Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale | Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red AleBlue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale
766 Ratings
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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Added by Humulus85 on 06-09-2012

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2.77/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Best before August 19th, 2013. Expectations are below average given the brewery - which I highly highly doubt can pull off a saison. 5.8% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with twist-off pressure cap acquired as part of a seasonal Blue Moon variety box earlier tonight at my local Von's grocery store and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I think the 12 pack cost something like $14.99. Expressionist Collection.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor; overcarbonation is anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head - disappointingly thin - with no cream at all and of bad (~45 second) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent dark amber-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Poor lacing. No bubble show. Really misses the mark for a saison. Not sure what this is, but it looks poor for the style. Still, it's not awful in a general sense; if I weren't judging it as a saison I'd see little wrong with it. It's not unique or special; we'll call it an average appearance. There are no overt flaws (outside style conventions).

Sm: Strawberry fruit syrup extract. Off-putting medicinal sweetness. Sugary. Some tart artificial fruit - a highlight here. Berries. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Any hop character is minimal so as not to be noticeable; likely generic floral character. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Not a great aroma. I'm curious about the fruit notes; they could be either good or bad...

T: Mediocre, actually. Some mild sweetness. A slight hint of tartness when you really look for it. Berries. Minimal hop character. Generic malts form the body. Not as syrupy as the aroma suggested. Nor as medicinal. It's actually just plain boring and bland. Dreadfully simple. The little flavour that's there isn't bad, and it's balanced in its bland simplicity. But it lacks boldness and/or inspiration. I'm far from impressed. Not at all what a saison should be, even if it's purportedly mixed with a Flanders Red. This comes off as a middling fruit beer; no more, no less.

Mf: Smooth. Wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Weak and somewhat thin. Disappointing lack of body. Shoddily constructed.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. I'll happily down the few bottles I have, but this is rather mediocre. It's terrible if you judge it as a saison, but in a general sense it's just a pedestrian fruit beer. I wouldn't get it again. I'm glad I tried it though. Another mundane brew from Blue Moon/Coors.

Low C

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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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3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
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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2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -36.1%
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 -1.3%
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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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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