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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 1/6/14.

Pours a clear orange-red with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but I am not getting any sort of the Flanders Red aspect that this is supposed to have.

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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 kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -11.5%
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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Photo of chinchill
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color, with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strawberries, light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of strawberries and caramel. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in along with some Belgian yeast breadiness. The hops presence is mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, it’s flat out just a very mediocre beer overall.

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Photo of mactrail
2.86/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the most coppery colored beers I've seen. Clear with a fine carbonation, well made in that regard. Sparkly mouthfeel. Fruity, lemony aroma.

They call this an "interpretation of a Farmhouse Ale blended with a Flemish Red." Uh-- does that mean it has Belgian yeast? Something of a citrus taste with sweet fruit punch. The first couple of sips seem interesting, and then it gets cloyingly sugary plus that icky aftertaste.

Overall this is rather sweet and it has that same dirty, raspy hop finish of so many industrial brews. Is that some kind of cheap hop extract, or do they just buy "bittering agent" from the janitorial supply house?

This is not really bad tasting but it's at the bottom of the scale compared to actual Farmhouse Ales. From the 12 oz screw-cap bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquors in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Took a flyer on this as part of a mixed sixer... BBD 17 Mar 14

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with a thumb of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness, green apple peels

T: Follows the nose, some caramel as well up front & pears as well. More pears & a bit of caramel & white pepper as this warms & some jolly rancher green apple, & dryness. Finishes dry, a sweet with more jolly rancher

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, overly firm. Skews too sweet for the style

A flawed attempt at the style, but drinks pretty easy despite that. This would still be the best beer available for the most part around here for at least ten miles, sigh...

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Photo of Jason
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Alright, screw the haters, I thoroughly appreciate this attempt by Blue Moon. It pours a mostly clear auburn topped by a relatively short-lived finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises perfume-y wheat and flowers, sharp (and general) sweetness, and a touch of what I can only describe as peach blossom. The taste holds notes of cracked wheat, coriander, very mild vinegar, sweet caramel, and a vague assumption of Belgian yeast. Overall, this was a relatively ambitious brew from the BM folks, but it just didn't work for me. It's too muddled and schizoid for my tastes, but I still see some value from it.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

I found this at Mari's Six Pac 'n' Mor in Reading, PA last Saturday and I agree with BeerGoot's assessment that Blue Moon has changed the label and the marketing of this beer. This is the Update Request that I just sent: "It is now sold as "Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale" in their "Expressionist Collection" series. Hopefully, this will clear the miasma of fog and confusion that currently surrounds this beer.

From the bottle: "An intriguing interpretation of a Farmhouse Ake blended with a Flanders red, with hints of white pepper and a tart finish."; "Farmhouse Ales were brewed for the diligent farmhands that drew the short straw and had to work the arduous harvest. Our brewmaster's expression blends the spiciness of a Farmhouse Ale with the tartness of a Flanders Red for a remarkably refreshing finish."

I am astounded that Coors is branching out like this! I have long known that they were capable of doing so, but to actually see it is amazing. I will be up front and say that, along with Hefeweizens, Saisons are my least favorite style. Hey, more for everybody else, I suppose, but I just ain't feelin' it.

My pour generated a finger of dense, rocky, tawny head with remarkable retention. Color was a deep coppery-red with NE-quality clarity. This represented a change of pace for me as I am used to Saisons as being on the low end of the SRM spectrum. Cool! Nose had that characteristic earthiness to it that comes from Saison yeast, but accompanied by a slight funkiness. Did Coors really make this?!? Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was kind of muted for the style. I was getting a mushroom-y earthy flavor on the tongue and it was not unpleasant, but decidedly different. Finish was very dry and continued to evince an earthiness which was not bad, but not something that left me clamoring for more.

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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 tdm168
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - dark, clear amber with a quarter of an inch of offwhite head that has decent retention; a lot of carbonation bubbles rising to the top

S - grains, sweet, caramel malt

T - caramel, faint baked apples, very mild lactic impressions

M - medium bodied, a bit crisp

This is better than I had anticipated from the nose. I don't get much tartness from the Flanders Red nor are the lactic impressions very forward. I also don't get any of the promised white pepper. This beer to me doesn't at all seem like a "farmhous red ale" because I don't any of the notes I would expect or want from either style. What I get instead are the impressions of a toned down Dubbel with caramel malt notes and fruity esters. In the end, it's definitely better than most beers marketed under the Blue Moon brand, but it's still not up to par.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Farmhouse are from Coors is decent. It poured a clear amber with white head that dissapated over time and left no lace. The scent had a hint of floral bouquet. The taste had a hint of apple. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of jwc215
3.09/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by September 03, 2013:

Pours reddish-amber - towards mahogany - with a thin head that eventually dissipates. A little lacing sticks.

The smell is of toasted caramel - slightly burnt - with banana.

The taste is of toasted caramel with bananas, some grain. There is a tart finish.

It is light-to-medium bodied with medium carbonation.

It's a different saison. The style varies greatly, but this hardly fits, though it does have an acidic touch. Odd, but drinkable.

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Photo of stevoj
2.64/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Somewhat sweet and cloying beer with strawberry notes. Clear reddish with minimal head, aroma is sweet , taste is berries and sweet malt. Abrupt finish, very dry.

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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 Stinkypuss
2.89/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

LOOK: Clear peach colored brew, pours with a fizzy short lived head that is gone in 60 seconds.

SMELL: Living up to the name, straw is the biggest component in the nose. A little bit fruity, and somewhat sweet. Commendable for the faint fruity note that was nice, and it did really smell hay like.

TASTE: Though the bottle claims this has elements of a Flanders red ale, there is little, if any evidence of that in the taste. Tastes like a grainy macro brew, with rice, malts, corn and wheat. There is a very light tang in the finish, but the flavor is more or less wheat driven.

FEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated, but watery. No finish.

OVERALL: Not a terrible beer, but not what it says it is. It's just another shade of the same general product, as usual. Aptly named indeed, they drew the short straw on this one. Coors is trying hard to be craft here, but fell way short.

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Photo of Zorro
2.4/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear red colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smell is malty with some burnt sugar aroma. Toasted bread and a faint plum aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet with no particular after taste. Slight sourness in the after taste. Not much to taste here.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, worst beer in the Blue Moon Spring variety pack.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.24/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped SEP3013-F05101709. Sampled on June 14, 2013.

The pour is an attractive looking deep amber with reddish notes more easily noticed when held to the light. Good clarity.

The aroma is mainly of hop notes, some citrus, and a modest biscuit malt sense.

The body is a tad under medium with a mild creaminess.

Malts can be found in the taste with a more noticeable fruity character followed by a clean, crisp hop finish. It has elements of a farmhouse but is not quite there.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before December 10, 2012 stamped on bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a clear amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is light tart berries, flowers (I guess that's from the hibiscus), and a little bit of spice. I think the taste is just like the aroma, but it's stronger in comparison. It's a bit tart, spicy and flowery. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. This was better than I thought it was going to be. I wouldn't make a point to find it, but if you can find a single of it like I did it's certainly worth trying. $1.79 a bottle.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - A ruby amber color much darker than I would expect for the style. Average lacing.
S - Smell is mild sour dough, lemon peel, a bit of wheat, and lemongrass.
T - Much more metallic even for Blue Moon standards it does have some funky bread, sour lemon and peel, with some wheat and lemongrass. Much more muted and unbalanced than it sounds.
M - Medium and kind of hard to drink despite the session able ABV.

Overall for $1.50 it was a hard single to pass over but I would never consider getting it again considering I have had better rep's of the style. Just because BMC can afford to do crafted styles doesn't mean it is worth it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deeper amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades fast leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall but has notes of a bready smell mixed with some hay like and grassy aromas as well as the more traditional Blue Moon aromas of citrus, coriander and a bit of yeast.

Taste – The flavor starts out with a sweeter flavor being of orange, cherry, and apple greeting the tongue. These flavors initially present and sweet upfront, gain more sourness as the taste advances. As the beer sours more so too comes some light spice flavors as well as a bit of a grassy hop taste. In the end a higher proportion of the flavor shifts to the sour apple taste, leaving a tart fruited flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average to slightly chewier side for the style with a carbonation level that is on the averages side. The average to slightly above average body is nice for accentuating the lighter sour and tart flavors of the brew, while the carbonation does nicely to keep them from becoming too overpowering on the tongue.

Overall – A easy drinking farmhouse ale but a little lacking of some of the desired characteristics of funk that I am looking for in a brew such as this. It is tasty, but if looking for a big saison, then this is likely not for you.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before 7 April 2014.

A: Two fingers of tight, creamy head top a clear amber-copper beer. Notable effervescence. Pretty.

S: Sharp and unfortunately metallic, but with a pleasantly yeasty-orange undercurrent. The hibiscus is legitimately detectable.

T: The 'hibiscus' is sour and upfront, masking an odd beer. The yeast is faint, and only distantly spicy or funky. Disappointing. Otherwise, it tastes like a witbier...coriander and wheat. A bit thin, with less carbonation than expected.

O: I think perhaps this would be a much better beer ice-cold and from the bottle. Not the disaster I was expecting, but not recommendable.

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Photo of Brenden
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This saison, if it really is, is almost a straight amber color. A very light tan head doesn't quite reach one finger in height and falls off fairly rapidly, though not immediately. A bit of spotty lacing manages to stick to the glass.
The nose is light and it's not so much funk I detect as something very lightly musty, grainy aside from the fruity sort of sweetness. A little floral aspect is there underneath. The fruit/must/sweet combo actually is most like peaches. Interesting.
More fruity sweetness is forward in the flavor. There's some tartness and a very light touch of must to it. It doesn't go too grainy. Peach, again, interestingly, seems the main element. The finish is floral and isn't unpleasant.
The body is light and, while it's a little thin, it's not terribly so. It's crisp without biting too hard and a bit smooth but it flattens out some at the end.

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2.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep burnt amber with a finger of off white head that faded into a fuzzy film. No head retention, no lace.
S: Tons of spices followed by bready malt and some sweeter dark fruits and berries. Slight tartness.
T: Caramel and bready malts, syrupy red cherry juice, slight dry cherry skin tannins, faint oak, lemon, black pepper, Belgian style yeast, and faint citrus in the finish. The aftertaste is almost spicy with flavors of white pepper, red grapes and damp earth. Some medicinal and sugary/syrupy lingers long after the swallow.
M: Frothy foamy carbonation bubbles up on my palate, but at least it's smooth. Medium body, "juicy" sweet and slightly spicy mouthfeel.
O: An interesting blend of styles, but this beer didn't really do it for me. Fruit flavors tasted syrupy and the overall flavors were bland. Maybe better off with a saison and Flanders red by themselves.

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