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Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 433
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 18.12%
Wants: 21
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-14-2012

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.67/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery snifter.

I wasn't sure whether to list this as a fruit beer, a spiced beer, or something else, so if anyone wants to change the style, feel free. Either way, I've been looking forward to trying this stuff since it was put out as a test batch a while back. It pours a clear amber-garnet topped by a finger or so of tenuous dirty-beige foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, caramel, and, way in the back, some light green apple flesh. Yeah, I could see that being spiced caramel apple. The taste focuses on the caramel and cinnamon, adding here and there some light clove notes. There's a vague sense of what may or may not be apple in there as well, but it may just be wishful thinking based on the label. Regardless, there's definitely some sort of fruitiness in there. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a seemingly grainy feel (it's really not grainy, but it seems as though some ground cinnamon is floating about in suspension...seriously...). Overall, this may not completely live up to the billing, but it does deliver on the spice, and, in that regard, it ain't half bad. I'd have another...

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Photo of jwc215
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
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".

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
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).

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Photo of ppoitras
2.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%

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%

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

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Caramel Apple
*from notes
Amber-brown with trailers of white. 3.75
Allspice and a bit of sweetness on the nose. 3.5
Artificial toffee and tingly spice. 3.5
Orange boiled sweet end and clean linger.
Light, crisp, lively. 3.5

-- Thin, fizzy, and simple, with a metallic tang. There’s no need for 5.8% with this amount of flavor. But no OTT nutmeg, so nice enough. A satisfactory winter warmer. 3.5

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Photo of garymuchow
3.11/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is mostly a nutmeg spice. It's not too strong or overpowering but it masks whatever might lie underneath
Brilliantly clear autumn amber. Tan fizzy head that settles out in relatively short order.
The finish is rather watery. A soft spice (nutmeg) again, start to finish. Not much caramel to speak of - it's definitely in the back ground. Soft and comfortable feel enhanced by a soft carbonation. Sweetness lies more in a light fruit (- the apple maybe?).
Inoffensive and simple and easy to drink. Nothing I'd seek out. Has an autumn feel.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.61/5  rDev +16.8%
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

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Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.34/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of Beerlover
1.88/5  rDev -39.2%
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!

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a deep, clear reddish orange with an orangish quarter inch head, fine, which dissipates to a lacing and remains there indefinitely.

Smells of caramel, cloves, cinnamon and a light vegetable bitterness.

Tastes of dry malt and light hints of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Vegetable bitterness in the aftertaste. Very late in the aftertaste there is finally a hint of something like caramel sweetness.

Medium to light body with light effervescence on the roof of the mouth.

Average but not great spiced ale. Despite the caramel and apples in the name, neither is really present. The spices come through nicely though. The biggest problem is the flavor which is just a little bland. I expected this beer to be too sweet but it could actually stand to be a little sweeter. Overall, not a terrible beer, kind of interesting I guess, and something I will surely finish off, but Coors needs to work a little harder if they want to compete with the micros.

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Photo of ckollias
3.34/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.07/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams tasting glass.

Appearance: The body has a light amber color with a slight haze. It’s head was small and settles down quickly leaving just a thin ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: The aroma is pleasant and light. It has a light fruity and cinnamon like cereal character.

Taste / Palate: It’s flavor is light and brings some cereal and hay like base notes with some light cinnamon spice and apple cereal like mixed in. There is a very thin caramel like sweetness as well. The palate feels light and a little bit thin but easy drinking.

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Photo of shand
3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.86/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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

I found this hiding in my fridge. When I poured it it has a carmel color body with a very little head. The smell is very faint of cinnamon and I get a grain also. The taste has a cinnamon up front and as it warms up the apple comes out. Mouthfeel is good and overall it reminds me of Christmas drink.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of Furlinator
3.46/5  rDev +12%

Pours opaque copper amber. The thin khaki head quickly disappears completely and leaves almost no lace.

The smell is of caramel malt, cinnamon and a hint of apple juice.

The taste is of grains, cinnamon and apple juice.

The texture is light bodied with medium carbonation.

Decent. This offering has potential. But, in classic Blue Moon fashion, the aromas and flavors come across as watered down and underachieving.

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2.82/5  rDev -8.7%
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
73 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.