Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red AleBlue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 765
Reviews by archyquaffer:
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3.27/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served from a 12 ounce twisty cap bottle into a Shaker pint glass. The colorful label juxtaposes the historic with the modern, combining a sturdy peasant house in the foreground with modern machinery harvesting an expansive, yellow field of grain in the background. The beer is described as a blend of a farmhouse ale and Flanders Red brewed with hibiscus, coriander and white pepper. The ABV is listed as 5.8 percent. A moderate pour produces about 1/4 inch of head, which dissipates quickly, leaving a thin lace that doesn't stick to the sides of the glass. The color is an orangy-amber.

The aroma-flavor is quite strong with a flowery scent provided by the hibiscus, spices, and, perhaps, hops, along with a fairly complex fruitiness reminiscent of raspberries and apple. A rich biscuity flavor is apparent in the background, with a pleasantly tart aftertaste. The apparent sweetness is perhaps more a product of the hibiscus and yeast than any residual sugars. The hops are barely noticeable in the aftertaste, in competition with the lingering tartness. The beer is moderately light-bodied and easy to drink.

I drank one or two of these over two nights before this review, as I find that I have to condition my palate to this type of brew. I was put off at first by some of the fruity, flowery flavors furnished no doubt by the hibiscus, but after downing a couple I could see drinking this on a hot summer afternoon after some dry, dusty work in the fields.

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3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams tasting glass.

Appearance: The body has a medium amber color with a light haze. The pour produced a small just off white head which quickly settles down to thin wispy layer.

Smell: There are some hints of bready maltiness with some vague fruity notes in the background.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is light and clean overall. Its flavor matches the aroma. The feel is a mild light bodied and easy drinking beverage with matching light carbonation.

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1.75/5  rDev -44.1%

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3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Decent head, decent lacing as well. Reddish amber hue shows a bit of clarity. Light breadiness, hint of tartness and a neutral nuttiness in the aroma ... expect a bit more. Nearly perfect smoothness, a tad creamy ... medium bodied. Maltiness is a bit thin, mild tartness reveals little and does not really go anywhere. Very modest hopping, grainy with a toasted character throughout. Finish semi-clean and dry with an almost steely after taste.

I expect a bit more from this beer ... not much but as usual this beer lands flat like the others from Blue Moon. Approachable to the masses which is what they are all about.

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4.75/5  rDev +51.8%

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2/5  rDev -36.1%

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2.97/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish Brown with a thin off white head. A lot of carbonation.

Smell: Mild hops. But mostly grassy.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste is watery with earthy grassy notes.

Overall: This one is ok. I won't be going out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of NOLTERN
1.98/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I poured this from a bottle into a pint glass. The colors of the label along with the description really threw me off from what this beer actually is. With the red label and the word straw house, I thought that it would be fruity (bringing to mind strawberry), and being a "saison", I expected fruity esters at the very least. Of course, this is a coors product and not a true craft beer, so I cannot say that my dissapointment is not well deserved.

The head disappears quickly.

The smell is metallic and does not have much going on. It brings to mind rusty copper.

The taste is thin. I detect almost no hops.There is that metallic flavor again, and the grains were either cheap, stale, or paired with large amounts of corn syrup.

The mouthfeel is decent. Like the flavor it is thin, but it has a slight creamy characteristic.

Overall, I think that this beer would make a great new substitution for the current coors recipe, but as mixture of saison and flanders red, this beer falls way short of being even remotely close to either style.

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3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours dark red-amber; clear with a fairly durable head.

Aroma is neutral rather than appealing, but then I am not a fan of most farmhouse ales.

Taste: an appealing fruity flavor with a sweet/tart balance leaning towards the tart side. Hints of strawberries. Tame and mild for style.

Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

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