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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale - Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin AleBlue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 1891
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.48%


Brewed by:
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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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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.51/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish copper. Decent head at first. No lace remains.
Smell: Spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Taste: Pumpkin and spices.

Not bad. The smell is slightly better than the taste, but not by much. The nutmeg is very clear in the smell. The taste of pumpkin is light, but there's a definite bite to the drink with spices. I'm impressed. Although I wouldn't probably get it again, I am impressed from this Blue Moon offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 04:57:48 | More by TeamMathis
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1/3/14. Part of a 'Make your own 6' from the local Baker's (Kroger's) about 5 weeks ago. Also seen this one in their 'Autumn Sampler'. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty amber in color with about a 1-finger off white head. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is on the light side and is of pumpkin and spices. The taste is actually very pleasant with the spices and you can taste the cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg as well as the pumpkin. No bitter or harsh aftertaste. Good carbonation for this one that wasn't overdone. Overall, better than some other pumpkin ales that I tried and liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 17:55:59 | More by BeerWithMike
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coalcracker

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a bit light on spice and pumpkin. Taste is very clean with a hint of pumpkin and spice. The wheat body is notable and melds well with the pumpkin and spice overlay. A bit more fuller-bodied than I had expected. Overall, not knocked out by this rather toned-downed and overly-clean seasonal ale. Certainly palatable and quite good, but not optimal for those seeking a more robust pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 01:05:24 | More by coalcracker
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JednoPivoProsim

Maryland

3.64/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Best by JAN1314.

Appearance: Pours a thin amber body without much of a head.

Smell: Pumpkin and spices (cloves, allspice, and nutmeg per neck label). Very nice!

Taste: Gingerbread cookie and spice flavor. Slightly sweet pumpkin. Not overpowering, very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Decent rich, full bodied mouthfeel.

Overall: Decent pumpkin ale from the big boys.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 19:15:56 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very nice copper color with 1 1/2 finger fluffy white head. It has really good retention as well. Very good looking beer.

S - Fairly light aroma, especially for a pimpkin spiced fall beer. There are pie spices present such as nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. There are also faint smells of pumpkin and you can really pick up on the malts as well

T - Not too bad. Pleasantly surprised. The pumpkin is definately there and the nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon are much more pronounced than they were in the aroma. Very drinkable

M - A medium bodied beer. It has slicker feeling in the mouth. Not objectionable by any means, but I prefer a creamier style beer when drinking pumpkin style beers

O - Not a bad offering by Coors. I can see where this would appeal to someone drinking a pumpkin beer for the first time. Would do in a pinch although it wouldnt be my first choice when drinking a pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 18:48:00 | More by Goosehunter75
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Kind of a meh beer. Poured a bit cold with a small to medium size, cream-colored head that soon settled to a large island and ring and no lace. Color is a clear, somewhat lighter orange amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is beer, malt and a little pumpkin. Flavor's like nose, with carbonic tang dominating, on the dry side, and leans to bland. Body is controlled by over carbonation. Finish is like flavor which is short lived, but has the long lingering tang. One thing I like is the underplaying of the pumpkin flavor, but they went too far. Forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 20:59:23 | More by drpimento
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DrewsBrews450

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange amber with a decent head litte lace. The smell is spice a little wheatish and sweet malt. Taste has a little more pumpkin to it then the smell and u can taste the sweet malt with a pie spice blend. The mouthfeel is thicker then expected and has just a touch of sting. Overall is pretty good and prob the best seasonal from blue moon.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 23:28:14 | More by DrewsBrews450
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NoBeerSnob

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not being a huge fan of anything pumpkin, I was somewhat ambivalent about trying this ale, but I was glad I did. The pumpkin and allspice were lurking behind nicely balanced hops and malt. I don’t know if I’d enjoy more than one or two of these before reaching pumpkin pie overload, but it’s certainly a nice seasonal choice.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 12:43:24 | More by NoBeerSnob
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watermelon

North Carolina

2.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass date on the bottle says feb/17/14

A: Nice copper orange amber color, good white head upon pour, but it quickly dissipates.

S: Strongly dominated by pumpkin pie spice.

T: Strong taste of artificial pumpkin, easily the most pumpkin flavors ive had. This is nice at first but quickly becomes annoying, I don't think I could have more then 2 of these at a time if that. A definite metallic taste.

M: This has an alright mouth feel, a little more carbonation then there needs to be( typical of blue moon beers).

O: This was great at first strong pumpkin first, but quickly becomes overwhelming. I recommend trying this if you like pumpkin beers as its got the strongest pumpkin flavor of any beer ive tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 00:46:52 | More by watermelon
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Caj1

Texas

3.36/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the Fall Sampler 12-pack, this is probably tied with the Rounder for my least favorite beer. There's nothing explicitly bad or wrong about this beer, but it's so purely average that it really isn't worth any extra consideration. I know I wouldn't go back to buy a six pack of the stuff - after the third in a week I feel like I've had enough to last the rest of the autumn.

From the regular old Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale bottle (lovely painting of a pumpkin patch, wheelbarrow and giant blue moon) it pours a nice copper brown with just the slightest amount of haze. I get about a finger of foam which doesn't last very long at all but leaves a good deal of film on the surface of the beer. The lacing on the side of the glass is minimal and of the soap sud variety.

Smell is very straightforward - a lot of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice) and a lot of malt, not much else. Taste is also just as straightforward with lots of spice, lots of malt, slight hoppy bitterness and earthiness and just the slightest hint of pumpkin flavor. If it weren't advertised on the bottle I probably wouldn't know it was pumpkin beer at all. Mouthfeel is crisp and clear but heavy enough that I know it's a cold weather beer.

So there you have it; not good, not bad, which leaves me very indifferent toward this beer. If you like spice you might like it, but there are better beers of this variety out there and your bucks would be better spent on those instead. If someone gives you one for free though, don't sneer at it. It's good enough and goes over well at social gatherings.

To good health and good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 21:44:04 | More by Caj1
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Matthew_Phoenix

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was the main beer they were advertising at the place I went, so me and my friends got it.

A - I didn't have it poured into a glass, the place i was at had it on bottles, so appearance goes off of the bottle. The label looks like a typical beer label, you'll see a valley of pumpkins with the giant iconic moon in the back.

S - I couldn't really get a whole lot out of the smell, maybe because it was out of the bottle, i got some small hints of spices or baked bread kinda thing going on.

T - Tastes like straight up pumpkin, which is exactly what it should be. a lil bit sweet, not a whole lot of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied. goes down pretty easy.

Overall, not too bad...i dont think i've ever been disappointed with a blue moon, you know what your going to get with them, quality, but nothing overly special or anything to go crazy over

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 06:06:31 | More by Matthew_Phoenix
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

October 2013:Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Seasonal Collection, Blue Moon Brewing Company. "A pumpkin ale crafted with the fall flavors of cloves, allspice and nutmeg and brewed with a touch of wheat for a smooth, lightly spiced finish. 5.7% Alc. by vol.

The look: Clear, copper-y, deep amber colored, a good match for pumpkin flesh.

The smell: Fresh, spicy, wheat-y and pumpkin-inny. They're all here.

The taste: Rather light on the tongue. There's the spice, and below it pumpkin meat. It sits on the palate pleasantly enough, the flavor's delivered, but…not quite enough. It just falls a bit flat. Maybe I don't care enough for pumpkin ales anymore, or maybe this one just doesn't do it. You have to keep it light enough to please anyone who looks for the Blue Moon logo.

For a hard-lined critic like myself, this one gets an "eh…"

October 2003:
Clear, earthy dark orange color, nearly bronze, with a full, off-whitish head, riddled with myriad brownish dots. (Subsequent tastings did not show this peculiarity.)
Nose is an immediate hit of sweet and warm spices, a bit vegetal, soft and mild, but pleasant.
Nice flavor off the bat, full, rich, aflood with spices (cinnmon, ginger, ...cardamom?) riding on top of the palate. Smooth, and malty, little hops, medium body,...and ulimately fading. Nice balance, decent taste, but I'd prefer a little more...then again, this is Coors behind the helm, who aren't normally in the business of challnging tastebuds.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:55:35 | More by feloniousmonk
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BucannonXC5

California

3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: Walmart in Fayetteville, N.C.
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Oct. 13, 2013
Misc.: My younger brother bought a 12-pack

Poured a dark caramel color with one finger of gray head. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass and minimal retention on the way down.

Smelled pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, wintry spices, cloves and gingerbread.

Tasted similar to the smell with those winter spices leading the way. Also pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. A little lacking in flavor overall though.

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Longer finish.

Not bad for Blue Moon’s version of a pumpkin beer. I’ve certainly had better, but this wasn’t the worst.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 03:24:32 | More by BucannonXC5
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear reddish copper with great bubble retention. Produces a pretty good head, but it dwindles to form a very unappetizing layer of foam that looks like a soggy piece of bread has been allowed to dissolve in it. No significant lacing.

S: Pumpkin, warm spices, and a bit of malt and wheat.

T: A great amount of pumpkin and malt, with pie spices like allspice and cinnamon with a good presence as well. Wheat aftertaste. Finely guzzleable.

M: Pretty carbonated, but with a surprising creamy note as well. Very crisp, makes it all the more tempting to get another.

O: Is it a pumpkin pie? Not quite. Is it a well crafted, balanced beer? No. Is it perfect for a bonfire party or well-priced backup autumn beer? Heck yes.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 08:24:03 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.76/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a orange-copper coloring with a slow flow of carbonation and a scant, filmy, white coating of head that quickly settles out into a ring. Aromas of roasted pumpkin, earthy notes, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, hints of vanilla, and a touch of sweet potato. Can't really fault anybody so far on this beer. Flavors are where things start to go awry. Syrupy and sugary sweet forward flavors of pumpkin come at you ham-handed, with an almost instant cloying. The spice characters are completely drowned out, and the roast notes don't stand a chance in balancing this beer out. I guess the saving grace is that the flavor is almost completely gone from your palate in a matter of seconds. The aftertaste is almost non-existent, with hints of toasted grain and a linger of sugary sweetness. Oily slick body, which helps expedite the disappearance of this beer from your palate, leading to an empty finish that I suppose will be deemed clean. This one started off alright, but the drop off was dramatic.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 23:16:00 | More by GarthDanielson
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hdf561

Virginia

3.71/5  rDev +20.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 00:47:39 | More by hdf561
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a nice two finger white head with just a light tint of orange. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is dominated by a pumpkin spice smell of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Other lighter aromas of a roasted pumpkin and some brown sugar are there as well, giving it a very spiced pumpkin pie like smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and pumpkin puree like taste. Upfront there is sweetness of a caramel flavor, which transitions to a more brown sugar taste as the taste moves to the end. Along with the transitioning of the sweet so too comes the spice flavors that were detected in the nose. The spice doesn't get as potent as the nose would have let one to believe however, remaining more on the lighter side. Along with the spice there is also a light citrus taste that is present throughout much of the middle and the end of the taste. All in all, in the end one is left with a lighter spiced pumpkin flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in thickness with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A slightly thicker body may have been a bit better for accentuating the pumpkin flavors of the brew, but the lower carbonation did just that so overall the feel was pretty good.

Overall – A decent and rather easy drinking pumpkin ale that is very accessible and rather affordable.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 01:34:03 | More by Darkmagus82
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ckollias

Maryland

3.36/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this brew from a 12oz bottle in a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours an orange hue with an off-white head frothy head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a no trail and a solid lace.

S: Malty aroma with hints of pumpkin spice, caramel, and vanilla.

T: Smooth slightly tart and malty flavor with hints of caramel and pumpkin spice.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent pumpkin brew – worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:07:38 | More by ckollias
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Auraan

Arizona

3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured an almost bright orange amber, with a thin ring of white head that quickly dissipated to nothing, leaving no lacing. The same look of every other pumpkin ale. Scents of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices that I cannot accurately separate and sweetness. It's a typical, sweet pumpkin ale scent. Taste is sweet, with prominent pumpkin and the same undifferentiated pumpkin pie spices, but with some slight undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some caramel malt flavors throughout and a bit of wheat cracker on the finish with a toasted malt aftertaste. Not bad, but a bit sweet, like most pumpkin ales, the wheat cracker is a nice addition to the flavor profile of an otherwise standard pumpkin ale. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, about what I expected from a pumpkin ale. Overall it's a standard pumpkin ale, with all the good and bad that comes with the style. It manages to separate itself slightly due to the addition of wheat malt, but it's not enough to raise it above "It's a pumpkin ale." status.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 03:09:56 | More by Auraan
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Furlinator

California

3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear brownish-orange with a thin head and almost no lacing.

Smell is faint pumpkin and spices up front with maple and brown sugar on the finish.

Taste follows the smell: Spices and faint pumpkin first and finishing with brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

This is an above average pumpkin ale with a nice maple and brown sugar finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 03:44:51 | More by Furlinator
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lwillitz

Florida

3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - transparent body of amber, 2 fingers of khaki foam, moderate amount of rising carbonation

S - fresh pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, caramel, touch of wheaty grain

T - spiced pumpkin (with noticeable cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves), big caramel sweetness, drying finish with spices

M - smooth thick medium body, medium/high carbonation

O - It's an ok pumpkin beer. Good enough for its price tag.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 21:37:07 | More by lwillitz
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LordBeardman

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a orange/amber color. I barely got any head off it and it quickly dissipated.

S: The smell was pretty faint, what I could smell was a sweet pumpkin smell and spices.

T: Not too much spice, not too much pumpkin. A very average pumpkin ale.

M: Very smooth, easy to drink. The sweetness really hangs around in your mouth.

O: This beer just average. It doesn't try anything new. I would say it is a good starter pumpkin beer for someone who has never had one before.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 13:56:18 | More by LordBeardman
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OttoS

Colorado

2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer tastes like they forgot to buy pumpkins so they just threw in allspice, cinnamon, molasses and the secretary's potpourri.

There isn't really anything wrong with the beer as it tastes like a run of the mill dark beer. Instead of crafting a pumpkin beer as a new recipe, it would appear that the beer is a clone of an existing product with a bunch of spices thrown in.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 20:48:02 | More by OttoS
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Private_Beer_Tongue

New York

3.61/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok so I am no Beer "Supreme Abbot" but at least I know what I like when I taste it and Harvest Pumpkin Ale is a solid and respectably well tasting brew with lots of midrange appeal, sure its not as aggressive compared to others in this style range but it doesn't have to be, you want pumpkin, Its there, you want Spice its there you want to drink a ale that fits well within the constructs of a "golden sunny day" with the family in a farm picking harvest fare during a crisp october or november day, culminating in those Libra sky's the Autumn is known for, its all there, in my "Humble Beerpinion" are there better representative brews of this style? Of course but they might be off putting and too aggressive for most making an entry into "Craft Beer", those who are looking to test their taste buds in pumpkin "aleville" will find no injustice here and perhaps may discover a gateway to more complex offerings as palates evolve. Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale Not a bad Brew just not the best but good enough to make you taste the Festiveness of the season and it offerings!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:47:36 | More by Private_Beer_Tongue
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mullincs

Tennessee

2.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Nice amber color and slightly opaque, but unfortunately little to no head exists. Absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

Smell - Smells like a typical pumpkin ale, which is a good thing. Plenty of spices to take in.

Taste - Not quite pumpkin flavored, but the fall spices are there. Certainly not overpowering, and maybe even a little underwhelming as the taste disappears a little too quickly.

Mouthfeel - The amount of carbonation is nice and makes this a drinkable beer. However, its way too watered down to really appreciate the flavors there.

Overall - Not a bad pumpkin ale, but too thin and not flavorful enough to really contend with higher quality craft beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 02:30:30 | More by mullincs
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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 1,891 ratings.