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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74
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106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 752
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 19.56%
Wants: 10
Gots: 144 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of MaximalC
3.46/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky copper color with a moderate cap of khaki foam that rapidly settles into a thin veil. Aroma smells of noble hops, Belgian yeast, toffee, nuts, and a vague, slightly fruity spiciness.

The taste features nuts, caramel, apple juice, cherries, a pinch of allspice, and an unexpected but enjoyable tartness toward the middle. Papery oxidation puts a damper on the finish, but that may be on account of the fact that this bottle is a couple months past the best-by date. There’s also a prickly bite that’s more than likely due to carbonation and yeast than hops. Medium body starts to dissipate on the back end, but the holistic mouthfeel is pretty solid nonetheless.

Overall, this is an interesting offering that tastes nothing like a saison. It’s more like a hybrid between a marzen and a sour ale, with some winter spices thrown in for kicks. Probably one of the better Blue Moon side projects in spite of its peculiarity. (947 characters)

Photo of generallee
2.98/5  rDev -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. (526 characters)

Photo of matjack85
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I found this limited release Coors/Blue Moon product at the local Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights/ IL. 12oz brown bottle for $1.67 with no freshness date.

The beer poured a pale reddish amber color with a 1-finger white head that dissipated in under a minute and left no lacing whatsoever. The website suggested using a slender glass so I used a cchampagne flute for this one.

The smell was flowery and spicy. I was looking for a strawberry flavor and smell because of the name (Short STRAW), plus the pink label, but there's not a touch of strawberry in it The pink color comes from the hibiscus flower which they do use in brewing this.

Heavy on the white pepper spice and low on that Belgian funky yeast found in most farmhouse ales. Mild sweetness from the malts and hibiscus flower. Not a very exciting taste.

Light bodied but very high in carbonation.

The Blue Moon website says this is also brewed with chocolate malt and white wheat but I tasted neither one in here. It's drinkable, but kind of disappointing. (1,035 characters)

Photo of jblake4124
2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Admittedly I'm not a big fan of the saison style, but this one is particularly bad in my opinion. Tart, sour finish that leaves a lingering sour aftertaste. I have stopped buying Blue Moon variety packs because this one is in there. Shame. (242 characters)

Photo of OKbrew89
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (588 characters)

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

Appearance: Hazy reddish-brown, with a tall, dense white head, with excellent retention. Lacing rings the glass walls, resembling a baroque circlet. Moderate streams of carbonation drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Complex aroma of grass, burnt caramel, apple rind, coriander, and pepper.

Taste: Opens with a mildly tart note, soon followed by some earthy wheat, caramel, and then coriander and pepper. As the taste progresses, the pepper and modest apple cider vinegar-like sourness increase, along with bitter apple. Finishes with a lingering, mildly rustic note that somehow seems dusty and earthy, with subdued herbal hops and lingering, mild pepper.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting creation, very understated compared to its Belgian antecedents. It might offer a novice a mild introduction to the Farmhouse style.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom-embossed brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass. (1,035 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -5.4%
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 (344 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.39/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Rather a nice-looking amber with a large initial head that fades fairly quickly.
S: Aroma is actually somewhat interesting, with a peppery-spicy hint
T: Unfortunately, not that interesting to drink. Does this contain cinnamon? The spiciness doesn't seem to be typical phenols.
M: Watery, thin.

Well, I wasn't expecting much out of this, and I got what I expected. (368 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from one of the local grocery stores.

A: A nice amber color but it has poor head and retention.

S: Malty with a little hop. Some fruit as well. Nice.

T: Malt, fruit, pepper and some sweetness. Complex but not great.

M: Smooth with some richness. Nice carbonation.

O: Pretty decent for a large brewer. Worth trying. (329 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.54/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBD 8/18/14. Clear amber pour with a nice dark ruby hue. Strong head with very good lacing and retention. The nose has soft orange/lemon notes over a tart pepper-like background. Light medium bodied with a nice smooth texture. Above average carbonation that effervesces quite well on the finish. The flavor profile is laid back, but has a well balanced complexity. It begins with a citrus tartness which progresses to a light caramel sweetness. On the crisp finish, the coriander and pepper are noted along with a touch of spicy hop flavor as it effervesces. A good solid ale that leaves you with a touch of spicy heat at the back of the throat.. (646 characters)

Photo of tippiecanoes
4.55/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried the Expressionist Collection: Farmhouse Red. It has hints of Coriander, Hibiscus and White Pepper. When you smell this beer it smells a little like cilantro (coriander), which is why it has that orange/citrusy smell. I loved this beer; the flavors were delicious and it was just an easy beer to drink. It was light and not bitter like an IPA. (350 characters)

Photo of AZYescas
2/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I tried but no thanks. I went to my local liquor store and my buddy who owns it offered me a 12pk for $7.99. Just on the price alone I was suspicious but having drinks earlier in the day I figured wat the hell, plus ill save some $. Well that was 3weeks ago and im just on my 4th beer. Cant drink it unless im buzzed because my gag reflex aren't as sensitive. (359 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: Ruby amber body, light cream colored head. The head recedes to almost nothing except a ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Aroma: Malt sweetness, faint berry tartness.

Taste: A very sweet malt body with a touch of pepper spiciness, followed by berry fruit and tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Interesting combination of flavors, but not a beer I'd want to have again. (444 characters)

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a thick head that dies to nothing and leaves no lace like all blue moon beers. Smells are caramel, spice, orange.. the taste follows with mostly a orange spice back ground. The mouthfeel is thin to slight medium. Overall its decent and I would have no issue drinking more. (296 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
1.13/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Short straw is the last straw for me with blue moon, idk why I keep fooling myself into thinking they will ever put something good out, heck I'd settle for "o.k." I mean you'd think for the fact that they have what, at least 30 different "styles" (more like flavors) that they would eventually put out something worth drinking! Well I guess thats too much to ask from Coors. I mean can this even be called an "ale"!? I'm trying hard to have one good thing to say about this beer but I can't think of anything.

A: almost got this one right, it has the slightest reddish brown tinge but nothing compared to a good version of this style, plus it looks super watery and extremely bubbly and carbonated for a flanders style.
T: yup it's blue moon, no doubt about it. At least when you drink a schells or a summit, it's easy to tell that is' one but at least they have more than one base style of beer, I think blue moon always starts out as a blue moon Belgian white ale and then they add stuff to it to make it taste different initially but it finishes like the same gross tasting ale. This also has a DISGUSTING mid-palate that tastes like PEROXIDE, yeah you really nailed that "sour" style feel guys... NOT! Then as it warms it taste more like a pilsner than anything....EPIC FAIL.
O.A. I REALLY have to try hard to remember no matter how good a new blue moon "FLAVOR" SOUNDS it's never in no way gonna be different. SHOCKTOP FOREVER!
P.S. also I have a stomach ache from 1/4 of this beer! unbelievable!!! Also I think I'm going to throw my Cassanova's pint glass away cuz it tainted it so much, ICK! (1,601 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.05/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a blue moon variety pack for a quantity over quality night. This one was a nice little surprise. Decent looking beer with an outstanding smell and really good taste. Enjoyed it a good bit and would certainly try again if I see it individually. (253 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the most coppery colored beers I've seen. Clear with a fine carbonation, well made in that regard. Sparkly mouthfeel. Fruity, lemony aroma.

They call this an "interpretation of a Farmhouse Ale blended with a Flemish Red." Uh-- does that mean it has Belgian yeast? Something of a citrus taste with sweet fruit punch. The first couple of sips seem interesting, and then it gets cloyingly sugary plus that icky aftertaste.

Overall this is rather sweet and it has that same dirty, raspy hop finish of so many industrial brews. Is that some kind of cheap hop extract, or do they just buy "bittering agent" from the janitorial supply house?

This is not really bad tasting but it's at the bottom of the scale compared to actual Farmhouse Ales. From the 12 oz screw-cap bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquors in Ocean Beach. (834 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer, it has a reddish color body with a thin head. The aroma has a sweet and some floral hints to it. The taste has a sweet, malt flavor to it. It also has some hop on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is smooth and overall it is good, nothing to over the top. (277 characters)

Photo of Wargaunt
3.54/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into Pilsner Glass.

This appeared to be a clear red ale with a light head and light carbonation.

The smell had hints of orange/citrus and a dry red ale fragrance with hints of floral.

It tastes more fruity than a tradition red ale with a citrusy lemon/orange twist. It does leave a tart wheat after taste.

The feel on the mouth was light with an even amount of carbonation.

Overall this is a good to great ale with a nice alcohol% kick that rounds the experience. I will suggest this as tasty get-together drink that works well with chicken wings. (571 characters)

Photo of mando_thegreat
4.02/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really, REALLY like this beer. I took a few extra sips while rating it , just so I can taste it again. The taste, mouthfeel, smell is all in perfect ranges. I strongly suggest this to anyone. Even to a not often beer drinker. Blue Moon has once again lived up to their expectations. I got this in the sampler pack. I will have to find it in its own pack and purchase. The Hibiscus flavor is strong , in a good way. (416 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Clear amber coloration with a large off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind thick lace.

Smell: Very bready with hints of tart citrus and some grape.

Taste: Bready and grainy throughout, with some vinegary tartness in the background. A touch of spice toward the end. There are also some notes of grape, lemon, and maybe a touch of orange. None of the flavors truly seem to shine, though.

Mouthfeel: Lighter, very smooth body with not all that much carbonation and a somewhat slick finish.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but nothing too memorable either. This won't satisfy the average beer geek, but is definitely acceptable. I wouldn't seek this out, but this may be something I'd introduce if I were trying to bring someone onto the craft beer bandwagon. (821 characters)

Photo of spynkz
4.43/5  rDev +39.7%
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... (555 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Translucent dark brown with a mocha head.

S: Nose is faint with raspberry and maybe some wheat and a touch of fruity Belgian yeast esters.

T: Quite fruity, raspberry is definitely there. A touch of wheat, a touch of lemon.

M: Light bodied, not smooth, but far from harsh.

O: Pretty good, way underrated, as are many blue moon beers. Don't let the name or the rating discourage you. It's less than 2 dollars a bottle and well worth a try. Definitely recommended. (468 characters)

Photo of RonKoch
3.84/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't fully appreciate Saisons. I've tried a few and been underwhelmed. It's just not my thing. So I'll usually pass in favor of something darker, thicker, richer. But today I stopped at a C-store and this Short Straw was the only interesting looking beer in the "beer cave". I didn't realize what style it was supposed to be until I got it home. Working through this 6-pack, I'm thinking, "It's refreshing, easy going, and happiness producing." Overall, I'd suggest that what the folks at Blue Moon have done here is provided a "gateway" brew to the Saison style. (566 characters)

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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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