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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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2,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,413
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 33
Gots: 325 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-1998)
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Reviews by swid:
Photo of swid
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale pours a gold-to-brown color into my pilsner glass. Atop the slightly hazy liquid sits a 1/4", light tan head that slowly dissipates. Moderate carbonation, no lacing. The smell is dominated by the pumpkin (and pumpkin spice) aromas: cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. There are small amounts of malt and citrus hop aromas as well.

The taste is similarly dominated by the various pumpkin-related flavors. At times, it's a bit hard to find the typical beer flavors; those that are represented are little more than generic sweet malt and a mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is very light, carbonated, and wet; finishes with a blandly pumpkin-ish aftertaste.

This is the first time I've had more than a sample of a Pumpkin Ale; I'd probably enjoy it a bit more if I liked pumpkin pie. However, I think this beer would be pretty good if paired with appropriate foods for the style.

swid, Jan 29, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

oberon, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

DanGeo, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

wesbrownyeah, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev -3.2%

tbryan5, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Driver8k
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Driver8k, Dec 23, 2013
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Dmann
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Dmann, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
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.

markallmon, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of markmo
4.5/5  rDev +45.2%

markmo, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of jonny1138
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

jonny1138, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of danthehopslamman
3/5  rDev -3.2%

danthehopslamman, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Nelguz
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Nelguz, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of BeerDreadz
3/5  rDev -3.2%

BeerDreadz, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
3/5  rDev -3.2%

DaftPatrick, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of heddar33
2/5  rDev -35.5%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of WuAnquo1
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of chip26
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

chip26, Jul 14, 2014
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.

Beaver13, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

generallee, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of medic361
3.13/5  rDev +1%
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!

medic361, Sep 02, 2011
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

shatnerosmotic, Nov 15, 2011
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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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