Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red AleBlue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale

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749 Ratings

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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 10
Gots: 141 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Humulus85 on 06-09-2012

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Ratings: 749 | Reviews: 112
Reviews by Goosehunter75:
Photo of Goosehunter75
3.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very colorful ruby red that is crystal clear with a huge 3 finger head. Head retention is ok. I was surprised at how fast the large head went away

S - Aromas of apricot and tangerine immediately caught my attention. The beer almost has a sour aroma overall.

T - Quite malty with a very tangy finish. The finish is too tangy for my liking. There is also a very slight spiciness to the beer that I didnt pick up on immediately

M - A medium body beer that has nice mouth feel. It is very creamy and goes down smooth. Enjoyable.

O - I just cant get used to the Saison style beers. I have not found many I truely like, but still try and give them a fair score. This beer is very good looking in appearance and has a nice aroma. Its just too tangy for my liking.

More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams tasting glass.

Appearance: The body has a medium amber color with a light haze. The pour produced a small just off white head which quickly settles down to thin wispy layer.

Smell: There are some hints of bready maltiness with some vague fruity notes in the background.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is light and clean overall. Its flavor matches the aroma. The feel is a mild light bodied and easy drinking beverage with matching light carbonation.

Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Decent head, decent lacing as well. Reddish amber hue shows a bit of clarity. Light breadiness, hint of tartness and a neutral nuttiness in the aroma ... expect a bit more. Nearly perfect smoothness, a tad creamy ... medium bodied. Maltiness is a bit thin, mild tartness reveals little and does not really go anywhere. Very modest hopping, grainy with a toasted character throughout. Finish semi-clean and dry with an almost steely after taste.

I expect a bit more from this beer ... not much but as usual this beer lands flat like the others from Blue Moon. Approachable to the masses which is what they are all about.

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish Brown with a thin off white head. A lot of carbonation.

Smell: Mild hops. But mostly grassy.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste is watery with earthy grassy notes.

Overall: This one is ok. I won't be going out of my way to buy it.

Photo of NOLTERN
1.98/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I poured this from a bottle into a pint glass. The colors of the label along with the description really threw me off from what this beer actually is. With the red label and the word straw house, I thought that it would be fruity (bringing to mind strawberry), and being a "saison", I expected fruity esters at the very least. Of course, this is a coors product and not a true craft beer, so I cannot say that my dissapointment is not well deserved.

The head disappears quickly.

The smell is metallic and does not have much going on. It brings to mind rusty copper.

The taste is thin. I detect almost no hops.There is that metallic flavor again, and the grains were either cheap, stale, or paired with large amounts of corn syrup.

The mouthfeel is decent. Like the flavor it is thin, but it has a slight creamy characteristic.

Overall, I think that this beer would make a great new substitution for the current coors recipe, but as mixture of saison and flanders red, this beer falls way short of being even remotely close to either style.

Photo of chinchill
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours dark red-amber; clear with a fairly durable head.

Aroma is neutral rather than appealing, but then I am not a fan of most farmhouse ales.

Taste: an appealing fruity flavor with a sweet/tart balance leaning towards the tart side. Hints of strawberries. Tame and mild for style.

Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

Photo of OKbrew89
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expected golden color, but could have a nicer head. It had a mild smell of slight sour fruit with a minor hop finish. Smooth on the front with decent hop and sour fruit taste on the end. There was a slightly bitter after-taste after each drink. It was unusually easy to drink for a farmhouse thanks to the red wheat and fruit finish. It is a bit watery and tame for a farmhouse.
Admittedly, I wasn't feeling good about this one due to the brand. I'm probably in the minority on this beer, but I liked it. It is more red ale than farmhouse to me, but that might explain why I like it.

Photo of Brenden
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This saison, if it really is, is almost a straight amber color. A very light tan head doesn't quite reach one finger in height and falls off fairly rapidly, though not immediately. A bit of spotty lacing manages to stick to the glass.
The nose is light and it's not so much funk I detect as something very lightly musty, grainy aside from the fruity sort of sweetness. A little floral aspect is there underneath. The fruit/must/sweet combo actually is most like peaches. Interesting.
More fruity sweetness is forward in the flavor. There's some tartness and a very light touch of must to it. It doesn't go too grainy. Peach, again, interestingly, seems the main element. The finish is floral and isn't unpleasant.
The body is light and, while it's a little thin, it's not terribly so. It's crisp without biting too hard and a bit smooth but it flattens out some at the end.

Photo of spynkz
4.43/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a winner...whoever dunnit deserves a medal..You know what the problem here is...
TART, the sourness which lingers...was it Vinegar? It can't be Hibiscus!!!
Dear Blue Moon, please reduce that tart, make it like 1/10 of what it is now, and then thank me.
This is a world beater...I would have it any time of the year.
Btw, I created this account coz I think their flagship beer tastes like water compared to this...I am mad that I am getting my 12 packs only at one shop in the whole of 3 counties of the Bay area!!!!
Cheers for the 4th time...

Photo of dacrza1
2.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Date tasted: July 6, 2013... Glassware: Ayinger willibecker... Occasion: redemption bottle--could a whole sampler of brews be such a terrible mistake? I messed my July 4th hosting gig with this poor purchase....Appearance: clear, blood orange-red body with a creamy white head that settles in thinly... Aroma: white pepper?! pepper, yes--and the doughy yeast that accompanies a perplexing funky malt--too medicinal to be pleasing... Palate: balanced, drinkable body that doesn't waste time in the mouth; as profiled, a farmhouse that cleanses the palate... Taste: honeyed, candied tartness with a bit of grapelike pucker; competing flavors make for a busy development of drinking--again, not attractive... Overall: a slight redux on the abysmal tastings of the agave and blackberry, as this will hold well enough to encourage a second bottle; a decent marriage with the summer elements can be had here--decent....

Photo of alphagnome
2.79/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

To start it pours a deep bronze color that is pretty clear and hardly carbonated. This one lacks a head and any red coloring for that matter.

Upon initial inspection, the aroma is quite funky (typical of the style) and is laced with coriander and other hard to pinpoint spices. At the tail end, pepper is evident, nearly causing me to sneeze.

Leaves a lot to be desired.. This malty ale plays host to variety of spices (as to be expected following the aroma) with heavy coriander and a bit of vinegar that wraps up with tart raspberry and a dry kick from the pepper. The aftertaste is worth noting here as it is oddly my favorite part of this creation. It's a medley of tart fruit: raspberries, strawberries, cherry and kiwi. The saving grace here is that finish, I like it.

Skimping on the carbonation makes this medium-body beer rather disappointing. However, it is a refreshing beverage that is easy to drink. Bumping the carbonation levels could go a long way towards improving this one.

I like saisons and farmhouse ales for the most part, but red ales not so much... However, I was intrigued when I stumbled across this concoction. With a more potent carbonation and more fruit up front this would be easier to recommend... Perhaps next year?

Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - dark, clear amber with a quarter of an inch of offwhite head that has decent retention; a lot of carbonation bubbles rising to the top

S - grains, sweet, caramel malt

T - caramel, faint baked apples, very mild lactic impressions

M - medium bodied, a bit crisp

This is better than I had anticipated from the nose. I don't get much tartness from the Flanders Red nor are the lactic impressions very forward. I also don't get any of the promised white pepper. This beer to me doesn't at all seem like a "farmhous red ale" because I don't any of the notes I would expect or want from either style. What I get instead are the impressions of a toned down Dubbel with caramel malt notes and fruity esters. In the end, it's definitely better than most beers marketed under the Blue Moon brand, but it's still not up to par.

Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a blend of grass, fruit and coriander
Appearance- Pours a murky reddish-brown, with a large white head.
Taste- Has malt flavor with a tart finish, wheat and coriander is present in the flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- An average Farmhouse style ale

Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Took a flyer on this as part of a mixed sixer... BBD 17 Mar 14

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with a thumb of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness, green apple peels

T: Follows the nose, some caramel as well up front & pears as well. More pears & a bit of caramel & white pepper as this warms & some jolly rancher green apple, & dryness. Finishes dry, a sweet with more jolly rancher

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, overly firm. Skews too sweet for the style

A flawed attempt at the style, but drinks pretty easy despite that. This would still be the best beer available for the most part around here for at least ten miles, sigh...

Photo of joeboe2001
2.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taste and smell were initially disgusting, but improved after sitting in the glass for a few minutes. Like its sister beer, it might improve with a nice slice of orange on top.

UPDATE: Tried it again, this time with a slice of orange on top. Did not improve significantly--best strategy seems to be to let it breathe/warm up for a while.

Very light on the carbonation--brought up a nice head initially, but quickly faded.

A little disappointing overall, but we will finish the 12-pack we purchased. Not great, but not bad enough to pour down the drain.

Photo of gotweid
2.87/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This ale has a reddish, brownish look. Small head. Aroma of sweet roasted nuts & bread. Tate is light in all areas. Somewhat tart, light on hops, malt is stronger than the hops and stands out as the dominate taste. Fig? Flat, dry mouthfeel. Not much else stands out. Not great, not bad.

Photo of ConradKenney
2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Too sweet for my liking. Didn't get much of the traditional saison-y spice.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.79/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer snobbery aside, here's what I think: Pours to a thin head that leaves some lacing. Color is as red as a beer can be without containing red fruit or food coloring. Clear. Aroma is crystal malt and some fruity notes in there as well. Flavor is tart, malty, but not sweet or hoppy, except for a faint aged hop taste. Acidic finish. Mouthfeel is light and moderate carbonation. Overall, nice malt features, sort of different, very good for a mass produced Saison from Coors.

Photo of Treyliff
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a golden brown color with some ruby hue. two-finger head that reduces to a foamy layer that lasts long after the pour

S- Tart nose of grape, vinegar, some fruity esters, not really picking up and traditional saison aromas, more Flanders than anything

T- light fruity tart notes, some sweet malty notes, dry finish with not much else going on

M- light body with moderate carbonation, slightly fizzy mouthfeel with a dry finish

O- If I didn't know before hand, I'd never know that this was a farmhouse ale, no traditional flavors of the style. I did pick up some Flanders red ale characteristics, although is seemed watered down

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits and spices. Taste is fruits, malts, some spice, refreshing and very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall would be a good choice on a hot summer day.

Photo of puboflyons
3.24/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped SEP3013-F05101709. Sampled on June 14, 2013.

The pour is an attractive looking deep amber with reddish notes more easily noticed when held to the light. Good clarity.

The aroma is mainly of hop notes, some citrus, and a modest biscuit malt sense.

The body is a tad under medium with a mild creaminess.

Malts can be found in the taste with a more noticeable fruity character followed by a clean, crisp hop finish. It has elements of a farmhouse but is not quite there.

Photo of MikeDL
3.79/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

got this brew in a variety pack, tasted good.. a lot different then some other red ales

Photo of Caj1
4.28/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the Blue Moon Fall Sampler 12-pack, this beer pours a lovely reddish-copper that gives a nice, cream colored head that takes a couple of minutes to fully dissipate and leaves a lot of lacing both on the surface of the beer and on the side of the glass. Carbonation is pretty good with lots of bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell is sweet and malty with a nice hint of hops, nothing more. Taste is much the same -- hops are backed off quite a bit which is actually quite fine for this kind of beer. A little bit of earth and some very nice citrus notes and that's it. The real flavor is in the spicy and tart flavor of the beer, where the signature orange peel of the Blue Moon brewers is front and center. Sweet, bready malt is next, and this beer, brewed with white pepper, is fragrant and peppery. Mouthfeel is crisp and light.

Overall this is a particularly refreshing and delicious beer and my favorite from the Harvest sampler. Just a shame it's so hard to find.

To good health and good beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before December 10, 2012 stamped on bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a clear amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is light tart berries, flowers (I guess that's from the hibiscus), and a little bit of spice. I think the taste is just like the aroma, but it's stronger in comparison. It's a bit tart, spicy and flowery. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. This was better than I thought it was going to be. I wouldn't make a point to find it, but if you can find a single of it like I did it's certainly worth trying. $1.79 a bottle.

Photo of Spikester
3.37/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber with some ruby highlights. Off white one finger head, spots of lacing.
Smell is tart, fruity, and light funk.
Taste is tart apple with a sweet and sour flavor. Light herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with fairly high carbonation. Slick and tart finish.
Overall an enjoyable quaff that leaves you with a slight pucker.

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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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