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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2,501 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,501
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 31
Gots: 466 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-1998

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Photo of DrJay
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mostly clear orange/amber colour topped by off-white foam. Slight chill haze problem. The head reduces quickly to a ring and fine lacing. Sweet aroma with strong, but unbalanced, spices (mostly nutmeg I think...). The flavour follows suit, but seems washed out and thin. Spices linger in the finish, along with slight bitterness. The body starts out light, then the bottom drops out and it becomes quite watery at the finish. Moderate carbonation and off-dry. The thin flavour and body really hurt this beer and throw the balance off.

Photo of tone77
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is surprisingly mild, some hints of pumpkin. Taste is also mild. The pumpkin is there but the spices seem to be lacking. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre beer.

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

Pours a clear orange, small white head forms, no lace to speak of. Smell is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, pretty malty, better than expected. Taste is sweet, with pumpkin and spice. Mouthfeel is really light, with low to medium carbonation. Not bad, better than I thought. Thanks DrJay.

Photo of Bighuge
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice glowing amber appearance. A thin but well retained light brown head laces adequately. Aroma of nutmeg, cinamon, pumpkin pulp and toasted malt. And the spices don't over-ride the other aromas. This is a pretty solid pumpkin ale...even coming from Coors. It used to be better, but it's not bad. What I like is that the spices to drown out the pumpkin and malt flavors as happens in other pumpkin beers. This one's got a juicy pumpkin pulp flavor complimented by caramel maltiness. Some subtle spicing includes nutmeg and cinamon. Medium full body. I'm surprised I like this one more than Buffalo Bill's now.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Red, amber and orange appearance, head diminishes almost instantly. Aroma was pumpkin & solvent.

An initial big relative alcohol feel, but that does eventually recede and allow the small amount of pumpkin (in a good way) to accomodate the taste buds. The beer does get better as it goes. No hops, no bitterness, very small malt bill, more like warming instead of roasting, I think the color comes from the pumpkin, not the grain.

A good spice feel comes on halfway down. Palate just had to get used to (I don't know how to spell acclimated prolly). Don't drain pour this, it gets better.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a clear reddish gold with a 2 finger head of foam. Good head retention and some lacing.

The smell smells slightly spicy, sloghtly malty. Not much going on.

The taste is light but does at least have some character. Light spices, maybe some nutmeg other, are up front with really light pumkin flavour and some sweet malt. It finishes slightly bitterish. Not bad.

The mouthfeel is light close to medium but there's a harshness on my tongue that I'm not very fond of...

Overall, worth visiting once for me but I won't buy it again.

Photo of cjgator3
2.31/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear bright copper color with creamy off white head. Nose is quite faint with some pumpkin and spice. Taste much like the aroma is too faint and watery. The taste of pumpkin and clove that is present is not all that pleasant. Overall, this is a pretty weak attempt at a Pumpkin Ale. I give Coors credit for trying, but they need to go back to the drawing board on this one.

Photo of Brad007
2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a mild copper amber color with a nice foamy head that has some lacing. Aroma has some pumpkin spice in it, somewhat bready like pumpkin pie upfront. Taste is somewhat thin and watery with the pumpkin barely holding up in the taste. A second sip is less watery than the first but still leaves very little of that pumpkin essence on the tongue.

Not a bad effort overall but nothing impressive either. Then again, none of the Blue Moon beers are that impressive to me anyway.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber/Orange color. Poured with a full thick foamy white head. Decent lacing,

S: Spices, mainly clove. Pleasing mild sweet aroma to balance.

T: Clove, range of spices. Flavor lingers then slighlty bitter.

M: Medium body, but nice and crisp/sharp. Well carbonated.

D: Something a bit different that was pretty good. Might wear on me after a while though.

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank this from a 12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Appearance was nothing special, orange color with minimal white head.

Aroma only hinted of pumpkin pie spices, not very strong at all.

Flavor was not good at all for this type of beer. I could barely taste any nutmeg or cinnamon or anything I'd associate with the pumpkin ale variety.

My least favorite pumpkin beer to date.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.89/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a nice copper color with a decent off-white head that doesn't last too long. The aroma is mostly grain, malt and just a little bit of spice, but the aroma is pretty weak. The taste is mainly bready and malty, with a little bit of pumpkin and spice and a bit of a pumpkin aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the thin and watery side, but it does go down smooth and is non-offensive. Overall it's an average beer, nothing impressive at all.

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

After the crown is removed and the beer poured in to a nice clean nonick glass it appears a slightly hazy amber with a distinct orange tint, the head smallish and frothy, the lace scraggly and off white in color. Nose is spicy pumpkin and sweet malt, start is sweet with a fair to middling grain presence and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish has a decent acidity, the hops adequate, very dry aftertaste, just another ho-hum pumpkin beer.

Photo of puboflyons
2.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked MAR0110-CO5101645. It pours a reasonably clean amber-orange with a half-inch foamy tan head. The appearance was its best feature. The aroma had little in the way of pumpkin spice. It had more of a macro malty aroma and kind of stale at that. The mouthfeel was in the medium range. The taste includes caramel and sweet malts and hint of hops but practically no pumpkin spice. It this was marketed as an amber ale, I might be able to accept it because essentially that's what it tastes like. I am sorry but this was a weak effort on the part of Blue Moon.

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

Aromas are basically non-existant. Some caramel maltiness, but not enough to save it.

The tastes completely fails as a pumpkin ale. I don't get much pumpkin or spice at all. It's more of an amber ale, and not a very good amber ale at that. I get some squashy taste at the back end, that's about it, but not well defined at all.

Bubbly, fizzy mouthfeel, but really not too bad on this score. Pretty watery, eh...

Photo of rudzud
2.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at pizzeria unos.

A poured into a tall pint glass a copper hue with a one finger cream head that faded to leave nice side lacing.

S - typical unimpressive pumpkin fall spices. Fairly mediocre.

T - More of the same unimpressive tastes.

M - typical average lowish carbonation.

O - Overall this really isn't worth the buy. If id known id already had this I would have held off....

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial Pint.
5.7% ABV, JAN0713 printed in yellow on neck.

A - Harvest moon pours a beautiful deep burnt orange color that highlights the tiny carbonation bubbles which stream from the glass' etching. A big cream colored head rises above the beer only to lower to a clumpy skim leaving little lace behind.

S - Upon twisting the cap off, Blue Moon's Harvest Pumpkin offers a nice inviting aroma of ample spiciness but, once poured into the pint, the aroma changes significantly. It's spiciness is muted and overshadowed by a prominent dusty, dirt-like smell which clouds the beer in general. The glorious orange gourd shows itself with nuances pulling through the mild malt base that lingers with caramel sweetness.

T - Malt accentuated, caramel and toast apply an overarching sweetness to the beer which helps it's lacking aroma build some steam, though rolls are reversed. In flavor, pumpkin disappears to the background, happy to let spiciness develop more but the sprinkle of the ground elements blend together without allowing any of the parts' characteristics to break away from the whole.

M - Smooth but slick on the tongue, the small carbonation bubbles contained within Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale gloss over the tongue and tickle in the throat. Medium bodied and sweet mid palate, this beer falls away cleanly with no real finish of spice, dropping off blandly.

O - Blue Moon nails it on the head with their Harvest Pumpkin Ale. As a gateway craft brewery, their beers appeal to those looking to expand beyond the light, fizzy swill into something with more flavor and presence. Pumpkin ales can be daunting at times as not everyone cares for the gourd, but Blue Moon succeeded in making an approachable fall seasonal which neither excels nor fails. Instead, this beer is completely content to revel in it's mediocrity.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear copper, with not much head. Appetizing malty aroma has hints of spice, mainly cinnamon. Lively flavor is mainly malty with hints of hops and cinnamon, no real pumpkin flavor but still tasty. Texture is smooth and tingly.

Photo of Durge
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear, dark amber-copper color with a fair white head and modest signs of lacing. The aroma is sort of a light caramel allspice idea, leafy and pretty mild. Nothing outstanding. The flavor brings orange leafiness and harsh toasted almond. It's acrid with a vague soapiness evident at times. I pick up some caramel toffee hidden under the surface but it's mostly about the grassy/leafy thing which doesn't excite me. It's medium bodied and lively. Reasonably drinkable if you are okay with the taste.

Photo of clayrock81
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought this for my sister since she's not a beer drinker but wanted to try a pumpkin ale. I went cheap in case she rejected it (she did), but this beer was worthy of the rejection. Poured a transparent, light orange with a one-finger head that died slowly and left some lacings. A rather dulled pumpkin and spiced smell; like they didn't want to put alot it so it would be more bland for mass consumption. The pumpkin flavoring is weak and there is no "liquid pumpkin pie" reference here. Light to medium bodied with a sharpness on the backbite that comes from spicy overkill, this is not that sessionable. I've had worse pumpkin ales, to be frank, but I don't see myself buying another sixer of this.

Photo of thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks goes out to one of my buddies from college for this tick! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pumpkin, clove, and cinnamon. The flavor was of sweet malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, wheat, and nutmeg. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. You can tell what they were going for with this one based on the aroma and flavor here. However, they just seemed to fall a little short for my liking. While the flavors were okay in this one, they just seemed a little diluted. Also, the nutmeg aspect I got in this one was definitely not needed at all and might have helped this brew out if it were not present. Glad I got to tick it for free as I wouldn't have been happy had I bought it.

Photo of Brenden
3.29/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It plays the part, a clear coppery orange color. It actually grows a reasonably-sized and fairly compact light tan head and keep it up moderately well. Lacing is deposited on the glass in pretty good quantity by way of spotting.
Spicing is plentiful, perhaps a bit too heavy under the pumpkin flesh. It gets a touch harsh. Otherwise, there's a pretty nice caramel sweetness. Malts are pale and are just strong enough to build on. The spiciness in the finish is somewhat nondescript.
The feel is okay; it's a little thin in the body, but it's crisp without being too crisp and has a bit of smoothness pulling through.

Photo of ZAP
2.29/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Re-Rate 10-15-04

Dropped mouthfeel down a remians the same...this is just not very good...their White Ale is 1000 times better...tastes almost like a cheap micro like Glueks..
Pours a semi clear orange color with a tanish head...Nose is toasty...not a lot of spices or pumpkin...nice medium, creamy mouthfeel....flavor is low on the pumpkin and spices...a very subtle pumpkin flavor but really more of a toasty, amber ale like taste to it....flavors are muted....but at the same time this has a ncie mouthfeel and slides down nicely...

I would not recommend this...not enough pumpkin and spices....not a horrible beer, but there are many better pumpkins out there...

Photo of Dogbrick
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This brew pours a very pretty hazy copper color with a medium light tan head with good retention. Thin, stringy lacing. The aroma is kind of weird, with pumpkin and other vegetables in the forefront, as well as a bit of spice. Light-bodied with mild pumpkin and malt flavor. The flavor is kind of off, and the pumpkin disappears pretty quickly, leaving a fairly bland lager flavor in its wake. The finish is mildly sweet and short. Could be better.

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

Pours a hazy burnt orange, moderate cap of off-white foam, gone quickly. Pale notes of grain blend with mild pumpkin and firm seasonal cinnamon, clove and ginger. Taste very light, mild notes of pumpkin and spice on a weakly malted base beer. Fizzy, light. Not one of the best representations of a pumpkin ale... simply a weak, fizzy beer with a splash of the season.

Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeously clear and brightly bold husky orange color with a medium sized capping of parched white foam that fizzles off quickly to a thin collar and some wintery snow flaked patterns of lacing sticking to the glass.

Decent aroma of mild pumpkin spice with a bready cinnamon and light nutmeg touching it off with a good freshness and clean profile.

Taste is quick and clean with a mild and simple tone of pumpkin flavored tone. Lightly sweet, crisp, and airy, with just a smidgeon of the cinnamon breadyness found more so in the aroma.

The feel is where this lacks the most, as its fairly watery and light. It does stay clean and crisp with just enough sweet and pumpkin spiced flavors to make it worth while.

Not too bad really, some tweaking in the heftier areas of the body and lengthen the flavor profile and boost it some and this would be up there with many other Pumpkin beers.

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 2,501 ratings.