Blue Moon First Peach Ale
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

Blue Moon First Peach AleBlue Moon First Peach Ale
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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #691
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
78
Ranked #45,597
Avg:
3.4 | pDev: 15.59%
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
329
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Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
 
Colorado, United States
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Blue Moon First Peach AleBlue Moon First Peach Ale
Notes: With one foot in winter and the other in spring, we crafted this Belgian-inspired Brown Ale with flavors of peach and coriander to complement both. It has a tart taste balanced by caramel malts for the cooler days and peach notes for the warmer ones.
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 329
Photo of q33jeff
2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

**
01/31/2015

On tap at wildflowers,

Peach aroma is appealing.

Don't get that quality in the taste. Mostly some alka-seltzer-like flavor.

Almost OK, very one dimensional.

**

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Photo of mattlerjor
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Its a very sweet beer that would be good if it wasn't so overcompensating with sugar. I still enjoyed it, but more than 1 and i feel bloated with sugar.

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Photo of mcmccollough
5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have sampled many of the Blue Moon seasonal and specialty varieties, hoping to find one that would appeal to customers who prefer the basic Belgian White, which has to be considered a phenomenal success in look, smell, taste, and feel. The only one that succeeds is the First Peach Ale that I found in Alaska in June. The darker look and the smell, which ups the fruit component, which are not as important, are fine. The taste and feel are compatible with the original orange-tinged formulation, and that makes it the only winner as a supplement for those who appreciate Belgian White.

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Photo of beer-fan-1
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My wife brings home different and sometimes intriguing beers when she goe shopping. She doesn't drink but knows my tastes. This was from one of those trips. I like a beer with steak and this was no exception. I was expecting flavor like some of the citrus beers-hoppy and lighter. I was surprised to see this pour darker. Not a lot of head in the Tulip glass but reasonable. Flavor was a surprise. IT was heavy on the peach which for the moment I was in was really good. Surprisingly good with a New York Strip but the real treat came later. I had some left and drank it with dessert. Raspberry ice cream. That "pairing" was sheer heaven. If nothing else, this is a great dessert beer.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color, a reddish bronze. Moderate carbonation, fairly thin off white head. Nose: prominent sweet peach overwhelms everything else; maybe also some honey notes. How sweet will this be?

Fortunately, it's not too sweet. In fact it's tangy rather than sweet. A bit thin overall, with the peach not nearly as prominent in the taste as in the nose. Malts are a bit flat, hops are mild, and end of the flavor is somewhat watery. Mouthfeel: some initial tingles, then a thin sudsy aspect. Drinkable but not as rich as I'd hoped, and I think I'd tire of it fairly quickly.

Brown bottle, poured into glass, dated "MAY1616."

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Photo of hman43
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: It pours amber with a large off white head.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by peach. There is a slight bit of floral hop and a bit of toast.

Taste: The peach is the first thing that comes in the taste. There are other flavors such as floral and a slight toast. The peach taste is not the taste that comes from fruity esters, but instead those from peach juice.

Feel: It has a light feel towards medium with a moderately bitter twang on the palate.

Overall: It is a fruity beer, but the fruit flavors are more from juice than from fruity esters. It is a light, refreshing session ale.

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Photo of zeff80
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Poured out a murky brown color with a small, thin head of foam. It smelled of light peach notes, caramel and floral notes. Sweet caramel and peach. Not much else.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lot darker than I expected (also didn't necessarily expect to see this classified as a brown ale, so my day is full of surprises as you can tell), and smell is much fainter than one would suggest, but pleasantly mild, appropriate and loyal to the scent of peaches. Taste is also relatively mild, not very tart at all, but with enough of a pronounced fruitiness and lingering, caramel malt taste that gives it a decadent balance. The feel for this is just right, given the kind of perplexing combination of caramel and peach.

I really like the route Miller is going with Blue Moon and AB is going with Shock Top, especially with their two seasonal offerings, with Shock Top Summer Grapefruit being the specific point of reference for the competitive brand. Both take fairly common additions in beer and, rather than giving them a horribly bitter or bland consistency, simply use other qualities and characteristics of the beer, such as the malt and the wheat to make the flavors almost milky and appealing. Some may think both beers lack character; I think they cater more towards a beer drinker who isn't looking for his palette annihilated nor annoyingly disturbed.

A fundamentally interesting beer on several levels.

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Photo of LoneWolfiNTj
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6-pack of 12oz bottles of Blue Moon First Peach at my local liquor store tonight (Sun Mar 20, 2016) on a whim, for $10.03 incl tax. It's supposedly flavored with peaches and coriander, which seemed an intriguingly bizarre combo.

On pouring into a clear glass, displays a nice deep orange-red color like a setting sun. Medium-thick coarse-bubbled light-tan head. The nose in the glass gives naught but the smell of raw elemental iron (like a fresh scrubbed cast iron skillet). Taking a swig yields light hop flavor, light malt flavor, noticeable peach flavor, light-moderate acidity, and more elemental iron flavor, with a mild but somewhat-annoying blue-cheese smell on exhaling through nose.

Not a great ale, but not bad. Ok for guzzling cold from the fridge on a warm autumn or spring night, with some pretzels. I'll give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/13/2016. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/light brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of juicy peach, apricot, pear, orange citrus, coriander, light clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of peach fruit, spice, dark/bready malt, and light yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of juicy peach, apricot, pear, orange citrus, coriander, light clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, apricot, pear, orange citrus, coriander, light clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of peach fruit, spice, dark/bready malt, and light yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good fruit/spiced brown ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of peach fruit, spice, dark/bready malt, and light yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. It is labeled as a Belgian brown, but tastes like regular brown ale; hints of yeast character are in the background. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried this from the bottle poured chilled in a stange.

The color is medium ruddy amber which borders on bronze with light khaki head with good clarity. The smell has a peachy fruit and light floral aroma with light malt odor with toastiness in the smell. The feel is mildly sweet up front with medium high carbonation and light malt toastiness with light tart element and mild dry finish with low alcohol.

The taste is good with mild peach flesh taste with slight sweet entry and light malt with toast and slight caramel accent with dry finish and mild fruit tanginess in the taste. This is decent fruit-wise as it warms the flavor improves with a mix of peach and malt but it does seem almost chalky dry. I would say this is better than average considering it mentions Belgian style but is listed as American brown here

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Photo of TheBoldBeerGuy
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Overly sweetened after the peach flavor, as though they added peach to the boil, then extra sugar "just in case." Like other Blue Moon fruit seasonals, it leaves an permiating saccharine residue that makes you feel like you're drinking badly hopped soda. Hardly any of the back wheat flavor that Blue Moon Belgian White grew famous for. Might be good for someone who doesn't like beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.17/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

I recently picked this up at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop here in Lancaster, PA out of a sense of curiosity & since I am drinking a 750-ml bottle of Rogue Double Chocolate Stout, once I finish the review, I am going to see how well (if at all) the two blend together.

From the bottle: "For this year's Early-Season Release, our brewmaster crafted this slightly tart ale with notes of peach and coriander."; "Seasonal Collection"; "With one foot in winter and the other in spring, we crafted this Belgian-inspired Brown Ale with flavors of peach and coriander to complement both. It has a tart taste balanced by caramel malts for the cooler days and peach notes for the warmer ones."

Once again, this is one of those screw-top bottles, so no Pop! I gave it a good pour to briefly raise two fingers of foamy, light-tan head with low retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a light peach sweetness, but it seemed kind of light since it got top billing. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, a little watery in the mouth. The taste was odd, with the peach evident, but not really assertive, coupled with an unexpected sourness. It was not tart, it was sour. Finish had a harsh aftertaste that was vaguely of peach, but more of something else. I do not know if it was the addition of the coriander or if something else was causing these flavors, but it was just not to my liking. I NEVER do drain pours, but this one had me at least looking in the direction of the sink. Blah!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 5/30/16.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of peach, peach juice, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly burnt toast, peach, peach juice, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a flavor that is sort of like burnt toast with peach jelly.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours red orange with a small white head. Smells of canned peach and slight grain. Tastes of a nice malty beer with some peach notes, however, the peach seems artificial, and slightly like canned peach. Beer is light bodied, nicely carbonation, easy drinking. Overall an average beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says AUG0315.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some sparse wispy surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- If they made sweet peach tea licorice, this is what it would smell like. Enough said.

T- Flavor is more malt-forward with the peach providing a sweetness to complement. The peach is, admittedly, artificial tasting but it works decently within the flavor construct.

M- Somewhat syrupy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Though it is very one-dimensional, it's within the realm of drinkability for me as it's not cloyingly sweet and the malt character makes me feel like I'm still drinking beer and not a peach shandy. Either way, there are better beers out there that utilize this particular fruit.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle pours a clear amber color with an ample head of tan head. Retention is ok and lacing nonexistent.

Nose is toasted malt and those sugar-covered peach gummy candy - heavy on the candy aspect.

Taste bumps up the toasted, near burnt maltiness to offset the sweet peach flavor enough to finish short of cloying. Its not as bad as many of the BM offerings, but there is still a little something offputting about it that would prevent me from ever buying a sixer for myself.

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks great, smells peachy, but honestly doesn’t taste as advertised. I’m trying to taste peach. If it’s peach flavored, it’s faint. The purists will scoff at fruit flavored beer and that’s fine, let ‘em abstain. But if I’m drinking a fruit flavored ale I want/expect it to taste like that fruit. That said, I like the way this ale tastes peach flavored or not (and for me, it’s not).

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle from a friend at work whose tastes are sllloooowwlllyy
coming around to something other than "golden delicious---aka Bud"
Thanks Kevin

This brew pours a very nice reddish amber with a decent white head of foam that dissipates to a thick layer and ring with solid lacing. Nose of a fresh picked basket of peaches, subtle sweet wheat, and a hint of lemon zest. Flavors follow the nose with moderate peach notes on all sides, light compared to the nose, sweet wheat flavors on the sides and back, a touch of spice, and a light lemon zest note on the rear. Moderate carbonation with a light mouth feel from the wheat and a light tart finish. Unique. For what this is, it is a decent brew/

Cheers

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good offering from Blue Moon - I was expecting the normally sweet, syrupy beer for the fruity persuasion, but was surprised with a nice mix between the ale and peach. At first, when you think about it, you wonder if this could even work - but somehow - it does.

I truly like the dark amber color of brew, with the tan head (with some decent staying power.) You can certainly smell and taste the peaches, and not sweet, but definitely there. Overall, a really good beer to have with friends - especially if you are trying to introduce them to the love of beer...

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark, reddish, 1 inch off white head, decent lacing

S: Peach, wheat malts, slight hop

T: Pretty decent, I get the characteristic blue moon wheat taste, with some peach, sweetness, slight hop bitterness at the end to balance

M: Light to medium, good carbonation

O: A decent beer. Once again, this blue moon is like all others, pretty much the same beer but a slight difference so they can call it something else. The original Belgian white is still the best theyve got.

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Photo of MrBrach
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Amber, almost dark caramel in color. Pours with a two finger head but quickly disappears. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Very easy to detect the peach notes, with an additional citrus smell.Overall smells very nice, almost like peaches that have been sitting in a can rather than a freshly cut peach.

Taste: Malty, very noticeable peach flavor which was to be expected. After letting it warm on the palate, a slight lemon and additional citrus with some spice comes out. Overall light and refreshing taste, not overwhelming in the peach flavor, but nothing that stands out about this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light feel. A slightly heavier body would have gone nicely with such a noticeable peach and citrus flavor. However, such a light body does make it nice for a refreshing beer on a warm day. Easy to drink.

Overall: Decent beer overall, definitely worth a try. However, nothing to drive a distance to try and get a hold of. I picture this as a beer to have after mowing the lawn or finishing up some work outside on a warm day. I would not want to drink this with dinner or a beer I'd really look forward to drinking when I get home.

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Photo of Myotus
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with an off-white head that is two fingers width in height that quickly settles to one finger width. Has a clean amber color. Has aromas of peach, wheat, and a slightly bitter smell that I can't wuite determine. Initial taste is of peaches and a hint of coriander. Blan wheat flavors soon follow with small hints of hops, too, as coriander flavors grow stronger and peach flavors fade. Final taste has a waterdowned component. Definitely a drinkable beer. Wouldn't mind buying a six pack during the season that it comes out.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.71/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Good at first. I like the peach. But was honestly a drain pour. Syrupy, slick. Very sweet molasses sugar. Left a filmy layer the brown ale base was too sweet here.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-golden color with a quickly receding head. Strong candied peach smell. It had a fairly clean peach taste that wasn't overwhelming and stopped short of being syrupy or sugary while bing balanced out by citrus at the tip of the tongue. Light body with moderate carbonation.
Coors made an effort to infuse peach into it's Blue Moon and it worked. It could've worked better, but this wasn't a failure. The peach is there and the beer essence is still there even if the candied smell and light body are off.

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Blue Moon First Peach Ale from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 329 ratings