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Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Valencia Amber AleBlue Moon Valencia Amber Ale

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71
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452 Ratings
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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 8
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: phishsihq on 01-26-2012

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Ratings: 452 | Reviews: 73
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance : Pours a honey golden amber color, with about 70% transparency. The head is around 1 finger tall, but recedes to a wispy ring within 2 minutes. The head is an off-white color with orangeish hue.

Aroma : It's pretty faint. There's malts and clean water with some faint coriander and orange, and the malts here have a lightly roasted aroma. It takes some deep whiffs to analyze this smell. Pretty weak.

Flavor : Both toasted and pale malts mix together with coriander, and it finishes with some slight fresh orange, leaving hints of copper on the tongue. Not much else to write about.

Mouthfeel : The first thing I noticed was the creamy front on this beer, very calming and very palatable. Medium bodied and ends dry. Easily the best part about this beer.

Overall : Pass. It's mediocre in about every sense of the word. It's not delicious, it's kind of lame, and just barely qualifies as "crafty".

Photo of WckdVbz
1.95/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My least favorite in the line-up.

Photo of Joe_Howard
2.74/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not really much to say here, pretty bellow average attempt at an amber ale. Crystal clear amber color, head is ok. Kinda reminds me of a not as good, filtered belgian white.

Photo of plaidowl
3.67/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It has a nice fluffy head and a deep golden amber color, and it's a pretty solid brew, but there's not a lot to recommend in this beer. Nothing wrong but nothing really remarkable, either. What I did find interesting was the specific kind of bitterness in the flavor. It takes more notes from the orange peel than the usual source of beer bitterness, hops. It takes on other aspects of the orange flavor, but the least of this is the sweetness (which I am in favor of, as sweet is a treacherous tone to add to beer). So there is that to appreciate in this fruit beer. It's definitely better than average, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it, as the more dominant malty beer flavor is a bit lackluster.

Photo of Sonofalime
2.07/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Didn't like this offering. The orange flavor is lost in the base beer. Tasted more like a regular blue moon with a orange slice.

Photo of JamesB63
3.94/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Moon did a great job on this one.

Photo of Gmann
3.04/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with orange highlights. The head is big and creamy, good retention. Quite pillowy.

Pretty strong grain aroma with hints of metal and sulfur. It has that adjunct smell. The oranges pop through here and there and help with the aroma.

The taste is of a soft amber malt. A bit grainy but not has bad as in the aroma. Some metal but no sulfur. The orange is subtle but noticeable and probably helps mask some of the other flavors. Light grassy bitterness in the finish.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Good balance on the palate. Finishes slightly bitter.

An ok beer. Served cold the beer isn't bad but I fear the adjuncts may pop out more as it warms.

Photo of SitkaSteve
3/5  rDev -1.6%

I had this poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a decent looking amber color with a one finger white bubbly head. There was barely any lacing.
The smell had a weird orange aroma to a light spice that I didn't exactly know what it was.
The taste was mainly sweet with that weird spice to it.
The mouthfeel was fairly sharp on my palate with a weird springy spice to it. Dii I like it? Hmmm...well it wasn't exactly the best.
Overall, nothing special, but I guess I could do this again if I had to.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.26/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Very light cinnamon amber color. The white head recedes to a fine wisp with no lacing.

Aroma: Brown sugar, cinnamon, faint orange.

Taste: Cloyingly sweet brown sugar, malts, and holiday spices, earthy organic orange peel in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy.

Overall: This tasted more like a pumpkin ale than an amber.

Photo of DrewsBrews450
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours more of a dark golden color then amber. The head dies pretty quick with a spot of lace here and there. The smell is a very light carmal, strong citrus and kinda just plain. The taste is a little better, a little more toasted malt with a stronger citrus taste. Mouthfeel is thin to slight medium. Not very great but I have no problem drinking it.

Photo of hoffhin2
3.37/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: gold with a pretty good size head.
Aroma: orange and slight fruity smell
Taste: Very strong orange taste especially compared to normal blue moon which I think gives off a slight orange zest, malt, wheat note. Not balanced all that well.

Served from a bottle and poured into a pint glass.

Photo of chinchill
3.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle with a June 2014 date stamped on the neck.
Pours clear amber with a large and creamy tan head that has good durability and leaves fine lacing on the glass.

The sweet aroma is malty and musty with hints of orange and yeast..

The flavor is a little subdued but balanced: light bready malts with hints of wheat, orange juice, orange pith and grapefruit.

Feel: Light-medium body with good, soft, medium-high carbonation.

O: slightly above average at best. Refreshing but perhaps best suited for transitional (towards craft beers) beer drinkers.

Photo of KYGunner
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a light orange hue with a thin fizzy head. It holds a bit of Orange on the nose with an apricot sweetness and an evident caramel malt. Caramel malt leads the taste with hints of Orange and apricot, sweetness from the fruity sugars and barley like grain. Certainly drinks easy but it's so thin it's hard rate it any higher. This comes across as the very definition of OK.

Photo of ranger7
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.
Review from notes 3/9/2014.

A: Clear amber with microscopic head.

S: Malt and brown sugar.

T: Similar to a brown ale, tastes like it smells with some orange peel at the end.

M: Slight carbonation, appropriate.

O: Nice. Not as much of an orange taste as I was expecting, but a nice amber ale overall.

Photo of pkalix
2.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

twist cap with a faint pssh sound. no build up, no 'fuerza!' just a limp-dick pssh... am I biased already? apparently....
no carbonation to speak of, no real head.... smell is frickin' corn crap.... why do I do this to myself??? gawd, there really is a difference in REAL craft beer and this swill.... ohh, but it's 5.9% ! ! ! ! typical adjunct garbage. prefer a miller lite to this crud. what a let down after that AWESOME velvet merlin I was so surprised of.... a friend of mine LOVES this stuff... blech!
say no more.

Photo of gr0g
3.04/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Amber in color with about one finger of foam. Smells like a nondescript, malty amber ale or lager. Bready, light caramel. Faint floral hoppiness is like a German lager. Not much of anything else, nor is any orange peel detectable at all.

Flavor is clean, again like a lager. Faint citrus character. Crisp, bitter finish. Fizzy carbonation. It's boring but inoffensive. Despite the "American Amber" moniker, don't expect anything close to a well-hopped amber. This is more like a Vienna Lager, and an uninspiring one at that.

Photo of Pegasus
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange in color, fittingly so, with a modest off-white head, which soon collapses to a scattering of foam,with fine, glass-coating lacing, and slight, slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Strong notes of orange rind, neither bitter, nor sweet, similar to the aroma of a Valencia orange rind, as well as moderate caramel and wheat bread aromas.

Taste: Opens with slightly bitter orange rind, followed by prominent wheat malt, and a flush of caramel malt. Later in the taste, some mild hop bitterness plays off against the wheat, orange rind, and caramel; this brings the taste to a graceful close.

Mouth feel: Fairly full, with somewhat zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Decent and drinkable, would be very appealing in warmer weather.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice..

Photo of Mosstrooper
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Amber in color with a medium-sized off-white head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave any lace behind.

Smell: Orange backed up by sweet toasted malts.

Taste: Begins with a vague citric flavor which rounds out to sweet, buttery toasted malt flavor. Finish is largely the same with more prevalent orange flavors alluded to at the beginning of the drink. A touch of spiciness in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body has balanced carbonation and a watery finish.

Overall: A pretty forgettable beer. This brew is average in every respect. Not bad, but certainly far from special.

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 6/2/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - orange, very carbonated, thin white head.
Smell - an odd blend if irange peel and caramel.
Taste - spice, some citrus, and caramel malts; complex, but strange.
Feel - some complex flavors, but too light.
Overall - good price point, mediocre beer.

Photo of gotweid
2.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clean copper penny color. Strong pour resulted in a 1" head. No lacing. Moderate carbonation. Aroma of bread & citrus. Mild citrus taste with a mild malt flavor. Everything about this beer is mild, which makes it easy to drink. Nice flavor, smooth. Comes across as a nice spring/summer beer.

Photo of Mike_Moe
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light brown amber color, light brown head.
Aroma: Very light roasted malt smell.
Flavor: Light roasted malt taste; slightly spiced. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation.
Overall: Not a bad amber ale. The beer has a smooth velvet mouth finishing with a hint of spice.

Photo of tkdchampxi
1.93/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottom line - This beer is both poor quality and nauseatingly sweet. My gf and I both could not finish our 4oz sample. I wanted to throw up. Never again.

Appearance: The beer looked inoffensive enough, golden in color with a slightly darker red tint to it.

Smell: The beer smelled clearly of orange, with a standard wheat beer scent.

Taste: As noted above, it was overwhelmingly sweet, with notes of fake orange cough syrup. I was allowed to sample this beer in a small 4oz pour. The bartender told me that the beer was made using a standard process then infused with the Valencia orange flavor afterwards. This is plainly evident, in that the beer taste like it is an average beer that had orange-flavored cough syrup added to it.

Mouthfeel: It felt like I was going to throw up in my mouth.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.01/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

"Valencia!? These are juice oranges!" Ahem, anyway, this stuff pours a clear tawny-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild biscuit, light orange peel, and a hint of minty grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with the orange playing a clear second fiddle (at best) to the honey-laden biscuit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, an okay brew, but not much of a Valencia showcase. It's not bad, but I'd likely only drink it if gifted it as part of a forced severance package...

Photo of Jadjunk
3.27/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Our Valencia Grove Amber is crafted with roasted malts, Valencia orange peel, and a touch of wheat for an uplifting orange, caramel aroma. It's the perfect inspiration for taking advantage of the season." Brewed in the style of an American Amber ale. First released in Spring 2013, this is the newest Blue Moon spring seasonal. Available in both 6 packs and the 12 pack mixed variety.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Blue Moon pint glass. Served north of 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a sudsy golden-white head over a mildly hazy orange body with substantial busy carbonation in tow. Retention is below average, surface cover is shallow and there is no lacing. While many of these visual flaws aren't surprising across the Blue Moon line, they set the appeal that this beer has apart from more heady and robust Amber ales. 2.5

(Smell) Pale, clean malts base with a pinch of mild bready amber malt depth. Moderate levels of herbal and citrusy hops and a semi-potent orange profile, probably Valencia if I had to venture a guess. The orange is a bit rind-like despite a mellow tartness, but focal in the build of the aroma, which is overall simple but approachable. Potency is medium at best. 3.5

(Taste) Moderate breaded malt profile reminiscent of German styles (Munich) with a pinch of lightly toasted caramel grain and a light syrupy toffee sweet finish. Where'd the orange go? It's almost completely gone past the nose, if anything remains it's a pinch of orange juice that contributes nothing aside from sugar into the forward malt body. Hops are also subdued in flavor, bitterness does a decent job at rounding out the flavor, yet it's still settled on the sweet side- not by a bothersome margin. As anticipated, drinkability is very high and few off-flavors are discernible, which is amongst some of the highest praise I can give to this beer. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Malt profile is slick from some light syrup and a touch chewy from the biscuity and bready malt profile, carbonation adds a bit of fluff but no significant creaminess, keeping the body slick and feeling thick. Body is just shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet but you wouldn't be able to easily tell. Drinkability is naturally high. It's not a bad texture, although a more busy carbonation wouldn't kill this beer. 3.25

(Overall) Blue Moon seems to continue putting out styles that have me guessing at other styles. I found the malt-forward, German-oriented grain choices indicative of a mild, drinkable bock beer, very clean and smooth drinking with a light enough body to be a good session choice. As usual, I'm pleased with the malt side of this beer despite an elevated sweetness and underwhelmed by just about everything else. The namesake Valencia never really came into its own and the hop profile, while offering some decent bitterness and balance, doesn't contribute any flavor depth either. If you can fight past these wasted chances for increased flavor and depth, you may find something to enjoy in this beer. 3.25

Coors Brewing Company's
Blue Moon Valencia Grove Amber
3.26/5.00

Photo of MIXMASTERICE
1.59/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Made the mistake of letting my curiosity get the best of me. Was going to pick up the regular Blue Moon, but saw this offering and figured I would see what it had to offer. Big mistake. First off, this isn't a horrible tasting beer. It's actually doesn't have much taste or flavor at all. All I get from this is a slight bit of spice, with a little odd flavor in the finish, almost malt liquor-ish. It's 5.9 ABV, so it packs a little more punch than the tradional 4.5-5.2 ABV beers, but taste wise this is almost as neutral as you can get. Not what I want when buying a "craft " beer, as Anything I've tried from Samuel Adams has much more character than this offering. This is like the guy in the crowd who just blends in and isn't noticed. I won't be buying this Blue Moon offering EVER again.

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Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.