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Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced AleBlue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale

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BA SCORE
71
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427 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 18.3%
Wants: 22
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-14-2012

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Ratings: 427 | Reviews: 59
Reviews by Caj1:
Photo of Caj1
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Blue Moon Fall 12-pack Sampler, this beer is slightly above average but not truly worth noting. It's good a couple of times, but if you're going to be pounding the brewskis all night (or even more than just one or two) then you may tire of this pretty quickly.

Brown bottle with a brownish label (complete with caramel-dipped apples, cinnamon sticks, and an apple orchard on the front) this pours a nice and very clear dark copper-golden-brown and leaves about two fingers of head that dissipates in about two minutes or so, leaving a good deal of film on the surface; Lacing is minimal. The nose, however, is a bit disappointing. I don't know if it's my underperforming schnoz, but all I smell is spice (cinnamon), a LOT of grain and bread, and a light whiff of apple juice.

The taste, however, makes up a lot for the underwhelming scent. I'm hit immediately with the caramel malt they advertise on the neck label, a good taste of sweet-tart apple juice, and the spice does more to compliment the flavor than overpower it (a la Harvest Pumpkin Ale). There's a lot of bread, but that's okay and I'll forgive them for it; cold weather is a lot nicer to bready beer than warm weather ever was. There isn't a great deal of hops to speak of, but what little there is serves to ground the flavor with some earth and bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing but a few of these is more than enough.

So there you have it. It's good, definitely something I would try again, but there are better options. However, the apple flavor gives a nice kick and is definitely my favorite part of the flavor profile. Give it a try.

To good health and good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

They reached out to their fans for this one and this was the winning idea, no too far off from their Harvest Pumpkin Ale. They have the potential to reach so much further but safe seems to be the game here and safe it is. We get the spiced part, it works. The “Caramel Apple” is missing a bit much and the flavors come off as not meshing well, discombobulated. Hohum.

STYLE: Spiced Ale
ABV: 5.8%
AVAILABILITY: Fall Seasonal

LOOK: Deep garnet amber hue, clear and bubbly, decent head

SMELL: Nutmeg, faint cinnamon, slightly bread, ghost-like apple, vague sweetness

TASTE: Pie spice, mild caramel maltiness, mild apple flavor, bready, very clean, hint of warming alcohol, grapenuts, semi-dry faded spice finish

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown with an off white head.

Smell: Mild smell of malts, caramel, and citrus, no apple.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste was watered down cinnamon and caramel with malts.

Overall: Not a very exciting beer. I would not waste my money on this one again.

Photo of Scarvingdozen87
4.52/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Great caramel apple smell! Smells just as if I was going to a shop for caramel apples!

T: Tasted like a faint version of caramel apples. Great caramel malt with a hint of crisp apples in background.

O: A great fall beer! Wish the caramel apples would come in 6 pack instead of the bluemoon variety pack. Must try this beer! Sensational flavor!

Photo of frankiepop
2.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

i really enjoy Blue Moon and their Pumpkin Harvest beer, but this Caramel Apple does not make it with me. Nice look, caramel apple scents, and all the notes were there. I even had a nice caramel aftertaste. But the beer lacked the necessary sweetness to satisfy me. So two big thumbs down from me here.

The beer goes well with some shitty new age music from Windham Hill Records

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours ruby amber with an off-white finger width head. Decent retention, but thins to a virtually naked surface. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell - Smells slightly medicinal or sugary soda like, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. This smells almost dead on to the Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin ale.

Taste - Starts with a light sugary sweetness, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg hitting around midtaste. Subtle hints of apple. Underlying pie crust malt character from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Somewhat smooth. A tad undercarbonated for my liking.

Overall - They were going for a caramel apple flavor, and I'd say they missed their target. It tastes more akin to that last bit of apple pie crust that's left in the tin, with just a bit of the filling left on the piece. It gives you hints of just how delicious that pie was, but it leaves your craving completely and utterly unsatisfied.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks to me like apple cider. A bit of foam, not much carbonation.

Smell: Faint fruity hops with some caramel. It does smell like vaguely like a caramel apple.

Taste/Mouthfeel: You know what, I actually like this. Good flavor balances overall, especially since this mixture could have been a cloying mess. Theres initially a nice apple crispness and bite with some honey or caramel in the background. It's definitely beer.

Overall: Coors did a good job with this. Definitely a winner as far as novelty beers are concerned.

Photo of Treyliff
3.34/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

A- pours clear & bright copper color with a huge foamy white head that retains for a good bit after the pour

S- the caramel malt is noticeable, also picking up some cinnamon & nutmeg with apple core. Aromas are subdued for the most part

T- right off, I find myself wishing for more caramel malt flavor, as it pretty subdued. The apple and the cinnamon do play nicely off of each other, I must wish the overall flavor profile was stronger

M- medium body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel from the everlasting head, creamy smooth finish

O- this had the potential to be really good, but like most of Blue Moon's creations, it just seemed watered down and lacking any strong malty backbone

Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked DEC2412-E051011453. Sampled on September 1, 2012.

The pour is a handsome looking reddish-brown with a long-lasting cream-colored soft head. Decent clarity.

The short description of the aroma is sweet but in more detail there are notes of baked apples, caramel malts, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and molasses.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste and the aroma have much in common with sweet caramel malts, apple, spices, and a lower bitterness that lingers for a moment and then fades off. Altogether this is a decent offering from Blue Moon.

Photo of Spikester
3.47/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with about one finger of white head. No lacing to be seen.
Smell is light apple spice some herbal hops.
Taste is slightly tart apple with a touch of cinnamon. There is a bit of herbal hop bitterness in the finish. The Blue Moon character seems to be present in this entire variety pack.
Mouthfeel is slick and medium full. Carbonation level gives some pepper on the tongue.
Overall a tasty brew from Blue Moon. The spicing was actually pretty subtle. Tasty summer beer.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.07/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is as clear as the evening sky on a quiet and warm summer night, its slightly disturbed by mild carbonation racing to the top, only to be hidden among the many densely packed bubbles forming the thick off white head. The aroma is rather light, but traces of brown sugar, raisin, pumpkin, caramel and a few spices do come through clearly. The taste is decent, some apple and cinnamon come through, a bit of alcohol can be tasted as it hits the back of your throat, and there’s plenty of sweetness I this beer, not as sweet as a Lambic, but it is there. Not a bad beer over all, I would mind having this a few more times.

Photo of josiahschlender
2.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Free beer is always nice to get from a house guest...

This adjunct beer pours an attractive dark copper color that tints the medium head a little bit. The head faded pretty quick for me and left no lace.

Aromas are more substantial than I anticipated, but unfortunately it's not exciting. Metal, ambiguous spices like maybe cinnamon and nutmeg. And some apple. Something about the smell of this beer seems artificial.

Flavors are sweet and spiced, with an odd finish that has the same artificial note as the smell. I think the thing I don't like about this drink is that it does not taste like beer, nor does it taste like apples. Feel isn't bad, fairly light and smooth and gladly doesn't linger too long.

First review in a long while, too bad I didn't write one on a better beer. At least I didn't buy it. Doesn't go well with food, either.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.61/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and a fairly good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of spices, breads, and some juice. Taste is very spiced, juicy, bready, and sweet- certainly flavorful. Also, there is a nice grain aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale finishes mostly dry, sweet, somewhat cloying, and easily drinkable. Overall, this is good, and it is outstanding for a flavored beer. RJT

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.07/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear light amber color, decent sized head that fades quickly, no lacing.

Smell has a more pumpkin-y beer aroma than caramel apple, picking up touches of cinnamon, the spicing is quite fragrant.

Taste starts out with a mild caramel malt front, the spicing while strong on the nose is fairly weak on the tongue, finishes with a weird metallic finish, carbonation is medium-high with a pretty thin body that makes this beer too watery.

Photo of danlib21
3.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice hints of caramel and spice, not overpowering

Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear deep amber gold with a large white head which slowly fades., thin glass-coating lace, and faint carbonation.

Aroma: Very sweet and spicy, reminiscent of pumpkin pie, with cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and caramel. I am not able to detect any apple notes in the aroma.

Taste: Opens with a flourish of caramel and spices, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and a backbone of caramel. As the taste progresses, the spices seem to gain a slight punch. Towards the close, there is a little mild herbal bitterness. Finishes with spicy flavors and a faint metallic note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Its not in the same class as Dogfish Head, or any other craft brewer of the first rank, but its not bad. Given a choice between this and a macro lager, Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale wins hands down.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longnck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a Chimay chalice.

Photo of chrisjduncan
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beaitiful deep red with about an inch of head. Heavy aroma of apple and spice. Caramel is suspiciously absent in both aroma and taste, though I assume its being used more as a thickening agent, making it more beer than cider (which it succeeds in) and much smoother. Very fruity but not overpowering, though the aftertaste is a pleasant apple spice on the back of the pallete. Large gulps reveal more body, but this is really more of a sipping beer, and at that its very appley. Nice alternative to Pumpkin Ales of the season, though why one should want an alternative to Pumpkin Ales is beyond me. All in all, a very nice beer though I am not sure I would choose it OVER the Blue Moon Pumpkin which this year is fantastic.

Photo of shand
3.17/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

My roommate brought home a Blue Moon Autumn sampler pack, and I couldn't help but try this one. It pours out a red-copper color with a tiny head. The aroma is heavily spiced, it smells like a generic pumpkin beer. The taste is, again, mostly spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg. There's a bit of clarity in the middle, with a fairly clean finish. The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Pretty uninspiring stuff. It's basically just a different spin on a pumpkin beer.

Photo of jwc215
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber with a head that doesn't last too long. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is bland - grain with just a hint of caramel and apple.

The taste doesn't fair much better, except that more apple comes out. This is sweet - with caramel malt - but not sticky. There is some spicing that balances the sweetness, but doesn't add any particular flavors to it.

This is just a rather bland beer. A friend of a friend brought this over for me to try. Glad I didn't pay for it. Well, it's not "bad" - it just struggles a bit to be "okay".

Photo of ppoitras
2.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained from Chris during Big E. Been saving for that right moment. Thanks!

Poured into a Tree House Brewing Willi Becher glass, formed a short-lived 1/4" beige head over the clear dark amber brew. Head is promptly down to an uneven skim, with leggy somewhat lasting lace. Aroma is sweet but minimal.

Taste is an artifical sweet upfront, a fleeting apple tartness in the middle, and closes with moderate spices and bitterness. Mouthfeel is okay, and drinkability is kind of knocked for me due to the spicing, although hard to fault, it's in the name of the beer. Have to admit, not as bad as I feared, although that's not particularly a glowing review.

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.46/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours ruby red with half a finger worth of head. Leaving no lacing. Smells of fresh baked apple pie crust, With some pumpkin thrown into the mix. Is this an apple pie in a bottle? Tastes like apple pie crust with a huge hit of cinnamon. Would be wonderful if it weren't for the MASSIVE sweetness that hits during the swallowing. The mouthfeel is of strong cinnamon, And an absolutely choking sweetness. Overall, this beer is just too damn sweet. Seriously, TONE IT DOWN. The flavors were pretty good though.

Photo of rfgetz
2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber, little no no head. Nose has faint spices along with moderately sweet caramel malts. Taste brings the note of faint spice and faint apple juice with sweet caramel malts. Lighter side of medium bodied, lacking in carbonation. Lifeless beer that could benefit from a bigger dose of EVERYTHING. Noting horribley off putting, just bland.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some golden hints when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium patch of thin film with the majority of the surface of the beer covered by a very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is sweet with some moderate notes of caramel malts with some light fruit (apple) and spices (nutmeg really stands out).

T: Upfront there are strong flavors of caramel malts with some light sweetness and some light fruits (apple) as well. There are lots of spice notes - nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish but it fades quickly.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A little too sweet for my palate but still enjoyable - they achieve what they advertised, there is a definite subtle hint of caramel apples and spices. Easy to drink and was a hit with several of my NYC area evacuees (and hosts).

Photo of DrinkingDuck
3.57/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A clear reddish-brown color with an off white head of about 1 inch. Light visual effervescence.

Smell- Caramel and Cinnamon immediately noticeable with apple and hints of yeast secondary, all lingering throughout, even after the finish.

Taste- Caramel, spice, and malt initially presenting with light apple taste presenting immediately after, blending together on the taste buds to create the Caramel Apple taste as stated in the name.

Mouthfeel- Light Body, with medium carbonation. Almost no alcohol warmth contributing.

Overall- A decent attempt on a liquid version of the seasonal Caramel Apple favorite with cinnamon and nutmeg added in the mix.

Photo of Drk93TT
2.82/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark copper brown

S: Smells like spices and you can smell the apple and carmel up front

T: Taste isnt so impressive, very 'bland-like' taste lacking the BAM! sweetness effect I think most were expecting when they read the title of the beer.

M: Average all around, not very impressive

O: Meh, this beer is a letdown to me, should be more sweet and apple-y ! Carmel apple?? come on!

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Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.