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 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 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 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 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 Landar
2.86/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16C - Saison

Aroma 7/12
Immediately hit with a strong candy strawberry aroma. As it warms it gives way to a strawberry wheat aroma. There are no hints of hops whatsoever.

Appearance 3/3
Amber red. Clear. The ocassional bubble rising to the surface. Big frothy off-white head with excellent retention. Very slight stick to the sides that quickly washes away. Excellent head retention.

Flavor 12/20
Clean watery profile and sweet strawberries with a light tartness all immediately hit. Slight hop bitterness and a sweet-tart strawberry lingers for a short while. As it warms the taste is first sweet strawberries and a touch of wheat followed immediately by an almost overpowering pepper flavor with a strong tart strawberry finish. There is just the tiniest hint of some kind of light hop bitterness. The aftertaste is overwhelmingly pepper that burns the tongue. This gives way to a strong tart strawberry with a lingering light candied strawberry.

Mouthfeel 3/5
Dry finish. Light body. Medium-high carbonation. The pepper burns the tongue making the mouth pucker instead of making for the expected refreshing finish.

Overall Impression 4/10
Lowering the amount of pepper would make this far more palatable. If there are any other characteristics than pepper and strawberry, they are lost. The additional light spices, citrus notes, and malt profile are entirely absent from this style.


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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 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 gotweid
2.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This ale has a reddish, brownish look. Small head. Aroma of sweet roasted nuts & bread. Tate is light in all areas. Somewhat tart, light on hops, malt is stronger than the hops and stands out as the dominate taste. Fig? Flat, dry mouthfeel. Not much else stands out. Not great, not bad.

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Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had this in the seasonal sampler. Kinda threw me off, as this is a summer beer. Real out of place considering I had winter beers surrounding me. This one was somewhat fruity and sweet. Somewhat hard to say what kind of fruit it was. It wasn't a citrusy flavor I can tell you that, but I milder, mellow fruit flavor that didn't pop out at me.

This one confused me. Not really sure what they were going for with this. Didn't really have the character of a red ale in my opinion. Average at best.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a best by date on it. Poured into a wine glass.

Look is a dark amber color with a slightly creamy head with minimal retention and lace. Smell is noxiously sweet cereal grains, plastic, some spice, roses. Sweet, with a hint of the Flanders tartness, it actually finishes malty and somewhat complex: hazelnut, figs, spicy yeast, and mossy hops.

An interesting beer from Coors(!?).

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

Pours a clear amber with a decent head, and decent lacing. Pick up some light breadiness, and nuttiness in the aroma. Creamy and medium bodied. Malts are there but weak, and I get some tartness. Hopping, is there but not prominant and there is also some toasted character and finishes dry

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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 thecheapies
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Another amber-colored brew with bronze-red tones. Less carbonation showing in the middle, leaving more on top. A solid breachable cap of a finger's width slowly simmers away, but proves to leave something tangible behind.

Super-perfumy in the nose upon first treating. Hints of farmhouse yeast spriteness with floral tones and red ale character, sans the hoppiness. Some light toast, some flowery sweetness with white tea notes, persimmon, and the quietest flutter of candied ginger. Smells benign, but disappointingly unlike a true saison.

The taste is just off. Too sweet. Thin maltiness that is overpowered by a mucky excuse for a saison yeast. Very unflatteringly floral, like sipping on cheap perfume mixed with beer. It has a strange off-putting burn toward the finish. Soppy to drink with a restless body and quaintly wrapped carbonation presence. There might be a slight tartness that's hard to pull out because of the red grain push and offsetting sweetness. Hops are mildly citrusy with a gummi grapefruit note that absorbs too much of the attention. Doesn't settle entirely too well.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - It is a dark amber color, with a decent head.

Smell - It is some sweet malts, with a fruity/herbal tea smell to it.

Taste - Like the smell, with a nice spiciness to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied beer.

Overall - Well this is my first time trying this type of beer, and I actually enjoyed it; since its nice to have something different once in a while.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a golden brown color with some ruby hue. two-finger head that reduces to a foamy layer that lasts long after the pour

S- Tart nose of grape, vinegar, some fruity esters, not really picking up and traditional saison aromas, more Flanders than anything

T- light fruity tart notes, some sweet malty notes, dry finish with not much else going on

M- light body with moderate carbonation, slightly fizzy mouthfeel with a dry finish

O- If I didn't know before hand, I'd never know that this was a farmhouse ale, no traditional flavors of the style. I did pick up some Flanders red ale characteristics, although is seemed watered down

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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 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 RonaldTheriot
3.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale has a thin, cream-colored head, a somewhat hazy, rust color, streaming bubbles, and little-to-no lacing. The aroma is of fairly pungent, sweet, grain, with a background of indistinguishable spices. Taste is of rather sweet malt, white bread, a touch of pepper, and spices. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, and Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale finishes semi-dry, sweet, and easy going, but ultimately a bit dull. Overall, for beer in general, it is average, but for a flavored concoction, it’s very good. Worth a check-see.


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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light amber color with a thin head, head fizzes away very quickly and leaving no lacing, seems very carbonated just no head retention.

Smell is very sweet and my first instinct is... SKITTLES! It smells like skittles! The mixture of the malt, light fruit and whatever yeast has combined to a skittle-y aroma, not that I mind that since skittles used to be my favorite candy (now replaced with peanut butter cups), not much of a hop presence though.

Taste is not skittles unfortunately (or fortunately for some), sweet malt front with an adequate amount of spicing that follows up, carbonation is medium-high but closer to the middle range, body is slightly lacking, hint of a peppery finish, not overly sweet like I had initially expected.

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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 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 gestyr
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pub glass.

A: Pours a nice clear and bright orange-red with a head that slowly fades to a coating on the top.

S: Slight spicy smell

T: Very subtle. Slight spiciness, very slight sour tang

M: Light mouthfeel with ok carbonation

O: Very middle of the road. It would be refreshing on a summer day while doing yard work. Nothing really outstanding about it but it was not bad.

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Photo of Hex
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Before I begin, I have seen plenty of people bashing this beer... Im going to keep this review 100% unbiased.

A- Its red... kinda. Almost orange but in a beers case its red. Very translucent and the head doesn't last that long as previously stated by so many. The lacings aren't the worst though. Better than I expected so thats a plus, right?

S- The smell is very spicy! Like this beers name could be Alejandro. Lots of spice and just barely nabbed some citrus notes here.

T- Some spicy fluid this one is. Cilantro as soon as it hits the back of your throat... (this isn't hard to do for blue moon though) and some coriander as is listed (also not hard to do for blue moon) but this recipe is far from their original. Im not paying any mind to the title really but if I did it wouldn't quite be the farthest thing from a flanders red as people have been reviewing. (Maybe I got a better batch) haha

M- Very carbonated and medium... the carbonation helps the beer go down as if it were a light bodied beer, which I don't mind at all.

O- Overall this is a beer worth the money if you decide to just close your eyes, shut out all aspects of what you might expect from its title and enjoy... Yes it could be a better beer but it isn't a bad one, and for that, hats off to Coors! (Kidding)

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Photo of Cavanaghty
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 bonkers
1.64/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours with a reddish/golden hue, quickly fading white head. The aroma is faint, straw, wheat. The flavor profile is weak, tasteless. It does not have any flavors of a saison or Flanders red. the body is light, good carbonation, easy drinking. Taste like a light wheat beer, avoid it.

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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale from Coors Brewing Company
3.13 out of 5 based on 765 ratings.
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