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Cold Spring Moonlight Ale - Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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Cold Spring Moonlight AleCold Spring Moonlight Ale

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BA SCORE
72
okay

46 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 21.62%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cold Spring Brewing Co. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KeefD on 04-27-2008)
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dragomni, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
4.16/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with a ruby tinge, filtered so you can see through it even though its dark, medium carbonation, 3 fingers of fluffy tan brown head.

S: Fruit cellar, American craft brew meets musty cobwebs in an attic scent, some dark Munich Dunkel hops reminding me of this style in scent and appearance, light faint dark chocolate and coffee scent.

T: I get the porter like qualities as well as the amber, largely making it taste like a lighter version of a porter. I get the chocolate, stout like qualities and coffee, as well as tar and burnt rubber notes near the end. Also, American amber comes through as well through the entire body. The medium roasted slightly citrus qualities of this style also present. Very pleasant, very drinkable, keeps me coming back for more.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth yet dark and complex.

O: Great look, love the huge can, many porter like qualities in the scent and taste, and the amber qualities mix well with this in the taste. Really impressed over all and want to keep sipping. Glad to have found this one a Paul’s in China.

patre_tim, Aug 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

TheKOshow, Jul 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Azpittil57, Jun 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

bigbeers84, Mar 25, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I bought it because it's in a can-bottle. Poured minimal head on a dark brown body.
The aroma has a mild roasted malt with a little crushed grain.
The flavor has a mild sweetness from the roasted malt with a mild bitterness at the finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Well, it tastes like an average porter was mixed with an average amber bock.

Fatehunter, Feb 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

Huffs, Jan 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
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2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Like UCLAbrewN84 I purchased Cold Spring Moonlight Ale because of its Shelf appeal. An over-sized 32oz can for under $3. Had a rustic label and promises of quality due to the use of "natural spring water".

Poured into a pint glass from the massive can.

A | Reddish amber color, clear with a nice one-finger head with pleasing small bubbles. Lasted about 2-3 minutes. Some lacing.

S | Not much there... very thin with bready and malty notes with a slight (SLIGHT) hint of caramel, very faint. Uh-oh moment #1.

Just spilled a bunch on my keyboard. My mouth may have gone rogue and rejected that sip. Uh-oh moment #2.

T | Much stronger than the smell. Malt punch at the start. Slight, thin caramel, then a barely there, strange bitter aftertaste. Strange in that it doesn't seem to be entirely from hops.. in fact its more of a weird sensation on those bitter zones on the back of the tongue. Makes me instinctively swish my tongue around in a futile attempt to scrape it off. I'm finding myself taking more sips to alleviate the problem as the initial flavors aren't un-drinkable. Uh-oh #3.

M | Thin, watery.

O | This is a sub-par beer for something that claims to be a pure, loved product and says "Craft Beer" on the can. I don't know who "Crafted" this beer but it feels like the recipe was created to capitalize on a growing market while also being cheap and chuggable for those who just want to get drunk with a little flavor on the way. I WOULD buy this for my friends who THINK they like craft beer but really just want to pretend to be fancy while getting wasted. I will NOT purchase this again for my own consumption. Two years ago I would have bought cases of the stuff. Yay pallet evolution!

Side note, this is my first review on BA.

Lucidious, Jan 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

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THECPJ, Jul 01, 2012
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1.55/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

BUTTER!!! Poured from 32oz can into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear brown-amber color with about an inch of light tan head that light-to-medium retention and no lacing. the beer bubble and popped audibly, like a 7-Up, when poured.

The aroma was just butter. This beer was a textbook example of Diacetyl problems in beer. There was just a hint of grainy malt showing through, but the butter dominated. The taste was also overwhelmed by the butter.

The body was OK, kind of medium-thin, and very carbonated. Drinkability was terrible, due to the butter. Try this beer if you're curious, or a ticker (like me), otherwise avoid.

beertunes, May 13, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This whole series from Cold Spring has become my go-to disc golf beer. Each one I've tried has been more than decent, it's cheap and it's a big old can... gotta love it.

Pours an oaky amber orange with a slight off-white head, average lacing. Nose has some mellow, sweet malts. Toasted bread, sweet grains. Pretty nice. The taste is smooth, subtle. Subdued enough to drink a 32 oz can. Just a dialed back version of a high quality black and tan. Totally drinkable. Not too sweet. This beer is a bargain.

Serving type: big ass can

yamar68, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

For whatever reason, the bars of a song often sung by Bugs Bunny and his cohorts runs through my mind whilst I ponder this beer. Oh well. This stuff pours a slightly dark garnet-sienna topped by a finger of short-lived glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit and a light bit of roasted malts. During a few sniffs, the biscuit comes across as mildly charred. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a vague, blunt sweetness, not unlike corn syrup. It's like an artificially-sweetened "beer" flavor, the one your non-beer-drinking aunt will tell you all beer tastes like. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, I think I just don't get this beer. It tastes nothing like a traditional black-and-tan, much less one's constituent parts. I think the overarching sweetness and lack of any real character beyond that hinders this stuff from ever achieving much of anything.

TMoney2591, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monster 1 quart/32 ounce/"double pints" can. I couldn't pass this up when I saw it for $2.75.

Pours a clear iced tea color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random small splotches of lace slide back down into the remaining beer. Smell is of grains, caramel, and interestingly enough - vinegar. Ehh. Taste is pretty watery and is of malt, caramel candies, and a slightly sour vinegar taste as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with the weird vinegar quality going on. Not too good.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of StoneTSR
2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Saw this in a big can at Binny's and decided to give it a shot.

APPEARANCE: Poured a very dark brown, flirting with black. An enormous, foamy and bright, white head erupted from the can and it took me a few minutes to pour a full pint. Some lacing was noticeable by the end of the pint.

SMELL: An intensely malty and sweet smell wafted up through the foam. It was just slightly too sweet for me, but it did not offend me too much.

TASTE: Sweet, malty and brown sugar are immediately noticeable. As the smell suggested, it is on the sweet side, but the tail end of the sip does provide a tiny bit of bittering balance. A mild smoky flavor is also detectable.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly oily to start the sip with a bite of sparkle towards the back end of the sip. Overall, on the smooth side though.

OVERALL: This is would be a pretty easy beer to drink if I had more of a sweet tooth, but this wasn't quite my style. That said, it did not completely turn me off of Cold Spring. I would be willing to try another of their beers in the future.

StoneTSR, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

ginormous can poured into pint glass. thanks to mrmiles for this during the Nice Cans BIF II

Pours an auburn brown with an enormous head, leaving plenty of spotty lacing as it fades to a thick film.

Some faint fruit sweetness, mild caramel malt and roasted tones in the nose.

Begins with light toasted grain, faint metallic caramel, and some stark lemon zest. Bread crust tones float through along with understated hops. Light sweetness and barely noticeable hops finish this off.

Thinner body, slightly sticky, a little dry. I suppose this is drinkable, but only in the sense of slamming a 32oz can, which can be fun in its own right.

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2010
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Cold Spring Moonlight Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.