Monday, September 23, 2013

Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale

In the last few year the farmhouse style beers have grown in popularity. I’ve found that so many breweries are brewing this style. I think that it is a good and interesting style. Farmhouse ales were brewed for the farmhands that had to work them arduous harvest. Here we have Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale, 5.8% ABV. This is beer is in the Flanders farmhouse style. This Blue Moon pours a red like color with a semi white one and a half finger head that stays for a little while. I could see a minimal amount of light coming through the glass and a healthy amount of carbonation.  The aroma is slightly spiced with pepper and a hint of faint lemon. Taste on Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale is first light pepper from the white pepper usage here, the followed by a tart lemon flavor that continues on the to back of your tongue but fades a little in the process. As this beer warms up you get more of a tart cherry/faint raspberry flavor that is stronger and more predominate than the lemon flavor. The mouth feel is medium with a nice tart fruit finish that leads into a nice tart cherry after taste that is slightly sticky in your mouth but stays for a little bit. Overall this is not a bad beer, but this style is a big one with lots of better one out there. So this Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale is barely getting C from me. Not the best or the worst farmhouse red I’ve had. I would say that Blue Moon needs work on this a little, give this more body and balance, but being a MillerCoors product I was going into this not expecting too much. But I will give them credit for the idea behind this.  So if you’d like to try this Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale go for it and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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