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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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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

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Beer added by: phishsihq on 01-26-2012

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Ratings: 452 | Reviews: 73
Reviews by phishsihq:
Photo of phishsihq
3.01/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The NEW Limited Release Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale pours a copper color with an orange tint, a quickly disappearing head and little to no lacing. A sweet malt aroma is quite noticeable with citrus (orange) notes poking through and some copper(?) as well. The brew features a little toasted malt out front, with orange citrus hop bitterness in the finish, a balance that leads to a smooth and easy drinking ale. Valencia Amber features a lighter body with medium to high amounts of carbonation, again adding to the smoothness and drinkability

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info. Part of the "seasonal collection", not sure which season they are talking about.

LOOK: Pours clear amber, with a copper hue. Light tan head, that stays, leaves a thicker collar and moderate thicker blobs of lace.

SMELL: Notes of oranges dominate the nose.

TASTE: Oranges again come to mind. With some bready/toasty notes. With a strange, burnt plastic note in the finish...nasty

FEEL: Medium, with carbonation on point for the style

OVERALL: Meh, fake "craft beer", fake "seasonal" beer. Would do, in a pinch, ice cold on a hot day, or not.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is grain, bread and a little bit of orange. The flavor is more of the same, with quite a bit of sweetness from the toffee and bread malt. There is a hint of orange, but basically this is just a beer full of grainy sweetness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Certainly nothing special.

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 TheFunGuy
3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in a sixer for drinking on the balcony during the first warm weekend of the year.

It poured a very clear amber with a one inch head which faded to almost nothing. It looks like an impressive, clean beer. A Bud Light with better color.

The smell is light wheat, light caramel, and light orange. The taste is exactly the smell. Dead on the same.

The mouth feel is as a easy drinking as Bud Light but with a decent flavor. Perfect for an outdoor beer when you are going to each have three.

My wife really liked it in this context, and she also likes Two Heart style IPAs and porters.

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.65/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours beautiful..orange..

It smells sweet..

It tastes nice but a bit sweet..

Goes down easy but needs something..too sweet..

I don't know if extra hops would help..it's just a seasonal and goes well with Spring bbq's if we could ever have a Spring in NE..

Nice beer..I was thinking today about a beer that would be citrusy..

Nah I shoulda went IPA but I thank Blue Moon for trying..being a child of Central Florida I know the Valencia is too sweet for anything but OJ..the should have used the Navel..

Ah well nice try and I like it and rated it higher than I thought I would..

TRY TO DRINK THIS BEER SLOWLY..you cain't..it's nice..

It's sweet like the girls you let slip away..love it..

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With dinner at Olive Garden. From the bottle.

A - advertised as copper ale; from the rim it appears to be a as advertised

S - smells a bit grainy with big caramel aromas and some faint citrus

T - big, sticky caramel followed by a quick, faint chocolate malt note and finishes with a sweet, citrus character

M - very crisp, overcarbonated, the carbonation messes with the flavors on the palate

This is a bit boring. It's also unbalanced. The flavor is dominated by the boring caramel malts and the citrus is an afterthought. I'll definitely pass on this in the future.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A-light beige head and a somewhat hazy amber appearance with minimal lacing.

S-sweet, fruity,wheat grain

T- Sweet, malt, wheat and orange.

M-Light, wheat not much going on

It wasn't terrible but I don't think i'll have it again.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost a finger of head on a dark amber colored body.
The aroma is a mild grain and orange zest. Mild though.
The taste is mildly bitter with moderate sweetness. Bland.
The texture is crisp with moderate to high carbonation.
A lack of depth and flavor keeps this back.

Photo of kenito799
2.07/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Crystal clear amber brew with a reddish tinge. White foamy soda-like head recedes to a ring then leaves no lace.
Aroma is good, some spicy root beer-like notes, cola, roasted malt.
On the palate, though, there is a cloying slick sweetness that is unpleasant and reminds me of high fructose corn syrup-laden soda pop. This overwhelms the promising spice and burnt orange notes, leaving a burnt malt bitterness lingering. The burnt bitterness is an unpleasant partner to the artifical-tasting sweetness. Sorrry Coors, not good.

Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. twistoff bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper/light amber with a slightly off white cap of foam which offers moderate retention.

Nose has a light hop presense but tends more towards a light pumpkin ale and with some added cinnamon in the mix along with some subdued caramel notes. Taste follows with a light caramel influence and some remote hop spice. While light in body it remains fairly well balanced. Aroma expands with warming to a degree.

Decent feel with a supportive carbonation. Touch of orange and lighttly sweet and smoky malt on the finish. Overall a bit subdued as expected but worth some merit.

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 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 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 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 RonaldTheriot
3.7/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale has a thick, light beige head and a somewhat hazy amber appearance with minimal lacing. The aroma is pronounced- sweet, brown bread and a touch of citrus. Taste is of sweet brown bread, caramel, some slight citrus, a touch of hop bitterness, and alcohol. There’s an underlying cloying sweetness to this, which evokes malt liquor. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat fluffy, and Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale finishes semi-dry and relatively easy drinking. Overall, this is a good and interesting beer.

RJT

Photo of metter98
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of caramel malts, wheat and orange citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the mixture of flavors isn't very pleasant.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I didn't really enjoy the combination of flavors as they didn't seem to have a good balance that were palatable to your taste buds.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

'Valencia Grove Amber' on my label: drank 5 Feb 2013 in my hotel room in San Francisco. The 12 ounce bottle was chilled with ice in the wash basin and poured twice into a plastic beaker.

I found this OK: good amber hue to the body and an off-white head that didn't want to hang around for very long.

Flavour wise it had a pleasant orangey feel within what is a malty brew that has very little hop action in the nose or taste.

I prefer maltier, semi-sweet brews and this fitted my profile fairly well. One of the best beers from Coors I've had either side of the Atlantic.

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 DrinkSlurm
3.52/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a golden amber with a finger of head. Sweet caramel and slight citrus aroma...taste is the same. Its got lots of sweetness. Its slightly citrus but nice. Glad to see a little alcohol in a blue moon brew...
Its a good decent brew...not amazing but good

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Valencia Amber Ale - I had high hopes for this one and ended up with a mixed experience.

Out of the bottle it looked great. It has a nice dark-yellow color with visible carbonation, a small head but with good staying power and lacing. The carbonation was just right in the mouth with little stickiness but, there was a surprising after taste I wasn't pleased with. I smelled none of the spices or citrus it claims to have, but I did taste them from a distant, sorta there, kinda there perspective. I smelled the hops and barley more than I tasted them so that much was good.

Overall, it a good brew, but nothing spectacular.

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 SometimesIfart
2.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a very clear amber with a thin quarter finger of off white head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Left no lacing.

S - Smells of slight orange peel an cinnamon.

T - At first comes a lingering slight orange peel flavor, followed by some very cheap malts and adjuncts.

M - Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

O - Overall, it's alright for easy drinking, but not a craft beer by any means. could perhaps be used as a cross over beer but that's about the extent of it.

Photo of JMad
2.92/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beer pours a burnt orange/ amber color with a thin filmy off white head.

It smells of butter and biscuits with hints of honey and grain. Tastes pretty average, some sweet caramel malt and macro flavor is all I detected. It is medium bodied with low carbonation and a forgettable finish.

For a supposed amber, this really wasn't that good, I would drink it over a regular macro though.

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.

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