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 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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Photo of TCMike
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Beer color is medium gold/red. produced a one finger white head, which dissipated quickly.

Aroma is of a farmhouse funk, malts, and a light caramel.

Taste is similar, but with a little citrus, and slight hop presence. Upper, medium carbonation, and a medium mouth-feel.

Drinkable, but wouldn't buy it. It was a gift from a party guest, which thought I might like it, since I like craft beer.

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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 ckollias
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this brew from a 12oz bottle in a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with a white head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a thin white lace.

S: Sweet malty aroma.

T: Similar sweet malty flavor as the smell with a slight caramel backbone.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent red ale.

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Photo of NOLTERN
1.98/5  rDev -36.7%
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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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 Misanthropy_Sipping
1.56/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Picked up a single at The Still in Lincoln. Glad I got a single... just... a single...

Was interested by the "Flanders Red" boast on the label. I've had a pretty bad Flanders in Wisconsin years back, won't say who it was from because the rest of their beers were pretty good. Couldn't imagine anything worse than that one.


Pours a bit light for a flanders, but seems like a good shade for a farmhouse, a bit of a dusty, ruby tone. Quickly dissipating poppy white/pinkish head.

Smell, well... it smells reminiscent of Blue Moon, has an odd Belgian character, but this doesn't seem right. This doesn't particularly smell good, not farmhousey. Smells of somewhat bland beer. Lagery, minerally.



Mouthfeel! ...

Excuse me... ( *pours* )

Overall, forget it. I tasted and tried a few times and even put the Flanders thing out of my head. I just tried to accept it at beer. It was full of lies. Original Blue Moon is fine with me, I'll gladly drink it over numerous other beers in certain situations. But this... What were they thinking! I'm actually a bit annoyed they put the term "Flanders Red" or even "Farmhouse Red" anywhere on the bottle.

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Photo of kaufmaal
2.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Another in the "Expressionist Series," and this one has a bit more character than most Blue Moons, although the character of this beer is not one that I' am all too excited about. The beer pours a copper-orange color, clear, with a wisp of a head. So much for a red ale. There's very little carbonation apparent, and the beer just sits there in the pint glass like a lazy half-cousin. Some sour funk in the smell, french bread, some malt. The taste is more sour than I expected: lemon, vinegar, white pepper, old grains, chaff, dust. Crisp and fairly clean. So what makes this a farmhouse ale? The label, it seems.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.86/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with best by date September 30, 2013 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer from Blue Moon for me. My bottle lists a 5.80% abv, rather than the 5.40% abv listed on BeerAdvocate. Expectations are moderately average to below average, based on what it is.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a dark coppery orange colored body with excellent clarity, and lots of bubbles streaming topside. About a finger and a half of soft khaki froth for a head. No lacing. Looks alright.

S - Smell is pretty bland and typical of something Coors / Blue Moon would do. Amber malt, grains, dust, and a hint of citric orange rind, in the vain of a traditional Blue Moon Belgian White. Doesn't smell bad, but there just isn't enough there.

T - Taste is pretty much all red / amber ale and no saison. Amber malts, grains, and a little bite of tart citric orange rind on the finish. Not exactly something I would label as a farmhouse beer. Hints of the white pepper are noticeable, but it isn't exactly what I would describe as 'spicy' either. Tastewise, it is drinkable, and I could easily see it pairing well with some summer / autumnal barbeque.

M - Feel is grainy and dry, with a bit of bubbly carbonation dancing across the tongue. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, a lackluster attempt at a farmhouse ale / red ale hybrid. It mainly takes the red ale route here. Slight bite of citrus, moderate 5.80% abv, this would be an accessible beer for the beginner "farmhouse" ale drinker before delving into the authentic examples of the style.

Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale ---3/5.

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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 joeboe2001
2.66/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taste and smell were initially disgusting, but improved after sitting in the glass for a few minutes. Like its sister beer, it might improve with a nice slice of orange on top.

UPDATE: Tried it again, this time with a slice of orange on top. Did not improve significantly--best strategy seems to be to let it breathe/warm up for a while.

Very light on the carbonation--brought up a nice head initially, but quickly faded.

A little disappointing overall, but we will finish the 12-pack we purchased. Not great, but not bad enough to pour down the drain.

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Photo of alphagnome
2.79/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

To start it pours a deep bronze color that is pretty clear and hardly carbonated. This one lacks a head and any red coloring for that matter.

Upon initial inspection, the aroma is quite funky (typical of the style) and is laced with coriander and other hard to pinpoint spices. At the tail end, pepper is evident, nearly causing me to sneeze.

Leaves a lot to be desired.. This malty ale plays host to variety of spices (as to be expected following the aroma) with heavy coriander and a bit of vinegar that wraps up with tart raspberry and a dry kick from the pepper. The aftertaste is worth noting here as it is oddly my favorite part of this creation. It's a medley of tart fruit: raspberries, strawberries, cherry and kiwi. The saving grace here is that finish, I like it.

Skimping on the carbonation makes this medium-body beer rather disappointing. However, it is a refreshing beverage that is easy to drink. Bumping the carbonation levels could go a long way towards improving this one.

I like saisons and farmhouse ales for the most part, but red ales not so much... However, I was intrigued when I stumbled across this concoction. With a more potent carbonation and more fruit up front this would be easier to recommend... Perhaps next year?

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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 bubseymour
2.89/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - a dark orange with fizzy 1 finger fizzy head. No lacing and head disappears quickly.

Smell - Honestly it smells like a typical cheap American adjunct beer. Nothing going on here that resembles a Saison / Farmhouse ale at all.

Taste - The tsaste is light and tolerable. Some caramel flavor? Not really a lot going on here at all. Slight tartness but no Belgian yeasty notes or anything normally expected in the style. Some caramel flavor perhaps? Not sure. Also a dryness on pallet after finish.

Mouthfeel - watery and fizzy. Not the best for the style.

Overall - Easy drinker. More flavorful than a BMC but certainly a poorly crafted and poor representation of a Saison/Farmhouse ale. If this is supposed to be a beer that gives the masses a sample of this style, they've completely missed the mark.

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Photo of Spikester
3.37/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber with some ruby highlights. Off white one finger head, spots of lacing.
Smell is tart, fruity, and light funk.
Taste is tart apple with a sweet and sour flavor. Light herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with fairly high carbonation. Slick and tart finish.
Overall an enjoyable quaff that leaves you with a slight pucker.

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Photo of lwillitz
2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - transparent body of orange amber under 3-finger off-white head; moderate visible carbonation

S - funky yeast, citrus, spice

T - apple/pear-like fruitiness, lemon, spice, earthy notes, finishes bittersweet with a drying aftertaste

M - medium body, medium/high carbonation

O - This one's a bit too funky and earthy for my liking.

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Photo of teromous
3.09/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Rich dark brown color with hues of red, holding up a thick fluffy white head that leaves a few lines of lacing. Very transparent and extremely good color.

S: It has the wonderful yet unexpected smell of coriander and notes of vanilla. It's not your typical profile for a farmhouse ale but it smells very good.

T: The flavor is understandably similar to the scent. I get strong coriander flavor and a hint of fruitiness similar to a pear. It is very heavy on the spice and it overpowers the glass. Again it is not your typical profile for a farmhouse ale but it is good.

M: The mouthfeel feels a bit thick and it does not feel dry enough. Otherwise it's not bad.

O: If you're a fan of the standard Blue Moon Belgian White then this should be on your radar. It has a similar flavor profile, albeit a bit fruitier and heavier. If you're a fan of saisons and farmhouse ales, you won't find the depth and complexity that keeps you buying the style. In the end it is a tasty beer, but it would be at the bottom of my list of recommendations for those wanting to try a farmhouse ale. It's just over-the-top on spice.

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Photo of Eando35
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Don't usually like red ale but I got this in a store made variety pack and figured I'd try it. I enjoyed the taste - it was light but had a decent hold to it that you don't see with a lot of red ales - it's either too strong or too light. I drank it directly out of the bottle and didnt get a look at its appearance. However, based on the taste, I picture it to be a light amber with a decent head.

Either way, it was a decent after work beer that I would recommend to someone who's just looking to relax with a one. Wouldn't go out of my way to get another but if I was offered one, I would take it.

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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 bmwats
2.91/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Dark amber. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Slight lacing.

S: Salt water, wood, and nutmeg.

T: Brown sugar malt and old raspberries.

M: Light yet syrupy. Synthetic, pungent finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Dark hue, foamy head, slight lacing. Nose is woody, fall spicy, sea water. Sugary malt, tinted with a washed-out raspberry. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.34/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

"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." Brewed in the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Available in 6 packs and within the Blue Moon Variety packs, this was recently rebranded as an launch beer for the Expressionist Collection.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy golden white head of a light foamy consistency over an orange-amber body with high clarity and ample, spritely carbonation. Retention is a touch above average, and lacing is light and streaked. It's a bit better than the average Blue Moon appearance in terms of head quality, but there's still a lot of work to do. 3.25

(Smell) Granted that I haven't yet tried a Flanders Red, this is probably the most unique and interesting aroma of all the beers in the Blue Moon lineup- there's an expected lightness from the malt, but a genuine vinegar-laden tartness with a charismatically mysterious potency of spiced cherries and apples, following through with a moderate dose of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. This may be an extremely divisive aroma amongst drinkers who are going for something light and approachable- it may be outright offensive and completely unexpected but I find it genuinely intriguing. 3.5

(Taste) There's a lot of the same in the flavor of this beer, a very mild pale malt base with a moderate tartness reminiscent of malt vinegar, finishing out with hints of tart, lightly sweet cherry and subtle holiday spices. Probably the most damning part of the flavor is the lack of a malt body to back it up, which is genuinely a common Blue Moon thing. With that in mind, it is also pleasing to note that should the vinegar notes and tartness of this beer be commonplace to the drinker, the remaining flavors are hardly a deterrent to drinking this beer. A stark white pepper finish is certainly one of the most notable and interesting parts of the experience. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The grandest letdown of this beer comes through the mouthfeel. The texture is mildly arid, chalky, and the carbonation helps so little in focusing the texture any, providing a nearly indiscernible creaminess and little zip. Body is light/medium for the style and medium overall. Alcohol presence is light+, perhaps accentuated a bit by the vinegar. Calling attention to the body and carbonation, these are both so vastly underutilized that it's damaging to the drinkability of this beer. A solid malt body may be one of the greatest fixes to balance this sucker out, but even more important would be a creamy thickness or spritely carbonation to accentuate the spice and vinegar. Either direction would be a vast improvement over the current build of this beer's texture. 2.5

(Overall) Save for some damning texture and carbonation issues, this is a surprisingly unique beer in the Blue Moon lineup. Perhaps not the most drinkable of the bunch based on the homage it plays to unique tart and vinegar-laden Flanders Red, this beer manages some decent fruit tartness itself, and dashes in a modest spice body to round it out. With a carbonation tweak and a bolder malt body for balance, this would be a fantastic alternative to Belgian White, which stands at just a hair above Short Straw as still the best-constructed beer of their year-round lineup. 3.25

Coors' Brewing Company's
Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish to red in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and a small earthiness. In the taste, a sweet caramel malt, with notes of white grape tartness and earthiness. A small bite a a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. Too much going on that does not compliment the other.

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

Appearance: The color was a unique ambery orange, distinctive of saisons. The head was white and foamy, leaving very little lace. Clarity was good.

Smell: My first whiff was of cider and hay. I tried to stay open-minded, considering this was a farmhouse ale, and admittedly, the yeasty/earthy combination did grow on me. Spiciness and breaded malt, while slightly hidden at first, helped to round things out.

Taste: The cidery smell made its way into the flavor, but the farmhouse hay was replaced by toasty-verging-on-roasty caramel. A sweet/sour combo on the tongue did not come across as a flaw so much as it was reminiscent of summer strawberries. The spices and malt continued to keep the balance, and lasted into the finish. Enjoyable, if you're in the mood for something different.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel that was just a bit more heavy than I expected from a saison. The medium-high carbonation allowed for a much-needed refreshing quality.

Overall: Not likely to be everyone's cup of brew, as there's a lot of unique yeast character overshadowing the malt and hops. A lighter mouthfeel would make the beer more refreshing, but it has some sweet, summery qualities that, when balanced with the earth and spice, make for a pleasant mix I would happily mull over once in a while.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.62/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Date tasted: July 6, 2013... Glassware: Ayinger willibecker... Occasion: redemption bottle--could a whole sampler of brews be such a terrible mistake? I messed my July 4th hosting gig with this poor purchase....Appearance: clear, blood orange-red body with a creamy white head that settles in thinly... Aroma: white pepper?! pepper, yes--and the doughy yeast that accompanies a perplexing funky malt--too medicinal to be pleasing... Palate: balanced, drinkable body that doesn't waste time in the mouth; as profiled, a farmhouse that cleanses the palate... Taste: honeyed, candied tartness with a bit of grapelike pucker; competing flavors make for a busy development of drinking--again, not attractive... Overall: a slight redux on the abysmal tastings of the agave and blackberry, as this will hold well enough to encourage a second bottle; a decent marriage with the summer elements can be had here--decent....

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