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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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Reviews: 58
Hads: 436
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 50.16%
Wants: 22
Gots: 94 | 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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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 436
Photo of watermelon
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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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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2.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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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3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of teromous
2.77/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of RobertW
3.81/5  rDev +23.3%
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

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3.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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!

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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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3.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

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3.07/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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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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1.91/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Absolutely no head. That's a big no-no. Auburn color with very high clarity. Unappealing.

S- Nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses, coriander, pumpkin pie, warm and spicy.

T- A whole lot of water. Spiced cider. Really may have waited too long on this bottle. Ick.

M- Water with the tiniest bit of carbonation.

O- I must admit I probably waited to long to review this bottle. It did NOT hold up well. I would like to review it fresher.

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Photo of Kooz
3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with some foamy white head that leaves a sticky lacing.

Smells like cinnamon, but not caramel or apple. I fear this wont be balanced well, but we shall see.

A brief bitter bite recedes into a strong cinnamon flavor with hints of caramel behind it. Aftertaste is apple and cinnamon; by this point the cinnamon tastes powdered--almost, but not quite, gritty.

Fll-bodied with good mouthfeel. There's no bite and it foams up nicely. There's a nice warmth in the aftertaste too.

I like this beer and would hope that it becomes a regular seasonal. Nice offering from Coors.

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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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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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3.01/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Blue Moon seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, light brown color. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of fall spice, especially cinnamon. Has a hint of raw apple smell to it as well.

Taste: Starts with a medium hoppiness and a lot of cinammon spice. Finishes spicy with caramel malts and a hint of that same raw apple.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, but a little lacking in body.

Overall: A pretty standard spiced beer. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to it's pretty intriguing and promising name. The cinnamon so overpowers any apple flavor that you really would have a hard time telling this apart from any other seasonal spiced beer. Still, kudos to Blue Moon/Coors for taking a stab at it.

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3.57/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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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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2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a crystal clear reddish brown with a sad little half-finger head which dissipated quickly. A hint of lacing. By the time the glass was half finished, there was not even a hint of head left.

S - Wow, is this one faint smelling beer. Getting a hint of green apple, and barely anything else, even when swirling the glass. Strange.

T - Caramel Apple sounds like an amazing idea for a beer. Only one problem, instead of "caramel apple" getting "red ale with a touch of cider". What you have here is a very generic red with a little fruitiness and a little cinnamon. Caramel malts, yes. Caramel flavored? No. Dissapointing. No real presence of other spices either.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonated, and just a little syrupy. Kind of coats the tongue.

O - Bland, boring, and mislabled. Seems just hastily or lazily put together. A misfire.

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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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2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
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

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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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Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale from Coors Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.