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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
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

2.08/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - pours a dark reddish/orange color, with a thick tna head with an orange hint, with copious amounts of swift carbonation

S - this beer has traditionl malty aroma set as a background to pumpkin flavorings and added spices, the bottle says it has clove, nutmeg, and allspice but it smells more like a ambient sweet spiciness, kind of nondescript

T - the taste is overmalty, and when combined with the spices and flavorings, it creates an amalgamation of bland malty sweetness, not very spicy or pumpkiny

M&D - the mouthfeel is smooth, slightly fizzy, but with this odd flavor combination the drinkability is rather low

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 23:13:27 | More by sinstaineddemon
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riversider76

New York

3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber. Nice white head,and decent lacing. Smell is of weak malty pumpkin spice. Body is medium, not much carbionation. Taste is of malted pumpkin, with some earthy undertones,and spice. Not awful, but not great either.I liked Saranac much better.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 23:31:16 | More by riversider76
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Deep amber colored with a creamy brown head that lasts quite awhile. Probably too long.

S-Smell is a little funky, mildly skunky.

T-Taste of pumpkin from a can, not very appealing.

M-Slightly watery. Much too diluted.

D-Not a big fan, wouldnt want to even finish one. Not recommended to anyone. Pick anything else, not this.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 01:35:49 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a beautiful clear amber color with a thick head. The smell is strong and slightly sweet. The taste is malty and mellow with a subtle pumpkin spice taste. The mouthfeel is a little thin with a clean finish. I was surprised with this beer – I wasn’t sure I would like a pumpkin ale. I’d consider this a very drinkable fall beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 21:45:45 | More by barefootbrewer
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Reidrover

Oregon

2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My second BMC seasonal of the week! Poured from a 12 0z single. Looks Ok I suppose..red/amber with a largish tan head. Not much aroma to this at all, least its not too unpleasant, some cinnamon, spice and a touch of pumpkin, hardly noticable though. Tse is very average..mostly malts with a surge of cinnamon and a small amount of sweet potato pie..man this is more a sweet potato ale!! Not good on the palate quite cloying and saccarine sweet. Over all this was not horrendous but have to say the boys from St.Louis stomped all over the Denver guys in pumpkin ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 18:45:21 | More by Reidrover
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beveritt

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The date "February 6" is printed on the neck, maybe a drink by date?

Appearance: Pours a medium brown with a definite orange/red hue to it. Lots of head, maybe 2 inches. This falls after some time. Perfectly clear.

Smell: Sweet, with a hint of sourness to it. Nothing real strong in the way of spices or hops.

Taste: Not as pumpkin-y as I expected. The first taste is sweet, followed by an unusual taste that eventually grows to resemble pumpkin and pumpkin spices. A little bit of a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is average, maybe a little high. Beer has a decent body to it.

Drinkability: Not the best pumpkin beer I have tasted, but it is better than the average offering from Coors. I give them credit for branching out with the Blue Moon line. This bber is refeshing, but seems somewhat restrained by Coors desire to not get too crazy.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 23:59:17 | More by beveritt
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dherling

New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Off white, thick bubbly head sits on top of a copper orange body. The only thing I get in the nose is a faint strawberry. The taste has a very mild pumpkin-like flavor, really characterless. Has a vegetable like overtone. Crisp mouthfeel. The beer finishes flat, not truly clean, just bland.

On a personal note, I feel like too many companies are trying to deliver pumpkin ales these days, perhaps either rushing a poor formula to the market or attempting to deliver a 'bridge beer,' developed for the palate of a BMC drinker that wants to look cool with a pumpkin beer in their hands. I thought this was a beer style that was the exclusive territory of quality beer makers, but no more.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 15:35:42 | More by dherling
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Albertv05

New York

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

I picked up a 6 pack of this at Wegmans in Rochester, NY. Being fall, and a wonderful time of year for beer I have been trying all of the pumpkin and oktoberfest beers I can get my hands on.

I wasn't expecting too much out of this beer since it is manufacturerd by Coors; I was right to think that. First off, it was too sweet. Way too much crystal malt or something. As for the spices; very little were present. They showed up after the first few inital sips and only really in the after taste.

I think Coors was playing safe with this beer and that's disapointing, but not surprising. This beer falls well short for this style and does not even come close to beers like Postroad's (Brooklyn Brand) Pumpkin Ale, Saranac Pumpkin Ale, or Dog Fish Head's Punkin' Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 14:24:50 | More by Albertv05
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Walsar

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice fall day here in NEPA -- Blue Moon Pumpkin pours a nice amber color with a one finger head. Smell is of clove. Flavor is spiced with a hint of pumpkin spice (not really picking up on pumpkin flavor - just the spices that you put in a pie).

Light - refreshing -- and fresh.

Coors does a good job with making this a middle of the road Pumpkin ale. Certainly not great but nothing offensive.

I will have a few more of these as the leaves begin to fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 20:54:16 | More by Walsar
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Blue Moon's Pumpkin Ale pours a clear, deep-amber/copper colored body with glowing orange and gold highlights. The head is fluffy and thick with a yellowed-white color; and it has great retention and leaves very nice rings of lace about the glass.

The nose is toasty with malt, very lightly fruity from the yeast, and backed by just a hint of spiciness.

The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests with more toastiness, a bit of caramel, and an edge of almost burnt sugar; and again, the spices are well-heeled. Some dull cinnamon is recognizable, along with some nutmeg, but otherwise it's pretty generic. There's just enough there to make you think pumpkin pie, and it doesn't build on the palate, but lingers nicely in the finish with a delicate swirl of spiciness. The bitterness balances it firmly, and it finishes dry and toasty. Medium bodied with a fine-bubbled, restrained carbonation that lends to smoothness.

Overall, it's a pretty decent, toasty and biscuity fall offering with a gentle sprinkling of spice that lends to it's character, and thus drinkability. You could have more than a few of these without overdoing it on spice; on the other hand, for some there might not be enough spice to satiate.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 21:53:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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idResponse

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

interesting...

let's take a basic belgian brew and add some 'pumpkin' and 'spices' to create what we like to call a pumkin brew... only let's make it in such massive quantaties and domesticate it and add the touch of molson goodness that everyone loves to make what we have here...

a listless beer that really does nothing interesting for me.

sure, it might help persuade your snobby friend who only drinks yellow fizzy stuff to try something else, but it sure isn't what i consider really good... not that this is a horrible beer, it just isn't all that great.

it's transparent. it smells like a lightly spiced up belgian pilsner mix. it tastes like a lightly spiced up belgian pilsner mix. i don't notice pumpkin anywhere on this, perhaps a light cinnamon sway to it. the mouthfeel is where it gets weird. i get a strange chalky sensation on the tounge, really dries out my mouth. it's not a bad beer, but there are many other beers I would prefer to drink before drinking this one, including the standard blue moon belgian white.

however, you have to try something at least once.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 14:19:07 | More by idResponse
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ThaSmokinGun

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My hopes were not high, because Molson changed the Blue Moon Witbier recipe after they merged with Coors and stopped using the Memphis brewery, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The beer is a dark amber, pushing towards reddish-brown in color. It is very obviously filtered, and crystal clear.

Aroma is very light, as is the head. It smells like pumpkins primarily with hops more faint.

You can definitely taste the pumpkin, and maltiness takes a definite back seat to the pumpkin and hops. Malt roast is very light.

This is only the third pumpkin beer that I've tried, and the last two used nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon, like pumpkin pie does. This one doesn't taste like it's spiced at all. With this beer, it doesn't seem to be a drawback, because it allows the pumpkin to provide a little middle ground between the malt and the hops, without complicating the taste.

This beer is almost like a case study in how pumpkin affects beer flavor because it seems like this could be an average, non-descript yellow-hued pilsener with english hopping except for the pumpkin. In this case, I think that adding the pumpkin takes a beer I wouldn't ordinarily drink and turns it into something passable. It's drinkable, but I do feel a little guilty for asking my local liqour store owner to special order some.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 05:01:14 | More by ThaSmokinGun
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Portertime

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After having Blue Moon's full citrus flavored wheat ale I was a little disappointed in their pumpkin ale. It had a forward pumkin taste but it was not nearly as sweet and an almost undetectable amount of spice. I don't think it'd even pair well with a piece of pie. There are defintely better pumpkin ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 17:05:05 | More by Portertime
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afinepilsner

Iowa

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

12oz brown bottle

Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale was orange-amber in color and clear. The white head had decent retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was pumpkin pie spices with a little malt. The taste was light pumpkin and spice over a light malt backround. It was light to medium in body with medium carbonation. The drinkability was average. A decent fall brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 22:06:40 | More by afinepilsner
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kajerm

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ran for 45 minutes in the Chicago cold, then realized I needed to drop by the grocery store to get peppers and dental floss. Got a six of this. Forgot to buy floss.

Oral hygiene is overrated anyway. On to the beer!

From the bottle to the pint glass; down the hatch and out to the internets, it pours a pleasant orange amber color, with a whisp-thin, quickly-disappearing tan head. Better pourers might be able to get a few more millimeters out of this bottle, but the point stands: this isn't Duvel, and for a pumpkin ale, that's not so terrible.

Smells like malt and pumpkin, with the malt pounding the pumpkin into submission. Cloves, nutmeg, and allspice are all on the label, and unless the label is a scratch-and-sniff, they're really nowhere to be found here. They might have really been too much; this smells like beer (with a shade of pumpkins), and that's good enough for me.

The pumpkin flavor is breathes its way across the tongue, but the malt flavor quickly whipes it out-- this beer is almost Scotch Ale-like in its flavor, if not its texture. The subtle combination is pleasant enough, and all of those spices Coors promised were there show a trace of their presence on the finish.

I'll state my mouthfeel bias up front: I prefer unfiltered beer. Thick and chunky is my default, unless something is crisp and refreshing enough, or the flavor justifies it. It could just be me, but I feel like a beer this sweet should be a bit thicker.

My whining notwithstanding, this beer drinks sweet, clean, and tasty. Not a beer to pound (the regular Wit would be better for that), but a nice change.

Coors, could you please stop releasing such solid beers so I can hate you in peace?

RERATE: Tasted this blind at a friend's house and asked if they slipped some generic lager in one of the glasses just to test me. It turns out it was this beer. Yellow-amber and slightly sulfurous, this beer is light on the pumpkin and spice, and even lighter on the palate. I don't know if I can hate Coors over this beer specifically, but it definitely gives me no reason to like them.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 04:27:51 | More by kajerm
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

AP: Orange hued deep amber color, 2" thick frothy head, lots of active bubbles, head has good retention.

Smell: Earthy, hoppy, dewy grass, malt and spices.

Taste: A good balance of malt and leafy hop flavor with a wheaty, herbal and spice edge with a mild pumpkin pie flavor. Only slightly pumpkin-like.

Feel...Crisp and refreshing yet, thick and smooth to the constant foamy head.

DA: Easy to drink physically, but mentally it is a bit of a challenge after the second. Quality is actually a bit higher than what I was expecting with this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 00:22:27 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Zoh

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, dark orange-amber with a thick head. Good lacing that lasted throughout the beer. Smell was malty and surprisingly almost devoid of spices. Taste is like roasted pumpkin seeds, very surprising but not bad at all. Again, less spice than I was expecting, but with the amount of pumpkin flavor that is okay. Mouthfeel is average, not overwhelmingly thick or thin. Not the greatest pumpkin ale I have had, but overall a better effort than most.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 14:55:14 | More by Zoh
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Tuey13

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Pumpkin ale poured a beautiful amber orange color with a thick foamy head that dissipates into a nice thin head for the remainder of the drink. Nice pleasant spice aromas that aren't too overwhelming. I loved the taste of this pumkin ale! This is the smoothest pumpkin ale I have ever tasted, I could drink quite a few of these in succession with the last going down as easy as the first. The perfect amount of sweetness with mild hints of spice that makes this one stand out from other pumpkin brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 06:06:13 | More by Tuey13
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eclipsehts

New Mexico

2.4/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a 12oz. bottle and poured into a pint @ Tia Juana's in Roswell NM.

A- Nice almost copper colored appearance. Had a nice carmel colored head and awesome head retention. Had a just a slight bit of lacing, my mouth began to water thinking of the possbilities.

S-My first impression was where's the pumpkin??? A slight whiff of spices but that was about it.

T- My first taste was dissappointing NO PUMPKIN TASTE. Although don't mistake me it was a good beer, it just didn't bring the table what it advertised. If it was advertised as a Pale Ale or Red Ale I would have been fine with it.

Mouthfeel- A medium bodied beer with little mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Overall, this is a good beer as long as you don't expect the pumpkin taste. Grabbing a 6 pack of this and plopping it down for a party isn't a bad decision, trust me you could do a lot worse. As much as I hate AB I would have to say that the Jack's Pumpkin Ale is definately better.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 03:33:58 | More by eclipsehts
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quasimoto

Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - It has a nice copper color to it, and its crystal clear. The head didnt last too long, and left no lace.

S - Pumkin spice ring through but also bring up a vinous aroma, white grape juice, and some malt.

T - Its all really just melded together. There is no stand out flavor. It has a sort of flat paperish taste to it.

M - As it warms it smoothe out, the carbination isnt there, but there is a residue of papaer again.

D - I wouldnt go out of my way to get this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 22:38:45 | More by quasimoto
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dubman003

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its a good beer. But its not an excellent beer. The problem is that its not distinct. If I put down a blonde ale, you wouldnt be able to tell the difference. However, it is a good beer and you will certainly impress your friends if you put down a six-pack for everyone to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 05:06:17 | More by dubman003
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insaneshow

Minnesota

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

I like to keep it short and sweet.

This beer was a decent pumpkin ale, but was truly lacking the pumpkin spices I was looking for. Not enough clove and nutmeg spices to flavor the beer.

However, the beer is still enjoyable and goes down easily.

Peace
~InsaneShow

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 18:19:41 | More by insaneshow
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

It pours a nice copper color with a decent off-white head that doesn't last too long. The aroma is mostly grain, malt and just a little bit of spice, but the aroma is pretty weak. The taste is mainly bready and malty, with a little bit of pumpkin and spice and a bit of a pumpkin aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the thin and watery side, but it does go down smooth and is non-offensive. Overall it's an average beer, nothing impressive at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 21:33:24 | More by bluejacket74
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cjgator3

Florida

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

Pours a clear bright copper color with creamy off white head. Nose is quite faint with some pumpkin and spice. Taste much like the aroma is too faint and watery. The taste of pumpkin and clove that is present is not all that pleasant. Overall, this is a pretty weak attempt at a Pumpkin Ale. I give Coors credit for trying, but they need to go back to the drawing board on this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 18:59:39 | More by cjgator3
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Neehan

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, transparent copper with a foamy head that vanishes rather quickly. The smell is rather faint and lacks the expected pumpkin scent I was hoping for. The taste is smooth but watery. I noticed a decent amount of pumpkin spice on the first sip, but didn't taste much pumpkin. Not bad, but not as advertised. The mouthfeel is again more toward the weak side with not much going on in this area. The smooth, easiness makes it drinkable but not exciting enough for a session brew IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 04:22:13 | More by Neehan
Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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