Cold Spring Moonlight Ale | Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by KeefD on 04-27-2008

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 30
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 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 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 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 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 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 hardy008
2.23/5  rDev -24.7%
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 +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 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 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 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 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 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 budgood1
2.67/5  rDev -9.8%
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 +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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Cold Spring Moonlight Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 8.7% out of 100 with 46 ratings
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