Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring AleBlue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of Brenden
2.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a clear but thick amber in the dark that shows itself to be a more golden yellow in the light. A soft white head pours and seems to be willing to sit around for a while but fades to a foam that seems like it's leaving something of itself behind, which in fact recedes and doesn't stick.
The aroma's okay if not a bit light. It's pretty clean with grains that don't hint of adjuncts just yet and a nip of citrus zest, with something a bit earthy but sour.
The first thing that hits me is the grains, initially with a very adjunct flavor backing, followed by a curious lime rind bitter / sour mix. Without having seen the bottle yet, having been served in a glass, I was able to discern that the flavor is lime rather than lemon. I was pleased to read the bottle later and find that to be the case. Those who can distinguish between lemon and lime will notice. It's nice in its way, but it seems a little unbalanced. The malts seem to be the least showcased flavor here.
The mouthfeel seems somewhat thick at first, perhaps because the refrigerator is too cold, but it really thins out. It's spritzy more than anything, but there is a creaminess in the mouth.
This isn't exactly undrinkable, though by no means exciting. Coors does an average job with the "moon" series as opposed to the other filth it produces.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, here's a beer that I think people are over-analyzing or slamming just because it's a Coors product. They aren't total screw-ups. This is a lighter amber meant for enjoying with the oncoming warm weather. Lighter in the sense that the aroma and body are light for the style. It's nice and refreshing, more fun than technical.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color, good carbonation/head. Aroma, minimal lime. Good so far.

Definitely a bitter beer. Not really from hops, but probably the lime leaves? Kinda unique and zesty. Decent malt heft to back it up, remaining balanced.

Mouthfeel, a lot of bitter and limes. Might be the most bitter mass produced beer I can think of. Doesn't let up either. Price, a little much, but its easy drinking despite its bitterness and the unique form of it.

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Photo of Lacesoutcody
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had almost all of the Blue Moon varieties, so I figured I'd give this one a try.

poured from bottle into a glass.

A: Light brown slight golden hue. Nothing overtly impressive or full of depth.

S: Didn't really pick up much, a little sourness, maybe a hint of lime/grassy/flower notes.

T: Pretty good, slightly hoppy, a little sour on the back end and altogether pleasant, nothing outstanding mind you, but enjoyable.

M: Medium, a little malty, but light and easy to swill.

D: I was fairly impressed, after not being a huge fan of Full Moon, this spring offering was a pleasant and light change of pace. Would drink again for sure.

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Photo of GeneralZod
3.48/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Clear amber. Retained head well.

SMELL: Has a very flowery aroma. Just about what is expected.

TASTE: Zesty with tast of various spices. Quite average, not bad.

MOUTHFEEL: Slighty coarsed and carbonated.

DRINKABILITY: Wouldn't go out my way to get another one, but if offered, I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of SamN
1.57/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A- Decent enough amber red color, very clear, medium visible carbonation. 1 1/2 finger head fades quickly to 2/3rds. Thin and bubbly head; eventually thins to a mere one-bubble layer on top.

S- Blech, this is heinous! What the fuck is this smell? Moldy dog park grass sprinkled with lime? Deep adjunct sourness, with more sour artificial lime smell. Without a doubt one of the worst smelling beers I have had the displeasure of encountering. God awful and utterly unredeemable.

T- Sweet and sour. Like a Sour Patch Kid. The sweetness, undoubtedly from the various malts here, the sourness from the adjunct hops and artificial lime syrup. Absolutely no depth or thought here. Vacuous is the best descriptor I can come up with. Very bad tasting, I hate drinking this.

M- More carbonation than most, but surprisingly not seltzer-like. Medium light body with a pretty decent thickness. Fits it's awful taste well, so credit when credit is due I guess.

D- None. Drainpour, and I hope to never see this beer again.

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Photo of bob3701
3.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug. Poured a clear golden amber with a big bubbly white head that slowly goes into a thin film with OK lacing. Aroma dominated by lime. Was surprised that the taste was not dominated by lime just a hint in the aftertaste. Very malty for a beer this light with maybe a bit of honey in it. Very carbonated. I was not expecting much from this beer but was pleasantly surprised by it.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.28/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear amber color into my SA Perfect Pint. About two fingers of fluffy white head that quickly dissipates, leaving very little lacing.

Smell - No overpowering aromas though light caramel, and floral hops are present.

Taste - Lime, honey, malts, other light citrus flavors, etc. Nothing special or out of the ordinary though pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, slightly creamy.

Drinkability - A pretty good session beer. Relatively light in flavor...because nothing is too overpowering it is actually quite refreshing right now. Much better than their winter seasonal.

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Photo of Fnord
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear yellow-amber with a small but fairly dense cream-colored head. Looks pretty bubbly.

Smell - Wheat, honey, clove, and a bit of lime.

Taste - Wheat and honey are prominent, though there's definitely some lime involved as well. The clove from the smell seems to be absent now. As it warms up, the aftertaste gets more sustained and unpleasantly cabbagey.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thick with high carbonation.

Notes - This is the first Blue Moon seasonal I've tried, since I haven't heard good things about them. This one actually starts out pretty decent, but you have to drink it fast before it gets nasty. I would only recommend this beer when your options are severely limited, as they are for me at the moment.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber color with a nice two finger frothy head. The aroma is of some ceral and some leafy hops as well. The smell is rather faint and doesn't give you much to go by. The taste is of ceral malt, with a hop bite in the middle, taste like leafy hops and a some hint of lime after taste. The lime is barely noticeable, but the hop bite isn't bad. The mouth feel is moderately carbonated. Overall the drinkability isn't bad, you could drink a couple of them because there is nothing to dislike and there is a hop character which surprised me.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.28/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery orange with a decent white head and some light lacing. Bunch of bubbles in the glass to start.

Light malt and hop leaf scents. Where is the lime?

Light toasted malt, some boiled grain and cereal notes, some hop bitterness in the finish. This one seems very diluted and thinner flavored. Where's the lime?

While the flavors were thin, this wasn't watery. Body was decent, and it had enough carbonation to keep this going to the end of the pint.

Overall, not horrific, but I'm glad this was party beer and not something I purchased. Not something I'd reach for again.

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Photo of mlrbuendia
2.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

saw a six-pack in the store while shopping for some taco salad ingredients for dinner. thinking this "artfully crafted" american-based macro would go well with taco salad (vs. tecate), i grabbed it and went to the checkout. not the best choice, but not the worst, considering this is utah, and we get a piss-poor selection other than some local micros in the cooler.

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

appearance: pours a really nice amber color, two-finger head which within a minute quickly dissipates. little to no lacing involved.

smell: lacks any really great "beer" nose, meaning for this being touted as a "wheat-ale," it's really no different smelling than a miller lite. there is a citrus and lime sense, being that the label says it is lime-infused with kieffer lime leaves. (?)

taste: has the familiar average taste of most american macros, is light and not at all complex with ingredients.

mouthfeel: light, a little under-carb'd.

drinkability: not wanting a heavy beer, this will do in a pinch. as will probably every other really great craft light or pilsner beer otherwise available. i'd drink another, if given to me at a party, and if it was the only other beer around.

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Photo of TheMadJack
3.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pint Glass.

Pours a clear, faintly red amber color with about an inch of off-white head that settles quickly to a couple millimeters. Some foam trails after the beer in the glass but no actual lacing to speak of.

Nose is faintly malty, hints of wheat. Lime oils come through, which isn't surprising given that the label advertises "Kieffer lime leaves and lime peel" I don't know about Kieffer limes, but the scent definitely implies the oils from lime peel rather than lime juice.

The beer is malty, with a character somewhat like a mild pub ale. Just a whiff of bitter at the finish. Some lime presence, but not as pronounced as one might expect. Mostly clean finish.

Actually has a alright weight to it that, in a way, helps to emphasize the malts. It's definitely not watery, and the carbonation is nicely understated.

I got a twelve pack of these a few days back and I'm about two-thirds through it. Not a great beer, but drinkable. Won't get in the way of whatever you're eating, but won't do anything exceptional when you pair it, either.

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Photo of fastsrt
2.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle in duvel tulip
A : golden with a bone white 2 finger head
S:bread like malts; not much else.
T: tastes like wort, not sure what this is supposed to be; it is a malt bomb. with a hit of spice. It is missing the hops to balance things out
M: comes on malty; with a sweet finish no hops at all ( or maybe my pallet was numb following a double ipa)
D: umm I dont think i like this beer it is to simple and i kinda dont want to finish the one in front of me ( which rarely happens). it tastes cheap. I am going dump this one.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.02/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Rising Moon, was a bit of a lighter beer, but with much flavors. The lime flavors stand out the most, and makes this beer very refreshing. It would be nice if it had a stronger flavor.

Rising Moon had a nice apperance, nothing speical, not too far off from regular blue moon.

The smell was not very strong, but deffently not foul

Rising Moon had a nice refreshing taste, strong lime flavors.

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Photo of ByTheCase
4.4/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was very surprising. I bought this at Walmart in Lakewood, WA because the price point was perfect at $6 for a crafted beer.

Light yet flavorful. Perfect beer to relax with.

Very easy to drink, a nice change from the heavy winter brews. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tone77
3.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of malts. Taste is also mild, malts with a touch of lime. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this makes for a pretty good beer.

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Photo of MrHadack
3.96/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(A): Copper color, completely clear from any haze

(S): I didn't get too much from it. Some sweet smelling hops and slight citrus notes

(T): Light in flavor, but good. Not too much hop at all, but some nice flavor from the grains. Subtle lime / citrus notes at the tale end. Finishes clean with no lingering flavors.

(M): Thin and a little watery, low carbonation. Crisp.

(D): I gave it a big drinkability score because I really liked it and found it a welcome departure from the heavier beers I have been drinking lately. I thought the flavors were nice and that it would make a great summer beer when the weather is warmer.

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Photo of phishgator
3.36/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a hefe glass. Good copper hue with a large tight head. The carbonation is a little mild. The taste is what reminds me of a bitter. There is a metallic taste with a touch of fruitiness. Nothing dominating or overpowering and the lime is faint more in the aroma than the taste. The body is medium and easy to drink.

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Photo of katan
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light goldish brown color. Not much amber about it. Head formation is at 2mm, some lacing, pearly white. Appears clear, strong bubbling.

S - A very light nose - only the light amount of caramel and roasted malts.

T - Starts off with a light malty note that is backed up by a hint of roasted crystal/caramel malts. Mid-stream is rather flat, gaining some bitterness. Finishes with a light hop note and a bit of yeast. A light beer overall - nothing robust enough to stimulate or offend.

M -Moderate body - beer is solid, and the carbonation is just right to match it. Finishes somewhat clean, no oily or clinging textures.

D - Moderate drinkability. ABV is solid but manageable. Can be a bit filling at times. Flavors are just light enough to not be offensive - but then this is a macro beer.

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Photo of Andreji
3.72/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Spring" is certainly a good way to sell this thing. a very jolly golden toned pour with a light but shiny head kind of portraying the hopeful feel of leaving the snow behind and allowing the sun back in.

Smell is probably what's best of it, because- and this may just be me- a rather sweetish hoppy feel makes me think "floral" when taking every sip.

Taste is rather dull in comparison, a bit watery and orangey with no specific magic behind it, a simple bitter finish making this seem like a mid-point hybrid right there.

but, in all, a halfway beer for a halfway season, not bad but not great.

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Photo of Kromes
3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber color with a white head. Looks OK. Using a decent lacing

S: There are citrus aromas and a malt aroma. Also a slight floral aroma, but nothing special.

T: A very sweet honey malt flavor with some lime flavor and a little bit of acidic bitterness, but for the most part this beer is on the sweet side. It's bordering on too sweet.

M: To me it has a little bit of a heavier feel than it looks. It has a certain smoothness to the mouthfeel, which is this beer's best quality.

D: Not bad...On a summer day it would be pretty good, but it needs to be served very cold because once this sweet beer starts to warm up it is kind of hard to drink.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.79/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another early spring ale I'm having in mid January. Appearance is a mid amber with a quickly dissipating head and no lace. Smell has light malt, citrus and floral hop to it. Taste seems watered down with light malt, citrus and hop. Mouthfeel is a light medium with good viscosity going down with fair carbonation. Not bad, but I really didn't expect any more from Blue Moon.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this one straight outta the bottle. I think it was better that way.

A: Clear, reddish orange with a brownish hue. Quickly disappearing head.

S: Offensive, plastic character with a little citrus (not sure if it's lime like the bottle says...) and some adjunct, corny scent.

T: Easy drinking, semi-sweet front that screams "average." Malty, smooth finish with a little honey. Semi-sour. Tastes a tiny bit better than it smells. Though that's not saying a whole lot. At least it's not bitter.

D: A good beer to have if all they got besides it is Coors and Bud.

Value: Overpriced by a few bucks for sure.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
2.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was rather disappointing. Poured to a golden amber color. Refreshingly dry, only thing that is refreshing about it. Very little aroma, and it has a slight lime flavor but not overpowering, almost like a Mexican beer with Lime. Kind of flat, no real head to speak of. very faint hint of apple. But otherwise, this one is so so

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Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale from Coors Brewing Company
2.97 out of 5 based on 349 ratings.
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