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Full Moon Pale Ale - Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe

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Full Moon Pale AleFull Moon Pale Ale

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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: yen157 on 09-22-2002)
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Reviews by Overlord:
Photo of Overlord
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amberish. Half an inch of off-white foam.

Smells like grainy malts with a touch of caramel, and some old musty hops.

Taste is more hoppy than expected from the aroma, with some light pine balancing out the grain caramel.

Well. Not too shabby. Above some, but below most. Nicely carbonated.

Overlord, Dec 19, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a short white head that drops, but then holds a decent collar and leaves adequate lace throughout the pint. The nose expresses a combination of caramel-tinged malt and lightly floral/citrusy hops. The body is medium with a fine carbonation that's a bit lower than generally expected for the "American pale ale" designation they give it. The flavor displays a firm maltiness with a light caramel character that's infused with gentle floral/citrus hops. It finishes dryish with some lingering sticky sweet malt and a touch of hop. It's bitterness is also a bit low for the "American" designation, but that leaves it much more accessible to the cross-over drinker. Very nicely done, seemingly straddling both the American and English styles.

NeroFiddled, Feb 09, 2003
Photo of KDawg
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from tap at harvest moon into a pint glass. Pours a solid orange color with a nice, but short, head.

Forward with noticeable hops along with aromas of florals, citrus and oranges. Good complexity, but lacking some depth

medium/full bodied with a very smooth feel. Nice flavors of citrus, oranges and hops

This comes off as more of an IPA than a Pale Ale. A very good beer on the whole though

KDawg, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Mudawg
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Mudawg, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp copper colour with a sticky white head that leaves plenty of residue on the glass.

The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops that also lend to a sweet aroma when combined with the caramel presence here. There's a bit of citrus in the mix as well. Very nice.

The flavour is a solid continuation of the aroma. Hops are still very pronounced although subdued a bit from the aroma to provide a nice balance. The floral notes come in up front with the finish of each sip being sweet but also a touch bitter. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and spot on.

This is just a nicely balanced easy drinking but flavourful beer. Definitely amongst my favourites of the Harvest Moon beers I've tried.

SixpointJMH, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Chugs13, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of arguemaniac
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange amber color. A foamy, light-tan head that eventually turns to a wispy lace. Floral and citrus hops in the nose, with some sweet maltiness. The flavor is dominated by piney, citrus hops, with a biscuty maltiness that balances (but only somewhat). Also, there is a VERY slight roastiness to the taste. Floral hop finish. The mouthfeel is a bit oily and pretty smooth, with very little carbonation.

Yet another solid brew with an enjoyable hop profile from Harvest Moon. Recommended.

arguemaniac, May 18, 2005
Photo of bob3701
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a clear amber with a minimal off-white head and good lacing. Very hoppy aroma. Citrus and pine flavors with a slight bitter hop after taste. Taste a little like fresh mowed grass. Easy drinking. Not a bad session beer.

bob3701, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From freshly opened growler purchased the day before tasting.

Pours copper with a thin head that becomes a thin, lasting patch.

The smell is of spicy, tea-like leafiness and citric hops. Touch of sweetness in the back.

The taste is hoppy upfront - more in line with English rather than American hops, though some citrus mixed in. Balancing malt soon comes in to hold hops together and give it a sweet support.

The feel is a tad thin, but still fairly coating and very smooth.

A tasty pale ale that is between English and American styles.

jwc215, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +7.8%

RBorsato, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewery

Good beer. Poured a clear copper with a small white head. Pleasantly hoppy aroma, and not much else in the nose. Lightly hopped taste, with hints of citrus and grass. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing...a typical pale ale pretty much. A little bitter aftertaste, but overall nice and drinkable.

Rifugium, May 10, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange in color with a 2" head. The aroma was mildly floral and had some light citrus tones. The flavor was a nice balance of malts, sour citrus, and hops. The hop level was not overbearing but was pleasant. Carbonation level seemed a bit weak.

Mouthfeel was smooth at start and finish, and would have liked a little more crispness in the texture. The finish was fairly clean, as only a touch of bitterness lingered very briefly on the tongue. Extremely drinkable brew and this is probably the best session brew at this establishment.

Gavage, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of Jmac91
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Jmac91, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

InspectorBob, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of pezoids
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as part of their “half moon” sampler tray at their brewpub. This beer poured bright and clear and was a bright orangey color. Thin head but left a nice lace. The aroma is sweet and soft with grapefruit-like hop bitters and some sweet malts. The taste is nice and pleasant with a decent body of fruity sweet malts. Nice balance and a half decent body of malt. Not a bad APA. I enjoyed it.

pezoids, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of yen157
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my favorite of all of the "Moon" beers. The beer had a golden amber color and had much more of a defined taste than some of Harvest Moon's others. It tasted toasted and malty, and there was a generous helping of hop flavor in the mix. Quite a tasty beer.

yen157, Sep 22, 2002
Photo of EStreet20
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very nice translucent copper. Finger of head fades a bit but leaves a little capper on the beer.

S - Hops. Citrus all the way with a bit of grassiness.

T - Nice hoppy start of citrus fruit gives way to some nice tangy, fruity flavors. Beer finishes somewhat bitter and dry.

M - A nice medium, light bodied pale. The feel lets the tanginess dance around in the mouth.

D - A nice pale. Might be harsh for some but a good session brew for hopheads.

EStreet20, May 26, 2007
Photo of Nincombot
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Nincombot, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Lacesoutcody
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had a few of these in the mountains and saved one for a review.

poured from bottle to glass.

Appearance- was a cherry amber color, not much of a head, and the lacing was sparse with a few strands coating the top edge.

Smell- Wasn't much, a few hoppy notes, and a mild syrupy sugar.

Taste- was alright, hoppy and citrus cut with the belgian sugar syrup to give it a mild finish.

Drinkability- Overall a nice pale ale, with a little depth, and simple refreshing notes. Worth a try, and worth drinking again.

Lacesoutcody, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Dank26
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Dank26, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of blange3
3/5  rDev -19.1%

blange3, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of AltBock
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Harvest Moon brew was on-tap there on 3/22/2008, but I decided to take this one home with me in one of their 64oz. growlers.

When poured into a Heavy Seas Euro style pint glass, this Pale is is a clear amber that contained a small tint of golden orange. Sitting on top of the beer was a 1/2 to 3/4 inch creamy head of white foam. This creamy foam had decent retention that left behind quite a few foamy rings and a small amount of white spots around the glass. The aroma was nice and toasty and featured almost bread like toasted malts, and a splash of floral hops. When it was swirled around, a mildly fruity aroma with a hint of caramel will emerge from the background. I couldn't help but notice that inside the fruity aroma was some subtle banana. It was a nice touch to the aroma. The taste started off with lightly toasted malts and then out of no where, the taste suddendly goes all out bitter with crispy floral/herbal hops, subtle caramel, and a slice of not too bitter and not too sour grapefruit. Very good! It was clearly a light bodied beer that had a refreshing aftertaste of wheat bread and a splash of grapefruit. This has to be one of the best fresh APA's I've ever had. It was so light and flavorful, it was hard to put down and so sad to see it go. Well done Harvest Moon!

AltBock, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +7.8%

ShemRahBoo, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Belittle
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Belittle, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +7.8%

djrn2, Dec 10, 2011
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Full Moon Pale Ale from Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe
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