Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale - Coors Brewing Company
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3.34/5 rDev +8.8%
"Farmhouse Ales were brewed for the diligent farmhands that drew the short straw and had to work the arduous harvest. Our brewmaster's expression blends the spiciness of a Farmhouse Ale with the tartness of a Flanders Red for a remarkably refreshing finish." Brewed in the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Available in 6 packs and within the Blue Moon Variety packs, this was recently rebranded as an launch beer for the Expressionist Collection.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 57º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a frothy golden white head of a light foamy consistency over an orange-amber body with high clarity and ample, spritely carbonation. Retention is a touch above average, and lacing is light and streaked. It's a bit better than the average Blue Moon appearance in terms of head quality, but there's still a lot of work to do. 3.25
(Smell) Granted that I haven't yet tried a Flanders Red, this is probably the most unique and interesting aroma of all the beers in the Blue Moon lineup- there's an expected lightness from the malt, but a genuine vinegar-laden tartness with a charismatically mysterious potency of spiced cherries and apples, following through with a moderate dose of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. This may be an extremely divisive aroma amongst drinkers who are going for something light and approachable- it may be outright offensive and completely unexpected but I find it genuinely intriguing. 3.5
(Taste) There's a lot of the same in the flavor of this beer, a very mild pale malt base with a moderate tartness reminiscent of malt vinegar, finishing out with hints of tart, lightly sweet cherry and subtle holiday spices. Probably the most damning part of the flavor is the lack of a malt body to back it up, which is genuinely a common Blue Moon thing. With that in mind, it is also pleasing to note that should the vinegar notes and tartness of this beer be commonplace to the drinker, the remaining flavors are hardly a deterrent to drinking this beer. A stark white pepper finish is certainly one of the most notable and interesting parts of the experience. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) The grandest letdown of this beer comes through the mouthfeel. The texture is mildly arid, chalky, and the carbonation helps so little in focusing the texture any, providing a nearly indiscernible creaminess and little zip. Body is light/medium for the style and medium overall. Alcohol presence is light+, perhaps accentuated a bit by the vinegar. Calling attention to the body and carbonation, these are both so vastly underutilized that it's damaging to the drinkability of this beer. A solid malt body may be one of the greatest fixes to balance this sucker out, but even more important would be a creamy thickness or spritely carbonation to accentuate the spice and vinegar. Either direction would be a vast improvement over the current build of this beer's texture. 2.5
(Overall) Save for some damning texture and carbonation issues, this is a surprisingly unique beer in the Blue Moon lineup. Perhaps not the most drinkable of the bunch based on the homage it plays to unique tart and vinegar-laden Flanders Red, this beer manages some decent fruit tartness itself, and dashes in a modest spice body to round it out. With a carbonation tweak and a bolder malt body for balance, this would be a fantastic alternative to Belgian White, which stands at just a hair above Short Straw as still the best-constructed beer of their year-round lineup. 3.25
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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale
07-16-2013 03:04:35 | More by Jadjunk
2.53/5 rDev -17.6%
Pours a clean orange-ish to red in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and a small earthiness. In the taste, a sweet caramel malt, with notes of white grape tartness and earthiness. A small bite a a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. Too much going on that does not compliment the other.
07-13-2013 16:08:32 | More by OWSLEY069
3.41/5 rDev +11.1%
Appearance: The color was a unique ambery orange, distinctive of saisons. The head was white and foamy, leaving very little lace. Clarity was good.
Smell: My first whiff was of cider and hay. I tried to stay open-minded, considering this was a farmhouse ale, and admittedly, the yeasty/earthy combination did grow on me. Spiciness and breaded malt, while slightly hidden at first, helped to round things out.
Taste: The cidery smell made its way into the flavor, but the farmhouse hay was replaced by toasty-verging-on-roasty caramel. A sweet/sour combo on the tongue did not come across as a flaw so much as it was reminiscent of summer strawberries. The spices and malt continued to keep the balance, and lasted into the finish. Enjoyable, if you're in the mood for something different.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel that was just a bit more heavy than I expected from a saison. The medium-high carbonation allowed for a much-needed refreshing quality.
Overall: Not likely to be everyone's cup of brew, as there's a lot of unique yeast character overshadowing the malt and hops. A lighter mouthfeel would make the beer more refreshing, but it has some sweet, summery qualities that, when balanced with the earth and spice, make for a pleasant mix I would happily mull over once in a while.
07-10-2013 10:37:48 | More by BethanyB
2.63/5 rDev -14.3%
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....
07-07-2013 03:56:31 | More by dacrza1
3/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
07-05-2013 02:12:01 | More by Brenden
3.29/5 rDev +7.2%
Got a box set of this from Sam's club. Seems alright. Poured this one in a chalice.
A: Pours the copper-orange color that is expected along with a short tan head that dissipates fast leaving almost no lacing.
S: Smells of yeast, wheat, barley, spices
T: Tastes alright, nothing ground shaking, great beer for the medium temperature weather. Malty, bit of yeast, wheat, grains, a touch of spice, alright.
M: Medium carbonation with a medium body, fairly balanced
O: Overall, this is alright, nothing spectacular but nothing horrible as well. I'd recommend it, its smooth and easy going, no harm with that.
07-04-2013 22:29:51 | More by Mavigo
Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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