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Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale - Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced AleBlue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale

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273 Ratings

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 19.28%

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

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-14-2012)
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1.83/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

reviewed from notes 8/29/12
clear medium to dark brown copperish color, smells malty, slight wheat aroma with hints of tart apples. Medium carbonation. apple and caramel flavors very muted. taste more like spiced apple juice mixed with crappy beer in the forefront with a sweet aftertaste. thanks again for the disappointment blue moon! no caramel flavor what so ever... LAME!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 05:19:17 | More by Beerlover
Photo of BierJager89


4.24/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Translucent mahogany with an off white head.

S: Caramel (akin to what one might smell in a Scotch ale), cinnamon, maybe some apples or maybe it's just a general, non-citric fruitiness, in the nose.

T: Caramel, malts, a bit of general fruitiness, nothing citric, some cinnamon.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Not the best beer in the world , but certainly underrated due to the fact that it's brewed by coors. Their beers are often decent, even above average. This is my personal favorite, and it is much better than most of what they make. Definitely worth a try, given the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:03:39 | More by BierJager89
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.31/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 04:19:05 | More by Treyliff
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.01/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 22:48:59 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.59/5  rDev +17.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 15:16:37 | More by RonaldTheriot
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 22:23:15 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of ppoitras


2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 21:13:49 | More by ppoitras
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3.51/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 22:15:20 | More by Caj1
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4.54/5  rDev +48.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 12:47:47 | More by Scarvingdozen87
Photo of scratch69


2.7/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a half a fingers worth of head. Light amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Faint aromas of caramel, apple, and citrus.

Taste- Sweet caramel malt with some spices for balance. Just a hint of apple flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

Overall- I don't think these flavors work well in a beer. This is my least favorite Blue Moon offering and I won't be trying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 17:57:41 | More by scratch69
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2.65/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Best before 1/13/14.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spice, caramel, and slight apple aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and apple 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 and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that displays the characteristics in its name but everything is quite subdued all around.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 04:27:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of jwc215


2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
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".

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 20:17:10 | More by jwc215
Photo of watermelon

North Carolina

2.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Date on the bottle is December 23rd 2013

A: Poured a clear dark amber with an off white head. The head lingered for the duration of the beer and left a small amount of lacing.

S: Smells like apples and some spice. I can also smell malty sweetness. There are also metallic smells coming from this.

T: I taste carmel and spice. There is a lot of malt in this beer and there is a metallic aftertaste.

M: Typical Blue Moon high level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is alright.

O: Probably wouldn't drink this again I prefer regular Blue Moon. The metallic taste and high malt is just unappealing. I would much rather have a cider either hard or non-alcoholic. The appearance and mouthfeel is all this has going for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 04:35:20 | More by watermelon
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3.34/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

S: Spicy apple and caramel malt aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a caramel and spicy apple flavor/

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting brew – well spiced.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:13:35 | More by ckollias
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2.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 01:41:49 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Clear dark copper, good presence of bubbles, surprisingly tenacious head (still fades to a ring around the top, but lasted longer than I expected).

S: Just like spiced apple slices; cinnamon, a bit of allspice and sugary caramel, and crisp apples. Very accurate to the label, just a bit strange coming from a beer.

T: The spiced apple components are still there, but it is muddled with malt and wheat. They did the best they could, trying to be a true beer with sweet flavors like cinnamon apple, but some flavor profiles are best left to straight ciders.

M: A lot of carbonation, and not very crisp- I would even say it's kinda chalky.

O: A great attempt at bridging the cider-beer categories, but not worth looking into when beer has better autumn styles and there's the entire cider market. Kudos for trying it though!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 06:23:55 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brown 12oz into shaker pint. Date printed on bottle smudged and illegible.

A: perfectly clear copper color as expected from a subsidiary of Coors. No head but a good amount of tiny bubbles forming a little splotch of white suds in the middle. Looks good, not special but good.

S: has that macro brew scent that pervades all macro beers even the specialty brands like shock top and blue moon. Otherwise has a pleasant caramel malt scent that reminds me of reds (which I love). An ever so slight hint of spice barely peeks through.

T: opens with a lackluster "beer flavor" that I described in the aroma section. Followed up by the flavors that match the malt scents described. Sweet caramel malt. Followed up with just enough hoppyness to balance and not leave you thinking you just drank soda. A finishing note of grain. Sort of lingers on the tongue and palate and battle between hops and sweet malts in a good way. The spices are completely lost to me flavor wise.

M: pretty run of the mill body, carbonated enough to not be heavy and thick enough to be medium bodied. I think they intentionally left it a little less bubbely than others to remind you that this a cool weather beer.

O: good, blue moon doesn't make bad beers really but never actually shines either. This is what one would expect from such a brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 01:58:41 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 13:55:43 | More by Spikester
Photo of lwillitz


3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into craft pub glass

A - 4+ fingers of cream-colored foam atop a transparent body of amber; moderate visible carbonation

S - cinnamon, sweet caramel, grain, apple cider, hop spice

T - lots of caramel malt sweetness, cinnamon, apple cider, spice and bitterness from the hops keep things balanced and interesting; balanced finish

M - slick light/medium body, medium carbonation

O - Not my favorite, but not bad. Decent for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 21:25:19 | More by lwillitz
Photo of teromous


2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark bronze colored body that is very transparent. Dark burnt orange hues pop out through the glass revealing lots of carbonation bubbles rising to a large fluffy off-white head. It looks amazing. Minimal lacing despite a lush head.

S: I don't pick up any scent really. There's a faint spicy note of noble hop aroma but that's it. I hope it tastes better than it smells.

T: I get a lot of caramel malt flavor to the beer, along with some toasted flavor. Some sweet tasting apple flavor will pop up in the aftertaste from time to time, but it isn't obvious and I'm not entirely sure if I really taste it or my mind is playing tricks on me. The label says "Caramel Apple Spiced Ale" but all I get is the caramel.

M: The beer does have a good mouthfeel. The light toasted bitterness in the beer keeps it just interesting enough that I don't gulp it down like water. It feels about as thick as it should be, and the carbonation is right.

O: Overall I didn't really like the beer. I didn't get any spice, and I'm not completely convinced that I even really tasted apple in this beer. I wouldn't recommend it if you're buying it based on the packaging. On a side note my bottle says 8% which it hides very well. I'm not sure if the 5.8% displayed on BA is from an old version or what.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 20:37:51 | More by teromous
Photo of RobertW


3.8/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This should be at least an 80. A very good seasonal offering from our friends from Colorado.

Look is a nice caramel...not real dark but not horse piss yellow.

Smell is just as the title says...a spiced apple smell.

Taste is a seasonal Autumn like flavor...spiced apple and beer. Just as advertised.

Overall a very nice seasonal beer representation

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 05:53:09 | More by RobertW
Photo of BeerWithMike


3.96/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just put on the shelve today at the local store. Part of a 'make your own 6'. Pours a rich copper color with a whitish/tan head. Very little lacing is seen. The aroma is of sweet caramel, cinnamon, apples and grain. The taste is pretty much the same. Very tasty and goes down very easy. No bad aftertaste and gets you in the mood for autumn and football baby! Really liked this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 21:06:26 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of Jadjunk


2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of the Autumn Variety Pack Release. "This copper-colored ale is crafted with caramel malts, cinnamon, and fresh apple juice to stir up the tastes of fall."

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served in the mid 40ºs Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a copper cream white head, crisp creamy consistency and average retention over a maple orange body, mildly hazy with plenty of carbonation. Not a terrible head quality and the color shows some substance. 3.5

(Smell) Aroma is sweet caramel and bready malts overshadowed with a cinnamon applesauce complete with a faint green apple tartness. Pretty enjoyable if not all too predictable aroma as per the label. None of the aromas are unpleasing although the cinnamon apple aromatics easily overshadow the malt bill, leaning this beer towards a spiced cider at points. 3

(Taste) Quite heavy throughout on the cinnamon flavor, perhaps even more than the apple characteristics, which lie slightly underneath. Malt bill is not easy to determine based on the overall potency of the cinnamon apple profile. Strikingly dry finish which steals away the drinkability significantly. 3

(Mouthfeel) Dry, thin and somewhat tart. Not too clean based on the cinnamon character. Body is medium for the style and light/medium overall. Dryness should be turned up with an enhanced malt bill or a balance should be achieved by reducing the apples and cinnamon. 3

(Overall) Not the easiest beer to drink, the cinnamon and apple dominate the aroma, flavor and even mouthfeel of this beer, resulting in a dry, spiced boozy drink. There's lots of work to be done on this beer to balance out the caramel and apple flavors, because both are too dominant in this beer and reduce drinkability. I couldn't have more than one of these at a time, as my palate is nearly wrecked. In short, it's not for everyone and it isn't likely to be perceived to all as a beer due to the cinnamon and apple. 3

Coors Brewing Company's
Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 03:57:29 | More by Jadjunk
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3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rich dark color with a thick layer of tan foam on top. No lacing at all but really thick and creamy looking

S: Aroma is of malts apples cinnamon, great blend of smells and slightly like a candied apple.

T: Taste is a nice balance of flavors Cinnamon then apples and fading to malts.

M: Body is medium with a silky thick almost syrupy feel to it.

O: Overall a good beer for fall by the bonfire just chilling with friends or whatever. Great value for the low price really amazed this is a Coors product.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 02:29:34 | More by nukem5
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3.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 04:09:24 | More by vickersspitfire
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Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.