Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Valencia Amber AleBlue Moon Valencia Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
coors.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by phishsihq on 01-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
472
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.03
pDev:
17.16%
 
 
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10
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3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev +1.3%
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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2.25/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of metter98
2.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of caramel malts, wheat and orange citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the mixture of flavors isn't very pleasant.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I didn't really enjoy the combination of flavors as they didn't seem to have a good balance that were palatable to your taste buds.

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2.23/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded screw-top cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; a lot of people like to bash Coors, but I think Blue Moon isn't all that bad. 5.9% ABV confirmed. Best before 06/03/13.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated; hell it'll probably be overcarbonated.

A: Pours a three finger, beige colour, thin head of no cream and below average (~1 minute) retention. Body colour is a yellow-copper. Semitransparent; translucent.

Sm: No yeast or alcohol comes through. Light light light caramel malt. Light amber malts. A touch buttery. Light to mild in strength.

T: Buttery toffee. Light caramalt. Clean barley. No yeast notes or alcohol come through. Imbalanced and mediocre. Simple. Lacks complexity or subtlety. Kinda crappy, to be honest. Clean. Maybe - maybe - a touch of brief orange; but it's as crap an orange note as you'll ever find.

Mf: Smooth, wet, light, and poorly carbonated. Not crisp enough for the style. Suits the flavour profile poorly. Clean, at least.

Dr: Drinkable but severely underwhelming. Dareisay crappy - and I do. Yeah, this kinda sucks. Definitely wouldn't get this again. It's far worse than ordinary Blue Moon. ABV is hidden alright. Another poor beer from Blue Moon.

High D

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3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of zeff80
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of oranges, lots of them. Some toasty notes.

T - It tasted of orange - less strong than the aroma. Some sweet caramel and toffee.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was interesting, but I don't think I need to have another one.

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3/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -1%

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2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.07/5  rDev +1.3%
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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2.62/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear light to medium amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with just a light touch of orange citrus though there is something slightly artificial about it. Some notes of wheat as well.

T: Very similar to the smell, there are light to moderate flavors of wheat and caramel malts upfront with some lighter notes of orange/citrus (though it is not a citrus hop but more of an artificial orange flavor). Light bitterness that fades pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I did not have very high expectations for this beer but I was still slightly disappointed - I really like Valencia oranges and I could not really detect that smell or flavor at all. Easy to drink but really nothing special and the flavors do not seem to integrate well together.

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2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a handsome amber color with a very thin foam in the big Duvel tulip. A whiff of custard. Lightly carbonated with fine bubbles. The mouthfeel is thickish. Something like malt with some caramel. Reminds me of Hawaiian bread, kind of sweet and doughy.

I don't taste oranges specifically, but there is a citrus tang. It's more like a fruity bitterness with a touch of yeast. I can't say there is anything really wrong with this, it just has an odd, persistent flavor without much beery refreshing quality. No trace of hops, which would be odd for an Amber Ale, if that's what this is. It seems more like a bleary and bloated Witbier. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Ralph's Supermarket in San Clemente.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.31/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Date code: JUL1513.

Appearance: Pours out an amber-hued body, great clarity, with a not-so-great, very thin, white head.

Smell: Sweetish scent of toffee atop bready, scantly grainy malts with just a tickling of wheat and a juicy orange topnote.

Taste: Toffee-laced, bready grains, moderately sweet adjoined to a sip of everyday OJ. Minimal hop character, bitterness. Slight wheaty accent here and there. Orange peel taste on the back-half and into the drying, zippy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: While the VAA is not exactly bad, I just wasn't exactly keen on the flavors presented here.

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2/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Slatetank
3.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked this up a part of a mix-a-six at Giant in Linglestown, poured chilled into a tulip.

The color is copper with good clarity and thick tan cap with average sized bead and stringy lace. The smell has a bready aroma with mild yeast and malt esters with light citrus tinge. Mouthfeel is gently malty entry with semi-high carbonation and mild sweetness with light yeast tanginess and semi-dry finish with light alcohol presence.

The flavor has a slight nutty toastiness with mildly malty and slightly caramel notes with mild citrus element in the background with a gentle yeast creaminess and element of biscuit in the finish. Overall, not too bad, but this was pretty plain and ordinary which is not something I would want to purchase again- just ok drinkability wise.

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2.06/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I love being able to buy singles. I can then review the beer and if such is my wont, I can buy more of the same. I am not a fan of buyer's remorse, which is what generally ensues when I buy in quantity.

From the bottle: "This copper-colored ale is crafted with roasted malts, Valencia orange peel, and a touch of wheat for a smooth taste with notes of citrus."; "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."; "Taste Responsibly" is negated by the presence of a fruit slice garnishing the glass. I thought that it already tastes of orange - are they suggesting a) gilding the lily, b) adding a different fruit or are they just mindless?

Onward! My initial pour netted me two-plus fingers of fizzy, tawny head with negligible retention. Nose was soft, definitely with a wheat presence underlain by a light citrusiness. Color was a deep amber/light copper with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was soft and silky, terms that I usually do not associate with Blue Moon. The only problem was its lack of any real flavor. I did not get caramel either on the nose or in the mouth and the orange was so lacking as to constitute a waste of the Valencia orange peel prominently mentioned on the label. Finish was semi-dry, but so what? The astounding lack of discernible flavor left me wanting more. Not more of this, but more beer, like one with something that I could taste. This was as bland as white bread.

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2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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