Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced AleBlue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 444
Photo of Scarvingdozen87
4.52/5  rDev +46.3%
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 Salsashark3d
4.33/5  rDev +40.1%
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 BierJager89
4.24/5  rDev +37.2%
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 RobertW
3.81/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This should be at least an 80. A very good seasonal offering from our friends from Colorado.

Look is a nice caramel...not real dark but not horse piss yellow.

Smell is just as the title says...a spiced apple smell.

Taste is a seasonal Autumn like flavor...spiced apple and beer. Just as advertised.

Overall a very nice seasonal beer representation

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just put on the shelve today at the local store. Part of a 'make your own 6'. Pours a rich copper color with a whitish/tan head. Very little lacing is seen. The aroma is of sweet caramel, cinnamon, apples and grain. The taste is pretty much the same. Very tasty and goes down very easy. No bad aftertaste and gets you in the mood for autumn and football baby! Really liked this one!

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Photo of EmGM
3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
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 tjsdomer2
3.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks to me like apple cider. A bit of foam, not much carbonation.

Smell: Faint fruity hops with some caramel. It does smell like vaguely like a caramel apple.

Taste/Mouthfeel: You know what, I actually like this. Good flavor balances overall, especially since this mixture could have been a cloying mess. Theres initially a nice apple crispness and bite with some honey or caramel in the background. It's definitely beer.

Overall: Coors did a good job with this. Definitely a winner as far as novelty beers are concerned.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked DEC2412-E051011453. Sampled on September 1, 2012.

The pour is a handsome looking reddish-brown with a long-lasting cream-colored soft head. Decent clarity.

The short description of the aroma is sweet but in more detail there are notes of baked apples, caramel malts, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and molasses.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste and the aroma have much in common with sweet caramel malts, apple, spices, and a lower bitterness that lingers for a moment and then fades off. Altogether this is a decent offering from Blue Moon.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.61/5  rDev +16.8%
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 DrinkingDuck
3.57/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A clear reddish-brown color with an off white head of about 1 inch. Light visual effervescence.

Smell- Caramel and Cinnamon immediately noticeable with apple and hints of yeast secondary, all lingering throughout, even after the finish.

Taste- Caramel, spice, and malt initially presenting with light apple taste presenting immediately after, blending together on the taste buds to create the Caramel Apple taste as stated in the name.

Mouthfeel- Light Body, with medium carbonation. Almost no alcohol warmth contributing.

Overall- A decent attempt on a liquid version of the seasonal Caramel Apple favorite with cinnamon and nutmeg added in the mix.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into craft pub glass

A - 4+ fingers of cream-colored foam atop a transparent body of amber; moderate visible carbonation

S - cinnamon, sweet caramel, grain, apple cider, hop spice

T - lots of caramel malt sweetness, cinnamon, apple cider, spice and bitterness from the hops keep things balanced and interesting; balanced finish

M - slick light/medium body, medium carbonation

O - Not my favorite, but not bad. Decent for the style.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.52/5  rDev +13.9%
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 TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery snifter.

I wasn't sure whether to list this as a fruit beer, a spiced beer, or something else, so if anyone wants to change the style, feel free. Either way, I've been looking forward to trying this stuff since it was put out as a test batch a while back. It pours a clear amber-garnet topped by a finger or so of tenuous dirty-beige foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, caramel, and, way in the back, some light green apple flesh. Yeah, I could see that being spiced caramel apple. The taste focuses on the caramel and cinnamon, adding here and there some light clove notes. There's a vague sense of what may or may not be apple in there as well, but it may just be wishful thinking based on the label. Regardless, there's definitely some sort of fruitiness in there. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a seemingly grainy feel (it's really not grainy, but it seems as though some ground cinnamon is floating about in suspension...seriously...). Overall, this may not completely live up to the billing, but it does deliver on the spice, and, in that regard, it ain't half bad. I'd have another...

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Photo of Caj1
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Spikester
3.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with about one finger of white head. No lacing to be seen.
Smell is light apple spice some herbal hops.
Taste is slightly tart apple with a touch of cinnamon. There is a bit of herbal hop bitterness in the finish. The Blue Moon character seems to be present in this entire variety pack.
Mouthfeel is slick and medium full. Carbonation level gives some pepper on the tongue.
Overall a tasty brew from Blue Moon. The spicing was actually pretty subtle. Tasty summer beer.

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Photo of Raime
3.46/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours ruby red with half a finger worth of head. Leaving no lacing. Smells of fresh baked apple pie crust, With some pumpkin thrown into the mix. Is this an apple pie in a bottle? Tastes like apple pie crust with a huge hit of cinnamon. Would be wonderful if it weren't for the MASSIVE sweetness that hits during the swallowing. The mouthfeel is of strong cinnamon, And an absolutely choking sweetness. Overall, this beer is just too damn sweet. Seriously, TONE IT DOWN. The flavors were pretty good though.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.46/5  rDev +12%

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 nukem5
3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rich dark color with a thick layer of tan foam on top. No lacing at all but really thick and creamy looking

S: Aroma is of malts apples cinnamon, great blend of smells and slightly like a candied apple.

T: Taste is a nice balance of flavors Cinnamon then apples and fading to malts.

M: Body is medium with a silky thick almost syrupy feel to it.

O: Overall a good beer for fall by the bonfire just chilling with friends or whatever. Great value for the low price really amazed this is a Coors product.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.34/5  rDev +8.1%
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 ckollias
3.34/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

S: Spicy apple and caramel malt aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a caramel and spicy apple flavor/

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting brew – well spiced.

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Photo of Kooz
3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with some foamy white head that leaves a sticky lacing.

Smells like cinnamon, but not caramel or apple. I fear this wont be balanced well, but we shall see.

A brief bitter bite recedes into a strong cinnamon flavor with hints of caramel behind it. Aftertaste is apple and cinnamon; by this point the cinnamon tastes powdered--almost, but not quite, gritty.

Fll-bodied with good mouthfeel. There's no bite and it foams up nicely. There's a nice warmth in the aftertaste too.

I like this beer and would hope that it becomes a regular seasonal. Nice offering from Coors.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%

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 Cylinsier
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a deep, clear reddish orange with an orangish quarter inch head, fine, which dissipates to a lacing and remains there indefinitely.

Smells of caramel, cloves, cinnamon and a light vegetable bitterness.

Tastes of dry malt and light hints of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Vegetable bitterness in the aftertaste. Very late in the aftertaste there is finally a hint of something like caramel sweetness.

Medium to light body with light effervescence on the roof of the mouth.

Average but not great spiced ale. Despite the caramel and apples in the name, neither is really present. The spices come through nicely though. The biggest problem is the flavor which is just a little bland. I expected this beer to be too sweet but it could actually stand to be a little sweeter. Overall, not a terrible beer, kind of interesting I guess, and something I will surely finish off, but Coors needs to work a little harder if they want to compete with the micros.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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 dbrauneis
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some golden hints when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium patch of thin film with the majority of the surface of the beer covered by a very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is sweet with some moderate notes of caramel malts with some light fruit (apple) and spices (nutmeg really stands out).

T: Upfront there are strong flavors of caramel malts with some light sweetness and some light fruits (apple) as well. There are lots of spice notes - nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish but it fades quickly.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A little too sweet for my palate but still enjoyable - they achieve what they advertised, there is a definite subtle hint of caramel apples and spices. Easy to drink and was a hit with several of my NYC area evacuees (and hosts).

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Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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