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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin AleBlue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
72
okay

2,493 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 2,493
Reviews: 718
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 31
Gots: 452 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-1998

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Ratings: 2,493 | Reviews: 718
Reviews by hdf561:
Photo of hdf561
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been hitting the seasonl October beers hard so I couldnt leave this one out....

I was acutally expecting alot more...cant smell or even taste the pumpkin in this beer. Can taste and smeel some of the spice and you can taste the cloves, and of course the wheat.

This is just an overall average beer, I wanted to taste some pumpkin but really it just tastes like normal Blue Moon with more spice.

Not a horrible beer but the October Fest Beers from Sam Adams, Lienenkugel, and Legend are better and more worth your time.

I would drink it if offered but will probably not purchase this again.

UPDATE 10/9/13

Gave this another shot and I think they have nailed the formula for this one now. Had a great balance of smell, taste, and drinkability with that warm feeling you want to get form the beers in the cold weather. Give this one a try

More User Reviews:
Photo of samtrillo
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%

The beer pours a pretty red-orange with a tantalizing head that unfortunately fades to the outer rim.

The smell is of faint pumpkin and pumpkin spices and lager malt.

It tastes not bad after the first sip. Slightly sweet bready malt with an decent dose of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Subsequent sips left me wanting more, however. I can't shake the blue moon in the both the taste and mouthfeel. Too much carbonation and too light bodied for me. The aftertaste is of pumpkin spice but with a sour bready malt.

Overall it's an ok Pumpkin beer, quite predictable. Have it at a party, but spend your money on Anderson Valley, Uinta or Shipyard.

Photo of archyquaffer
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

A moderate pour produce a billowy two inch head which sticks ok. The beer is a slightly hazy pale amber with moderate carbonation.

Definitely both pumpkin and spice in the aroma, which follows through in the flavor. Nutmeg is most prominent, but it's not overdone. Caramel and bready flavors in the malt base. Clean finish with just a little lingering spice. Just a kiss of earthy hops.

Not an over the top beer by any means, but worthy of a try. The flavor evokes pumpkin without overwhelming the malt.

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours a clear copper color with a really good 2 finger head that hangs around a while leaving decent lacing on a 20oz pub glass.

Smell is pretty good. I get pumpkin and spice along with that wheat smell that is characteristic of all blue moon beer.

Taste is pretty good too. Once again that pumpkin is the main player with the spice taste too. Oh and that wheat taste of a blue moon is there too.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation.

Overall, a decent pumpkin beer. I wouldnt rush out and get some of this, there are definitely better choices but with good availability and an above average beer I would not hesitate to buy it if I was craving the pumpkin taste in the fall.

Photo of TheMarkE
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Appearance: Amber orange with a decent head that disappears quickly, decent lacing, and a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Pumpkin and spice.

Taste: Pumpkin pie with cloves and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, somewhat creamy.

The Verdict: It’s OK. An average pumpkin ale, the flavor seems to disappear quickly as it warms.

Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say I love pumpkin brews grab em when I see em,this one pours a nice copper with a nice two fingered fluffy head but it didnt retain itself to well or leave any lacing.I picked up huge amounts of malt in the aroma but not a big pumpkin nose I got some orange peel mainly with some pumpkin spice notes that come after a while.Taste is decent not over the top on pumpkin but nice and subtle with the spice in the finish has a nice lightly sweet malt profile to it just a light citruisy hop note late wich is very faint.A respectable brew from Coors (thought I would never say that) subtle and quaffable for the fall season.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.26/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tried this on on an impulse buy... Harvest moon Pumpkin Ale 5.6% alcohol.

A- Pours a maltly medium orange with fluffy white head that falls to a very carbonated froth on the top of the beer. Leaves mild to none lacing... Just looks plain in the glass.

S- I'm not getting much of a scent from this one but a little faint malt and very soft spices. ( nutmeg and cinnamon)

T-M- The taste is kinda disapointing for a Pumpkin ale. It does have a fresh taste of crystal malt with very small doses of cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe a unnoticed pumpkin hint. Mouthfeel is dry with nothing to set it aside from any other large beer maker... In one word bland.

D- Easily consumed beer is not always the way to go. As a pumpkin ale this one just fails.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale is a spawn of the Blue Moon portfolio, which is part of the Molson Coors Brewing Company. It's been around since September 1996 and is now brewed in Toronto, Canada.

Right away we noticed the exceptional head retention, with tiny bubbles that leave some lacing behind. Bright copper color; clarity is perfect. Spicy sweet aroma, smell of gingersnaps, biscotti and caramel. A bit of smoothness comes out from the crisp moderately sized body. Spicy over the top with a hint of alcohol that warms after each sip; bready malt flavors for the base peak in the middle yet fade quickly. The caramel malt flavor seems to have more of an impact on the palate and does seem to balance the spiciness for the most part. Minimal hopping lets the spices come through fully with more of an allspice flavor than anything else. Finishes just as spicy as it started with a slow drying end.

We'll say it: too clean. Perhaps the lack of hops and bitterness? But this is to be expected coming from a big brewer. With that said, it just does not have the same gritty raw feel to it and it's hard to imagine a brewer chopping pumpkins for the mash when a beer is this clean. A good beer for the faint of palate.

Photo of Dmann
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this one at the store today and decided to give it a go. And I found that it was no suprise that this beer was just average at best. The pour was ok with a copper color body and a decent size head but it faded quickly and left no lace whatsoever. There was not much smell at all to the brew but what I could sniff were mostly sweet malts and faint spices. As for the taste, I was expecting more. The subtle sweetness from the malts and the light spiciness tasted good, but it was too weak. If they would have used the same flavoring but kicked it up a couple notches this beer would not taste half bad. As it is, it's another watered down product from Coors.

Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +61.3%

Love this beer! Spicy and flavorful without being overwhelming, and the pumpkin flavor comes through without being cloying or artificial. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. And the alcohol content is perfect to take the chill out of the air on those brisk Autumn afternoons.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a pretty amber color with a medium sized white head. Very sweet malty aroma, with a fairly pronounced spiciness. The taste was malty with a persistant, obtrusive spiciness. This was a too spicy beer, one that wasn't very enjoyable. My wife likes these, fortunately. She can drink the rest.

Photo of Beaver13
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated Feb 1, 2009. Pours a clear reddish amber with a thin fizzy head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet vegetal malts, toast and some pumpkin spices, especially cinnamon. There's a metallic note as well.

The flavor is sweet malts and squash, with some nutmeg and cinnamon. There's a little off bitterness and some heavy sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK beer. There are much better pumpkin beers available, but this is drinkable.

Photo of generallee
3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep amber color with good clarity. Its head is off white in color and builds up big and fluffy before quickly fading to just a very thin covering. Lacing is slick and slides down the glass as I drink.

Smell: Its aroma has hints of pumpkin with spicy clove and cinnamon over sweet bready malts.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor fairly mild with a semi-sweet bready malt mixed with touch of pumpkin and over cooked vegetables. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and pinch of clove add a pleasant spicy character that is well balanced and not overpowering. The finish picks up some mild hop bitterness and the spices slowly fade off the tongue. It has a slick watery texture with a light body and mild carbonation.

Notes: I like that the spices don't dominate the entire flavor but the pumpkin could be a little more vibrant and it seemed to lack body. Overall it is still not bad and it is easy to drink.

Photo of medic361
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is what I would expect from a large brewery. No imagination or risks taken. It would be a mediocre marzen, it is a poor attempt at a pumpkin ale! A lack of spices and pumpkin flavor leave this beer falling well short of the niche it was meant to satisfy!

Photo of mikechance
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - nice rust color

S - pumpkin, spices

T - mostly spices, but very little pumpkin

M - light body, decent carbination

O - An average pumpkin ale with more pumpkin scent than taste (an issue I'm having with most pumpkin beers recently).

The Blue Moon Fall Seasonal 12-pack was only $11.20 at local grocery store so not a terrible purchase. Better than Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale which seems to get a lot of love.

Photo of Jason
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date printed on the neck of the bottle.

Pours a stiff head, two finger high. Brilliant copper color. Gourd aroma with some faint spicing and caramel-like malt. Snap in the crispness, pretty smooth with a moderate sized body. Even spicing with some pumpkin going on. Dry maltiness aside from a quick push of caramel. Very little hopping here which is fine. Finishes dry with some spice.

Nothing epic but not to shabby either. A decent pick for a low key holiday party that perhaps has a lot of non-beer drinkers.

Photo of Billolick
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, pours clear darker amber, under a very long lasting medium tan head. Leaves ample low strands of lace and sheeting.

Mild nose of mushy pumpkin pie spicing, and a slight off putting metallic nose.

Easy drinking, I will give it that. Moderate pumpkin pie notes, but basically dull and uninteresting in nature.

Buckeyenation got it right….”tastes like it was brewed by Coors”…and it was

Photo of tigg924
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: pumpkin spice, cinnamon, clove, toasted malt

Taste: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, doughy wheat, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet that looses its sweetness at the end, high carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: An average to slightly above average pumpkin ale. The doughiness adds a different dimension to this one, yet it is nothing to go out of my way for. I would get this again or just as well pass.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is as expected, with loads of pumpkin and nutmeg. The flavor is very similar. The pumpkin notes are present, as is come cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also some toffee and biscuit malt in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of maki88
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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12oz bottle poured into a tumbler. Enjoyed at home.

A: Clear and rich burnt orange/deep rust color. There was a significant white-off-white head that quickly dissipated. Very much in keeping with the seasonal style.

S: A very spicy nose -- bold pumpkin aroma with a strong clove scent, with a tinge of sweet malt smell.

T: Strong spice flavor "on impact." The taste was more spicy and less "pumpkin-y" than the smell would have suggested. The tinge of sweetness is present throughout, until the spicy aftertaste from the clove.

M: Though it has a smooth feel, it seems to fall short by being too light. Carbonation was appropriate. In short, nothing outstanding in this area.

O: A good, if unremarkable, seasonal beer. Certainly a solid choice to serve at an autumn gathering, though drinkability suffers somewhat on account of the spicy aftertaste. It seems to lack some of the complexity in flavor that makes other seasonal brews so enjoyable, while the flavors that do emerge can tend to be overpowering, particularly in the aftertaste. I wouldn't refuse one of these beers if handed to me, but given a cooler full of options I might dig around in the ice for a while before grabbing one of these.

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish copper color with a beige head that was about two fingers thick, no lacing.

Smell: I could smell just that fake pumpkin smell, like the pumpkin pie concentrate out of a can.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied. Taste like a freezer pre made pumpkin pie with some malts and hops added.

Overall: Not really impressed, this was simply just a "seasonal" flavor added to a Coors like all of the other Blue Moon beers, at least thats what I think. I really want to like the Blue Moon brews, I think they need to be more origanal with their brews and it might be better.

Photo of deebo
2.26/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a brilliant orange with red tint and perfect clarity with a lot of pillowy tan head.
S-Smell of wheat, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice.
T-Bitter bite after some upfront malt. Not much on flavor-the bitter bite is the biggest defect.
M-Lots of carbonation, fairly thin.
D-Average to below average
O-Really nothing special here, if you want a pumpkin beer look somewhere else, this one is pretty boring.

Photo of far333
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Light honey color with a big, fat, foamy beige head. Light aroma of malt and nutmeg, and just a teeny bit of pumpkin. Flavor is yeasty at first, some nutmeg. Very chewy. Just a tad of pumpkin flavor. Too little pumpkin, too much nutmeg, too much yeast. Big nutmeg aftertaste. Excellent mouthfeel, but the yeast and the nutmeg are killing me. Had to pour out half the glass.

Photo of BadBadger
2.36/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This pumpkin ale pours a nice copper color. The head was very nice and foamy, staying for some time. Unfortunately, the smell was not of pumpkin or any other spice which I could recognize. The taste was sadly bland. Certainly a pumpkin ale which could be skipped.

Photo of Dizzy
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours copper colored white a white head which quickly recedes to a thin film. Faint spices in aroma. Flavor is malts and faint spices. Medium light bodied. Its drinkable, but nothing impressive. I'm glad I only bought one of these, This is my least favorite pumpkin beer so far.

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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