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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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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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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 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 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 Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice auburn tone. Clarity is pretty good. Thin creamy head of light beige froth. Lacing is moderate in amounts. Some dark malts on the aroma with a dusting of cocoa and roast. Here's another even keeled easy drinker from Cold Springs with decent, but not bold, flavor traits. Once again, very light hints of chocolate and cocoa. A little roasted malt character too. Brown malt comes to mind too. A little chalky. Nothing "off" about these beers from Cold Spring anymore, but nothing that really grabs my attention either. That said, I'll put em back no prob if offered to me.

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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 Azpittil57
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of dragomni
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

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 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 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 chickencoop
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bob's Market/ LA at a good price for a massive can, like $2-3 bones. Atthat price your expecting crap, this is pretty decent for the price, and I might say a deal. pours a deep brown, has some good malt on the nose. Taste is pretty simple for what it is, bubbly maltt smoothness, i guess that's a black and tan in a can. Good stuff for the price, better than expected.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark bronze with a rosy glow when backlit with wan morning sunshine. The two finger lid is khaki in color and has a tight-bubbled texture that promotes longevity. It gains a little more character as it melts and is better than decent at lace deposition.

The aroma is mildly pleasant, with 'mildly' being the operative word. Oddly enough, vanilla bean is especially prominent. If blinded, I'm not sure that I could have correctly identified the style. Speaking of which, CSMA isn't a brown ale at all, it's a mixture of porter and bock. Black & Tan would be a more appropriate choice.

Moonlight Ale is more interesting than it is good. Having said that, along with the rest of the Cold Spring lineup, it's much better beer than these guys released when they were Gluek. That sounds like a disease: "I used to be Gluek, but I've since been cured".

The brewery's website lists the ingredients of the component beers, with many of them being the same. The porter uses caramel and chocolate malt, while the bock uses only caramel. The porter's hop bill includes Cascade, Tettnang and Mt. Hood; the bock uses only the last two. Moonlight Ale actually tastes like a cross between a brown ale and a cream ale.

Mild cocoa notes combine with vanilla and make this offering taste like the beer equivalent of a weak chocolate malted (the kind made with ice cream). It lacks any sort of depth, but it isn't bad if your expectations are low. Sweetness just edges out bitterness on the finish.

All things considered, the mouthfeel is decent. More heft and more creaminess would be nice, but what has been provided is a cinch to drink and has neither annoyingly low or annoying buzzy carbonation. Freedom from annoyance is important in borderline good beer.

Moonlight Ale is another step forward for a brewery trying to distance themselves from the disaster that was Gluek. It's always nice to see a company who is looking to improve their products. This one is at least worth a single or two.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

32oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, amber color with a good sized off-white head that lasted quite a while leaving a nice coat of lacing behind.
S - toffee/butterscotch sweetness.
T - toffee sweet malts upfront with a hint of bitterness attempting to break through, the sweetness wins out in the end.
F - medium bodied with medium carbonation.
D - it's ok.

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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 mothman
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into bud American ale glass.

Pours a half finger of slight tan head. Not very good retention. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark cherry brown.

Aroma: a fairly big malty beer. Kind of has a cherry tart taste to it. Some raisins and plums. Nothing like a brown ale.

Taste: a lot of sour fruits. Cherries, plums, raisins. Nothing I would expect from a brown ale. Some malts balance it out a bit

Mouthfeel: somewhat tart and a little crips. Medim bodies with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a fairly clean aftertaste.

Overall, this is no brown ale. It was kind of sour. It wasn't horrible, but it just wasn't to the style. If I want a brown, I will get some surly.

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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 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 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 Skillz
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Huffs
3/5  rDev +1.4%

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