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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
72
okay

716 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 19.74%
Wants: 8
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
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 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.

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2/5  rDev -35.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of alphagnome
2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:
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.

Aroma:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Overall:
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?

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3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.