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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Added by KeefD on 04-27-2008

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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev +20.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
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 beerkittycat
4.23/5  rDev +40.1%
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 morimech
3.06/5  rDev +1.3%
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 KeefD
1.83/5  rDev -39.4%
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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Cold Spring Moonlight Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
3.02 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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