poured a 12oz bottle into a mason jar. It had a best before date of
5/19/14 and came as part of a mixed pack for $14.47 ($1.20 per bottle or
$0.10 per ounce).
Appearance: Pretty dark copper/burgundy hue with visible carbonation.
Pours to a large, off-white, foamy head which dissipates and leaves no
Smell: Generic scent of amber malts, though muted. Nothing off-putting.
Taste: Looking at the ingredients list to Blue Moon Short Straw
Farmhouse Red Ale it’s quite impressive. There’s plenty of malt
varieties, Noble hops and even some additional spices thrown in. Yet, it
still manages to have a mild palette and does not appear to be anything
close to a saison or Flanders Red as mentioned on the label. Most of
the craft macro brews are essentially just amber ales with a few extra
ingredients thrown in, and that’s essentially what this beer is.
Up front there’s a general amber malt sweetness. There does seem to be a
hint of chocolate and maybe some nuttiness, though it’s all subtle. On
the finish there’s a touch of dry peppery spice, though it is definitely
not tart like a Flanders Red. Perhaps the spicy character could be that
of a saison if it were amplified more. All criticism aside, this is not
a particularly bad beer. In fact, I any craft brewer worth their salt
should be able to take this recipe and turn it into something great.
This would be a fine introductory craft beer for newbies.
Drinkability: Simply being easy to drink isn’t what makes for a good
palette. Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale is a good example of
what I mean. The mouthfeel is thin and on the flatter side, with a clean
finish but isn’t necessarily refreshing. It doesn’t seem to have the
weight and body of a 5.8% ABV brew, so why not make it even lighter?