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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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

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505 Ratings

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.77%

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Humulus85 on 06-09-2012)
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Photo of AgentMunky


3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before 7 April 2014.

A: Two fingers of tight, creamy head top a clear amber-copper beer. Notable effervescence. Pretty.

S: Sharp and unfortunately metallic, but with a pleasantly yeasty-orange undercurrent. The hibiscus is legitimately detectable.

T: The 'hibiscus' is sour and upfront, masking an odd beer. The yeast is faint, and only distantly spicy or funky. Disappointing. Otherwise, it tastes like a witbier...coriander and wheat. A bit thin, with less carbonation than expected.

O: I think perhaps this would be a much better beer ice-cold and from the bottle. Not the disaster I was expecting, but not recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 05:11:09 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.04/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale has a thin, cream-colored head, a somewhat hazy, rust color, streaming bubbles, and little-to-no lacing. The aroma is of fairly pungent, sweet, grain, with a background of indistinguishable spices. Taste is of rather sweet malt, white bread, a touch of pepper, and spices. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, and Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale finishes semi-dry, sweet, and easy going, but ultimately a bit dull. Overall, for beer in general, it is average, but for a flavored concoction, it’s very good. Worth a check-see.


Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 14:08:41 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light amber color with a thin head, head fizzes away very quickly and leaving no lacing, seems very carbonated just no head retention.

Smell is very sweet and my first instinct is... SKITTLES! It smells like skittles! The mixture of the malt, light fruit and whatever yeast has combined to a skittle-y aroma, not that I mind that since skittles used to be my favorite candy (now replaced with peanut butter cups), not much of a hop presence though.

Taste is not skittles unfortunately (or fortunately for some), sweet malt front with an adequate amount of spicing that follows up, carbonation is medium-high but closer to the middle range, body is slightly lacking, hint of a peppery finish, not overly sweet like I had initially expected.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 02:55:50 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of Caj1


4.3/5  rDev +39.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 01:15:30 | More by Caj1
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color, with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strawberries, light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of strawberries and caramel. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in along with some Belgian yeast breadiness. The hops presence is mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, it’s flat out just a very mediocre beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 04:20:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of gestyr


3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pub glass.

A: Pours a nice clear and bright orange-red with a head that slowly fades to a coating on the top.

S: Slight spicy smell

T: Very subtle. Slight spiciness, very slight sour tang

M: Light mouthfeel with ok carbonation

O: Very middle of the road. It would be refreshing on a summer day while doing yard work. Nothing really outstanding about it but it was not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 00:50:01 | More by gestyr
Photo of Hex


3.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Before I begin, I have seen plenty of people bashing this beer... Im going to keep this review 100% unbiased.

A- Its red... kinda. Almost orange but in a beers case its red. Very translucent and the head doesn't last that long as previously stated by so many. The lacings aren't the worst though. Better than I expected so thats a plus, right?

S- The smell is very spicy! Like this beers name could be Alejandro. Lots of spice and just barely nabbed some citrus notes here.

T- Some spicy fluid this one is. Cilantro as soon as it hits the back of your throat... (this isn't hard to do for blue moon though) and some coriander as is listed (also not hard to do for blue moon) but this recipe is far from their original. Im not paying any mind to the title really but if I did it wouldn't quite be the farthest thing from a flanders red as people have been reviewing. (Maybe I got a better batch) haha

M- Very carbonated and medium... the carbonation helps the beer go down as if it were a light bodied beer, which I don't mind at all.

O- Overall this is a beer worth the money if you decide to just close your eyes, shut out all aspects of what you might expect from its title and enjoy... Yes it could be a better beer but it isn't a bad one, and for that, hats off to Coors! (Kidding)

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 07:40:48 | More by Hex
Photo of Cavanaghty


2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 22:01:48 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

1.61/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours with a reddish/golden hue, quickly fading white head. The aroma is faint, straw, wheat. The flavor profile is weak, tasteless. It does not have any flavors of a saison or Flanders red. the body is light, good carbonation, easy drinking. Taste like a light wheat beer, avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:01:00 | More by bonkers
Photo of scratch69


3.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear copper color with two fingers worth of quickly disappearing head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Faint aroma of malt and citrus.

Taste- Starts with some malty sweetness that turns slightly tart about mid-sip and finishes with a hint of orange peel and white pepper.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation and a crisp finish.

Overall- This doesn't seem to be good example of the style, which is fine by me as I don't enjoy the pepper flavors associated with a saison. A decent enough beer that I might try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 00:16:23 | More by scratch69
Photo of TCMike


3.01/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Beer color is medium gold/red. produced a one finger white head, which dissipated quickly.

Aroma is of a farmhouse funk, malts, and a light caramel.

Taste is similar, but with a little citrus, and slight hop presence. Upper, medium carbonation, and a medium mouth-feel.

Drinkable, but wouldn't buy it. It was a gift from a party guest, which thought I might like it, since I like craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 20:23:22 | More by TCMike
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 1/6/14.

Pours a clear orange-red with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but I am not getting any sort of the Flanders Red aspect that this is supposed to have.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 04:38:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of ckollias


3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this brew from a 12oz bottle in a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with a white head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a thin white lace.

S: Sweet malty aroma.

T: Similar sweet malty flavor as the smell with a slight caramel backbone.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent red ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:16:58 | More by ckollias
Photo of NOLTERN


1.99/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:17:15 | More by NOLTERN
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear red-brown, with a respectable head and lots of individual bubbles.

S: Deliciously fresh and crisp. Sweet apple and strawberry with some great floral notes. Surprisingly vibrant.

T: Still has great fruity notes to start off with, but the finish has a grainy background that brings it down, in a negative way, just a bit.

M: Nice and crisp yet almost creamy, good carbonation to add some zest and really bring it to life.

O: Surprised and happy that Coors could pull this off. Deviates from most other saisons I've had, in a good way. Some might call the sweet fruit flavors (opposed to dryer notes) an easy way to make a refreshing saison, I say why not? I don't see this variety in stores much, but when the weather calls for it again I'll keep my eyes peeled for this great valued and refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 07:21:46 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping


1.51/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Picked up a single at The Still in Lincoln. Glad I got a single... just... a single...

Was interested by the "Flanders Red" boast on the label. I've had a pretty bad Flanders in Wisconsin years back, won't say who it was from because the rest of their beers were pretty good. Couldn't imagine anything worse than that one.


Pours a bit light for a flanders, but seems like a good shade for a farmhouse, a bit of a dusty, ruby tone. Quickly dissipating poppy white/pinkish head.

Smell, well... it smells reminiscent of Blue Moon, has an odd Belgian character, but this doesn't seem right. This doesn't particularly smell good, not farmhousey. Smells of somewhat bland beer. Lagery, minerally.



Mouthfeel! ...

Excuse me... ( *pours* )

Overall, forget it. I tasted and tried a few times and even put the Flanders thing out of my head. I just tried to accept it at beer. It was full of lies. Original Blue Moon is fine with me, I'll gladly drink it over numerous other beers in certain situations. But this... What were they thinking! I'm actually a bit annoyed they put the term "Flanders Red" or even "Farmhouse Red" anywhere on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 00:02:27 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
Photo of kaufmaal


2.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Another in the "Expressionist Series," and this one has a bit more character than most Blue Moons, although the character of this beer is not one that I' am all too excited about. The beer pours a copper-orange color, clear, with a wisp of a head. So much for a red ale. There's very little carbonation apparent, and the beer just sits there in the pint glass like a lazy half-cousin. Some sour funk in the smell, french bread, some malt. The taste is more sour than I expected: lemon, vinegar, white pepper, old grains, chaff, dust. Crisp and fairly clean. So what makes this a farmhouse ale? The label, it seems.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 01:14:56 | More by kaufmaal
Photo of mfnmbvp


2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with best by date September 30, 2013 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer from Blue Moon for me. My bottle lists a 5.80% abv, rather than the 5.40% abv listed on BeerAdvocate. Expectations are moderately average to below average, based on what it is.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a dark coppery orange colored body with excellent clarity, and lots of bubbles streaming topside. About a finger and a half of soft khaki froth for a head. No lacing. Looks alright.

S - Smell is pretty bland and typical of something Coors / Blue Moon would do. Amber malt, grains, dust, and a hint of citric orange rind, in the vain of a traditional Blue Moon Belgian White. Doesn't smell bad, but there just isn't enough there.

T - Taste is pretty much all red / amber ale and no saison. Amber malts, grains, and a little bite of tart citric orange rind on the finish. Not exactly something I would label as a farmhouse beer. Hints of the white pepper are noticeable, but it isn't exactly what I would describe as 'spicy' either. Tastewise, it is drinkable, and I could easily see it pairing well with some summer / autumnal barbeque.

M - Feel is grainy and dry, with a bit of bubbly carbonation dancing across the tongue. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, a lackluster attempt at a farmhouse ale / red ale hybrid. It mainly takes the red ale route here. Slight bite of citrus, moderate 5.80% abv, this would be an accessible beer for the beginner "farmhouse" ale drinker before delving into the authentic examples of the style.

Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale ---3/5.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 18:21:37 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of EagleTalon


3.78/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 21:23:58 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of joeboe2001


2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 17:26:08 | More by joeboe2001
Photo of alphagnome


2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
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?

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 02:30:00 | More by alphagnome
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 02:25:04 | More by Jason
Photo of bubseymour


2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - a dark orange with fizzy 1 finger fizzy head. No lacing and head disappears quickly.

Smell - Honestly it smells like a typical cheap American adjunct beer. Nothing going on here that resembles a Saison / Farmhouse ale at all.

Taste - The tsaste is light and tolerable. Some caramel flavor? Not really a lot going on here at all. Slight tartness but no Belgian yeasty notes or anything normally expected in the style. Some caramel flavor perhaps? Not sure. Also a dryness on pallet after finish.

Mouthfeel - watery and fizzy. Not the best for the style.

Overall - Easy drinker. More flavorful than a BMC but certainly a poorly crafted and poor representation of a Saison/Farmhouse ale. If this is supposed to be a beer that gives the masses a sample of this style, they've completely missed the mark.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 21:25:10 | More by bubseymour
Photo of Spikester


3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 14:20:32 | More by Spikester
Photo of lwillitz


2.94/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - transparent body of orange amber under 3-finger off-white head; moderate visible carbonation

S - funky yeast, citrus, spice

T - apple/pear-like fruitiness, lemon, spice, earthy notes, finishes bittersweet with a drying aftertaste

M - medium body, medium/high carbonation

O - This one's a bit too funky and earthy for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 21:14:27 | More by lwillitz
Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.