Cold Spring Moonlight Ale | Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 46
Photo of patre_tim
4.15/5  rDev +37.4%
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 Fatehunter
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Lucidious
2.49/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Like UCLAbrewN84 I purchased Cold Spring Moonlight Ale because of its Shelf appeal. An over-sized 32oz can for under $3. Had a rustic label and promises of quality due to the use of "natural spring water".

Poured into a pint glass from the massive can.

A | Reddish amber color, clear with a nice one-finger head with pleasing small bubbles. Lasted about 2-3 minutes. Some lacing.

S | Not much there... very thin with bready and malty notes with a slight (SLIGHT) hint of caramel, very faint. Uh-oh moment #1.

Just spilled a bunch on my keyboard. My mouth may have gone rogue and rejected that sip. Uh-oh moment #2.

T | Much stronger than the smell. Malt punch at the start. Slight, thin caramel, then a barely there, strange bitter aftertaste. Strange in that it doesn't seem to be entirely from hops.. in fact its more of a weird sensation on those bitter zones on the back of the tongue. Makes me instinctively swish my tongue around in a futile attempt to scrape it off. I'm finding myself taking more sips to alleviate the problem as the initial flavors aren't un-drinkable. Uh-oh #3.

M | Thin, watery.

O | This is a sub-par beer for something that claims to be a pure, loved product and says "Craft Beer" on the can. I don't know who "Crafted" this beer but it feels like the recipe was created to capitalize on a growing market while also being cheap and chuggable for those who just want to get drunk with a little flavor on the way. I WOULD buy this for my friends who THINK they like craft beer but really just want to pretend to be fancy while getting wasted. I will NOT purchase this again for my own consumption. Two years ago I would have bought cases of the stuff. Yay pallet evolution!

Side note, this is my first review on BA.

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Photo of beertunes
1.54/5  rDev -49%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

BUTTER!!! Poured from 32oz can into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear brown-amber color with about an inch of light tan head that light-to-medium retention and no lacing. the beer bubble and popped audibly, like a 7-Up, when poured.

The aroma was just butter. This beer was a textbook example of Diacetyl problems in beer. There was just a hint of grainy malt showing through, but the butter dominated. The taste was also overwhelmed by the butter.

The body was OK, kind of medium-thin, and very carbonated. Drinkability was terrible, due to the butter. Try this beer if you're curious, or a ticker (like me), otherwise avoid.

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Photo of yamar68
3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
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 TMoney2591
2.72/5  rDev -9.9%
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 UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
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 StoneTSR
2.55/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Saw this in a big can at Binny's and decided to give it a shot.

APPEARANCE: Poured a very dark brown, flirting with black. An enormous, foamy and bright, white head erupted from the can and it took me a few minutes to pour a full pint. Some lacing was noticeable by the end of the pint.

SMELL: An intensely malty and sweet smell wafted up through the foam. It was just slightly too sweet for me, but it did not offend me too much.

TASTE: Sweet, malty and brown sugar are immediately noticeable. As the smell suggested, it is on the sweet side, but the tail end of the sip does provide a tiny bit of bittering balance. A mild smoky flavor is also detectable.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly oily to start the sip with a bite of sparkle towards the back end of the sip. Overall, on the smooth side though.

OVERALL: This is would be a pretty easy beer to drink if I had more of a sweet tooth, but this wasn't quite my style. That said, it did not completely turn me off of Cold Spring. I would be willing to try another of their beers in the future.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.81/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

ginormous can poured into pint glass. thanks to mrmiles for this during the Nice Cans BIF II

Pours an auburn brown with an enormous head, leaving plenty of spotty lacing as it fades to a thick film.

Some faint fruit sweetness, mild caramel malt and roasted tones in the nose.

Begins with light toasted grain, faint metallic caramel, and some stark lemon zest. Bread crust tones float through along with understated hops. Light sweetness and barely noticeable hops finish this off.

Thinner body, slightly sticky, a little dry. I suppose this is drinkable, but only in the sense of slamming a 32oz can, which can be fun in its own right.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
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 BrewMaven
3.46/5  rDev +14.6%
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 MillRat
3.06/5  rDev +1.3%
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 flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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 woodychandler
2.42/5  rDev -19.9%
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 WolfKeeper
1.89/5  rDev -37.4%
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 hardy008
2.23/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Dark amber color with a small tan head with fair retention. Smells of malt with some cherries. Not a very strong aroma. The flavor is light, with watered down sour cherries and some sweet malt. Light bodied, with decent carbonation. Not the worst beer I have had, but I will not be seeking this out again.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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 potownbill
3/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Tone
2.9/5  rDev -4%
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 mothman
3.08/5  rDev +2%
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 climax
3.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Strand
2.17/5  rDev -28.1%
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 budgood1
2.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a cola brown colour with a thin tannish head that reduces quickly to some spotty lace. aroma is some light chocolate covered cherries, with a bit od floral hopping, also. they say this is a blend of a porter and a bock, and i can sense that in the taste. it's all very muted and with some chalky malted milk ball flavours roaming about...and a strange sour fruit taste that is sort of off putting. in fact i don't like it at all. the body is medium light, with a cola mouthfeel. drinkability is just ok...easy quaffing enough but i don't care for the taste.

#3 in the five pack sampler. another brew that might be a step forward for cold spring...but they might have to go back and rework this one.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.26/5  rDev +41.1%
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 Psilo707
4.17/5  rDev +38.1%
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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