Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced AleBlue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale
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Ranked #303
Ranked #47,986
3.08 | pDev: 18.18%
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Colorado, United States
Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced AleBlue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale
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Photo of Libeertarian
3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 04/29/17:

Barely clear copper amber with extra-fine carbonated creamy head of medium tan. Sweet like caramel, spicy like cinnamon primarily, light fruity, a little boozy on the nose. Overall, a cross between gingerbread and apple juice. All of this but considerably more tart to the taste, and a more blended sweetness/spiciness. It is good, if not all that complex. Body seems pretty light for what I feel this is trying to be, some sort of Belgian Winter Festival Ale, with soft, abundant, fine carbonation, not quite what I would call effervescent and not really nitrous or creamy either. Velvet I suppose, but it is kind of weird with how light it is.

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Photo of generallee
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams tasting glass.

Appearance: The body has a light amber color with a slight haze. It’s head was small and settles down quickly leaving just a thin ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: The aroma is pleasant and light. It has a light fruity and cinnamon like cereal character.

Taste / Palate: It’s flavor is light and brings some cereal and hay like base notes with some light cinnamon spice and apple cereal like mixed in. There is a very thin caramel like sweetness as well. The palate feels light and a little bit thin but easy drinking.

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Photo of EmGM
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Caramel color
Smell: spices, caramel/toffee, slightly apple
Taste: kinda tastes similar to their other fall beers, but it's spicier, you can taste the fruity flavor from the apple but there is a lot going on. It's a lot of different flavors.
Aftertaste: kinda bitter almost, a bit earthy, very strange
Overall: So I tried this beer for the first time last fall- it is really interesting. I wouldn't say it's fantastic but it's not bad either. Definitely worth the try just very...interesting.

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Photo of Salsashark3d
4.33/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

blue moon isnt a craft brewery. they are owned by miller so its absurd to have high standards for them, But of the low end brews they are the high class. I only had this beer once a few years ago at a comedy festival in Cincinnati and it was fantastic.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Caramel Apple
*from notes
Amber-brown with trailers of white. 3.75
Allspice and a bit of sweetness on the nose. 3.5
Artificial toffee and tingly spice. 3.5
Orange boiled sweet end and clean linger.
Light, crisp, lively. 3.5

-- Thin, fizzy, and simple, with a metallic tang. There’s no need for 5.8% with this amount of flavor. But no OTT nutmeg, so nice enough. A satisfactory winter warmer. 3.5

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a mostly clear, slightly murky copper color with a large 2 inch head that dissipates slowly leaving good lacing on a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is very slight and almost not distinguishable. I get a small amount of an apple smell that is ever so slight.

Taste is ok. Has a taste of spice mostly clove, nutmeg, allspice, those types of spices up front that dissipates to a malty sweetness in the middle of the taste and into a slight spice in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium fullness with good carbonation.

Overall, Im not impressed. It is an ok beer but not one to write home about.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

They reached out to their fans for this one and this was the winning idea, no too far off from their Harvest Pumpkin Ale. They have the potential to reach so much further but safe seems to be the game here and safe it is. We get the spiced part, it works. The “Caramel Apple” is missing a bit much and the flavors come off as not meshing well, discombobulated. Hohum.

STYLE: Spiced Ale
ABV: 5.8%

LOOK: Deep garnet amber hue, clear and bubbly, decent head

SMELL: Nutmeg, faint cinnamon, slightly bread, ghost-like apple, vague sweetness

TASTE: Pie spice, mild caramel maltiness, mild apple flavor, bready, very clean, hint of warming alcohol, grapenuts, semi-dry faded spice finish

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

A semi-aggressive pour produces about a 2 inch billowy, creamy head. Moderately sticky. The beer is a pale amber with moderate carbonation.

Nutmeg is readily discernible in the aroma and flavor- it's just a touch overdone (easily done with this spice, which produces a soapy taste). I don't perceive much of an apple flavor. Overall, it reminds me of a "pumpkin" beer that has no pumpkin flavor- just overdone spices.

This manages to be drinkable, but I wouldn't want to drink more than one at a sitting. It could definitely use more apple flavor and less nutmeg. Purchased as part of a variety 12 pack, and not nearly as good as the cinnamon horchata ale I just reviewed.

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Photo of TheMarkE
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance: Caramel colored, decent but quickly disappearing head. Lacing is fair, and there's a little bit of carbonation going on.

Smell: Spice. Almost smells like a pumpkin ale.

Taste: Cinnamon, caramel, malts.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slightly sticky. A hint of apple in the aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. A little different, a bit funky. I don't see myself ever ordering one, but it is drinkable. Kind of a variation on a pumpkin ale more than anything else.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.46/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours opaque copper amber. The thin khaki head quickly disappears completely and leaves almost no lace.

The smell is of caramel malt, cinnamon and a hint of apple juice.

The taste is of grains, cinnamon and apple juice.

The texture is light bodied with medium carbonation.

Decent. This offering has potential. But, in classic Blue Moon fashion, the aromas and flavors come across as watered down and underachieving.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.39/5  rDev -22.4%

Looking forward to this brew. Caramel apple? MMMMMM.

Serving style : 12 oz glass bottle poured into glass for appearance.

Appearance (3) : Whoa, foam almost overflowed on this one. Like a rootbeer float, you know? Deep caramel color with a fluffy yellowish white head about three fingers high. As it recedes it leaves a few licks of lacing. Again with the moldy appearance left on top after the foam recedes. Unappealing, a bit like the Harvest Pumpkin Ale. Knocking it down half a point for that.

Smell (2) : Sour rotten grains, hint of rotten apple, touch of caramel. Some plastic left in the hot sun. Smells a lot like the Pumpkin ale but somehow a little more rotten. Slight booze in the nose, too.

Taste (2) : Not at all like caramel apple. Boozy, light nutmeg and caramel flavors, mixed with an artificial granny smith back taste. Smooth and drinkable but my initial response is to want to pour this one. Not enjoyable one bit. It is slightly more tolerable out of the bottle.

Mouthfeel (2.5) : Creamy with an underlying carbonation. Carbonation is sharp and nettlesome.

Overall (2.39) : A fail. I do not like this beer Sam, I am. The moldy appearance on the top after the head recedes is so off-putting, it's like I left iced tea in the den and forgot about it for 4 days. The flavor is awful, and the mouthfeel isn't far ahead of it. If they sold this in six pack bottles people would demand that this be taken off the market. I'm glad I only got two of these in my variety pack.

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Photo of indigosand
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

There was an oddness to this flavor that I just couldn't place. Slightly bitter, lacking something. The spices overshadowed the usual pleasant warmth and fullness of the wheat. I didn't taste any apple, only a hint at what should be caramel but came off more chemical in taste than treat. Not a flavor I would choose intentionally, and coupled with the farmhouse red, it will probably keep me from buying any more of the fall cases even though I enjoy the horchata and pumpkin.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2/5  rDev -35.1%

After the surprising qualities bestowed upon me with Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale, a pleasantly subtle and delicious spiced brew, I'm anxious to see how Blue Moon does Caramel Apple Spiced Ale. Let's light it on fire.

Appearance - Dark red, amber color; pours thicker than I initially expected but, given its caramel nature, this isn't too surprising.

Smell - Surprisingly little in the nose, similar to Cinnamon Horchata, aside from some cooked/toasted grains, maybe. All I can really distinguish. No evidence of caramel apple whatsoever.

Taste - Heavy and funky, with some faint caramel taste sneaking in, but creamier and soapier rather than sweeter and savorier.

Mouthfeel - Leaves a rather pungent aftertaste, unlike the Cinnamon Horchata, which blows this one out of the water, with its quiet inclusion of spices and grains.

There's a reason this is a limited autumn release, as it's so far the weakest fall seasonal I've had.

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Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this hiding in my fridge. When I poured it it has a carmel color body with a very little head. The smell is very faint of cinnamon and I get a grain also. The taste has a cinnamon up front and as it warms up the apple comes out. Mouthfeel is good and overall it reminds me of Christmas drink.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
1.88/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

reviewed from notes 8/29/12
clear medium to dark brown copperish color, smells malty, slight wheat aroma with hints of tart apples. Medium carbonation. apple and caramel flavors very muted. taste more like spiced apple juice mixed with crappy beer in the forefront with a sweet aftertaste. thanks again for the disappointment blue moon! no caramel flavor what so ever... LAME!

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Photo of BierJager89
4.24/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Translucent mahogany with an off white head.

S: Caramel (akin to what one might smell in a Scotch ale), cinnamon, maybe some apples or maybe it's just a general, non-citric fruitiness, in the nose.

T: Caramel, malts, a bit of general fruitiness, nothing citric, some cinnamon.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Not the best beer in the world , but certainly underrated due to the fact that it's brewed by coors. Their beers are often decent, even above average. This is my personal favorite, and it is much better than most of what they make. Definitely worth a try, given the price tag.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.34/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

A- pours clear & bright copper color with a huge foamy white head that retains for a good bit after the pour

S- the caramel malt is noticeable, also picking up some cinnamon & nutmeg with apple core. Aromas are subdued for the most part

T- right off, I find myself wishing for more caramel malt flavor, as it pretty subdued. The apple and the cinnamon do play nicely off of each other, I must wish the overall flavor profile was stronger

M- medium body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel from the everlasting head, creamy smooth finish

O- this had the potential to be really good, but like most of Blue Moon's creations, it just seemed watered down and lacking any strong malty backbone

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear light amber color, decent sized head that fades quickly, no lacing.

Smell has a more pumpkin-y beer aroma than caramel apple, picking up touches of cinnamon, the spicing is quite fragrant.

Taste starts out with a mild caramel malt front, the spicing while strong on the nose is fairly weak on the tongue, finishes with a weird metallic finish, carbonation is medium-high with a pretty thin body that makes this beer too watery.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.61/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and a fairly good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of spices, breads, and some juice. Taste is very spiced, juicy, bready, and sweet- certainly flavorful. Also, there is a nice grain aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale finishes mostly dry, sweet, somewhat cloying, and easily drinkable. Overall, this is good, and it is outstanding for a flavored beer. RJT

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown with an off white head.

Smell: Mild smell of malts, caramel, and citrus, no apple.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste was watered down cinnamon and caramel with malts.

Overall: Not a very exciting beer. I would not waste my money on this one again.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.92/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained from Chris during Big E. Been saving for that right moment. Thanks!

Poured into a Tree House Brewing Willi Becher glass, formed a short-lived 1/4" beige head over the clear dark amber brew. Head is promptly down to an uneven skim, with leggy somewhat lasting lace. Aroma is sweet but minimal.

Taste is an artifical sweet upfront, a fleeting apple tartness in the middle, and closes with moderate spices and bitterness. Mouthfeel is okay, and drinkability is kind of knocked for me due to the spicing, although hard to fault, it's in the name of the beer. Have to admit, not as bad as I feared, although that's not particularly a glowing review.

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Photo of Caj1
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Blue Moon Fall 12-pack Sampler, this beer is slightly above average but not truly worth noting. It's good a couple of times, but if you're going to be pounding the brewskis all night (or even more than just one or two) then you may tire of this pretty quickly.

Brown bottle with a brownish label (complete with caramel-dipped apples, cinnamon sticks, and an apple orchard on the front) this pours a nice and very clear dark copper-golden-brown and leaves about two fingers of head that dissipates in about two minutes or so, leaving a good deal of film on the surface; Lacing is minimal. The nose, however, is a bit disappointing. I don't know if it's my underperforming schnoz, but all I smell is spice (cinnamon), a LOT of grain and bread, and a light whiff of apple juice.

The taste, however, makes up a lot for the underwhelming scent. I'm hit immediately with the caramel malt they advertise on the neck label, a good taste of sweet-tart apple juice, and the spice does more to compliment the flavor than overpower it (a la Harvest Pumpkin Ale). There's a lot of bread, but that's okay and I'll forgive them for it; cold weather is a lot nicer to bready beer than warm weather ever was. There isn't a great deal of hops to speak of, but what little there is serves to ground the flavor with some earth and bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing but a few of these is more than enough.

So there you have it. It's good, definitely something I would try again, but there are better options. However, the apple flavor gives a nice kick and is definitely my favorite part of the flavor profile. Give it a try.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of Scarvingdozen87
4.52/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Great caramel apple smell! Smells just as if I was going to a shop for caramel apples!

T: Tasted like a faint version of caramel apples. Great caramel malt with a hint of crisp apples in background.

O: A great fall beer! Wish the caramel apples would come in 6 pack instead of the bluemoon variety pack. Must try this beer! Sensational flavor!

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Photo of scratch69
2.72/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a half a fingers worth of head. Light amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Faint aromas of caramel, apple, and citrus.

Taste- Sweet caramel malt with some spices for balance. Just a hint of apple flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

Overall- I don't think these flavors work well in a beer. This is my least favorite Blue Moon offering and I won't be trying this one again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.67/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Best before 1/13/14.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spice, caramel, and slight apple aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and apple 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 and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that displays the characteristics in its name but everything is quite subdued all around.

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Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 451 ratings