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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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714 Reviews

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Reviews: 714
Hads: 2,614
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 37.86%
Wants: 37
Gots: 593 | 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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Reviews: 714 | Hads: 2,614
Photo of Franziskaner
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber in color with a fingernail of brilliant white. Aroma is moderately spiced with nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. I taste moderately aggressive nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

best by Feb 8 (my birthday) 2016
poured into 6 ounce cup
L- the lowest point of surprisingly good beer, an uninspiring light brown, little head retention
S- caramel malts, pumpkin, and some spices
T- really smooth and nice caramel malts, with some hop bitterness. and then the pumpkin with all the spices cloves, nutmeg...
F- nice crisp taste, not overly carbonated
O- really really good beer even though from crafty blue moon, just gives a nice pumpkin taste, well balanced perfect for cool evening in fall, just really good for the style if not for Blue Moon will have higher overall ratings on this site(my opinion)

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

In all honesty, was craving a seasonal pumpkin beer for the fall, and this was the cheaper of the available selection.

A: 12-oz. bottle into a wheat beer glass. Pours a nice copper-orange color with about an inch of foam that dissipates quick.

S: Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, a little bit of that Blue Moon orange zest.

T: Malty, sweet, pumpkin pie filling, caramel, no trace of hops or bitterness...as expected.

M: Softer light-medium body, little carbonation. A typical sticky, sweet Blue Moon beer.

O: Like I said, was craving a seasonal beer, and this hit the spot. Not a go-to beer and wouldn't drink too many of these in one session. It's a fine beer for the season--not the best, not the worst.

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Photo of stevoj
2.44/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Albertsons. Kind of a dull pour, tiny head. Aroma is out of the bottle pumpkin pie spice, nothing imaginative or exciting. Actually kind of bland, with some generic pumpkin pie flavor. As expected....

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Photo of sjones5045
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10-25-15 LBI

I don't like pumpkin beers typically but it was pretty much the only option. Was kind of surprised that it was decent. Most pumpkin beers are over spiced and t he taste gets old quick. This one see sped pretty simple and I enjoyed a few of them. Not sure I'm going to run out and get some but for a pumpkin beer it was relatively good.

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Photo of jolleyt
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear medium-brown with a small white head that quickly dissipates. No lacing at all on my glass. A bit lighter than most of the pumpkin ales I drink, and seems to be lighter than previous years' incarnations of this beer.

S: Biscuity malt, fair amount of pumpkin spices. Much more spice aroma than I remember from this one.

T: Dominated by bread and biscuit malts, with pumpkin spice backing it up. Again, more spice notes than before. Some wheat is noticeable in the background, and a small bite of hop bitterness at the end.

M: Light-medium body. Feels more like a witbier than a pumpkin ale, but hey, it's Blue Moon. It's expected.

O: Coors has really improved this one in the last year or so. I remember Harvest Moon/Harvest Pumpkin Ale being basically an American amber ale in the past with no real pumpkin flavor, but this year's incarnation is a good introduction to the pumpkin ale style. There is an obvious wheat presence so you can tell it's from the Blue Moon lineup, which may make it easier for newbies to get into the style. Still, even for a seasoned drinker it's quite enjoyable on a cool autumn night. Cheers!

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Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/11/2016. Pours slightly cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, brown sugar, wheat, toasted biscuit, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, brown sugar, wheat, toasted biscuit, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of pumpkin/spice and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, lightly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid pumpkin ale style. All around good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of pumpkin/spices and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.46/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very run of the mill pumpkin ale, loaded with artificial pumpkin spice and not much else. It's body was substantial, which was nice (thin feeling pumpkin ales are pretty nasty). The best part of it was the appearance. It just looked gorgeous in the glass. The color was a clean yet deep ruby-amber-brown, and the head was pure white and fluffy.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A decent introduction to the style. Pumpkin beers are trendy, and as each season goes by, folks tend to love them or hate them. If you want to get your feet wet on pumpkin beer, try a six pack of this one. If you like it, try a few more exotic pumpkins. If you don't like it, pumpkin might not be for you. It's not your fault.

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Photo of sgt_187em
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I didn't like this Oktoberfest as much as others. Not a fan of the smell and taste. Mild IBU and carbonation. Pours amber-copper with a mild disappearing head. Hints of pumpkin.

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Photo of weaselface89
3.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- doing this review with the light of the tiki torches but through my eyes it looks like a dark amber clear, and has a light head that fades quickly.
S- not a strong smell to this one, but getting the typical belgian/blue moon style scent, with a very faint hint of pumpkin
T- refreshing and light. Tastes like it smells
F- light feel with little carbonation
O- a decent beer. Nothing spectacular. Don't expect to be blown back by pumpkin flavors but I'm enjoying this right now.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.06/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Jan 1116 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of clove and nutmeg
Head small (< one cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy/fizzy, rapidly diminishing to irregular one to three mm ring and no layer
Lacing poor – few tiny islands of tiny bubbles
Body light orange, clear, effervescent
Flavor of light spices – clove, nutmeg, a hint of cinnamon; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.27/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice golden orange color with a thick white head. Can smell faint pumpkin along with cinnamon. This is a soft spiced ale, a little bit watered down.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.74/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pumpkin brew but the taste is missing something. It pours a nice clear light brown with amber tints. The smell is mostly pumpkin spices with a tiny bit of malt. The taste is a bit thin. Mostly pumpkin and spices with a little malt sweetness. No real bitterness at all. Not a great brew but definitely a drinkable pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Hobb4429
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer has a great color when poured, a nice thick head, though it fades rather quickly. Good carbonation, can see lots of bubbles rising due to its rather clear appearance. Get scents of Nutmeg, a hint of pumpkin but overall not a powerful smell to it. When drank I didn't get much pumpkin taste at all, a little crept in the back after several other spices had faded. While I enjoy the flavor (tastes alot like a basic brown ale) I would like to see alot more PUMPKIN featured. The feel is nice, a good smooth beer, not too much carbonation and is very easy to drink. Overall I would say 3.5-4 stars, not one I will probably seek out, however if there are some at a Halloween party or I see a killer sale, I wouldn't think twice about grabbing one.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
3.81/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a fan of the wheat/pumpkin concept, but this beer is overall solid. The wheat flavor interferes and diminishes the crispness the beer could have.

Both flavor and aroma contain cinnamon and nutmeg. As stated above, the wheat gets in the way a bit, in my opinion.

Goes down smooth. A simple but effective pumpkin ale, that is sadly better than plenty of standard (not imperial) pumpkin ales out there.

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Photo of MadCat
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Pours a copper brown with a short white head

Smell: Pumpkin and sweet malts

Taste: Pumpkin and some pie spices, bready malts

Feel: Light body and good carbonation

Overall: Not a bad pumpkin beer, but it doesn't have a whole lot going for it either.

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Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.27/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great for the fall but not as good as other pumpkin beers. It is too sweet and not as spicy as I would prefer it. Good wheat taste and light brown color. Overall I like it a lot!

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the better Blue Moon seasonals I've had; so nicely balanced in its spices and drinkability that it gives some of the more recent Shock Top offerings I've had (Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat, Lemon Shandy) a run for their money.

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Photo of beertunes
2.01/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Admittedly, I don't care for pumpkin beers, and I only drank this to help a friend empty out his beer fridge, but this still wasn't a very good take on the style.

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Photo of lticew
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells great, if not a tad artificial on the pumpkin. Taste is good, but not enlightening. Points off for weak head, lack of body, and overcarbonation.

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Photo of mchegash
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.6/5
A fairly nice light orange-brown. Extremely clear. About 2/3 finger of head when initially poured, dissipated to head within 30 seconds or so. Can see a moderate amount of carbonation rising rapidly to the top.

Smell - 3/5
Nutmeg, pumpkin, alcohol, sweet malts. The aroma is not very strong.

Taste - 2.75/5
Sweet malts are the predominate flavor, followed by subtle fall spices including nutmeg, as well as a fruity alcohol character. Don't taste any pumpkin. Something doesn't seem quite right about the taste, maybe the spices are imbalanced, or the flavor is weird, or something, but I don't particularly like the taste a lot.

Mouthfeel - 3.1/5
Light bodied, fairly crisp. Carbonation is light to moderate. Smooth drink overall.

Overall - 3/5
Overall this is just a pretty weak beer. It's not terrible in any particular aspect, but it is just completely mediochre or less in every way. The aroma is not very strong, the taste seems slightly off, the beer seems a little too watery perhaps. I've definitely had worse pumpkin ales, but you could do much better than this brew.

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Photo of brewqueno
2.43/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is not a pumpkin ale. Maybe they added pumpkin - maybe they forgot to add it to the batch... Maybe a hint of spice.... Tastes like a basic brown ale to me. Not bad, though. It's good, but not what I'm looking for in the fall.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.16/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid pumpkin beer that doesn't do much yet doesn't suck. If you're into the pumpkin beer trend every fall, then by all means, skip this one since it's nothing really special, but it could be a better alternative to some other stuff on a drab menu.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.