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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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1,971 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,971
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 20
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of BurnsTau


3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange/copper, good amount of head that dissipates pretty quickly. Smells are not that strong, a bit spicy. Taste is actually pretty good. Definitely a good sweet maltiness, a bit of spice, no real hop character though, but for a blue moon it's pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is light with a good medium carbonation.

Overall I was suprised, I liked this beer and might try it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 23:08:28 | More by BurnsTau
Photo of biggmike


3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orange/copper color with white head that dissipated rather quickly. Faint aroma of spices. The taste is a weak malty flavor that finishes with a bit of spice. Mouthfeel was pretty good with this one and it is quite smooth. Drinkability is high, but the taste leaves me wanting more. Lacing was minimal.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 13:26:33 | More by biggmike
Photo of rowew


3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz twist, slightly different label than the one pictured - this is now called Harvest Moon. Best by date of Jan 06, 08 - this one just hit the shelves in Colorado.

Appearance: Dark orangish red color, nice sized head. Fades to leave a bit of lacing on the glass, and a medium layer on top the beer.

Smell: Vegetable - I suppose it is pumpkin, but it seems more like squash - I'm not used to smelling pumpkin without the associated pie spices.

Taste: Tastes mainly like an amber beer, with just a bit of pumpkin and pie spices. The spice didn't come through in the aroma for me, but it is there (subtley) in the taste.

Overall impression: Drinkable and not over the top with the spices. Not the best out there, but not a bad choice considering its price and availability.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 02:47:27 | More by rowew
Photo of demo3210


3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had high expectations maybe. Pumpkin spice ale just went on sale in the liqueur stores around here. I was so excited to first try it...but really...i opened the bottle and my friend did as well. he couldnt wait to try it but i was trying to be a connoisseur about it so i tried to smell it. I am now smelling it through a glass and feel the same way if not .5 better (i put +.5 it smells better in glass) but i was just not impressed really.

So i was like the wth ill go for it cuz my friend was watching me to see my reaction as he had already tasted it. I didnt taste pumpkin at all really. it does seem to have a drop of some sort of spice though however subtle.

the rest of the beer just seems to be a medium smooth bodied beer with a dark mellow amber colour.

in mass quantities i dont think it is highly drinkable...maybe like it says...'serve this hearty brew with all of your autumn meals.'

would drink again though.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 07:07:53 | More by demo3210
Photo of happygnome


3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: orange colorwith around a quarter inch white head doesnt dissapear too fast leaves a little lacing
s: pumpkin, spices, toasted malts and light hop presence
t: pumpkin and spices light hop presence pumpkin is the primary flavor however i would have liked if it came out more
m: medium bodied not overly carbonated but deffinat carbonation

overall this is a good beer, but i dont think i will buy it in the future i was I am kind of dissapointed that the pumpkin flavor wasnt stronger

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 02:18:09 | More by happygnome


3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hard pour gives you three fingers of light tan head that leaves a bit of lace. Sits on top of a amber brown body. Nose has a slight spicey pumpkin feel withe notes of minerals and nuttiness. Nice even richness is acompinied by a nutty mineral spice feel. Pumpkin is only a hint on the palate and mouthfeel. Very much a hue on the finish. Spice, mineral mix comes off more like a nut brown ale and is very drinkable and pleasant. Not overly pumpkin if thats what your looking for, but quite good overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 18:14:47 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of Beeryce


4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is a good beer. The rich orange amber hue and frothy off-white head match the pumpkin pie aroma and taste. Though stability is low some laceing is left behind.

The aroma is spicey and warming with a rich malty backbone. A slight floralness in the spice, presumably yeast. The taste starts with a dominate spice character but a nice maltiness smooths this. The spice seams to be a composition of your normal pumpkin pie spice. A slight hop bitterness is present in the finish, making it slightly dry. The overall mouthfeel is pleasent and matches the taste, aroma and color well, being a little course in texture.

Good drinkability the spice might get to be to much after about four or so. Overall very good, one of my favorite seasonals and rather affordable.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 02:05:54 | More by Beeryce
Photo of Chaz


2.23/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Either my memory is really, really bad or this was indeed the first commercially brewed pumpkin ale to turn up in the Twin Cities market. Along with the other, since-discontinued Blue Moon brands it was well-liked and remained fondly remembered . . . until now. I first tried this over ten years ago but don't recall it tasting like . . . this! Alcohol pervades the nose and overwhelms the malt-profile of this otherwise well-remembered brew, and that ain't a good thing, it means this brew lacks balance. There’s some spice up there in the nose but . . . booze and spice? There’s a Cap n’ Coke with your name on it in any bar in town, why go for this? Some pale, biscuity malt present throughout, but the weight of the spice and the booze tends to overwhelm it. Seems a bit thin, but it's on par for the style (at least considering the other commercial examples of a pumpkin beer). No real pumpkin presence/flavour to speak of, just a pale malt spice booze logjam all up in the joint. And carbonation . . . a touch overly-carbonated, like a selzer. And the sweetness: next to the booze and spice it's quite prominent. Not a pumpkin beer (let alone a fruit/vegetable beer) that I'd recommend to others, and I'd probably turn down a free one if it was offered. Still, if you haven't tasted a better-made pumpkin ale you'll love this and will call my store and be pissed-off that we're out of stock (don't blame me! The local wholesaler ordered it in a VERY limited quantity, blah blah blah) There *are* other Pumpkin Ales out there, ya know . . . branch the hell out, girls!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 00:18:42 | More by Chaz
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color, clear. Nice, nice head. Moderate carbonation.

Cool & crisp with apple and spice aromas. Fairly light, overall.

Light spiced apple. Not bitter or offensive.

Light foamation and carbonation.

Decent Pumpkin Ale. Light and understated (uninteresting). Not bad, but not top-notch.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 07:04:31 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of Westsidethreat


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

A: One would say this looks like pumpkin. I think that would be a fair assumption. Little bit of haze, very still. Head is wispy with a nice ring of light beige color.

S: Toasted cereal, stewed tomatoes, red fruit, hints of nutmeg

T: Pumpkin is the first thing you taste. Its not overbearing, fortunately, but certainly is the primary flavor. From there toasted grain flavors take shape, mixed with malty red fruits and minor caramel. Towards the end, the pumpkin flavor picks up momentum and the spices take shape. Finishes festive and spicy, lightly sweet and just a bit cloying.

M: Medium body, thin mouthfeel. Hard consistency.

D: I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers and this one is no exception. To be fair, this beer is decently balanced and lacks a lot of the qualities that I really dislike in pumpkin beers. Its not overly seasoned, nor sweet and had a decent drinkability, although one is plenty for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 23:25:57 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of HardTarget


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

Bottle Inspection: Nice label art, Notes spices (clove, nutmeg, allspice), pumpkin, and crystal malts. Brewed by Molson, imported by Coors, oh, sorry, “Blue Moon Brewing Company, Golden CO”. Laser printed neck says FEB04 014 03 N 07 A. Thanks for that useful information, glad to see it, pussies. I really don’t think this is from 04, as this is new to Texas this year, but it is possible.

Aroma: No real spice, just a fair dose of malt.

Appearance: Clear orange amber that poured with a good tight head that dropped to a cover and laced in thick sheets.

Flavor: Spices hit first, then some hefty pumpkin that stays through the finish. A little vegetal so that I can’t really tell if it’s DMS or pumpkin. Very earthy. A real pumpkin flavor to it, which I’m not really crazy about. Could use a bit more spice to even it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body, mild chew, clean finish.

Overall Impression: Well, kudos for going big on flavor. It’s a pumpkin tasting ale. Not the best Pumpkin ale I’ve had, but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 03:58:28 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Dizzy


2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours copper colored white a white head which quickly recedes to a thin film. Faint spices in aroma. Flavor is malts and faint spices. Medium light bodied. Its drinkable, but nothing impressive. I'm glad I only bought one of these, This is my least favorite pumpkin beer so far.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 02:10:47 | More by Dizzy
Photo of lakeviewmike


4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty beer. Copper/orange color. Small head. A red ale with balanced hops and malt flavors. Mild pumpkin spices that add to the flavor but do not overwhelm.

These seems like an Oktoberfest style of beer and I think it is a very good one. Better than Sam Adams Oktoberfest which I feel is way too spicey.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 18:02:07 | More by lakeviewmike
Photo of Pegasus


3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear deep copper copper color, with a fairly large off-white head, thick, sticky lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rich aroma of pumpkin spices, including nutmeg, and cinnamon, mild toasted malt, and a mild earthy characteristic from the yeast. Overall, the aroma is quite pleasant.

Taste: Opens with a wave of pumpkin pie spices, followed by earthy yeast notes, and caramel, the malt character asserts itself late in the taste with a pleasant, toasty note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A well-made seasonal beer, better than most Coors products, certainly worthy of a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 04:34:28 | More by Pegasus
Photo of bfr1992t


2.25/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured in to 16oz standard glass. Relatively soft pour caused an ~.5" head that thinned out quickly. Coppery color and very clear.

S - musky malty with maybe a little hint of clove.
T - about the same with a poor finish.
M - fizzy, thin, lingers, blah
D - Bought several 6's last year prior to being a true beer advocate. Bought one 6 this year and probably won't buy it again. Not even the idea of pumpkin exists within this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 01:18:00 | More by bfr1992t
Photo of TexIndy


2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a freshness date. Had a nice dark cooper color with just a bit of head that quickly dissipated. The smell was just OK and not as good as other pumpkins I've had. It was kinda weak on the pumpkin and pumpkin spice smell. The taste wasn't much better. I'll admit this is not my favorite beer style but even so it was weak for the category. Overall, it's just an OK beer and maybe worth the every couple years try. Recommend only if looking to mark off list. (2, NA, ML,N)

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 00:19:22 | More by TexIndy
Photo of Cadyfatcat

New York

2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours deep amber with impressive head

smells of crystal malt and soil, a little allspice

detect some citrusy orange notes, followed by a slight bready pumpkin flavor. Nutmeg comes through and allspice also does a little. Body is weak and mouthfeel is too fizzy. Not too much pumpkin or too much spice. Had this before and retained fonder memories than my experience now. Carbonation is a little rough on the tongue and the esophagus. Nothing worth buying, but drinkable if free.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 18:09:59 | More by Cadyfatcat
Photo of ThirdCoast


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

Serving Type: A Bottle

A: A nice amber, pumpkin color.

S: Spices, pumpkins, sweet. Nice aroma.

T: A nice spice taste, a hint of sweetness and pumpkin. Very nice.

M: Semi-smooth, but not as smooth as i like.

D: I would get this again. Nice for a coors product.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 01:08:18 | More by ThirdCoast
Photo of matjack85


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

Although it has a nice clear orange color and made a 3 finger fluffy white head and even left some lacing down the glass, I don't think there is actually any pumpkin in here.

The lable says it is flavored with clove, nutmeg, and allspice, and that is basically what you smell and taste in here, but no hint of pumpkin. There is a light malty flavor to go along with all the spices, but overall it's kind of bland and disappointing. If you're going to call something a pumpkin ale I would expect it to have more of a pumpkin flavor to it rather than just the taste of other fall spices. Not that this is terrible, it's an OK beer with a light to medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation, but I was disappointed in it's lack of pumpkin flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 08:21:40 | More by matjack85
Photo of Applesauce1


3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this stuff at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: copper color with about a half inch head off my pour
Smell: not much here; bland
Taste: not much pumpkin flavor; some cinnamon in there with some malt (tastes like an Oktoberfest....)
Mouthfeel: strong on the carbonation (kinda stings the mouth); medium bodied
Drinkability: i could drink another later on in the night, but not right away

Overall, a decent brew (i've had better pumpkin ales though); i would like to try another.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 21:27:19 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of arnulfooxblood


3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle

Appearance--orange to deep amber in color, approximately 3/4 inch of frothy head--good retention. Looks to be well carbonated as thousands of little bubble rise to the surface

Smell--Sweet and malty, pumpkin smell is pronounced.

Taste/Mouthfeel-- Well carbonated. Tastes like, well, pumpkins. Malts and pumpkins at first, as it goes down the throat, it has a distinct vegetable taste. This brew definitely does not taste like the nasty carbonated pumpkin-pie-in-a-bottle that is Shipyard's attempt at a pumpkin ale.

Drinkability--A little too much pumkin going on for me to attemt more than one of these at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 17:42:04 | More by arnulfooxblood
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

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

A - About three fingers of head over an orangish copper brew. This head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - A rather clean, bland aroma with a touch of steamed vegetables, possibly pumpkin, but that's a tough sell.

T - Very mild flavor, a bit of rice and a touch of pumpkin, really though it is more like winter squash. Pretty dissappointing flavor.

M - Thin, somewhat refreshing, neutral on the smoothness front.

D - Not bad, it is mildly flavored, but not very tasty. It is a quaffable brew, and, surprisingly, not a total insult to pumpkin ales. I think I'll take other options in the future though.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 23:26:57 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of beermanbrian


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

Dull copper color. Only head is a thin film. Smell of the faintest spicyness but not nearly enough to really be called a pumpkin ale. Taste gives just a trace more of a pumpkin pie flavor but it falls short of delivering any real flavor. Very thin on the mouthfeel and overcarbonated. Not impressed at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 01:01:20 | More by beermanbrian
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 JohnnyM2002


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Little head graced the top of this clear amber/rust colored beer and remained for awhile.

S - Aroma is nutty with some spice, mostly nutmeg and cloves; little to no pumpkin scent.

T - Again, a nutty flavor with a sweet sensation, but not a strong pumpkin taste. This seems more like a nut brown ale with pumpkin flavoring. It's not a bad taste, just very disappointing if you're expecting a good pumpkin brew.

M - Medium body with a crisp finish.

D - I dunno...it's just very disappointing. I'm annoyed by it to - I picked it up at a bar and a few guys that were there had tried it because it was on sale...all of a sudden they were talking like they were experts. But I digress...it's not a poor-tasting beer, it's just a very cheap pumpkin-flavored one. If you're expecting a high quality pumpkin ale, stay away. It is refreshing for the price, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 00:56:12 | More by JohnnyM2002
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 1,971 ratings.