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

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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 765
Photo of bullwinkle88
4.73/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the STAR of the variety pack for sure. I haven't tried many saisons, so let that speak to how true to style it is. Semantics aside, what we have here is a delicious beer. Pours a beautiful ruby color with a mild head. Smells like fruit, spice. Not really carbonated but bubbles on the tongue like crazy, tastes of orange and PEPPER! Like pepper spice. So incredible. I could literally drink enough of these to kill a large steer. Delicious. A+. Please sell in a standalone 6er!

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Photo of tippiecanoes
4.55/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried the Expressionist Collection: Farmhouse Red. It has hints of Coriander, Hibiscus and White Pepper. When you smell this beer it smells a little like cilantro (coriander), which is why it has that orange/citrusy smell. I loved this beer; the flavors were delicious and it was just an easy beer to drink. It was light and not bitter like an IPA.

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Photo of spynkz
4.43/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a winner...whoever dunnit deserves a medal..You know what the problem here is...
TART, the sourness which lingers...was it Vinegar? It can't be Hibiscus!!!
Dear Blue Moon, please reduce that tart, make it like 1/10 of what it is now, and then thank me.
This is a world beater...I would have it any time of the year.
Btw, I created this account coz I think their flagship beer tastes like water compared to this...I am mad that I am getting my 12 packs only at one shop in the whole of 3 counties of the Bay area!!!!
Cheers for the 4th time...

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.4/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle dated August 19 2013.

Sweet, malty floral aroma. Poured deep copper/brown with full beige head. Head lasts a few minutes, spotty lacing. Taste is crisp slightly bity and sweet, like a Lemonhead sour candy! Tangy tart mouth feel, nice finish. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Caj1
4.28/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the Blue Moon Fall Sampler 12-pack, this beer pours a lovely reddish-copper that gives a nice, cream colored head that takes a couple of minutes to fully dissipate and leaves a lot of lacing both on the surface of the beer and on the side of the glass. Carbonation is pretty good with lots of bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell is sweet and malty with a nice hint of hops, nothing more. Taste is much the same -- hops are backed off quite a bit which is actually quite fine for this kind of beer. A little bit of earth and some very nice citrus notes and that's it. The real flavor is in the spicy and tart flavor of the beer, where the signature orange peel of the Blue Moon brewers is front and center. Sweet, bready malt is next, and this beer, brewed with white pepper, is fragrant and peppery. Mouthfeel is crisp and light.

Overall this is a particularly refreshing and delicious beer and my favorite from the Harvest sampler. Just a shame it's so hard to find.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of Rhf9120
4.26/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this in the winter sampler which really confused me as this is definitely not a winter beer. Has a hoppy aroma not much citrus there. The flavor had hints of citrus and the white pepper with the hops dominating it. Overall not a bad beer but as i said before definitely not a winter beer.

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Photo of jesseejames
4.26/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a delightful beer. The aroma is very fruity with hints of raspberry. The head was adequate with nice lacing. It has a wonderful reddish golden color. It has a nice light crisp taste that follows on down. A wonderful crisp mouth feel that is hard to describe.
This beer is a nice addition to a hot afternoon siesta and snack of chips and salsa. It is one I will be drinking a lot this summer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.09/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the best Blue Moon offerings I have had, by far. I guess it comes out of their "Farmhouse" line, so I suppose I gotta try more of these. I was very happy with it's red-tinged hue, it's distant smell of sweetness, and an overall great tasting beer.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Translucent dark brown with a mocha head.

S: Nose is faint with raspberry and maybe some wheat and a touch of fruity Belgian yeast esters.

T: Quite fruity, raspberry is definitely there. A touch of wheat, a touch of lemon.

M: Light bodied, not smooth, but far from harsh.

O: Pretty good, way underrated, as are many blue moon beers. Don't let the name or the rating discourage you. It's less than 2 dollars a bottle and well worth a try. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.05/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a blue moon variety pack for a quantity over quality night. This one was a nice little surprise. Decent looking beer with an outstanding smell and really good taste. Enjoyed it a good bit and would certainly try again if I see it individually.

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Photo of mando_thegreat
4.02/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really, REALLY like this beer. I took a few extra sips while rating it , just so I can taste it again. The taste, mouthfeel, smell is all in perfect ranges. I strongly suggest this to anyone. Even to a not often beer drinker. Blue Moon has once again lived up to their expectations. I got this in the sampler pack. I will have to find it in its own pack and purchase. The Hibiscus flavor is strong , in a good way.

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Photo of RonKoch
3.84/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't fully appreciate Saisons. I've tried a few and been underwhelmed. It's just not my thing. So I'll usually pass in favor of something darker, thicker, richer. But today I stopped at a C-store and this Short Straw was the only interesting looking beer in the "beer cave". I didn't realize what style it was supposed to be until I got it home. Working through this 6-pack, I'm thinking, "It's refreshing, easy going, and happiness producing." Overall, I'd suggest that what the folks at Blue Moon have done here is provided a "gateway" brew to the Saison style.

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Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Review based on the assumption that “Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale” is the same beer as “Farmhouse Red Ale”; same beer different packaging and change of name? ABV is listed as 5.8% on the label, and no "born on" or "best by" date. It's also listed as part of their "Expressionist Collection".

Dark copper body topped with a thick, creamy, lasting head. Vibrant, spice and fruit aroma. Malty, slightly tart and spicy flavors. Light and soft mouthfeel with a relatively dry finish.

This was an interesting surprise as once I saw it was Blue Moon as the brewer, I wasn't expecting much. The taste was especially noticeable, combining green apple, cinnamon, and chili flavors underpinned with a nice malt and bread-like (yeast?) backbone. Smooth and favorable with a multitude of subtle flavors to discover and savor.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.79/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer snobbery aside, here's what I think: Pours to a thin head that leaves some lacing. Color is as red as a beer can be without containing red fruit or food coloring. Clear. Aroma is crystal malt and some fruity notes in there as well. Flavor is tart, malty, but not sweet or hoppy, except for a faint aged hop taste. Acidic finish. Mouthfeel is light and moderate carbonation. Overall, nice malt features, sort of different, very good for a mass produced Saison from Coors.

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Photo of rcmooney
3.77/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Ruby red, cherry like amber

Aroma- Dried raisins, dried cranberry, dried cherries, wood, pepper/spice

Taste- Mild malt backbone with tastes of dried stone fruits, cherries, sweet and tart, small finish of hop bitterness towards the back of the tongue

Mouthfeel- medium carbonation, medium body. The tartness of the beer plays very Nicely on the tongue

Finish- Beer finishes slightly dry with a lingering tartness inviting another sip. Drinkable

Overall- This is a really interesting beer and I like it a lot. An extra spicy and dry profile from a farmhouse yeast would add a really nice balance to play off the sweetness and tartness. I feel like this beer would be excellent to pair with several oriental cuisines such as Thai and Chinese. It would also pair well with dried stone fruits, cherries and a nice dry cheese or Brie. EMP

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.66/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a whim. 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
Pours a mostly clear deep reddish gold with a smallish off white head that doesn't stick around very long. Aromas of light sugar, spicy wheat, and a hint of cherry tartness. The flavor follows the aroma, its a light tart spicy beer. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick tart mouthfeel. Not too shabby, nothing earth shattering, but pleasant and flavorful enough to enjoy.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expected golden color, but could have a nicer head. It had a mild smell of slight sour fruit with a minor hop finish. Smooth on the front with decent hop and sour fruit taste on the end. There was a slightly bitter after-taste after each drink. It was unusually easy to drink for a farmhouse thanks to the red wheat and fruit finish. It is a bit watery and tame for a farmhouse.
Admittedly, I wasn't feeling good about this one due to the brand. I'm probably in the minority on this beer, but I liked it. It is more red ale than farmhouse to me, but that might explain why I like it.

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Photo of Wargaunt
3.54/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into Pilsner Glass.

This appeared to be a clear red ale with a light head and light carbonation.

The smell had hints of orange/citrus and a dry red ale fragrance with hints of floral.

It tastes more fruity than a tradition red ale with a citrusy lemon/orange twist. It does leave a tart wheat after taste.

The feel on the mouth was light with an even amount of carbonation.

Overall this is a good to great ale with a nice alcohol% kick that rounds the experience. I will suggest this as tasty get-together drink that works well with chicken wings.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.54/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBD 8/18/14. Clear amber pour with a nice dark ruby hue. Strong head with very good lacing and retention. The nose has soft orange/lemon notes over a tart pepper-like background. Light medium bodied with a nice smooth texture. Above average carbonation that effervesces quite well on the finish. The flavor profile is laid back, but has a well balanced complexity. It begins with a citrus tartness which progresses to a light caramel sweetness. On the crisp finish, the coriander and pepper are noted along with a touch of spicy hop flavor as it effervesces. A good solid ale that leaves you with a touch of spicy heat at the back of the throat..

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits and spices. Taste is fruits, malts, some spice, refreshing and very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall would be a good choice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from one of the local grocery stores.

A: A nice amber color but it has poor head and retention.

S: Malty with a little hop. Some fruit as well. Nice.

T: Malt, fruit, pepper and some sweetness. Complex but not great.

M: Smooth with some richness. Nice carbonation.

O: Pretty decent for a large brewer. Worth trying.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear red-brown, with a respectable head and lots of individual bubbles.

S: Deliciously fresh and crisp. Sweet apple and strawberry with some great floral notes. Surprisingly vibrant.

T: Still has great fruity notes to start off with, but the finish has a grainy background that brings it down, in a negative way, just a bit.

M: Nice and crisp yet almost creamy, good carbonation to add some zest and really bring it to life.

O: Surprised and happy that Coors could pull this off. Deviates from most other saisons I've had, in a good way. Some might call the sweet fruit flavors (opposed to dryer notes) an easy way to make a refreshing saison, I say why not? I don't see this variety in stores much, but when the weather calls for it again I'll keep my eyes peeled for this great valued and refreshing beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

this is one of the better blue moon incarnations, with quite a lot going on. it has a crazy nose that's tart and fruity, as well as brightly Belgian, and even a little funky. the label says white pepper notes, and when I take my first sip, that's the very first flavor I get on my tongue, dusty white pepper powder, quite nice, and very different. it blends into a sort of flanders red acidic tartness that finishes nice and dry. there is a saison kind of feel to this, yeasty and bright, well carbonated and plenty drinkable. however, like all blue moon beers, there is a weird gut feel, which is different from the excellent mouthfeel. it sits in my stomach a little heavy, and I don't know if its the yeast or what, but it makes me a little rumbly in my guts, which limits the drinkability of this otherwise intriguing and delicious summer red ale.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/19/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - sunset orange, lots of carbonation, thin, white head. Lacing is poor.
Smell - a blend of sweet and sour.
Taste - light and tart. A bit refreshing, but not something I'd want to have more than one of.
Feel - the sweet, tart and light feel is not something I seek out.
Overall - nice price point, but nothing else entices me about this beer.

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Photo of scratch69
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear copper color with two fingers worth of quickly disappearing head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Faint aroma of malt and citrus.

Taste- Starts with some malty sweetness that turns slightly tart about mid-sip and finishes with a hint of orange peel and white pepper.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation and a crisp finish.

Overall- This doesn't seem to be good example of the style, which is fine by me as I don't enjoy the pepper flavors associated with a saison. A decent enough beer that I might try again.

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