Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

Blue Moon Valencia Amber AleBlue Moon Valencia Amber Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #1,224
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
71
Ranked #47,380
Avg:
3.07 | pDev: 16.94%
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
478
From:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Spring
Wants
  10
Gots
  96
SCORE
71
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 478
Reviews by Jeysun23:
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3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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Photo of Billolick
3.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info. Part of the "seasonal collection", not sure which season they are talking about.

LOOK: Pours clear amber, with a copper hue. Light tan head, that stays, leaves a thicker collar and moderate thicker blobs of lace.

SMELL: Notes of oranges dominate the nose.

TASTE: Oranges again come to mind. With some bready/toasty notes. With a strange, burnt plastic note in the finish...nasty

FEEL: Medium, with carbonation on point for the style

OVERALL: Meh, fake "craft beer", fake "seasonal" beer. Would do, in a pinch, ice cold on a hot day, or not.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is grain, bread and a little bit of orange. The flavor is more of the same, with quite a bit of sweetness from the toffee and bread malt. There is a hint of orange, but basically this is just a beer full of grainy sweetness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Certainly nothing special.

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Photo of chinchill
3.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle with a June 2014 date stamped on the neck.
Pours clear amber with a large and creamy tan head that has good durability and leaves fine lacing on the glass.

The sweet aroma is malty and musty with hints of orange and yeast..

The flavor is a little subdued but balanced: light bready malts with hints of wheat, orange juice, orange pith and grapefruit.

Feel: Light-medium body with good, soft, medium-high carbonation.

O: slightly above average at best. Refreshing but perhaps best suited for transitional (towards craft beers) beer drinkers.

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

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2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Our Valencia Grove Amber is crafted with roasted malts, Valencia orange peel, and a touch of wheat for an uplifting orange, caramel aroma. It's the perfect inspiration for taking advantage of the season." Brewed in the style of an American Amber ale. First released in Spring 2013, this is the newest Blue Moon spring seasonal. Available in both 6 packs and the 12 pack mixed variety.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Blue Moon pint glass. Served north of 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a sudsy golden-white head over a mildly hazy orange body with substantial busy carbonation in tow. Retention is below average, surface cover is shallow and there is no lacing. While many of these visual flaws aren't surprising across the Blue Moon line, they set the appeal that this beer has apart from more heady and robust Amber ales. 2.5

(Smell) Pale, clean malts base with a pinch of mild bready amber malt depth. Moderate levels of herbal and citrusy hops and a semi-potent orange profile, probably Valencia if I had to venture a guess. The orange is a bit rind-like despite a mellow tartness, but focal in the build of the aroma, which is overall simple but approachable. Potency is medium at best. 3.5

(Taste) Moderate breaded malt profile reminiscent of German styles (Munich) with a pinch of lightly toasted caramel grain and a light syrupy toffee sweet finish. Where'd the orange go? It's almost completely gone past the nose, if anything remains it's a pinch of orange juice that contributes nothing aside from sugar into the forward malt body. Hops are also subdued in flavor, bitterness does a decent job at rounding out the flavor, yet it's still settled on the sweet side- not by a bothersome margin. As anticipated, drinkability is very high and few off-flavors are discernible, which is amongst some of the highest praise I can give to this beer. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Malt profile is slick from some light syrup and a touch chewy from the biscuity and bready malt profile, carbonation adds a bit of fluff but no significant creaminess, keeping the body slick and feeling thick. Body is just shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet but you wouldn't be able to easily tell. Drinkability is naturally high. It's not a bad texture, although a more busy carbonation wouldn't kill this beer. 3.25

(Overall) Blue Moon seems to continue putting out styles that have me guessing at other styles. I found the malt-forward, German-oriented grain choices indicative of a mild, drinkable bock beer, very clean and smooth drinking with a light enough body to be a good session choice. As usual, I'm pleased with the malt side of this beer despite an elevated sweetness and underwhelmed by just about everything else. The namesake Valencia never really came into its own and the hop profile, while offering some decent bitterness and balance, doesn't contribute any flavor depth either. If you can fight past these wasted chances for increased flavor and depth, you may find something to enjoy in this beer. 3.25

Coors Brewing Company's
Blue Moon Valencia Grove Amber
3.26/5.00

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4/5  rDev +30.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of MaximalC
2.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours burnt amber with modest head and minimal lacing. Aroma has a hint of orange that accents an otherwise indefinable musk. The initial sip is actaully quite nice, with a pleasing crispness introducing a tame caramel malt flavor. The whole thing falls apart on the back end though, where the palate is flooded with the taste of stale wheat and alcohol. The body is also a little watered down in my opinion. This beer has an almost Belgian aspect to it, but it's so inexpertly done as to be hard to appreciate. I guess I'll give Blue Moon a nod for trying something different, but the result wouldn't stand up against a quality craft beer.

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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2.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Best before 6/24/13.

Label calls this one Valencia Grove Amber.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and a slight citrus aroma. Taste is much the same with earthy, spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is fairly drinkable but sort of boring all around.

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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2.3/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer was mediocre at best an atemp at a craft beer

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 71 out of 100 with 478 ratings