Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale | Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring AleBlue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale
350 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by armock on 01-12-2008

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Ratings: 350 |  Reviews: 232
Photo of theformula
3.21/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #33 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/2. Thought I would give this a shot, needed something light b/c I was sick.

A: Light Copper body into a tulip. A huge white head forms w/ good retention. Clarity is high b/c it's filtered. Effervescent.

S: Big wheat aroma here w/ some husk, hay and cereal grains. Where's the kaffir lime? Only a ghost-like mention of it along w/ subtle caramel malt notes.

M: Med. body, med. carbonation. Very smooth M.F.

T: This isn't horrible. But it's not great. Nothing jumps out of place. Wheat, husk and grain w/ a very light sweetness, very soft grassy flavors. Barely a hint of lime, more from the lime leaves, but that's typical of kaffir lime. Finish is a little acidic.

D: Not terrible, it's a pretty drinkable entry level amber but it doesn't have character, it's made for the masses. Good for quaffing w/ a salad, but I wouldn't buy it again. Blue Moon is a better beer.

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Photo of Contra
2.84/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I really enjoy regular Blue Moon, so I was hoping for a beer that would live up to the same kind of quality as Blue Moon. Unfortunately, Rising Moon doesn't meet those expectations.

That's not to say it's a bad beer, Rising Moon just lacks character. The basics are there, mildly fruity, somewhat malty, but little else. There is a tartness present which makes for a less than desirable finish. Visually speaking, Rising Moon is a light tan color, with a ring of head around the outside of the glass. Aroma is nice, some of the more positive qualities without the negatives.

Overall, I wouldn't bother with this one unless you really enjoy the style and just want to see what's out there. Still, it's better than 95% of the beer you'll find at a gas station or (some) supermarkets, so it might be a good choice when there is little else to choose from.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.21/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought at local grocer. 6 twelve ounce bottles. pretty cheap. twist off bottle to pint glass. amber color. very clear. good two finger head that sticks to the sides. looks good.

fruity and flowery with a good strong malt presence- roasted grains. no off odors.

sweetness from the malts. has that citrus thing in the back and the aftertaste is all limey. they do mention the lime on the bottle five times. fives times on a beer label? fairly balanced.

medium mouthfeel. good carbonation. left some lace all the way down. decent beer. good for the price. this is more of a summer beer for me. it was like 12 degrees out today. could do a session. i most likely will not buy this again. they describe the beer five times on their label. i also could not find this beer on their website. the style is pretty broad so this could fit but there are many more ambers i woud rather drink.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
2.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was unimpressed with this beer but hey it's a Blue Moon product so I guess I shouldn't have expected much. It poured a golden coppery color with no head and no lacing. The aroma was faint if not nonexistent. The taste was too sweet. I guess that was supposed to be a lime taste but it was off putting to say the least. Mouthfeel was medium body with medium high carbontion. Overall drinkability for me was none. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of hiikeeba
2.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up a gorgeous, crystal clear honey color with a creamy head that dissipates slowly.

S - There isn't much aroma. There's a hint of fruit, but it's ephemeral.

T - It doesn't have much of a taste. There's a hint of something in the background, and it reminds me of Cap'n Crunch. (I swear, that was the first thing that popped into my head.) And way in the finish, there's some of the advertised lime flavor.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Doesn't feel thin.

D - An okay beer. Not much flavor, which makes it more drinkable. But there's a sweetness around the mouth and at the back of the tongue that makes it less drinkable.

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Photo of larsee01
2.71/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured from bottle to pint glass. Appealing clear, copper color. Wimpy head quick to dissapate.

S- Expected a tangy lime kick and got nothing close. Mild, sweet scent. Maybe a whiff of sweet maltiness. Surprisingly little here. Am I getting a cold?

T- Relieved that there isn't an overly-lime taste. As a matter of fact I'm struggling to find it other than a tangy sour near the finish. Not much maltiness, not much hoppiness. Not much of anything! Bland, (maybe soapy?) aftertaste.

M- Smooth, good carbonation crispness. A bit viscous...maybe oil from the keifer lime leaves?

D- The beer's strong suit. Warm weather session beer for sure! Drink it COLD. Seems inappropriate to drink right now with a foot of snow on the ground. This beer doesn't taste bad considering its category. I just expected more based upon the other Blue Moon beers. Share it with the ladies and let them think they're drinking something sophisticated.

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Photo of Ozone34
2.71/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is Blue Moon's chance to prove themselves as a stand alone brewery and not be tied down to that "contract" stereotype they are getting; and they make a island lime style beer. Are you kidding?

The only good thing about this beer was the perfect carbonation. (Drink REALLY, REALLY cold.) Otherwise it's a salty, limey, (although not sickly sweet) and island type lager. Almost no hops to speak of and a bitter lime aftertaste. On a hot summer, not spring as it intends to percieve, this would be a good, thirst quenching, beach beer otherwise. If not for it's light flavor and dam near perfect C02 balance this beer would never be worthy of a second try.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
2.82/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is harsh malty, with some dust and very light lime hops. Not to pleasant. Appearence is nice sparkling copper with a big off-white head that stays. Pretty decent lacing too. The taste starts a bit salty then goes to a bitter/sour hoppy flavor. Somewhat watery. Dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of bboven
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Meduim/light amber body, a big thick initial head that fades to very little.

A lot of malt in the aroma, surprisingly, and a bit of lime. Better than I expected.

Pretty malty, nicely rounded flavor. The lime starts out very well, a light, crisp unique flavor, but the aftertaste is like a lime dumdum sucker.

Pretty overcarbonated, fills my mouth with foam, a little sticky with the lime at the end.

All I've had with lime in it is miller chill, so this was quite a surprise. Other than extreme carbonation and the aftertaste, not too bad. But I don't think I'd buy it on purpose.

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Photo of ChoqlitStout
3.87/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like Blue Moon, so I figured I'd try the Spring Ale.

It was a light, golden color with a foamy head. The smell was citrusy, nice and strong. I could smell the hops too.

It definitely tastes limey. The package says they used the rind and the juice of a type of lime that I know nothing about. I can taste it all through the beer, from the front of my tongue to the back. It doesn't taste bitter at all and the lime is just balanced enough to not be overwhelming. It almost seems like this is the beer that Miller Chill and Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus wanted to be: a session beer with a lime twist. It's not as light as those beers, but it's definitely not a heavy beer. The lime isn't sickly sweet like in the other beers, but it's stronger than the citrus flavors in a regular Blue Moon or a lemon-lime soda.

Overall, I think it's drinkable, but I could see getting sick of the lime taste after 2 of them.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden color with a thick creamy white head. The aroma is malty and cereal. The taste is sweet, cereal and somewhat malty. It also has a hint of spice. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but doesn't detract too much from beer. Overall, this is an easy drinking, non-offensive brew.

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Photo of Overlord
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale clear red. Not much head.

Smells faintly of citrus...kind of a lemony lime. Doesn't taste like much. A bit of malt with a citrus after-taste. Pretty unremarkable, actually. Somewhat thin aftertaste. It is refreshing and pleasant to quaff, I'll give it that.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Keifer Lime?

Aroma: Slightly stale malt and a mild yeast note. Not much going on.

Appearance: Amber glass with good clarity. Held a white collar that issued spots of lace

Flavor: Mild grape note, yeasty bite, lager blandness.

Mouthfeel: Full carbonation, medium body

Overall Impression: Meh, nothing wrong, nothing great.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color. Clear as day. No carbonation. Thick white head goes away quickly.
Smell immediately of lime. That's the majority of the smell, a little bit of malt as well.
Taste is not very strong. Undertones of malt and a hint of lime at the end of the taste.
Mouthfeel is fairly good. Nice, thick and slightly smooth.
Could drink a good amount of these. However, I am not sure I would want to. Not much taste, kind of boring.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This interesting sounding Amber Ale pours just that, clear golden amber in color with some bright yellow highlights. The frothy white head exhibits some slightly soapy bubbles that, when decanted hastily, hold very well. A really good amount of lace is left behind.

The aroma is of primarily pale and caramel malts along with a bit of mild citrus and faint hops. Some sweet vanilla accompanies a dominant grainy character. There is a lot of malt but also a distinct, buttery cornbread note. No real inclination of wheat. I'm not really picking up the lime, which is surprising for a brew that's claim to fame is that its brewed with lime leaves and peel.

Not as bright and citrusy as expected. Mostly malty with a great deal of grainy character. Pale and caramel malt along with that familiar cornmeal note; probably a result of the adjunct grain. Buttery and moderately sweet with a hint of citrus but no substantial hops. More matted and rather dull. Tasty but kind of a 'one trick pony' if you will. Also no real lime flavor is coming across. At most a mild citrus tang. A slight ginger note come through as well. Not bad and not at all what I was expecting.

Lower carbonation accompanied with a heavily malty palate creates a matted and smooth mouthfeel. The juicy finish provides no dryness and is actually rather creamy. Pleasant but not as interesting as expected. I would have liked them to let the lime shine through rather than pad the whole selection with tons of grain. An easy drinker but nothing special either.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a smooth grainy malt with some traces of corn and wheat esters.

The taste consisted of a sweet caramel malt, some adjunct corn, wheat spice and a slightly sour lime element.

The mouthfeel was of on the lighter side for the style.

Overall a unique and busy amber. The lime was a bit odd.

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Photo of reggiekoko
4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6-pack at Winn-Dixie for $8.39.

Had a nice floral aroma that poured a coppery amber hue with a rich off-white 3-fingered head.

The taste was very malty with a trace of hops that finished with a subtle hint of lime.

This is a very smooth and mellow brew which would certainly make a very refreshing summer drink.

Good job by Coors. I'd definitely purchase Rising Moon again.

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Photo of biggmike
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber color with a pretty good white head that lasted for a while. Aroma is malty with a hint of lime. Flavor is also pretty much the same with no real strong characteristics other than the lime. Okay but nothing special, maybe better on a warm Spring day. Nothing I would seek out.

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Photo of Rayek
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale makes a great first impression, but doesn't follow through.

A: Looks great. Brilliant and clear amber color. Thick cream colored head with very active carbonation as it comes out of the bottle. Leaves a very fine lace.

S: Citrus notes with a bit of lime. Grains lend a biscuit quality. Fairly complex.

T: The lime is evident but subdued. Wheat and Barley have a nice balance, as you can taste both in equal measure. Reminded me of very sour sourdough bread. Very acidic. Too much so for my tastes. Tart and dry finish.

M: Light body, but feels grainy. Not as fizzy as it looks in the glass.

D: Acidity detracts from the drinkability for me. It's too tart for me to want another. A decent match for a warm spring day.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden copper color with a fluffy two-finger head. The smell is a little malty with a hint of lime. The taste is sweet maltiness with a citrus twist of lime in the finish. The beer is a little watery on the mouthfeel, but also very refreshing. This is a very nice beer and I'm hoping this spring beer lasts well into summer so I can enjoy it in some nice weather.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown screw-top bottle. Pours a translucent amber with a good inch of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Has a rather feint, neutral aroma. Tastes slightly sweet and fruity, with only the slightest hint of hops toward the finish. Trying very hard to get something out of this beer, and failing miserably at it... Hints of lime as it warms? To me it just tastes like a macro lager without adjuncts or off-flavors. Fairly aqueous with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, but definitely not worth the 9$ per sixer I would have paid had I bought a whole sixer. Overall rather boring, I'm afraid. Not a lot going on here.

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Photo of erosier
3.95/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice golden amber color with a nice white head with some lacing around the glass. The aroma is of some nice malts and some citris. The taste is really good. This is my favorite blue moon so far with tastes of nice paler malts with some citrisy aftertaste and I even tasted some apple in the end. The mouthfeel is pretty good and it is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, $1.22 at Hi-Times,

A: Pours a macro yellow, basically, with a full white head, which has surprsingly good retention.

S: Very light, with some malt and lime, a bit earthy.

T: Pretty tasty beer, light biscuit malts open up the beer which ends with the kaffir lime, which doesn't taste artificial, that was surprising in a Coors product, a nice complement to the overall flavour.

M: Light and crisp, watery, but refreshing.

D: Don't know why they're releasing a spring beer in January, but I think Coors did a pretty good job with this one, a lot better than their winter offering.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is harsh malty, with some dust and very light lime hops. Not to pleasant. Appearence is nice sparkling copper with a big off-white head that stays. Pretty decent lacing too. The taste starts a bit salty then goes to a bitter/sour hoppy flavor. Somewhat watery. Dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Blue Moon Belgian White is one of my all-time favorite beers, and one of the first brews I had seriously taken a liking too... their Winter Warmer was also really good, and I enjoyed their Pumpkin Ale, so I had high hopes for their Spring Seasonal sample, which I copped today... I believe Total Wine and More just got it in and I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a single, 12oz bottle for $1.79... A green logo, with "Rising Moon" depicted on the bottle... the logo states that this sample blends "Three varieties of specialty malts with Kieffer lime leaves and lime peel"... first thought was Miller Chill... the beer pours a rather impressive copper color with a pretty decent head... smell is decent, with the lime factor certainly noticeable... taste seems rather unbalanced, with limes and malt combined to produce a thick, rich flavor that seems disorganized and slightly ambiguous... not sure what they were trying to achieve here, but this beer seems off-balance and although it is refreshing, I would not say it was top quality and a definite must-try... Average in many respects, this is a decent beer to try if you're a Blue Moon fan, but I would definitely stick to the Witbier... Can't say I would really recommend this one as I wasn't crazy about it, although it is an intersting sample...

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Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale from Coors Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 350 ratings
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