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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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BA SCORE
72
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2,324 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 2,324
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 33
Gots: 282 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-1998)
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Photo of atr2605
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

atr2605, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of TwinButte
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

TwinButte, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Phelps
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Phelps, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
2.42/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

JackieTH, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

akorsak, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep red hue that is basically clear. Some bubbles and a small bubbly white head with limited lacing. Tart scent, some underlying spice.

This has a sourish taste. There is some underlying spice and brown sugar, but this is essentially an ale with some attempt at being a pumpkin ale. Really, this tastes like a Blue Moon (the regular witbier) with a hint of spice. It's not bad, but it's not a beer-drinkers pumpkin.

Amalak, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Schmittymack
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Old Chicago Westy. Poured a bit darker than I expected--leans towards the tan side. I couldn't really pick up any pumpkin/spices in the nose but the taste was a bit of pumpkin spices, malt, and very little hop bitterness. Not a bad brew but I would like a little more pumpkin here.

Schmittymack, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Look – amber color, clear, with about two fingers’ worth of light khaki colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – more of a malty smell with spices. I can’t pick out any hint of pumpkin aroma.

Taste – malty again, with a little bit of a muskiness in the finish. A very artificial tasting pumpkin flavor comes out near the middle.

Mouthfeel – decently well-balanced, but leaning more toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad tasting beer, but for the type, not very thrilling or near the mark.

Nerudamann, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Vashtar
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is saturated and clear.

The smell is a bit typical, but it's really pleasant.

The taste is about average. It started out bitter, but then the bitterness went away.

The mouthfeel is really nice! Thick from the first time it touches your tongue and then it maintains a constant viscosity in your mouth.

Overall, I'd definitely buy a 12 pack.

Vashtar, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of travisnd
2.2/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not really a wheat beer fan, but because it was a wheat pumpkin ale, I figured that I would try it. I was not a fan of this and had a difficult time tasting anything that resembled pumpkin. It tasted waterdown or something, I'm not sure but I was not impressed.

travisnd, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a 1 inch frothy off-white head that falls to a creamy and patchy layer of foam and good lacing all the way down. Amber color and filtered clarity. Aroma is of fresh cut pumpkin, caramel malt, and pumpkin pie spices. Flavor is a balanced blend of crystal malt, vegetables (pumpkin?), spices, wheat bite and a tinge of hop bitterness to balance. Finishes on the dry side. Mouthfeel is light-medium, it is definitely a more autumn-oriented sipping beer much like an O-Fest. Overall it is very good and that's saying a lot coming from Coors. I've enjoyed this one very much and even self-professed non beer drinkers say they like the spiciness and think it is different enough to drink.

EagleTalon, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of mikechance
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - nice rust color

S - pumpkin, spices

T - mostly spices, but very little pumpkin

M - light body, decent carbination

O - An average pumpkin ale with more pumpkin scent than taste (an issue I'm having with most pumpkin beers recently).

The Blue Moon Fall Seasonal 12-pack was only $11.20 at local grocery store so not a terrible purchase. Better than Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale which seems to get a lot of love.

mikechance, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into mug.

Beautiful pour, with a large off-white head that hangs around for a long time over a chill-hazed orange to amber colored body.

Virtually no aroma - picked up some cardboard, and if I try really hard, some very light spices.

Nice on the palate, with a moderate carbonation, but pretty smooth overall. Easy drinking, without much discernable - or should I say, overpowering - spice quality. Light vegetal quality as it warms. Good roasted malt quality, to give it an edge of Fall. Light English hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly rich for the ABV, but not thick - well done there.

Overall, I have to give this pretty high marks relative to some standard Pumpkin Ales - it's easy drinking, with nothing offensive, and just enough "meat" for the Fall.

BeerImmediately, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a redish/amber color, with an inch of creamy white head that fades fairly slowly, lots of lacing.

Smell: malty, some hops, hints of nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Very bland only hints of the pumpkin pie spices.

Taste: nutmeg, hints of cloves/allspice, no pumpkin. Very bland, especially for a pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, sweet.

Overall: Probably the least enjoyable pumpkin beer I've tried to date. Pumpkin taste is non-existent, the typical pumpkin pie spices are minimal and out of balance. The only redeming qualities are the beer's appearance and the mouthfeel.

phichifiji00, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of rudzud
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
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....

rudzud, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of JustinAniello
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden brown with a thin head that disappears quickly. Light lacing around the edges remains.

S - Possibly a light pumpkin, mostly just the hops. Hard to tell.

T - In the mouth it is sweet with a light cinnamon flavor. After swallowing, a taste of pumpkin seeds sticks.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation.

O - Doesn't have enough pumpkin flavor for me to buy again, but if you like a beer on the sweeter side, it's not a bad overall. Really, they would do better if they named it something other than pumpkin, because it has good flavor, just not the pumpkin.

JustinAniello, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
1.93/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a decent looking amber color that is slightly hazy with a medium amount of carbonation bubbles and about two fingers worth of head that is very fine and is a light tan color that lingers nicely, leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass
S: very gentle on the pumpkin spice notes, kind of just has a bland scent with a bit of pumpkin to it
T: bland, not much at the begining or end and only slight pumpkin taste in the middle, bland bland bland
M: medium carbonation in the beginning, not bad through the middle, leaves a bit of zest feeling on the palate afterwards
O: not a good pumpkin, no depth, no complexity, no taste really, just bland and not something i would buy again

BigPlay1824, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of jwkron
2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A low-down easy review of this beer = not so good, taste left to be desired. Why I am even reviewing this beer, is the question…………………………………….I mean seriously…………………………………..…………….…..why?...you want 250 characters/ Here they are…………………………………………………………
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jwkron, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Paincane
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear amber orange poured into pint glass with short-lived off-white head leaving a rim of lace along sides of glass.
S: Malty aroma with wheat. Not much pumpkin aroma.
T: Sweet malt with some cloves and cinnamony taste. Not much pumpkin noted.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
A bit sticky on the backend.
O: Actually, this is a decent brew but not really able to notice pumpkin flavor. Considering the brewery, I surprisingly enjoyed it but really would not consider this a pumpkin beer.

Paincane, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of Dave128
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pumpkins caught my eye in the grocery store today. The price tag even moreso. I love pumpkin beers so I figured I'd see how bad Coors messes my beloved style up. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A - Not a bad looking beer by any means. Pretty clear orange amber color with an offwhite head that rose about 2 fingers with a pretty rigorous pour. This beer laces a little bit, but tends to slide down the glass eventually.

S - Meh. Can't smell anything beside wheat and grassy malts. Definitely no pumpkin or clove smell.

T - No pumpkin flavor. I don't think in a blind taste test I could tell that it is a pumpkin beer. I do, however, get the spices advertised on the label and the taste turns out to be half decent... but not marketed as a pumpkin beer.

M - Thicker than I thought it would be but still lighter than I like pumpkin beers to be. Carbonation is pretty much spot on.

O - I feel like this beer would be much better received if it wasn't labeled as a pumpkin beer. If it were just blue moon harvest ale and just contained spices I wouldn't have had many problems with it because it does that nicely for its price/brewery.

Dave128, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of jsisko01
4.8/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a darkish, amber color with a 1" creamy white head that disappeared quickly.

Smell - All I can really smell is the malts and maybe a hint of caramel. Something sweet I guess.

Taste - Quite bitter at first, but not overwhelming. Afterwards, you can taste the pumpkin along with some spices and maybe caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and carbonation. A creaminess hinders in the mouth.

Overall - I like this beer quite a bit. I'd definitely get it again.

jsisko01, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 3" off-white head but I looked away for a minute and when I came back it was gone. Body is a dark clear amber, looks nice. Not a whole lot of smell, there's a little malt, and I don't really smell pumpkin. Taste is fairly standard Coors with at most a hint of pumpkin. Probably the weakest pumpkin beer I've ever had.

MoreThanWine, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer has a decent light gold color with some ruby red tinted hues.
S: The aroma is dominated by wheat malt and the beer has a slight nose of pumpkin and some cinnamon sweetness.
T: The beer is really dominated by that great wheat malt character and instead of an orange note, you get a nice dose of pumpkin flavor at the end. Nothing fancy but decent.
M/O: Very light and drinkable for a pumpkin beer. This fits the mold of being a good beer but nothing too extraordinary to wow the palate.

pzrhsau, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of UncleAddie
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours orange, amber color. Minimal to no head upon pouring.

S: Sweet smell of hops with a hint of a metallic smell that lingers. Hints of spices comes through at the end.

T: Pumpkin taste is nearly non-existent. Bitter taste lingers on the outer edge of the tongue lasting well after the beverage is swallowed.

M: Medium body, little carbonation.

O: The lack of pumpkin flavor is a serious let-down being as it was purchased with a pumpkin ale in mind. There are much better options out there.

UncleAddie, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of CEversole
1.27/5  rDev -59%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Intermideate brown to an almost read color, one finger head that dissapates into nothing, little to no lacing.

S: Very dissapointed. I smell no spices or pumpkin, or anything that is recognizable of a P.A. Just seems to be a bit of hops in the background.

M: This is the best thing about the beer, and thats not saying much. Kinda crisp, thats about it. Moderate carbonation.

T: I am very dissapointed in the taste. I know its coors, but I don't think they even tryed to make this taste like a pumpkin ale. Very bland, no taste at all. A very, and I mean VERY, small hit of some spices. You really gotta be looking for them. Nothing to even write here.

O: I'm not one to bash a beer just because it is made by the "man" (macro-breweries) but damn, come on coors. not pleased in my first P.A. of the season.

CEversole, Sep 26, 2011
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 2,324 ratings.