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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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2,418 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,418
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 33
Gots: 324 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-1998)
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Photo of Mick-e-d
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Mick-e-d, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of DCav
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

DCav, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Deuce_Wingo
4/5  rDev +29%

Deuce_Wingo, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of KatAura
4/5  rDev +29%

KatAura, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Blumstein
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Blumstein, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of mckenziac
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Blue Moon seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, dark copper color. Has a small, frothy head that dissipates quickly down to a small cap.

Smell: Smells strongly of pumpkin pie spices, caramel malts, and a hint of pumpkin. Not as strong a pumpkin smell as most pumpkin ales.

Taste: Starts mildly hoppy with a sweet, caramel maltiness. Finishes spicy and sweet with some light pumpkin flavors.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a light body.

Overall: Definitely an average pumpkin ale. The pumpkin isn't quite as dominating in this beer as in most pumpkin ales, which is kind of a nice change. However, there just isn't really anything there to take its place. It's not bad, but it's nothing I'd seek out regularly.

mckenziac, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of johnhcarr
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

You know after drinking this a couple of time, I really enjoy this beer. As a matter of fact I buy this beer every year now. Its not something you have to think about its just a nice fall beer, not overly complex or confusing.

The initial smell is what you expect on an Autumn-fall day nice nosy spices. The mouthfeel is lacking but I understand this makes it far more consumable/drinkable. Its a touch over carbonated for my tongue, kinda sharp indeed but no so much that its annoying or harsh.

Nice fall beer

johnhcarr, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A – this beer looks much better than it tastes. Pours a deep orange, almost red. Very little head, recedes quickly.

S – I smell quite a bit of pumpkin, and it seems to be made up of genuine spice, not the chemical additives you find in a lot of flavored beers.

T – unfortunately, it doesn’t smell like it tastes. There’s some richness behind the sweet pumpkin taste, but it’s just not enough to give push it up in rank.

M – decent. The sweetness helps this beer down the gullet. But the initial feeling is one of overly carbonated light beer.

O – this beer is no exception to my distaste of pumpkin ales, but I always try to give newer ones a fair go. I’d really like it if the spice was almost overwhelming.

JamesShoemaker, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Jimboe
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

Jimboe, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, pours clear darker amber, under a very long lasting medium tan head. Leaves ample low strands of lace and sheeting.

Mild nose of mushy pumpkin pie spicing, and a slight off putting metallic nose.

Easy drinking, I will give it that. Moderate pumpkin pie notes, but basically dull and uninteresting in nature.

Buckeyenation got it right….”tastes like it was brewed by Coors”…and it was

Billolick, Oct 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

PositivePest, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of MatthewBair
2/5  rDev -35.5%

MatthewBair, Oct 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

AaronBurr, Oct 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Dragon17, Oct 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

Nihilistkid, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of jbierling
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I sampled this beer along with another similar choice (New Holland Ichabod Ale) and found it average. There was a hint of smell and taste of pumpkin and had a mild sweetness to it less evident than the Ichabod Ale. The bottle presentation was average at best too.

jbierling, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of chancy14
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

chancy14, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of davecavemaster
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours an off-white, creamy head. The color is a very clear orange/copper.
The foam does not last very long, and there is very minimal lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma of this beer hits you the moment you pour it, and is definitely the highlight of this brew.
The pumpkin smell takes a backseat to the spices, so you get a lot of the clove and allspice in the nose.
Very pleasant smell.

As far as taste, I got the pumpkin flavor upfront, and then the spices as the beer washed around my mouth.
Some malty flavors are evident as well.

All in all, the flavors are a bit more subtle than I would have liked.

This beer has a kind of "clingy" mouth-feel, as it seems to stick a little bit to the inside of your mouth.
Very mild carbonation makes it a smooth drink.

Overall, not a terrible pumpkin ale, but not a great one either.
Probably won't go looking for this one next season.

davecavemaster, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Koralin
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Koralin, Oct 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +21%

jtb0608, Sep 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Eastside151, Sep 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

NumberNone, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Luigi
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich amber color, clear, and with a decent head to start. The retention is a thin lace around the top of the beer, but does retain.

The aroma is pretty much you would expect out of an pumpkin ale. Nothing over the the top but definite hints of pumpkin pie spices. There is also a nice caramel malt to complement the the spice.

The flavor is not as strong in spice as it is caramel malts. But, all hints of clove, nutmeg, and all spice can be detected. Particularly towards the the finish, with a very mild hop profile.

The body is a medium slightly slick on the palate, but does have a moderate amount of carbonation is to make this ale very drinkable.

Years ago, before Coors took completely over. When this ale was produced in Tenn. I seem to remember a fuller pumpkin ale flavor. Now it seems to be a little watered down. Nothing terreble just nothing exciting, This Pumpkin ale seems to be better as an introduction to the style. Basically, for anyone who is a not a beer need.

Luigi, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of PancakesbyMail
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought at Rochester Wegmans, tasted same day. Bottle, poured into glass.

A: Translucent, nice orange color. Looks a bit thin. Small amount of head that dissipates quickly with no lacing.

S: The high point of the beer - lots of pumpkin pie spice and a strong pumpkin scent. Stronger than about any other pumpkin ale I can remember.

T: Overpowering notes similar to the smell - too much pumpkin pie spice, beer flavor is essentially absent. The pumpkin flavor is definitely there, but tastes a little unnatural - not sure whether they use any artificial flavoring. Cloyingly sweet and with a strong aftertaste of cloves, just wasn't a very appealing flavor overall.

M: Syrupy, with a tendency to 'stick' to the sides of the mouth. Very smooth as far as alcohol bite, and very high carbonation.

O: Not a particularly good beer, but not awful. Major problems were with the sticky mouthfeel and the heavy spices - not something you could drink a few of in a row, but it still lacks the heartiness of a good porter or stout.

PancakesbyMail, Sep 30, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

buzzed, Sep 30, 2012
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 2,418 ratings.