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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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BA SCORE
71
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1,891 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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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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deebo

Minnesota

2.17/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a brilliant orange with red tint and perfect clarity with a lot of pillowy tan head.
S-Smell of wheat, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice.
T-Bitter bite after some upfront malt. Not much on flavor-the bitter bite is the biggest defect.
M-Lots of carbonation, fairly thin.
D-Average to below average
O-Really nothing special here, if you want a pumpkin beer look somewhere else, this one is pretty boring.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 23:39:59 | More by deebo
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robmorris31

Washington

2.15/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I agree with the other reviews. Not the best Pumpkin out there. Lackluster is a more fitting description. It felt like it was trying to be a ginger ale which not a "beer" at all. Technically it's crafted as a cider, as ginger cannot be brewed... it's too delicate. Its extract can only be added as an after-flavor to a traditional beer. Hence, ginger ale. Nonetheless, this sucks!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 00:45:26 | More by robmorris31
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok this isn't the best Pumpkin brew on the market, and this is a conglomerate's beer, but this is better than what the beer snobs, I consider myself one of them, are saying here. The scent is straight up nice punkin pie.

Bernie Mac's punkin pie joke. Know it? Bernie, does pussy really taste like punkin pie? How dare you, you know that I ain't ever ate no punkin pie! ... Yeah! 'do dodo do dumdum dadum'

I tried this beer & even bought a 2nd 12 pack. We lack punkin beers in this region. This was a smooth and nice subtle punkin ale. I wish punkin ales were available all year round. Punkin is wonderful flavor for beers. There isn't much spice or anything just a nice punkin undertone to add smoothness, a little sweetness and a hint of punkin to the ale flavors. Also i like the nice orangey color.

Try this if you live in a baron punkin beer zone! This is an alright punkin brew. 3.5 - 4 stars rating, baby. One night I chilled my down to really cold in the freezer. That was nice. This would actually be a good summer refreshing thirst quencher.

I recommend a listen of Eric Dolphy's - Iron Man - from his lp entitled Illinois Concert to go with this punkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 20:29:11 | More by frankiepop
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KajII

North Carolina

1.73/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy dark amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) creamy white head that lasted a little while and produced excellent lacing that stuck to the glass rather nicely.

The aroma was very weak of a mild crystal malt and a moldy yeast with a very light hint of nutmeg and pumpkin.

It tasted bitter and acidic with just an ever so light hint of nutmeg in the beginning and finished about the same with a harsh bite of pumpkin rind at the end. The flavor lasted a long time letting the taste of rind hang around way to long.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and dry in texture with a very lively carbonation

Overall this did not really even taste like a Pumpkin Ale which was rather disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 21:09:30 | More by KajII
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stckhndlr

Virginia

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

A- A clear copper orange amber color with an off white 2 finger head.

S- A fairly generic pumpkin ale spice. Soft but has a bit of an alcohol scent to it.

T- A creamy pumpkin spice. Great malt flavor with some touches of caramel mixed in. Not too happy with the aftertaste it leaves behind. Kind of remind me of sucking on a penny.

M- Creamy with a bit of bite, medium body and a smooth finish.

O- This one goes down pretty easy and has a great flavor to it. Could use a little more pumpkin flavor but that's my only issue with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:12:45 | More by stckhndlr
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served this Pumpkin ale from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice white head, retention is average and theres is some amount of lacing left on the glass. The color of this ale is a very nice copper color - it looks very appealing. The aroma is faint, some light malt, slight suggestions of pumpkin and some slight spice notes come through. The taste of this ale is medium body, smooth, easy to drink. There is a caramel malt base with some slight hints of pumpkin pie spice. Slightly dry finish...This pumpkin ale is decent...there are much better examples available.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 17:17:06 | More by GossageBrewery
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teromous

Virginia

2.28/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: It has a dark shade of amber, similar to how whiskey would look. It is brilliantly clear, and light refracts nicely through the beer. The head is very thin, and dissipates quickly leaving behind very little actual head. There is not much lacing to be had, except for what sticks to the ring surrounding the glass at the edge of the meniscus.

S: There isn't much scent to this at all. It has a slight malt-like scent that you'd get from an amber ale or a brown ale. I pick up some very slight hop scents but it's far too mellow to even try to identify. I pick up no pumpkin or spice scents. I'm not impressed at all by the smell.

T: I do pick up some pumpkin flavors, but it's so light that I hesitate to even say that I'm positive there's even pumpkin in this. I pick up that odd starchy aftertaste that pumpkin always leaves, but there's none of the bold up-front flavor. There is not spice flavor like you'd get out of other pumpkin beers. It's about average for a regular beer, but I can't score it average for a pumpkin beer.

M: The mouthfeel is about average. It has a light effervescence with a light to medium mouthfeel.

O: Overall I can't even score this average, because unfortunately it does not rank with average beers. It's not bad as a beer individually, and would be good as a midway between a light lager and something like a brown ale. Unfortunately it does not stack up if a person is looking for a pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 22:42:55 | More by teromous
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 13:47:51 | More by thagr81us
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Fridge cleaning...woo...

A- pours dark amber with a one finger white head that quickly fades and leaves no lacing. TONS of bubbles.

S- mild aroma of pumpkin, and sweet malts. Very minimal

T- I get a very, very, very vague taste of pumpkins...getting some sweet malts as well. No real spice factor at all. Tastes more like a festbier

M- medium bodied. Just kind of there

O- so many better options on the market if you're looking for a pumpkin beer, or an Octoberfest. This is just kinda there

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:16:43 | More by bigfnjoe
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cmq103

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got a 12-pack as a birthday gift so this is my first Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale. Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass.

Appearance: A fairly aggressive bottle pour resulted in maybe a 1/4" off-white head then dissipated to a thin, spotty ring around the inside of my glass within a minute. Murky amber color with decent bubbly lacing when the glass is tilted.

Smell: I barely detect some mild fall spices and sweetness. Not much of a nose to it all. A little disappointed, as I enjoy the aromas of a good pumpkin beer.

Taste: Very mild spices and some sweetness is all I'm getting. Nutmeg, clove, malt and maybe a little cinnamon. I'm not sensing any pumpkin at all, which is sad to say since it's suppose to be a pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel: Moderate in body with a creamy carbonated texture on the tongue. I think the mouthfeel may be the best part of this beer and that's nothing to brag about.

Overall: I'm glad I didn't spend my own money on this. I really enjoy the different take brewers have with pumpkin ale. As noted above, I'm a little disappointed with this version. It's an easy drinking beer if you can do without flavor. Since I enjoy "flavor" in my pumpkin beer, I'll stick to Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher or Smuttynose versions when I'm looking for solid rendition of the style. With that said, I'll have to serve the remaining beers to guests who don't know the difference between a really good and not so good pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 22:04:27 | More by cmq103
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Jesse13713

Ohio

1.27/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - A watery pumpkin orange color. A bit of sunrise amber that is transparent.

Smell - Not much going on here. A bit of vine and faint, light pumpkin spice. Not so impressive.

Taste - Terribly awful. Painfully plain. A light, carbonated and fizzy vine-like taste.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Light-bodied and plain. I don't get much pumpkin taste in this at all. A boring mess from Coors. This pretty much just tastes like Coors Light with a bit of vegetable and vine. Nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 02:12:29 | More by Jesse13713
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rand

California

2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an attractive reddish amber, opaque with a chilled haze, forming a fluffy, wispy head. It smells of ripe pumpkin bread, slightly sour and funky, like the bread had gotten wet and was sitting out for some time. The flavors veer from the nose, with earthy yeast and non-descript ripe fruit creating the flavor profile. Caramellly malts are prominent, giving the beer a bready complexion. Pumpkin is in there, but just a touch, along with a smige of nutmeg or holiday spice. Hops aren't contributing much to this one. Finishes dry and slightly astringent.

Fairly easy to drink but unremarkable, this is more of a Belgian wit with touch of pumpkin spice, and doesn't stand up to some of the full-flavored pumpkin ales that are popular this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 07:26:16 | More by rand
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carolinahophead

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Giving this fall offering a try this year and somewhat interested.
A: I do like the color and did pour a nice head. It does have alot of carbonation.
S : Most places serve this beer way too cold and as it warms this aromas do appear. Some spice and some good malt, maybe a little pumpkin.
T : This is a smooth beer with sweet spice and malt flavor.
M : A medium mouthfeel with alot of carbonation. Let's say a alright finish and makes me want to have another sip.
O : Not bad from the Blue Moon lineup. A nice beer to try for who likes the macro brewers. Better than the original Blue Moon wheat ... maybe because its fall .

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:26:05 | More by carolinahophead
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a long neck brown 12 oz. bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep amber with a one and a half finger tan foam head that faded fast and left minimal lacing.

Smell: Malty and a little spice, some hops underneath. Nothing very different than a standard American amber ale.

Taste: Much like it smells, tastes more like a very average amber ale. I was expecting more pumpkin and spice from this one, but it just wasn't there.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied and heavily carbonated.

Overall: They really need to amp up the flavors in this one. As it is, it's very unremarkable and not a very good representation of a seasonal pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 14:01:21 | More by ChopperSmith
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Murrhey

Montana

2.3/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

A: Not tremendously impressive, light brown coloration. Lacing and retention both limited.

S: Not pumpkin in the smell, too subtle for me, but otherwise smelled nicely for a macrobrewery.

T: Yurgh. Not great. Thin flavor.

M: Inconsistent feel, and thin to boot.

O: I'd avoid next time.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 03:32:00 | More by Murrhey
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socon67

New York

3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pour is orange with visible carbonation. Clear and with a quickly dissipating foam.

S - Not much here. Slight smell of cinnamon but that's it.

T - Decent. Some pumpkin flavor and some clove and nutmeg spice.

M - Carbonation is a bit high and kinda ruined this one. But it is quite drinkable if you can look past this.

O - Average. Nothing great but it is as good as any standread pumpkimn beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 00:05:00 | More by socon67
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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harrymel

Washington

1.02/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Best by 27FEB12

A: brownish with no head formation and excellent clarity. Spackled surface bubbles with no lace.
S: Cardboard. Thats it. I am really getting nothing else here.
T: Wow, first drain pour in quite some time. Really awful. Tastes like plastic and cardboard. Fetid.
M: thin with hi carbonation.
O: This beer is horrid, I would recommend this to not one person. Not even my worst enemy.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 07:06:32 | More by harrymel
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zhanson88

California

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

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear copper color with about 3/4" of white head. Lacing is decent, retention is non-existent. Not bad.

Smell: Wheaty malts are most prevalent up front. A touch of spice (mainly nutmeg). Not really much else. Smells like a lightly spiced wheat beer.

Taste: Pumpkin and spice flavor is slightly more prevalent on the palate than on the nose. Wheat malts are again probably the flavor that stands out the most. Not bad, but not good either.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Not the smoothest drinking beer, even when it warms. Overall, a very average pumpkin beer. Nothing insulting about it, but just plain.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 04:25:00 | More by zhanson88
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours burnt orange in color. It is clear and has a couple inches of tan head.

S - It's not big on the nose. I get molasses and some weak spices.

T - I get some caramel malt along with some sweetness. Not much pumpkin flavor.

M - Watery and thin.

O - About as expected. A buddy get this to me to try. Glad I didn't buy a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 00:05:27 | More by buschbeer
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atr2605

New York

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

A-pours a transparent amber with an off white head with much better retention than I was expecting. Actually a pretty nice looking beer
S-Extremely light pumpkin aroma with a faint nut presence and low hop aroma
T-Again the pumpkin is pretty faint but there is also some sweet malt and spice
M-light-medium bodied
O-not a great pumpkin ale but acceptable for the price and for being a macro brews shot at a micro brew. Wouldn't seek it out again but tip of the cap to coors for trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 00:04:46 | More by atr2605
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TwinButte

South Dakota

2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have drank this one over the years and thought it was a great offering for the season. Now that I have "seen the light" its just an average brew. Not tasting much of the pumpkin that I had anticipated. It has a great color and good carbonation and is a great session type beer BUT has a hight ABV of 5.7%. That was a nice surprise for a lower price six pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 03:11:25 | More by TwinButte
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Phelps

Arizona

2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a tulip.

Cherry-orange and brilliantly transparent. Pretty beautiful color, actually. The airy, fizzy head gets about two fingers tall before popping away to a thick, sticky top layer.

The pumpkin in the nose reminds me of baby food. No other way to put it. Wheat and almond notes are also there before clove shows up.

The flavor is comparatively light. There might be the nutty almond and the slightest hint of pumpkin in there, but mostly it’s just sharp graininess. A touch of sweetness with a clean finish.

Carbonation is mild and pinching in a silky medium-light body.

There’s not much to Blue Moon’s pumpkin ale, which is about what I expected. Easily quaffed, but as flavor goes, it’s in the bottom tier of pumpkin brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 00:49:37 | More by Phelps
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JackieTH

Minnesota

2.42/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

orange with a smallish head that had decent retention. Smell was watery, as was the taste, reminds me of regular blue moon with some attempt at pumpkin spices. This is certainly not a pumpkin ale for craft beer geeks. I really can't think of any reason to ever drink this again unless the last two choices in the world are between blue moon and blue moon pumpkin.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 04:53:36 | More by JackieTH
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Champion's.

A: A medium amber color, this pumpkin ale has a bit of depth to it. On the color spectrum, it falls between Summer Love and Arrogant Bastard. A white head is negligible.

S: Spices dominate, with cinnamon and nutmeg standing out. Clove and allspice linger below. The spices aren't concentrated, just a lingering aroma at the end.

T: A very mild ale, things don't get cooking until the latter part of each sip. Up until that point, breadiness is the biggest aspect of the ale. As each sip fades away, the spices kick up. Cinnamon and nutmeg, allspice and clove, the flavors aren't intense but they are present and add a nice full taste. I'm no pumpkin fan, so I find that I prefer the mild spiciness of this one over the in-your-face of others.

M: The mouthfeel is nondescript, the spices never get too strong. The ale provides enough diversion though, a brief interlude.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 00:41:25 | More by akorsak
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 1,891 ratings.