Cold Spring Moonlight Ale | Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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Cold Spring Moonlight AleCold Spring Moonlight Ale
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Cold Spring Moonlight AleCold Spring Moonlight Ale

Brewed by:
Cold Spring Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by KeefD on 04-27-2008

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by Strand:
Photo of Strand
2.17/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cold Spring Moonlight Ale is a brown ale brewed in Minnesota. I bought a sample pack of different Cold Spring beers, because I'd never had that brand before, and I always heard ads for it on the radio.

I like brown ales. Truly, I do. But this has got to be one of the poorest excuses for a brown ale that's on the market. It has a rotten taste and it smells bad. 'nuff said. Some of the other Cold Spring beers are ok, but this one is not.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.23/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm...this is definately not an American Brown Ale but more like a Euro dark lager or bock. Here's why. Appearance is a clear ruby-brown with an off-white head that settles to a thin ring around the edges. Aroma is a faint caramel blended with barely a hint of noble hops. Taste is a wonderful burst of bready malt full of caramel and melanodins found in Euro dark lagers. Restrained noble hop flavor and bitterness allows those malts to step forward. It finishes smooth and a bit dry so that the sweetness is not overpowering. I could drink about 4 or 17 more of these. Like I said, this is surely in the wrong category of American Brown Ale and definately worth seeking out if you like malty dark lagers.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.46/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big 32oz can for 3 bucks? What's not to like?!

Pours a nice deep copper and sprouts a big fluufy tan head that slowly recedes to a 1/8inch cover and leaves splotchy lace.

Aromas of soapy vanilla and yeast? Yeah, sort of a hollow yeasty smell.

Taste had an initial hit of aluminum and grain..Subsequent sips lost the metallic taste. Also has mildly sweet malt and a little roastiness at the finish. Mouthfeel is on the light side and pretty slick. Nicely carbonated.

ABV isn't listed but I'd tend to think it's fairly low since this 32 oz can had about the same effect on me as a 16.9 Polish strong so I'd figure on 4-5.5% or so.

Not a bad deal for the price all things considered.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I bought it because it's in a can-bottle. Poured minimal head on a dark brown body.
The aroma has a mild roasted malt with a little crushed grain.
The flavor has a mild sweetness from the roasted malt with a mild bitterness at the finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Well, it tastes like an average porter was mixed with an average amber bock.

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Photo of morimech
3.06/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown with ruby tint. A large off-white head forms atop the beer and has good retention. It does settle to a thick cap. Moderate amounts of lacing is left on the glass.

Not much for aromas. A little roasted malt and nuts. Very faint.

Has a roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate and nuts. Has a clean finish. Does not have big or complex flavors, a bit dull.

The body seems to be thin but the carbonation isn't harsh so it is ok.

Nothing wrong with this beer but it is rather uninteresting. No need to buy this beer again.

The Cold Spring website states this beer is a blend of a porter using Cascade hops as bittering and Tettnang hops for aroma and a bock using Mt. Hood hops. Seems to be an odd combination.

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Photo of WolfKeeper
1.89/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked this 32oz can up on a lark. Low price and large size should have tipped me off to the contents, even though it was prominently displayed with other quality micros at my local beer store. Nice graphics for a canned beer, reminded me of Leinenkugel labels.

Poured a dark amber with a fluffy head. Smell of fruits, cherries, caramel.

I could get past three mouthfuls before it went into the sink. Even the wife couldn't stand more than one. Little body, bad finish that tasted of metal.

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Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of yamar68
3.55/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This whole series from Cold Spring has become my go-to disc golf beer. Each one I've tried has been more than decent, it's cheap and it's a big old can... gotta love it.

Pours an oaky amber orange with a slight off-white head, average lacing. Nose has some mellow, sweet malts. Toasted bread, sweet grains. Pretty nice. The taste is smooth, subtle. Subdued enough to drink a 32 oz can. Just a dialed back version of a high quality black and tan. Totally drinkable. Not too sweet. This beer is a bargain.

Serving type: big ass can

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Photo of bigbeers84
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of kkmiller76
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of patre_tim
4.15/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with a ruby tinge, filtered so you can see through it even though its dark, medium carbonation, 3 fingers of fluffy tan brown head.

S: Fruit cellar, American craft brew meets musty cobwebs in an attic scent, some dark Munich Dunkel hops reminding me of this style in scent and appearance, light faint dark chocolate and coffee scent.

T: I get the porter like qualities as well as the amber, largely making it taste like a lighter version of a porter. I get the chocolate, stout like qualities and coffee, as well as tar and burnt rubber notes near the end. Also, American amber comes through as well through the entire body. The medium roasted slightly citrus qualities of this style also present. Very pleasant, very drinkable, keeps me coming back for more.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth yet dark and complex.

O: Great look, love the huge can, many porter like qualities in the scent and taste, and the amber qualities mix well with this in the taste. Really impressed over all and want to keep sipping. Glad to have found this one a Paul’s in China.

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Photo of MillRat
3.06/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a double-pint can into what else? Two pint glass for SWMBO and me. Nice amber-brown beer with a cream-colored head that fades to a persistent ring that doesn't leave much lacing behind. Aroma of malts and toffee, no hops yet. If I had to put this in a category, I'd lean more toward a session-ABV scotch ale. Lots of caramel and toffee, and the hops are only there in a supporting role. The body a little on the rich side for true sessionability. Over all not a bad effort, and a decent beer in a package that will get into places that ban glass bottles.

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Photo of cofeeguru
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of potownbill
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottom line on this brew is that it is non-descript.
Appearance: clear brown, thin off-white head, dissipates quickly
Taste: Sour fruit, tart maltiness, but overall not very complex at all
Smell: bready, some sourness
Mouthfeel: decent carbonation, but on the thin side.
Drinkability: Certainly not a drainpour, but not something I wanted to savor.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CAN you believe that the two things I was contemplating were Yuengling's Black and Tan and David Bowie?!? Why the latter, you ask? "(Let's sway), Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight ..." Let's dance with another quart CAN, disguised as a "Double Pints"!

I do NOT like the construct of these CANs! Short of inverting the CAN, beer drips down the side during the pour due to the placement of the opening. Wotta waste. Onward! My pour created a finger of thick light-tan head that sat like a cap above the beer. Color was a deep amber with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Color me impressed! Nose had a vinous sourness, like grapey vinegar. Oof. Mouthfeel was medium with a lot of off flavors vying for superiority on the tongue. These included that same grapey sourness, a metallic tang (nothing to do with the CAN), and a bitter chocolate flavor. Double oof. Finish was not quite as bad with the chocolate lingering along with a better dried fruit taste as of raisins of prunes. Overall, though, it was not going to replace Yuengling's B&T in my cooler. Next!

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Photo of Psilo707
4.17/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours Ruby red with a hint of dark brown (which I had expected it to be at first) with a very thin layer of head, quickly dissipating.

S: Smells delicious, reminds me of fresh black almonds. Very good scent.

T: Taste is a bit darker than I Imagined it would be from the bottle. It is one of the darkest tasting ale's I've had for quite a while I think. Very deep taste with a slight tinge of intensity as it enters your mouth.

M: On the light side, as expected from such an Ale, which contradicts it's dark taste and behavior. Mouthfeel is above average but nothing too notable.

D: Very high in ALL regards! Sip after sip of this brew provided with a great flavor and taste in my mouth going all the way down, and never stopped. A+ on this aspect.

Overall: Real good stuff, as expected from this brewery in general. This is probably my favorite of any of their selections.

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of KeefD
1.83/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle, with a label that reads "From The Land of 10,000 Lakes" with a night-time forest image complete with full moon, into an imperial pint glass. Also reads "Brewed with Glacial Mineral Water." Sounds interesting to say the least. The name "Moonlight Ale" sounds like a ripoff of Boulevard's Lunar Ale.

Poured a very dark amber to brown color, translucent, with a thin head that dissipated rather quickly. Leaves no lacing and seems a bit dull.

Smell is of some sweet bready malts, but very light and not much else.

Taste is much the same. Very watered-down malty flavor. Light caramel flavor. Not much in the way of hops. Slightly sweet at first becomes acidic and dry at the finish.

Crisp and dry mouthfeel. Carbonation is good, but it's very light bodied. Not the best brown. Maybe it was the glacial mineral water. Would not drink again.

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Photo of climax
3.47/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the daylight.... this one pours a reddish brown, cloudy and somewhat flat, head and lace were minimal.

Nose is predominately cocoa, malted milk balls, some fruit sourness and a bit of bitter from the hops.

Taste is pretty much along the same lines. Cocoa and malted milk balls, slightly fruity and bitter.

Feels is very sharp carbonation, body isn't all that heavy and a bit chalky.

Not bad, not great, not bad.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

For whatever reason, the bars of a song often sung by Bugs Bunny and his cohorts runs through my mind whilst I ponder this beer. Oh well. This stuff pours a slightly dark garnet-sienna topped by a finger of short-lived glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit and a light bit of roasted malts. During a few sniffs, the biscuit comes across as mildly charred. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a vague, blunt sweetness, not unlike corn syrup. It's like an artificially-sweetened "beer" flavor, the one your non-beer-drinking aunt will tell you all beer tastes like. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, I think I just don't get this beer. It tastes nothing like a traditional black-and-tan, much less one's constituent parts. I think the overarching sweetness and lack of any real character beyond that hinders this stuff from ever achieving much of anything.

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Photo of Tone
2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, yeast, tart malt, grain, and slight metallic. Barley fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level and noticeable tartness. Tastes of yeast, metallic, slight hops, slight roasted malt, and some grain. Overall, the grain and tart flavors are too off-putting.

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Photo of TheKOshow
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from mondo 32oz can into a pint glass. This is the most awesome can I've ever had the pleasure to hold.

Appearance: body is a clear medium-brown hue that poured with an enormous four-finger head. Foam is a light tan/ivory color that has good staying power and leaves a rather copious amount of lace. I'm rather pleased with this beer's appearance.

Smell: aroma is dense and malty. Sweetness is the name of the game here, with caramel and fruity notes which seem more estery than hop-induced. A bit sweet for me, but really not bad.

Taste: sweet and malty, just like the aroma. I really like the subtle fruit and caramel flavors here; there is also what seems like a tiny hint of butteryness, but not in a disgusting way. There's a bit of a hop flavor in the finish but bitterness is pretty mild. Not too bad a beer, I say.

Mouthfeel: not my favorite. Carbonation is low and, while body is not exactly watery, it doesn't have a lot going on. Not horrible, but not great.

Drinkability: surprisingly drinkable. The brewer claims this is a mix of a bock and a porter, and I believe it. As pre-mixed black & tans go, this beer fills the bill pretty well for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monster 1 quart/32 ounce/"double pints" can. I couldn't pass this up when I saw it for $2.75.

Pours a clear iced tea color with a 1 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random small splotches of lace slide back down into the remaining beer. Smell is of grains, caramel, and interestingly enough - vinegar. Ehh. Taste is pretty watery and is of malt, caramel candies, and a slightly sour vinegar taste as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with the weird vinegar quality going on. Not too good.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.26/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown body with a quarter inch of medium tan head. This ale's head is soft and light and fades away to leave remnant wisps on the surface.

S - Aroma consisting of brown sugar, cherry and a hint of banana bread.

T - There's a subtle smoke flavor over a base of weak chocolate, pungent fruit and a bit of malt. The finish adds a tinge of bitterness but it, like the smoke, is very subtle.

M - The feel is only slightly coarse. This texture adds to the character of the brew by bringing out some of the subtle flavors.

~ I will be the first to say I am not a fan of brown ales. However, this brew has offered me a new light. I've said to those who don't care for stouts and porters that they need to try one that's very good before they'll realize how much they like them. This is apparently true also with the brown ale. Thank you Cold Spring Brewing Company. And please tell the Clements family, "hello and Chris hopes to see you all this winter."

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Cold Spring Moonlight Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.96 out of 5 with 46 ratings