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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Coors Brewing Company visit their website
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 ForWhatAlesYou
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
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! (635 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a standard looking amber beer with a lighter body. Drinks easy and smells of cinnamon candies, graham crackers, and other spices. The most impressive thing is actually the taste, the beer drinks super smooth and is followed by an impressive and distinct cinnamon taste. A great sipping beer. I can see how the cinnamon could overwhelm some but on a bigger body this could be a world class beer. (405 characters)

Photo of rodney45
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear and distinct dark mahogany red. Satin thick frothy head.

S: Intense notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Wow, that smells like baking cookies, and christmas, and possibly fake pine cones... I cant imagine a beer smelling any better than this.

T: Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and caramel bombard you all at once. Woah. Im not going to say there is a complexity here, but a myriad of spices that plays folly on the tongue. The PROBLEM here, is that there is no hop balance, no bitterness, just spice and sweet. Its like a gingerbread cookie that looks great in the bakery window, until you try it, and realize it was much more than you bargained for (in terms of sweetness and ginger). No hop flavor to speak of, and that kills this beer. (see overall)

M: Some people would find this beer overly sweet, and too winter spiced. I like it, I just wished for a better bitter balance. Not overly carbonated.

O:Personally this would have been a great beer if they added any sort of definable hop flavor. They let this beer get away from them by catering to the mass market's lack of a craft beer palate. Im simply saying, with the right bittering and aroma hops, and if they cut the sweetness down, let the hop notes carry some of the winter spice flavor, this could have easily been an A beer.... I wonder what it would taste like warm... like a cider, or mulled wine.... AND NO i wont apologize for drinking a coors owned company, even though it goes against what I stand for. The big beer giants are catering to the craft beer consumerism, and they are buying into the small craft market share, which means, honestly.... better overall quality of beer... If anything, I blame the uninformed beer snob for allowing it. Stay thirsty my friends. (1,746 characters)

Photo of barleyroad
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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 (853 characters)

Photo of Vashtar
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

THIRD PLACE so far for winter/Christmas beers (out of about 20).

The smell had a nice spice.

The taste was also nice and spicy. It tasted foreign... maybe Indian.

The appearance was great, but it didn't have much in the way of head retention.

The mouthfeel was like a ball bearing slowly sinking into a thick, soft pillow. It blooms nicely. (344 characters)

Photo of iBeer16
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of hdf561
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the Blue Moon Sampler Pack

Smells great can really smell the caramel and spices

WOW this beer has an overwhelming taste with the cinnamon, and caramel...it is great no bitterness, and very little after taste...

This is a great beer. The only downside is that it is sweet and a little on the heavy side. Not for drinking all nite but a great beer sitting by the fire on a winters nite, or when you just want to have a few delicious beers! (452 characters)

Photo of jb413
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice clear amber, some rising bubbles. Small khaki head that dissipated quick with little retention and no lacing.

S - Malt is lost in a heavy dose of spice, notably cinnamon. Seems a tad overdone, but on its own it's alright.

T - Exactly like the nose. Amazingly, the cinnamon hits first, and never leaves, lingering long into the mediocre finish. The caramel malt is not bad, but it's washed out.

MF - First thing that comes to mind is it's thin for 5.6 ABV. Drinkable in mouthfeel but not so drinkable with the cinnamon factor. Overcarbonated a tad in my opinion.

O - I like ambers, and this is not a good one. I would have loved for Blue Moon to have a lower priced quality amber, but the cinnamon is far too much, the beer characteristics aren't there, and it's just lacking. (788 characters)

Photo of J23hc
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of Seekerpilgrim
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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! (639 characters)

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Blue Moon Spiced Amber Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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