Thursday, February 6, 2014

Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1056) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2014
I 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 lacing.

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? 
Grade: 5/10

1 comment:

  1. Dude, are you doing penance for something? So many predictably bad beers in such a short time, it hurts to read about it.
    Whatever you did that was so bad, I hope that you feel better after all this self punishment.