bread with the cinnamon swirl in the middle. A few stray drops of pancake syrup. Low, light hint of wheat in the background. No apparent hop character or bitterness, allowing the cinnamon to do its thing. Remains malty on the back end, and still with plenty of cinnamon taste, aided a bit by the fairly crisp carbonation. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A hair above medium carbonation.

Overall: Surprisingly nice. Has, for me, a pleasant cinnamon bread quality to it and is, for me, probably the best of the Blue Moon series.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 22:38:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Pegasus

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, clear toned copper in color, with a massive, persistent cloud top head, lots of Belgian lacing and small streams of small, slow-rising bubbles

Aroma: Very spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar, and orange zest. There are also dark bread notes, but the aroma is most reminiscent of a freshly-baked Christmas cookie.

Taste: Opens with lots of Christmas cookie spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and orange zest. There is also a strong undercurrent of brown sugar, which carries throughout the taste. There is a brief and late flourish of herbal hop bitterness, and a late wave of Christmas spices, as at the opening of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, perhaps a touch thin, with a slight sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A really nice Christmas beer, its hard not to like. This would pair well with Christmas desserts.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 15:49:59 | More by Pegasus
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Kromes

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear dark brown with a thick tan colored head. Good lacing down glass.

S: Cinammon and sugar spiced apples.

T: A nice sweet cinammon and sugar apple pie spice flavor up front, but unfortunately that is it. Maybe a slight toasted malt flavor with the spices in the finish.

M: Light and good carbonation. Has a smooth feel to it.

O: Not bad, has a good flavor. Definitely a one and done type beer as it is very sweet. Would be a nice dessert beer with some vanilla ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:29:10 | More by Kromes
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep slightly hazed ruby brown amber color with a thick light beige head forming thin layers of lacing on the sides of my glass. Nose is of course spiced with the cinnamon, which is like LIFE cereal cinnamon even a touch of sharp wheat in the nose a tart green apple with some caramel presence as I continue to smell this beer. Flavor is much like a cinnamon flavored cereal, it's pretty amazing a touch of dark fruit and caramel sweetness washed with strong layered cinnamon spice. Really I get more LIFE cereal with a creamy malted wheat flavor, actually not as bad as it sounds. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with dry spice finish giving the palate a lasting bitterness between heavy loads of caramel malt sweetness. Overall it's from a Blue Moon variety pack, and the Blue Moon standard variation was killer with drinkability last night. That's why this beer has a reputation as being a better mass produced beer that isn't fizzy and yellow. This is another version of something that seems good, because it's more than just an adjunct lager, but it still has it's training wheels on.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 22:00:09 | More by WVbeergeek
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Blue Moon Spiced Amber Ale from Coors Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.