Blue Moon Spiced Amber Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Spiced Amber AleBlue Moon Spiced Amber Ale

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 207
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 4.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 11-16-2011

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
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. (978 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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... (1,026 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,287 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,111 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (685 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +11%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,518 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (432 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
2.69/5  rDev -23.8%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
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 (707 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (535 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a mixed Holiday pack
Pours a nice amber tone, creamy head ,medium carbonation
Heavy on the cinnamon. Suprisingly so, I never would have expected such and upfront aromatic in your face from Blue Moon.
A swwet bready background create a cinnamon-apple pie type smell. Apple is appreciated, grahmn crackers, clove, sugar, this beer is a apple cinnamon bun with frosting aromatically/
Flavor is also very cinnamon foward.Almost too much so. To pair this beer with a dish would be great. Cinnamon, bread, brown sugar, maple, all upfront. Light bitterness, but sweetness is very prominent.
Mouth feel is medium. Too light to be cinnamon-bun-in-a-glass-but very upfront cinnamon bread beer.
Enjoyable for the holidays, will use this to cook and pair with in the future, (765 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Amber ale into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown amber color, produces a very nice head with good retention, leaves some lacing behind on the glass. The aroma is dominated by cinnamon, very nice aroma...unexpected for a Blue Moon product. The taste is medium in body, fresh baked bread, cinnamon, apple and caramel. Well balanced. Decent beer- (383 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
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! (374 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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 (475 characters)

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