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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by phishsihq on 01-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,428
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
473
pDev:
16.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
94
Trade:
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3/5  rDev -2%

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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of BrianCuoz
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of StLThrash
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Light amber, not much head - maybe a finger, and no significant retention or lacing.

S - Nothing spectacular. I don't get a lot of the citrus / orange which this beer is marketed as. I do get more wheat / malt in the nose.

T - Again, just OK. Not refreshing as I'd expected with the description. Typical amber ale, with some wheat to make it kinda like a Blue Moon, but I think it fell short with the added valencia orange peel / spices.

M - Average. Nothing special. Kinda dry.

O - Not bad, but not that great. Worth a try, but I wouldn't waste money on a sixer... Maybe add it as a part of a mixed six at your local beer store.

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Photo of mynie
1.53/5  rDev -50%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is something that sounds absolutely fine in theory but somehow remarkably gets screwed up.

Blue Moon is totally okay. It's not so good that I balk at putting an orange slice in it, however, as it's a little boring and the citrus livens it up nicely. So, naturally, a pre-mixed Valencia Blue Moon should be nice.

But the Valencia tastes very strong and very chemical. It's not even orgeat syrup; more like someone chewed up some orange Starburst then sprayed them with Lysol to disinfect them and then dumped them into a batch of a middling wheat beer.

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2.23/5  rDev -27.1%
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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3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Burnt orange color with a thin head on top.

Very BMC like smell with some wheat and orange peel notes.

A heavier wheat presence with orange. Not actually too bad. A touch of hops on the back side.

Carbonation feel is great, lighter medium body, very dry finish.

Drinks easily, just not the most interesting. The orange is evident and the overall beer would be on the slightly adventerous side of novice. Could see how people would like it for warmer temps.

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of thecheapies
2.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light amber/iced tea color. Surprisingly crystal clear. Inch and a half of foam on top. Held pretty well, too.

Prominent coriander and pilsner-like malt grassiness. Faint citrus peel. Hop bitterness comes through, partly lost in metallic notes. Missing a more prominent ale yeast profile. Lager-y.

I taste bitterness, fake citrus, and nickels. Very thin wheat profile, thin malts in general. Hops haven't really contributed to flavor other than some grassiness. Hard to imagine that they were going for an orange-y amber ale. Shaking my head over here.

A little too fizzy, but the body isn't terribly thin. Dextrin-y for this style.

Biggest penalty incurred right here. Poor. Avoid.

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

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2/5  rDev -34.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of scratch69
3.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with half a fingers worth of head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Wheat grain with hints of orange citrus.

Taste- Wheat malt flavors with caramel and citrus notes. Mild hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Slightly above average beer, but still not as good as a regular Blue Moon.

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale from Coors Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 473 ratings
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