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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale

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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Farmhouse Ales were brewed for the diligent farmhands who drew the short straw and had to work the arduous harvest. Our brewmaster’s expression blends the spiciness of a Farmhouse Ale with the tartness of a Flanders Red for a remarkably refreshing finish. Malts: Caramel Malt Pale Malt, European Abbey Malt, European Acidulated Malt, Chocolate Malt, Malted White Wheat Hops: Spalt Select, Czech Saaz Our Twist: White Pepper, Coriander, Hibiscus

Formerly know as "Farmhouse Red Ale"


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
radagast83 (4748) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle, from mixed-pack. Poured a bubbly copper color with a foamy white head. Aroma was light pale malts, some wheat notes. This one had lots of carbonation. Flavor was sweet malt notes, that’s about it. Nothing offensive. Another boring one. Would probably only drink again if someone bought one of these box sets.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Sour, abrasive, muted complexity. Has the same fumbling, erroneous trappings of the Blue Moon brand.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
degbert (1148) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours a vague sort of red-brown-gold with a fine-grained, off-white, thin head. Nose is mostly acetic with a little coriander and sweetness. Taste is sour, metallic, and earthy, with an off-putting bitterness that’s not hops. Tastes like over-steeped tea. Finish is bitter and floral-sweetness. This tries to do two things, doesn’t do either one of them well, and ultimately sinks into mediocrity.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Awktoberfest (308) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 11, 2014
I don't know. I didn't like it. Super coriander and a like sour/tart touch. I think over done highlighting nothing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
swiseman (430) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 7, 2014
pours a translucent red-amber. some malty aroma. flavours of caramel, brown sugar and some molasses. finishes with heavy malt and some pepper. certainly not a bad brew for a macro, but would have expected much more based on the commercial description. Still, beats a Bud Light any day.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (642) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Pours a clear amber with quickly fading head leaving spotty lacing. Aroma is bready, ashy, with some artificial strawberry or grape fruitiness. Taste is tart cherry, lightly sour, very carbonated with a almost decent but hollow bready aftertaste. Not a drain pour, but only marginally better than a macrobrew pale lager. Really sticky fruity mouthfeel left behind. OK this isn’t horrible; it went down pretty easy.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"A surprisingly pleasant floral, fruity aroma. Slightly tast berry sweetness too, ditto for the flavor, with a little caramel malt. Slightly tangy finish. the feel is a bit light and prickly, but really, this is better than expected. Winter mixer."

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
moomilkparty (11) - - SEP 15, 2014
Tastes exactly like all other blue moon. Too much sugars and wack spices. Probably won’t get again.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
AbbeyRoade (354) - Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Meh. Kind of peppery. A bit spicy and bland at the same time. Sort of bitterish with a plastic-y odor. Taste is a bit like a red- mildly, mildly peaty and not really at all like a saison.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - SEP 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-24-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – Pours a deeper amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades fast leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is rather light overall but has notes of a bready smell mixed with some hay like and grassy aromas as well as the more traditional Blue Moon aromas of citrus, coriander and a bit of yeast. Taste – The flavor starts out with a sweeter flavor being of orange, cherry, and apple greeting the tongue. These flavors initially present and sweet upfront, gain more sourness as the taste advances. As the beer sours more so too comes some light spice flavors as well as a bit of a grassy hop taste. In the end a higher proportion of the flavor shifts to the sour apple taste, leaving a tart fruited flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average to slightly chewier side for the style with a carbonation level that is on the averages side. The average to slightly above average body is nice for accentuating the lighter sour and tart flavors of the brew, while the carbonation does nicely to keep them from becoming too overpowering on the tongue. Overall – A easy drinking farmhouse ale but a little lacking of some of the desired characteristics of funk that I am looking for in a brew such as this. It is tasty, but if looking for a big saison, then this is likely not for you.


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