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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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1,891 Ratings

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

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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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper orange with a 1 inch fizzy bone colored head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin puree, and some subdued pumpkin pie spices. Taste is exactly the same as the smell but the spices are more assertive here. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. A bit too much carbonation in my opinion. Overall, this is actually a pretty good pumpkin ale. I wasn't expecting very much and for what it is I was impressed.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 00:54:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Polished kumquat beneath a large lid the color of sweet potato ice cream. A high-altitude pour filled at least half the pint glass with a clump of foam that is turning out to be on the persistent side. A nice array of attractive lace is another positive. There's nothing wrong with the way this one looks.

It appears as though the brewers got the aroma right as well. More power and more pumpkin would have been good, but the spices are pretty well done. The rear label lists clove, nutmeg and allspice. Nutmeg is most prominent by my nose. Cinnamon seems an odd omission.

Hate to say it, but Harvest Moon tastes like it was brewed by Coors. My hope, whenever I pop open a beer by any of the Big 3, is that it will taste like it was brewed by someone else. The pleasant surprises have been few and far between. Come to think of it, I've been really impressed by at least one offering from A-B and Miller, but not by one (so far) from these guys.

The biggest problem is the base beer. It tastes like an undermalted amber ale mixed 80:20 with a macro lager. It's mildly grain and husk-like, with an off-flavor that would be right at home in Coors Original. The spice load is decent, although indistinct, but it has no chance because it has no malt support.

With so little barley in the brewhouse, the mouthfeel can't help but be thin and waterlogged. The lack of heft doesn't permit the flavors to make any sort of impact (not a negative in this case) and it causes the finish to be as brief as it is insipid. How hard is it to add more malt?

I've probably had worse pumpkin ales, but I can't think of one at the moment. It looks like the suits at Coors decided to brew a pumpkin ale for their usual customers rather than for those who actually appreciate a well-crafted ale. I can't blame them for wanting to pay the bills, but that doesn't mean that any of us need to help them do so.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 14:07:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I gave in on this one only because it was a seasonal. I am really not a fan of Blue Moon in general, but figured I would give this one a shot and see how it fared. I was actually pleasantly surprised. Poured a nice clear deep pumpkin colored amber with a huge off white fizzy and foamy head on the top. A ton of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom kept it replenished enough that it had some nice side glass lace present. The aroma was very inviting, tons of spice were blowing you away from the very beginning. I was quite impressed with how strong the aroma of nutmeg and spice coming off of it was. A nice malty and bread like back was apparent as well and this translated over to the taste wonderfully. A deep rich spiced flavor came over you immediately. It had the definite pumpkin pie spiced taste, but not overblown. This was subtle enough to get the pint across without being too sweet and really making you say enough. Great feel, nice and light with a great medium body and full flavor. The carbonation stuck around until the very end and made it feel very full. I easily could have had more then one and was quite surprised with how easy of a drinker it was. Overall I really actually enjoyed this. I have had some better seasonals before, but this was a solid offering and there was no doubt about it. I would not hesitate to try this one again, it was really well done and light enough to be sessionable. My first good experience from Blue Moon, heck it had to happen sometime.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 00:16:11 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yet another review from old notes.

A: The pour is copper in color with about two fingers of off-white head.

S: First thing I seem to notice is a lack of pumpkin aroma here. Not only that, but it seems to be lacking in terms of the usual pumpkin pie spices as well. Some mild sweetness of caramel and toffee, and some toasted malt and grain.

T: The flavor is moderately sweet with just a hint of bitterness. I don't get much pumpkin or pie spice on the flavor either, maybe just a touch of nutmeg. Slight caramel and toffee with a decent breadiness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Definitely one of the weaker pumpkin ales, but I guess I wasn't terribly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 18:23:54 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pour a carrot colored body with a good head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Slight pumpkin tone in the nose with a modest spice profile

Taste: The caramel malt comes through, bringing with it a hint of pumpkin; slight spices emerge mid-palate; finishes sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit too sugary for me; not much else going on compared to other pumpkins I have tasted; drinkable but undistinguished

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 23:36:11 | More by brentk56
Photo of BEERchitect


2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It seemed like a good idea when I was at the store. Actually, not a bad beer, but other breweries have made pretty good Pumpkin ales with success. I shouldn't expect the same from this. Pours an orange-rust color. Highly carbonated. Almost fizzy head. Aromas of grain (cereal) with some pumpkin thrown in. Flavors of pumpkin and Thanksgiving spices (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg) add to the light malty sweetness. Mouthfeel leaves much to yearn for--weak and a bit over carbonated. Finishes with a bitterness that is more astingent than hop derived. The flavors are fine, but I feel like all pumpkin and spices are artificial and have not melded well. Weak body doesn't help.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 23:29:17 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of metter98

New York

3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has a little bit of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn’t a bad pumpkin beer because it has a good amount of aromas and flavors (that don’t taste artificial) and is easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 23:10:23 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-orange body with a medium-sized, fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Mild aroma that's light on the pumpkin and heavier on the spices, mainly allspice and clove.

Taste: Lightly sweet, grainy flavor with a meager amount of pumpkin flavor. More of the allspace, clove, and nutmeg spicing. Dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: I finally gave this pumpkin ale a try. I was getting SICK of having local area beer store employees hold it up going, "Hey, you want this beer or what?"

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 03:15:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 22:27:30 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It's getting cooler, the Bears are losing: definitely pumpkin beer season. This one pours a clear auburn topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light graham cracker, light cinnamon, and light clove. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slight underlying vein of stale gingerbread. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a decent enough little pumpkin beer, though not something I could see drinking many of, no matter how bad the Bears are doing.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 06:05:45 | More by TMoney2591
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3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon's Pumpkin Ale pours a clear, deep-amber/copper colored body with glowing orange and gold highlights. The head is fluffy and thick with a yellowed-white color; and it has great retention and leaves very nice rings of lace about the glass.

The nose is toasty with malt, very lightly fruity from the yeast, and backed by just a hint of spiciness.

The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests with more toastiness, a bit of caramel, and an edge of almost burnt sugar; and again, the spices are well-heeled. Some dull cinnamon is recognizable, along with some nutmeg, but otherwise it's pretty generic. There's just enough there to make you think pumpkin pie, and it doesn't build on the palate, but lingers nicely in the finish with a delicate swirl of spiciness. The bitterness balances it firmly, and it finishes dry and toasty. Medium bodied with a fine-bubbled, restrained carbonation that lends to smoothness.

Overall, it's a pretty decent, toasty and biscuity fall offering with a gentle sprinkling of spice that lends to it's character, and thus drinkability. You could have more than a few of these without overdoing it on spice; on the other hand, for some there might not be enough spice to satiate.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 21:53:15 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


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
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brownish orange color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, pumpkin, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is starts with flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg up front and background flavors of pumpkin and caramel. The malt character is a little thin for the style and there's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but kind of watery, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily enough, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, I'm not much of a pumpkin ale guy but there are definitely several better ones that I would select above this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 03:22:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of russpowell


3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would've sworn I've reviewed this before, but here goes:

Pours an effervescent copper with a pinky of tan head, looks the part up front. Traces of lacing & zero head retention

S: Brown sugar & not much else, maybe a whisper of phenols once warm

T: Caramel, leafy hops, cinnamon & cloves up front. Slight metallic hop notes & brown sugar sweetness as this warms, plus more cinnamon. Finishes sweet with cinnamon & brown sugar & a touch cherries trying to stomp on a still noticeable metallic taste hanging on at the fringes

MF: Light bodied with low carbonation

Drinks alright, but lacks the squashy pumpkin flavor I seek in this style, plus any real complexity. Would do in a jam for a beer or so, no more than that though

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 02:13:20 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light maltiness with a pumpkin aroma that overlays. It has a natural pumpkin scent, not like canned processed pumpkin. It smells like my homebrews. The taste is relatively good. It is smooth with a nice pumpkin flavor that is not overpowering and finishes creamy. It has a decent malt palate of pale and crystal malts. There are hints of nutmeg and other spices; very tastey. The mouthfeel is good also. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good pumpkin seasonal. It has good flavor and drinkability. This is a winner for Coors.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 00:34:30 | More by WesWes
Photo of Mora2000


3/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 17:06:40 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours out a dark amber or orange color with maybe a little red in it. A one-finger head with no lacing.

S - It smelled very nutty (nutmeg) and of cloves. There was a subtle pumpkin smell as well.

T - It tasted most of clove, nutmeg and malt. I really didn't detect any pumpkin.

M - It was crisp and light to mudium-bodied.

D - It wasn't bad. I don't like pumpkin but I thought this beer was pretty good. I don't think I would get it again, though. It just wasn't what I want out of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 22:17:49 | More by zeff80
Photo of Knapp85


2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a brownish color, a little darker than expected. The head was white a fluffy a first. The lacing wasn't the best but decent. The smell was spicy, with some cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste was a little puzzling to me, It almost tasted like pumpkin but I think the spices kind of collided and didn't really work well together for some reason. The mouthfeel was pretty light and not overly carbonated. Overall It's not my favorite Pumpkin Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 18:13:42 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

best before Feb. 4.

Pours amber with nice clarity. Thick off-white head soon descends to a lasting, thin cover. A little lacing is left.

The smell is very thin. Some traces of spice are there, but pumpkin is hardly noticeable, if at all. Nothing smells bad about it, but much too weak.

The taste is of some sweet malt and a hint of roasted grain. Some hints at pumpkin-pie like spices are noticeable, but pumpkin is almost completely missing. Might be an okay autumn amber ale, but it falls short of a pumpkin ale, as the key ingredient is so vague. The tastes hardly stick around to have any aftertaste at all.

The feel is light, not too watery, though some watery thinness is noticeable. It doesn't have the texture and body that the style calls for. Doesn't feel like I just had pumpkin pie the way I do with others of this style. Still, the body holds up fairly decently.

This could use more pumpkin flavor, and more flavor in general. It might be somewhat easy to drink, but not if in the mood for a good pumpkin ale, as it is almost missing the main feature. Barely touches the surface of what it should be. Too many better pumpkin ales out there now to bother with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 22:10:17 | More by jwc215
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper amber hue with a nice creamy tan head, though short lived leaves some speckled lacing. Aroma: Is very satisfying to me, I get some of the light caramel toasted malts that a very nice this time of year with the change of seasons along with some very precise pumpkin pie spicing not too much doesn't seem like a concentrated artificial scent but is just nice and rather tame. Taste: A flavor that is based upon a bready sweet caramel tone and complemented by a swirling stint of cinnamon and mild pumpkin tones, I have sampled some pumpkin ales that just can't pull this off. Should I say Ein Prosit to Coors, for doing something solid from their brewing empire. Not outstanding but definitely not bad I enjoy this brew. Mouthfeel: Is a bit sticky but it goes down fairly well no overpowering extracts just right carbonation is a little rough making each sip just a bit more cloying than it should be. Drinkability: A definite nice beer to at least try this fall I give it oh, I would say one thumbs up a tasty seasonal from the "Blue Moon" brewing company, sweet!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 18:03:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a wispy head that disappears in seconds.

Smell: very little cinammon and nutmeg spice rise from the glass.

Taste: mild malt profile with some caramel, cinammon, nutmeg, and a mellow bitterness make up a bland pumpkin ale. Mild breadiness here too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Aftertaste is short as the flavors leave the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: if you want a pumpkin ale, this may hit the spot but it is low on my list of pumpkin ales I want to drink. Easy to quaff due to mild flavor profile, but when glass is empty I was looking for something else.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 15:17:12 | More by Gavage
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3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice head--two fingers thick. The liquid is clear and has a dark orange/amber tinge to it. Only demerit is the nearly complete lack of lace.

A strong sour milk aroma to start with! Okay, some pumpkin is there, which is refreshing from other pumpkin beers that really feature cinnamon and nutmeg. On the third whiff, some soapiness is present. This is very surprising since this glass was being used for a pumpkin beer flight and this aroma has not been present thus far.

Closer to a scotch ale or a mild in flavor. The "pumpkin" aspects are quite muted. The hop is light and only present in the aftertaste. Fairly full-bodied with a proper amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is mild and short-lived--rather watery.

Oddly, this is a quaffable beer. Certainly, it is far more flavorful regular lawn mower beers. Unfortunately, it is rather one-dimensional, lacking complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 20:48:16 | More by smcolw
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3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours orange with a medium white head with good retention.

S: Pumpkin flesh mostly, light spice.

T: Not really that spiced, though cinnamon and allspice are clearly evident. Pumpkin flavour really comes out in the end and has a root vegetable finish.

M: Nice body, easy drinking pumpkin beer with a sweet finish.

D: One of the best pumpkin brews I've had to date though we don't get a huge selection on the West Coast. Nice beer out of a macro brewer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 04:15:21 | More by Halcyondays
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3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a way overly spiced pumpkin beer in my opinion. on tap at dave and busters, this one pours a nice amber shade with a faint orange glow and a fleeting off white head. the nose is nutmeg and clove, a little vanilla, and red and caramel malts. no squash to speak of. the same is true of the flavor, where the heavy spice dose totally crowds out any real pumpkin thats in this beer. its very desserty, like a pumpkin pie, seasonally okay, but to me id like to see more of the actual pumpkin. all the spice makes it a tough beer to session, even though the body is just medium and the carbonation is good. its not a bad beer, dont get me wrong, and definitely better than some of the other blue moon seasonals, but ive come to like my pumpkin beers to showcase the vegetable, not the spice, and this one is just too spice based for me. others may disagree.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 16:20:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Inoffensive, but comes off as an odd-tasting Blue Moon Belgian White. Its kind of a mish-mash of spice and light beer. Really, nothing unpleasant, but unless given a body for free, I doubt I'd touch the stuff. Maybe something to ween the kids of Keystone?

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 01:53:15 | More by tempest
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Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 1,891 ratings.