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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
coors.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Humulus85 on 06-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
766
Reviews:
109
Avg:
3.13
pDev:
19.17%
 
 
Wants:
12
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154
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2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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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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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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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

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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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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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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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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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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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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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1.75/5  rDev -44.1%

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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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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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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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3.71/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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