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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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2,072 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,072
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 27
Gots: 145 | 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 Genuine


3.18/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The pour resulted in a off white, head that sat upon a orange-ish body. This one looks great to begin with.

Smell - spices seem to be spot on with this one...lets hope the taste follows suit.

Taste - this is where this beer falls apart. You can tell that it was brewed by Coors. It has that weird aftertaste and flavor. This is the big let down.

Mouthfeel - I like the carbonation and it suits it really well

Drinkabilty - if it wasn't for the taste, i'd have another.

09-21-2009 16:15:51 | More by Genuine
Photo of BARFLYB


3.38/5  rDev +9.4%

12oz bottle into a blue moon pint glass, how fitting.

Harvest moon has a bold orange color with some light brown thrown in. The head looked good with a inch in height and off white color, no lacing to speak of though, bummer. The smell was simply spices and some sweet malt, not a whole lot of punkin. The taste is the same with some clove and nutmeg and small amounts of any real pumpkin, it is hanging in the back by a thread. Some malts offset the spicy nature of this beer with some caramel and bread and some sweetness. The feel was below medium bodied and just a bit watery, no real depth. The carb was also light. I actually enjoyed this a bit more than expected because the pumpkin was light and it's not my favorite flavor.

09-17-2009 19:07:56 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of thespaceman


2.63/5  rDev -14.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/copper in color, nice fluffy head atop this brew. Head retention and lacing are all up to par.

Smell: Smells a bit like fake pumpkin spice. Almost like this beer was brewed with pumpkins from last year. A bit of bready aromas pop out along with some artificial spice and thats about it.

Taste: The pumpkin flavor is very subdued, very faint and very artificial in taste. It almost taste more like a spice beer then a pumpkin ale. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and some allspice are prevelent, but way too overpowering. Where is the actual pumpkin?

Mouthfeel: Very watery in the mouth, carbonation is decent. Can't really see warming up in fall with a beer that has the equivelent mouthfeel to a bottle of Poland Spring.

Drinkability: Overall, a dissapointing effort from Coors and their Blue Moon brewery. A pumpkin ale should taste like pumpkin, not a barrage of spices and other elements to throw you off guard. I wanted to like this, but it doesn't offer what other real pumpkin ales on the block have. Hopefully something will change next time around.

09-17-2009 12:50:50 | More by thespaceman
Photo of CheckMate


3.05/5  rDev -1.3%

12oz brown bottle obtained at Hannaford's Supermarket Derry, nh. pours a crystal clear deep amber-red color with a half inch of off white head that slowly dissipated. very faint scents of pumpkin spice and nuttiness. faint tastes of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and a tease of cinnamon. moderate carbonation with a clean finish and light to moderate body. very easy drinker and probably one of the blandest pumpkin ales i have tried IMO. The best part of this beer was the appearance.

09-16-2009 04:14:42 | More by CheckMate
Photo of scottyshades


3.03/5  rDev -1.9%

A: pours a nice rich copper color that makes a nice billowy eggshell color head. The retention is pretty good as well as the lacing.

S: Very plain...it is pretty obvious that no effort was made to create a truly solid pumpkin ale. Subtly spicy, with allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and a little cinnamon and vanilla.

T: Similar to the nose except a little weaker in flavor. I do not get any of the balance that I see in other (better) pumpkin ales. Very grainy and corny. It almost seems as if spices were dumped into a macro

MF/D: Over carbonated as usual, light in body, watery.

This is perhaps one of the worst pumpkin ales I've had, next to Shipyard

08-28-2009 17:36:26 | More by scottyshades
Photo of goblue3509


2.38/5  rDev -23%

Pours an amber orange color with a small head. The aroma is of some pumpkin but more so of spices such as cinnamon and of nutmeg, the smell is pretty faint, not a lot going on. The taste is of spices cinnamon and a little pumpkin. The taste is watery and not very full. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and very harsh. The drinkability is okay you could drink a lot of them, but this beer was very watery and runny.

07-17-2009 23:01:14 | More by goblue3509
Photo of Lovinthebrew


3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Gotta give it to blue moon uhem Coors, for some reason they figured out the RIGHT way to brew a pumpkin ale, now I'm not saying the others are not delicious which most of them are. However this is a very BALANCED Pumpkin beer. It has the typical amber/reddish orange color of a pumpkin ale, The smell is only OK. If you poured it in a glass and did not tell me what it was i would have no idea it was a pumpkin brew..personally the only thing this beer really lacks is the smell. TASTE, this beer has a very balanced taste in flavors. It starts out with an amber flavor, then through the finish comes the pumpkin, cinnamon and cloves. It's pretty drinkable but i would not sit down and try to put down 6 or 8 at once. Nice with a Dinner on a cool crisp fall day.

Bottom line, If your looking for a very STRONG spicy Pumpkin ale you might not really enjoy this, however it does deserved to be tasted if your into seasonal beers.

06-16-2009 20:33:34 | More by Lovinthebrew
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours deep gold with frothy two-finger head. Little to no carbonation. Little head retention. Moderate lacing.

Nose is all cinnamon to me. Faint pie spice. Some tart fruit there as well.

Hits sweet and stays that way. Tart fruit (maybe very tart apricot) kicks in quickly. Don't really get the pumpkin here. A little silky.

I remember this being a lot better when it was first introduced. Not so good, now.

05-03-2009 23:26:56 | More by beer2day
Photo of CAP1868

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +35.3%

Served in a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Light amber/reddish color with a small head nothing much else

S- Smells of spices coriander and pumpkin, smells just like fall in my humble opinion

T- Tastes just like it smells full of pumpkin with heavy spices. A spiced pumpkin pie comes to mind when I try to explain taste.

M-Relatively light for all the spices and pumpkin mixed into this brew

D- The carbonation in my opinion is great and I could drink quite a few of this delicious beer.

I really enjoy this brew even though it gets a bad rap from people because it is a Coors product. This beer really made me want to go out and try different types of beer.

03-28-2009 13:46:10 | More by CAP1868
Photo of Procrastinator


2.65/5  rDev -14.2%

12 oz. brown bottle is the last of a 6-pack I purchased on sale for $3.99, just to say I tried it. Jan0409 is stamped on the bottle. Poured into tulip pint glass.

Appearance: light copper orange body with 1/2" beige head, which dies quickly to form thin layer of suds at the surface. Plenty of carbonation can be seen rising to the top. Lacing is minimal at best.

Smell: sweet, lightly toasted malts and pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Taste: spices dominate with cinnamon and nutmeg while the malt sweetness takes a backseat. A bitter and sour element come through at the finish. An aftertaste of metallic sourness remains on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: definitely overcarbonated for my taste. The body is watery and the flavors astringent.

Drinkability: I don't foresee myself buying this again anytime in the near future. There are plenty of better pumpkin brews available to me. I am happy to have finally tried this, if for nothing more than crossing it off my list.

03-03-2009 19:10:18 | More by Procrastinator
Photo of woodske1


2.8/5  rDev -9.4%

Where's the pumpkin flavor? I was expecting something pumpkin flavored when I tried it and it was just a normal ale and nothing more.

If its supposed to be pumpkin flavored they failed. Otherwise it is a very average beer. Nothing special, nice appearance though. It looks very nice in a clear glass.

03-03-2009 01:00:40 | More by woodske1
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.45/5  rDev -20.7%

Reviewed 10/23/2007 (bottle):

Pours an amber clear brown colored body, lighter yellow around the edges. With a dull gray head, small bubbles, quickly diminishing. Very malty, rice maybe? Odd. Not appealing. Clear, pumpkin & spices, that same odd flavor. Okay but weakish.

02-19-2009 04:05:19 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.73/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured into a pint.

A: Copper. Medium carbonation pours into a 1 finger foamy, off-white, head. Settles into a thing layer of foam. Carbonation continues to rise. A little beer ring lacing remains, but eventually retreats into the brew.

S: Roasted malt. Hint of sweetness, I guess it's pumpkin.

T: Roasted malt, light hoppyness, definitely some pumpkin, and nutmeg.

M: Carbonation is apparent. Robust malt, pumpkin and spice follow-up.

D: Good flavor and good feel.

Decent atmosphere. Nose is very non-distinctive. Flavor, however, is distinctive. Good balance of malt with the pumpkin and spice. The flavorings don't come out so sweet they overwhelm the malt and hops. Maybe a bit too much of a carbonated feel, but the robustness kinda' mitigates it. Makes for some really solid drinkability. Overall, a really good quaff.

02-02-2009 01:49:46 | More by bmwats
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.05/5  rDev -1.3%

This beer, the pumpkin version of their popular Blue moon, was a bright orange color. The one-finger head was khaki colored, the retention was weak and the lacing scattered. The aroma was subtle but pleasant, pumpkin pulp and light spices. The flavors were of nutmeg, pumpkin and general malt but they lacked distinction and the aftertaste was notably "off." The mouthfeel was rough due to over-carbonation and an oiliness imparted by the odd hopping. It wasn't bad and for a Coors product at a Coors price it was pretty good, but little more than acceptable on my personal scale.

01-13-2009 01:00:54 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of hopdog


3.1/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium amber color with a large off white head. I could definitely pick out the pumpkin smell in this beer (more so than many of the local brew pub pumpkin ales I've had of late). Light pumpkin and spice taste. Smelled better than it tasted. Nothing special, but then again, nothing too bad.

Notes from 11/2/04

12-17-2008 14:02:24 | More by hopdog
Photo of theopholis


2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Appearance- Pours a translucent, burnt orange color with an off-white head of about 2 fingers. Zero head retention and practically no lacing.

Smell- Very subdued. A hint of pumpkin and typical pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice, etc.) Gets spicier as it warms. Not great.

Taste- Taste like a garden variety light ale with some pumpkin and pumkin pie spices thrown in as an afterthought. Not terrible, but not very good either.

Mouthfeel- Nowhere near as full-bodied as a pumpkin ale should be. CO2 level is acceptable.

Drinkability- I ain't dumping it down the sink. But that's about the nicest thing I can say.

12-16-2008 07:50:00 | More by theopholis
Photo of hoplover82


2.8/5  rDev -9.4%

The beer is quite different from other pumkin ales.

The aroma sucks. Much like faint armpits.

The flavor the much better than the smell.

It pours a nice dark orangy color with a small failing head.

Faint pumpkin and spice in the flavor. It's all right I guess.

12-11-2008 16:19:34 | More by hoplover82
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale is a dense, sparkling amber ale with a dense off-white head that thins a little and gets splotchy. It leaves great lacing on the glass. The aroma is faint, but I can pick some spices up. It's a slightly sweet smell of crystal malt. It smells fresh. It has a medium-by-light body that lightens up at the end of the taste. It's quite smooth and has a pretty clean finish. The flavor is pretty mellow. It's a nice amber with a little bit of spice in it: Mostly nutmeg and a touch of allspice. It's well balanced. This is easy drinking. I don't taste any pumpkin here, but it's a nice Amber Ale.
(rated Sep 24, 2008)

12-11-2008 04:43:08 | More by yesyouam
Photo of hellbilly


3.2/5  rDev +3.6%

pumpkin craving lead me here...

clear pumpkin pie copper color with a small off white head and scattered spots of lace (glass might have been dirty though).

faint unknown spice in an aroma of caramel, cream, cinnamon and earth.

the flavor is earthy but not really pumpkin-y... malty sweet with a dry spicy (nutmeg) finish. not a whole lot going on but i'd drink a twelve pack if someone happened to leave it in my fridge. light to medium bodied. thin textured but somewhat creamy.

12-01-2008 21:25:48 | More by hellbilly
Photo of HeavyG


4.5/5  rDev +45.6%

A: This ale pours a amber orange color. A nice head but not to think.

S: This is one of my favorite fall beers due to the smell. There is a very nice smell of pumpkin and spice. It is not over the top with pumpkin.

T: You can taste the pumpkin and nutmeg spices. Just like the smell the pumpkin is not overpowering.

M: Very very smooth.

D: A easy beer to drink. Not heavy.

11-30-2008 21:16:50 | More by HeavyG
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

2.95/5  rDev -4.5%

Appearance: Orange, off white foam. Decent retention. No lacing, really

Aroma: Pumpkin pie, spices, the typical for the style, actually. Works in this department

Taste: Eh, its kinda bland. Doesn't live up to the flavors that its aroma has. Pretty weak

Mouthfeel: Light and thin. Not too much crispness from the spices that I'm used to from this style

Drinkability: It can pass as a decent pumpkin ale, but I wouldn't have more than 1 of these...its just not good enough

11-30-2008 21:13:07 | More by kshankar
Photo of BierFan


3.6/5  rDev +16.5%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Dark clear orange with a small white head.

Smell: It smells like a brown ale with some pumpkin spices. The spices, however, are barely there.

Taste: This is definitely just a brown ale with some spices. Not what I was expecting but it still tastes really good.

11-27-2008 03:06:11 | More by BierFan
Photo of coldmeat23


2.4/5  rDev -22.3%

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Deep golden color with orange tints. Minimal head of foam with no retention. Minimal lacing.

Nice mellow smell of pumpkin, pie spices and some sweet maltiness.

Same spice notes as the nose. No real pumpkin presence. Slight malt flavor. Overall, pretty bland.

Thin and waterey. Not appealing. Minimal creaminess, almost as an afterthought.

This makes me sad. Blue Moon used to be one of my faves, before Coors bought them out, some years ago. Being well aware of this, I've stayed away from their products for awhile now. Since I was craving Pumpkin beers, I thought I'd give this another chance. This is a pale imitation of past glory.

11-24-2008 18:01:57 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of RickKrumenacker


2.88/5  rDev -6.8%

A: Pours to a burnt orange color with an off-white head of about 2 fingers. Minimal lacing throughout the drink.

S: Slight pumpkin pee spices - specificially, nutmeg. Somewhat metallic. Swirling as the beer warms brings out some maltiness.

T: Initially metallic in flavor. Some of the spices found in the nose of the beer show up in the taste. Not bad, but nothing really memorable, either.

M: Thin - the flavor did not last at all. Underwhelming.

D: It is OK. Easy enough to drink because there wasn't much there.

11-24-2008 02:21:36 | More by RickKrumenacker
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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