Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale | Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring AleBlue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

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Added by armock on 01-12-2008

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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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Photo of gmfessen
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting to see that I'm only the 3rd reviewer... Anywho, poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is more golden with a slight amber hue than amber/red with a two-finger, white, pillowy head. The smell is malty sweet, with only a very, very faint citrus smell. Pretty generic. The taste is also malty sweet, countered by a slight bitterness combination of hoppy bitterness and citrus. The lime is only faintly recognizable, and the brew finishes with an amber malt taste. The citrus does add to the drinkability some, creates the desire to drink more. The mouthfeel is light in body with a fizzy carbonation and slightly resinous finish. A fairly drinkable beer, nothing outstanding but decent. I must admit I expected more.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear orangish amber with a off white head.

Smell. On the neutral side as i am not getting too much, but i am getting the lime in it with just a little bit of malt.

Taste. Has an initial dry maltiness to it with a little bit of grain. The lime citrus is present but more subtle than i thought. I cant tell if there is a hop character or if the lime is what i am tasting. Aftertaste has a little bit of the lime in it, but is overall very neutral to me.

Mouthfeel. Body is on the lighter side of medium, with lots of carbonation.

Overall, very average. I dont find anything in this that i particularly really like, and i dont find anything in it that is offensive, though the lime flavor can get old.

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Photo of proc
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a dark gold color in the glass with a huge head. Very light aroma of bread dough and citrus. The taste is average with a splash of lime on the swallow that gives way to a slight bitterness at the very end.

Overall, o.k. but not great. I can see fizzy yellow beer drinkers liking this as its a decent, but not overpowering, flavorwise, spring ale.

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Photo of armock
2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a darker golden color with a two finger white head that dissipates to a thin cover

S - Is of sweet malt with a hint of lime

T - Follows the smell sweet malt with a lime taste

M - Fairly light carbonation and pretty smooth

D - I was a little disappointed with the taste as its not as good as the regular Blue Moon however its not a bad beer its better than its Coors counterpart

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

The beer appears a clear reddish orange with a decent sized frothy white head that erodes leaving a thin sheet of lacing. Nose has a sweet malt front; citrus like crispness, start has an average grain presence, somewhat sweet, top light. Finish has a spiny acidity, the hops pleasant enough, dry lingering aftertaste, drinkable, but a bit thin bodied for me.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is a clear orange/amber color with a medium done white head that dissipates slowly. Spotty rings of lacing on the glass. Bready malt aroma with a touch of lime. Light-bodied with a mildly spicy character and flavors of yeast and lime. The finish is lightly herbal with a sweet malt aftertaste. Pretty average all around.

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Photo of shivtim
2.36/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out with a billowing foamy head that lasts. Sits clear and dark orange in the glass. Looks pretty good. Nose is very faint metallic wheat with lime peels. Taste is like lime tortilla chips. Corn, yeast, lime, metal. Odd sweet alcohol on the end. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, and drinkability is just so-so.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - hazy deep golden straw color. Three fingers of head settle and leave a thin, smoothly bubbled surface across the top. Eventually that too is gone and no lace left behind either.

Aroma - lightly sweetened wheat with a trickle of lime. A bit crackery, fairly decent head.

Taste - biscuity malt, a little ESB in nature. The lime is barely noticeable, the yeast flavors are a little too dominant, I think, but lime notes do peek out occasionally. Not sure if that butteriness really belongs. Finishes with a trace of yeast, fairly straight-forward.

Mouthfeel - a lighter body, a bit of smoothness, pretty zippy carbonation, none of which neither hurt nor help.

Drinkability - a curious creation, easy drinking enough but even for the only lime-infused beer I've ever had, it's not that interesting.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.41/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a bit fast produced a 3 finger head atop a clear amber/golden body. Head became a bit rocky, clumpy. Settled to about a 1/2 finger, then a film.
Smelled a bit lemony/limey, sweet malt and some belgian spice, but not much.
Taste combines lime and honey, badly, sweet malt and some sort of corriander-ish thing. Not sure what I'm tasting, but it ain't lime. Thin feel, bad aftertaste that, luckily, didn't linger.
I bought a 6-pack of this to have in my fridge for non-beer geek friends. I paid 4.99, and that's a bit much for this stuff.

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Photo of tapman
1.92/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm sorry, russpowell, but I have to disagree.

The beer's appearance is that of a more-tan coors original without the musky smell and aftertaste.

The smell is that of fermented cereal grains with lime rinds added for flavor. Caramel, really? I definetly disagree on that one. There is nothing even malty about this beverage. It might as well be called smirnoff lime.

First of all, I've never heard of caramel hops since I don' think that brewers usually roast the hops opposed to darkening the malts.

Medium bodied? This beer has all the body of a Budweiser select with more carbonation to bite at the tongue. Go drink a Coca-Cola if you like carbonation bite.

This beer works well on niether hot, cold or end of the world day. I'm sorry, but this is a poor example of the Macro companies (achem Coors) trying to force their way into the craft market, but we know better than that. Russpowell, I would suggest trying some Belgium Ales, followed by some dark English Ales followed by some English Russian Imperial Stouts and then tell us about beer flavor. Once again I apologize for my directness, but there must be a standard set lest chaos overtake this site.

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with 1" of fluffy whiite head. Average head retention & above average lacing

S: Slight caramel notes & some pepper

T: Caramel & a slight lemon hop presence up front, then I pick up some lime & a little pepper. Caramel sweetness. a little herbal + lemon hops hops & lime zest in the finish

MF: Medium bodied with average carbonation, balances well

This is a different kind of amber, but more of a one off, but a very easy drinker. Honestly thought I'd hate this, but alright IMO, wpuld work well on a hot day

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a lightly hazed copper amber hue with a nice sized off white crem head floats above the rim of the glass leaves light streaks of lacing unevenly around my pint glass. Aroma light malt sweetness minimal citrus content with herbal grassy sensations not overly lime it's infact not enough a bit of a mineral character going on here but errily light for all of the description on the bottle about the Kaffir lime influences in this amber wheat ale, which brings up another point it's hard to pick out the wheat character here. Flavors immediately tastes like stems and leave but the lime and citrus appeal is very low here malts are minimally sweet with a bitterness coating the palate without much from the hop department just mediocre here. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied carbonation seems unnatural and covers the tongue with terrible finish. Drinkability not my idea of a refreshing spring ale but hey it's a mass produced amber ale if you want one go try it but I'm not revisiting this six pack especially at $7.50.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: this beer pours a copper-gold color with a slight haze and a 1/2" white head; looks good
Smell: honey and lemon
Taste: lemon; slight hoppiness; a little sweet, but OK
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied
Drinkability: could do 2 in a night

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Photo of laughatdanger11
2.57/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Enticing golden-amber color. Nearly clear. Thin, sheet white head that quickly subsides to a lace. Nicely carbonated.

Smell - An earthy, grassy smell with a trace of citrus and wheat character.

Taste - A light acidity up front, with a low profile hop bitterness. Nothing exciting, almost dull to be honest. Very minimal trace of lime. A slightly sour finish. After taste seemed almost...minty I guess. Not strong.

Mouth feel - Fairly thin, a little too watery for my likes.

Drinkability - Moderate. It was smooth I guess, but a little filling. Nothing really made me want another sip. Kind of disappointed. I suppose the writing around the neck that spoke of lime zest and leaves and green bottle set my expectations of taste a little higher than this beer was able to live up to.

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Photo of dickieb
2.82/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poors a light amber, with about a finger of head. Smells sweet and crisp with some citrus. Taste is also a bit on the sweet side with allot of citrus, and a whole lot more cirus comes in on the after taste. An ok offering from the coors brewing company, i will get around to the other one in my fridge when it gets warmer.

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Photo of gosurfobx
3.82/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twist of bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a amber color with a slight amount of haze. Forms a one finger head that fades into a film. Smell has notes of lime and wheat with little scent of hops. Lime hints the tongue on the first tasting followed by wheat and a slight bit of hops in the aftertaste. Taste is not quite what I was expecting but not that bad either. In the mouth the beer has an above average level of carbination and feels good on the tongue. Drinkable, definatly worth a try.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed dull bronze. Big hefty frothy white head. Retention and lace attributes are good. Decent aroma of wheaty spiciness and orange and lime. Taste like somebody squeezed a lime into an average tasting american style wheat ale. It's not too bad though. It's not real "artificial" in taste, which is what I was afraid of. The lime part reminds me of a margarita. The beer part reminds me of, oh, something like Boulevard's unfiltered wheat. Very unassuming. Anyway, this isn't horrible, but not one I'd need to return to...even on a hot day.

And I guess they've used some Kieffer lime leaves in this one. It's only listed on the bottle in four different places.

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Photo of AltBock
1.73/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle with a label that looks like the other Blue Moon labels, except this one has a picture of a small waterfall located in a Colorado forest next to the big blue moon. The back label has a small paragraph telling the consumer about the beer and the Government warning and barcode below that. If you somehow missed reading the back label, they have the same information around the neck of the bottle. Blue Moon (Coors) really wants you to know about how it's brewed with Kieffer lime leaves and lime peel with Belgian malts. If you look close enough, you'll find a best before date marked where the neck meets the bell of the bottle. Mine was marked best before July 08 07. Poured into a simple pint glass.

This Spring Ale is a light caramel amber color with a thin layer of white bubbly foam that dissipated into a trace of white bubbly rings and lace. Its smell is that of beautiful green pasture during the spring season that has just been recently been burned by a brush fire. I love (hate) the smell of burning green grass in the morning. Once you get past the smoldering green pasture, a hint of toasted malts with a minuscule aroma of lime comes out from the burnt pasture and into your nose. The taste that came out was grassy (not burned grass, regular grass) with malted wheat, burnt hops, a hint of toasted malt, and with the slightest touch of lime peel and lime leaves. You really need to dig deep to detect any kind of lime flavor in this. The mouthfeel was too watery and thin. You could really taste the fine Colorado Mountain spring water in the mouthfeel. It had an aftertaste of burnt hops with a trace of a salted lime peel. I don't think I could ever drink this one again. It was too thin with an aroma of a burned green pasture. If this is the flavor of spring, then I feel sorry for the upcoming spring season.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a decent looking semi-hazy copper colour wit ha big off-white head that leaves more residue on the glass than expected.

The aroma is very bland. A touch of malt, a touch of lime and that's about it, and what's there is quite faint.

The flavour is, well, weird. There's some caramel sweetness, a bit of malt ruggedness, and of course some lime toward the middle and finish, but the lime, whilst not overpowering, has more of an artificial/fake quality to it than a natural flow within each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a touch watery.

This one is going to come out to just about "average" if your looking at it strictly by the numbers, but I don't know that I'd recommend it. There's nothing definitively bad about it, but the balance is off as the lime is just out of place and there's ultimately nothing that good about it either. Call it average, but I can't really recommend it.

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Photo of jettjon
2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 oz. bottle, best by July 8 07 stamped on neck of bottle. Into a pint glass a rather pale and somewhat dusky orangish color with minor carbonation. One-finger head sticks around for awhile, fading to a spotty cap, solid ring, and minor lacing. Nose of sweet malt and spice. Taste of sweet malts and peppery spice. Light and wheaty. Lime? Not really. Perhaps a faint hint of citrus somewhere in there. Mediocre flavor overall. Mouth is bubbly and refreshing, wet, and a bit thin. Drinkability is OK; it’s inoffensive but offers little to bring you back for more.

Overall: Coors continues to impress me with their Blue Moon line. Nothing outstanding here, but certainly a drinkable and even enjoyable brew. Worth a try.

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Photo of Hibernator
2.56/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Blue Moon Spring Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink label on the side of the bottle Jul0807 100 19 N B
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light orange with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glass. Little spots of sticky lace cling to the glassware.

Whiffs of a freshly sliced lime and a hint of Belgian yeast in the background. There is something artificial about the nose.

Moderately acidic on the tongue with a grainy key lime pie quality. Hints of tart lemon and bready malts. The mouthfeel is watery and artificial.

Ehhhh....I don't see myself revisiting this one anytime soon. It became harder to drink as time passed.

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Photo of CplHunter
2.19/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a medium honey brown/copper with the *slightest* hint of haze in it. Large fizzy head which quickly dissipates to a small ring around the edges.

S: After pouring, the first whiff of this reminded me of an empty can of warm macro-swill (think Stroh's) after spending an hour in the sun. Once the head dissipated (and after the shock left my face), it took the aromas with it. A faint malty smell remains which is much improved from the initial offering.

T: The lime comes through as a hint. If I hadn't have read the bottle, I honestly wouldn't have picked it out. It truly lacks flavor overall. I can imagine that tainted tonic water tastes something like this...

M: After the massive head dissipates, it visually appears to come up short on carbonation. What there is of it I'd classify as "tiny bubble" type. It attacks the tongue sharply, like a champagne if you know what I mean.

D: This is all coming from a big fan of Blue Moon Belgian White. Despite all of the minuses I've noted above, I could suck some of this down while working in the yard. But, I'd classify it more as a "refreshing drink" than a beer.

BIA (Buy It Again?): No. Overall, I'm disappointed.

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Photo of becktone
2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this beer and realized that I'd never seen or heard of it before. The kaffir lime leaves really intrigued me. I quickly realized that the only other beer I knew of with kaffir lime leaves in the recipe was Stone's Vertical Epic 03.03.03.

Eye: The bottle brags of a wheat beer, if so then this one is the most transparent I've ever seen. Crystal clear as far as wheats go, I mean there's a bit of haze but I'd really be stretching it to say that this beer is even somewhat cloudy. Color is mostly orange with lots of yellow tones. Perhaps Its because I just washed this glass out but this thing has a huge head. Even pouring it along the sides of the glass at a 45 angle it still became huge real quick. Now that the whole beer is in the glass a two finger head, white a rockier as opposed to creamier. Best looking beer from Coors. Though the head starts huge it, over time, becomes a thin film on the beer.

Nose: Not very interesting here in the way of aroma, some wheat and yeast-like characteristics. Infact almost no aroma at all, perhaps you can get a hint of the lime, but that's only after you've tasted it.

Tongue: Not really much to this brew. Some wheat and grainy/cereal flavors are present with that hint of lime in the background. Also some yeasty flavors, not esters, just yeast. Nothing really to brag about, not bad but not good either. I'm pretty indifferential to this beer. so a neutral 3 is in order. All of the sudden for a sip I tasted some spiciness of hops.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability:Less carbonation in this brew, fits nicely with what Coors was trying to go for I think. Actually this beer has much more body than its brethern of Coors and Coors Light. Its got a pretty sturdy medium body. It goes down pretty easily. Not a beer I'd soon be buying again. Sure, its not bad, but why....when there is so much better? I'm glad I did try it though. Actually, in the Summer it might be quite refreshing, but as for now, I think not. Would be better released as a summer beer I am thinking.This would be a good transition beer for those looking to convert themselves or friends. Not an entirely bad beer but nothing to write home about. Again, I think that Coors is aiming at the regular macro drinking market with this beer. With its small amount of flavor it will surprise and also satisfy those who decide to be "classy." Most likely they'll like it and Coors will have accomplished its task.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.76/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lime in beer? I thought Corona. That was it. So, I started with dread, but I sipped first and poured to enjoy.

Appears cloudy orange with mild carbonation and thin head. Smell left nothing to appetize. There was just the slight lime note but nothing else. Mouth was about average. It foamed well, had a touch of bitterness and left a lime squeeze as an aftertaste and the taste was indeed a nice lime, almost bordering on artifical, like eating lime tortilla chips. It almost seemed like a BM Belgian Wheat with lime, except the malt wasn't as complex as it is in that beer.

Overall, this was a refreshing beer, but not my cup of tea. The lime isn't too overpowering but there is nothing else to merit having this again.

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Blue Moon Rising Moon Spring Ale from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 351 ratings