Blue Moon Spiced Amber Ale - Coors Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +25.1%
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.
12-26-2011 22:38:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.5/5 rDev +2.3%
Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.
Found this apparently new offering in the new Winter variety pack. It pours a clear russet-topaz topped by a finger of sandy off-tan foam. The nose comprises vanilla, powdered sugar, light cinnamon, and Belgian candi sugar. This stuff comes recklessly close to cloyingly sweet, but backs off at the last moment, the brinksmanship apparently too much for it. The taste brings in more of the same, with a helluva lot more cinnamon. Seriously, I can almost feel the little sprinkles of cinnamon sliding across my tongue, leaving that distinctively spicy residue behind. Damn, son. Just as before, it's almost too much. Almost... Imagine cinnamon swirl French toast, minus the maple syrup. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, this is an interesting brew, one that definitely pushes the boundaries of spicing in beer. Frankly, I'm a fan of cinnamon, so it's not too big a deal for me, but it does push my limit as well...
11-16-2011 05:19:53 | More by TMoney2591
3.5/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
12-16-2011 22:00:09 | More by WVbeergeek
3.68/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
03-15-2012 04:48:59 | More by Mora2000
3.45/5 rDev +0.9%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into N'Ice Chouffe stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are moderate; Coors' blue moon line has some pretty average beers. Reviewed live.
A: Pours a three finger head of pretty decent cream, pretty good thickness, and decent retention - though the ABV is merely average. The colour is a dark brown-amber. It's generally appealing.
Sm: Heavy cinnamon - surprisingly delightful and pure. I don't know that I've experienced a cinnamon aroma this undiluted before. Props. An apple pie scent is also very tangible and very appealing. I'm rather drawn in and pleasantly surprised. Will the taste hold up? Moderately strong.
T: The cinnamon and apple pie notes do come through, but not quite as much as I'd like. It's still pretty impressive coming from Blue Moon, however. Some caramel is buried in there, helping the complexity a bit. It's built pretty well for what they're going for, and it's rather balanced as well. I quite fancy it.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Slight cream is present. It suits the flavours pretty well.
Dr: Very drinkable, average ABV, and pretty good quality. I'd love to try this on draught. Perchance Blue Moon's best offering yet. Serve a bit colder than you might otherwise.
11-27-2011 06:43:48 | More by kojevergas
3.1/5 rDev -9.4%
A 12 ounce bottle that was shared by my friend Shane, thanks! Another brew for the Blue Moon portfolio. On to the beer:
Rather clean bodied with a crimson/amber color to it. The head is soapy and a finger's thick on the pour, though its retention and lacing are "meh". There good spicing in the aroma, which disgusied the mediocre base. Cinnamon and maple graham cracker come to mind.
The base beer is meager; a simple big boy amber ale with soft fruity esters. The spices add a cinnamon and cider character to the beer. It's got a light medium that is a little watery.
Take out the spices and this is nothing more than Rickard's Red (Canadian's know what I'm talking about). Meh.
11-27-2011 03:17:54 | More by DoubleJ
3.33/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
11-23-2012 03:32:48 | More by chinchill
3.93/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
07-20-2012 23:31:30 | More by bluejacket74
3.38/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
11-17-2012 00:26:39 | More by puboflyons
3.8/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
12-03-2012 02:18:56 | More by Darkmagus82
2.65/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
01-26-2013 02:30:58 | More by garymuchow
2.85/5 rDev -16.7%
Bottle poured into tulip.
dark brown...almost completely dark. Off white one-finger head, no lacing.
Smells of cinnamon...bit of nutmeg and candied fruit. It doesnt smell bad...very interesting.
Taste is of overwhelming cinnamon...it is a very spiced amber ale. Its actually too much..I cant finish it. Its just not balanced enough.
Based on the previous review, its a new release in the Blue Moon series...worst one in my opinion.
11-18-2011 02:03:22 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.95/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
12-24-2011 15:49:59 | More by Pegasus
3.53/5 rDev +3.2%
Spiced Amber hits with a deep copper tinge, a light haze and a billowing cap. The cap slowly falls to a patchwork quilt and a decent lace is left behind.
Toasted cinnamon bread is the theme here. Toasted malts and cinnamon spice do almost all the work. There's the faintest bit of banana in the nose. Bitterness is very mild and adds a slight amount of pepper to the flavor. The light body is slightly grainy and a bit too fizzy.
Overall, one of the better Blue Moon beers. The cinnamon definitely says Winter. I'm glad I grabbed it.
11-23-2011 02:18:06 | More by Rayek
Blue Moon Spiced Amber Ale from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.